Guests

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TODD HABERKORN

Todd Haberkorn has been a fan favorite for many years in the Anime community. He provides voices for some of the most popular anime characters, including North Itality in Hetalia, Ling Yao in Fullmetal Alchemist, Natsu Dragneel in Fairy Tail, and Hikaru in Ouran High School Host Club, among many others. Todd Haberkorn is currently a proud member of the Anime community and continues to be its humble servant by way of english dubbing. Haberkorn received his BFA in acting from Southern Methodist University and continues to work professionally, primarily in Texas and surrounding states, as an actor, director, producer, and writer.

Todd can also be heard in Sgt. Frog as Keroro, Suzuka as Yamato, Ghost Hunt as Naru, Claymore as Raki, Holic as Wataknuki, D. Gray Man as Allen Walker, Sands of Destruction as Kyrie, Soul Eater as Death the Kid, and some others he can’t say right now. A few supporting roles include Itsuki in Shuffle, Ichimoruken in Hell Girl, Firo in Baccano!, Kono in Darker Than Black, Hikaru in Ouran High School Host Club and Khoza in One Piece. Check out most of the shows listed above on Hulu.com or Funimation.com. When not in the booth, Todd is a producer with his company, Out of the Office Productions. Todd is represented by The Horne Agency.

 

 

 

 

JOSH GRELLE

A native Texan and avid anime fan, Josh Grelle has been working in voice work for over 10 years. After starting with ADV Films in January 2004, Josh was quickly bombarded with tons of in-booth experience on a wide range of shows, including Wedding Peach, Steam Detectives, 009-1, and the legendary Gatchaman. He began working for FUNimation Entertainment in 2006. Since then, he has starred in numerous titles; his most famous being Kenichi in Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple. Other roles include Armin in Attack on Titan, Kyohei in the Wallflower, Kouichi in Linebarrles of Iron, Yuki in Future Diary, Itsuki in Initial D, and Kuranosuke in Princess Jellyfish. More recent roles include Chow from Starship Troopers: Invasion, Nicky in Mass Effect: Paragon Lost, Kazuya Aoi in Freezing, Yuji Sakai in Shakugan no Shana, Akihisa Yoshii in Baka and Test, and Komatsu in Toriko. Aside from anime, Josh has lent his voice to a number of video games, including Sima Shi in Dynasty Warriors 7, Xbalanque in Smite, Dave in Borderlands 2, and the voice of the "energetic" custom character in Dragonball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi.  Josh is represented by The Mary Collins Agency.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MONICA RIAL

Monica Rial has been working in the anime voice over industry for 15 years. According to Anime News Network, she is currently the most prolific anime voice actress in the USA. As an actress for ADV Films, Funimation Entertainment, and Sentai Filmworks she has lent her voice to over 300 anime including: Air (Misuzu), Another (Mei), Baccano! (Chane), Black Butler (Mei Ren), Certain Magical Index (Index), E.F. a Tale of Memories (Chihiro), Excel Saga (Hyatt), Fairy Tail (Mirajane), Full Metal Panic! (Kyoko), Hetalia (Flying Mint Bunny/Belarus), High School of the Dead (Shizuka), Maria Holic (Maria); Mass Effect: Paragon Lost (Treeya), Majestic Prince (Tamaki), Michiko & Hatchin (Michiko), Negima (Konoka/Kazumi/Satsuki), One Piece (Tashigi/Karu/Kuina), Ouran Host Club (Renge), Noir (Kirika), Panty and Stocking (Stocking), Princess Jellyfish (Mayaya), Sergeant Frog (Momoka), Shinchan (Ai), Tsubasa (Sakura), Witchblade (Maria) and many more. She appeared on Toonami in Deadman Wonderland (Shiro), Casshern Sins (Ringo), Soul Eater (Tsubaki) and FMA Brotherhood (May Chang). You can also catch her on Nicktoons and the CW as Bulma in Dragonball Z Kai. She has also appeared in several video games including Ms. ‘Splosion Man, Comic jumper, and Borderlands 2. Be sure to come by and say hello!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IAN SINCLAIR

Ian Sinclair has been voice acting for FUNimation since he was a sophomore in college, where he studied theatre. Since then he's been working in the Dallas area as a professional actor in a multitude of arenas. He's performed on stage, on camera, and, of course, behind the mic.

