GUESTS

GUEST OF HONOR – MARY ELIZABETH MCGLYNN

Mary Elizabeth McGlynn is a voice over actress, writer, singer and director. As an actress, she portrayed “Major Motoko Kusanagi” in Ghost In The Shell Innocence, Solid State Society and Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex for which she won the American Anime Award for Best Actress. You can also hear her as “Sei” in Alpha Protocol and “Nora” in Final Fantasy XIII. Some of her other popular roles are “Cornelia” in Code Geas. “Kurenai” from Naruto, “Julia” from Cowboy Bebop, “Helba” and “Bordeau” from .hack, “Jagura” from Wolf’s Rain and “Caroline” from Vampire Hunter D.

As a director, Mary Elizabeth just wrapped up directing the first season of Stitch! for The Disney Channel and the adr on the feature animated film Dino Mom. She is currently directing Naruto: Shippuden for Disney XD. She has directed the 4 Naruto Movies as well as Naruto the series for which she received the 2008 SPJA award for best director. Among her many other directing credits are Cowboy Bebop the series, Cowboy Bebop: Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door, Wolf’s Rain, the movie Appleseed and was a co-writer for the American adaptation of Metropolis. She also directed the original animated series Gormiti Lords of Nature for Cartoon Network and Wild Animal Babies for PBS.

Mary Elizabeth has had the great honor of singing the music of Akira Yamaoka for the movie Silent Hill as well as the games: Silent Hill 3, 4, 5, Origins and the newly released Silent Hill: Shattered Memories which she also co-directed.

For the gaming world she directed Samuel L. Jackson and Ron Perlman as well as the rest of the original cast in the recently released Afro Samurai game. She also directed the entire cast of iCarly for their interactive game. Mary Elizabeth has directed the voice work for Soul Calibur Legends, Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles, Devil May Cry 3, 3.5 and 4, Spyhunter, the Naruto Clash of Ninja and Ultimate Ninja series, as well being second director for Kung Fu Panda.

GREG AYRES

Greg Ayres can usually be found rockin’ out somewhere, whether animated or not. From the loud-mouthed Hideki in Nerima Daikon Brothers, to Koyuki, singing with the the band in Beck:Mongolian Chop Squad, he’s always glad to shake things up a bit. He is thrilled to be able to add the roles of Uesugi Kenshin in Sengoku Basara, Seikechi Tayama in Oh Edo Rocket, and Abe in Big Windup to his list of new roles. He can also be head as Son Goku in Saiyuki, Chrono in Chrono Crusade, Kaoru Hitachiin in Ouran High School Host Club, Yuki in The Wallflower, Leo in Ghost Stories , Satoshi Hiwatari in DNAngel, Kaworu Nagisa in the Director’s Cut of Neon Genesis Evangelion, Negi Springfield in Negima, Heihachi in Samurai 7, Jr. in Xenosaga:The Animation, Tsujido in Speed Grapher, Roan in Ragnorok The Animation, Yamazaki in Welcome to the NHK, Nowy in Glass Fleet, Gau Ban in Shadow Skill, Pope Alessandro XVIII in Trinity Blood, and a bunch of other titles he’ll probably forget to mention. Funimation has recently announced that Greg will voice the role of Kouta Tsuchiya in it’s upcoming release of Baka and Test.

When he’s not in a booth with headphones on, you can usually find him sporting headphones of another variety behind “the decks”. A veteran nightclub DJ of many years, Greg has really enjoyed the oppor- tunity of doing something else that he truly loves at conventions. From packed rooms at anime conven- tions, to the legendary stage of The Knitting Factory (NYC), Greg never misses an opportunity to share his love of music with anyone who will listen.

TODD HABERKORN

Todd Haberkorn is a proud member of the anime community and continues to be its humble servant by way of English dubbing. Todd received his BFA in acting from Southern Methodist University and currently works as a professional actor, on & off the camera in Texas and the surrounding states.

Todd is most recognizable as the lead voice talent in Sgt. Frog as Keroro, Suzuka as Yamato, Hetalia as Italy, XXXholic as Wataknuki, D. Grayman as Allen Walker, and Soul Eater as Death the Kid. Most recently, Fairy Tail was announced with Todd as the lead role of Natsu. A few supporting roles to catch Todd in are Shuffle as Itsuki, Hell Girl as Ichimoruken, Baccano! as Firo, Darker than Black as Kono, Ouran High School Host Club as Hikaru and One Piece as Khoza.

