Guests

Our theme this year is MAGICAL GIRLS!

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), Mia and Me (Queen Mayla), My Big Big Friend (Lilly’s Mom), The Avengers (Wasp), Toot and Puddle (Tulip), Will and Dewitt (Shelley), Disney’s Yin Yang Yo (Saranoia, Ella Mental, Smoke and more), Gerald McBoing Boing (Gerald’s Mom), Meteor (Sinker), Cyberchase (Wicked), Mischief City (Mrs. Adams), 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, Carl Squared, Bob and Margaret, Girl Stuff Boy Stuff, George Shrinks, etc. 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).

Linda was contracted as the “voice” of the Comedy Network for 13 years and is currently creating and writing an animated series entitled Simply Wicked. Linda is also the host of the edgy new radio show I’m Just Sayin’ on Canada Talks (#167), SiriusXM’s newest channel.
Linda is the happily married mother of 3 perfect teenaged daughters.

 

 

 

 

TOBY PROCTOR

Toby Proctor has been working professionally in the entertainment industry since he was 8 years old. He got his start in theatre, playing the role of "Oliver" and went on to perform for about 10 more years in various stage productions. At the age of 11, Toby started to work on television shows for both US and Canadian Networks. He has also been in over 50 commercials for TV and radio throughout his career.
In addition to being in front of the camera, Toby has worked behind the scenes as a cinematographer for commercials and short films. and casting session director.

His list of credits include, Heros Reborn, Lost Girl, Reign, Nikita, XIII "The Series" The Man, Skulls III, Earth: Final Conlfict, MegaMan 2, Animorphs, Police Academy "The Series" Flash Gordon (Animated series) Road to Avonlea, T and T, Ramna 1/2.

Most notably Toby voiced the roles of Darien, Prince Darien, The Moonlight Knight and Tuxedo Mask in the pop culture classic anime series, Sailor Moon.

 

 

 

 

CRISTINA VEE

Cristina Vee is a voice actress from Los Angeles, CA. Since getting her first large anime roles in 2007, Cristina has voiced over 100 characters in both animation and video games. Anime fans know her Mio Akiyama in K-ON!, Alisa Bosconovitch in Tekken Blood Vengeance, Homura Akemi in Madoka Magica, Morgiana in Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, the eleven Honoka sisters in Netflix’s Knights of Sidonia, Cubone (and others) in Pokemon Origins and Riruka Dokugamine in Bleach. She was recently announced as the new voice of Sailor Mars in her favorite show, Sailor Moon! She voices Nickelodeon’s Lady Bug from Miraculous: Tales of ladybug and Cat Noir. Hawk from Seven Deadly Sins is also a character Cristina voices. She makes appearances in Sword Art Online, Kill la Kill, Fate/Zero, Doraemon, Accel World, and Squid Girl.

On the video game scene she is popular for her voice work as Noel Vermillion and the Murakumo Units in the Blazblue series, Compa in the Neptunia series, Lian Shi in Dynasty Warriors, Cerebella in Skullgirls, Riven the Exile in League of Legends, Nova in Tales of Xillia 2 (pay your debt!), Shantae in Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse and Half-Genie Hero, Four in Drakengard 3, Karna and Bami in Ys: Memories of Celceta, Serina in Conception 2, and Cinque in Final Fantasy Type-0.

Beyond voice acting she has a large YouTube following for her singing. She provides vocals to songs in Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d You Steal Our Garbage!? and Shantae: Half Genie Hero. She currently casts and directs Skullgirls and is recognizable to eSports fans for hosting IGN’s IPL 4 and 5.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ERICA MENDEZ

Erica is best known for her roles as Ryuko Matoi in "KILL la KILL”, Aladdin in "Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic”, Yuuki Konno in “Sword Art Online II” and Nico Yazawa in Love Live! Other animation credits include Gon Freecs in “HunterxHunter (2011)”, Haruka Tenoh/Sailor Uranus in the new VIZ Media re-dub of "Sailor Moon”, Tsubaki in Your Lie in April, Akko Kagari in Little Witch Academia, Akari Sakishima in "A Lull in the Sea", Diane in “Seven Deadly Sins”, Fu Inubozaki in "Yuki Yuna is a Hero", Mametchi in the "Tamagotchi Friends" webisodes, various characters in "Blood Lad", and Cloud E. Sky in the one-hour animated special "Lalaloopsy Girls: Welcome to L.A.L.A Prep School".

