Tekko is proud to announce Kira Buckland, Ray Chase, Max Mittelman, Michelle Ruff, Erica Lindbeck, Robbie Daymond, and Justin Briner will be joining us in 2019! In addition, two fan-favorites, singer/songwriter Nancy Kepner and Anime Anthropologist Charles Dunbar!
Kira Buckland is an Alaska-born, California-based voice actress who started her journey in 2004 by voice acting as a hobby for online projects and later moved on to voice a number of notable roles in anime and games. She is most known for voicing the lead character “2B” in NieR: Automata, as well as other video games such as Soulcalibur IV (Talim & 2B), Street Fighter V (Falke), Fire Emblem Heroes (Eirika & Katarina), Detective Pikachu (Emilia), Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice (Trucy Wright), Tales of Zestiria (Edna), Danganronpa 2 (Hiyoko Saionji), Danganronpa V3 (Kirumi Tojo), Disgaea 5 (Seraphina), Dead or Alive 5: Last Round (Honoka), Skullgirls (Marie), Paladins (Evie), Puyo Puyo Tetris (Rulue), Octopath Traveler (Cordelia), Castle Crashers (Princesses/Medusa), and many more. Some of her anime and dubbing credits include JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable (Reimi), Love Live: School Idol Project (Umi), Granblue Fantasy (Lyria), Accel World (Kuroyukihime), Blue Exorcist (Izumo), Sailor Moon (Mimete), Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans (Cookie & Eco), Hunter x Hunter (Zushi), The Asterisk War (Julis), Magi (Kogyoku), Konosuba (Eris), Blood Lad (Hydra Bell), Re:Zero (Beatrice), and Miraculous Ladybug (Alix/Timebreaker). Kira loves classic rock, cats, espresso, cosplay, fighting games, and JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, and is excited to travel to new places to meet fans (and catch more Pokemon.) She is also the founder of the Voice Acting Club, a community linking voice talent and content creators around the world. Follow her on Twitter @KiraBuckland or Facebook @KiraVoices!
Ray Chase is an actor who has attached himself to a great many video games and anime in a very short amount of time. In the last few years, fans recognize him as the main character Noctis in FINAL FANTASY XV, the Male Player in ANTHEM, Master of Masters from KINGDOM HEARTS, Artorius from TALES OF BERSERIA, Roy/Gaius/Alphonse/Fernand from FIRE EMBLEM, Eve from NIER AUTOMATA, and his most celebrated role as the Subway Announcer in PERSONA 5. He’s also made appearances in GOD OF WAR, MASS EFFECT ANDROMEDA, HORIZON: ZERO DAWN, DEUS EX: MD, XENOBLADE CHRONICLES X, and TYRANNY. His anime roles include Roswaal in RE:ZERO, Keith Flick in B: THE BEGINNING, Puri Puri Prisoner in ONE PUNCH MAN, Yuu Otosaka in CHARLOTTE, Yukiatsu in ANOHANA: THE FLOWER WE SAW THAT DAY, Howzer in SEVEN DEADLY SINS, Hanzo/Squala in HUNTER x HUNTER, Rubber Soul in JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE, as well as joining the casts of YOUR NAME, BERSERK, MOB PSYCHO 100, GUNDAM: IRON BLOODED ORPHANS, BLUE EXORCIST, FAIRY TAIL, and many others! He is a proud founding member of the comedy and gaming troupe Loud, Annoying, and Very Annoying (LAVA), which he shares with fellow actors Max MIttelman and Robbie Daymond.
Although he is well known as Saitama in ONE-PUNCH MAN, Max Mittelman has also given life to the hotheaded troublemaker with a heart of gold, Ryuji, in PERSONA 5, the carefree and always hungry, Plagg, in MIRACULOUS LADYBUG, and the lazy yet virtuous sin of sloth, King, from SEVEN DEADLY SINS.
