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.
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.
The strongest idol unit ever has arrived! Consisting of 2 active pro-wrestlers, gym junkies and kawaii idols, DEADLIFT LOLITA is here to “redefine the meaning of kawaii.” Following his departure from idol trio LADYBABY August 2016, the amazing lolita-wearing wrestler Ladybeard continues his kawaiicore trend in the new idol group DEADLIFT LOLITA with the bodybuilder idol Reika Saiki. Ladybeard is the persona of a 33-year-old Australian wrestler who moved to China in 2006 to kick-start his martial arts stunt career in films, later becoming a hit in Hong Kong as a pro wrestler in unique outfits. In October 2013 he moved to Tokyo to take his career to the next level as part of an idol group LADYBABY, now known as The Idol Formerly Known as LADYBABY following his departure. This incredibly well-synced new weightlifting and music duo is set to perform several original songs at their live show in Chicago, and Ladybeard’s ‘Kawaiicore’ style screams will be complimented for the first time by his clean voice singing.
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.
Dave Trosko is a Texan Voice Actor and Director. He’s most known for his roles as Spain in the ultra-popular Hetalia Series; as well as Guren Ichinose in Seraph of the End. Dave has been working almost exclusively with Funimation for now going on 14 years, having been featured in hundreds of anime titles over his career. Most recently he can be heard as Hagita in Orange, Ronaldo in 91 Days, Kaminaga in Joker Game, Eliott in Izetta: The Last Witch, and Georgi Popovich in Yuri on Ice!!!. Other featured roles include, Rokuro Bundo in Deadman Wonderland, Milgauss in Dragonar Academy, Itoya in Snow White with the Red Hair, Jek in Dance with Devils, Soramaru Kumo in Laughing under the Clouds, Sota in Tokyo Ghoul, Bikou in High School DXD, Tomoya Seo in Assassination Classroom, Samuel in Attack on Titan, Imadori in High School Rumble, and Mamoru Yuuki in The Galaxy Railways to name just a few. Currently Dave is excited to have joined the team at Funimation as one of their newest ADR directors. He’s been hard at work, voice directing the new hit Rugby anime “All Out!!” for his directorial debut with more projects to come! Apart from acting and directing Dave pursues his passion in culinary design, fine wine, and spirits as a private Chef and Sommelier and home brewer. He also spend a lot of time as a professional Dad for his wickedly awesome son George from whom Dave gains most of his inspiration and utter hilarity.
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.
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.
He’s baaaaack! And he’s brought his revamped and updated Notorious [Zombie Related] Fanfic Show with him! Videogame 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. Also: Legion in “Mass Effect” 2 & 3, Kamoshida in “Persona 5,” Pod 042 in “Nier: Automata,” Azrael in “Blazeblue,” Zero in “Zero Time Dilemma 3,” Raven in “Tekken 6,” Gafka in "Radiant Historia: APC,” Alexei in “Tales of Vesperia,” and many more Japanese RPGs.
Anime fans may know him as X Drake in “One Piece,” Jasley in “Mobile Suit Gundam: IBO,” Shoot McMahon in “Hunter x Hunter,” Vincent in “Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt: Bandit Flower,” The Professor in “Cyborg 009,” and more! Cartoon fans may know him as the original voice of Chase for four seasons on “Transformers: Rescue Bots,” as Colonel Rawls on the final season of “Regular Show!,” or as the evil trickster Mick in “The Tom and Jerry Show."
Film & TV fans may know him as Pa Kettle in “Z Nation,” Bud in “Sharknado 2,” Zepht in “Star Trek: Enterprise,” or from his other 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. Just remember, if you only see one thing of his this weekend, make sure it’s his 2018 Notorious [Zombie Related] Fanfic Show!
