Laura Bailey got her start in voice acting playing Kid Trunks on the hit series "Dragonball Z", and went on to play several leads in other popular anime titles: "Soul Eater" as Maka, "Crayon Shin-chan" as Shin, "Fruits Basket" as Tohru Honda, "Fullmetal Alchemist" as Lust, "Yu Yu Hakusho" as Keiko, "Kodocha" as Sana, "Blue Gender" as Marlene, "Basilisk" as Oboro, and "Gunslinger Girl" as Henrietta. And for those gamers out there, you can hear Laura's voice as Chun Li in the recent release of Street Fighter IV, as both Reimi and Welch in Star Ocean 4, Rayne in the BloodRayne games, and as various characters in Persona 4, Digsaea 3, Aeon Flux, Dawn of Mana, Dragonball Z: Budokai, and many others. But her list of credits doesn't end there. Laura has worked on over thirty shows, providing her directing and producing talents to many of them.
A voice actor and ADR director, Caitlin has been working in the anime industry since 2004. When she was still a college student, Caitlin was hired by FUNimation while on a tour of the studio. After her first small parts on "Case Closed", she went on to play Winry in "Fullmetal Alchemist", Triela in "Gunslinger Girl", and Hiyono in "Spiral". Other roles include Vivi in "One Piece", Dhianeila in "Heroic Age", Miria in "Baccano!", Sara in "Strain", and Yakumo in "School Rumble". In 2008, Caitlin directed the widely popular fan favorite, "Ouran High School Host Club", as well as played Haruhi Fujioka. Other directing credits include "Murder Princess", "Gunslinger Girl: Il Teatrino", "Suzuka", and FUNimation’s new dub of "One Piece". Along with directing, Caitlin enjoys adapting theme songs for FUNimation dubs, and can be heard singing one of them! She has also voiced characters in such video games as Street Fighter IV as Cammy, and Infinite Undiscovery as Aya. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Theatre Performance from the University of Texas at Arlington and continues to pursue acting professionally in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
Wayne has provided voices for all three incarnations of "Yu-Gi-Oh!": Joey Wheeler in the original, Syrus Truesdale in "GX", and Tanner in "5Ds". He's also behind the voice of Michelangelo on "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles". Other projects include "GaoGaiGar", "To Heart", "The Third", "Revolutionary Girl Utena", "Huntik", "Sadamitsu the Destroyer", "Ultimate Muscle", "Giant Robo", "Samurai Deeper Kyo", "Pokemon", "Shaman King", "Animation Runner Kuromi", "The Winx Club", "Kappa Mikey", various monsters and animals on "Chaotic" and "Viva Pinata", and most recently, "Gogoriki". On the commercial end of things, you can hear him touting the virtues of various products on television and radio spots. He's also been a fixture of the New York theatre scene for over 15 years, appearing in several productions with the New York Fringe Festival and other reputable companies. He's looking forward to another great time at his third consecutive Youmacon!
Kyle Hebert is a Los Angeles-based animation and video game voice actor. His voice credits include Ryu in Street Fighter IV, Kiba in "Naruto", Aizen in "Bleach", and Kamina in "Gurren Lagann", but he's best known as the Narrator and teen Gohan in "Dragon Ball Z". Other notable roles of his include Kazukiyo Soga in "Ouran High School Host Club", Vato Falman in "Fullmetal Alchemist", and Bael and Dagon in Devil May Cry 4. Kyle has also contributed various voices to games for Watchmen and Star Wars. He cohosts a podcast dedicated to news on all things geeky titled "The Big Bald Broadcast".
Michael Sinterniklaas' current most popular castings as a voice actor are Leonardo in the 2003 "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" cartoon, Dean Venture (and other small parts) in "The Venture Bros.", Leo in "Full Metal Alchemist", Mikey Simon in "Kappa Mikey", and Mahad in "Yu-Gi-Oh!". In the past, Sinterniklaas has also dubbed such shows as "Twin Signal", "Night Hunters", "Magic User's Club", "Berserk", and more.
Vancouver-born and raised, Brad began acting in elementary school and in high school landed his first voice acting gig as a pony named Ace in "My Little Pony Tales". Soon afterwards, he landed his first anime role as Mousse in "Ranma ½. Some of his more notable characters include Amuro, Quatre, Dearka and Auel (on their respective "Gundam" series), Gohan (from "Dragon Ball Z", UK and Canada), Kicker ("Transformers: Energon"), Lan ("Megaman: NT Warrior"), and Nightcrawler ("X-Men: Evolution"). Brad has worked on several anime series including "InuYasha", "Hikaru No Go", "Hamtaro", "Maison Ikkoku", "Infinite Ryvius", "Tokyo Underground", "Soul Taker", "Project Arms", "Boys Over Flowers", "Kimba the White Lion", "Shakugan No Shana", "Dokkoida", "Saber Marionette J", "Video Girl Ai", "Arjuna", "Zoids", and "Dragon Drive". Along with voice acting, Brad works professionally as a graphic designer and illustrator and, when not at the hockey rink or on the baseball field, enjoys playing drums and guitar. Brad can be most recently heard as Light in "Death Note" (and its live-action films), Rock in "Black Lagoon", Ryuki in "The Story of Saiunkoku" and Setsuna in his most recent mecha project, "Gundam 00".
