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.
David Vincent is a professional Voice Actor / Television Producer based in Los Angeles, California. He has given voice to hundreds of anime episodes and video game titles, as well as Guest Star appearances on TV shows such as The Mentalist and NCIS. David is probably best known among anime fans as Narrator in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Phinks in Huntre X Hunter on Adult Swim, or Grimmjow in Bleach. David was nominated “Best Voice Actor in an Anime” by the American Anime Awards for his work in GUN x SWORD. David is CoFounder the of Unlocked: the Anime and Pop Culture Streaming Network. Some of his best known roles include Grimmjow (Bleach), Li Xingke (Code Geass), Van (GUN X SWORD), Seiji (DURARARA!!), Arthur August Angel (BLUE EXORCIST), and Daisuke Nagase (Persona 4) among countless others. He’s also known in Fire Emblem as Robin, Kill la Kill as Senketsu, Gilgamesh in Fate Stay Night, among many more.
Vic Mignogna is a voice actor and music producer best known for his voice of Edward Elric in Fullmetal Alchemist. Vic has played many characters, ranging from Tamaki Suou in Ouran High School Host Club to Broly in Dragon Ball Z. Vic’s fans love him and have their very own dedicated fan club called the Risembool Rangers.
Vic has been acting for stage and screen since he was 8 years old, but his anime career started with Vega in Streetfighter II, and since then Vic has been in hundreds of animated series and video games, including favorites like Vampire Knight, Pokemon, Tsubasa Chronicle, Soul Eater, Wallflower, Trinity Blood, Sword Art Online, Free!, Fairy Tail, Star Trek Online, League of Legends, Black Butler, Attack on Titan, and many more. Vic has also been in non-anime, appearing in the Wolverine and Iron Man series, the original Mass Effect Movie, and video games such as Soul Calibur, Disgaea, Persona III, and others. Vic is one of the most prolific guests of anime conventions in the world, having attended literally hundreds of cons. His fan group, called the Risembool Rangers, supports his convention appearances wherever he happens to go. Vic has a degree in filmmaking, and directs the award winning series “Star Trek Continues”.
Whitney Rodgers is a Voice Actress, model and singer best known for her roles as “Meiko Shiraki” in Prison School and “Yozora” from Haganai and Hagani NEXT! . Whitney has just recently been announced as “Lotta Hart” in FUNimations “Ace Attorney” and has played many other characters including: “Margaret” in One Piece, “Artemis” from Maria the Virgin Witch, “Amelia Evans” in Freezing Vibration, and more. Whitney has also lent her voice to SMITE for the playable characters of “Ordo Solarus Amaterasu” and “Leona Genesis Jet Pack Fighter.” When she is not actively recording voice-overs, Whitney enjoys: going to the gym, drinking gallons of coffee, watching cutthroat kitchen, playing Tetris Attack, and giving her cat Chihiro too much attention. You can follow her on Instagram: Whitney_Rodgers_Model or on Facebook: Whitney Rodgers Voice Actress.
Megan Shipman is an anime lover who is excited to be here. Her breakout role in anime was Hibari from “Senran Kagura : Ninja Flash!”. Since then, she has gotten to voice some amazing characters like, Caimie in “One Piece”, Arisa Meigo in “A Certain Magical Index : The Miracle of Endymion”, Akane Hyakuya in “Seraph of the End : Vampire Reign”, Cassidy in “Dimension W”, Kochou Yoshida in “No-Rin”, Nene Nanakorobi in “Pandora in the Crimson Shell : Ghost Urn”, and Yuzuru Yamai in “Date A Live II”. You can hear more of her in “Kamisama Kiss”, “Attack on Titan : Junior High”, “Fairy Tail”, “Show by Rock!!”, “Snow White with the Red Hair”, and “Sky Wizards Academy”. When she isn’t voice acting, Megan is on Twitter (@18moptop) and Facebook (Megan Shipman – Voice Actor) talking to everyone about whatever new show she is watching at the time.
Les Claypool was the owner/operator of Magnitude 8 Post from 1989 to 2016. Starting in January of 1992, he was approached by U.S. Renditions and L.A. Hero to provide audio services for their new joint venture of dubbing Anime into English. Early projects from the “garage studio days” included episodes of Orguss, Macross II, Guyver, Ambassador Magma, and Giant Robo.
