2017 Roastee: Rob Mungle∗
Rob Mungle is a Texas based voice actor for Funimation, ADV Films, Seraphim Digital/Sentai Filmworks, and OkraTron 5000. He is also a stand-up comedian and 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 been performing for almost twenty years, taking the stage everywhere from sold out theaters to clubs and everything in between. His near-bloody conflicts with the IRS, anime fans, and club managers have become the stuff of legend. He is a vocal opponent of almost everything, taking his cleverly worded rants to the internet where he dismantles everybody systematically. That attitude bleeds over to the stage, where he performs with an aggression that would scare you if it weren’t so ridiculously funny.
On a tamer note, he has also voiced characters in virtually every anime on the market where he is most recently recognized for his voice-over work as the demon cat Amanojaku in Ghost Stories, Hajime Saito in Peacemaker Kurogane, and Matsushita in Angel Beats.
EK Weaver is a comic creator and illustrator from Austin, Texas. In 2016 she received an Eisner Award Nomination and won both a Harvey Award Nomination, and a Lambda LGBT Literature Award for The Less Than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal (tjandamal.com). She has also contributed work to Smut Peddler, Adventure Time, and Paradox Space, and is currently working on a new self-published comic as well as a comic story for Image Comics’ anthology Island. EK loves glittery makeup, good food, and the little “mrrp” noise cats make when you wake them up.
Kyle Hebert is a Los Angeles-based anime and video game voice actor whose credits include Wreck-It Ralph/Street Fighter (Ryu), Naruto (Kiba), Bleach (Aizen, Ganju), League of Legends (Ezreal, Jarvan, and Graves) and Gurren Lagann (Kamina). He is best known as the Narrator and Teen Gohan from the Funimation dub of Dragonball Z.
Other fan faves include One Punch Man (Atomic Samurai) Blue Exorcist (Bon Suguro), Fire Emblem Awakening (Frederick, Validar), Fullmetal Alchemist (Vato Falman), Tales of Symphonia (Richter Abend) and Star Ocean (Dias, Arumat, Crow). Kyle can also be heard in numerous popular shows and games, such as Pokemon (Professor Oak in “Origins”), Digimon (Ballistamon and Dorulumon in “Fusion”), Sonic (Big the Cat in “Colors”), Final Fantasy (Nimbus in “Type-0”), World of Warcraft (Algalon the Observer in “Lich King”), Skylanders, Devil May Cry, Dynasty Warriors, Soul Calibur and Resident Evil. He is also the promo voice of filmmaker Kevin Smith’s Smodcast series of podcasts. For more info, visit www.kylehebert.com.
Rosearik 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 a writer he is known for the science fiction and fantasy novel Hitherto a Lion. Original illustrated books and comics that he created with Tavisha Wolfgarth-Simons include Super Information Hijinks: Reality Check!, Ranklechick and His Three Legged Cat, ShutterBox, and now The Trinkkits. He is also a background painter in animation, most noted for his color design on Invader ZIM. The comics and books he creates with Tavisha can be read and purchased at www.tavicat.com. His Blog can be found at www.rikkisimons.com.
Tavisha Wolfgarth-Simons is a German and Japanese American artist who produces her art and stories under the studio name of Tavicat (and sometimes “WiredPsyche”). During her two decades of publishing manga-influenced comics in the American market, Tavisha’s comics and illustrations have been published by Nickelodeon, Tokyopop, Digital Manga, 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 now The Trinkkits. @Tavicat, a comic about her cats, can be read and purchased at www.tavicat.com.
Monica Rial has been working in the anime industry for 17 years and she is currently listed as the most prolific anime voice actor in the USA. She has lent her voice to over 400 anime including: Assassination Classroom (Kayano), Black Butler (Mey Rin), Certain Magical Index (Index), Deadman Wonderland (Shiro), Fairy Tail (Mirajane), FMA Brotherhood (May Chang), Hetalia (Belarus), Michiko & Hatchin (Michiko), My Hero Academia (Tsuyu), One Piece (Tashigi/Caroo/Kuina), Ouran High School Host Club (Renge), Panty and Stocking (Stocking), Seraph of the End (Krul), Soul Eater (Tsubaki), Watamote (Tomoko), Yona of the Dawn (Yona) and many more. You can catch her as Bulma in Dragonball Z Kai, as well as the movies “Battle of Gods” and “Resurrection F”, and the upcoming “Dragonball Super”. She voiced Jubilee on Aqua Teen Hunger Force and has also appeared in several video games including Ms. ‘Splosion Man, Tribes Ascend, Smite, Borderlands 2, Dungeon Boss, and the Borderlands Pre-Sequel. Be sure to come by and say hello!