Her video game works include Nagisa Shingetsu in "Danganronpa Another Episode", Eryn in "Fairy Fencer F", and Naotora Ii in “Dead or Alive 5: Last Round”. You can also hear her in other titles such as "Skullgirls 2nd Encore", “Disgaea 5”, “Xenoblade Chronicles X”, “Omega Quintet”, ”Demon Gaze", “Operation Abyss”, ”Hyperdevotion Noire", "Atelier Escha & Logy", "The Witch and the Hundred Knight", "Ar nosurge", "Dust: An Elysian Tail", and “Pac-man and the Ghostly Adventures”.

Visit ericamendezvoice.com to check out her full list of credits. You can also keep up with Erica's role announcements and incoherent rambling by following her on Twitter @tsunderica.

 

 

 

 

 

 

CARRIE KERANEN

Carrie Keranen can be heard as Alya in Miraculous Ladybug currently on Nickelodeon Sundays at noon as well as Lady Satsuki in Kill la Kill . Her recent titles include Hiroko in Your Lie in April, Sara Valestine in Trails of Cold Steel and Guila in Seven Deadly Sins. Previously, she voiced Mami Tomoe in Madoka Magica, Yamraiha in Magi and the homeroom teacher Miss Yuki in Tora Dora. Recent appearances: Naruto, Sailor Moon, Pokemon among others. She reprised her role as Caska in Berserk for the Movie Trilogy recently released. In 2012 she went to San Diego ComicCon to premiere TEKKEN: Blood Vengeance as Ling Xiaoyu. Previous credits: Mokuba for the later seasons of YuGiOh, Kisara in YuGiOh Millennium, Cutie Honey in the live action Cutie Honey, Kumiko in Gokusen, Hinaku in Phoenix (Hi no Tori) and as Sheena in Pokemon: Arceus and the Jewel of Life. Her voice also appears in recurring roles on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Ah! My Goddess, Slayers, Let's go Tamgotchi, Pat and Stan, and Huntik. Her recent video game roles: Rom and (recently) Vert in the Neptunia series, Lailah in Tales of Zestiria and she was part of the Rebel Alliance in Star Wars: Battlefront, Annie in Red Dead Revolver, Lux in League of Legends, Viva Piñata and more! She currently works and resides in Los Angeles, CA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CASSANDRA LEE MORRIS

Some of her most well-known roles include Leafa in Sword Art Online, Nami in League of Legends, Kyubey in Madoka Magica, Edea Lee in Bravely Default/Bravely Second, Lin in Xenoblade Chronicles X and Taiga in Toradora! She is also proud to play Bubbles on the Netflix series "Popples."

She can also be heard in the following video games: Fie in The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel franchise, Sumomo in Persona 4: Dancing all Night, Nana in God Eater 2: Rage Burst, Elphelt in Guilty Gear Xrd Sign, Sophie in Tales of Graces f, Mutsuki in Final Fantasy Type-0, Leifang in Dead or Alive 5, Celia in Infamous: Second Son, Grace in There Came An Echo, Minette in Skullgirls, Aoi Asahina in Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, Amber in Rune Factory 4, Calilica in Ys: Memories of Celceta, Hitomi in Devil Summoners: Soul Hacker, Totori in Atelier Totori: The Adventurer of Arland, Gust in Hyperdimension Neptunia, Lapis in Unchained Blades, Allysse in Vindictus, and many more.