Other notable roles include: FIRE EMBLEM (Leo, Gray, Kaden, Forrest, Gordin), MARVEL’S SPIDER-MAN (Harry Osborn), YOUR LIE IN APRIL (Kousei), KINGDOM HEARTS 2.8 (Luxu), BEN 10 (Overflow), FALLOUT 4 (Zeke), HUNTERxHUNTER (Meruem), MOB PSYCHO 100 (Ritsu), TRANSFORMERS (Blurr), JUSTICE LEAGUE: ACTION (Jimmy Olsen), WORLD OF WARCRAFT (Prince Farondis), STAR WARS: BATTLEFRONT (Quarren), BORUTO (Konohamaru), GUNDAM: THUNDERBOLT (Io), TALES OF BERSERIA (Shigure), STARCRAFT II (Stone), ATELIER: ESCHA & LOGY (Logy), DURARARAx2 (Shijima), DORAEMON (Soby), HALO 5 (Rooker)
Michelle, originally a mid-western girl from The Motor City Madhouse now hails from Sunny Los Angeles. You can hear Michelle as some of your favorite anime and Video Game Characters Including Sinon from Sword Art Online 2, Young Satoru in Erased, Sakuya Tachibana from God Eater, Rukia Kuchiki from Bleach, Yoko Littner from Gurren Laggan, Fujiko Mine from Lupin the Third, Kirari from Kakegurui, Ririka Nishizono from Occultic Nine, just to name a very, very few.
Michelle also lends her voice to TV shows and feature films including popular animated features like, Hotel Transylvania 3, Cars 3, The Star, The Angry Birds, Kung Fu Panda 3, Home, Madagascar, The Wind Rises and Your Name.
If you listen close you can hear her voice in many popular films.
Erica has played the roles of Cheetara and Wily Kit in the upcoming ThunderCats Roar, Miriam in Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, Mordred in Fate/Apocrypha, Ves-Ves in Sailor Moon, Dr. Jane Foster in Avengers: Secret Wars, Windblade in Transformers: RID Combiner Force, Celica in the Fire Emblem series, Menat in Street Fighter V, Futaba Sakura in Persona 5, Magilou in Tales of Berseria, Taliyah & Zoe in League of Legends, Kaori Miyazono in Your Lie in April, Anaru in Anohana, Eli Ayase in Love Live! School Idol Project, Jericho in The Seven Deadly Sins, and Ema Skye in Ace Attorney 6 to name a few. She has also provided the voice of Barbie for numerous projects and features.
Robbie Daymond is an LA-based voice-actor best known as the current voice of Spider-man/Peter Parker in the Marvel Animated Universe (Marvel’s Spider-man, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers Assemble & Black Panther), Tuxedo Mask in Sailor Moon, Prompto in Final Fantasy XV, Akechi in Persona 5, Sorey in Tales of Zestiria, Kenshiro in Fist of the Lost Star: Lost Paradise, Mumen Rider in One Punch Man, Kayn in League of Legends, Raymond in OK- KO, Mitsuki in Boruto, Professor Willow in Pokemon Go, Michelangelo in TMNT: Mutants in Manhattan, Sway Sway in Breadwinners, Chrollo in HxH, Ikoma in Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress, Ide in FLCL Progressive, Hunter the Cheetah in The Spyro Trilogy: Reignited & Joe Kido in Digimon Adventures tri. Other projects include: Star Wars Rebels, Horizon Zero Dawn, A Silent Voice, Young Justice, Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, Last Hope, Baki, Seven Deadly Sins, Katsugeki/Touken Ranbu, Costume Quest, Naruto Shippuden, Skip Beat, Just Cause 4, I Want to Eat Your Pancreas, Cyborg 009, Nier Automata, Fate/Stay Night: UBW, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Telltale’s The Walking Dead, Shining Resonance Refrain, Sword Art Online 2, K, Durararax2, Lupin the 3rd, Aldnoah Zero, Fire Emblem: Echoes, State of Decay 2, Wario Ware Gold, Occultic Nine, Your Lie in April, Glitter Force, Rock Lee & His Ninja Pals, Magi: The Adventures of Sinbad, Get Blake, Godzilla, Barbie: Starlight Adventures, Transformers: Rescue Bots, Tom & Jerry, Naruto the Last, Patema Inverted, Gundam the Origin III, TerraforMARS, Strange Magic, FF Type-0, Star Wars: TOR, The Division, Lego The Force Awakens, Lego Marvel’s Avengers, Lego Movie VG, Technomancer, Trials of Cold Steel II, Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers, Masquerada, Akiba’s Beat, Atelier Sophie, Stella Glow, Xenoblade Chronicles X, Skyforge, Forbidden Magna, Etrian Odyssey Untold II, Fairy Fencer F & many many more!
