Featured Guests

Tekko 2018 is proud to announce our five featured voice actors, Monica Rial, Bryce Papenbrook, Vic Mignogna, Luci Christian, and SungWon Cho! 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

Monica Rial

Monica Rial has been working in the anime industry for almost 20 years and she is currently listed as the most prolific anime voice actor in the USA. She has lent her voice to over 450 anime including: Assassination Classroom (Kayano), Black Butler (Mey Rin), Certain Magical Index (Index), Deadman Wonderland (Shiro), Fairy Tail (Mirajane), FMA Brotherhood (May Chang), Hetalia (Belarus), Michiko & Hatchin (Michiko), My Hero Academia (Tsuyu), One Piece (Tashigi), Ouran High School Host Club (Renge), Panty and Stocking (Stocking), Saga of Tanya the Evil (Tanya), Seraph of the End (Krul), Soul Eater (Tsubaki), Watamote (Tomoko), Yona of the Dawn (Yona) and many more. You can catch her as Bulma in Dragon Ball Z Kai and Dragon Ball Super currently on Toonami. She voiced Jubilee on Aqua Teen Hunger voice and has also appeared in several video games including Ms.’Splosion Man, Smite, Borderlands 2, Tales of Berseria, Fire Emblem Echoes, Dungeon Boss, and the Borderlands Pre-Sequel. Be sure to come by and say hello!

Bryce Papenbrook

Bryce Papenbrook has been a professional voice over artist since the age of eight. He was introduced to the voice acting scene by his father, Bob Papenbrook, and has continued the trade in his footsteps.

Bryce has performed in numerous video games, cartoons, and television shows. Some recent roles include Eren in Attack on Titan, Kirito in Sword Art Online & Sword Art Online II, Rin Okumura in Blue Exorcist, Chooki & Lydendor in Tenkai Knights, Red in Pokémon Origins, Machina Kunagiri in Final Fantasy Type-0, Masaomi Kida in Durarara!! & Durarara!! X2, Theodore in Persona Q, Makoto Naegi in Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, Nagito Komaeda in Super Danganronpa 2, Staz Charlie Blood in Blood Lad, Adrien aka Cat Noir in Miraculous Ladybug, Clay Sizemore in Soul Eater Not!, Kaname Isaki in A Lull in the Sea, Numerous roles in Call of Duty: Ghosts, Tiz Arrior in Bravely Default, Adol Christin in Ys: Memories of Celceta, Inky in Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures Game, Black Ranger in the Power Rangers Megaforce Game, Sultan in Disney Princess Palace Pets, Lest in Rune Factory 4, Henry in Fire Emblem Awakening, Issachar in Shin Megami Tensei IV, Asbel Lhant in Tales of Graces F, Zidane Tribal in Final Fantasy Dissidia 012, and Guan Ping in Dynasty Warriors. Past leading roles include Shugo in .hack//Sign Legend of the Twilight, Jack in MAR, Jack Russell in Radiata Stories, Hanabusa Aido in Vampire Knight, and Isami Fujiwara in Noein.

You can follow Bryce on Facebook at http://facebook.com/ActorBrycePapenbrook,@BrycePapenbrook on Twitter, and @BrycePapenbrookon Instagram!

