December 20 - 22, 2024 Midwest's winter convention in Chicago.

Past Guests: 2013

December 13-15 at the Sheraton Lisle/Wyndham Lisle. Return to this years guest list.


Vic Mignogna

Vic has been acting since he was 8 years old. Since then Vic has been in over 150 shows and video games, known for such roles as Edward Elric in Fullmetal Alchemist, Tamaki Suou in Ouran High School Host Club, Fai in Tsubasa Chronicle, Dark in DN Angel, Kurz in Full Metal Panic, Broly in Dragonball Z, Kougaijji in Saiyuki, Ikkaku in Bleach, Yukito in Air, Takanaga in Wallflower, Tatsu in Peacemaker, Luciano in Code Geass, Virgil Walsh in Trinity Blood, Hikaru in Macross and many more. Currently Vic is playing roles in the new Wolverine and Iron Man series on G4. He's also playing Zero in Vampire Knight, and Yoshimori in Adult Swim's Kekkaishi. He is also back in the role of Edward for Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood, playing Death Scythe in Soul Eater, as well as Pokemon, Naruto, Bleach and several others.

Vic has also voiced roles in a large number of video games including Soul Calibur, Disgaea, Persona III, Sonic Colours, Project Sylpheed, DBZ, Bleach, FMA and more. Vic is also a professional music composer / singer / producer who has written and produced hundreds of pieces for TV, radio and CD. He sings the themes for shows like One Piece & DBGT, and has produced several CDs of his own original music, all available on iTunes. Finally, in addition to anime and music, Vic has a degree in film and is deeply involved as an actor and director in several web series like "Nuka Break", "Starship Farragut", and is executive producing a brand new TOS based series "Star Trek Continues". Vic works regularly writing, producing and directing video and film productions of all kinds.


Martin Billany, more well known as LittleKuriboh, is the creator of Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Abridged series and the godfather of the abridged age. He has thus far produced no less than 52 episodes, a spinoff, a prequel, a christmas special and two movies, creating a cultural phenomenon in the anime world. In addition to playing nearly every character in his own series, he has made cameos in the Death Note, Naruto, Sonic X, Trinity Blood, Pokemon, Fullmetal Alchemist and Sailor Moon abridged series. With a mission to revitalize interest in the Yu-Gi-Oh franchise and make it more accessible to Joe Public, LittleKuriboh will continue the original abridged series providing us with priceless entertainment for many years to come. All-round nice guy and community fan-favourite, he is also associated with TeamFourStar (the group behind Dragon Ball Z Abridged, for which he also supplies voices) and has made guest appearances on comic-book video review series Atop the Fourth Wall.

Richard Epcar

Richard Epcar, one of the hardest working men in show business, has voiced over 300 characters, starting as early as Robotech, as Ben Dixon, Lunk, Grel, and Capt. Grant. You're likely to know him as Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo in the obviously-self-titled Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo. His voice also appears as Daisuke Jigen in the Pioneer releases of Lupin III, and Batou in Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. He is Etemon, MetalEtemon, Triceramon, SuperStarmon, and many other "mon"s in Digimon. You'll also hear Richard play voices in numerous other anime, including Bleach, Cyborg 009, Lucky Star, Mobile Suit Gundam, Naruto, New Speed Racer, Outlaw Star, Samurai Champloo, Samurai X, Witch Hunter Robin, and Zatch Bell! He's also played in video games such as Blue Dragon, CoD: Black Ops, Skyrim, Guilty Gears 2, Kingdom Hearts II (Ansem, Xehanort), League of Legends, Mortal Kombat, Shadow Hearts, Tekken, and World of Warcraft.

Ellyn Stern

Ellyn Stern is a clasically trained actress who has lent her voice to numerous anime characters such as Haraway in Ghost in the Shell 2-Innocence, Ichigo's mother, Masaki Kurosaki, in Bleach. With a career spanning from film and television to the stage, Ellyn has performed as hundreds of characters, starting in anime with the original Robotech series. Most recently she can be heard as Dorothy in True Crimes, Hong Kong, and is a series regular on Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn, playing Martha. You may have also heard her on Shadow Hearts II as Veronica Vera, or as any of numerous other characters in Bushido Blade 2, Lupin the III, Fighting Spirit, Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo, etc.


Marianne Miller

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. Of course, just talking wasn't enough to get work in the voiceover industry, so after many years in theatre (both musical andotherwise), Marianne got her first role in Fullmetal Alchemist and the Conquerer of Shamballa. Since then she has also received work as Kyosuke in Madoka Magica, Leta, Tula and Lido in Dragon Age: Warden's fall, Yuuno Scrya in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha (and Lyrical Nanoha A's), Yuuta in Squid Girl, Anwar in Avalon code, as well as many others. One of her biggest projects coming out is a CGI adaptation of The Snow Queen, being released in theaters this Christmas--she voices Kai, the male lead.

