Guests

Linda Ballantyne

Linda Ballantyne

For the past 20 years, Linda has worked professionally on stage, screen and television, and has been heard in hundreds of radio and television commercials worldwide. Her extensive animation career consists of a wide variety of characters including series leads in Sailor Moon (Sailor Moon/Serena), The Avengers (Wasp), Toot and Puddle (Tulip), Disney’s Yin Yang Yo (Saranoia, Ella Mental, Smoke and more), Cyberchase (Wicked), Corduroy (Moppy’s Mom), Timothy Goes to School (Fritz’s Mom), Air Master (Kaori Sakiyama), Bakugan (Kararina), Beywheelz (Leader B/Lucy), and Animal Shelf (Getup), as well as various characters in The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That, The Doodlebops, Totally Spies, 6Teen, Time Warp Trio, and more. She has also voiced characters in the feature films Disney’s Lucky Ducks (Reporter), Care Bear’s Journey to Joke-A-Lot (Champ Bear), Care Bear’s Big Wish Movie (Champ Bear) and Thomas and the Magic Railroad (Percy).

Katie Griffin

Katie Griffin

Toronto native, Katie Griffin, has been a professional actor, voice actor and singer for over 20 years. Having worked with acting powerhouses such as Nicole Kidman, Glenn Close, Matt Dillon and Rob Lowe, Katie’s film and television career has been colourful to say the least. Her true strength and success, however, has come in the form of voice-over. She has sung numerous radio jingles and voiced hundreds of radio and television commercials. She still continues to star in popular cartoons. Although best known as Raye/Sailor Mars in the hit show Sailor Moon, she’s also known for her portrayal of Alex in Totally Spies, Yoko in Team Galaxy, Zair in Redakai as well as voicing Julie and Sellon in Bakugan Battle Brawlers and Hikaru in Beyblade. She was also Nina Harper” in Emmy award-winning Braceface, Ruby on Max and Ruby and Laugh-a-lot Bear in Care Bears: Journey to Joke-a-lot. She has also had numerous guest starring roles on shows such as 6-teen, Stoked and The Dating Guy.

Stephanie Morgenstern

Stephanie Morgenstern

Stephanie Morgenstern is an award-winning actor / screenwriter / filmmaker and a two-time Genie Award (Canadian Academy) nominee. She was designated “National Indie Treasure” by Toronto’s eye magazine, profiled in Voir magazine as a “New Face to Watch,” and selected as one of three “Great Expectations” filmmakers at the Telluride International Film Festival in Colorado.

Born in Geneva, Switzerland and raised in Montreal, Quebec, Morgenstern began her acting career when she was 15. She has worked extensively on stage, film, and television in both English and French. Her most widely seen feature film credits have been The Sweet Hereafter, Maelstrom, Revoir Julie, and Forbidden Love. She got her BA in English from McGill University, and studied drama at the Banff Centre School of Fine Arts. She then moved to Toronto to pursue her MA at York University’s Graduate Program in Social and Political Thought.

Karen Bernstein

Karen Bernstein

Karen Bernstein portrayed the voice of Sailor Mercury for the first three seasons of the North American version of Sailor Moon. An accomplished voice actor, Karen also was the voice of Kitty in Hello Kitty, Tara and Jett in Bevery Hills Teens, Olivia Owl in Birdz; Mrs. Settergren in Pippi Longstocking, Maggie in Little People, and Tessie Bear in Noddy – to name a few. Karen has also voiced numerous guest roles in a variety of other animated series. A stage actor as well, Karen performed in regional theatres across Canada throughout her acting career, and is an alumnus of the renowned Second City improv comedy troupe. She transitioned a number of years ago to the other side of the audio booth, first as a voice producer and now a voice agent. She is very excited to be making her Sailor Mercury ‘debut’ at Anime Expo 2014.

Susan Roman

Susan Roman

For Susan Roman, nothing compares with the joy of working in animation – which is exactly what she’s done for most of her adult life. Let’s be frank: some of her projects didn’t exactly go on to become household names. Piggsburg Pigs, with LA director Stu Rosen at the helm, comes to mind. But it was during that series (recorded ensemble, which hardly ever happens anymore) that Mr. Rosen introduced the concept of the key phrase – possibly the best tool ever invented to keep a voice actor on track, and something which she has never forgotten.

