Featured Guests

Tekko 2017 is proud to announce our four featured voice actors, Brina Palencia, Jad Saxton, Cherami Leigh, and Ian Sinclair! Additionally. we are proud to showcase two fan-favorites, singer/songwriter Nancy Kepner and Anime Anthropologist Charles Dunbar! More guest announcements coming soon!

Voice Actors

Brina Palencia

Brina Palencia is an actress working primarily in Dallas, TX and Los Angeles, CA. She has voiced numerous characters for anime and video games. Some of her anime highlights include: Touka in Tokyo Ghoul, Natsuki in Summer Wars, Chibitalia in Hetalia, Ciel Phantomhive in Black Butler, Holo in Spice and Wolf, Yumi Azusa in Soul Eater, Rei Ayanami in Evangelion 1.0 and 2.0, Chiaotzu and Puar in Dragon Ball Kai, Juliet in Romeo x Juliet, Tony Tony Chopper in One Piece, Tamama in Sgt. Frog, Ennis in Baccano, Mikoto in School Rumble, Georgie in Shin Chan, Eve in Black Cat, Moro and Zashikiwarashi in xxxHolic. In the land of gaming she can be heard as Mad Moxxi in Borderlands and Tales From the Borderlands , Elle in Tales of Xillia, Gerda and Paper Lad in Comic Jumper, Moogle/Dungeon Hero X in Final Fantasy Fables, the main player in Mushroom Men and The Maw, and various characters in The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct, Duke Nukem Forever, Guitar Hero III and IV, Stunt Driver 2, Ghostbusters, Donkey Kong Country Returns, and Street Fighter 4. She has also served as the ADR Director for Moon Phase (eps 21-26), School Rumble, Black Blood Brothers, and xxxHOLiC (the movie and eps 1-8), Assistant ADR Director for Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle, D. Gray-Man, and Dragon Ball Kai, and Music Director for Space Dandy, Negima!?, My Bride is a Mermaid, Rosario + Vampire, and Dragon Ball Kai. On camera she is best known as Sophia from the CW series Starcrossed, Ana on Season 4 of The Walking Dead, Jody Evans on Season 7 of Castle, and Kayla Bates in the web series The Troubadoors. Brina was also featured on The Good Guys, Chase, the web series Board With Life, and served as co-host for Gamestop TV for 3 years. She can also be seen in several indie films.

Jad Saxton

Jād (jade) Saxton is a voice, stage and film actress, currently starring as Mira in Dimension W on Toonami’s Adult Swim and streaming in Funimation broadcast dubs FairyTail (Carla), Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash (Mary), and Pandora in the Crimson Shell: Ghost Urn (Takumi). She is currently directing Touken Ranbu-Hanamaru. Jād is best known for her work as Yuki in Wolf Children, Adèlie in Space Dandy (Toonami), Hatchin in Michiko & Hachin(Toonami), Nona in Death Parade, Koneko in High School DxD, Young Nico Robin in One Piece (all at FUNimation), Akatsuki inLog Horizon (Sentai Filmworks) and Dragon Ball Xenoverse (Okratron 5000).Recent roles Jād is excited about: Lisa Mishima in Terror in Resonance, Ai Hibiki in Rolling Girls, Yoriko Kosaka in Tokyo Ghoul, Ringo Kinoshita in No-Rin, Constance Raveau in Gangsta, Miku Izayoi in Date A Live II, Ludmila Lourie in Lord Marksman and Vanadis, Un in Show By Rock!!, Sio Ogura in Nobunagun, Jeanne D’Arc in Rage of Bahamut: Genesis,Alfreed in The Heroic Legend of Arslan, Koyomi Hiiragi in Ultimate Otaku Teacher, Onikiri in Kamisama Kiss, Komissa inPsycho-pass, Yuri Flostre in Sky Wizards Academy, Lisette Norden in Unbreakable Machine-Doll, Shizuno Urushibara inWorld Break, and Kaoru Harishima in Yurikuma Arashi. Oldies but goodies: Steins; Gate (Faris Nyannyan), Is This a Zombie? (Haruna), Hagani (Sena Kashiwazaki), Fam The Silver Wing (Fam), Eureka Seven AO (Elena Peoples), Karneval (Tsukumo), Tenchi Muyo: War on Geminar (Lashara Earth), Mass Effect: Paragon Lost (April), Shangri-La (Karin Ishida), A Certain Scientific Railgun (Komoe), A Certain Magical Index (Komoe), Aria The Scarlet Amo (Reki), B Gata H Kei – Yamada’s First Time (Mayu Miyano), Freezing (Arnett McMillan), Okami-san & Her Seven Companions (Mimi Usami), Ghost Hunt (Masako Hara), Baccano! (Eve Genoard), Strike Witches (Perrine-H Clostermann), and Soul Eater (Jacqueline O. Lantern Dupré). When Jād isn’t voice acting, she can be seen on stage at various theaters throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth area. For a full list of her work, please visit www.animenewsnetwork.com.

