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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.Nabeshinhas 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.Nabeshinhas 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.


Peggy Chung is also creator and director at Gadget-Bot Productions. An Art Center College of Design graduate, she has worked as a concept designer on a variety of films, games, commercials and virtual reality projects including Guillermo Del Toro’s Pacific Rim and AAA game, Call of Duty: Black Ops 3.


Robert Simons is creator and co-founder at Gadget-Bot Productions. Recruited from Art Center College of Design into the Art Directors Guild as a concept designer, he’s worked on various films including Ender’s Game, Spider-Man 2, Jurassic World, Deadpool, Battle Angel, as well as the triple-A title, Call of Duty: Black Ops 3.


Robben Fenderson is a composer, sound designer, production sound mixer and re-recording mixer based in Los Angeles. He has worked on independent feature films, short films, animation, commercials, livestreaming, and video games, such as Metal Gear Rising: Reveangance. Both parents being lifelong musicians, Robben had the support to pursue an education and ultimately a career in music, composing original scores for film. In following this path, Robben was also acquainted with the world of sound in film, and has become involved in sound effects, editing, and recording sound on the film set. Building from this diverse background, he has been able to apply his knowledge and experience to a wide base of media, namely film, video games, commercials, and web content, and hope to spend more time researching audio the field of virtual reality.


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. Samantha is also an accomplished 16 year veteran as a voice actress in over 40 Japanese anime and Video game titles. Samantha’s most recognized roles are in World of Warcraft, Kingsisle Entertainment’s Pirate 101 and in Sony Online Entertainment’s DC Universe Online as Isis, Sakura Wars as Kohran Ri, Magical Play as Pipin, and Final Fantasy Unlimited as the Chocobo and Cactaur. Her other titles include: Ascension VG, Birth, Blade of the Phantom Master, Bratz, City Hunter the Motion Picture, Cosplay Complex, Dai Guard, Daphne in the Brilliant Blue, DearS, Devil Lady, Eden’s Bowy, Gatchaman, Getbackers, Getter Robo, Gun Crazy, Happy Lesson, Jing: King of Bandits, Legend of Crystania the Motion Picture, Lost Universe, Mazinkaiser, Moeyo Ken, Nadia the Secret of Blue Water, Negima!, New Fist of the Northstar, Ninja Resurrection, Petite Princess Yucie, Princess Blade, Pumpkin Scissors, Queen Emeraldas, Sakura Diaries, Samurai X the OVAs, Samurai X the Motion Picture, Shuten Doji – The Star Hand Kid, Soul Hunter, Steam Detectives, Tekken the Motion Picture, Trinity Blood, Wedding Peach, and Zone of the Enders.Samantha’s resume includes non Anime specific work as well. She has been an Animation Director for SpikeTV on the Fresh Baked Video Games TV series with Rick & Morty’s Justin Roiland, has been an animator on Kevin Smith’s Clerks: The Lost Episode, Disney’s Lilo & Stitch 2: the Origins of Stitch, Disney’s Villains’ Revenge, Lonestar’s “Mr. Mom” music video, and many more.


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. He is currently working on The Trinkkits of the Sad Circus by the Seaand Rhumbaghost.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 Rikkitikki Tavicat (tavicat.com).


Tavisha Wolfgarth-Simons is a Japanese and German American artist who has spent nearly three decades drawing and publishing manga-influenced comics. Tavisha’s comics and illustrations have been published by Nickelodeon, Tokyopop, Digital Manga, Andrews McMeel Universal, 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 The Trinkkits. @Tavicat, a comic strip about her cats, can be read at gocomics.com/tavicat.


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.