Cassandra entered the anime world as Yubel in Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, and later voiced twins Leo and Luna for Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds. She can also be heard in the following anime roles: Atra in Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans, Saki in DuRaRaRa, Ritsu in K-On!, Tsubasa in Love Live!, Calaveras in Sailor Moon, Nee in Blue Exorcist, Usamaro in Blue Exorcist: The Movie, Sue in Doraemon, Aoi in Coppelion, Saki in DuRaRaRa!, Amy in Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet, Patema in Patema Inverted, Aika Nakamura in Persona 4: The Animation, Marble in Pokemon, Yuki-Onna in Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan, Teo in Oblivion Island: Haruka and the Magic Mirror, Nadya in First Squad and Uppi in Slayers Revolution-R.

Cassandra is also an award-winning audiobook narrator. She has lent her voice to over 200 books by authors like James Patterson, R.L. Stine, Sara Shepard, Pseudonymous Bosch and Jerry Spinelli. She was named a "genre-defining voice" for kids' fiction by Audible.com, and usually voices young adult and middle grade novels as well as children's books

When she isn’t in the voiceover booth, Cassandra is obsessively posting photos on Instagram (@cassandra.morris), Facebooking (facebook.com/ilovecassandralee), and Tweeting (@socassandra).

 

 

LAUREN LANDA

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 Rogers 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, Batboy 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 games BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger, as well as the sequels BlazBlue: Continuum Shift, and Continuum Shift Extend; Chrono Phantasma; 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”, 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/ A’s), Kirche Van Zerbst, (Familiar Of Zero) Aegil, Cotton, Sasha (Rondo of Swords), Lila (Summon Night Twin Age), Rina (Luminous Arc 2), Yoko (Sakichi Satô’s Tokyo Zombie), Sy-Fy channel’s anime addition (Monster) and more!

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3119972/

 

 

MONICA RIAL

Monica Rial has been working in the anime voice over industry for 15 years. According to Anime News Network, she is currently the most prolific anime voice actress in the USA. As an actress for ADV Films, Funimation Entertainment, and Sentai Filmworks she has lent her voice to over 300 anime including: Air (Misuzu), Another (Mei), Baccano! (Chane), Black Butler (Mei Ren), Certain Magical Index (Index), E.F. a Tale of Memories (Chihiro), Excel Saga (Hyatt), Fairy Tail (Mirajane), Full Metal Panic! (Kyoko), Hetalia (Flying Mint Bunny/Belarus), High School of the Dead (Shizuka), Maria Holic (Maria); Mass Effect: Paragon Lost (Treeya), Majestic Prince (Tamaki), Michiko & Hatchin (Michiko), Negima (Konoka/Kazumi/Satsuki), One Piece (Tashigi/Karu/Kuina), Ouran Host Club (Renge), Noir (Kirika), Panty and Stocking (Stocking), Princess Jellyfish (Mayaya), Sergeant Frog (Momoka), Shinchan (Ai), Tsubasa (Sakura), Witchblade (Maria) and many more. She appeared on Toonami in Deadman Wonderland (Shiro), Casshern Sins (Ringo), Soul Eater (Tsubaki) and FMA Brotherhood (May Chang). You can also catch her on Nicktoons and the CW as Bulma in Dragonball Z Kai. She has also appeared in several video games including Ms. ‘Splosion Man, Comic jumper, and Borderlands 2. Be sure to come by and say hello!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IAN SINCLAIR