Cherami Leigh

Cherami Leigh has been in the industry for over 20 years. She has been in over 75 commercials, and has worked on over 100 anime projects including “Lucy” in Fairy Tail, “Asuna” in Sword Art Online, “Sailor Venus” in the Viz dub of “Sailor Moon” and “Sailor Moon Crystal”, “Lizzie” in Black Butler, “Mai” in Ghost Hunt, and “Patty” in Soul Eater and as Kudelia in the new series on Toonami “Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans.”  She has also worked on over 20 video games- including Borderlands 2– in which she plays the popular DLC- Gaige and Komaru Naegi in the latest installment of the “Dangan Ronpa” series.  Younger audiences may know her as Elzee in “Zou,” Curly Q in “Doc McStuffins”, Peanut Big Top on “LaLaLoopsy Girls” and Pearl Serpentine in the “Monster High” Series. She is also the writer and imaging voice for Radio Disney. She starred in Shane Dawson’s “Not Cool” and the Starz Original Series “The Chair.” She has appeared in the Emmy Award Winning “Temple Grandin”, as well as “Friday Night Lights,” “The Deep End,” “Chase,” “Shameless,” “Bones” and “Longmire” to name a few. She worked on “Fast Food Nation,” “The Hottest State,” “The Mist,” with Frank Darabont among others. She also stars in the recently released faith based drama “Beyond the Farthest Star.” She was recently announced to be playing “Makoto” in Persona 5, “Kotomi” in the new Akiba’s Beat installment and “Squirrel Girl” in the Marvel Women of Power Pinball Game. She has many projects she is working on in various stages of production and is excited to share them with you!

Ian Sinclair

Ian Sinclair is an actor, director, and voice actor that has been working in the anime and videogame  industry for over a decade. Some of his more popular roles include: Whis from DragonBall Z, Brook from One Piece, Dandy from Space Dandy, Rashid from Street Fighter V, Romano from Hetalia, Sosuke Yamazaki from Free! Eternal Summer, Chuck from Panty and Stocking, Bard from Black Butler, Toriko from Toriko, Favaro from Rage of Bahamut, Ryner Lute in Legend of the Legendary Heroes, Worick Arcangelo from Gangsta, Zapp Renfro from Blood Blockade Battlefront, Zaveid from Tales Of Zestiria, Professor Nakayama from Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, 12th from Future Diary, Yu Kanda from D. Gray-Man Hallow, Tatara from The Boy and the Beast, Gija from Yona of the Dawn, Montana from BattleBorn, Nile Dok from Attack on Titan, Baron Flynt from Borderlands, Dallas Genoard from Baccano!, Juzo Sakakura from Danganronpa 3, Mezo Shoji from My Hero Academia, Emilio Langheim from Endride, Prince Salva from Dimension W, Gaddes from The Vision of Escaflowne, The Reaper in Assassination Classrom, Hamura from Terror in Resonance, Mitsuhide from Snow White with the Red Hair, Touji from Tokyo Ravens, Akane from Soul Eater Not!, Yaiba from Show by Rock, Shiho Kimizuki from Seraph of the End, Otohiko from Kamisama Kiss, R from Jormungand, Tanaka in the Shana series, Tatsumi from Shiki, Alcides from Appleseed XIII, Marc Cole from Spice and Wolf 2, Ginei Morioka from Rosario + Vampire, Shu Koibuchi from Princess Jellyfish, Takeru Oyama from Maken-Ki!, Bora and Kawazu in Fairy Tail, Akoz from Casshern Sins, Douglas Rosenberg from El Cazador de la Bruja, Toraji Ishida from Bamboo Blade, Liam from Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Tyr from Smite, and many more.
You can follow Ian on Twitter @iantweeting.