Travis has worked in stage, television, and film, but is best known in the anime world for his character Colonel Roy Mustang in "Fullmetal Alchemist", one of his very first roles in anime. He has since gone on to work on many other popular titles in both Texas and Los Angeles. His anime credits include Kanda ("D.Gray-man"), Pierre ("Aquarion"), Badrick Serihan ("Black Blood Brothers"), Andreas Darlton ("Code Geass"), Iggy ("Ergo Proxy"), Kaiji ("Gun×Sword"), Cleo ("Glass Fleet"), Ginko ("Mushishi"), Ace ("One Piece"), Takigawa ("Ghost Hunt"), Eustoma ("Shuffle!"), and Yanagisawa ("Yu Yu Hakusho"). His video game credits include: Guile (Street Fighter IV), Nathan Hale (Resistance 2), Torgal (The Last Remnant), Clint (Tales of Vesperia), Zhang Liao and Zhou Tai (Dynasty Warriors 6), Evan Bernard (Time Crisis 4), Yodai Higashizawa (The World Ends With You), Gabriel Celeste (Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria), Stroud (Dawn of Mana), and Ace (One Piece: Grand Battle). His newest role is playing The Hulk and The Human Torch in Marvel's new animated series, "The Super Hero Squad Show".
Konohana Sakuya is the alias of the working partnership between two comic artists, Kohei Nishino and Tsugumi Nishino. In 2002, the duo was awarded the Grand Prize of the First World Manga Faithful Readership Award, sponsored by publisher Shinchosha, which received much coverage for the total sum of its prizes and the fact all winners were voted entirely by readers. Come join them for a lecture about their work, the manga industry, and the making of manga!
For over three years now, "Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series" has taken the online world by storm, becoming one of the most subscribed to YouTube channels and creating an entire sub-genre of anime parodies. With over 40 episodes to its name, "YGO:TAS" shows no signs of stopping till it has either created a religion of its own or has gained enough minions to finally finish that moon base on which to live out the rest of its days, sending monsters down to earth on a daily basis to terrorize the general population down below.
Team Four Star is comprised of various amateur animators and voice actors from the United Kingdom and America, hoping to break into the professional racket. Together, they produce the popular "Dragon Ball Z: The Abridged Series", where they comically redub various episodes of the anime.
Doug Walker is the star of his hit video website ThatGuyWithTheGlasses.com. He has produced many online shows and characters, including "Bum Reviews", "Ask That Guy", and most noteworthy, the "Nostalgia Critic", where he reviews (and often destroys) horrible nostalgic movies and shows from the 80's and 90's. He is also known for starting a feud with James Rolfe, resulting in an online war with the internet celebrity. Welcoming other talent to the site, TGWTG.com also hosts videos by the Nostalgia Chick, Spoony One, Linkara, "Dragon Ball Z: Abridged", and many more.
Lemon Demon, best known for their song "The Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny," bring their catchy melodies and geek rock sensibilities to Youmacon. Lemon Demon has released five full-length albums since their formation in 2003 as well as quite a bit of "unreleased" and "unreleasable" material. Bassist Alora Lanzillotta, guitarist Charles "Chooch" Sergio, and drummer Tony Wry are led by singer/songwriter/keyboardist Neil Cicierega.
Originally a set of Flash animations, the Potter Puppet Pals have found new life in live-action form, exploring what would happen if Harry Potter was acted out with insane puppets. With puppeteers Neil Cicierega, Emmy Cicierega, and Alora Lanzillotta behind the stage they've recorded four live-action skits to date, the latest of which was the number one most viewed comedy video on YouTube for the month it was released.
A year and a half after its inception, My Dear Disco has already earned a permanent place in the incredible lineage of bands that have emerged from the Ann Arbor music scene. Known for their distinctive "DanceThink Music", their debut has been met with much critical acclaim since its release in 2007. Their music features electrified Irish bagpipes, and their lineup includes a two-time International Acoustic Music Award-winning composer, a 3-time world champion instrumentalist, a first place Michigan Idol winning singer, and two first place M-Block Records "New Music on the Block"-winning recording artists. In 2008, the band was named one of the most promising bands in the country by American Eagle's New Music Union. As a result, they were invited to perform at the AE Summer Festival, curated by Anthony Kiedis. Coming off of a fully-stocked summer schedule, My Dear Disco is in full-flight, following their "DanceThink Music" wherever it takes them.
After meeting at Anime Central 2004, the group of musicians calling themselves the Spoony Bards have come to be known for their ability to assemble any available combination of vocal and instrumental talents to create a relaxed musical atmosphere at anime conventions. Hailing from different parts of the country, this network of musicians has grown in reputation and number, having played video game and anime music by request for days at a time at conventions. Count on the Spoony Bards to provide a fun, spirited atmosphere during your stay at Youmacon.
Cowboy Shogun, in a triumphant return to their very first convention (after a long commute from the Moon), is ready to assault you with your favorite anime themes and Japanese rock hits. Don't forget to check them out in the game room, and bring your panda friends!
We regret that Carrie Keranen will not be able to attend Youmacon as originally announced.