Quickly outgrowing the garage, Les’ facility eventually grew to encompass multiple rooms in two locations. Anime and game credits include Ace Combat, Akira (2001 Version), Ambassador Magma, Appleseed, Armitage (series & movies), Big O, Blackjack, Black Magic M-66, Castlevania, Castle of Cagliostro (1999 & 2015), Catnapped, Code Geass, Cowboy Bebop 5.1 Remixes, Devil May Cry, Dot Hack, El Hazard, Fist of the North Star, Giant Robo, Ghost in the Shell, Ghost in the Shell: Innocence & Solid State Society, Gundam 0080, 0083, and MS 08th Team, Guyver II, Guyver: Dark Hero (music score), Lain, Legend of Black Heaven, Macross Plus, Mysterious Play, Ninja Scroll, Orguss 02, Stand Alone Complex (52 episodes), Streetfighter II V series, Streetfighter II (including the 2015 restoration and remix), Tri-Gun, The Wanderers, Wings of Honneamise, and Wolf’s Rain.
Mary Claypool is a veteran ADR and publication writer who began her anime writing career in 1994 under the banner of L.A. Hero. Her first English script adaptation was episode three of Giant Robo. From there, Mary went on to write hundreds of dubbing scripts for Anime features, series, and games such as Wings of Honneamise, Ghost in the Shell, Ghost in the Shell: Innocence & Solid State Society, Stand Alone Complex (series), Armitage III (OVA), Armitage: Poly Matrix, and Dual Matrix, Castle of Cagliostro, Streetfighter II, El Hazard, Battle Athletes, Code Geass, Kekkaishi, Big O, Cowboy Bebop, Legend of Black Heaven, Tsuki Kage Ran, Silent Bomber, Dot Hack, Bushido Blade, and Devil May Cry.
Mary currently writes English dubbing scripts for foreign live action projects released by various companies, including Disney and Netflix.
Danielle McRae is a voice over actress residing in Los Angeles, California. Being a huge fan of video games and anime. Her passion has led her to pursue a voice acting career in the industry. Some of her most notable credits have been in (League of Legends) as “Karma the Enlightened One”, (World of Warcraft: Cataclysm) as “Hagara the Stormbinder”, and “Painwheel” in the Popular 2D fighting game, (Skullgirls Encore). She’s also been in anime such as (Sword Art Online), (Gargantia: On the Verderous Planet) as “Onderia” and (Magi: The Kingdom of Magic) as “Orba”.
Danielle has also earned several other roles in many other video games including “Threia Hazelgrimm” in (Atelier Escha & Logy), “S-Sha” in (Megadimension Neptunia VII), “Cheetah” in (Cyberdimension Neptunia), “Amira and Faith” in (Monster Prom, “Milo” in (Detective Pikachu) “Rosemary Reed” in (Remothered: Tormented Fathers), “Jackelyn Tywood” in (Dimension Drive), “Rift Arachna” in (Heroes of Newerth), “New Conglomerate solider” in (Planetside 2), “Sidel” in (Dragon Nest), “Captain Arley Sims” and “the Adjutant” in (Starcraft Universe), “Wing Diver Unit” in (Earth Defense Force 2025), “Rogue” in (Nuclear Throne), “Commander” in (Warfare Online), “Zorin Blitz” in TeamFourStar’s (Hellsing Ultimate Abridged), “Female Keeper” in (Enderal: The Shards of Order), “Rami the Repossession Monk” in (Banzai Arcade) and Isys in “(Dead Island: Epidemic) and much more”.
David Wald began voice-acting for English dubs of anime in 2005 with ADV Films’ Shadow Skill. In the years to follow, David has continued to voice characters for ADV, Sentai Filmworks, Funimation, and others, including Fairy Tail’s Gajeel Redfox; Bulat in Akame Ga Kill!; Tetsutetsu and Snipe in My Hero Academia; Attack On Titan’s Hannes; Gérman Luis in GARO: The Animation; Duke Togo in Golgo 13; Berg Katze in Gatchaman CROWDS; Master Chief in Halo: Legends; “Hero” in Starship Troopers: Invasion; Dr. Ozaki in Shiki; Charlie in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood; Paulie and Tamago in One Piece; Reiji in Diabolik Lovers; Teppei in Toriko; Yoji Itami in GATE; Welf Crozzo in Is It Wrong To Try And Pick Up Girls In A Dungeon?; Mutsumi in Kiss Him, Not Me!; King Victor in The Royal Tutor; Riki Nendou in The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.; and Count Magnus in Vampire Hunter D. From outside the vocal booth, David has served as ADR Director and co-scriptwriter for the film AURA: Koga Maryuin’s Last War and has adapted English ADR scripts for titles including Diabolik Lovers: More Blood and Chivalry of a Failed Knight.