2016 Voice Actors

Marisha Ray

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Matt Mercer

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Micah Solusud

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Austin Tindle

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Chris Patton

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2015 Voice Actors

Jamie Marchi

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J. Michael Tatum

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Jerry Jewell

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2014 Voice Actors

Caitlin Glass

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David Vincent

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Brittney Karbowski

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Industry Guests

Nancy Kepner

Nancy Kepner loves to joke with her friends about the ridiculous things that happen in anime and the surrounding fandom.  It’s easy for her, because at heart she’s just a huge fan who sets her love of all things anime to music.  Armed with a guitar and clever song lyrics, Nancy Kepner has performed at numerous conventions original songs like “The Explaining Anime to Your Parents Song” and “They Found Out About my Yaoi”.  She currently has three albums full of these hilarious songs available for purchase on CD Baby, iTunes, and Amazon.  You can also find her all year round on her YouTube channel, HeartfeltHumor, delighting viewers with original guitar compositions, live performances, and the occasional music video.  If there’s something ridiculous that happens in the anime fandom Nancy has probably written a song about it.  And if she hasn’t, let her know!  She loves suggestions!  If it’s weird enough, she may write the song you suggest the moment after you suggest it. Then you’ll feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Wow!

Charles Dunbar

Charles Dunbar is an anthropologist. He studies a lot of things, be it fandom, anime culture, the supernatural or mysterious men in blue boxes. He received his MA in Sociocultural Anthropology in 2011, after utilizing ancient Mayan techniques to hypnotize his department into believing that he was, in fact, the reincarnation of Victor Turner. His thesis, entitled “Pilgrimage, Pageantry and Fan Communities,” was published soon after, and focused on anime convention participation, including stereotyping, spending habits, cosplay and con culture. Be sure to check out Charles Dunbar’s website Study of Anime to keep up to date with his latest adventures.

Musical Guests

Band Announcement Coming Soon!

DJ Lineup

Twist

DJ Twist has been playing in the Pittsburgh scene since 2009, starting out playing for parties and events at the University of Pittsburgh and iconic establishments such as Peter’s Pub, the Garage Door and Hemmingway’s. Moving from College style DJing to South Side of Pittsburgh, then to college scenes at WVU, Penn State and Ohio State, Twist has spent the past 7 years developing a flexible range of from Open Format, to Hip-Dance Club through to EDM sets that would be at home opening at EDM shows and festivals. Twist is making his first appearance at a Convention, and will get the party started with a twisted set of favorites and new tracks.

Workaholic

Workaholic fell in love with house music when he heard “1,2,3,4” by D.O.D. as a tween, and bought his first pair of turntables in 2005. Without having much focus on a style, he dabbled in playing electro, trance, old-school house, tech, funk, and various other styles. He fell in love with funky house at Restart in Columbus and played for a couple years at small clubs and house parties before taking a break to focus on life.  At WPAFW in 2012 he heard DJ Frisby play a killer electro set that inspired him to get back into DJing again. Armed with a new MacBook and a controller he started laying down funky house again and shortly thereafter decided to indulge in his long time love affair with Happy Hardcore.  Now he mixes a blend of old-school breakbeat influenced Hardcore with the new EDM influenced Hardcore that is sure to get your feet moving and your head bobbing.