In addition to the recently announced Space Dandy in Space Dandy, a few of Ian's more popular anime roles include Brook in One Piece, Toriko in Toriko, Ryner Lute in Legend of the Legendary Heroes, Bardroy in Black Butler, Romano in Hetalia, Chuck in Panty and Stocking, Shu in Princess Jellyfish, Dallas in Baccano, Yomotsu Hirasaka (12th) in Future Diary, Orang in Last Exile: Fam, The Silver Wing, Alcides in Appleseed XII, Seo in Sekirei, Bora in Fairy Tail, Ginei Morioka in Rosario + Vampire, Ian and Itomimizu in One Piece, Shogo in Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne, Zaki in Claymore, Toyama in Oh! Edo Rocket, Douglas and Steve in El Cazador de la Bruja, Shiro in Okami-san, Daisuke Matsuo in Yamada’s First Time, Marc in Spice and Wolf II, Hasegawa in Baka and Test, Takamy in Fractale, Akoz in Casshern Sins, Toraji in Bamboo Blade, Liam in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Colin in Level E, R in Jormungand, and as Takeru Ohyama in Maken-Ki! Battling Venus.

Additionally, Ian can be heard as the voice of Baron Flynt in the video game Borderlands, Professor Nakayama and Jimbo Hodunk in Borderlands 2, and as the "Cool" custom hero voice in Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi. Ian has worked as a director on Initial D, Spice and Wolf II, both seasons of Black Butler, and The Shana movie.

 

 

 

 

 

TYSON RINEHART

After a rather busy year, Tyson's resume has blossomed. Already known for his role as hacker extraordinaire "Itaru 'Daru' Hashida" in Steins;Gate, Tyson's newest credits include: "Matsuda" in HighSchool DxD, "Georg" in Eureka Seven: AO, "Oimo" in One Piece, and "Squeak" in Space Dandy. Other notable roles Tyson has played include "Byard" from Fairy Tail, "Alan" in Jormungand, "Peixe" in Michiko & Hatchin, "Nozomu Tamaki" in Dance in the Vampire Bund, "Bobby" in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, and the Head-Irish-Thief-That-Throws-Dynamite in episode 10 of Black Butler. Tyson has played additional roles in such shows as: Baka and Test, Black Butler (I & II), Darker than Black, Deadman Wonderland, Hetalia, a guy getting his face stepped on in Sengoku Basara, and in Rosario + Vampire Tyson voiced a guy looking up the skirt of an anime resin statue.

Tyson is also a writer at Funimation, working on Attack on TitanAquarion Evol, and other yet to be announced shows.

As a Musician, Tyson provides rhythm guitar and vocals in the punk band Bullet Machine, with their recently released album "Initiate Plan Z". He is a vocalist and harmonica player in Blues-Rock influenced Smokestack Lightning. He was also the vocals and guitarist for the now defunct punk band, The Tommyguns.

As a Comedian, Tyson has performed with the veteran improvisational troupe Ad-Libs, as well as writing, performing, and storyboarding various projects with PostHollywood, such as The Jim Wellman Voiceovers on YouTube.

 

 

CHRIS RAGER

Voice Actor, Single Father and Savior of Worlds. Currently residing in Dallas Chris Rager has been bringing you your favorite Anime and Video Game Characters Like Hercule from DBZ and Mr. Torgue in the Game of the Year Borderlands 2. When not being challenged by his daughter he takes on challenging roles Like the Principal in Assassination Classroom as well as Dagger Morse in Show By Rock.In the future, Chris hopes to bring more excitement and explosions to more characters and opportunities!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JOSH MARTIN

Josh Martin has been the voice of Majin Buu (Fat, Evil and Kid) from DBZ and Commander Red from Dragonball since 2001, as well as memorable characters from Lupin the 3rd and Yosaku from One Piece. Josh has also written and produced short films; co-owned, operated, and performed in improv, sketch, and musical comedy troupes; and even provided body talent for Barney (the purple dinosaur) on the award winning world tour. When he's not in the booth, he's serving up fresh rhymes with his band mates in The Original Beastie Boys Tribute Band Rhymin’ ll Stealin’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

R BRUCE ELLIOTT - Cancelled

We have some sad news to report... R Bruce Elliott will unfortunately not be able to appear at Shuto Con this year due to personal family matters. He is very disappointed that he had to cancel, but family matters have made it unavoidable (and we agree that family should come first). However he hopes to be able to come back another year, in which we absolutely will once he is ready to return! We wish R Bruce Elliott all the best, and we apologize to you all, our attendees, for I know many of you were looking forward to meeting him.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHRISTOPHER SABAT - Cancelled

We have some unfortunate news to report to you all this afternoon... Chris Sabat just let us know today that he will unfortunately not be able to appear at Shuto Con this year due to unforeseen scheduling conflicts at his work (FUNimation) . He didn't want to have to cancel, but he is working on something special that will have to take him away from his convention appearance on our weekend. We wish him luck on his special project, and hope to have him again sometime!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artists

 

RIKKI SIMONS

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 writer he is known for science fiction and fantasy novels such as Hitherto a Lion, Ranklechick and His Three Legged Cat, Super Information Hijinks: Reality Check!, and the six volume ShutterBox fantasy series, which he co-created with his wife, Tavisha-Wolfgarth-Simons. He is also a background painter in animation, most noted for his color design on Invader ZIM. The weekly web comic that he creates with Tavisha, called @Tavicat, can be read at www.tavicat.com

