Guests

Hold on tight folks, Ohayocon has so many guests you might float away in sheer bliss! Don't miss out on their special events and autograph signings.

J. MICHAEL TATUM

J. Michael Tatum: Nurtured on anime classics from the tender age of Star Blazers, et al, this reclusive fanboy-turned-voice actor/writer/ADR director/flake extraordinaire spent more years than he cares to remember in what might charitably be called free-fall before landing, mostly by accident, smack dab on the industry of his dreams. To this day, some believe the small crater made by the impact remains the source of his power.


With over 150 credits to his name, Jerry Jewell can be heard in a wide variety of shows. He’s probably best known for his roles as Kyo Sohma in Fruits Basket, Jimmy Kudo in Case Closed, Barry the Chopper/Number 66 in Fullmetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Claire Stanfield in Baccano!, Russia in Hetalia: Axis Powers, and Lau in Black Butler.


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 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!


Chris Patton has been acting on-stage and as a Voice Actor most of his life. In the realm of Anime, Chris has voiced over 250 titles for ADV Films, Bang Zoom!, Funimation, Sentai Filmworks, Okratron 5000, and DuArt Films.

 


Jamie Marchi's bioJamie Marchi is a voice actress, ADR director and script writer, best known for her roles as Rias Gremory in High School DxD BorN, Panty in Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, Cana Alberona in Fairy Tail, Liz Thompson in Soul Eater, Gou Matsuoka in Free! Iwatobi Swim Club and Free! Eternal Summer, Masane Amaha in Witchblade, Ai Yamabuki in Date A Live!, Isuke Inukai in Riddle Story of the Devil, Shouko Kirishima in Baka and Test, Uzume in Sekirei: Pure Engagement, Chloe in Spice and Wolf, Hetalia Narrator in Hetalia: Axis Powers, Mikako Satsukitane in Heaven’s Lost Property, Miss Polly in Shin Chan, Aki Hinata in Sgt Frog, Shizuka Nekonome in Rosario + Vampire, Ophelia in Romeo X Juliet, and Yuka Amado in Maken-ki!.


Michael Sinterniklaas is a veteran of the anime industry and has worked as a ADR Director, actor, voice actor, script writer, sound engineer, mixer and producer. In 1999, Michael founded NYAV Post, a bicoastal recording studio that has worked on over 500 anime and non-anime titles. Michael is a prolific actor and has voiced countless roles in anime such as Dagger in Black Butler: Book of Circus, Netherlands in Hetalia, Xellos in Slayers Revolution and Evolution-R, Joshua and Kennedy in Pokémon, Lucemon in Digimon, Ivan Karelin, Dark Magician and Mahad in YuGiOh, Origami Cyclone in Tiger & Bunny, Sarutobi Sasuke in Sengoku Basara, Sora and Utakata in Naruto, Age in Patema Inverted, and Takeru in FREEDOM. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg!


Since 2000, born-and-raised Angeleno Rachel Robinson’s voice has spanned the spectrum of video games, animation, national commercials, promos and anime. In gameland, she’s likely best known for her role as Oerba Yun Fang (Final Fantasy XIII, XIII-2 and Lightning Returns). She is robot ADA (Fallout 4: Automatron), Protoss matriarch Vorazun, (StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void), Goetia (Xenoblade Chronicles X), Nova (There Came an Echo), Time Patroller in (DBZ: Xenoverse); and Serqet, Medusa and Awilix skins (Smite). Additional noted roles (IBNLT): Argonian Guildmaster Sees-All-Colors (The Elder Scrolls Online), 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.


Since 2001, Christopher Bevins has acted in, directed, cast, produced, and/or adapted scripts for over 200 anime projects. His anime acting credits include Japan in Hetalia, Nine in Terror in Resonance, Nino in ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept.,Yogi in Karneval, Twenty Faces in Trickster, Sero in My Hero Academia, Nico in Tokyo Ghoul, Hiroshi in Michiko & Hatchin, Rasputin in Drifters, Narsus in The Heroic Legend of Arslan, Hanamori inPrincess Jellyfish, Johnny Gill in D.Gray-Man, Joe in Prison School, Hagakure in the Danganronpa anime series, Apollo & Amata in the Aquarion series, Lafitte, ChouChou, & Lasso in One Piece, Lahar in Fairy Tail, Shishi Wakamaru in Yu Yu Hakusho, Bee the Puppy in Dragon Ball Z, and Beck the Dog in BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad. He can also be heard as various characters and critters in Space Dandy, Attack on Titan, Soul Eater, Baccano!, Fullmetal Alchemist (both series), Ouran High School Host Club, Black Butler, Big Windup!, Shin chan,Fruits Basket, Case Closed and many more. Chris has also worked on several video games, most notably as Dhalsim in Street Fighter IV and Street Fighter V, as well as various background characters in Borderlands 2.


