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.
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.
Established in 1988, Baby, the Stars Shine Bright is a lolita fashion clothing brand founded by Akinori and Fumiyo Isobe in Tokyo, Japan. The sister brand, Alice and the Pirates, was created in 2004. Currently, BABY, the Stars Shine Bright boasts 28 shops across Japan, with flagship stores in both Paris and San Francisco.
Kanako Ito is a female Japanese singer from Utsunomiya, Tochigi, Japan. She has sung many songs that have appeared in video games and anime, and you may recognize her for singing the “bad end” ending theme to the visual novel School Days. In video games, you may know her from “Kanashimi no Mukō e”. She has also sung songs for the games Kikokugai: The Cyber Slayer, Saya no Uta, Demonbane, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Matsuri, Chaos;Head, Steins;Gate, and Robotics;Notes, along with the anime series Please Twins!, Myself ; Yourself, Hatenkō Yūgi and Occultic;Nine. Her song “DD” on her single “A Wish For The Stars” has her singing in French.
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.
Greg Ayres can usually be found rockin’ out somewhere, whether animated or not. From the loud-mouthed Hideki in Nerima Daikon Brothers, to Koyuki, singing with the the band in Beck:Mongolian Chop Squad, he’s always glad to shake things up a bit. He is thrilled to be able to add the roles of Uesugi Kenshin in Sengoku Basara, Seikechi Tayama in Oh Edo Rocket, and Abe in Big Windup to his list of new roles. He can also be head as Son Goku in Saiyuki, Chrono in Chrono Crusade, Kaoru Hitachiin in Ouran High School Host Club, Yuki in The Wallflower, Leo in Ghost Stories , Satoshi Hiwatari in DNAngel, Kaworu Nagisa in the Director’s Cut of Neon Genesis Evangelion, Negi Springfield in Negima, Heihachi in Samurai 7, Jr. in Xenosaga:The Animation, Tsujido in Speed Grapher, Roan in Ragnorok The Animation, Yamazaki in Welcome to the NHK, Nowy in Glass Fleet, Gau Ban in Shadow Skill, Pope Alessandro XVIII in Trinity Blood, and a bunch of other titles he’ll probably forget to mention. FUNimation recently announced Greg as Nagisa in Free!
When he’s not in a booth with headphones on, you can usually find him sporting headphones of another variety behind “the decks”. A veteran nightclub DJ of many years, Greg has really enjoyed the opportunity of doing something else that he truly loves at conventions. From packed rooms at anime conventions, to the legendary stage of The Knitting Factory (NYC), Greg never misses an opportunity to share his love of music with anyone who will listen.
Marianne very rarely stops talking, so when she realized that she could make money off of it, she immediately leapt at the chance to do so. Marianne is a professionally trained classical singer and voice actress, working in Los Angeles in a variety of productions, anime and otherwise. Marianne is known for her work as Mia in Lego Friends, as well as Amanda O’Neill in Little Witch Academia: The Enchanted Parade, Kyosuke in Madoka Magica, Kai in The Snow Queen, Recon in Sword Art Online, Yuuno in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, and young Kiristugu in Fate/Zero. Marianne can also be heard in Planetside 2, Squid Girl, Avalon Code, Monster, Vindictus, and many others.
Rachelle Heger is a LA based voice actress who has been a part of various video games, anime, and animated series. Born and raised in Massachusetts, Rachelle moved to the west coast to pursue voice over. Rachelle is most well known for her work as “Sucy” in Little Witch Academia and Little Witch Academia 2: The Enchanted Parade. Other roles include “Mittens” in Lala Loopsy Girls, “Olivia” in Lego Friends, “Truffles” in Disney Palace Pets, “Pearl” in the upcoming game Undead Darlings, “Gundromeda” in Heroes of Newerth, and various voices in Persona 5. Rachelle has also provided additional voices for RuneStory, Persona 4: The Animation, and Kill la Kill.
In addition to voice acting, Rachelle is also a singer, and a part of re:TYE on YouTube who sing English covers of anime songs. As well as working in the anime industry, Rachelle has been a long time fan of anime and video games, and loves to keep up to date on the newest titles.