Toby Proctor

Toby Proctor

Toby Proctor has been involved in the entertainment industry for over 30 years. He started on stage at the age of 8 playing the lead role of Little Lord Fauntleroy at the Confederation Centre for the Performing Arts in Prince Edward Island. He then moved on to performing in many Canadian series as a guest star as well as US features. Toby played Dirk Tackleberry in Police Academy: The Series. He also voiced Flash in the Flash Gordon animated series in 1996. Most notably, he voiced the character Tuxedo Mask in Sailor Moon. Although he spends most of his time working behind the scenes in casting these days, his most impressive production to date is raising his three little ones, Sydney, Ellie, and Sam, with his amazing wife Kaite.

Mary Long

Mary Long

Mary Long began her acting career at the age of 8 when she ­­­starred as the title character in live action/puppet series, Maggie Muggins on Canadian Broadcasting Network. From there she continued working in television, films, and radio.

In addition to her many radio dramas and television commercial appearances, she is especially known for her voiceover work in series such as Sailor Moon, Beyblade, Harriet the Spy, The Adventures of Richard Scarrey and many , many more.

She continues to work in the Theatre and has graced the stages of Can Stage, Tarragon, Young People’s Theatre, and the Shaw Festival, and Winnipeg’s Manitoba Theatre Centre. Ms. Long is the proud owner and operator of StageCoach Theatre Arts School in Toronto, Ontario which trains kids in acting, dance, and singing with an emphasis on performing in the musical theatre.

Ron Rubin

Ron Rubin

With over thirty years of experience as an actor, writer and animation voiceover performer, Ron Rubin’s versatility continues to garner international recognition. The recipient of numerous awards for his work on television, radio and stage, Ron’s unique and original vocal characterizations can be heard in countless animated shows including series leads in the Emmy award-winning Beetlejuice (Doombuggy), X-Men (Morph) and Avengers (Vision), C.O.P.S. (Dr Badvibes), DiGata Defenders (Flinch), Angela Ananconda (Uncle Nicky), Police Academy (Lt Mahoney), Kratts’ Creatures (Ttark), Captain Flamingo (Quantum Vigilante), SideKick (Master XOX) and the recent Care Bear’s ‘Big Wish’ movie (Messy Bear) just to name a few. Anime-wise Ron has voiced Exostriker and Stronk in Bakugan, Mechtanium Surge in Hello Kitty among many others. But one of his most popular characters continues to be Artemis the cat, which he voiced throughout the entire run of the original Sailor Moon series. Ron studied acting at the Neighbourhood Playhouse in New York and has performed with the renowned improvisational troupe Second City as well as having toured North America as a featured Stand Up performer. Ron has recently created and optioned a new animation series of his own.

John Stocker

John Stocker

For over 4 decades, John Stocker has been a recognized force in the acting industry. He began his career as an on-camera performer, working with the likes of John Candy, Dan Ackroyd, Rick Moranis, Gilda Radner, William Shatner and Mark Wahlberg, before settling solely, but comfortably into the off-camera world, where he has voiced many thousands of commercials and hundreds of animated characters. Stocker is most recognized for some of his classic roles – Beastly in Care Bears, Longarm in COPS, Toad in Super Mario Brothers, Newton Gimmick in The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin, Creed in X-Men, Basil in Babar, Bugsy in Dog City and both Naga and King Zenoheld in Bakugan. Still busy today, John is the voice of Mr. Owl in Franklin, Mission Control in Rob the Robot and Mayor Swift in Sidekick.

Kimura U

Kimura U

While being active both as the fashion model for Harajuku style magazines such as KERA and as the creator/artists of such fashion culture, Kimura U’s talent attracted the attention of the government. In 2009, she was officially appointed by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs as “Kawaii Ambassador” with a mission to represent the pop-cultures of Japan to the world. Throughout her appearances at large scaled fashion and pop-culture events all over the world, including the guest appearance at “Paris Collection,” she became a pioneer in spreading the “Kawaii” culture to the world. In 2013, Kimura U collaborated with KOKKA to create an original line of patterned textiles. AX2012 guest LiSA’s photobook released last fall, “Kyou mo Ii Hi da” (Today is also a good day), also featured Kimura U’s illustrations on the cover. Also in 2013, Kimura U just launched original brand, KOKOkim. The “Moeru Harajuku = MoeHara” brand concept blends design elements from Akihabara and Harajuku.