RSK

Producer and Resident DJ/Host at Charlie Murdoch’s weekly Bassment Thursday, RSK specializes in Bass music, Riddim, Dubstep, and Trap. Having played at events such as Moonrise Festival and alongside artists like Skrillex and Datsik, RSK will be sure to please the headbangers and bassheads in the crowd.

n00neimp0rtant

Closing out the night with a wide assortment of high-tempo, feel-good vibes is n00neimp0rtant, Pittsburgh’s newest prodigy of drum & bass. Although he’s only been on the scene for a year, he’s already taken the stage at other conventions, including Midwest FurFest in Chicago and Pittsburgh’s own Anthrocon, as well as a handful of local raves. Inspired by the music of Andy C, Metrik, Porter Robinson, and plenty others, expect everything from heavy dancefloor bangers to feelsy hands-in-the-air vibes to end the night.

2016 Musical Guests

DJ BASS

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BACK-ON

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2015 Musical Guests

Tune In Tokyo

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ROOKiEZ is PUNK’D

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Fashion Guests

Kimura U

Kimura U is an influential fashion designer, model, and voice actress. She has been appointed by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a Kawaii Ambassador and the Japanese representative of Harajuku fashion and its associated pop culture. She has graced the pages of Japanese fashion magazines, including KERA, FRUiTS, and AliceDECO. She has also participated in live events as a model for Angelic Pretty, MINTNeKO, Galaxxxy, and Royal Princess Alice.

In addition to her fashion work, she has released a collaboration CD with vocaloid Hatsune Miku and recently had a role in the anime Idol Memories.

Haenuli

The Haenuli brand, created by Korean fashion designer Haenuli, offers lovely and elegant high fashion based on the Lolita fashion aesthetic mixed with a variety of unique concepts. All dresses and fabric prints are designed by Haenuli and carefully sewn and constructed by a team of professional seamstresses.

In addition to her fashion line, she has also recently released an art book, Their Story: The Story You Don’t Know, featuring her popular Skeleton and Maiden characters.

2016 Fashion Guests

Lynda Lueng

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Misako Aoki

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Lolita Collective

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2015 Fashion Guest

Rin Rin Doll

Credit: Yenra Photography at www.yenraphotography.com

Voice Actors

Brina Palencia

Brina Palencia is an actress working primarily in Dallas, TX and Los Angeles, CA. She has voiced numerous characters for anime and video games. Some of her anime highlights include: Touka in Tokyo Ghoul, Natsuki in Summer Wars, Chibitalia in Hetalia, Ciel Phantomhive in Black Butler, Holo in Spice and Wolf, Yumi Azusa in Soul Eater, Rei Ayanami in Evangelion 1.0 and 2.0, Chiaotzu and Puar in Dragon Ball Kai, Juliet in Romeo x Juliet, Tony Tony Chopper in One Piece, Tamama in Sgt. Frog, Ennis in Baccano, Mikoto in School Rumble, Georgie in Shin Chan, Eve in Black Cat, Moro and Zashikiwarashi in xxxHolic. In the land of gaming she can be heard as Mad Moxxi in Borderlands and Tales From the Borderlands , Elle in Tales of Xillia, Gerda and Paper Lad in Comic Jumper, Moogle/Dungeon Hero X in Final Fantasy Fables, the main player in Mushroom Men and The Maw, and various characters in The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct, Duke Nukem Forever, Guitar Hero III and IV, Stunt Driver 2, Ghostbusters, Donkey Kong Country Returns, and Street Fighter 4. She has also served as the ADR Director for Moon Phase (eps 21-26), School Rumble, Black Blood Brothers, and xxxHOLiC (the movie and eps 1-8), Assistant ADR Director for Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle, D Gray Man, and Dragon Ball Kai, and Music Director for Space Dandy, Negima!?, My Bride is a Mermaid, Rosario + Vampire, and Dragon Ball Kai. On camera she is best known as Sophia from the CW series Starcrossed, Ana on Season 4 of The Walking Dead, Jody Evans on Season 7 of Castle, and Kayla Bates in the web series The Troubadoors. Brina was also featured on The Good Guys, Chase, the web series Board With Life, and served as co-host for Gamestop TV for 3 years. She can also be seen in several indie films.

