Another Anime Con 2017 Guests
- J. Michael Tatum
- Chris Smith
- Lauren Landa
- Seanan McGuire
- SungWon Cho (ProZD)
- Cindy Robinson
- Tony Oliver
- Jessica Cavanagh
- Wendy Powell
- Sarah Rees Brennan
J. Michael Tatum
Nurtured on anime classics from the tender age of Star Blazers, et al, this reclusive fanboy-turned-voice actor/writer/ADR director/flake extraordinaire 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.
Discovered by Funimation warhorse Christopher Bevins, who cast him 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 Otori 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 Teyna 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 Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood. His vocal “stylings,” much to the chagrin of drama teachers everywhere, he’s sure, have also been featured in Romeo X 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 videogame credits include Sir Hammerlock from the Borderlands franchise, Julius Kresnik from Tales of Xillia 2, Mr. Foster from Killing Floor 2, various playable characters from SMITE, and Kelvin from Battleborn.
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 for Funimation as well. His ADR directing credits to date include Aquarion, Jyu-oh-Sei, Romeo X 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, Legend of the Legendary Heroes, Fractale, Deadman Wonderland, Steins;Gate, Assassination Classroom and Dragon Ball Z Kai. In early 2010 he teamed up with Terri Doty and Stephen Hoff to launch That Anime Show, a web-based chat show centered on colorful, often diabolically unhinged interviews with friends and colleagues within the dubbing industry, all episodes of which can be downloaded for free at http://thatanimeshow.com/
Chris is “the guy you’ve heard but haven’t heard of.” He started his career in the original Robotech and Captain Harlock series’ as third-guy-from-the-left-who- screams-when-he-blows-up. These days he works constantly, and sometimes plays characters who have actual names.
Really cool names like Rheingold and Legion in Fire Emblem Heroes, Kitsune and Sarutahiko in God Wars, Shimaki in Gantz-O, Kunizaki Okumura in Persona 5, Fusunani and Zelleager Myundef Vishrai in Kuromukuro, Shokichi Komachi in Teraformars, And Manabu Honma in Anohana.
He’s also the voice of Katasuke in Boruto: Naruto the Movie, Oruo in Attack on Titan & AoTJH, Spandam in One Piece, Headmaster Kaien Cross in Vampire Knight, Kittan in Gurren Lagann, Captain Bright Noa for Gundam: Unicorn, Ryo in Cyborg 009 vs Devilman, Charizard in Pokemon Origins, Hawkeye and Jubei in Marvel: Disk Wars, Aoki Kashiwade in Knights of Sidonia, John Balks in Future Diary, Brick Lehm in Jormungand, Raizer Phoenix in High School DXD, Do’on in Sankarea: Undying Love, Yamaoka in Eureka 7:AO, and Ren Goto and Ryuho Kamo in “K.”
And he’s 33 (count em! 33!) distinct voices in Lupin 3: Blue Jacket! Ask him at a panel and he’ll list them.
He’s stepped into Mark Hamill’s shoes as Luke Skywalker in Phineas and Ferb Star Wars, and as The Joker in the Lego Batman games, and the movie Lego Batman: DC Heroes Unite. He voices Tom, Lt Roger & Wayzz in Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir (Nickelodeon), Brock Lesner, Shamus, and Kane for WWE Smash City, Bren & Jon Ace on Monsuno (Hulu), Coach Loudly on Popples (Netflix), he’s the ever-charming Snivel on Lego Friends (Netflix), and he’s Bob the Frog, Edward the Emo Bat, Pelvis & Jeannot the Barbarian Rabbit on The Jungle Bunch (Sprout).
In Elder Scrolls Online he voices Molag Bal, Razum-dar, Merric-at-Aswala, Nicolas, Fa’Ren, Rakkhat, as well as many Khajiit, Red Guard, Altmer, Wraith, and Frightened Bretons.
He’s Jijimon, Slashangemon, Goblinmon, Splashmon, Stingmon, and many other “mon” in Digimon Fusion, and Dracyan & Saiga in Crossfire: B-Daman.