V is for Villains

V is for Villains

V is for Villains is an original electronic rock band led by the infamous Mr. Agitator on lead vocals. At his side are his brother, V is for Villains guitar player and back-up vocalist Fallon Flynn, Vex on keyboards, The Pulse on drums and Veronica Jade Villains INC back-up squad.

Airship O'Reilly

Airship O'Reilly

Long ago a young, or perhaps freshly painted, airship christened the Brazen Beauty set off her first journey from the far-away city of Tennesbury. After years of adventures too far-fetched to repeat, she found herself and her crew lost in a much stranger land... this one. Now renamed Airship O'Reilly, she and her crew come to the con to... well... probably steal something.

Started back in 2007 as the Brazen Beauty, the Champaign, IL based Airship O'Reilly has since evolved beyond just a group of kids who wanted to make movies and have fun. Bringing together several slightly insane individuals, O'Reilly has become a force of entertainment, hosting events in their hometown, making costumes and accessories, and bringing the madness and chaos with them wherever they go.

Samurai Dan

Samurai Dan & Lady Jillian

Samurai Dan and his wife, the beautiful Lady Jillian (also attending), are full-time martial arts instructors, specializing in 16th century Samurai arts. When not teaching at their dojo, the Kojokan, they travel across the country performing and teaching the ancient ways of the most famous warriors in history. Their shows and demonstrations uniquely blend history, combative skill, and humor, in a way that will both educate and entertain audiences both large and small. The dynamic duo also collaborated to write, direct, host, and star in a 12 episode TV series entitled "The Way of the Samurai," and Daniel is also an author with several martial arts articles published, and he is currently working on his second full-length novel.

Russell Lissau

Russell Lissau

By day, Russell Lissau is a mild-mannered newspaper reporter in suburban Chicago. By night, he battles evil writing comic books including THE BATMAN STRIKES!, STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE and DAILY GRIND. He broke into comics in 2005 with the lead story in BATMAN ALLIES SECRET FILES AND ORIGINS. (A lifelong Batman fan who dressed up as the Caped Crusader as a child, he can’t believe his luck.) His most recent projects include short stories in the highly regarded independent series OMEGA COMICS PRESENTS, the self-published western ONE LAST THING and the upcoming graphic novel OLD WOUNDS. To learn more, check out

Trevor Mueller

Trevor Mueller

Trevor Mueller works at an advertising agency by day and writes comics by night. He is the writer/artist/creator of several popular webcomic series including the fantasy epic THE TEMPLE OF A THOUSAND TEARS and the teen-rated gag strip @$$HOLE!, both of which are self-published and have been nominated for several web comic awards. In addition to self-published web comics, Trevor has also written and self-published several other works including the all-ages stories ALBERT THE ALIEN and JUNKYARD CHASE. His web comic work can be found on his website,, along with his near-daily updates of movie, video game, and comic reviews. Trevor resides in the city of Chicago, with his cat Waffles.


Gabriel "Gabo" Bautista

Gabo is a COMIX GORILLA and COLORIST SHOGUN. He draws comics in a cold damp dungeon located directly under Fermilab in Batavia, IL. His comics include Charley Loves Robots, which can be seen in several issues of Elephantmen, published by Image Comics, Jesus Christ: In the name of the Gun, and Albert the Alien. He has also been part of the Harvey award nominated anthology Reading With Pictures. He is an Eisner and Harvey Award winning colorist. His color art can be seen in several issues of Will Eisner's The Spirit and All-Star Western, published by DC Comics. He is the creator of comic battling site, and co-founder of independent comic publisher Pulpo Press.

Channel Awesome Guests

Doug Walker

Doug Walker

Doug Walker, from is best known for his character The Nostalgia Critic, who reviews bad movies and TV shows from childhood. He also plays the roles of That Guy With The Glasses, who answers the weirdest questions fans can come up with, Chester A. Bum, the hyper active bum who loves every movie ever made, and Dominic, a bar tender who has talked with the video game world's biggest stars. He's also noted for having a long standing "rivalry" with The Angry Video Game Nerd. His online shows averages one to two hundred thousand viewers a week. His fans include Roger Ebert, Paul Dini, and the creators of Animaniacs. He's appeared on PBS, Entrepreneur Magazine, New York Times, has worked with the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000, and was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year at the 4th Annual Mashable Awards in 2010. Often his convention appearances end up turning into comedic videos featured on his site, so don't miss your chance to possibly be featured in one.