Brandon McInnis is a voice actor with experience in Japan working as a translator. He voices Finral Roulacase in Black Clover (currently airing on Toonami), Keita Amano in Gamers, Corteo in 91 Days, Frodo Baggins in Lord of the Rings Online, Patrick Phelps in Black Butler, Samon Goku in Nanbaka, S?nosuke Izayoi in Danganronpa 3, Erlang Shen in SMITE, and many more. Follow him on twitter: @BranMci.


Carli Mosier is a native Texan who’s been a voice actor for over a decade for ADV Films which is now Sentai and Funimation.  You’ve heard her in Halo Legends, Nerima Daikon Brothers as Detective Yukika, One Piece including singing the closing credit song for Season 5, Heaven’s Lost Property, Baka and Test and many many more. Her favorite character to date is Toko Fukawa/Genocider Sho in Danganronpa. However, she is currently in the broadcast dub of New Game as Shizuku and her fat cat Mozuku who may now be in the running for favorite. She’s thrilled to be back at Ohayocon!


AUTOMATON is the barrel-chested and fancy vested Steampunk metal band. The musicians are characters who prepare for conflict in an aggressive new wave of traditional metal sound mixed with folk and power metal spirit. They bring a large-scale rock show complete with storytelling, humor, costume, debauchery, and catchy melodies that welcome the most staunch metalheads as well as those who may not have even realized they like metal.


Professor Shyguy’s music can be best described as; high energy, chiptune-electro-rocking, 8-bit, epically vocalized, highly danceable, theatrical nerd-pop with guitar solos. Singing 50% about video games and the other 50% is anything from Space/Time to English Language gymnastics. He is recently known for singing Starring Star, the Funimation dub outro to the Dragon Ball Super. He can also be heard on Indoor Kids, Guude Boulderfist’s youtube channel, and many other places!


Born in Washington D.C., U.S.A., this 100% American is one of few prominent foreign artists signed to a major Japanese record label. Full of cute charm and an insatiable interest for all things Japan, Diana Garnet was heavily influenced by her anime-loving father, and was immersed into anime culture at a young age. Her interest became life-changing when she first heard “Yuzurenai Negai” by Naomi Tamura, which inspired her life goal to become a singer in Japan. On her third trip to Japan, she began to work as a middle-school English teacher, when a life-changing opportunity arose for Diana – in 2013, she took part in a nationwide karaoke TV show for foreigners, called “Nodojiman! THE WORLD 2013 Spring” on NTV, and was crowned the winner, also securing a major label debut at the same time.


Arimura Moha – Japanese Illustrator. Born in 1987, lives in Japan. Started as a graphic designer before becoming freelance illustrator. Focusing on his original characters “Same-z”, he has released quite a few cute and slightly surreal illustrations. A wide variety of merchandise has been released for “Same-z” in Japan and internationally, including stationery and stuffed animals, among others.
 


Samantha Inoue-Harte is an established and varied Entertainment Industry veteran. First and foremost, Samantha is a Japanese Anime Producer.  She partners with several Japanese anime studios with whom she develops and produces compelling cross-cultural creative Anime. She is one of only a handful of Americans who actually creates stories to be made into up in coming Anime.


Chris Moujaes (here’s a hint: Moe-JEYE-es) is the Founder, and Executive Producer at Herohelix. Chris is an accomplished entertainment and anime executive who specializes in developing, financing, producing, and distributing anime, and live action films. He’s also a gifted storyteller and artist. He’s the creator of  the Flux Destiny web comic universe with over 30,000 fans on Facebook.


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 atwww.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.


