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Jamie Marchi is the voice behind the Witchblade (Masane Amaha) from
Witchblade, large and in charge Ellie from Borderlands II, and the lovably
filthy Panty from Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt.
Some of her other popular voice roles are from Soul Eater (Liz), Hetalia
(Narrator), Deadman Wonderland (Karako), Sgt. Frog (Aki), Shin Chan
(Miss Polly), YuYu Hakusho (Juri), Fruits Basket (Motoko), High School DxD
(Rias), Fairy Tail (Cana), Black Cat (Rinslet), Spice and Wolf (Chloe), Tenchi
Muyo: War on Geminar (Mexiah), Rin (Mimi), Blassreiter (Amanda), Negima
(Haruna), Burst Angel (Meg), Claymore (Helen), One Piece (Miss Valentine),
Ouran (Chizuru), Strike Witches (Shirley), Freezing (Rana), Sekirei
(Uzume), Legend of the Legendary Heroes (Milk), Baka and Test (Shouko),
as well as Heaven’s Lost Property (the unforgettable Mikako Satsukitane).
Jamie’s behind the scene experience adapting scripts include: Panty and
Stocking, Hetalia(s), Spice and Wolf(s), Sgt. Frog(s), Yamada’s First Time,
Baka and Test(s), Blood-C, Oh! Edo Rocket, Tenchi Muyo: War on
Geminar, Strike Witches, and Negima?! amongst others. She’s also
directed Hetalia (Season 3), Spice and Wolf, Sgt. Frog and Negima?!.
In her spare time, Jamie enjoys theatre, 80s music, dancing, running,
spending time with people who don’t suck, anything red wine or dark
beer related, making fun of people who are taking long walks on the
beach, and generally just being a redhead.
After a rather busy year, Tyson's resume has blossomed. Already known for his role as hacker extraordinaire "Itaru 'Daru' Hashida" in Steins;Gate, Tyson's newest credits include: "Matsuda" in HighSchool DxD, "Georg" in Eureka Seven: AO, "Oimo" in One Piece, and "Squeak" in Space Dandy. Other notable roles Tyson has played include "Byard" from Fairy Tail, "Alan" in Jormungand, "Peixe" in Michiko & Hatchin, "Nozomu Tamaki" in Dance in the Vampire Bund, "Bobby" in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, and the Head-Irish-Thief-That-Throws-Dynamite in episode 10 of Black Butler. Tyson has played additional roles in such shows as: Baka and Test, Black Butler (I & II), Darker than Black, Deadman Wonderland, Hetalia, a guy getting his face stepped on in Sengoku Basara, and in Rosario + Vampire Tyson voiced a guy looking up the skirt of an anime resin statue.
Tyson is also a writer at Funimation, working on Attack on Titan, Aquarion Evol, and other yet to be announced shows.
As a Musician, Tyson provides rhythm guitar and vocals in the punk band Bullet Machine, with their recently released album "Initiate Plan Z". He is a vocalist and harmonica player in Blues-Rock influenced Smokestack Lightning. He was also the vocals and guitarist for the now defunct punk band, The Tommyguns.
As a Comedian, Tyson has performed with the veteran improvisational troupe Ad-Libs, as well as writing, performing, and storyboarding various projects with PostHollywood, such as The Jim Wellman Voiceovers on YouTube.
Ian Sinclair has been voice acting for FUNimation since he was a sophomore in college, where he studied theatre. Since then he's been working in the Dallas area as a professional actor in a multitude of arenas. He's performed on stage, on camera, and, of course, behind the mic.
In addition to the recently announced Space Dandy in Space Dandy, a few of Ian's more popular anime roles include Brook in One Piece, Toriko in Toriko, Ryner Lute in Legend of the Legendary Heroes, Bardroy in Black Butler, Romano in Hetalia, Chuck in Panty and Stocking, Shu in Princess Jellyfish, Dallas in Baccano, Yomotsu Hirasaka (12th) in Future Diary, Orang in Last Exile: Fam, The Silver Wing, Alcides in Appleseed XII, Seo in Sekirei, Bora in Fairy Tail, Ginei Morioka in Rosario + Vampire, Ian and Itomimizu in One Piece, Shogo in Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne, Zaki in Claymore, Toyama in Oh! Edo Rocket, Douglas and Steve in El Cazador de la Bruja, Shiro in Okami-san, Daisuke Matsuo in Yamada’s First Time, Marc in Spice and Wolf II, Hasegawa in Baka and Test, Takamy in Fractale, Akoz in Casshern Sins, Toraji in Bamboo Blade, Liam in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Colin in Level E, R in Jormungand, and as Takeru Ohyama in Maken-Ki! Battling Venus.
Additionally, Ian can be heard as the voice of Baron Flynt in the video game Borderlands, Professor Nakayama and Jimbo Hodunk in Borderlands 2, and as the "Cool" custom hero voice in Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi. Ian has worked as a director on Initial D, Spice and Wolf II, both seasons of Black Butler, and The Shana movie.
Chris Rager is an American voice actor for Funimation studios. More notable performances are as Mr. Satan, King Yemma, and Hercule on "Dragonball Z", as well as, Arlong the leader of the fish people on the popular "One Piece".
