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Guests of Honor

Monica Rial
Voice Acting Guest of Honor
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Monica Rial has been working in the anime industry for almost 20 years and she is currently listed as the most prolific anime voice actor in the US. She has lent her voice to over 450 anime including: Assassination Classroom (Kayano), Black Butler (Mey Rin), A Certain Magical Index (Index), Deadman Wonderland (Shiro), Fairy Tail (Mirajane), Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (May Chang), Hetalia (Belarus), Michiko & Hatchin (Michiko), My Hero Academia (Tsuyu), One Piece (Tashigi), Ouran High School Host Club (Renge), Panty & Stocking (Stocking), Saga of Tanya the Evil (Tanya), Seraph of the End (Krul), Soul Eater (Tsubaki), Watamote (Tomoko), Yona of the Dawn (Yona) and many more. You can catch her as Bulma in Dragon Ball Z Kai and Dragon Ball Super currently on Toonami. She voiced Jubilee on Aqua Teen Hunger Force and has also appeared in several video games including Fire Emblem Echoes, Smite, Tales of Berseria, Ms. Splosion Man, Borderlands 2 and The Pre-Sequel, Dungeon Boss, and Angry Birds 2. Be sure to come by and say hello!

Lucien Dodge
Voice Acting Guest of Honor
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Lucien is a voice actor specializing in characters for animation, video games, commercials, and other media. His animé credits include Zoicite and Motoki Furuhata in the Viz Media dub of Sailor Moon and Sailor Moon Crystal, Waver Velvet in Fate/Zero, Takumu Mayuzumi in Accel World, Blue and various Pokémon in Pokémon Origins, as well as Chili on the regular Pokémon series, Amuro Ray in Gundam Origins, Norba Shino in Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans, Sai Argyle in Gundam Seed, Yukio Hans Vorarlberna in Bleach, Ja'far in Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic and The Adventures of Sinbad, Kenji Miyazawa in Bungo Stray Dogs, Andrew Hanbridge in Little Witch Academia, Adolf K. Weismann and Tatara Totsuka in K, Jojirou Takajo in Charlotte, Kota Fujiki in God Eater, Metphies in Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters, as well as guest roles in Hunter × Hunter, Sword Art Online, Kill la Kill, Naruto: Shippuden, Aggretsuko, Doraemon, Glitter Force, Blood Lad, Seven Deadly Sins, Ajin, Gantz:O, and both the Tiger & Bunny TV series and movie The Beginning.

Video game credits include Dust in Dust: An Elysian Tail, Mega Gnar in League of Legends, Elliot Craig in Trails of Cold Steel, Leon in Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, Sin Kiske in Guilty Gear Xrd, Hifumi Yamada in Danganronpa and Keebo in Danganronpa V3, Dr. Victor S. Court in Bravely Default, Pip in Paladins, and he can also be heard in Diablo III: Reaper of Souls, World of Warcraft: Legion, Tales of Berseria, Final Fantasy Explorers, Mad Max, Masquerada: Songs and Shadows, Mirror's Edge Catalyst, God Eater I and II, and Skylanders Giants and Swap Force.

He is also the voice of Robin in Batman: Mechs vs. Mutants, young Durotan in World of Warcraft's "Lords of War" series, Doctor Layrd in the animated feature film Deep, Junior in Hasbro's Hanazuki series, Nello in Ferrari World's Speed of Magic theme park ride, and Tom in the American version of Tree Fu Tom. He was also a featured voice on the feature film Logan. You can find out more about Lucien and his work by visiting his website at luciendodge.com.

KionCloud
Cosplay Guest of Honor
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With a love for creativity and a passion for hands-on crafts, KionCloud found themself intrigued with the idea of cosplay when it was first introduced into their life. Kion began their own cosplay journey in the autumn of 2013 about a year after discovering the exciting new hobby.

They enjoy honing their skills in the many artistic aspects of cosplay encompassing making costumes, creating YouTube videos, as well as in-person performances in front of audiences. While attending several cosplay and Japanese cultural conventions throughout Washington and Oregon, Kion has participated in many live events including cosplay chess and several in-character panels. In addition to enjoying the various facets of cosplay they also strive to be a positive influence in the cosplay community and enjoy the interactions they have with their followers on social media platforms such as Instagram. KionCloud loves meeting and seeing new faces so don't hesitate to say hello!