Eiko Tanaka

Eiko Tanaka

After working at Studio Ghibli as a line producer for “My Neighbor Totoro” and “Kiki’s Delivery Service”. She is now a producer at Studio4°C and has worked on films such as “MEMORIES” (1995), “SPRIGGAN” (1998), “MIND GAME” (2004), “Tekkonkinkireet” (2006), “Genius Party” (2007), the “BERSERK” Trilogy (2012), the “Animatrix” Anthology, “Batman: Gotham Knight”, “Halo Legends”, and the TV series “ThunderCats”. Through her work with Studio4°C she has cultivated works of cooperation with overseas creators. Always producing original images in the short films, commercials, music clips, etc. that it creates, Studio4°C has won numerous accolades domestically and internationally.

Yoshiki Sakurai

Yoshiki Sakurai

As a scriptwriter, Sakurai debuted with the best-selling TV series, Ghost in the Shell: S.A.C.(2003~2005) directed by Kenji Kamiyama. The huge success of the series made him one of the most-watched young scriptwriters in the industry. He served as story supervisor in the TV series Otogi Zoshi (2004) directed by Mizuho Nishikubo, and. co-wrote Annecy-nominated feature film, xxxHOLiC – A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2005). Other credits include, animated feature film Redline (2010 as co-writer) and episodic writer in Appleseed XIII (2011). Giovanni’s Island (2014), which he co-wrote with Shigemichi Sugita.

Kazuki Nakashima

Kazuki Nakashima
Kazuki Nakashima is a playwright and screenwriter. In 1985, he became one of the key writers for the modern Japanese theater company, Gekidan Shinkansen and since then has been labeled as the “action theater playwright” giving birth to numerous plays that emphasize both the storyline and entertainment aspects such as “Eyes of Ashura Castle” and “SEVEN SOULS IN THE SKULL CASTLE,” using techniques typical to the “Inoue Kabuki” style. Nakashima’s other theatrical works include the “Ten Heroes of Sanada” (13). Nakashima is also very active in comic book writing and anime screenwriting including “GURREN LAGANN” (07, 09) (screenwriter, series composition), “Nodame Cantabile Finale” (10) (series composition), “Kamen Rider Fourze” (11-12) (screenwriter, main writer) and also one of this summer’s hit anime series, “KILL la KILL” (13, 14) (screenwriter, series composition). He was also the screenwriter of “Crayon Shin-Chan: Serious Battle! Robot Dad Strikes Back.”

SUSHIO

SUSHIO
SUSHIO’s work has been featured in numerous critically acclaimed anime titles such as “Diebuster,” “GURREN LAGANN,” “Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt” from GAINAX and “ONE PIECE THE MOVIE Baron Omatsuri and the Secret Island,” and the “Ojamajo Doremi” series from Toei Animation and many more. This would be his first visit to Anime Expo, to promote his most current work as a Character Designer and Chief Animation Director for the smash hit anime series, “KILL la KILL.”

Ami Koshimizu

Ami Koshimizu
Ami Koshimizu, born on February 15th, is a Tokyo based voice actress affiliated with Axlone Co., Ltd. Her most recent works include Ryuko Matoi in the highly popular anime series, “KILL la KILL,” Cure Melody in “Sweet Pretty Cure ♪,” Demon King in “Maoyu” , and Tomo Asama in “Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere.” She also plays Rinka in the anime adaptation of the game, “Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky.”

Ryoka Yuzuki

Ryoka Yuzuki
Ryoka Yuzuki is a Japanese Voice-Actress originally from Aichi Prefecture, affiliated with 81 Produce. She plays Satsuki Kiryuin in the highly popular, “KILL la KILL.” Her voice has been featured in many popular anime titles including Ino Yamanaka from “NARUTO,” Shizuka Hiratsuka from “My Youth Romantic Comedy is Wrong as I Expected,” Memetchi in the “Tamagotchi!” series, Cuune from “Nyaruko: Crawling with Love,” and Dakki from “Houzuki no Reitetsu.”

Yousuke Toba

Yousuke Toba
Yousuke Toba joined Aniplex in 2004 after working as an Assistant Director at Studio Ghibli, where he worked on “Howl’s Moving Castle” and other Ghibli titles. At Aniplex, he produced several popular titles including “Gurren Lagann,” “AngelBeats!,” and “iDOLM@STER.” Most recently, he produced the smash hit series “Kill la Kill,” in 2013-2014. Yousuke Toba joins Studio Trigger to present “Kill la Kill” at Anime Expo 2014.