Jad Saxton

Jād (jade) Saxton is a voice, stage and film actress, currently starring as Mira in Dimension W on Toonami’s Adult Swim and streaming in Funimation broadcast dubs FairyTail (Carla), Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash (Mary), and Pandora in the Crimson Shell: Ghost Urn (Takumi). She is currently directing Touken Ranbu-Hanamaru. Jād is best known for her work as Yuki in Wolf Children, Adèlie in Space Dandy (Toonami), Hatchin in Michiko & Hachin(Toonami), Nona in Death Parade, Koneko in High School DxD, Young Nico Robin in One Piece (all at FUNimation), Akatsuki inLog Horizon (Sentai Filmworks) and Dragon Ball Xenoverse (Okratron 5000).Recent roles Jād is excited about: Lisa Mishima in Terror in Resonance, Ai Hibiki in Rolling Girls, Yoriko Kosaka in Tokyo Ghoul, Ringo Kinoshita in No-Rin, Constance Raveau in Gangsta, Miku Izayoi in Date A Live II, Ludmila Lourie in Lord Marksman and Vanadis, Un in Show By Rock!!, Sio Ogura in Nobunagun, Jeanne D’Arc in Rage of Bahamut: Genesis,Alfreed in The Heroic Legend of Arslan, Koyomi Hiiragi in Ultimate Otaku Teacher, Onikiri in Kamisama Kiss, Komissa inPsycho-pass, Yuri Flostre in Sky Wizards Academy, Lisette Norden in Unbreakable Machine-Doll, Shizuno Urushibara inWorld Break, and Kaoru Harishima in Yurikuma Arashi. Oldies but goodies: Steins; Gate (Faris Nyannyan), Is This a Zombie? (Haruna), Hagani (Sena Kashiwazaki), Fam The Silver Wing (Fam), Eureka Seven AO (Elena Peoples), Karneval (Tsukumo), Tenchi Muyo: War on Geminar (Lashara Earth), Mass Effect: Paragon Lost (April), Shangri-La (Karin Ishida), A Certain Scientific Railgun (Komoe), A Certain Magical Index (Komoe), Aria The Scarlet Amo (Reki), B Gata H Kei – Yamada’s First Time (Mayu Miyano), Freezing (Arnett McMillan), Okami-san & Her Seven Companions (Mimi Usami), Ghost Hunt (Masako Hara), Baccano! (Eve Genoard), Strike Witches (Perrine-H Clostermann), and Soul Eater (Jacqueline O. Lantern Dupré). When Jād isn’t voice acting, she can be seen on stage at various theaters throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth area. For a full list of her work, please visit www.animenewsnetwork.com.

Cherami Leigh

Cherami  Leigh has been in the industry for over 20 years. She has been in over 75 commercials, and has worked on over 100 anime projects including “Lucy” in Fairy Tail, “Asuna” in Sword Art Online, “Sailor Venus” in the Viz dub of “Sailor Moon” and “Sailor Moon Crystal”, “Lizzie” in Black Butler, “Mai” in Ghost Hunt, and “Patty” in Soul Eater and as Kudelia in the new series on Toonami “Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans.”  She has also worked on over 20 video games- including Borderlands 2- in which she plays the popular DLC- Gaige and Komaru Naegi in the latest installment of the “Dangan Ronpa” series.  Younger audiences may know her as Elzee in “Zou,” Curly Q in “Doc McStuffins” Peanut Big Top on “LaLaLoopsy Girls” and Pearl Serpentine in the “Monster High” Series. She is also the writer and imaging voice for Radio Disney. She starred in Shane Dawson’s “Not Cool” and the Starz Original Series “The Chair.” She has appeared in the Emmy Award Winning “Temple Grandin”, as well as “Friday Night Lights,” “The Deep End,” “Chase,” “Shameless,” “Bones” and “Longmire” to name a few. She worked on “Fast Food Nation,” “The Hottest State,” “The Mist,” with Frank Darabont among others. She also stars in the recently released faith based drama “Beyond the Farthest Star.” She was recently announced to be playing “Makoto” in Persona5, “Kotomi” in the new AkibasBeat installment and “Squirrel Girl” in the Marvel Women of Power Pinball Game. She has many projects she is working on in various stages of production and is excited to share them with you!