John started down the road of anime in 1997, when he landed his first role in Golden Boy from ADV Films. Since then, John has gone on to voice hundreds shows and characters with FUNimation, ADV Films, Switchblade Films, Sentai Films, Okratron 5000, Gearbox, Seraphim Digital and Illumitoons just to name a few. John’s wife once quipped that there are certain actors who might be the “Brad Pitts” of anime but John is the “Kevin Bacon” of anime.
Being more of the character actor type has given John the freedom to voice bazillions of characters such as Undertaker in Black Butler, Salvador in Borderlands II (VG), Gendo in Evangelion, Sgt. Hauser in Halo (VG), Lord Death in Soul Eater, Hoenheim in Fullmetal Alchemist, Sir Crocodile in One Piece, Dodoria in DBZ Kai, Kogoro in Sgt. Frog, Huang in Darker than Black, Hades in Fairy Tale, Zachary in Attack on Titan, Aramaki in Ghost in the Shell, and Jinnouchi in Summer Wars, as well as roles in the live action films 2009 Lost Memories, Conduct Zero, Yesterday, Jungle Juice, and the Gamera trilogy. Most recently you can catch John in the broadcast series of GANGSTA as Chad, and Akame Ga Kill as Bols as seen on Toonami.
John is also very excited to be playing one of the title roles in Funimation’s theatrical release (March 2016) of Mamoru Hosoda’s film, The Boy and the Beast. John plays the Beast, Kametesu. In 2004, John jumped to the other side of the “mic” to direct. Some of the shows he has directed include Welcome to the N.H.K., AirGear, Wandaba Style, St. Seiya, Shadow Skill, E’s Otherwise, Michel, Jinki Extend and Shinobi (live action co-directed with longtime pal, Kyle Jones). John loves working in the world of anime as a director and voice actor! Currently John is working with pals Kyle Jones and Jay Hickman on an original animation full length movie called The Perfect Khan. In addition to anime, John has voiced thousands of radio and tv commercials – even acted in a few films. One of the coolest acting jobs was being the Beer Delivery Guy in Dazed and Confused.
Chris Patton has been Voice Acting for 18 years. His credits include over 250 Anime titles, including projects for ADV Films, Funimation Entertainment, Sentai Filmworks, Okratron 5000, and more. Credits include: Fullmetal Alchemist (Greed), Soul Eater (Asura) Akame Ga Kill (Run), Diabolik Lovers (Ayato), Hamatora (Moral), Skip Beat! (Ogata), Full Metal Panic (Sousuke Sagara), Ghost Stories (Hajime), Dimension W (Haruka Seameyer), The Wallflower (Ranmaru), Cross Ange (Embryo), the recently announced Drifters (Abe No Seimi) and Aoharu X Machinegun (Toru), and many more. In the world of Video Games, he can be heard as the lead character Asahi in the upcoming Akiba’s Beat, Turles in Dragonball Xenoverse 2, and as Turles in the entire Dragonball Z franchise.
Chris has also narrated over 150 Audiobooks, including the novelizations of Guardians of the Galaxy, and Tron: Legacy.
In the world of live theatre, Chris has been in over 60 shows, and now works as a theatrical Director, having recently directed the regional premiere of Green Day’s American Idiot,
the Houston premiere of Silence! The Musical, and the world premiere of a live workshop adaptation of The Moody Blues’ Days of Future Passed.
Chris is very happy to be making his return to Ohayocon!
Shinichi Watanabe, or more popularly “Nabeshin,” is known to anime fans as a larger-than-life, iconic figure with an outrageous sense of humor. He directed the comedy anime series Excel Saga, Nerima Daikon Brothers, and Puni Puni Poemy, which feature frenetic pacing and appearances by his animated alter ego, a mysterious, recurring character with an afro and distinctive outfit who is tangential to the story. Nabeshin has also served as series director for The Wallflower and Tenchi Muyo! GXP, and he can be found in these series as well, in cameo or supporting roles.
Nabeshin has been quoted as saying that he places great importance in making viewers laugh. Stating that he values laughter as much as tears, his preference is to motivate viewers to have fun and enjoy a show. He reasons that his success stems from provoking the same, strong emotional investment in a humorous way as a traditional, sentimental story does.
Nabeshin has also written lyrics for the opening songs of Excel Saga and Tenchi Muyo! GXP, and has served as storyboarder and episode director for a variety of other anime series.