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0745310/

Vic Mignogna

Vic has been acting for stage and screen since he was 8 years old. But his anime career started about fifteen years ago as Vega in Streetfighter II. Since then Vic has been in more than three hundred animated series and video games, known for such roles as Edward Elric in Fullmetal Alchemist, Tamaki Suou in Ouran High School Host Club, Zero in Vampire Knight, Death Scythe in Soul Eater, Fai in Tsubasa Chronicle, Keldeo in Pokemon, Dark in DN Angel, Kurz in Full Metal Panic, Broly in Dragonball Z, Ikkaku in Bleach, Obito/Nagato in Naruto, Yoshimori in Kekkaishi, Yukito in Air, Takanaga in Wallflower, Luciano in Code Geass, Virgil Walsh in Trinity Blood,  Hikaru in Macross and many many more. Vic also played roles in G4’s Wolverine and Iron Man series, and the original Mass Effect movie. Vic is currently playing characters in Free!, Black Butler, Durarara, Sailor Moon, World Of Warcraft, Karneval, Attack On Titan, Space Dandy, Tiger & Bunny, Digimon Fusion, Sword Art Online, Nura, La Grange and several others. Vic has also voiced roles in a large number of video games including Soul Calibur, Disgaea, Dynasty Warriors, Persona III, Avengers, Pac Man, Sonic Colours, DBZ, Bleach, FMA and more. But even longer than his voice acting, Vic has been a professional music composer / singer / producer who has written and produced hundreds of pieces for TV, radio and CD. He sings the themes for shows like One Piece & DBGT, and has produced several CDs of his own original music, all available on iTunes. Finally, in addition to anime and music, Vic has a degree in film and is deeply involved as an actor and director in several web series. He is executive producer of the award winning web series “Star Trek Continues”, where he is not only directing, but fulfilling a childhood dream of playing the iconic role of Captain Kirk. Vic works regularly writing, producing and directing video and film productions of all kinds.

SungWon Cho

SungWon Cho is a voice actor. You also may know him as ProZD online where he makes videos on YouTube/Twitter/Tumblr/all the social medias. He loves his cats Effie and Sophie very much.

 

Luci Christian

Luci Christian is a professional actor living in Houston, Texas. Internationally known for her voice work, her career also spans stage, television, radio, industrial, and anything else she can book. Notable anime roles for Funimation include Ochaco in My Hero Academia, Psiren and Wrath in Fullmetal Alchemist, Nami in One Piece, Kyuta in The Boy and the Beast, Lenalee in D. Grayman, Honey in Ouran Host Club, Asuna in Negima, Alois in Black Butler, Tenma in School Rumble, Rico in Gunslinger Girl, Ophelia in Claymore, Makina in Shikabane Hime, Birdy in Birdy the Mighty:Decode, the Narrator in Kamisama Kiss, Hungary in Hetalia, and Medusa in Souleater. Credits for Sentai Filmworks include Trixie in Blade Runner: Black Out 2022, Yuki in Food Wars, Chihaya in Chihayafuru, Carmen in Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars, Hestia in DanMachi, Satomi Murano in Parasyte: The Maxim, Deunan in Appleseed, Elsie in the World God Only Knows, Kelly in Halo Legends, Mirai Onozawa in Tokyo Magnitude 8.0, Nagisa in Clannad, Kaname in Full Metal Panic!, Ringo in Air Gear, Mako in Nerima Daikon Brothers, Milia Fallyna in Macross, Haruko in Air, Risa in D.N. Angel, Tetsu in Peace Maker Kurogane, Duck/Tutu in Princess Tutu, Jinpei in Gatchaman and Paiman in Gatchaman Crowds, Sasshi in Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi, and Yukari in Azumanga Daioh. You can also let her read you books on Audible! She’s @lucilovesmic on Twitter and can be found online at www.lucichristian.com. Ms. Christian holds an M.F.A. in Acting from Louisiana State University, and when she’s not working she’s usually happily hanging out with her husband and daughters and trying to use her powers for good.

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

 

Dan Coglan, a.k.a. “Samurai Dan”

Tekko 2018 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 2018!

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

 

LM.C

LM.C is a rock unit consisting of maya on vocals and Aiji on guitar. Their career spans 8 full albums, as well as several “best of” compilation releases. Anime fans will recognize their tracks “88” and “Boys & Girls” as theme songs for the hit series REBORN!

LM.C’s popularity goes beyond Japan with 3 world tours under their belt, performing in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. The band celebrated their 10th anniversary in October of 2016.

LM.C returns to the US for the second year in a row, to perform at Tekko 2018!