J. Michael Tatum
Voice Acting Guest of Honor
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Nurtured on anime classics from the tender age of Star Blazers, et al, this reclusive actor/writer spent more years than he cares to remember in what might charitably be called free-fall before landing, mostly by accident, smack dab on the industry of his dreams. To this day, some believe the small crater made by the impact remains the source of his power.

Cast as Rikichi in 2005's Samurai 7, Tatum's inexplicable luck has held long enough to see his flag hoisted on a slew of dream roles, most notably Kyoya Ootori in Ouran High School Host Club, suave, demonic Sebastian Michaelis in Black Butler, France in the Hetalia franchise, Tomoe from Kamisama Kiss, and the equal parts maniacal/vulnerable Okarin Rintarou from Steins;Gate. More recently, Tatum can be heard in the epic My Hero Academia as Tenya Iida.

Other characters the man still can't believe he's had the crazy good fortune to play include: Doumeki in xxxHOLiC, Jiro Mochizuki in Black Blood Brothers, Isaac Dian in Baccano!, both God Eneru and Dalton in One Piece, Komui Lee in D.Gray-man, Dororo in Sgt. Frog, the titular loveable savage of Heroic Age, Ryosuke Takahashi in Initial D, Lawrence Kraft in Spice and Wolf, Zarbon in Dragon Ball Z Kai, and Scar in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. His vocal "stylings", much to the chagrin of drama teachers everywhere, he's sure, have also been featured in Romeo × Juliet, Speed Grapher, Trinity Blood, Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple, Black Cat, Nabari no Ou, Ghost Hunt, School Rumble, The Tower of Druaga, Aquarion, Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicles, Shuffle, Shigurui, Glass Fleet, Mushishi, Soul Eater, along with feature-length films such as Vexille, Summer Wars, Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker, and Empire of Corpses, among many others. His video game credits include Sir Hammerlock from the Borderlands franchise, Julius Kresnik from Tales of Xillia 2, Mr. Foster from Killing Floor 2, Kelvin and Pendles from Battleborn, and fifteen playable characters from SMITE.

And as if being involved with so many awesome shows wasn't enough, in late 2007 the fluky so-and-so tempted fate by officially branching out into ADR directing and adaptive scriptwriting. His ADR directing credits to date include Aquarion, Jyu-oh-Sei, Romeo × Juliet, Big Windup, Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne, and Shikabane Hime (Corpse Princess), while his writing credits include substantial work on Ouran High School Host Club, Heroic Age, Initial D, Blassreiter, Ga-Rei: Zero, Hero Tales, The Legend of the Legendary Heroes, Fractale, Deadman Wonderland, Steins;Gate, Assassination Classroom, Dragon Ball Z Kai, and Attack on Titan.

Ever the workaholic, Tatum is currently burning the midnight oil on a number of exciting projects due for release later this year. And before you ask, the "J" stands for… Well, it stands for whatever you'd like it to.

Uptown Cosplay
Cosplay Guest of Honor
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Uptown is a cosplayer that has become renowned for their highly successful character panels and award-winning lip sync battle performances. They host many main events and emcee at conventions around the Pacific Northwest and share their panels, reviews, and advice with their broad audience as a YouTuber and social media icon. Uptown has been creating their own costumes and styling wigs by hand since they began in 2012, and has cosplayed for events as many popular characters, most notably Chat Noir from Miraculous Ladybug, Viktor Nikiforov from Yuri!!! On ICE, Death the Kid from Soul Eater, and Shuu Tsukiyama from Tokyo Ghoul.

Justin Briner
Voice Acting Guest of Honor
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Justin Briner is a Dallas-based actor and singer known primarily for his work in anime and video games. Recently, he's started up the third season of My Hero Academia as Izuku "Deku" Midoriya. He can also be heard as Mikaela in Seraph of the End, Nova in Space Patrol Luluco, Yukito and Yue in Cardcaptor Sakura, Yoichi in Drifters, Ayanokoji in Classroom of the Elite, Alfonso in GARO: The Animation, Niko in Nanbaka, Ryota Mitarai in Danganronpa 3, Frate in 91 Days, Qwenthur in Heavy Object, Manato in Grimgar, Ashes and Illusions, and many more. Additionally, he has provided voices for games such as Dust: An Elysian Tail, SMITE, Regalia: Of Men and Monarchs, Cibele, and DreadOut. When not behind the mic, Justin enjoys reading, cooking, and playing video games (he is an unapologetic Hearthstone addict).