When he isn’t in the voice booth for anime and video games, he’s a producer for Out of the Office Productions which is gearing up for a feature film starring Todd alongside Vic Mignogna…:) and represented by The Horne Agency.

DOUG SMITH

Doug Smith is an accomplished freelance artist and voice actor who has performed many roles for ADV and Funimation, including the lead, Kintaro Oe, in “Goldenboy”.

His artwork has been used for CD album covers, magazines, comics, posters, anime con program guides, badges, DVDs, TV and is currently working with Meta 3D Studios illustrating and assisting in the creation of their online video game, “Fantasy Kingdoms”. Doug is also the Art Director for non-profit Voices For, an organization which works with talented people in the anime/manga industry to create products, the profits of which are donated to charity. Be sure to stop by Doug’s table, view his art and say hi!

For more information:

http://www.dougsmithart.com

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0808008/

Voices For: http://www.voicesfor.com

Meta 3D Studios: http://www.meta3dstudios.com

THE PILLOW CASES

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

THE X-HUNTERS

Darkness. Despair. The cities of the future are burning under Sigma’s evil rule. Only Megaman X and Zero can defeat his Maverick Generals and restore peace…

Join The X-Hunters, a 4 piece guitar driven tribute band, as they shred their way through metal arrangements of the SNES classics…

ARC IMPULSE

Arc Impulse combines its members’ eclectic musical backgrounds to create a force of orchestra and synth video game rock. If you think you’ve seen them before, you probably have. From 2004-2010, they played throughout the United States as the Spoony Bards, sharing billboard space with the likes of The Protomen, Steve Conte, Super 8 Bit Brothers, Peelander Z, Lemon Demon, and Video Games Live. But it was time for a change. You may have seen them before, but you haven’t heard them before. Prepare for battle.

YEAR 200X

Year 200X is a heavy metal video game cover band from Lansing, MI. Y2KX was formed in early 2006 by Tim Lydon and Tony Oliver. Joined by friends Rance Tatroe, Ian Whiters, Jake Bryan, and occasionally Kyle Hoke, they came together for two purposes: to have fun, and to play the awesomest guitar-driven video game covers that they can. Almost immediately, they were featured in Nintendo Power Magazine (June, 2006). Their debut album “We Are Error,” a compilation of 13 tracks from games for the Nintendo Entertainment System, was released in August 2008 to great reviews by the video game community and fans of metal alike.

The band is currently working on new material, which will broaden their game selection by including music from systems other than the NES.

http://www.year200xband.com

CONCEPT GALAXY

Concept Galaxy, the on the go interactive creative team and cosplay production troupe, is coming to Michigan to help theme and provide entertainment for Shuto Con’s 2012 show. The theme for the events this year is “villains”! Talent featured will include Stephanie Chateau, C.J. Collins, Ben Pearce, Chuck Stroschein, Peter Thomas, Mia Ward, Sarah Bloom, and Liz Doyle.

For information on Concept Galaxy, including full bios and pictures of C.G. members to appear at Shuto Con 2012 please visit www.conceptgalaxy.com

LOLFILMWORKS

Lolfilmworks (a sub-division of Concept Galaxy) will be filming LIVE at Shuto Con to help enhance the “Interactive Cosplay” experience that is priority one for our con attendees. Any and all attending cosplayers that will be portraying villains are welcome to sign up at the Concept Galaxy/lolfilmworks table located in the Exhibit Hall to be considered as extras or cameo talent for a number of new videos being made that will air later in the year on the lolfilmworks youtube channel and at other conventions across the US that Concept Galaxy and lolfilmworks makes appearances at.

THE ENTHUSIASTS

Shuto Con is proud to welcome The Enthusiasts! The Enthusiasts are a cosplay specific photo booth company from Chicago IL. They travel the entire Midwest and East Coast attending Anime, Sci-fi, Steampunk, and Literature conventions where they provide free photos for all! Be sure to visit us in the Cosplay Repair and Relax Room to get your photos taken!