Ian Sinclair is an actor, director, and voice actor that has been working in the anime and videogame industry for over a decade. Some of his more popular roles include: Whis from DragonBall Z, Brook from One Piece, Dandy from Space Dandy, Rashid from Street Fighter V, Romano from Hetalia, Sosuke Yamazaki from Free! Eternal Summer, Chuck from Panty and Stocking, Bard from Black Butler, Toriko from Toriko, Favaro from Rage of Bahamut, Ryner Lute in Legend of the Legendary Heroes, Worick Arcangelo from Gangsta, Zapp Renfro from Blood Blockade Battlefront, Zaveid from Tales Of Zestiria, Professor Nakayama from Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, 12th from Future Diary, Yu Kanda from D Gray Man Hallow, Tatara from The Boy and the Beast, Gija from Yona of the Dawn, Montana from BattleBorn, Nile Dok from Attack on Titan, Baron Flynt from Borderlands, Dallas Genoard from Baccano!, Juzo Sakakura from Danganronpa 3, Mezo Shoji from My Hero Academia, Emilio Langheim from Endride, Prince Salva from Dimension W, Gaddes from The Vision of Escaflowne, The Reaper in Assassination Classrom, Hamura from Terror in Resonance, Mitsuhide from Snow White with the Red Hair, Touji from Tokyo Ravens, Akane from Soul Eater Not!, Yaiba from Show by Rock, Shiho Kimizuki from Seraph of the End, Otohiko from Kamisama Kiss, R from Jormungand, Tanaka in the Shana series, Tatsumi from Shiki, Alcides from Appleseed XIII, Marc Cole from Spice and Wolf 2, Ginei Morioka from Rosario + Vampire, Shu Koibuchi from Princess Jellyfish, Takeru Oyama from Maken-Ki!, Bora and Kawazu in Fairy Tail, Akoz from Casshern Sins, Douglas Rosenberg from El Cazador de la Bruja, Toraji Ishida from Bamboo Blade, Liam from Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Tyr from Smite, and many more.

You can follow Ian on Twitter @iantweeting.
Ian is represented by the Mary Collins Agency.

 

 

 

 

Artists

LOVEROFPIGGIES / CRAYON QUEEN

Loverofpiggies, more well known under the name "Crayon Queen", has been drawing comics since she was a toddler, and have been doing webcomics for at least 8 years. Her most recognized works are the webcomics 'Aftertale', 'Christmas Party AU (Otherwise known as CPAU)' and 'AskErrorSans', all which are hosted on her tumblr, Loverofpiggies.tumblr.com, and are considered fancomics of the popular video game, Undertale. She is planning original webcomic work, in addition to fan content in the near future! She works with both traditional mediums, and digital in her comics, sometimes doing a blend of crayon and sharpie with digital paint programs. She does her best to interact with readers, and is very excited to join Shuto Con in 2017. She loves to talk to people, so feel free to walk up and say hello!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MUSICAL GUESTs

MYSTERY SKULLS

A mastermind electronic artist, producer, and singer - Mystery Skulls is an adopted stage name for Luis Dubuc, a self-taught musician from Dallas who, through trial and error, perseverance, hard work, self-belief, great timing and the courage to move to Los Angeles, has made a name for himself. With the 2014 release of his debut album, Forever, the young talent immediately blazed up the electronic iTunes chart, reaching #7 among some major players, and gained the attention of and even collaborated with pop icons Nile Rodgers and Brandy. With the release of the tracks “Ghost”, “Paralyzed”, and the unbelievable “Magic”, Skulls received offers to work and remix with multiple amazing artists and received and incredible amount of press love from blogs like Noisey, Earmilk, Stereotude, Nylon Guys’, and countless more. Mystery Skulls' music offers hints of 70s and 80s pop and dance music with futuristic elements, shifting from a dark, lurking place of uncertainty to lighter and more self-aware as the "Forever" record progresses. In a review by Life+Time they put into words how, “multi-talented artists such as Luis Dubuc, better known as Mystery Skulls, are bringing next level production that combines a little pinch of everything there is to value about well-composed music overall.”