Brian Heinz

Many are the rumors that surround Brian Heinz aka the Last Angry Geek. Some say his first, and only, love is comic books and that he reviews them for the masses. Others say he's a huge Doctor Who fan and he sits on a couch of green reviewing the new episodes. Others still, say there is no Last Angry Geek, there is only Lord Stark, sworn member of the Nights Watch and reviewer of Game of Thrones. A guy down the street says he's pretty sure he saw the Geek dressed up as Cloak #1 shortly after the events of SUBURBAN KNIGHTS. Rifftrax wouldn't return our calls, but on their website the Geek appears with Rob and Doug Walker for the riff of Batman Returns. Finally, George Lucas once said he was sure the Geek did a pretty good Obi-Wan impression but died at the hands of the Executer during TO BOLDLY FLEE. Many rumors surround the Last Angry Geek, what is known, is that many Bothans died to bring you this profile.


Malcolm Ray

Malcolm Ray is an actor, on screen and as a voice over artist. His skills go beyond acting with professional training in film and video as his major at Columbia College Chicago. In the span of his Bachelor career at Columbia, Malcolm has successfully completed his Interdisciplinary Film Degree, been the casting director for a practicum film, interned at O'Connor Casting, and has begun a professional acting career. Malcolm effectively made use of his elective credits, taking courses in Columbia's Radio and Theatre Departments including; Voice Over, Voice Acting For Animation,Radio Production, Voice 1 and more. He is represented as talent at the Stewart Talent agency in Chicago. As a freelance actor, he is currently hired talent for the online production company "Channel Awesome", appearing long side Doug Walker in many episodes of "Nostalgia Critic."


Rachel Tietz

Rachel Tietz is a stage and film actor. She is best know for her work on Rachel got her start playing Rebecca Stoné (The accent is silent) on Doug and Rob Walker's series Demo Reel. She is now a permanent cast member of the hit show The Nostalgia Critic, as well as other projects soon to be released on the site. Rachel is also an acoustic singer/songwriter, and you can check out her original music on her budding YouTube channel. There you can also find her Rachel Rambles vlogs that serve as fan Q&As, as well as information about the site, upcoming projects, and more!


Orlando Belisle

Orlando Belisle Jr. began his acting in front of a camera, on the Nostalgia Critic's Christmas Special, "You're a Rotten Dirty Bastard", and has since continued to make guest appearances on the site, such as the villainous Malachite from "Suburban Knights", a guardsman from "To Boldly Flee", as well as the sell-out producer Peter Soulless. He even made his movie debut as Vladamir Jackson in the full-length independent film, "The Cinema Snob Movie". He currently holds a 2nd Degree black belt in Karate, and is co-owner of a coffee shop called "All Around Cafe" in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin.

Jori Laws

Jori Laws

Born and raised in the Philippines, Jori is probably the whitest looking Asian you will meet. She is the co-founder of Forced Viewing, a website dedicated to reviewing, discussing, and covering all things horror. When she isn't working her little heart out for, she can be found ruining everyone's fun as the angry mom in Suburban Knights. Unsatisfied with just one cameo, she has expanded her "career" with other guest appearances on including Demo Reel, To Boldly Flee, Nostalgia Critic, and Dragonbored. When she isn't living and breathing horror, she is usually curled up on her couch obsessing over Korean Dramas.

Jason Laws

Jason Laws

Let's all welcome The Drudgeon (better known as Jason Laws) to the bio page. Talent just flows from his every pore and he is world famous (well at least he thinks so) for his work on He has had starring roles in To Boldly Fee, Demo Reel, The Nostalgia Critic and Dragonbored (actually he's usually in the background and flubbing his lines). Other than that he writes for where he reviews horror movies (his one true love) from the greats to the terrible and everything in-between. Lastly he is a huge fan of Adventure Time and appears with Mr. Walker on the Adventure Time Vlogs (poor Doug). When dealing with him it's best to approach The Drudgeon as if he were an animal at the zoo. Look at him in all his beauty, but don't feed him and for the love of god don't get too close because you don't know what strange diseases he may have.

Rob Walker

Rob Walker

Rob Walker is a co-writer, cameraman, and performer in the hit online series Nostalgia Critic. He is also a film reviewer along with his brother Doug on the online show Sibling Rivalry. As VP of Channel Awesome, he rules with an iron fist, harsh ideals, and a dinosaur mask sometimes. Always funny, often cynical, and usually wearing a costume combining Santa Claus and Jesus. Come see a man of such insanity and bizarrely confusing issues that he was actually dumb enough to let his brother write his profile for him. Doug rules!

Jim Jarosz

James Jarosz

James (Jim) Jarosz, studied film and animation at Columbia College in Chicago back in the mid 90s. He has work on several indie films from acting to camera and sound to props and practical effects. Jim has been a featured extra in a few major motion pictures including Road to Perdition and Public Enemies. He has worked for Channel Awesome for the past five years in several capacities. More notably, as Doug Walker’s photoshop guy and camera man for Nostalgia Critic, and as Quinn the camera man on Demo Reel. The past year Jim has made several props and costumes for the NC and even a bit of animation. He is also prop master and set designer for many of Channel Awesome’s up coming new shows.

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