Guests at Chicago Con
Join us for autographs, panels, and more! Guests at C+A+D are awesome people who come to share fandom, voice acting experience, and culture with everyone attending. Guests are announced as they accept our invitations to participate in our convention.
Shinichiro Watanabe is a Japanese anime director. You are very likely to know almost all of his anime works. He is best known for directing the critically acclaimed and incredibly successful anime series Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo, and Space Dandy. Watanabe is known for incorporating multiple genres into his anime creations, such as cowboy western in Cowboy Bebop. He has been the director of Kids on the Slope, Space Dandy, Terror in Resonance, as well as Cowboy Bebop, Carole & Tuesday, and Samurai Champloo.
A dance and rap duo formed by RiRi and Lula; mannequins have emotions. “Fxxk Boyz Get Money,” released in 2014, became a big hit among teens in the US and Europe with its extreme rap and sexy TWERK dance. As a girlʼs anthem, it received high acclaim by fashionistas and influencers around the world. Its music video was viewed nearly 2 million times on YouTube! In the US, “Vice” called FEMM a “supergroup,” and FEMM got Artist Of The Week at MTV IGGY with 97.97% votes. Their digital album “Femm-Isation” was released on an indie label and it hit # 10 on the Billboard world hit chart. In Japan, they appear on the Google Android TV commercial “New Android version,” and in 2016, they made a major debut with an EP+1st Album ”PoW!/ L.C.S. +Femm-Isation.” 4 consecutive music videos released following their debut were on MTV JAPANʼs heavily played videos. They also made a debut in UK and selected as the most worth noting artist for 2016 by Huffington Host Entertainment UKand was mentioned on international recognized art website, Creators Project. FEMM also performed at “HYPER JAPAN Christmas,” the leading Japanese culture event in the UK. A gagaku trap, “animus” by “FAMMʼIN,” the female rap crew teamed up with FAKY and Yupʼin, has been premiered at Londonʼs DAZED. FEMM keeps making leaps in Japan and overseas.
Gareth West is an American Anime Voice Actor/Actor/Model operating out of Texas. He is known to voice character such as Ittetsu Takeda in Haikyu, Seiya Takehaya in Tsurune, Haruka Shinozaki in My Girlfriend Is Shobitch, Kanichi Konishi in Food Wars and Akihiro Tsukuba in Chihayafuru. He has also played characters in various other shows such as; Log Horizon, Hitorijime My Hero, My Love Story, Gate, Chaika Coffin Princess, Rehamatora, Armed Girls Machiavellism, Mr. Tonegawa, and Haven’t You Heard I’m Sakamoto. When not making anime voices or acting, Gareth enjoys basically anything nerdy under the sun. So whatever it is you are into chances are you can come up and geek out, because there is nothing he likes more than getting enthusiastic and making new friends!
Lisle Wilkerson grew up in Tokyo, Japan. She speaks fluent Japanese, and does voice work in both English & Japanese.
She is the powerhouse behind some of the gaming industry’s most popular female fighting characters, such as Nina Williams and Christie Monteiro, Sarah Bryant from Virtual Fighter, as well as Joy and Xiuying in Shenmue II. She not only does video game voices, she has also done the voice of Badtz Maru (from Hello Kitty) and commercials for many internationally renown companies as Nissan, Panasonic, Sony, United etc. Lisle did dubbing for two live action ULTRAMAN films, which were just recently in theaters here in the US. And she will be doing more work this year with the Ultraman franchise. Lisle acted alongside Bill Murray in the Academy Award winning Sofia Coppola film “Lost In Translation”, and had a lead role in the award winning indie film "Kamataki”. She currently lives in Los Angeles, where she continues to do voice work, and also works as an interpreter. Lisle has interpreted for everyone from Keanu Reeves to best-selling author Marie Kondo to anime director Makoto Shinkai and Love Live Sunshine. She is also a local media correspondent for Japan, covering high-profile events like The Grammys, Academy Awards, Emmys and Golden Globes. And she does a monthly entertainment news show for Japanese television Lisle is also the assistant producer of the upcoming film, "Black Hat”. Most of Lisle’s panels are focused on Japanese culture, as well as about the VA world and working in Japan. (and yes, OF COURSE that includes many Engrish stories!!) Lisle is also excited about the 2020 Olympics being hosted in her home city, Tokyo, and has recently started doing quite a bit of work related to that. And when Lisle isn’t busy working or running around the country doing cons, you might find her in her pink boxing gloves trying to save the world Nina Williams-style.