Official site: http://www.lovely-mocochang.com/

Twitter: @maya_LMC

            @Aiji_LMC

 Presented by FAKE STAR

 

2017 Musical Guests

MAGIC OF LiFE

Twist

Workaholic

RSK

n00neimp0rtant

2016 Musical Guests

DJ BASS

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BACK-ON

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Fashion Guests

 

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

Established in 1988, BABY, the Stars Shine Bright is a Lolita fashion clothing brand founded by Akinori and Fumiyo Isobe in Tokyo, Japan. The brand’s vision is to create designs that make one feel cute and elegant like a beautiful princess, happily dressing up in fancy frills and lace. In 2004, BABY, the Stars Shine Bright was featured in the cult hit movie Kamikaze Girls, which made Lolita fashion known around the world. In 2007, the sister line ALICE and the PIRATES was established. With the concept of “If Alice in Wonderland got lost in a world full of pirates,” the line has a characteristic darker edge with careful attention to detail. BABY, the Stars Shine Bright currently has 3 stores outside of Japan: Paris (since 2007), San Francisco (since 2009), and New York City (since 2013). BABY, the Stars Shine Bright also actively hosts events, fashion shows, and tea parties overseas. Joining Tekko will be Saki Tachibana! Saki studied pattern making in fashion design school, and she began working at BABY, the Stars Shine Bright while still a student. Many of her designs draw inspiration from fairy tales, black cats, and other magical themes. Saki’s designs are elegant yet still cute and sweet parts of BABY’s collections. With her first overseas fashion show at AnimeNEXT in the US, she has also attended events in China and Japan Expo in Paris. Both fashion lines – BABY, the Stars Shine Bright and ALICE and the PIRATES – will be featured.

 

Hard Decora

Hard Decora is an apparel and illustration brand that promotes aggressive individuality. Kamilah Jones started Hard Decora in 2014 after being inspired by a single photo on Tumblr of a Fairy Kei girl carrying a pastel gun.

What if there were a Harajuku fashion girl gang that could stand up for the misfits just by being themselves? And that’s not so far out of the realm of reality because when we wear these bold clothes we are challenging the status quo by just existing. However, a lot of us keep our greatest expression to ourselves. That’s why Hard Decora creates work that does the defending for you.

Dare to be yourself.

Haruka Kurebayashi

Haruka Kurebayashi began her modeling career as a featured reader in the popular Harajuku fashion magazine KERA and is currently an image model for LISTEN FLAVOR.

Kurebayashi gained attention worldwide for her Decora fashion style. In 2017, she was chosen by Instagram to represent #MyStory, a campaign in which 15 Japanese women were selected to promote being true to yourself. Don’t miss Haruka Kurebayashi at Tekko 2018!

Instagram: kurebayashiii
Twitter: @90884

Dollfille – Toshi Salvino

Toshi Salvino is a multimedia visual artist with a focus on Style and Makeup who uses her body as a canvas to transform herself into a Living Art Doll, varying styles whenever inspiration hits.

Featured on Racked.com, Cosmopolitan and TLC’s “Love, Lust, Run”, Toshi currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY as a hair stylist, makeup artist and ambient character performer for places like The Mckittrick Hotel (Home of Sleep No More) , and the most progressive nightclub in the country, House of Yes. In the J-fashion world, she has done makeup on Kimura U and modeled for 6% Dokidoki, as well as numerous indie designers. She has curated her life to allow her Living Doll lifestyle to flourish and be respected as art and hopes to be an icon of self expression and spread the understanding of acceptance.

When not found coloring hair at Hello Beautiful Salon, she is busy being lost in daydreams. Much of her inspiration comes from folklore, fairytales, sci-fi and the belief that the body is just the vessel you inhabit, so decorate it as you see fit !

Puvithel

Puvithel is a Pittsburgh-based designer who has been making and designing original handmade jewelry and accessories, clothing, and handbags for J-fashion and alternative styles since 2015. Her motifs include detail work, over-the-top Gothic designs, and vector and laser cut work with a focus on American Goth, punk, menhera, and Lolita fashions. Puvithel also occasionally writes for the English Wunderwelt blog and has been featured in several fashion shows and events worldwide.