Some of his other prominent anime roles include Dr Wakai in Ajin, Aimaru in Toriko, and King of Midlands in Berserk. He’s also the voice of Major Peter Soyuz in Full Metal Alchemist: Sacred Star of Milos, and Lucius Isaac for the Marvel anime adaption of Blade. He’s Kinnosuke & Dennis in DuRaRaRa, Matoko Kibune, Rose, and Wonderweiss in Bleach, Ishidate, Akhaboshi, Ibiki, and Shuura in Naruto, and The Puppeteer in Ghost in the Shell. He’s about 25 characters apiece in Code Geass, Monster, and Redline. He’s Hanamoto-Sensei in Honey and Clover, The Mikado in Moribito, Abe in Ghost Slayer Ayashi, and his characters feature prominently in Hellsing: Ultimate, Persona 4, The Last Exile, Psychopass, Appleseed, Robotics Notes, Overman King Gainer, Tenjho Tenghe, Gundam Force, Samurai Champloo, and a few dozen more.
In games, he’s The Joker in Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham and Lego Dimensions, The Annoyotron in Hearthstone, Emmerson in Star Ocean 5, Saranish Steiner in Bravely Default, Albus in Skullgirls, Hilde in Natural Doctrine, Satanael in Guided Fate Paradox, Evan in Til Morning Light, the playable Avatar, Vincent, and Yarne in Fire Emblem: Awakening, Rufus in Street Fighter 4 (Super SF, & SFXTekken), Superman in Mortal Kombat vs DC, and Emperor Mateus in Final Fantasy: Dissidia. Going way back he was Agent Smith in Matrix: Path of Neo, and Professor X for the Marvel Pinball Games. He was Tenebrae in Tales of Symphonia 2, Commander Cadigan in Dead Space, and Supreme Commander Gaghan in Star Ocean 4. He’s Fandrel Staghelm, Mal Ganis, Razslo Crushcog, Soulflayer Yorsaj & Kash’drakor in World of Warcraft, Nobunaga Oda in Samurai Warriors, Sun Wu Kong in Warriors Orochi, and Yuan Shao in Dynasty Warriors. He was Scalpel and Firehawk in Command and Conquer 4, and he voice-matched Hugh Jackman, Hugo Weaving as Memphis and Noah for Happy Feet. He’s Juda in Fist of the Northstar, and Prime Minister Hatagoya in Godzilla. He’s a couple dozen characters each in Shin Megami Tensei IV, Firefall & Romance Saga, plus multiple characters in Let it Die, Devil Summoner-Soul Hackers, God Eater 1 & 2, Pillars of Eternity, Battle of SOL, Hero Portal, Vandal Hearts 2, Ratchet and Clank, God of War, Atlantica Online, Lunia, Skycrawlers, Xenosaga, and roughly 100 other games.
After a two year absence, he’s really glad to be back at AAC.
For the last 10 years, 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 series BlazBlue, 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 Leonhardt in the hit anime series Attack on Titan, One in DrakenGard 3, Nio in Riddle Story of Devil, Nora in Noragami, Karin Kanzuki in Street Fighter V and most recently, Nao Tomori in Aniplex’s Charlotte, and the voice of Sailor Neptune in the VIZ Media dub of Sailor Moon!
Seanan McGuire was born in Martinez, California, and raised in a wide variety of locations, most of which boasted some sort of dangerous native wildlife. Despite her almost magnetic attraction to anything venomous, she somehow managed to survive long enough to acquire a typewriter, a reasonable grasp of the English language, and the desire to combine the two. The fact that she wasn’t killed for using her typewriter at three o’clock in the morning is probably more impressive than her lack of death by spider-bite.
Often described as a vortex of the surreal, many of Seanan’s anecdotes end with things like “and then we got the anti-venom” or “but it’s okay, because it turned out the water wasn’t that deep.” She has yet to be defeated in a game of “Who here was bitten by the strangest thing?,” and can be amused for hours by almost anything. “Almost anything” includes swamps, long walks, long walks in swamps, things that live in swamps, horror movies, strange noises, musical theater, reality TV, comic books, finding pennies on the street, and venomous reptiles. Seanan may be the only person on the planet who admits to using Kenneth Muir’s Horror Films of the 1980s as a checklist.