Robert L. Mungle is a voice actor for Funimation, ADV Films, Seraphim Digital/Sentai Filmworks, and OkraTron 5000. The Right Reverend Robert L. Mungle founded The Whiskey Brothers in 1998. Since then, while the line-up has changed, it has been his outrageously loud voice that has led the group. Mungle has taken the stage everywhere from sold out theaters to seedy strip clubs. His IMDB page boasts over 100 different anime roles, from “Ghost Stories” to “Lady Death” to “Excel Saga.” He was born in Houston and you might recognize him from any of tons of anime roles, some of which include Amanojaku from Ghost Stories, Mr.8 from One Piece, Matsushita from Angel Beats, and Pedro Domingo from Excel Saga. He’s appeared in Akame ga Kill!, 009-1, Broken Blade, Gantz, Halo Legends, and many others.
Greg Ayres has been blasting his way into 2019! He was thrilled to make his second appearance in the DragonBall universe in DragonBall Super as Frost, and equally excited blasting bugs as Geo in Sony Picture’s Starship Troopers : Traitor of Mars. Some other recent roles include Jiro in Concrete Revolutio, Sho Utsumi in SSSSGridman, Ryuuou Edogawa in Doreiku, Koji Koda in My Hero Academia, Yabase in the upcoming dub of Hitorijime My Hero, and even makes an appearance as Popuko in Pop Team Epic. He was also given the opportunity to reprise one of his favorite roles as Son Goku in Saiyuki Reload Blast. With over 290 credits to his name, he has managed to play a variety of characters that are almost as colorful as his hair. Some recent roles include Nagisa Haruki in Free, and Free Eternal Summer, MonoKuma in Danganronpa, Clear in Dramatical Murder, and Doug in Gangsta, Yu Nishinoya in Haikyu, Zenji Marui in Food Wars, Ganta Igarashi in Deadman Wonderland, Heihachi Hayashida in Samurai 7, and Kouichi Sakakibara in Another. Some of his all-time favorite roles include Son Goku in Saiyuki, Chrono in Chrono Crusade, Kaoru Hitachiin in Ouran High School Host Club, Youhei Sunohara in Clannad, Yuki in The Wallflower, Leo in Ghost Stories, Satoshi Hiwatari in DNAngel, Kaworu Nagisa in the Director’s Cut of Neon Genesis Evangelion, Tomoki Sakurai in Heaven’s Lost Property, and Negi Springfield in Negima.When he’s not in a booth with headphones on, you can usually find him sporting headphones behind “the decks” at many a music event. A veteran nightclub DJ of many years, he has jumped at the opportunity to play music and organize late night dances at many of the conventions he attends. Greg is also a member of Project BECK, who perform music from the anime Beck Mongolian Chop Squad, and has had a blast reliving the music from that show with his friends. Thrilled to be able to share his love of music with anyone willing to listen –from packed rooms at anime conventions, to the legendary stage ofThe Knitting Factory (NYC), he’s always ready to make a little noise.
Jay began his career in anime in the 1990s, when he landed his first role at ADV Films in Master of Mosquiton. Since then, he has appeared in more than 100 titles with studios including ADV Films, Funimation, Sentai Filmworks, Switchblade Pictures, Okratron 5000, and others. As a character actor, Jay has been able to voice a broad variety of colorful roles, with the occasional romantic lead thrown in for good measure. His notable credits over the past two decades are Mechazawa in Cromartie High School, Spitfire in Air Gear, Sho Zama in Aura Battler Dunbine, Shiryu in Saint Seiya, Chuu and Hammond in One Piece, Kagetane Hiruko in Black Bullet, Chief Kurama in Elfen Lied, Koji in Generator Gawl, Toru Watanabe in Excel Saga, The Fool in Kaleido Star, Crusty in Log Horizon, SSS in Madlax, Dera Mochimazzi in Tamako Market, Sanetoshi Watase in Penguindrum, Prince Mytho in Princess Tutu, and Giraffe in Revue Starlight, among many others.
Jay’s voice has also been featured in live action series and films such as Dark Water, Synesthesia, Conduct Zero, The Fuccons, Touching Wild Horses, Gamera – Attack of Legion, as well as in the video game Unlimited Saga. Jay had his Toonami debut playing Dr. Stylish in Akame ga KILL!, followed by Shiro Kuramori in Parasyte – the maxim, and now Joichiro Yukihira in Food Wars!