 

Peppermint Fox

Peppermint Fox began in Melbourne, Australia, founded by designers Lindzi and Thali. Inspired by storybooks, vintage illustration, and old-world charm,Peppermint Fox creates garments and accessories that aim to capture the feeling of falling into a timeless tale.

Both designers will be in attendance at Tekko.

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

 

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!

Voice Actors

Monica Rial

Monica Rial has been working in the anime industry for almost 20 years and she is currently listed as the most prolific anime voice actor in the USA. She has lent her voice to over 450 anime including: Assassination Classroom (Kayano), Black Butler (Mey Rin), Certain Magical Index (Index), Deadman Wonderland (Shiro), Fairy Tail (Mirajane), FMA Brotherhood (May Chang), Hetalia (Belarus), Michiko & Hatchin (Michiko), My Hero Academia (Tsuyu), One Piece (Tashigi), Ouran High School Host Club (Renge), Panty and Stocking (Stocking), Saga of Tanya the Evil (Tanya), Seraph of the End (Krul), Soul Eater (Tsubaki), Watamote (Tomoko), Yona of the Dawn (Yona) and many more. You can catch her as Bulma in Dragon Ball Z Kai and Dragon Ball Super currently on Toonami. She voiced Jubilee on Aqua Teen Hunger voice and has also appeared in several video games including Ms.’Splosion Man, Smite, Borderlands 2, Tales of Berseria, Fire Emblem Echoes, Dungeon Boss, and the Borderlands Pre-Sequel. Be sure to come by and say hello!

Bryce Papenbrook

Bryce Papenbrook has been a professional voice over artist since the age of eight. He was introduced to the voice acting scene by his father, Bob Papenbrook, and has continued the trade in his footsteps.

Bryce has performed in numerous video games, cartoons, and television shows. Some recent roles include Eren in Attack on Titan, Kirito in Sword Art Online & Sword Art Online II, Rin Okumura in Blue Exorcist, Chooki & Lydendor in Tenkai Knights, Red in Pokémon Origins, Machina Kunagiri in Final Fantasy Type-0, Masaomi Kida in Durarara!! & Durarara!! X2, Theodore in Persona Q, Makoto Naegi in Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, Nagito Komaeda in Super Danganronpa 2, Staz Charlie Blood in Blood Lad, Adrien aka Cat Noir in Miraculous Ladybug, Clay Sizemore in Soul Eater Not!, Kaname Isaki in A Lull in the Sea, Numerous roles in Call of Duty: Ghosts, Tiz Arrior in Bravely Default, Adol Christin in Ys: Memories of Celceta, Inky in Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures Game, Black Ranger in the Power Rangers Megaforce Game, Sultan in Disney Princess Palace Pets, Lest in Rune Factory 4, Henry in Fire Emblem Awakening, Issachar in Shin Megami Tensei IV, Asbel Lhant in Tales of Graces F, Zidane Tribal in Final Fantasy Dissidia 012, and Guan Ping in Dynasty Warriors. Past leading roles include Shugo in .hack//Sign Legend of Noeinthe Twilight, Jack in MAR, Jack Russell in Radiata Stories, Hanabusa Aido in Vampire Knight, and Isami Fujiwara in .

You can follow Bryce on Facebook at http://facebook.com/ActorBrycePapenbrook,@BrycePapenbrook on Twitter, and @BrycePapenbrookon Instagram!