Chris has been seen in national and regional T.V. commercial ads like Taco Bell, Southwest Airlines and Visa. You may also see Chris performing live on stage in Dallas as an improvisor for the last 16 years and currently with Ad-Libs Comedy Troupe .
Although he loves the live stage and T.V. exposure, Chris holds voice acting close to his heart. You may have also heard Chris in Animes such as Pantie & Stocking, Fafner, Black Cat, Desert Punk, Lupin III, FMA, FMA Brotherhood, Yu Yu Hakusho, Fairy Tales, Baccano and Hero Tales.
Chris has also been heard in such video games Spike out: Battle Street, Stuntman Ignition, Bloodrayne, Roadkill, Comic Jumper, Ages of Empire, Tribes and the newly realeased Borderlands 2. Chris always looks forwards to his next voice over role, hoping he can bring a high level of talent and professionalism to such characters.
Monica Rial has been working in the anime voice over industry for 14 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 275 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), Mass Effect: Paragon Lost (Treeya), 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 can be heard on the Cartoon Network 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!
MARY ELIZABETH MCGLYNN
Mary Elizabeth McGlynn is a voice over actress, writer, singer and director. As an
actress, she portrayed “Major Motoko Kusanagi” in Ghost In The Shell Innocence, Solid
State Society and Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex for which she won the
American Anime Award for Best Actress. You can also hear her as “Sei” in Alpha
Protocol and “Nora” in Final Fantasy XIII. Some of her other popular roles are “
Cornelia” in Code Geas. "Kurenai" from Naruto, "Julia” from Cowboy Bebop, "Helba"
and “Bordeau” from .hack, "Jagura" from Wolf's Rain and “Caroline” from Vampire
As a director, Mary Elizabeth just wrapped up directing the first season of Stitch! for
The Disney Channel and the adr on the feature animated film Dino Mom. She is
currently directing Naruto: Shippuden for Disney XD. She has directed the 4 Naruto
Movies as well as Naruto the series for which she received the 2008 SPJA award for
best director. Among her many other directing credits are Cowboy Bebop the series, Cowboy Bebop: Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door, Wolf’s Rain, the movie Appleseed and was a co-writer for the American adaptation of Metropolis. She also directed the original animated series Gormiti Lords of Nature for Cartoon Network and Wild Animal Babies for PBS.
Mary Elizabeth has had the great honor of singing the music of Akira Yamaoka for the movie Silent Hill as well as the games: Silent Hill 3, 4, 5, Origins and the newly released Silent Hill: Shattered Memories which she also co-directed.
ARTIST GUESTS OF HONOR - RIKKI SIMONS AND TAVISHA WOLFGARTH-SIMONS
Rosearik Rikki Simons is a voice actor, writer, and artist. He is most famous for being the voice of the robot in a dog suit, GIR from Invader ZIM. As writer he is known for science fiction and fantasy novels such as Hitherto a Lion, Ranklechick and His Three Legged Cat, Super Information Hijinks: Reality Check!, and the six volume ShutterBox fantasy series, which he co-created with his wife, Tavisha-Wolfgarth-Simons. He is also a background painter in animation, most noted for his color design on Invader ZIM. The weekly web comic that he creates with Tavisha, called @Tavicat, can be read at www.tavicat.com
Tavisha produces her art and stories under the studio name of Tavicat (and sometimes “WiredPsyche”) along with her husband, Rikki Simons. After a decade of publishing manga-influenced comics in the American market, Tavisha has had the opportunity to work with a variety of properties, attaching her much loved spin to them. A fan favorite, Tavisha has designed manga versions of established western cartoon characters for Nickelodeon Magazine, she has designed characters and fashions from the ground up for companies such as Tokyopop and Digital Manga, and she has co-created original titles such as Ranklechick and his Three-Legged Cat, Super Information Hijinks: Reality Check!, and ShutterBox. The weekly web comic that she creates with Rikki, called @Tavicat, can be read at www.tavicat.com.
INDUSTRY GUEST- SARAH "SULLY" SULLIVAN
Sarah Sullivan is no stranger to the animation industry. Previously the DVD and Blu-Ray Production Assistant at FUNimation, she has recently vacated the position of Funimation's Conventions and Events Program as Convention Manager.
Sarah has worked on projects such as Princess Jellyfish, the Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE OVA, Hetalia: Axis Powers: Paint it, White! Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt and many more as part of the Production Team. Her vocal stylings can also be heard in Baka and Test Season 2, Last Exile; Fam the Silver Wing, Mitchiko and Hatchin, and Fairy Tail. She's also a veteran staffer of numerous local Texas anime conventions from the last decade.