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

TAVISHA WOLFGARTH-SIMONS

Tavisha produces her art and stories under the studio name of Tavicat (and sometimes “WiredPsyche”) along with her husband, Rikki Simons. After a decade of publishing manga-influenced comics in the American market, Tavisha has had the opportunity to work with a variety of properties, attaching her much loved spin to them. A fan favorite, Tavisha has designed manga versions of established western cartoon characters for Nickelodeon Magazine, she has designed characters and fashions from the ground up for companies such as Tokyopop and Digital Manga, and she has co-created original titles such as Ranklechick and his Three-Legged Cat, Super Information Hijinks: Reality Check!, and ShutterBox. The weekly web comic that she creates with Rikki, called @Tavicat, can be read at www.tavicat.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MUSICAL GUESTs

FREEZEPOP

Freezepop has always been something of an oxymoron: embraced by both hipsters and nerds; serious about irony; and retro-futuristic. A synth band in a guitar videogame, singing pop songs about rock. And it all somehow makes sense when you listen to the music.

Formed in Boston in the summer of 1999, when electropop was barely a blip on the indie radar, Freezepop released two homemade EPs and started a DIY machine that would become one of their
trademarks. Their debut album, 2000’s Freezepop Forever, was released domestically on their own label, Archenemy, as well as licensed in Europe by the Spanish indiepop label Elefant. Several
more EPs followed, and in 2004, Freezepop put out their sophomore album, Fancy Ultra•Fresh. After nearly eight years of self-releasing their CDs, they partnered with Rykodisc/Cordless Recordings for
their third album, Future Future Future Perfect. Their single “Less Talk More Rokk” was the iTunes #4 dance/electronic song of 2007.

While the band has done well on college radio, repeat-charting in the CMJ Top 50, a key factor in Freezepop’s success has been that they
have sought out licensing opportunities to get their music out into the world. A natural fit on videogame soundtracks, the band saw their
following grow through songs in the cult music-based games Frequency and Amplitude, and then increase exponentially after appearing
in several installments of the massively popular Guitar Hero series, Dance Dance Revolution, and Rock Band. Freezepop have a strong
connection with their fans and have toured extensively, playing energetic, fun, and chaotic shows throughout North America and Europe.

Some may see Imaginary Friends as the grown-up Freezepop. For the first time, new songs from this record were tested out on live
audiences rather than being crafted solely in the studio, which in many ways streamlined Freezepop’s sound into a focused force that
reflects the energy of the live show. With a whimsical spirit still intact, Imaginary Friends is a more impactful and refined record than fans
have heard in the past and finds Freezepop taking the leap to dance floor legends.

For more info: www.freezepop.net / www.facebook.com/freezepopband

 

 

RAION TAIKO

Raion Taiko is a professional Japanese taiko drumming ensemble from the Great Lakes Taiko Center in Novi, Michigan near Detroit. In 2005 Brian and Mayumi Sole formed Raion Taiko with a group of friends in East Lansing. After performing at smaller events around Mid-Michigan for a couple years, they decided to study taiko intensively at Asano Taiko in Ishikawa prefecture, Japan. From 2007 to 2009, they learned taiko drumming under the instruction of Yamada Mizue, former member of Hono-O-Daiko, one of Japan’s top taiko teams.

Returning to Michigan in the fall of 2009, Mayumi and Brian recruited new Raion Taiko members and reestablished the performing group. In January of 2010, the new Raion Taiko debuted at the University of Michigan’s Mochi Tsuki Taikai. Since then, Raion Taiko has performed in hundreds of events, large and small, all around Michigan and the Midwest. They have been guests at numerous summer festivals from Monroe to Holland, Fort Wayne to Mackinaw City, and have become an annual crowd favorite at Royal Oak’s Arts Beats & Eats festival.

Raion Taiko is an eclectic group of performers from varying taiko, cultural and musical backgrounds. Repertoire includes traditional as well as modern and original taiko compositions from all different regions of Japan and North America.

 

 

THE WORLD IS SQUARE

The World is Square has been folk'n up your favorite Square/Enix fanfare for 5 years.
Hailing from Boston, they offer a unique arrangements of songs from classics like Final Fantasy and Chrono Trigger. Their latest release boasts a more obscure catalog of covers from games like Bravely Default and Breath of Fire.

All party members (and, we mean PARTY) can duel-wield a ferocious folk attack with weapons like the mandolin, glockenspiel, banjo and more. They pack a lot of “potions” to power you up with jams ranging from the SNES to the Nintendo 3DS era.

Here's what people have to say about The World is Square (according to TWIS):
"They look like a bunch of dangerous hippies."
"They're called The World is Warcraft and they ONLY cover Legend of Zelda music."
"Joe, I stole a beer. Here's a shitty slice of pizza."