Gigguk is a Youtuber best known for his satirical look into the world of anime and it’s culture. He has done various reviews and rants but is also known for his parody work. Some features on his Youtube Channel include reviews of shows like Neo Yokio, Darling in the Franxx, and many others.
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).
Chuck Hubers most recent anime roles are Android 17, Emperor Pilaf and Kibito in Dragon Ball Super, Kurogiri in My Hero Academia, Jajuka in Escaflowne, Kuro in Servamp, Kuniharu in The Disastrous Life of Saiki K, Asanaga in Endride, Kyūta’s Father in The Boy and Beast, Tony Stark in Death Battle, and Jason the Toymaker in CreepyPasta. Chuck Huber started acting in Anime in DBZ. Since then he has voiced hundreds of characters including Hiei in YuYu Hakusho, Stein in Soul Eater, Kululu in Sgt. Frog, Mohji in One Piece, Shou Tucker in Full Metal Alchemist. He has been a writer on Hetalia, Sgt. Frog, Baccano, Spice and Wolf, Strike Witches, Dragonaut and Skip Beat!
Video games Chuck has contributed voices for include Borderlands II, Ghostbusters, The Walking Dead, Aeon Flux, DBZ, Smite, The Killing Floor… among others. As a filmmaker Chuck has acted, produced, written or directed for Arbor Day – The Musical currently on Amazon Prime, Prince Adventures, The Troubadoors, The Fragility of Seconds, The Mechanical Grave, Odd Man Out among others. He began acting in Chicago at the Goodman Theater, Court Theater, Steppenwolf Theater after graduating from DePaul University and continues to work on stages in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. He also plays Dr. McCoy in Star Trek Continues; Dean Hansen on Season 2 of American Crime on ABC and Detective Swinton in the The Harrowing.
D.C. Douglas hates third person biographies. But he loves conventions and meeting fans. So he wrote this. Video game fans know him as Albert Wesker in seven “Resident Evil” games — from 2007’s “Umbrella Chronicles” to 2016’s “Umbrella Corp” — a decade of badassery. Oh, and there’s Legion in “Mass Effect” 2 & 3, Kamoshida in “Persona 5,” Pod 042 in “Nier: Automata,” Azrael in “Blazeblue,” Gafka in “Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology,” Raven in “Tekken 6,” foxy grandpa Gunter in “Fire Emblem: Fates” and many more Japanese RPGs and indie American games (see DCDouglas.com/cons).
Anime fans may know him as X Drake in “One Piece,” Shoot McMahon in “Hunter x Hunter,” Locus in “Berserk,” The Professor in “Cyborg 009,” Jasley in “Mobile Suit Gundam: IBO” season 2, Vincent Pike in “MSGT: Bandit Flower,” Genji Kamogawa in “Hajime no ippo,” Shori Shibuya in “God, Save Our King!” and many more too obscure to list. Cartoon fans know him as Chase on “Transformers: Rescue Bots,” Colonel Rawls on the final season of “Regular Show,” Superman on “Family Guy,” Mick in “The Tom and Jerry Show,” Sylvas/Aikor in “The Monchichi Tribe” and a few pilots that died lonely and unseen.
FILM & TV: Pa Kettle in “Z Nation,” Bud in “Sharknado 2,” Zepht in “Star Trek: Enterprise,” Aiden Wexler in SyFy’s “Isle of the Dead,” and another 200+ appearances on random shows and weird films over the last 25 years. Check him out on IMDB and DCDouglas.com to spot more titles you know.