Keith Silverstein
Voice Acting Guest of Honor
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Keith Silverstein is a veteran voice actor with an impressive and diverse list of credits. He's the voice of Torbjorn in the smash hit game Overwatch, Hisoka on Toonami's Hunter × Hunter, Hawk Moth on the fan favorite Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir, Speedwagon in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, and most recently joined the cast of One Piece Film: Gold as mega-baddie Gild Tesoro!

He can also be heard as Vector the Crocodile in the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise. Resident Evil fans know him as HUNK. Street Fighter fans will recognize him as Gouken. To fans of Viz's new Sailor Moon he's the maniacal Professor Tomoe.

Not enough for you? Here are a few other titles under his VO belt: Persona 5, Skip Beat, Batman: Arkham Knight, Glitter Force, Bleach, K: Missing Kings, Magi, Tiger & Bunny, Persona Q, Skyrim, World of Warcraft, Soul Calibur, Doraemon, Skylanders, Naruto, AJIN, Call of Duty: Black Ops III, Sword Art Online, Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans, Durarara!!×2, and Disney's Stitch!

Other notable credits include: Lupin the Third in Lupin the Third: Jigen's Gravestone, Kirby O'Neil in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Char Aznable in Gundam The Origin.

For more info on Keith Silverstein visit his website at www.keithsilverstein.com, or check out Keith Silverstein Voice Artist on Facebook and @SilverTalkie on Twitter.

Lauren Landa
Voice Acting Guest of Honor
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Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Lauren first began acting at the age of 11 in the stage production of Annie, and continued with shows including Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, Bye Bye Birdie, and Comic Potential. She was Assistant Director for stage productions such as Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along, Bat Boy: The Musical, as well as the Greek comedy, Lysistrata.

Within the world behind the mic, she is most known for roles such as the ninja beauty Kasumi in Dead or Alive 5; the sexy Litchi Faye Ling in the popular fighting game BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger, as well as its sequels, BlazBlue: Continuum Shift, Continuum Shift Extend, and Chronophantasma; the badass Kyoko Sakura in Puella Magi Madoka Magica; the enthusiastic Yan Leixia in Soul Calibur V; the deadly Little Queen in Tales of Graces; the valley girl racer in pink, Boiboi, in REDLINE; the adorable zombie Squigly in Skullgirls; kind-hearted Leia in Tales of Xillia; the innocent Chubo Sonken in Ikki Tousen: Great Guardians; the quiet Annie Leonhart in the hit anime series Attack on Titan; One in Drakengard 3; Nora in Noragami; and most recently, the voice of Sailor Neptune in the Viz dub of Sailor Moon and Nio in Riddle Story of Devil.

She has also had several other roles in anime and video games such as Leeza (Blazing Souls Accelate), Arf and Chrono Harlaown (Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha), Kirche von Zerbst (Familiar Of Zero), Aegil, Cotton, and Sasha (Rondo of Swords), Lila (Summon Night: Twin Age), Rina (Luminous Arc 2), Yoko (Sakichi Sato's Tokyo Zombie), Syfy channel's anime adaptation Monster, and more!

Erica Mendez
Voice Acting Guest of Honor
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Erica is a Chicago-born voice actress who is currently living in Los Angeles. She has been a fan of animation and video games since she was very young. Not only does she still watch/play them… but she gets to bring characters to life in them. She has been very fortunate to play some fan favorite characters, such as: Ryuko Matoi in KILL la KILL, Gon Freecss in Hunter × Hunter, Aladdin in Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, Yuuki Konno in Sword Art Online II, Sailor Uranus in the new Viz Media dub of Sailor Moon, Akko in Little Witch Academia, Diane in Seven Deadly Sins, Nico Yazawa in Love Live!, and Mash Kyrielight in Fate/Grand Order.

You can also hear her in OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes, Fate/Apocrypha, Your Lie in April, Anohana, Erased, Glitter Force Doki Doki, Gosick, Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, Gundam SEED (2017 dub), Yuki Yuna is a Hero, A Lull in the Sea, Tales of Berseria, Fire Emblem Warriors, Fire Emblem Heroes, Puyo Puyo Tetris, Danganronpa: Ultra Despair Girls, Danganronpa V3, Fairy Fencer F, Street Fighter V, Dead or Alive 5 Last Round, Akiba's Beat, Trails of Cold Steel II, Dust: An Elysian Tail, Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures, and more.

Voice acting isn't the only way she keeps herself busy. She has also ventured into the land of script adaptation and has done work on Little Witch Academia, Sailor Moon SuperS, and Fate/Apocrypha.