Seanan is the author of the October Daye urban fantasies, the InCryptid urban fantasies, and several other works both stand-alone and in trilogies or duologies. In case that wasn’t enough, she also writes under the pseudonym “Mira Grant.” For details on her work as Mira, check out MiraGrant.com.
In her spare time, Seanan records CDs of her original filk music (see the Albums page for details). She is also a cartoonist, and draws an irregularly posted autobiographical web comic, “With Friends Like These…”, as well as generating a truly ridiculous number of art cards. Surprisingly enough, she finds time to take multi-hour walks, blog regularly, watch a sickening amount of television, maintain her website, and go to pretty much any movie with the words “blood,” “night,” “terror,” or “attack” in the title. Most people believe she doesn’t sleep.
Seanan lives in an idiosyncratically designed labyrinth in the Pacific Northwest, which she shares with her cats, Alice and Thomas, a vast collection of creepy dolls and horror movies, and sufficient books to qualify her as a fire hazard. She has strongly-held and oft-expressed beliefs about the origins of the Black Death, the X-Men, and the need for chainsaws in daily life.
Years of writing blurbs for convention program books have fixed Seanan in the habit of writing all her bios in the third person, so as to sound marginally less dorky. Stress is on the “marginally.” It probably doesn’t help that she has so many hobbies.
Seanan was the winner of the 2010 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and her novel Feed (as Mira Grant) was named as one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2010. In 2013 she became the first person ever to appear five times on the same Hugo Ballot.
SungWon Cho is a voice actor. You also may know him as ProZD online where he makes videos on YouTube/Twitter/Tumblr/all the social medias. He loves his cats Effie and Sophie very much.
Cindy Robinson began her career as a stage actress. In New York she played leading roles in multiple shows on Broadway including Stephen Sondheim’s “Into The Woods,” “Peter Pan” and the Tony Award winning production of “Carousel” at Lincoln Center. When Cindy moved to Hollywood she used her talents to bring animated characters to life.
Her voice talents can be heard on many shows including Sonic Boom (Amy Rose), Blazblue (Makoto), Naruto (Samui), Bleach (Kiyone Kotetsu), Guardian of the Sacred Spirit (Balsa), Digimon: Fusion (Laylamon, Ewan) and Queen Beryl and Berthier in Sailor Moon, as well as various roles in Powerpuff Girls and other among many others.
Her video game career is also extensive with such selected titles as Fallout 4, Skyrim, Bioshock Infinite, Guild Wars 2, Resident Evil 6, Call of Duty: Black Ops, The Last of Us, Saints Row IV, Elder Scrolls, Zero Escape, Fallout: New Vegas, Street Fighter V, Pillars of Eternity, Star Wars: The Old Republic, There Came an Echo and Mass Effect 2 under her belt.
Cindy’s animation career includes some of the largest franchises in history such as Powerpuff Girls, Star Vs. The Forces of Evil, Monster High (Operetta, Holt/Hyde), Ever After High (Maddie Hatter, Humphrey Dumpty), Sonic Boom! (Amy Rose), Olivia the Pig, the new Netflix series, Popples (Lulu and Izzy), the very popular DVD series Leapfrog (Leap), Scout and Friends, Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn toys (Monkey).
Aside from voicing characters in the digital realm, Cindy is regularly featured in such live action series as Gotham, House of Lies, The Good Wife, The Lizzie Borden Chronicles and is also featured on the big screen in films such as Drive, The Equalizer, White House Down and is featured as the voice of The Announcer in The Purge just to name a few.
Cindy is the Official Voice of Betty Boop and can be heard in a series of Bally’s slot machines in Las Vegas.
For more information and a more complete list of credits, please visit IMDB.
Tony Oliver, who was recently named to IMDB’s top 20 all time Anime Voice Actors list, began his career 25 years ago as an actor on stage and camera performing in several feature films and dozens of plays. He found success as a voice over artist, lending his voice to one of the first foreign made animated features to receive wide US release (“The Sea Prince and the Fire Child”).