Ian Sinclair

Ian Sinclair is an actor, director, and voice actor that has been working in the anime and videogame  industry for over a decade. Some of his more popular roles include: Whis from DragonBall Z, Brook from One Piece, Dandy from Space Dandy, Rashid from Street Fighter V, Romano from Hetalia, Sosuke Yamazaki from Free! Eternal Summer, Chuck from Panty and Stocking, Bard from Black Butler, Toriko from Toriko, Favaro from Rage of Bahamut, Ryner Lute in Legend of the Legendary Heroes, Worick Arcangelo from Gangsta, Zapp Renfro from Blood Blockade Battlefront, Zaveid from Tales Of Zestiria, Professor Nakayama from Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, 12th from Future Diary, Yu Kanda from D Gray Man Hallow, Tatara from The Boy and the Beast, Gija from Yona of the Dawn, Montana from BattleBorn, Nile Dok from Attack on Titan, Baron Flynt from Borderlands, Dallas Genoard from Baccano!, Juzo Sakakura from Danganronpa 3, Mezo Shoji from My Hero Academia, Emilio Langheim from Endride, Prince Salva from Dimension W, Gaddes from The Vision of Escaflowne, The Reaper in Assassination Classrom, Hamura from Terror in Resonance, Mitsuhide from Snow White with the Red Hair, Touji from Tokyo Ravens, Akane from Soul Eater Not!, Yaiba from Show by Rock, Shiho Kimizuki from Seraph of the End, Otohiko from Kamisama Kiss, R from Jormungand, Tanaka in the Shana series, Tatsumi from Shiki, Alcides from Appleseed XIII, Marc Cole from Spice and Wolf 2, Ginei Morioka from Rosario + Vampire, Shu Koibuchi from Princess Jellyfish, Takeru Oyama from Maken-Ki!, Bora and Kawazu in Fairy Tail, Akoz from Casshern Sins, Douglas Rosenberg from El Cazador de la Bruja, Toraji Ishida from Bamboo Blade, Liam from Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Tyr from Smite, and many more.
You can follow Ian on Twitter @iantweeting.

2016 Voice Actors

Marisha Ray

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Matt Mercer

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Micah Solusud

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Austin Tindle

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Chris Patton

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2015 Voice Actors

Jamie Marchi

Headshots

J. Michael Tatum

j_michael_tatum2015

Jerry Jewell

jerry_jewell2015

2014 Voice Actors

Caitlin Glass

caitlin_glass2014

David Vincent

david_vincent2014

Brittney Karbowski

brittney_karbowski2014

Industry Guests

Nancy Kepner

Nancy Kepner loves to joke with her friends about the ridiculous things that happen in anime and the surrounding fandom.  It’s easy for her, because at heart she’s just a huge fan who sets her love of all things anime to music.  Armed with a guitar and clever song lyrics, Nancy Kepner has performed at numerous conventions original songs like “The Explaining Anime to Your Parents Song” and “They Found Out About my Yaoi”.  She currently has three albums full of these hilarious songs available for purchase on CD Baby, iTunes, and Amazon.  You can also find her all year round on her YouTube channel, HeartfeltHumor, delighting viewers with original guitar compositions, live performances, and the occasional music video.  If there’s something ridiculous that happens in the anime fandom Nancy has probably written a song about it.  And if she hasn’t, let her know!  She loves suggestions!  If it’s weird enough, she may write the song you suggest the moment after you suggest it. Then you’ll feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Wow!