Justin Briner is a Dallas-based actor and singer known primarily for his work in anime and video games. Recently, he’s started up the third season of My Hero Academia as Izuku “Deku” Midoriya. He can also be heard as Mikaela in Seraph of the End, Nova in Space Patrol Luluco, Yukito and Yue in Cardcaptor Sakura, Yoichi in Drifters, Ayanokoji in Classroom of the Elite, Alfonso in GARO: The Animation, Niko in Nanbaka, Ryota Mitarai in Danganronpa 3, Frate in 91 Days, Qwenthur in Heavy Object, Manato in Grimgar, Ashes and Illusions, and many more. Additionally, he has provided voices for games such as Dust: An Elysian Tail, SMITE, Regalia: Of Men and Monarchs, Cibele, and DreadOut. When not behind the mic, Justin enjoys reading, cooking, and playing video games (he is an unapologetic Hearthstone addict).
Guests from Previous Events
2018 Voice Actors
2017 Voice Actors
2016 Voice Actors
2015 Voice Actors
J. Michael Tatum
Ky, also known as Kyomica27 on YouTube, is a dancer and filmmaker from Toronto. She’s been sharing her passion for K-pop, J-pop and dancing through her covers and videos since 2012. She is very energetic and fun, best known for her dance covers and her hilarious “Fail/Parody” green screen covers. Apart from going solo, Ky is also an active member of the Toronto dance crew, Underground Pulse.
Dan Coglan, a.k.a. “Samurai Dan”
Tekko 2019 is proud to announce Dan Coglan, a.k.a. “Samurai Dan” and his wife, Jillian.
They are the acknowledged masters of marital… er, MARTIAL mayhem. This dynamic duo travels the civilized portions of the U.S., bringing their unique show to curious and horrified audiences alike.
In addition to their high-energy, mostly safe stage shows (where razor sharp blades and barbs fly) the couple teaches historical and hysterical panels on the way of the warrior. Offering a wide range of lectures and interactive workshops, Dan and his lethal love Jillian are guaranteed to provide con attendees fun and fulfillment.
Due to a supreme lack of filter, Dan also performs standup comedy, and lives to embarrass his wife onstage, in censored and uncensored settings.
A storyteller at heart, Dan is finishing his third horror novel, and offers insights into the creative process with panels for the aspiring writer as well.
Dan will also be serving as host of Opening Ceremonies at Tekko 2019!
Check them out at http://www.facebook.com/SamuraiDanAndJillian
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 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 GuestsClick an image to read more
2018 Musical Guests
2017 Musical Guests
MAGIC OF LiFE
2016 Musical Guests
Angelic Pretty, well known Japanese Lolita fashion brand, offers adorable clothing covered in lace, frills, and ribbon like a fairy tale princess everyone dreamed about.
honoka, Angelic Pretty designer, will be making her first international debut at Tekko 2019!
honoka joined Angelic Pretty as a designer trainee in 2013. While working several years as shop staff for Angelic Pretty, she learned merchandise marketing to be a designer. With the knowledge she gained from customer opinion and her design creativity, she is creating cute and dreamy products.
honoka’s most recent designs include Sweet Dreams series, Topping Sugar series, Logo Heart Arrow Accessories series and more!
Kira Imai, well known illustrator is excited to join Tekko 2019!
Kira Imai is a popular illustrator offering works to fashion brand Angelic Pretty and covers of magazines and novels.
She has published several art work collections, such as Hitojihime, Girl’s Kingdom (Studio Parabolica), Girl Student Dazai Osamu + Imai Kira(Rittosha).
Kira Imai’s originality and unique art work fascinates Lolitas around the world!
million $ orchestrA
million $ orchestrA designer Takeru established the brand in 2011. It proposes the “Street Gothic” style by combining “Gothic,” a symbol of Harajuku culture, and “street fashion.”
In 2016, its pieces were well received at an LA exhibition and at a show in Singapore. Furthermore, it provided leather boots for Marilyn Manson’s concert outfit, spreading Takeru’s creation beyond the borders of Japan.
Tekko is excited to showcase musical guest Takeru and million $ orchestrA at the Fashion Show on Friday night 4/12.
Visit http://shop.million-d-orchestra.com for more information about the brand.
Lady Sloth is an indie Lolita Fashion brand from Poland. They were established in the first half of 2012 and they are really delighted to celebrate their 7th anniversary with us. They aim to make Lolita Fashion more accessible regardless of size, age, or gender. They are always happy to make people feel cute and beautiful.
Katarzyna, Lady Sloth’s designer, loves everything about the process of making new designs, from looking for new amazing fabrics to matching perfect shades of chiffon. She is dreaming about making OTT collections.
