Another Anime Con 2017 Guests
Voice Actors & Industry
Voice Actors & Industry
J. Michael Tatum
Voice Actors & Industry
Voice Actors & Industry
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/
Brandon McInnis is a voice, stage, and film actor who has lived and worked as a translator and interpreter in Japan.
Credits include Samon Gokū (NANBAKA), Corteo (91 Days), Sōnosuke Izayoi (Danganronpa 3), Dr. Love (ēlDLIVE), Patrick Phelps (Black Butler), Ryūji (Shōnen Maid), Merlane (Heroic Legend of Arslan), Hideyori Toyotomi (Samurai Warriors), Atsushi Toushirou (Touken Ranbu), Alain Lernier (Joker Game), Erlang Shen (SMITE), Bartholomew (CONfessionals), and more.
He has interpreted professionally for Nobuo Uematsu, the Earthbound Papas, Takashi O’Hashi, D, Versailles, Alsdead, Blood Stain Child, MeteoroiD, Ganglion, Otokage, and various Japanese programmers, CEOs, and academics
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!