In October 2016, Nabeshin is supervising Japanese in an animation “TO BE HERO” made in China.
Robert DeJesus is a Writer, Story Creator, Illustrator and Character Designer. Robert is no stranger to the anime and manga community. He is an Indiana born, self-taught artist who got his first art career break when he sent an eight page short story to comic publisher Antarctic Press. He has drawn manga-inspired comics for well over 20 years and has been published nearly all over the world. He has worked for companies like Playstation Magazine, Marvel, and Hasbro to name a few. With his business partner Emily, he branched out and started working on bringing his own ideas to life. Studio Capsule has created a line of doujinshi’s, art books, animated shorts and other expanding art projects. When he is not busy working on new projects, you can catch Robert drawing on his twitch channel.
Emily DeJesus is half of the team that runs Studio Capsule. She is a Writer, Editor, Designer and Manager. Emily has worked with Robert her business partner for over 15 years now. She has worked with quite a few companies like Marvel, Harper Collins, and Wayforward, just to name a few. She enjoys the business and creative side of working for Studio Capsule very much and is grateful that she has an opportunity to work in the manga/comics business.
Find out everything that’s new with either Studio Capsule or Robert and Emily DeJesus at http://banzchan.deviantart.com/, at http://banzchan.blogspot.com/ or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RobertDeJesusArt/
Yuu Asakawa is a Japanese voice actress from Tokyo who has voiced many well known characters through the last few years. Some of these include Love Hina (Motoko), Azumanga (Sakaki), Vocaloid (Luka), Akame Ga Kill (Leone), Fate/Stay night (Rider), Fate/Grand Order (Medusa, Euryale, Stheno), Senran Kagura (Daidohji). She is very happy to be joining us for Ohayocon 2017! You can follow her on Twitter → @Julia320
Mogchelle (Fan Guest of Honor)
Mogchelle started in cosplay by just being an average geek attending an anime convention in 1999. Her love for the artwork in anime, video games, and comic books made her want to bring the 2D images from the pages and screen to real life. She’s also been featured in several national and international magazines, and several online entertainment news sources for her costuming. Over the years she has won countless awards internationally for both craftsmanship and performance on the masters level. Conventions across the country often ask Michelle to present panels/workshops on various topics within Cosplay. They vary from lightweight armor creation, molding and casting, wig design, wings, etc. More are added every year, in the effort to spread her love for Cosplay. She has done work for The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Manga Entertainment and video game, comic book, and anime publishers across the country.
Every year she donates a portion of the profits from her craft and print sales to a chosen charity!
You can follow her cosplay adventures at:
Or visit her Etsy Shop at: https://www.etsy.com/shop/MogChelleCosplay?ref=hdr_shop_menu
Yad Mui (Fan Guest of Honor)
Yad Mui has been a professional illustrator/comic artist since 2002. Having self published many projects including Steel Rain: Tactical, Bad Moon, and Hardwired Fanboys. He also interned at Studio Ironcat, cleaning pages and sound effects. Recently, Yad has done work for Fantasy Games Unlimited’s Villains and Vigilantes Super Hero RPG. Including the artwork for Power of One, Centerville Incident, Great Bridge 2, Department 88, and Centerville Under Siege. He has also recently worked with FASA Games on their new game 1879.
You can check out his work at the following links!
Sam Demaris was recently named one of “15 of the Funniest Stand-up Comedians You SHOULD Be Following” by Will Ferrell’s Funnyordie.com and once you see him, you’ll know why. He is an amazing storyteller with a universal appeal and when you’re watching him, you never know what to expect. He is one quarter of the infamous Whiskey Brothers whose comedy special will be streaming into your living rooms very soon. He’s been featured on the FOX TV show “Laughs” as well as performed countless gigs across the United States including the Maxim Magazine Real Men of Comedy tour as well as tours of Iraq, Kuwait, Bahrian, Djibouti, and South Korea to perform for the United States Armed Forces. Yeah. He did that.
Slade Ham is a globetrotting, international stand up comedian who has performed in 41 countries on six continents and currently hosts the wildly popular Whiskey Brothers Podcast.
Slade has been seen on A&E, WGN, at Just for Laughs, and most recently, was the subject of a documentary directed by Jordan Brady (“Waking Up in Reno” and “I Am Comic”) centered on his most recent tour through Afghanistan. Slade’s is a familiar voice to comedy-radio listeners, who laugh along to his three albums on Raw Dog and Blue Collar Comedy stations, though they might know him best from his regular appearances on The Bob & Tom Show.