Anna, the model and gothic soul of Lady Sloth, believes that everybody deserves to look chic even in their daily outfits. She inspires the Casual Sloth line full of cute and gothic clothes.
For more information about the brand, please visit their website: https://ladyslothshop.com/
Callie O is the owner of Ota-Q Apparel, a Harajuku inspired indie brand that focuses on making cute clothing available for all sizes and gender identities! Based off the concept of mixing “otaku” and “cute”, the brand specializes in cute, colorful styles from Menhera to Mahou Kei! She is also one of the co-founders of Kei Club, a brand new kawaii magazine, and a coordinator for the Houston Harajuku Fashion Walk.
Visit https://www.ota-q.store/ for more information.
2018 Fashion Guests
BABY, the Stars Shine Bright and ALICE and the PIRATES!
Dollfille – Toshi Salvino
2017 Fashion Guests
Royal Princess Alice
2016 Fashion Guests
Noire has been creating costumes and competing since 2006. During her cosplay journey she has won numerous craftsmanship awards including Best In Show at Tekko 2010 and finished in the top 20 at the North American Final Fantasy XIV FanFest in 2016. Noire’s attention to detail has allowed her to be a craftsmanship judge at multiple conventions on the East Coast. She is a huge Yuri on Ice fan and wants to make as many costumes from the show as she can. In her free time, she is an accomplished equestrian and is always with horses when she is not in her sewing room.
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/ReiChanSews/
Photo by Sarah Moon Cosplays
From Maryland, DizzyLizzy is no stranger to the world of Costuming. For over 20 years, she has been creating costumes for herself and others. During those years, Lizzy has been awarded several Best in Shows for her workmanship and performance skills. When she is not creating costumes, you can find her still behind her sewing machine creating bridal gowns for K&B Bridals. Lizzy believes in Cos-Positivity and stays active in the community by hosting workshops, judging, running Cosplay Departments such as Katsucon, Zenkaikon and AnimeNEXT, and being the curator of The Magic of Cosplay Exhibit. She is very excited to be attending Tekko this year and looks forward to meeting everyone! (Flynn Lives!)
Bio photo by Elemental Photography
Back of Beyond Cosplay
Back of Beyond Cosplay has been sewing costumes since 2011. In that time she has competed across the Midwest and won multiple awards and Best in Show at Youmacon 2017.
Back of Beyond is a big fan of Final Fantasy XIV, and is slowing working her way through making as many pieces from the game irl. When not rhinestoning, ruffling, or raiding- she loves reading and working with whatever creative medium she can.
Bio photo by Starry Ary Photography
Masquerade Performance Judges
GC-Chan Cosplay is a model, costume designer, cosplayer, and actress. GC-Chan has been an active cosplayer since 2013 and since she’s started she’s conquered new sewing techniques, as well as working with new materials such as EVA foam and Worbla. She’s always willing to answer questions and help new cosplayers level up their cosplay expertise! GC-Chan has been stage acting for 7 years and has performed in many plays such as “Midsummer Nights Dream”, “Henry IV”, “Richard III”, “Much Adu About Nothing”, and “1984”. Not only can she act, but she can also play 7 different instruments!
Bio photo by Cassimonee Photography and Cosplay
Ohio-based Ødfel is an artist, published model and costume creator and has been featured in both digital and retail publications. She tends to dabble in an array of mediums when it comes to crafting from armor, casting, or 3D printing to sewing and embroidery. A convention-goer since 2014, she instantly felt at home. She loves seeing the creativity and soul people bring to their cosplays and is excited to be judging the Masquerade at Tekko this year.
Bio photo by Will Bezio
Golden Auriel Cosplay
Lacey Barker, aka Golden Auriel, is an award winning cosplayer and costume maker with over 10 years of sewing and costuming experience. A Pittsburgh local, they have most notably worked as a costume designer for Pittsburgh CAPA, and assistant to the costume shop director at Carnegie Mellon. As a cosplayer, Lacey primarily focuses on the art of “crossplay,” and embraces androgyny and gender nonconformity in their costumes and hopes to encourage a new age of gender expression in the cosplay community. They find a lot of enjoyment creating original designs, as well as cosplaying flashy pretty boys, and villainous characters that are typically hated by their respective fandoms. Golden Auriel Cosplay has working on costumes for “The Fairy Queen” and “Little Nemo in Slumberland” and has worked on shows for CMU such as “Into the Woods” and “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” and is a classicly trained Soprano and has been performing since they were in elementary school.