Eir Aoi

Eir Aoi
Eir Aoi is a Japanese singer who debuted with Sony Music Entertainment Japan with her first single in 2011. Her music has been featured in many hit anime series such as “Fate/Zero”, “Mobile Suit Gundam AGE” and “Sword Art Online”. Her singles “Sirius” and “Sanbika” are both featured in the highly popular TV anime series “KILL la KILL.”

For more information about Eir Aoi, please visit her Facebook page.

 

 

 

Yutaka Yamamoto

Yutaka Yamamoto
Also known as “Yamakan,” Mr. Yamamoto is an anime director, formerly a member of Kyoto Animation, and a founder of anime studio Ordet. In 2008, he directed Kannagi: Crazy Shrine Maiden; the first anime he produced with Ordet. In 2013, he dedicated the short film Blossom to charities helping children affected by the Tohoku Earthquake. The short film tells the tale of an old farmer’s life as he works to bring a tsunami-ravaged land back to life. Most recently, Yamamoto directed Wake Up, Girls! a fusion of anime and real-life idol, The film titled Wake Up, Girls! Seven Idols opened in Japan January 2014. The following TV series aired between January and March 2014 and takes place in Sendai.

Tasha

Tasha of Spiral Cats
Tasha has been cosplaying since 1999 and introduced cosplay as a new method of advertising to the game industry in 2012. Since then she has done exclusive work for Diablo III, World of Warcraft, Starcraft II, League of Legends, Blade & Soul, Dota 2, and more. During 2012-2013 alone she appeared in 42 different advertisements for various games as well as Microsfot Kinect, AMD branded PCs, and more. She currently works as honorary ambassador for AMD and has even been called Korea’s queen of cosplay. She is also known as Korea’s Best pro cosplayer/broadcaster and is a diehard fan of Macross Frontier’s Sheryl Nome.

Doremi

Doremi of Spiral Cats
Doremi is the newest member of the Spiral Cats team, having joined in 2013. She has appeared in ads and events for games such as Starcraft II, World of Warcraft, Diablo III, Dota 2 and League of Legends. She debuted as a broadcaster at the Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm Global Invitational event, where she showed her talent as an MC and reporter alongside world-famous professional gamer Lim Yo-hwan. She has modeled for numerous mobile games and continues to be an active reporter for various game broadcasts. Doremi is also a fan of Asuna from Sword Art Online.

Reki Kawahara

Reki Kawahara
Reki Kawahara made his debut with his published work Accel World (published by ASCII Media Works’ Dengeki Bunko) in 2008, which won the 15th Dengeki Bunko Prize. Along with Accel World, he has been writing his popular work Sword Art Online (SAO) since 2002. The accumulative number of his books sold has exceeded ten million copies and is still increasing. The Animated TV Series of Sword Art Online broadcasted in Japan in 2012 and instantly became a big hit. This will be Kawahara’s first visit to Anime Expo.

abec

abec

abec is the illustrator for the Sword Art Online light novel series by Reki Kawahara (published by Dengeki Bunko). Upon adaptation to the anime series, he was greatly involved in the character designs along with the production staff for Season 1. He is also currently doing the same for Sword Art Online II.

Vic Mignogna

Vic MignognaMr. Mignogna has been acting for stage and screen since he was eight years old. He started his career in anime a little over ten years ago as Vega in Streetfighter II. Since then, he has been in more than two hundred shows and video games, with additional credits including Yoshimori in Adult Swim’s Kekkaishi, Death Scythe in Soul Eater, Fai in Tsubasa Chronicle, Dark in DNAngel, Kurz in Full Metal Panic, Broly in Dragonball Z, Kougaijji in Saiyuki, Ikkaku in Bleach, Yukito in Air, Takanaga in Wallflower, Tatsu in Peacemaker, Luciano in Code Geass, Virgil Walsh in Trinity Blood, and Hikaru in Macross. His recent credits include Attack on Titan, the new Pokemon movie, G4’s Wolverine and Iron Man series, and Tiger & Bunny.

Kyle Hebert

Kyle HebertKyle Hebert is a Los Angeles-based anime and video game voice actor whose credits include Wreck-It Ralph/Street Fighter (Ryu), Naruto (Kiba), Bleach (Aizen, Ganju), League of Legends (Ezreal, Jarvan, and Graves) and Gurren Lagann (Kamina). He is best known as the Narrator and Teen Gohan from the Funimation dub of Dragonball Z. Other fan faves include Blue Exorcist (Bon Suguro), Fire Emblem Awakening (Frederick, Validar), Fullmetal Alchemist (Vato Falman), Tenkai Knights (Commander Beag), Tales of Symphonia (Richter Abend) and Star Ocean (Dias, Arumat, Crow). Kyle can also be heard in numerous video game franchises such as Pokemon, Sonic, Final Fantasy, World of Warcraft, Skylanders, Devil May Cry, Dynasty Warriors, Soul Calibur and Resident Evil. He is also the voice of filmmaker, Kevin Smith’s Smodco Internet Radio. For more info, visit www.kylehebert.com.