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0745310/

Vic Mignogna

Vic has been acting for stage and screen since he was 8 years old. But his anime career started about fifteen years ago as Vega in Streetfighter II. Since then Vic has been in more than three hundred animated series and video games, known for such roles as Edward Elric in Fullmetal Alchemist, Tamaki Suou in Ouran High School Host Club, Zero in Vampire Knight, Death Scythe in Soul Eater, Fai in Tsubasa Chronicle, Keldeo in Pokemon, Dark in DN Angel, Kurz in Full Metal Panic, Broly in Dragonball Z, Ikkaku in Bleach, Obito/Nagato in Naruto, Yoshimori in Kekkaishi, Yukito in Air, Takanaga in Wallflower, Luciano in Code Geass, Virgil Walsh in Trinity Blood,  Hikaru in Macross and many many more. Vic also played roles G4’s Wolverine and Iron Man series, and the original Mass Effect movie. Vic is currently playing characters in Free!, Black Butler, Durarara, Sailor Moon, World Of Warcraft, Karneval, Attack On Titan, Space Dandy, Tiger & Bunny, Digimon Fusion, Sword Art Online, Nura, La Grange and several others. Vic has also voiced roles in a large number of video games including Soul Calibur, Disgaea, Dynasty Warriors, Persona III, Avengers, Pac Man, Sonic Colours, DBZ, Bleach, FMA and more. But even longer than his voice acting, Vic has been a professional music composer / singer / producer who has written and produced hundreds of pieces for TV, radio and CD. He sings the themes for shows like One Piece & DBGT, and has produced several CDs of his own original music, all available on iTunes. Finally, in addition to anime and music, Vic has a degree in film and is deeply involved as an actor and director in several web series. He is executive producer of the award winning web series “Star Trek Continues”, where he is not only directing, but fulfilling a childhood dream of playing the iconic role of Captain Kirk. Vic works regularly writing, producing and directing video and film productions of all kinds.

SungWon Cho

SungWon Cho is a voice actor. You also may know him as ProZD online where he makes videos on YouTube/Twitter/Tumblr/all the social medias. He loves his cats Effie and Sophie very much.

 

Luci Christian

Luci Christian is a professional actor living in Houston, Texas. Internationally known for her voice work, her career also spans stage, television, radio, industrial, and anything else she can book. Notable anime roles for Funimation include Ochaco in My Hero Academia, Psiren and Wrath in Fullmetal Alchemist, Nami in One Piece, Kyuta in The Boy and the Beast, Lenalee in D. Grayman, Honey in Ouran Host Club, Asuna in Negima, Alois in Black Butler, Tenma in School Rumble, Rico in Gunslinger Girl, Ophelia in Claymore, Makina in Shikabane Hime, Birdy in Birdy the Mighty:Decode, the Narrator in Kamisama Kiss, Hungary in Hetalia, and Medusa in Souleater. Credits for Sentai Filmworks include Trixie in Blade Runner: Black Out 2022, Yuki in Food Wars, Chihaya in Chihayafuru, Carmen in Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars, Hestia in DanMachi, Satomi Murano in Parasyte: The Maxim, Deunan in Appleseed, Elsie in the World God Only Knows, Kelly in Halo Legends, Mirai Onozawa in Tokyo Magnitude 8.0, Nagisa in Clannad, Kaname in Full Metal Panic!, Ringo in Air Gear, Mako in Nerima Daikon Brothers, Milia Fallyna in Macross, Haruko in Air, Risa in D.N. Angel, Tetsu in Peace Maker Kurogane, Duck/Tutu in Princess Tutu, Jinpei in Gatchaman and Paiman in Gatchaman Crowds, Sasshi in Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi, and Yukari in Azumanga Daioh. You can also let her read you books on Audible! She @lucilovesmic on Twitter and can be found online at www.lucichristian.com. Ms. Christian holds an M.F.A. in Acting from Louisiana State University, and when she’s not working she’s usually happily hanging out with her husband and daughters and trying to use her powers for good.

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

micah_solusud2016

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

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Industry Guests

 

Dan Coglan, a.k.a. “Samurai Dan”

Tekko 2018 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 2018!

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

More information coming soon!

 

LM.C

LM.C is a rock unit consisting of maya on vocals and Aiji on guitar. Their career spans 8 full albums, as well as several “best of” compilation releases. Anime fans will recognize their tracks “88” and “Boys & Girls” as theme songs for the hit series REBORN!

LM.C’s popularity goes beyond Japan with 3 world tours under their belt, performing in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. The band celebrated their 10th anniversary in October of 2016.

LM.C returns to the US for the second year in a row, to perform at Tekko 2018!