Marcus is an actor who provides the voices for many anime characters including: Bergamo in Dragon Ball Super, Taro in Dragon Ball Super: Broly, Tiger in My Hero Academia, Nobu Shimoguichi in Tokyo Ghoul, Dr.Hogback and Young Gol D. Roger in One Piece, Saito in Ghost in the Shell: Arise/OVA/Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie, Tomas in Attack on Titan/Attack On Titan: The Roar of Awakening, Heath Grice in Black Clover, Shelley De Killer in Pheonix Wright Ace Attorney, Terasaka in Assassination Classroom, Warcry in Fairy Tail, Don Bossman in Radiant, Sairaorg Bael in Highschool DXD, Ando in Chio’s School Road, Delico in Gangsta, Madarao in D. Gray-man ,Amata Kihara in A Certain Magical Index, and Cornet in Space Dandy!, Shokudaikiri in Touken Ranbu, Yamato in Nanbaka, Chihiro in Hinomaru Sumo, Jaswant in The Heroic Tales of Arslan, Argon in Show By Rock!!,Kazama in Ping Pong the Animation, Carrion in Reincarnated As a Slime, Kaede in Psycopass 2, Volpe in 91 Days, Kyioto in Prince of Stride, and many others. He is also the Narrator of the Golden Kamuy series . He was Nominated for 2015 Breakthrough Voice Actor of the Year by Behind The Voice Actors.com His directing credits include work on One Piece, One Piece: Heart of Gold, Alderamin of the Sky, Chaos Child, and Show By Rock!!. If you don’t see him in an Anime you can always find him acting on a stage , he is a classically trained theatre artist and has acted/directed in many different plays, musicals, rock operas including over 40 full length Shakespearean productions. He is also a fan of anime and gaming, some his favorite animes include Cowboy Bebop, Yu Yu Hakusho, and One Piece.
Leah Clark is an American voice actor and Funimation Staff Script writer. Recently she can be heard in Nichijou-My Ordinary Life (Mio); My Hero Academia (Himiko Toga); Dragon Ball Z/Super (Launch, Maron, Ogma); Fairy Tail (Mavis); Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid (Kobayashi); HighSchool DXD Hero (Asia); Darling in the Franxx (Ikuno), New Game (Yun); KanColle (Yuudachi), Sakura Quest (Maki); Aria the Scarlet Ammo AA (Aria), and Yuri On Ice (Mari).
Memorable titles and roles include Negima (Nodoka); Fairy Tail/Fairy Tail Zero (Mavis); Soul Eater (Blair); One Piece (Coby/Miss Doublefinger); Eden Of This East (Saki); Baka and Test (Minami); Deadman Wonderland (Minatsuki/Hummingbird); Dragonball GT (Maron); Assassination Classroom (Kanzaki); Suzuka (Suzuka); Rosario + Vampire (Ruby); Murmur (Future Diary); Fullmetal Alchemist: The Movie – Conqueror of Shamballa (Noah); Pokémon the Movie: Black – Victini and Reshiram (Carlita) and Pokémon the Movie: White – Victini and Zekrom (Carlita) Along with regular voice work at Funimation, her voice can also be heard on industrial commercials and video games such as Smite and Borderlands II.
As a staff ADR script writer at FUNimation; Her most recent projects include RobiHatchi; How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord; Space Battleship Tiramisu; Chio’s School Road; A Certain Magical Index III, and Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka. Other favorite scripts are Panty and Stocking, Suzuka, Peach Girl, Baka and Test, Sasami: Magical Girl Club, B Gata H Kei – Yamada’s First Time; and Strike Witches.
Leah is the co-creator of a YouTube channel called Laure & Clark Explore with Morgan Laure Garrett showcasing experiences at conventions and anime subculture. Leah studied music theatre at Circle in the Square in New York. She performs and directs regularly for stage productions in the Dallas-FortWorth Area. Follow Leah on Twitter and Instagram @leahclarkVA; youtube.com/laureandclark
Random Encounters is a YouTube channel known for creating musicals based on popular video games, such as Pokémon and Five Nights at Freddy’s. Our series includes over 70 musical numbers so far and has been watched over 150 million times by more than 650,000 subscribers. Their work even includes collaborations with corporations (such as Nintendo and Disney), events (Anime Expo, Sega’s “Sonic Boom”), and internet stars (Markiplier, Game Theory’s Matthew Patrick).