Chuck’s most recent anime roles are Reever in D-Gray Man Hallow, Austria in Hetalia, Jajuka in Escaflowne, Kuro (Sleepy Ash) in Servamp, Kuniharu in The Disastrous Life of Saiki K, Asanaga in Endride, Petra’s Father in Attack on Titan, Kyūta’s Father in The Boy and Beast, Tony Stark in Death Battle, Jason the Toymaker in Creepy Pasta and Emperor Pilaf in the DBZ movies and upcoming DBZ Super. Chuck hosts the weekly DubTrax podcast commenting with guests and characters on anime episodes and the GameChurch podcast which discusses how to live life if it’s a video game. Chuck’s digital presence is at chuckhuber.org and @chuck_huber in the twitter. Chuck Huber started acting in Anime in the roles of Garlic Jr., Android 17, Kibito, Master Shen and Mr. Shoe 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, Hiro in Shin Chan, Ash in Black Butler, Reever in D. Gray Man, Hector in Glass Fleet, Yuichi in Initial D., Akai in Oh Edo Rocket, Melt in The Tower of Druaga, Adashino in Mushishi, Eric Nishijima in Darker Than Black, Havel in Trinity Blood. He has been a writer on Hetalia, Sgt. Frog, Baccano, Spice and Wolf, Strike Witches, Dragonaut and the upcoming 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. Most recently he played Hugh Jameison in the movie Parkland, produced by Tom Hanks and starring Billy Bob Thornton and Paul Giamatti. He plays Russian bad guy, Colonel Kashoid, in AmeriGeddon and the demon Baal in The Crossroads of Hunter Wilde directed by Mike Norris (son of Chuck Norris), plays Dr. McCoy in Star Trek Continues; Dean Hansen on Season 2 of American Crime on ABC and Detective Swinton in the upcoming feature film The Harrowing.
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.
V is for Villains
V is for Villains is a new breed of entertainment. Mixing the visual styles of Steampunk, Carnival and Noir, with the musical taste of Nine Inch Nails, Prodigy, and your favorite film score; V is for Villains will take you on a journey through the imagination that your mother couldn’t prepare you for. Most groups often say that they intend for “world domination”… V is for Villains might actually mean it…
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
Greg "Greggo" Wicker
Greg Wicker (or “Greggo” as he’s fondly known) has been producing and hosting game shows at anime conventions since 1999, when he premiered Anime Match Game at Project A-Kon in Dallas. Since then, Greggo has done anime-themed versions of several classic game shows, created a few games of his own, and even had an original project that very nearly turned into an actual television show on Anime Network. These days Greggo is concentrating on perfecting his craft and making game shows available for conventions everywhere, bringing his rapier wit and friendly personality with him wherever he goes. You can see some of Greggo’s past game show efforts on his YouTube page at http://www.youtube.com/gregdasgo or visit his website at http://www.facebook.com/greggosgameshows.
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.
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).
Samurai Dan and Jillian
The husband and wife team of Daniel and Jillian Coglan are full-time martial art instructors, specializing in 16th century Samurai Arts. When not teaching at their dojo, the Kojokan, they travel the United States performing and teaching the ancient ways of the most famous warriors in history.
With a combined 35 years of experience, their show is a unique blend of history, combative skill, and humor, designed to educate and entertain audiences both large and small.
Beyond their martial skills, the dynamic duo collaborated to write, direct, host, and star in a 12 episode TV series entitled, “The Way of The Samurai.”
Daniel is also an author, with several martial art articles published, and is currently working on his second full-length novel.
Patrick began voice acting with Sentai Filmworks in 2013, working as part of the ensemble of Harlock: Space Pirate. Then, he voiced Takao Akizuki in The Garden of Words, which won him the BTVA Award for Best Male Lead Vocal Performance In An Anime Movie/Special and a nomination for Breakthrough Voice Actor of the Year. Since then, he has voiced Hibiki Kuze in Devil Survivor 2, Shirou Emiya in Fate/kaleid, Ieyasu and Toby in Akame Ga Kill!, and many others. He was recently back in the studio for an upcoming Sentai project and looks forward to working on more characters in the years to come. In addition to voice work, Patrick has worked professionally as an actor for the past five years, performing with theatres in Illinois, Texas, Virginia, and North Carolina. This is the first Con+Alt+Delete for Patrick, and he is really excited to meet so many awesome anime fans.
17 years ago Jeremy Inman didn’t know what anime was. While working as a Firefighter/paramedic he auditioned for a “cartoon” that sounded like fun. Little did he know after getting the part of Android 16 in something called Dragon ball Z that that’s what he’d end up doing in his career. Since then Jeremy has voiced classic characters such as Taurus in Fairy Tail, and many others. More recently JJ in Yuri on ice, Yo in Dagashi Kashi, Magellan in one piece, Ibelde in Endride, Kage in Akibas Trip, Innocentious in Heroic Legend of Arslan, Yvain in Maria the virgin witch. Jeremy expanded his career into Voice Directing for Funimation in 2004 and has since had the pleasure of working as a Director on titles including most recently Saga of Tanya the evil, ReLife, Gangsta, and Heroic Legend of Arslan to name a few favorites.