Charles Dunbar

Charles Dunbar is an anthropologist. He studies a lot of things, be it fandom, anime culture, the supernatural or mysterious men in blue boxes. He received his MA in Sociocultural Anthropology in 2011, after utilizing ancient Mayan techniques to hypnotize his department into believing that he was, in fact, the reincarnation of Victor Turner. His thesis, entitled “Pilgrimage, Pageantry and Fan Communities,” was published soon after, and focused on anime convention participation, including stereotyping, spending habits, cosplay and con culture. Be sure to check out Charles Dunbar’s website Study of Anime to keep up to date with his latest adventures.

Musical Guests

Coming Soon!

DJ Lineup

Twist

DJ Twist has been playing in the Pittsburgh scene since 2009, starting out playing for parties and events at the University of Pittsburgh and iconic establishments such as Peter’s Pub, the Garage Door and Hemmingway’s. Moving from College style DJing to South Side of Pittsburgh, then to college scenes at WVU, Penn State and Ohio State, Twist has spent the past 7 years developing a flexible range of from Open Format, to Hip-Dance Club through to EDM sets that would be at home opening at EDM shows and festivals. Twist is making his first appearance at Convention, and will get the party started with a twisted set of favorites and new tracks.

Workaholic

Workaholic fell in love with house music when he heard “1,2,3,4” by D.O.D. as a tween, and bought his first pair of turntables in 2005. Without having much focus on a style, he dabbled in playing electro, trance, old-school house, tech, funk, and various other styles. He fell in love with funky house at Restart in Columbus and played for a couple years at small clubs and house parties before taking a break to focus on life.  At WPAFW in 2012 he heard DJ Frisby play a killer electro set that inspired him to get back into DJing again. Armed with a new MacBook and a controller he started laying down funky house again and shortly thereafter decided to indulge in his long time love affair with Happy Hardcore.  Now he mixes a blend of old-school breakbeat influenced Hardcore with the new EDM influenced Hardcore that is sure to get your feet moving and your head bobbing.

RSK

Producer and Resident DJ/Host at Charlie Murdoch’s weekly Bassment Thursday, RSK specializes in Bass music, Riddim, Dubstep, and Trap. Having played at events such as Moonrise Festival and alongside artists like Skrillex and Datsik, RSK will be sure to please the headbangers and bassheads in the crowd.

n00neimp0rtant

Closing out the night with a wide assortment of high-tempo, feel-good vibes is n00neimp0rtant, Pittsburgh’s newest prodigy of drum & bass. Although he’s only been on the scene for a year, he’s already taken the stage at other conventions, including Midwest FurFest in Chicago and Pittsburgh’s own Anthrocon, as well as a handful of local raves. Inspired by the music of Andy C, Metrik, Porter Robinson, and plenty others, expect everything from heavy dancefloor bangers to feelsy hands-in-the-air vibes to end the night.

2016 Musical Guests

DJ BASS

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BACK-ON

back_on2016

2015 Musical Guests

Tune In Tokyo

tune_in_tokyo2015

ROOKiEZ is PUNK’D

rookies_is_punkd2015

Fashion Guests

Coming Soon!

Kimura U

Kimura U is an influential fashion designer, model, and voice actress. She has been appointed by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a Kawaii Ambassador and the Japanese representative of Harajuku fashion and its associated pop culture. She has graced the pages of Japanese fashion magazines, including KERA, FRUiTS, and AliceDECO. She has also participated in live events as a model for Angelic Pretty, MINTNeKO, Galaxxxy, and Royal Princess Alice.

In addition to her fashion work, she has released a collaboration CD with vocaloid Hatsune Miku and recently had a role in the anime Idol Memories.

Haenuli

The Haenuli brand, created by Korean fashion designer Haenuli, offers lovely and elegant high fashion based on the Lolita fashion aesthetic mixed with a variety of unique concepts. All dresses and fabric prints are designed by Haenuli and carefully sewn and constructed by a team of professional seamstresses.

In addition to her fashion line, she has also recently released an art book, Their Story: The Story You Don’t Know, featuring her popular Skeleton and Maiden characters.

2016 Fashion Guests

Lynda Lueng

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Misako Aoki

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Lolita Collective

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2015 Fashion Guest

Rin Rin Doll

Credit: Yenra Photography at www.yenraphotography.com

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