Kevin M. Connolly is a classically trained actor who has worked over the last twenty years as an actor, stage technician, light & set designer, and national tour stage manager. He began doing voice over work in 2004 at FUNimation, and since then has worked on over 35 titles for FUNimation, Bang Zoom, ADV Films, Illimution, Riot Games and Blizzard. He can be heard in such anime titles as Fullmetal Alchemist, Case Closed, Rumbling Hearts, Sword Art Online, Hunter x Hunter, and video games including World of Warcraft, Ateleris Firis, and is the voice of Vladimir in the world wide hit game League of Legends. He continues to pursue acting in Los Angeles.
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.
Greg Ayres went blasting his way through 2017! He was thrilled to make his second appearance in Dragon Ball Super earlier this year as Frost, and equally excited to help blast bugs as Geo in Sony Picture’s Starship Troopers : Traitor of Mars. 2017 also gave him the opportunity to reprise one of his favorite roles as Son Goku in Saiyuki Reload Blast, and will also be appearing in Haikyu as Yu Nishinoya, as well as voicing Zenji Marui in Food Wars. 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. Thrilled to be a part of the Toonami re-launch in the roles of Ganta Igarashi in Deadman Wonderland, and Heihachi Hayashida in Samurai 7, and even more thrill to follow that up the in the following summer’s thriller Another as Kouichi Sakakibara. He can also be hear as Satoru Asahina in From the New World, Kenji Nakanishi in Say I Love You, Sion in No. 6, Heisuke Toudou in Hakuoki, Tommyrod in Toriko, Tomoki Sakurai, in Heaven’s Lost Property, and Volken, in the Book of Bantorra.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, 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. He currently helps organize dance and music tracks at several US conventions.Greg is also a member of Project BECK, who perform music from the anime Beck Mongolian Chop Squad, and has had a blastreliving the music from the 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 of The Knitting Factory (NYC), he’s always ready to make a little noise.
IA is the virtual artist who has a voice with the VOCALOID 3 library (IA -ARIA ON THE PLANETES and IA ROCKS) and with CeVIO library (IA English). Since she was born as a virtual artist in 2012, she has been collaborating with various artists such as Teddy Lloyd and Jin on projects such as the Kagerou Project.
Her first live concert in North America was in July 2015, at the Los Angeles Anime Expo, in front of a sold out crowd of two thousand. Considering that this was her first live, it was a spectacular success! In September of the same year, her first solo live “IA – 1st Live Concert in Japan, PARTY A GO-GO “ was held at the Akasaka Blitz in Tokyo. This concert was also resounding success and as a result, she ended up holding a successful world tour in cities such as New York, London, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Mexico City, San Jose, Costa Rica, Melbourne, Montreal, Santiago, Chile, and Madrid. In addition, her film concerts were featured in more than 100 cities around the world, drawing an audience of over 30,000.
In March 2018, on the latest album “IA/04”, she performed her songs in English for the very first time. In June 2018, at the Digital Art Festival held in Enghien-les-Bains, France, IA’s latest performance, pre-production performance of MUSICAL & LIVE SHOW “ARIA” was held. She has received high critical acclaim at each level of media outlet, including national TV. The IA official website is at http://1stplace.co.jp/ia/
Kid Yuki and the Otakus
Kid Yuki and The Otakus is a rock band united under one mission: to bring your favorite anime, video game, and other nerdy music to life. From Naruto to Sword Art Online to Kingdom Hearts, Sonic the Hedgehog, Steven Universe and so much more, there’s a good chance our show will melt your face off. Check out www.youtube.com/c/kidyuki1 for a taste of what’s in store.
Tavisha Wolfgarth-Simons is a Japanese and German American artist who has spent nearly three decades drawing and publishing manga-influenced comics. Tavisha’s comics and illustrations have been published by Nickelodeon, Tokyopop, Digital Manga, Andrews McMeel Universal, and SLG Publishing, among many others. Original illustrated books and comics that she created with Rikki Simons include Ranklechick and his Three-Legged Cat, Super Information Hijinks: Reality Check!, ShutterBox, and The Trinkkits. @Tavicat, a comic strip about her cats, can be read at gocomics.com/tavicat.
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 an artist and writer, he is known for science fantasy books novels such as Hitherto a Lion, Ranklechick and His Three Legged Cat, Super Information Hijinks: Reality Check!, and the multi 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. You can find his books for sale at www.tavicat.com and read his blog at www.rhumbaghost.com.