His first foray into television was as the voice of Rick Hunter in the groundbreaking animated series “Robotech”. Following that he turned his attention to writing but continued his voice acting career.
In 1988 he joined Saban Entertainment as a story editor where he wrote and produced an award winning adaptation of “The Jungle Book” and story edited the long running Nickelodeon anime series “The Noozles”. In 1992, Tony was tapped to help create a new kind of children’s television show. The result was the mega hit, “The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers”. Tony not only served as the development producer and head writer but also wrote the pilot, co-produced the series, directed the voice actors, played the voice of Saba, and produced the Power Rangers live appearance at Universal Studios, which drew an estimated 50,000 people on a single day. Later in the year he co-developed and wrote the script for the international sensation “Mighty Morphin Power Ranger – Live Tour”.
Since leaving Saban Entertainment in 1999, Tony has continued to develop, produce, voice and direct numerous projects for TV, Video Games, and New Media including “.hack//GU” a multi-player online video game; “Daigunder”, for ABC Family/Disney; “Gurren Lagann” a breakthrough anime series airing on the Sci Fi Channel, “Eureka Seven: Good Night, Sleep Tight, Young Lovers” which premiered on screens nationwide, and “Martha & Friends”, from Martha Stewart and 4Kids Entertainment as well as voice directing numerous video games like “League of Legends.”
Tony’s many voice acting credits include, “Hoodwinked Too”, “ The Muppet’s Wizard of Oz”, Lupin in “Lupin the 3rd”, Hibiki in “Vandread”, Gojyo in “Sayuki Reload”, Harry in “Gun Grave”, Ranmaru in “Tokko”, Shinbo in “Cho-bits”, Ulquiorra in “Bleach”, Minato the 4th Hokage in “Naruto”, as well as voices in video games such as “Delta Force: Black Hawk Down”, “Lord of the Rings: The War of the Ring”, “Dynasty Warriors”, “World of Warcraft”, “Everquest”, “Neverwinter Knights”, “Xenosaga”, “Magna Carta II”, “Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight”, ”Basara 3” and“BlazBlue”. More recently he adapted and directed the English releases of “K-ON! The Movie”, “Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan”, “Fate/Zero” and “Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic”, voice directed the highly anticipated “Dangan Ronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc”, and can be heard on Nickelodeon’s “NFL Rush Zone” and the animated musical series “Iesodo” in the title role. He is currently directing massively popular series “Hunter x Hunter” and the highly-anticipated “Love Live”.
Jessica Cavanagh is a professional stage actor and life-long theatre nerd who was lucky enough to have fallen into her first voice role in an anime on a total fluke – and she was even luckier that that anime turned out to be fan favorite, Black Butler. (Hone those dialect skills, my friends…they may come in handy at the most random of times!) What followed her stint as Paula in all of the Black Butler incarnations has been a trippy ride through diverse roles such as Aquarius in Fairy Tale, Moeka in Steins;Gate, Carla Jaeger in Attack on Titan, Dadan in One Piece, Izuku’s Mom in My Hero Academia, Iva in Karneval, Rui Hachioji in Code:Breaker, Haruna/Marisa in Dimension W, Makiko in Endride, Margaret Messner in Jormungand, Issei’s Mother in High School DxD, Tomiko Maeda in Shiki, Boss in A Certain Scientific Railgun, Sister Laura in Dance in the Vampire Bund, and Madam in One Piece: Strong World. Gamers may have also heard her as the insanely talkative Grandma Torgue in Borderlands 2. Jessica’s also a writer at Funimation. Some titles she’s written for include Gosick, Luck and Logic, Rampo Kitan, Alderamin on the Sky, and Fuuka… But her #1 crush is the theatre, and her work in the DFW area spans the past twelve years and has garnered her several awards and nominations, including three awards for Best Actress for her roles in Angels in America, A Streetcar Named Desire, and Outside Mullingar. Most importantly of all, Jessica is the mother of a kiddo on autism spectrum, and she loves meeting others on the spectrum as well as spreading awareness and understanding of that particular issue, which is obviously close to her heart. That led her to create the Anime for Autism panel for conventions, which has been, by far, one of the best experiences of her life.