They are tremendously excited to be invited to their hometown convention, and look forward to sharing their love for cosplay with everyone!
Bio Photo by Vagabond Photography
2018 Cosplay Judges
Fire Lily Cosplay
Minjee Kay Cosplay
Fire Lily Cosplay
Fire Lily is a veteran craftsman who has been cosplaying since 2004. She has made over 120 costumes to date and has won numerous Best In Show and Best Overall awards for her quality and attention to detail in her craftsmanship. Fire Lily has been a cosplay judge, panelist, and guest at Otakon, AnimeUSA, Anime Mid-Atlantic, Tekko, T-Mode, and has served as Head Judge for Katsucon’s Masquerade since 2010. When she isn’t making costumes, she loves playing video games, reading, and binge-watching her favorite shows. She is very excited to share her knowledge and experience this year at Tekko!
Indra Rojas is an artist and cosplayer who, for many years, has worked behind-the-scenes in the cosplay community. A few years ago, she was part of the cast for Syfy’s television series “Heroes Of Cosplay”, and was the first U.S representative in China’s International Cartoon and Animation Festival (CICAF). More recently, she began working with Cosplay Fabrics to bring cosplay focused fabrics across the globe, as well as became the official manager and coordinator for both CICAF and ICL international cosplay competitions.
Her professional work includes costuming and makeup artistry for theme parks, theater productions, and video game companies, as well as working independently for her own costuming and art business.
Through cosplay, Indra has been able to travel the world and share her passion for geek culture, as well as push to be a positive and inspirational force in the community.
Jez Roth started sewing at the age of 13 on small crafts at a local dance studio before falling in love with the art of cosplay at Katsucon 1998.
After many years of competing at convention masquerades, winning Best in Show with tailored costumes and heavily choreographed skits on 16 separate occasions, Jez moved to Las Vegas to work for The Venetian designing opera gowns. Before long he found himself building costumes for Cirque du Soleil’s Water Spectacular. Since leaving Cirque, Jez freelances out of his own studio – creating everything from mermaids that shoot water, Mirrorball Men, and Golden Fairies that contort through the air. Aside from costuming, Jez has also designed for events with A-list celebrities such as; Kim Kardashian, Eva Longoria, Snoop Dogg, and DJs such as Benny Benassi and Dash Berlin – his jewelry has even been worn on the red carpet at the Billboard Awards.
He has represented the United States at the IOEA Otaku Expo in Japan as a Cosplay Guest and in Canada to choose the Canadian World Cosplay Summit representative for 2016. He believes that the world of costuming is an endlessly fascinating pursuit—from armor to gowns, giant puppetry to monsters. He shares unique events that educate and involve the community (Lip Sync For Your Cosplay) and has restructured and organized cosplay events for conventions in his goal to make the competition scene more mainstream.
His artistic journey came full circle in 2015 when he was hired as an Artistic Consultant for the One Piece: Gold film, working with Toei Animation to give their film a fully realized Las Vegas feel.
Jez will be hosting, “The Evolution of Cirque du Cosplay’s costuming and Kaleidostar feature” and “I AM JEZ ROTH aka How to survive as a freelance designer.” Also, stay tuned for additional information on, “Lip Sync For Your Cosplay”.
From Maryland, DizzyLizzy is no stranger to the world of Costuming. For over 20 years, she has been creating costumes for herself and others. During those years, Lizzy has been awarded several Best in Shows for her craftsmanship and performance skills. When she is not creating costumes, you can find Lizzy still behind her sewing machine creating Bridal gowns for K&B Bridals. Lizzy believes in Cos-Positivity and stays active in the community by hosting workshops, judging, running Cosplay Departments such as Zenkaikon and AnimeNEXT, and being the curator of The Magic of Cosplay Exhibit. She is very excited to be attending Tekko this year and looks forward to meeting everyone! Flynn Lives!
Minjee Kay Cosplay
Steve Rudzinski has two halves to his life. The first is being a film director whose credits include the tokusatsu Super Task Force One, the family comedy Meowy Christmas, and the multi-award winning slasher film CarousHELL which will be getting its world wide release in 2018. The other half for Steve is also working as Marvel’s official Spider-Man for all of the meet n’ greets & stage shows, making children smile over the entire world!
On the side Steve enjoys cosplaying from time to time. Between his entertainment life and his spandex wearing life, Steve has plenty of hands on experience when it comes to costuming. He is excited to put some of this experience to work to judge a contest again at his very first Tekko!