Danny Choo

Danny ChooDanny Choo resides in Tokyo and runs a brand known as Culture Japan which focuses on sharing and making Japanese culture more accessible to the world through various media, contents and products – all with the help of his mascot character Mirai Suenaga who became an official mascot for Japan Tourism in 2013.

Danny is the Director and Presenter on a TV show called Culture Japan (broadcast in Japan, Asia and America) and also the host for the TV show Japan Mode (broadcast across Asia).

In 2013 METI (Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry) appointed Danny as a member of the CIIC (Creative Industries Internationalization Committee) which focuses on implementing measures to facilitate the proliferation of Japanese creative content worldwide.

Danny’s current project is Smart Doll - a robotic 60cm tall doll which can do everything that a Smart Phone can do apart from fit in your back trouser pocket.

In his career, Danny served as Computer Engineer at Japan Airlines, Website Manager on the management team at Amazon and as CGM Product Manager at Microsoft. Danny’s full profile is available at http://dannychoo.me

 

Keiji Inafune

Keiji InafuneKeiji Inafune is considered by many to be one of the world’s leading authorities on video game concept development and design. He has been named one of the top 10 game creators in the world by Gametrailers.com and has authored several books. Inafune was employed at CAPCOM for 23 years where he was the former Global Head of Production and Head of Research & Development and Head of the Online Development Division. Inafune’s games generated large sales for CAPCOM over the years and included such blockbuster hit series as Mega Man, Resident Evil, Onimusha, Street Fighter, Lost Planet and Dead Rising. Inafune was directly involved in creating over 60 game titles in his career at CAPCOM and was in charge of over 900 employees. Inafune, after leaving CAPCOM, founded comcept Inc., a company dedicated to designing creative concepts. Inafune and comcept Inc. have an extensive network of the industry’s top game designers, developers, artists, engineers and producers to collaborate with. Last year his company successfully completed the Mighty No. 9 Kickstarter campaign, gathering over $4 million in funding.

Kazuma Miki

Kazuma MikiKazuma Miki is an editor for ASCII Media Works, a publishing company of Kadokawa Corporation, and editor-in-chief of Dengeki Bunko Magazine. He is the chief editor for the Sword Art Online light novel series (Dengeki Bunko) and also the producer for its anime series. Miki has been involved in many other titles as both chief editor and producer such as Shakugan no Shana, A Certain Magical Index, Oreimo, Accel World, and The Irregular at Magic High School.

Uki Satake

Uki SatakeA Tokyo native and lover of anime, manga, and idols, Uki Satake is one of the five members of the performance group “9nine.” Along with her music career, Satake has also been pursuing voice acting. So far, she has voiced characters in “Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii,” “HUNTER X HUNTER,” and “Chihayafuru.” Her most recent role was the voice of QT in “Space Dandy.”

As a member of “9nine” and on her own, she hosts radio and web broadcasts and appears in variety TV shows and dramas. She will be performing live with “9nine” at Nippon Budokan this coming August.

Masahiko Minami

Masahiko MinamiMasahiko Minami is both the President of and a Producer for BONES INC. After graduating from Osaka University of the Arts’ Theater Arts Department, he joined the anime production company Nihon Sunrise, which is now SUNRISE INC. While there he produced several shows, including “Whirl Wing! Iron Leaguer,” “Mobile Fighter G Gundam,” “Escaflowne,” and “Cowboy Bebop.”

In 1998, he decided to leave SUNRISE to start BONES INC. with animators Hiroshi Osaka and Toshihiro Kawamoto. Under Bones, he has produced “Cowboy Bebop: Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door,” “RahXephon,” “Fullmetal Alchemist,” “Eureka Seven AO,” “Blast Tempest,” “Space Dandy,” and many more!