Since 2000, the born-and-raised-in-Los-Angeles-because-someone-had-to-be Rachel Robinson’s voice, known for villains, authority figures and various accented heavies, has spanned the spectrum of video games, animation, national commercials, promos and anime. She’s best known for her role as saucy Aussie Oerba Yun Fang of Final Fantasy XIII, XIII-2 and Lightning Returns. She voices robot ADA in Automatron, the first Fallout 4 DLC, Protoss matriarch Vorazun, in StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void, Goetia in Xenoblade Chronicles X, Nova in There Came an Echo, Time Patroller in DBZ: Xenoverse; and Serqet, Medusa and Awilix skins in Smite. Additional noted roles (including but not limited to): Argonian Guildmaster Sees-All-Colors – The Elder Scrolls Online, Charr Rox Whetstone – Guild Wars 2, Celsius – Tales of Xillia (1 and 2), Holly Whyte – Bravely Default, Commander Nowak – Q.U.B.E.: Director’s Cut, with more on the way. In anime, she voices Hiroko Katsuki in Yuri on Ice and is in One Piece as Kikyo, as well as the eerie clan of Black Butler: Book of Circus as Wendy. She voices Joel Raveau in Gangsta, the Chairperson in Riddle Story of Devil, and Motherglare in Fairy Tail. She is Garak in Snow White with the Red Hair, Quinn Erari (and Nya-Nyaa the Cat) in Sentai’s Wizard Barristers, Farangis in The Heroic Legend of Arslan; and Angelica in Show By Rock!!. In tow, Sakura Ohgami in Danganronpa: The Animation, Haruka in The Rolling Girls, Commander in Nobunagun, and Uncho Kan’u in Ikki Tousen. Her known villains include Zorin Blitz in Hellsing Ultimate; Empress Megaria in Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters, Cameran in Sailor Moon (Viz), and Chizuru in Tokyo Ravens. Other warblings include Queen Elizabeth II – Hetalia: The Beautiful World; Lidvia Lorenzetti – A Certain Magical Index II, Yuki Mizushima – The Devil is a Part Timer!, Lori – Free! Eternal Summer, various additional roles in Attack on Titan, Space Dandy, Terror in Resonance, Tokyo Ghoul, Yurikuma Arashi, Prison School, Sky Wizards Academy, Blood Blockade Battlefront, Ultimate Otaku Teacher, Death Parade, and many other titles with more in the pipeline. In other arenas, she has also voiced a couple of bitchy high school girls (American Dad!), Mary, Mother of Jesus in ‘Universal Remote’ and mismatched celebrities Pamela Anderson and Verne Troyer in Celebrity Death Match (same episode, different death matches.) Rachel tapped into the world of ADR localization in early 2015; getting her feet wet with several episodes of Kamisama Kiss II; and was on the writing staff of Show By Rock!!, Snow White with the Red Hair and an as yet still hush-hush major upcoming release, with, again, more upcoming. She also freelance writes, sings, and paints. Portraits or walls. She has a BFA from Syracuse University in Film, is a classically trained pianist, an excellent driver, knows the military alphabet, and does a mean Katharine Hepburn impression. Accurate mean, not mean-mean. Follow Rachel’s occasionally entertaining tweets: @larynx_lynx, or get more info on projects and appearances on FB: Rachel Robinson Voice Actress or at www.rachel-robinson.com
As one of the Game Theorists, Gaijin Goombah has devoted his YouTube career to teaching others culture in video games and anime. Proving that geek life can actually help you understand the world we live in! After gaining a degree in International Relations, living abroad, and spending two years in the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program, Gaijin Goombah decided to devote his YouTube career to teaching multiculturalism around the world through the medium of video games. From recent to retro, he explains a multitude of cultural references found in these games, and how video games can better educate the world about not only different cultures, but also perspectives and ways of thinking. Together with the other Game Theorists, MatPat, Drake, and Ronnie Oni Edwards, Gaijin pursues something more than just mind-rotting in games; Education and understanding of the world we live in.
Misty/Chronexia is one of the biggest Anime reviewer on the YouTube platform. With over one million subscribers, he has made a name for himself doing Top 10 anime lists as well as overviews of many titles since 2014. Recently he also launched his very own animated series called “Chronexia and the Eight Seals”. Come meet him during this event at Anime Expo! You will find that he is just like the stereotypical Canadian guy you had in mind: nice, friendly and bald.
Akidearest is an anime/otaku Youtuber with almost 900,000 subscribers. Sharing her love for anime and otaku culture, Aki loves to create skits, rants, quirky unboxing videos. Her hope is to move to Japan, continue to do what she loves, and share it all with the community.
The Anime Man
The Anime Man, who commonly goes by Joey, is a Japanese-Australian anime YouTuber currently residing in Japan who has accumulated over a million subscribers. He mainly focuses on rants and skits to help express and share his views on anime culture with fellow anime fans. His other interested include voice acting, music and vlogs of his time outside of anime.