 

 

SUPER GUITAR BROS

The Super Guitar Bros are not actually brothers – they’re bros! Steve and Sam met back in 2007 at a local coffee shop where Sam was performing with a mutual friend of theirs. After seeing Sam’s classical skills, Steve knew they had to start making music together. During their first jam session, everything clicked. They’ve been playing together ever since.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARC IMPULSE

ARC IMPULSE is here to re-encode your minds and digitize your hearts with the sounds of video game rock! Their six-man electro-orchestral sound from Chicago is the long lost key to the ignition of your gaming memories! Beaten bosses and fallen evil empires are all you’ll be leaving behind when they rev up your soul and take off with tracks from your favorite games! Hit START, Shuto Con, it’s time to rock and roll!

 

 

 

 

 

THE PILLOWCASES

The Pillowcases will be bringing the music of beloved anime FLCL to Shuto Con! If you loved FLCL, you'll definitely want to check out this band as they cover the full range of your favorite songs, from Ride on Shooting Star to Little Busters to Hybrid Rainbow... and maybe a few surprises thrown in, too! They'll be opening up for the amazing Arc Impulse, so stick around after the show too!

Band Members:
Stephen Dranger: Vocals, Guitar
Mike Regan: Vocals, Guitar
Matt Sigler: Drums
Lucas Sgouros: Bass Guitar

 

 

 

DJ SKITZO

Known for his diverse fusion of hip hop, trap, old school, and electronic DJ Skitzo has been in the international DJ scene for more than 15 years. He has performed as opening act for artists such as 50 cent, DJ Clue, Paul Van Dyke, DJ S&S, DJ Kool, Biz Markie, Whodini, Ashanti, Mobb Deep, Ludacris, and many others. DJ Skitzo is the 2011 Michigan DJ Olympics turntable champion and currently featured on a nationally syndicated mixshow for Music Choice, the largest music network in the United States. He was also previously Richmond’s #1 Mixshow DJ for WRVQ-Q94. Mixing, scratching, and live mash-ups along with other technical skills are what to expect from any DJ Skitzo show.

www.facebook.com/djskitzodj
www.soundcloud.com/dj-skitzo
www.twitter.com/djskitzo
www.djskitzo.com

 

 

2d6

2d6 was born from the discovery of two magical six-sided dice, granting their holders the mystical powers of rap. Their rhymes are about the nerdiest of nerd subjects: geek girls, conventioneering, Boba Fett, daikaiju,  and the like. 

Do you like hip-hop? What about high-energy concerts? Silly hats? Do you enjoy eating candy? Do you simply need a place to sit and clip your fingernails? THIS CONCERT IS FOR YOU. You should probably swing on by and see the show. It's worth it. Trust me.

Be warned! Naughty language is involved. (16+ recommended)

 

 

 

 

MY PARENTS FAVORITE MUSIC

Steffeny "Steffo" Messinger refers to her pseudonym/moniker "My Parents Favorite Music" for the video game and pop culture influenced music she writes, produces, and records independently.

Releasing albums as pieces of the map to a mysterious island, she tours the country bringing clever wordplay and a colorful presence to her musical adventure, and every listener is welcome to be a part of the MPFM story. ♫ ♪ "

 

 

 

 

 

KNIGHT OF THE ROUND

Symphonic Blackened Polyrhythmic VGM Thrash Metal?

Starting as a one-man project by guitarist Justin Taylor in 2008, Knight of the Round continues to bring a fresh approach to video game music while paying homage to one of the most notable game franchises of all time, Final Fantasy.  Having performed at popular video game festivals such as MAGFest, BitGen, and countless other conventions, Knight of the Round has also been featured on many popular websites such as The Nerdist, Metal Injection, The Circle Pit, and more! Having recently dropped their 3rd full length album, Fate’s Delusion, KOTR will be making their 3rd performance at Shuto Con.  Come get nerdy and headbang with a very different tribute to video game music.

 

 

ARIEL, ZOEY, & ELI (AZE)

2015 Daytime Emmy nominees Ariel, Zoey & Eli (AZE) are quickly becoming the face of their geek/nerd generation. The three siblings (Ariel and Zoey are identical twins and Eli is the "little" brother) star in two national television shows (Ariel & Zoey & Eli, Too and Steal the Show). Following the release of their con anthem, Take Me To Comic Con, AZE developed an immense international following on Facebook where they share their mad musician skills and quirky senses of humor. For AZE, it does not get any better than performing at cons and meeting fellow cosplayers! AZE's Daytime Emmy nomination was for Outstanding Original Song, becoming the youngest ever to be nominated in this category.


Facebook.com/ArielZoeyandEli
AZENation.com

 

 

 
 
 

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