Eru Matsumoto

Eru Matsumoto Japanese Cellist, Eru Matsumoto, has been charming audiences around the world since age 6. As a solo artist, Eru’s performances have taken her to major cities including Vienna, Athens, Tokyo, Taipei, Aspen, Los Angeles and New York City. As an avid chamber musician and principal cellist with several orchestras, Eru has performed in such celebrated venues as Walt Disney Concert Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. At age 16, Eru was accepted to the Juilliard School under the tutelage of the late David Soyer. As a recording artist, Matsumoto is currently performing a film score under the direction of British Academy Award winner, Jeremy Soule. Her debut record, “Flower,” is scheduled for release in late 2014.

Sonya Belousova

Sonya BelousovaSonya Belousova is one of today’s youngest most accomplished Composers and Pianists.

Originally from St-Petersburg, Russia, Sonya is the winner of multiple international competitions as both a composer and pianist, as well as the recipient of the Russian Ministry of Culture Award, the most prestigious Russian Award granted on the basis of an exceptional talent and maturity. Sonya has gained a sensational public recognition after her bravura arrangements and performances in the Cosplay Piano Series, released on YouTube by the legendary Stan Lee of Marvel Comics. To date there have been four episodes released that have totaled 1,300,000 views. As a pianist Sonya can also be heard on various soundtracks and records, including “Dexter Season 7″. Currently Sonya is working on a solo piano album composed and produced by Jorge Calandrelli – 2 times Oscar nominated, 27 time Grammy nominated, 6 Grammy winning Composer & Producer.

Films with Sonya’s music have been premiered at the most prestigious film festivals all around the world, including Cannes International Film Festival and Tribeca Film Festival.

Masakazu Morita

Masakazu MoritaAnime Expo is excited to welcome Masakazu Morita, who plays a brand new character for the theatrical version of K “Yukari Mishakuji.” He is also known to fans as the voice of Ichigo Kurosaki in Bleach. He’s also starred as Auel Neider in Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny, Claire “Vino” Stanfield in Baccano!, Maeda Keiji in Sengoku Basara: Samurai Kings 2, Barnaby Brooks Jr. in Tiger & Bunny, and Wiss in Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods film.

Morita will be joining previously-announced Industry Guests, angela, for the world premiere of K: Missing Kings at Anime Expo 2014. He will also have a Q&A panel and autograph sessions.

Gen Urobuchi

Gen UrobuchiGen Urobuchi debuted as a writer in 2000 with “PHANTOM OF INFERNO” After this, he worked on many other NitroPlus PC game scripts including “Kikokugai: The Cyber Slayer” and “Saya no Uta.” He began writing novels in 2004. He is known for the work that he did on “Fate/Zero”, which debuted as an anime in October 2011.

In 2008, he started writing for anime. His credits include “Blassreiter,” “Puella Magi Madoka Magica,” “Psycho-Pass,” “Gargantia,” and more.

In 2013 he challenged himself by writing the script for the live action series “Kamen Rider Gaim,” which is currently airing on television. His first original movie, “Expelled from Paradise” is slated for release in Japan in November 2014.

Sean Danconia

Sean DanconiaCanadian artist Sean Danconia is best known for his dynamic visual universe, which showcases heroic and kawaii themes from both eastern and western cultural landscapes. Whether applied to fine art, apparel, or animation, Danconia’s colorful, multi-layered collage of cinematic stories and iconic characters are instantly recognizable. After moving to Little Tokyo (LA) from Hong Kong in 2008, Danconia lent his iconic style to Disney®, Hello Kitty, the Bob Marley Estate, The Nisei Week Foundation, Popeye & Olive (King Features), Scooby Doo (Warner Bros) and Marilyn Monroe, among others – in addition to various independent projects. Coining the term “Pop-Fusion” to describe his mixed-media fine art, which integrates both traditional acrylic, spray paint, photographic, digital and 3D mediums. Danconia’s work can be found at select galleries throughout the US, including WonderGround Gallery, Downtown Disney District (Disneyland® Resort), Mouche Gallery – Beverly Hills, Hero Complex Gallery and the Joseph Watson Collection in Las Vegas. In 2011, Danconia partnered with Lion King Producer, Jay Rifkin to form Danconia Studios and developed MAYUMI GUMI – a character brand based on an irreverent Japanese Kokeshi she-kitten. Launched at Downtown Disney®, Disneyland Resort with a MAYUMI GUMI apparel and art collection, Danconia has recently added anime giants Bang Zoom Entertainment and Cosmic Toast to the team. Danconia’s first MAYUMI GUMI anime premiere will be at this years Anime Expo® 2014.