Visit ericamendezvoice.com to check out her full list of credits. She has no intention of slowing down, so you can keep up with Erica's role announcements and incoherent rambling by following her on Twitter: @tsunderica

Jād Saxton
Voice Acting Guest of Honor
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Jād (jade) Saxton is a voice actor and ADR director with over 150 roles in anime and video games. She is best known for her roles as Kanna in Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid, Carla in Fairy Tail, Yuki in Wolf Children, Young Nico Robin in One Piece, Koneko in High School DxD, Hatchin in Michiko & Hatchin (Toonami), Faris in Steins;Gate, Haruna in Is This a Zombie?, Sena Kashiwazaki in Hagani, Adélie in Space Dandy (Toonami), Mira in Dimension W (Toonami), Nona in Death Parade, and Akatsuki in Log Horizon.

As a Funimation ADR director, Jād has helmed the loveable Interviews with Monster Girls, Touken Ranbu – Hanamaru, and The Silver Guardian!

She also lends her voice to video games playing Maeve in Paladins, Expelled Hel in Smite, and as a Time Patroller in Dragon Ball Xenoverse 1 & 2.

Recent anime roles Jād is excited about: Guri in Love Tyrant, Kendo in My Hero Academia, Kirie in Himouto! Umaru-chan, Naka in KanColle, Jean Rowe in Code Geass: Akito the Exiled, Matome in Akiba's Trip, Garnet in Puzzle & Dragons, Mil in Monster Hunter Stories RIDE ON, Kotone in Keijo!, Ruruka in Danganronpa, Lilac in Servamp, Senri in Chaos;Child, Wanchoi in The Silver Guardian, Sophie in Izetta: The Last Witch, Eraser in Handa-kun, Ximena in Garo the Animation, Mary in Grimgar, Ashes and Illusions, Lisa in Terror in Resonance, Constance Raveau in Gangsta, Yoriko in Tokyo Ghoul, and Un in Show By Rock!!.

Oldies but goodies: Perrine in Strike Witches, Jacqueline O. Lantern Dupré in Soul Eater, Eve Genoard in Baccano!, Masako in Ghost Hunt, Ai Hibiki in Rolling Girls, Ringo in No-Rin, Miku in Date A Live II, Ludmila in Lord Marksman and Vanadis, Sio in Nobunagun, Jeanne D'Arc in Rage of Bahamut: Genesis, Onikiri in Kamisama Kiss, Komissa in Psycho-Pass, Fam in Last Exile: Fam The Silver Wing, Tsukumo in Karneval, April in Mass Effect: Paragon Lost, Karin in Shangri-La, Komoe in A Certain Magical Index, Mayu in B Gata H Kei – Yamada's First Time, and Mimi Usami in Okami-san and Her Seven Companions.

Kieran Strange and WE ARE THE CHAOS
Musical Guest of Honor
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He's been compared to David Bowie, Tony Stark, Ramona Flowers, Hawkeye, and Tank Girl—but IRL he's Kieran Strange, a quirky and powerful young multimedia artist blending pop sensibilities, dynamic guitars, and high-energy live rock shows into his own brand of geeky British pop-punk. At the age of seventeen, he left behind his parents, family, and sleepy English fishing village in order to chase his dream of making music. He traveled to Vancouver, Canada, where he now resides, writing and performing songs about relationships, resistance, and RPGs.

Standing firmly as a voice for the different and the discarded, Kieran came out publicly as genderfluid in 2014 with the release of the Tear Down The Wall music video. After discovering more about his own gender identity whilst working with the crew of The Switch LGBTQ+ sitcom (currently playing on OutTV), he changed his pronouns from "she" to "he" in the summer of 2016 when he publicly adopted the "transgender man" identity.

These days, he always makes sure he is open, outspoken, understanding, patient, and passionate in his beliefs; some of the causes he fights for are LGBTQ+/SAGA issues and rights, feminism, autism awareness, racial equality, refugee and immigrant rights, and many forms of mental health and suicide prevention awareness.

In his time as an independent musician, the bedheaded geek has toured across three continents and multiple countries (including Canada, Japan, UK, and USA) and released two EPs: Adamantine Heart (2013) and Last Hero Standing (2015). This summer, he and his new musical project WE ARE THE CHAOS are planning to release a concept album possibly tied in with Kieran's latest release: the first full-length novel in an urban sci-fi series with LGBTQ+ and political aspects, drawing inspiration from fandoms such as DC and Marvel comics and television, Sherlock, Supernatural, and more. The book, Black Tie by Kieran Strange, is now available on Amazon both in e-book and paperback form—grab one now, and get it signed by him at the con!