“During the 1980’s, before Anime was commonly known as it is today, popularity of the so-called “Japanimation” in the U.S. was fueled by such shows as Astro Boy, Star Blazers, Robotech and Akira on TV and home video. In 1989, while still a student, Shin became a co-founding member of AnimEigo, one of the first Anime companies in the US 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 which he 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. He 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. Shin has worked on over 100 productions including Anime, movies, music, videogames and government projects, both domestic and international. His current work includes regular collaborations with the J-Pop group fripSide (best known for their Top 10 hit, “Only My Railgun”) and he is the U.S. Representative and Manager for their label P.M. Works. Shin contributed songs to the album “Infinite Synthesis 3”, released October, 2016, via NBC Universal and co-wrote the title track for fripSide’s 15th Anniversary album, “Crossroads” in 2017. Most recently, Shin co-wrote with fripSide the opening song “Love with You” for the new anime “Boarding School Juliet” which made its U.S. debut on Amazon Prime Video in October 2018.”


“Tetsuro Shimaguchi was born in Saitama prefecture, Japan, and graduated from Nihon University College of Arts. After gaining several years of experience in theater activities, such as kabuki, he established a samurai sword performance group ,”Kengishu KAMUI”, of which he has been serving as a leader. He is a “Samurai Artist” pursuing a style of beauty of form, acting, and martial arts mixed together. One of his major accomplishments as an actor was performing as Crazy 88’s “MIKI”, as well as directing the choreography in “KILL BILL Vol.1”, a film by Quentin Tarantino.After the success of KILL BILL, KAMUI has been putting on highly acclaimed performances around the world. They performed in high-profile venues, such as Kennedy Center in the U.S. (2005), Teatro Della Pergola and Palazzo Vecchio in Italy (2010), Blue Note in Poland and many other venues in Europe, Hermitage Museum in Russia (2015), Armani Hotel in Dubai (2016), etc.In 2012, he established his original samurai dojo, “KENGIDO” and he’s been expanding it not only in Japan, but also in many other countries including Italy, Poland, the U.S. and Republic of Lithuania. This demonstrates how he has been putting his heart and soul to promote Samurai culture both inside and outside of Japan.He is the first Japanese artist to receive the Consonance award in Florence, Italy in October 2018.”


Jirard “Dragonrider” Khalil is the host of the YouTube review show, “The Completionist”, and co-host of “Super Beard Bros.” On his main channel, The Completionist, Jirard completes a new game every week, ranging from casual games to hardcore games. On his second channel, Super Beard Bros, Jirard, accompanied by Alex Faciane, plays through games. Although he doesn’t like to admit it, this makes him a let’s player. Super Beard Bros. also serves as a “Behind the Scenes,” as he sometimes does reviews of the games he’s played.Jirard is also a member of Big Bad Bosses, a video game boy band. He plays the role of Big Bow.


Alexander Louis Faciane … is a video game journalist, in addition to being the co-host of both Super Beard Brothers, The Dex and The Dex Podcast, the creator of the Mario universe, and Ronik in Big Bad Bosses. Alex made his debut on The Completionist during Jirard’s 2012 E3 video, though he didn’t become a regular member until the sixth episode of DLC. His interests include competitive Pokémon training, Michael Jackson, sushi and Cetacean mating patterns. He is also a avid member of the Hentai community. Alex has been known to make massive requests of the community, asking fans to use image editing software to create very specific scenes, to give him money to buy a 72″ HD TV, to each send him a copy of “The Lone Ranger” on Blu-ray (Alex’s favourite movie), and even to scour through each episode to write down any promises that the Beard Bros. have made and not kept, in an effort to try and keep them.

Alex has a strong belief that segways are bad.


Emily DeJesus is a Writer, Editor, Story Creator and Manager. Emily has always enjoyed manga and anime, but never thought it could be her job. Emily has worked with Robert for many years now. She helps write the web comic “How to Loathe Drawing in the Manga Style” and has just finished writing her second children’s book. She enjoys the business side of working for Studio Capsule very much and is grateful that she has an opportunity to work in the manga/comics business.


Robert DeJesus is a Writer, Story Creator, Illustrator, Story Board Artist, and Character Designer. Robert is no stranger to the anime and manga community. 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 in February of 1990. He has drawn manga inspired art for well over 20 years and has been published nearly all over the world. He has worked for many companies like Playstation Magazine, Marvel, Hasbro, and now his most recent work with Wayforward, just to name a few.