Guests of Honor
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!
Marisha Ray (actor, host, writer, producer) has often been described as a geek girl, game enthusiast, uber-nerd, and pretty much any other variant. The creative director of Geek & Sundry, you can see and hear her work on such shows as Critical Role (Keyleth), Batgirl: Spoiled (Batgirl/Stephanie Brown), Super Power Beat Down (Host), School of Thrones (Mellisandre), Proxy: A Slender Man Story (Jess), Walk of Shame (Not a Working Girl). You can hear her voice in Persona Q and Persona 4 Arena Ultimax (Margaret), Warmachine: Tactics (Haley, Deneghra, Feora, various) and Akiba's Trip (various).
At a young age, Marisha had an itch for performing. She got her start in theater on the east coast performing in New York, Chicago, and Orlando. She took her education, unlike most other things, very seriously, training at companies such as the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Point Park University Conservatory of Performing Arts, Governor's School for the Arts, and LA Connection Comedy Theatre.
Since arriving in Los Angeles in 2008, Marisha has worked with such networks as Spike TV, Hallmark Channel, and MTV. She has quite the knack for comedy, being an ardent improv performer, as well as writing and producing a lot of her own comedic sketches and web series. Marisha is also an avid video gamer. At the age of three, she could beat anyone in a round of Mario Bros., including her father. She carries this love for video gaming into much of her hosting, comedy, and writing career. Despite all that, Marisha feels like she still needs to do more good, so she spends every Tuesday doing charity work solving people’s problems on her podcast: The Quasi-Psychologists.
Matthew Mercer is a Los Angeles-based actor/voice actor known primarily for his roles in animation and video games. His extensive training in theater, improv, and being a life-long hardcore gamer helped prepare him for such projects and characters as McCree in Overwatch, Cor Leonis in Final Fantasy XV, Leon Kennedy in Resident Evil 6 and Resident Evil: Damnation, Captain Levi in Attack on Titan, Trafalgar Law in One Piece, Leorio in Hunter x Hunter, Aloth and Edérin in Pillars of Eternity, Gangplank in League of Legends, Trey in Final Fantasy Type-0, Abe the Trapper in Evolve, Tim Drake/Robin in Batman: Arkham Knight, Kanji Tatsumi in Persona 4 Arena Ultimax and Persona Q, Prince Demande in Sailor Moon, Jotaro Kujo in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders, Aikuro Mikisugi in Kill la Kill, Kiritsugu Emiya in Fate/Zero, Human Male Guardian in Destiny, Anarky in Batman: Arkham Origins, Alvin in Tales of Xillia and Tales of Xillia 2, Chrom in Fire Emblem: Awakening and Super Smash Bros., Sinbad in Magi, Kuroh Yatogami in K, Rexxar, Nefarian, and Ragnaros in Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, Rehgar in Heroes of the Storm, Kilrogg and Rexxar in World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor, Iron Man/Tony Stark in Iron Man: Rise of Technovore and Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher, Tygra in Cartoon Network's Thundercats, and many other projects you are welcome to look up online.
Matthew is also known for his on-camera and production work, having directed the hit web series There Will Be Brawl (where he also played Ganondorf, Kirby, and Meta Knight), as well as directing the viral hit School of Thrones. He can also be found portraying the villainous Necromancer Szorlok in the upcoming fantasy film series Mythica.
Matthew is the Dungeon Master for the hit Twitch show Critical Role on Geek & Sundry, where he runs a group of other accomplished voice actors through a campaign of Dungeons & Dragons LIVE every week at 7pm PST.