Kevin Bolk is a freelance cartoonist, illustrator, and proud alumnus of Awesome University (his favorite imaginary alma mater). Although he’s done work for Nickelodeon, Tokyopop, Udon Entertainment, Blind Ferret Entertainment, and Voices For, he’s best known for his 1,700+ comic strips hosted on InterrobangStudios.com, including parody webcomics “It Sucks to be Weegie” and “Ensign Sue Must Die!”   Bolk’s by-lines shine on works published via Nickelodeon, Udon Entertainment, Oxford University Press, & Interrobang Studios. He performs design duties for numerous conventions across the United States, while online entertainment hubs like MTV.com, The Guardian, Huffington Post, Cracked, Cosmo, Buzzfeed, I09 & Comics Alliance celebrate his humorous & insightful works. He likes to teach and encourage new creators, so feel free to check any of his workshops or visit him in the artist alley for a chat and some friendly advice.

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.


During the 1980’s, Anime was commonly known as “Japanimation” and its popularity in the U.S. was fueled by such shows as Astro Boy, Star Blazers, Robotech and Akira on TV and home video. In 1989, just out of highschool, Shin Kurokawa became a co-founding member of AnimEigo, one of the first Anime companies in the U.S. that distributed such classics as Bubblegum Crisis, AD Police, Oh! My Goddess, Kimagure Orange Road, Vampire Princess Miyu, You’re Under Arrest!, Lupin III, Urusei Yatsura, and Super Dimension Fortress Macross (Robotech). For Macross/Ribotech, Shin and his team were critically acclaimed for spending nearly 2 years performing digital film restoration to bring the almost 2-decade-old, beaten-up images up to levels that greatly surpassed expectations of even its original creators. Shin left the company in 2002 to become an independent producer and engineer, which allowed him to pursue his diverse interests in art, music, traveling and audio/video engineering. He has worked on over 100 productions including Anime, movies, music, video games and even government projects, both domestic and international. His recent work includes collaboration with the J-Pop / Anisong group fripSide (best known for their Top 10 hit, “Only My Railgun”) on the group’s new album “Crossroads”, a 15-year Anniversary release containing remakes as well as new songs, released October 2017, via NBC Universal.  Shin co-wrote the title track.


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. https://www.twitch.tv/banzchan


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.


 

Andrea Caprotti is an animator and illustrator based in Austin, TX. She is currently an animator at Rooster Teeth, working on titles such as RWBY, Red vs. Blue and RWBY Chibi. She also co-hosts a podcast called No Script At All, which discusses a Japanese reality show. She has also worked as an animator at Cartoon Network Games, working on the browser-based MOBA game Adventure Time: Battle Party, and at Armature Studio on the X-Box exclusive game Recore.

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.


Oriana Perón has been a cosplayer for 11 years a drag queen for 4 years and is a featured performer at the Austin International Drag Festival. She is a Bloomington Indiana native and studied costume design at Indiana University. Oriana has a love of coffee, video games, cats, and all things that sparkle. During the day she works as a costume and wig designer for theatres local and abroad. In Oriana’s heyday she won several presentation awards for her skits at masquerades and now presents panels on costuming, wigs, and more!


Vitamin H is the convention entertainment group who’ve been delighting nerds across the nation since 2013. They’ve rocked conventions from New Mexico to West Virginia, and now, they’re coming to rock YOU. Together, Vitamin H have spent the past four years showing convention attendees that programming can be more than boring PowerPoints and monotone delivery, and that learning CAN be fun…provided there’re enough dumb jokes involved.


Thousand Faces Cosplay donates all proceeds from their print sales to Tenth Life Cat Shelter, which focuses on fostering and finding forever homes for cats in the St. Louis area, especially those with special needs. Lauren and Ethan are the husband and wife duo who make up Thousand Faces Cosplay. They are performers and bodybuilders who use theatrics and fitness to bring their beloved characters to life for you at the convention. TFC believes in portraying the characters they cosplay as much as possible, putting an even higher emphasis on the performance aspect than the costume sometimes. If this means learning a fictional language like Dothraki for Drogo or High Valyrian for Daenerys, learning an accent for Merida, Jon Snow, or Harley Quinn, shaving Ethan’s head for Krieg, growing a Mohawk for Zangief, practicing new movement styles for Tiny Tina, or totally altering diet and workout plans in order to get shredded for Vega and Cammy, they do it.


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.


** Due to unforseen circumstances, Kirby Morrow had to cancel his appearance at Ohayocon 2018. We wish him the best and hope to host him in the future!