When not glued to the Internet watching ALL THE ANIME THINGS, she can be found crafting, cooking or causing general mischief, and; occasionally, tomfoolery. You can catch her ramblings on food, anime, pop culture and the various excesses of life on the Hungry Otaku Gal at http://thehungryotakugal.wordpress.com/
I FIGHT DRAGONS
I Fight Dragons is a rock band from Chicago. Their music is a combination of pop/rock with chiptune, featuring electronic sounds made using Nintendo Game Boys and Nintendo Entertainment Systems. Their music has been featured on Nintendo Video as well as on the WWE. They have toured the USA with MC chris and Whole Wheat Bread in 2009, 3OH!3, Cobra Starship, and Travie McCoy in 2010, The Protomen in 2011, and they were on the entire 2012 Vans Warped Tour. They went on their first national headlining tour, "The War of Cyborg Liberation Tour" with openers MC Lars and Skyfox in 2012.
The Pillowcases will be bringing the music of beloved anime FLCL to
Shuto Con! If you loved FLCL, you'll definitely want to check out this
band as they cover the full range of your favorite songs, from Ride on
Shooting Star to Little Busters to Hybrid Rainbow... and maybe a few
surprises thrown in, too! They'll be opening up for the amazing Arc
Impulse, so stick around after the show too!
Stephen Dranger: Vocals, Guitar
Mike Regan: Vocals, Guitar
Matt Sigler: Drums
Lucas Sgouros: Bass Guitar
KNIGHT OF THE ROUND
Knight of the Round turned a lot of heads during their live debut at MAGFest 11 with their highly energetic live show and their relentless 8 string riffage. Hailing from Northwest Indiana, KOTR draws influences from every bit of the heavy metal spectrum. KOTR has brought a fresh approach to VGM since its inception in 2008 while paying homage to one of the most notable game franchises of all time, Final Fantasy. Having just released their brand new album, "Onward Dissension", Knight of the Round will be returning to Shuto-Con for the 2nd year. Get ready to bang your heads.
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!
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.
Since 2009, Jeffito has performed at some of the country’s largest anime conventions such as Anime Expo in Los Angeles, Anime Central in Chicago, and Sakura Con in Seattle, usually being the sole DJ who brings house that only one from Chicago, the home of House Music, could. Jeffito frequently incorporate video game music (mostly from Bemani games such as Dance Dance Revolution and Beatmania IIDX) into his sets and has proven time and time again that an experienced and well-polished DJ can make all the difference from just another dance to an unforgettable night.
DJ BAD COREY
Bad Corey is a Hardcore connoisseur, diving head-first into the genre from the moment he took up the decks and forging himself into a local Hardcore expert. He is dedicated to bringing crowds some of the most energetic, uplifting, pulse-pounding, and happy tunes from all over the globe. He's looking to brighten up your night, and is hoping you'll join him on an adrenaline-filled ride you won't forget. You can expect many things when Bad Corey hits the decks, but one thing you can expect not to be is bored, so bring your stomping shoes and get ready to sweat.
Since 2009, theotoxin has explored a wide array of music in an effort to shape a unique sound and style. From down-tempo beats, to high energy hardcore, there are few styles left untouched. The result of this exploration falling under the phenomenon known as 'Internet Dancefloor', an area in which theotoxin has established a strong foothold. The term is influenced by and encompasses a wide variety of styles, including J-Pop, Desktop Music (amateur/dōjin production via unconventional methods), Anison (remixes or tracks built upon anime themes/soundtracks), and much more.
In addition to solo efforts, theotoxin has also collaborated with the net label/collective Zoom Lens, and curated the 11th volume in a series of mixtapes for the label, to huge success with over 5,000 plays. Other mixes have met similar reception, earning a collective play count of over 32,000 and counting, and gaining attention from artists including tofubeats, Tomad, Seiho, and more. In addition to net presence, theotoxin has performed at many live events, including ColossalCon, KatsuCon, IchibanCon, and many more.
DJ BEN BRIGGS
Ben Briggs: "Nerdy" electronic musician, dance music producer, video game music remixer, and performer. He's performed at MAGFest 2013 & 2014, Nerdapalooza 2012 & 2013, Anime Crossroads, and many more. Conventions are by far his favorite events to perform at, and he promises a show you won't soon forget!
DJ VINH VU
DJ Vinh Vu got his start playing electro house and trance in Detroit, in 2006. Playing in venues all over the Midwest, he soon found his niche mixing J-trance and K-pop music into his sets. This garnered the attention of conventions like Youmacon, Matsuricon and Anime Central's Soap Bubble dance. Vinh Vu showcases Korean musical acts like SHINee, SNSD, BIG BANG and 2NE1 in his convention sets. This will be his first time at Shuto Con and plans on bringing the Hallyu to this convention.
Known for his diverse fusion of hip hop, trap, old school, and electronic DJ Skitzo has been in the international DJ scene for more than 15 years. He has performed as opening act for artists such as 50 cent, DJ Clue, Paul Van Dyke, DJ S&S, DJ Kool, Biz Markie, Whodini, Ashanti, Mobb Deep, Ludacris, and many others. DJ Skitzo is the 2011 Michigan DJ Olympics turntable champion and currently featured on a nationally syndicated mixshow for Music Choice, the largest music network in the United States. He was also previously Richmond’s #1 Mixshow DJ for WRVQ-Q94. Mixing, scratching, and live mash-ups along with other technical skills are what to expect from any DJ Skitzo show.