Official site: http://www.lovely-mocochang.com/

Twitter: @maya_LMC

            @Aiji_LMC

 

Presented by FAKE STAR

 

2017 Musical Guests

MAGIC OF LiFE

Twist

Workaholic

RSK

n00neimp0rtant

2016 Musical Guests

DJ BASS

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BACK-ON

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Fashion Guests

More information coming soon!

 

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

Established in 1988, BABY, the Stars Shine Bright is a Lolita fashion clothing brand founded by Akinori and Fumiyo Isobe in Tokyo, Japan. The brand’s vision is to create designs that make one feel cute and elegant like a beautiful princess, happily dressing up in fancy frills and lace. In 2004, BABY, the Stars Shine Bright was featured in the cult hit movie Kamikaze Girls, which made Lolita fashion known around the world. In 2007, the sister line ALICE and the PIRATES was established. With the concept of “If Alice in Wonderland got lost in a world full of pirates,” the line has a characteristic darker edge with careful attention to detail. BABY, the Stars Shine Bright currently has 3 stores outside of Japan: Paris (since 2007), San Francisco (since 2009), and New York City (since 2013). BABY, the Stars Shine Bright also actively hosts events, fashion shows, and tea parties overseas. Joining Tekko will be Saki Tachibana! Saki studied pattern making in fashion design school, and she began working at BABY, the Stars Shine Bright while still a student. Many of her designs draw inspiration from fairy tales, black cats, and other magical themes. Saki’s designs are elegant yet still cute and sweet parts of BABY’s collections. With her first overseas fashion show at AnimeNEXT in the US, she has also attended events in China and Japan Expo in Paris. Both fashion lines – BABY, the Stars Shine Bright and ALICE and the PIRATES – will be featured.

 

Hard Decora

Hard Decora is an apparel and illustration brand that promotes aggressive individuality. Kamilah Jones started Hard Decora in 2014 after being inspired by a single photo on Tumblr of a Fairy Kei girl carrying a pastel gun.

What if there were a Harajuku fashion girl gang that could stand up for the misfits just by being themselves? And that’s not so far out of the realm of reality because when we wear these bold clothes we are challenging the status quo by just existing. However, a lot of us keep our greatest expression to ourselves. That’s why Hard Decora creates work that does the defending for you.

Dare to be yourself.

Haruka Kurebayashi

Haruka Kurebayashi began her modeling career as a featured reader in the popular Harajuku fashion magazine KERA and is currently an image model for LISTEN FLAVOR.

Kurebayashi gained attention worldwide for her Decora fashion style. In 2017, she was chosen by Instagram to represent #MyStory, a campaign in which 15 Japanese women were selected to promote being true to yourself. Don’t miss Haruka Kurebayashi at Tekko 2018!

Instagram: kurebayashiii
Twitter: @90884

Dollfille – Toshi Salvino

Toshi Salvino is a multimedia visual artist with a focus on Style and Makeup who uses her body as a canvas to transform herself into a Living Art Doll, varying styles whenever inspiration hits.

Featured on Racked.com, Cosmopolitan and TLC’s “Love, Lust, Run”, Toshi currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY as a hair stylist, makeup artist and ambient character performer for places like The Mckittrick Hotel ( Home of Sleep No More) , and the most progressive nightclub in the country, House of Yes. In the j-fashion world, she has done makeup on Kimura U and modeled for 6% Dokidoki, as well as numerous indies designers. She has curated her life to allow her Living Doll lifestyle to flourish and be respected as art and hopes to be an icon of self expression and spread the understanding of acceptance.

When not found coloring hair at Hello Beautiful Salon, she is busy being lost in daydreams. Much of her inspiration comes from folklore, fairytales, sci-if and the belief that the body is just the vessel you inhabit, so decorate it as you see fit !

Puvithel

Puvithel is a Pittsburgh-based designer who has been making and designing original handmade jewelry and accessories, clothing, and handbags for J-fashion and alternative styles since 2015. Her motifs include detail work, over-the-top Gothic designs, and vector and laser cut work with a focus on American Goth, punk, menhera, and Lolita fashions. Puvithel also occasionally writes for the English Wunderwelt blog and has been featured in several fashion shows and events worldwide.

 

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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