Wendy Powell is a native of Texas and resides in Dallas with her husband Todd, her four year old son Charlie, and their lab Janie. She has steadily worked as a professional actress since graduating from Texas Christian University 1993, and is an Alumni of the Walt Disney World College program. She has also worked on commercials, television, radio, print, film, industrial videos, and of course anime voice overs. Her other great passion is teaching, she has taught middle school theatre for 6 years, and is grateful every day for all they teach her about life.
Wendy is best known for her work at Funimation Entertainment and Okatron 5000. Her most notable roles are: Envy from Full Metal Alchemist and Iiena from Claymore.
Wendy’s list of beloved characters that she has voiced over the years range from teacher to demons, which is what she loves most about voice acting!
The following is a list of some of her credits:
Heavy Object (Ayamia Cherryblossm) Tokyo Raven (Miyo Kuarahaski) Murder Princess (Cecilia) , Prince Adventures (Queen Tahirah Tehuti), Wolf Children (Nirasaki’s Daughter), The Gunstringer, Trigun: Badlands Rumble, Baka and Test: Summon the Beasts ( Kaoru Toudou), Royal Lane, Chaos Head ( Katsuko Momose), Casshern Sins, Soul Eater, Nabari No O (Naoko), Doruaga no to: The Aegis of Uruk (Quox), D. Gray-man (Hevlaska), Evangelion: 1.0: You are (Not) Alone, Darker than Black (Yamashita), Murder Princess (Cecilia), One Piece (Miss Merry Christmas), Negima! (Misora Kasuga), Shin Chan (Fever Demon), Ouran High School Host Club (Fan club Executive), Revelation (Snow), XXXHolic (Collector E), Trinity Blood (Paula), Spikeout: Battlestreet, Moon Phase (Pinky), Bloodrayne 2: (Kestral), School Rumble, Keroro Gunso (Admiral), Burst Angel (Ms Hongo), Space Dandy, The Galaxy Railways (Mrs. Drake), D7Peacemaker: Nightfall (V1), Fullmetal Alchemist and the Broken Angel (Camilla),Gunslinger Girl, Blue Gender: The Warrior ( Amick Hendar), Kiddy Grade (Etoh), Fruits Basket (Kyo’s Mother), Baki the Grappler (Emi), Detective Conan (Margery Wafulcot), Yuu Yuu Hakusho (Mukuro), *Catches breath*. Whew. My Goodness! Wendy is a busy, busy, lady!
Wendy Is excited to share her love of acting with the kiddos and adults at the con, and is looking forward to meeting all of you this weekend. See ya at the panels and workshops!
Sarah Rees Brennan
Sarah Rees Brennan was born and raised in Ireland by the sea, where her teachers valiantly tried to make her fluent in Irish (she wants you to know it’s not called Gaelic) but she chose to read books under her desk in class instead. The books most often found under her desk were Jane Austen, Margaret Mahy, Anthony Trollope, Robin McKinley and Diana Wynne Jones, and she still loves them all today.
After college she lived briefly in New York and somehow survived in spite of her habit of hitching lifts in fire engines. She began working on The Demon’s Lexicon while doing a Creative Writing MA and library work in Surrey, England. Since then she has returned to Ireland to write and use as a home base for future adventures. Her Irish is still woeful, but she feels the books under the desk were worth it.
Sarah’s latest series is the Lynburn Legacy, beginning with UNSPOKEN, a romantic Gothic mystery about a girl named Kami Glass, who discovers her imaginary friend is a real guy, and one of the mysterious Lynburn family who have returned to the sinister manor on the hill that looms over her town, and who may or may not be involved in dark deeds in the woods. It’s lucky that she’s a sassy girl reporter determined to discover all the secrets that have been kept from her by the town, Jared, and her own family. The trilogy concluded with UNMADE. Buy Unspoken through Random House, Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
Her latest book Tell the Wind and Fire, a retelling of Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities set in New York starring two boys with one soul between them and a girl with a dark secret hanging over her own soul, is out now and available to buy on Amazon