Dorothy can currently be heard as Tsumugi in the game Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony! In Anime she’s Merribit Stapleton in Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans, Melody in Hunter X Hunter, and Marryl and Bernadette in Little Witch Academia. She’s also known for Konan in Naruto, Meryl in Trigun, An/Natsumi in Sailor Moon, Naru in Love Hina, Kyoko in Sword Art Online, Kaoru in Rurouni Kenshin, Margaret in The Seven Deadly Sins, and Fuuko/Sky Raker in Accel World. You may remember her as Tai’s Mom and Lilymon in Digimon: Digital Monsters, Lilamon-Lalamon- Sunflowmon-Rosemon in Digimon: Data Squad, Sakura in Rock Lee, Ren Hakuei in Magi The Kingdom of Magic, Yoko in The Twelve Kingdoms, Miyu in Vampire Princess Miyu, Fujiko in Lupin the 3rd: The Castle of Cagliostro, Suzu in Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo, Nina Purpleton in Gundam 0083, Miz Mishtal in El Hazard, Shaya in Super Dimension Century Orguss, and Nova in Magic Knight Rayearth. When it comes to video games, she’s in Fire Emblem Echoes, Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1, 2 & 3, Elsword, Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV, Fallout 4, League of Legends, Mugen Souls, Fairy Fencer F, Atelier Esha and Logy, Atelier Shallie, Persona 2, Star Ocean Till The End of Time, Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, etc. Other roles include Lily in Leap Frog, Nana & Zelda in Zou, Inez in Zorro the Chronicles, Francesca in Violetta, Evilina in The Night B4 Christmas, May & Kikki in Pom Pom and Friends, Theo in Jr. On The Job, Pororo in Pororo’s Racing Adventure, and Eddy & Princess Parfait in Pororo to the Cookie Castle. She is represented by CTC Talent in Los Angeles CA, and thanks her hubby, daughter and family for all their love and support!
Tom is best known as the voice of “Agumon” in Digimon: Digital Monsters and is currently reprising the role in the Digimon Adventure Tri movies! He recently played the lead in the animated feature Condorito, and can be heard in the Sony PlayStation game God of War. Tom’s voice can also be heard in Dragon Ball Super and JoJo's Bizarre Adventure both on Toonami on Adult Swim. Other credits include Hunter X Hunter, Naruto and Bleach, The Adventures of Panda Warrior playing the dog Bruce Barkley directed by Wendee Lee, two roles (Stu the Turtle and a Male Ox) in Ice Age 2: The Meltdown directed by Carlos Saldanha, and some fans may remember Tom’s memorable death scene as Rocco Bonnaro in Cowboy Bebop with Steve Blum, directed by Mary Elizabeth McGlynn. A memorable Video Game credit includes begging for his life (yet again!) on Watchmen: The End Is Nigh directed by Collette Sunderman, and he’s also died several times, on several episodes, voicing several characters on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. A career highlight is working in the same studio on the old Hanna-Barbera lot where The Flintstones were recorded, playing the Woim in the Boid N Woim for Cartoon Network-What A Cartoon, directed by Kris Zimmerman. From the early days of anime, other credits include The Guyver as Sho Fukamachi, and Orguss as Kei Katsuragi directed by the legendary Kevin Seymour. Originally from Huntington, New York, Tom always wanted to be an actor, but his greatest credits are his wife Dorothy, and their daughter. They live in Los Angeles where he is represented by Vanessa Gilbert at Solid Talent Agency.
Ambush Vin is an exciting lyricist specializing in Sci-Fi Music, captivating music listeners who crave a different sound with his unique style of hip-hop! He is the world’s first and ONLY Sci-Fi Hip-Hop artist! His motto, “1/2 Street but ALL Geek,” describes his journey to sci-fi hip-hop: “My options in life appeared to be slim growing up with future hustlers, gangsters, and criminals,” Vin explains. “Despite the pressure, my fondest childhood memories are filled with geeky fandoms. I have a Star Wars obsession that still exists today, a love affair with comics that started at age 7 with Marvel’s 1984 Secret Wars, and a love for video games that began with a Commodore 64!” The self-described “authority on all things Sci-Fi” has been described as eccentric, ground-breaking and unique. Vin’s mission is to motivate the millions of hip-hop listeners to promote the power of being unique individuals. “Hip-Hop is the ONLY genre of music where you have to have a certain image in order to be accepted as a “real” or “lyrical” artist. It’s time for everyone to lend an ear to the talented artists who aren’t thugs or street. How do we expect Hip-Hop to evolve into its full potential if we become trapped within the monotony of one voice with multiple personalities?” On October 1, 2015, Ambush Vin released the critically acclaimed “SciFiMusic” album, along with “The Mastigical Solution” e-book and “Pre-Cosmic,” which is a 10 page comic book. He is currently working on, “Tales from the Multiverse”, which is a monthly EP series, and the follow-up to SciFiMusic – “The Quantum Tollbooth”. Follow Ambush Vin’s music at http://ambushvin.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/scifivin.
YTCracker is a rapper, former cracker, and Internet entrepreneur. YTCracker began producing rap music in 1998 in the genre that has since become known as nerdcore hip hop. YTCracker is a self-proclaimed “jack of all trades”, also making a name for himself as a professional disc jockey, computer programmer, graphics designer and webmaster.