Saaya Hayashida

Saaya Hayashida

Growing up with both parents working in the fashion industry, producer of “Swankiss,” Saaya Hayashida (pictured above), has been influenced by fashion her whole life.

In April 2012, Saaya appeared in a Fashion/Brand Producer Audition on TV Tokyo. After going through a very selective process for 6 months, she finally won the audition title. Shortly after she won the audition, she started the “Swankiss” brand and opened her first store in Shibuya 109.

Swankiss is clothing for the dreamy moments of girls all around the world, and the space where girls can be girls forever and shine like a swan. With “Romantic Vintage” as its theme, Swankiss offers fantasy-filled items that contain one-of-a-kind lace patterns and vintage-inspired details.

Giada Robin

Giada Robin

In addition to her great passion for anime, manga, movies, and video games, Giada loves acting, modeling, sewing and creating things. It’s no surprise that she fell in love with cosplay at the first sight, because she could put all these things together.
She started cosplaying at Lucca Comics & Games 2008, as Nico Robin (One Piece), where she won the official “One Piece Italian Cosplay Contest.” Rewarded by Takashi Yoshiike (Toei Animation artist and art director for One Piece: Dead End Adventure), she continued her adventure in the magic world of cosplay under the name of “Giada Robin” to remember her first time and great experience.

Since then, Giada has been to several conventions in Italy and around Europe as a guest and to judge cosplay competitions. In 2010, she started organizing “PLAY-COS,” a cosplay event that takes place at “Modena PLAY,” Italy’s biggest gaming convention.

Kazuhiko Tamura

Kazuhiko Tamura

Kazuhiko Tamura entered the anime industry in 1992 when he joined SUNRISE as a Production Coordinator. The first title he worked on was “Mama is Just a Fourth Grade Pupil.”

Not long afterwards, he became involved with “Energy Bomb Gambaruger,” “Whirlwind! Iron Leaguer,” “Mobile Fighter G Gundam,” and “Escalfowne.” Moving up to Production Manager in 1998, he has worked in “Sentimental Journey,” “The Big O II,” and the “Sergeant Keroro” series. He also worked as an Assistant Producer on “Mobile Suit Gundam UC (Unicorn) Episode 1.”

More recently, he has become a Producer for “TIGER & BUNNY”, which he has been involved with from the very beginning. He has also released “TIGER & BUNNY The Beginning” and “TIGER & BUNNY The Rising” and continues to take on new possibilities with original projects.

Yoshitaka Kawaguchi

Yoshitaka Kawaguchi

Yoshitaka Kawaguchi joined SUNRISE in 1988 and started working as a production coordinator on “City Hunter 2.” In 1993 he took the role of setting coordinator on “Turn A Gundam”. His debut as a producer was the 2002 theatrical release of “Turn A Gundam”.

Since then he has produced a series of hits including “Overman King Gainer,” “Planetes,” “Wings of Rean,” and “Code Geass: Lelouche of the Rebellion.” Currently he is producing “Code Geass: Akito the Exiled” on one hand, and is focused on the creation of original works as a General Producer for Sunrise on the other.

Luna Tsukigami

Luna TsukigamiThe leader of the doujin circle, Lunatic Joker, Luna Tsukigami is a prolific illustrator and manga artist from Japan. His work has been featured in numerous magazines and books. Luna has also done live drawing demonstrations and lectures on drawing including a column in Kadokawa’s Comp Ace magazine. He was also a recent participant in the art event, 100eshi, which featured 100 of the top illustrators in Japan.
His manga “4LDK!” is currently being serialized in Manga Time Kirara Carino. He has also done CD jacket designs for Pinokiti Records and Delights Music. In 2007 he self published the book “Moeru Headphone Reader” and in 2013 published “Moeru Headphone Reader 2013″ which features a number of current, high-end headphones. An English version of the 2013 edition of the book is slated for release later this year.

angela

angelaThe duo made their major debut in 2003 with the opening and closing theme songs for the anime Stellvia. They have since contributed to the soundtracks of Asura Cryin’, Coppelion, Corpse Princess, Fafner, Heroic Age, Jinki:Extend, K, Knights of Sidona, Seitokai Yakuindomo, Shikabane Hime: Kuro, Shin Hakkenden, and Valvrave the Liberator.

