Featured Guests

Tekko is proud to announce Erica Lindbeck, Robbie Daymond, Michelle Ruff, Max Mittelman, and Ray Chase will be joining us in 2019!  In addition, two fan-favorites, singer/songwriter Nancy Kepner and Anime Anthropologist Charles Dunbar!

Ray Chase

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.

Max Mittelman

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 Ruff

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 Lindbeck

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

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!

Guests from Previous Events

2018 Voice Actors

Monica Rial

Bryce Papenbrook

Vic Mignona

SungWon Cho

Luci Christian

2017 Voice Actors

Brina Palencia

Jad Saxton

Cherami Leigh

Ian Sinclair

Jeff Nimoy

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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Industry Guests

Ky (KYoMicA27)

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. 

Check out her stuff:
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/KYoMicA27
Twitter: https://twitter.com/KYoMicA_27
IG: https://instagram.com/kyomica_27
FB: https://www.facebook.com/Kyomica27/

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

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

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2018 Musical Guests

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2017 Musical Guests

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2016 Musical Guests

DJ BASS

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Fashion Guests

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million $ orchestrA [stylized] 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.

2018 Fashion Guests

BABY, the Stars Shine Bright and ALICE and the PIRATES!

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Hard Decora

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Haruka Kurebayashi

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Dollfille – Toshi Salvino

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Puvithel

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Peppermint Fox

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2017 Fashion Guests

Kimura U

Haenuli

Royal Princess Alice

2016 Fashion Guests

Lynda Lueng

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Misako Aoki

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Lolita Collective

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Cosplay Judges

2018 Cosplay Judges

Fire Lily Cosplay

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Indra Rojas

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Jez Roth

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DizzyLizzy

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Minjee Kay Cosplay

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Steve Rudzinski

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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

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. 

SITE: www.indrarojas.com

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/FantasyNinja

TWITTER: @TheFantasyNinja

INSTAGRAM: @indra_rojas

Jez Roth

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”.

DizzyLizzy

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!

FB: @DizzyLizzyCostuming

Insta: @DizzyLizzyCosp

Minjee Kay Cosplay

 
Making her first cosplay for Ohayocon 2013, Minjee hasn’t stopped obsessively sewing for five years! She has been involved in the Pittsburgh cosplay scene for about three years and won Tekko’s Best in Show in 2015. Along the way she’s made many wonderful friends through cosplay. She’s currently a Costume Production MFA student at CMU and is always working to improve her craft.
 
Photo by Paper Mash Photography

Steve Rudzinski

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!

To check out Steve’s film work head over to www.SilverSpotlightFilms.com & facebook.com/SilverSpotlightFilms. To check out how he looks in spandex, head over to facebook.com/TheAmazingSpiderSteve!

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