In addition to touring domestically, Slade also works closely with Armed Forces Entertainment and produces his own international tours for the men and women in uniform across the globe. He is also the founder of Operation: Punchline, an organization designed to help combat the veteran suicide rate (a staggering 22 a day) that provides free downloads of comedy albums for current and former military members and their spouses.
Unable to attend…
Unfortunately, Ohayocon is sad to announce that Carli Mosier had to cancel her appearance at Ohayocon 2017 due to personal reasons. She apologizes and is saddened that she is unable to come. Ohayocon hopes that Carli will join us for future Ohayocon’s and we hope the situation gets better for her.
Shin Kurokawa is responsible for over 100 anime and live-action titles since the late 80’s. Wearing many hats as an independent producer, post production specialist and director, he has worked on such titles as Macross, Oh My Goddess, Bubblegum Crisis, Lupin III, Urusei Yatsura, Lone Wolf and Cub, Robotech / Shadow Chronicles and Modern Combat. Shin is also a musician, having collaborated with artists such as the J-Pop and Anison hitmakers, fripSide. Their latest release, “Infinite Synthesis 3” was released October, 2016, via NBC Universal.
SwankyBox (Fan Gaming Guest)
SwankyBox is an Ohio-based YouTuber who runs a gaming-focused channel. By trade he is an animator, videographer, writer, and web designer, but nerdy online video is what he’s most passionate about. On his channel he covers a wide variety of topics – from gaming mysteries to nostalgic gaming memories. He has a level-focused series on his channel called Pixel Portals as well. Pixel Portals is a series highlighting memorable environments in video games and the lore behind them. These videos include why these areas were particularly special to him, and sometimes musings about what he would do for fun in these places.
YouTube aside, SwankyBox is a very avid gamer who grew up living in the worlds that games had to offer. Instead of exploring outside, he often dove headfirst into the worlds of video games to fulfill his sense of travel and exploration when he was younger. Now that is he is older, he loves sharing those experiences with the world and empowering the younger generation to chase their dreams.
Shadow Clone (Fan Musical Guest)
Shadow Clone is a hard partying, cosplay addicted, ball of geeky energy born from the awkward plies of the avoided and misunderstood for something fresh and relevant in their world of outcasts. Blasting convention stages like a spirit bomb, he leaves nothing but a mushroom cloud of music and fun in his wake! Alongside turntable specialist DJ My Name Is, Shadow Clone has been bringing the party to conventions all over the US since 2006 with panels, cosplay, dance parties and concerts! Geek Pop, Hip Hop, Nerdcore, or whatever you want to call it, his music is a fusion of any and all genres that creates a sound and environment where everyone is welcome! Shadow Clone and DJ My Name Is are at it once again at Ohayocon, which can only mean one thing! It’s time to party! It’s time to party hard! It’s time party safe! But most importantly, it’s time to party like a geek!
Lisa Ortiz is a New York based veteran voice actor, director and producer. .
As a va, she is most well known for her role as Lina Inverse, and Amy Rose in Sonic the Hedgehog, but she began her career as the high elf Deedlit in Record of Lodoss War. Since then she has gone on to record dozens of anime, series, audiobooks, video games, and films both as a voice and as a Producer, Director and Adapter.
She is currently the director of Pokemon XY and Sun and Moon, as well as Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel, and has worked on the show in various capacities over the years since Indigo League. From Misty’s older sister Daisy, to Sabrina, to Flannery, to Oshawatt, to Fletchling and present day gym leader Korrina.
She can currently be heard as Noembelu in Street Fighter V, on Nickelodeon’s Royal Academy, and the New Winx Club. Favorite roles include – Serenity Wheeler :Yu-gi-oh, Tony Tony Chopper:OnePiece, Shiori:Revolutionary Girl Utena, Rina: Time of Eve and The Devil in Gangstar 4, and Musa/Icy: Winx club. Directing credits include Psychic School Wars, Norm of the North, Volcanion and The Mechanical Marvel and mobile games for The Dark Night Rises, Dungeon Hunter 5, and Netflix’s Heroes United and many other projects still not able to be disclosed. She is President of Noise of O Productions, and currently resides in NYC, with her fabulous feline Fitz, and does not own a car.
Kirby Morrow trained in theatre at Mount Royal University, in Calgary, Alberta. Throughout his career, Kirby has also trained in Vancouver, Paris, Dublin, Toronto and Los Angeles. Reaching a successful stature in both on camera and animation voice overs, Kirby is a highly sought after guest at animation, science fiction and Comicon conventions around the world.