Michael Sinterniklaas

Michael SinterniklaasActor and founder of NYAV Post, Michael Sinterniklaas has been working in the industry for 20 years. Most notable animation roles include Leonardo from the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” Dean Venture on Adult Swim’s “The Venture Brothers”, Funshine Bear in the “Care Bears: Welcome to Care-a-lot:, Tunnel Rat in “G.I. Joe Sigma 6″, as well as Angelo in “Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn”. Other roles include Dark Magician and Mahad in “Yu-Gi-Oh”, Kenji in “Summer Wars”, Gai Shishio in “Gao Gai Gar”, Origami Cyclone in Tiger and Bunny”, Sora and Yutakata in “Naruto”, Sasuke in “Sengoku Basara”, Xellos in “Slavers Revolution”, Gilga Nnoitra, Mena and Luppi in “Bleach”, Jan Suk in “Monster”,  Takeru in “Freedom”, Moritaka Mashiro in “Bakuman” as well as roles in “Full Metal Alchemist”, “Bubble Gum Crisis”, “Urusei Yatsura”, and many Pokémon! Michael is also voicing Age in the upcoming “Patema Inverted” and Masakazu Masaki in the soon to be released “Time Of Eve”.
In addition to his roles in Animation and Video games, Michael has directed many features and series including last years Oscar nominated “Ernest and Celestine”, the Oscar nominated “A Cat in Paris”, “Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn”, “Peter Rabbit” for Nickelodeon, the “Berserk” TV series and movies, “Robotomy” for Cartoon Network, Tezuka’s “Phoenix” and “Jungle Emperor Leo,” “Giant Robo”, “Kurokami”, “Three Delivery” for Nick Toons, “Freedom,” and “Bakuman” to name a few.
To keep up with his latest work and musings follow him on twitter @Msinter.

Keith Silverstein

Keith SilversteinKeith Silverstein is a voice actor known primarily for his work in animation and video games. He got his start voicing a number of original characters for Chuck Jones’ Timberwolf series. More recently, he’s voiced Kirby O’Neil in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Captain Gantu in Disney’s Stitch!, Mikoto Suoh in K, Zen in Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan, Full Frontal in Gundam Unicorn and Johan in the SyFy series, Monster. In the video game world, Keith has worked on titles like Batman: Arkham Origins, Shin Megami Tensei IV, Tales of Xillia, Elder Scrolls Online and World of Warcraft, as well as his recurring roles as Zasalamel in Soul Calibur, Hunk in Resident Evil, Bash and Dino-Rang in Skylanders and Vector, The Crocodile in the Sonic, The Hedgehog. Keith is probably best known for his portrayal of Kimimaro on Naruto. Current projects Keith is working on include Blood Lad, Monsuno: Combat Chaos, NFL Rush Zone, Slam City, B-Daman Crossfire, and a number of top secret, high profile projects yet to be announced. For more info on Keith Silverstein visit his website at www.keithsilverstein.com, or check out “Keith Silverstein Voice Artist” on Facebook.

Satoshi Adachi

Satoshi AdachiAfter working as an editor for monthly Shonen Jump titles including “Rosario + Vampire,” Satoshi Adachi is now an executive producer at Shueisha. He planned and produced the TV animation series “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders”(Season 2), following its Season 1 “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure”- part 1 “Phantom Blood” and part 2 “Battle Tendency”. He also worked on planning “Gintama the Movie: The Final Chapter – Be Forever Yorozuya.”

Hiroyuki OMORI

Hiroyuki OMORIHiroyuki OMORI is a producer at Warner Entertainment Japan, Inc. He produced TV animation series “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders” (Season 2), following its Season 1 “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure” – part 1 “Phantom Blood” and part 2 “Battle Tendency.”

Ryosuke Mori

Ryosuke MoriAfter working as an editor for Manga Allman and as trainee at Viz Media, Ryosuke Mori is now a producer at Shueisha, involved in producing TV animation series “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders”(Season 2), following its Season 1 “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure” – part 1 “Phantom Blood” and part 2 “Battle Tendency.”

Comfort and Adam

Comfort and Adam are the four-time Harvey Award nominated husband-and-wife duo responsible for The Uniques, Uniques Tales, and Rainbow in the Dark. They are finishing work on a massive project for Random House and will go back to The Uniques and start a webcomic called, The Kitty Game. Comfort Love and Adam Withers are coming to AX and want to review your art portfolio! Whether you’re looking to do your own Manga, work for a company, be a penciller, inker, or colorist – Comfort and Adam are here to help you! Sign up at Comfort and Adam’s Artist Alley table: A22-A23 Thursday-Saturday.