Visit Mystery Skulls online at http://mysteryskulls.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MysterySkulls

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mysteryskulls

 

 

 

 

 

 

BIT BRIGADE

"When was the last time you attended a live music performance with a genuine element of risk involved? And no, going to a Gwar show with a white t-shirt on doesn't count. When Bit Brigade takes the stage your mind will frantically oscillate between "Oh! Agh!! Please don't die!!" and "YES! He's doing it!!" Combining the dread and daring of a live video game speed run with the spot-on technique of a live band covering the musical accompaniment to everything you're seeing on-screen in real time, Bit Brigade will have you swinging between the two mediums. From thrashing about to live renditions of your favorite stage themes, fingers yearning to the sky in a rock 'n roll parody of sea anemones seeming to silently plead, "Please, feed us more fretboard pyrotechnics!," to being locked in stock-still rapture as the infallible maestro of the d-pad, Noah McCarthy, takes on the final boss and risks his video game life under the threat of intense peer scorn (or the reward of night-long glory and a credits score). No matter the outcome, Bit Brigade must play on until the deed is done - which it always is - on the first (and last) try. Once Noah’s NES buzzes on, there’s no turning back." - Metalhead Mike of The Shizz, summer 2011

 

 

PROFESSOR SHYGUY

Chiptunes, singing, guitar solos, keyboard, bad dance moves, smart songs, dumb songs, all from one chubby bald guy.

Professor Shyguy's music can be best described as; high energy, chiptune-electro-rocking, 8-bit, epically vocalized, highly danceable, theatrical nerd-pop. Singing 50% about video games and the other 50% is anything from Space/Time to English Language gymnastics. His performance consists of singing, playing guitar, keyboards, and drums, sometimes three of those things at the same time. Since the first album he has shared the stage with The Protomen, Peelander Z, Ellen McLain (aka the voice of GLaDOS), Samantha Newark (The voice of Jem of 'and the Holograms'), and more. Can be heard on songs with Mega Ran, Doctor Awkward, Beefy, Duane & BrandO, Kyle Hebert (The Narrator of Dragon Ball Z), Amanda Lepre (of Descendants of Erdrick), and more!

 

 

 

 

THE ADVENTURES OF DUANE & BRANDO

Duane Zuwala and Brandon Lackey (aka 8bit Duane and The Amazing BrandO) formed the Nerd Rock duo, "The Adventures of Duane & BrandO" in late 2006, which combines classic video game music, hip hop, and rock. Pioneers of their own brand of musical walkthrough tribute, the duo has returned to right wrongs, play songs, and ding-a-ding-dang their danga-long-ling-longs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2D6

"..a legendary musical group."
"No band has influenced pop culture the way they have."
"Irrepressible and irresistible, they were -- and remain --the world's most astonishing band."

The band? The Beatles, whom 2d6 once listened to. They were pretty good, too! Those descriptions were probably pretty accurate! But 2d6 is pretty good, too. They're a couple of nerds, who were once a couple of animals, who found a pair of six sided-dice after running away from a lab--listen, the backstory's a lot to take in; suffice it to say: 2d6 likes to rap about geeky pop culture. Anime, video games, comic books, roleplaying, 2d6 covers it all! And not only do they do it, they do it with more energy, verve, and panache than any other band you've ever seen.

Listen, nerds know a lot about words. Rappers must know a lot of words to succeed. QED, nerds are the best rappers. So let 2d6 to rap at you while they pelt you with a ton of candy. Check out 2d6 @ 2d6music.com!

 

 

 

SUPER GUITAR BROS

The Super Guitar Bros are not actually brothers – they’re bros! Steve and Sam met back in 2007 at a local coffee shop where Sam was performing with a mutual friend of theirs. After seeing Sam’s classical skills, Steve knew they had to start making music together. During their first jam session, everything clicked. They’ve been playing together ever since.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEN BRIGGS

Ben Briggs has been producing dance music for more than a decade, and is now an established “nerdy” entertainer. He’s appeared at conventions all over the world, including Otakon, MAGFest, and many more. Widely known for his remixes of video game music and chiptune influence, he puts on a high-energy show full of positive vibes and LOTS of dancing. Dedicated to "making the fun happen", he believes it is his duty to remove people from the stress and problems of their daily lives with music. With any luck his plan for world domination will succeed, one smile at a time.

http://benbriggs.net
http://soundcloud.com/bbriggsmusic
http://facebook.com/bbriggsmusic
http://twitter.com/bbriggsmusic
http://youtube.com/bbriggsmusic

 

 
 
 

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