November 1-4 2012 - The Renaissance Center
& Cobo Hall
Shinichi Watanabe (aka "Nabeshin") is known to anime fans as a larger-than-life, iconic figure with an outrageous sense of humor.
He directed the comedy anime series Excel Saga, Nerima Daikon Brothers, and Puni Puni Poemy, which feature frenetic pacing and appearances by his animated alter ego, a mysterious, recurring character with an afro and distinctive outfit who is tangential to the story. Nabeshin has also served as series director for The Wallflower and Tenchi Muyo! GXP, and he can be found in these series as well, in cameo or supporting roles.
Nabeshin has been quoted as saying that he places great importance in making viewers laugh.
Stating that he values laughter as much as tears, his preference is to motivate viewers to have fun and enjoy a show.
He reasons that his success stems from provoking the same, strong emotional investment in a humorous way?as a traditional, sentimental story does.
Nabeshin has also written lyrics for the opening songs of Excel Saga and Tenchi Muyo! GXP, and has served as storyboarder and episode director for a variety of other anime series.
Todd Haberkorn is currently a proud member of the Anime community and continues to be its humble servant by way of english dubbing. Haberkorn works primarily in Texas and Los Angeles as an actor, director, producer, and writer. As far as shows go, catch Todd's voice as lead roles in Sgt. Frog as Keroro, Suzuka as Yamato, Ghost Hunt as Naru, Holic as Wataknuki, D. Gray Man as Allen Walker, Sands of Destruction as Kyrie, Soul Eater as Death the Kid, and some others he can't say right now. Coming up - Todd is the lead role of Natsu, the fire eating, fire wielding wizard from Fairy Tail. Check out most of the shows listed above on Hulu.com, funimation.com, and NETFLIX!! And not illegally please :) Be sure to check out TeamHaberkorn.com for ways to join this new "korntastic" fan club! A portion of the proceeds goes to supporting the Acadiana Humane Society, a non-profit, no kill animal shelter in Louisiana. When not in the booth, Todd is a producer with his company, Out of the Office Productions. Todd is represented by The Horne Agency and William Morris Endeavor.
Scott McNeil hails from Vancouver, Canada by way of Brisbane, Australia. He started acting at the age of three and hasn't (his mom would say) stopped since. Spanning over two decades and including over 10,000 episodes, Scott's voice career began with The New Adventures of He-Man way back in (gasp) 1988. He is perhaps best known currently as Duo Maxwell in Gundam Wing, Koga, in Inuyasha, Piccolo (the first) and many others in Dragon Ball Z, Dinobot, Rattrap, Waspinator, and Silverbolt in Beast Wars, Jetfire in Transformers Armada, and Wolverine in X-Men: Evolution, As well as Hohenheim in Full Metal Alchemist, the deeply neurotic Merb Stork in StormHawks, the amazingly inept Voltar in League of Super Evil, and Ali al Satchez in Gundam 00.
Among his other voice credits are: My Little Pony, Grumpy Bear in Care Bears, Johnny Test, Black Lagoon, Highlander, Quest for Vengance, Rollbots, Spiderman Unlimited Krypto,the Superdog, Reboot, MegaMan, Powerpuff Girls Z, Mucha Lucha, Monster Rancher, Mummies Alive, Ranma 1/2, Project A-Ko, Kong, The Vision of Escaflowne, Bucky O'Hare and the Toad Wars, War Planets, Weird-Oh's, Molly O, Conan the Adventurer, The Wacky World of Tex Avery, Extreme Dinosaurs, DragonTales, Warriors of Virtue, D'Myna Leagues, Aagh It's the Mister Hell Show, Double Dragon, Darkstalkers, Street Fighter, GI Joe, and the animated features Rudolph and the Island of Misfit Toys, and Casper's Haunted Christmas. As well as video games such as Nova, League of Legends, Dead Rising II, Warhammer 40,000, Scarface, and The Godfather.
Equally successful in film and television, Scott has starred in the feature films Sleeping with Strangers and Sleeping Dogs. He has guest starred on numerous television series and features, including Supernatural, Sanctuary, Highlander, The Outer Limits, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Beyond Belief, Beggars and Choosers, Stargate SG-1 and Disney's Ladies and the Champ, to name a few.
This just in: Scott is currently working on a bunch of new roles, Including work in Johnny Test, L.O.S.E, Hero 108, 1001 Tales of the Arabian Nights ,Strawberry Shortcake, My Little Pony, Numerous Video Games and a number of cough cough "Top Secret" Anime Titles. Scott loves cartoons most of all because, "Hey, it's indoor work with no heavy lifting."
When his busy schedule allows, he can be found playing his 85 Tauren Druid in World of Warcraft while eating spray cheese…..FOR THE HORDE!!!
Vancouver-born and raised, Brad began acting at a relatively young age and, once in high school, had his first audition for an animated series. This first voice acting gig took the form of a pony named "Ace" in My Little Pony Tales and soon afterwards, he landed his first anime role as "Mousse" in Ranma 1/2. Some of his more notable anime characters include: Light (Death Note), Amuro, Quatre, Dearka, Auel and Setsuna (on their respective Gundam series' - from Mobile Suit to 00 ), Gohan (Dragon Ball Z), Rock (Black Lagoon), Ryuki (The Story of Saiunkoku), Kicker (Transformers: Energon) and Lan (Megaman: NT Warrior).
Amongst many Gundam video game titles, in Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 3, you can watch Brad in conversation with himself as both "Setsuna" and "Amuro", as well as the deranged mascot "Slappy" in Capcom's Dead Rising 2. More recently, he can be heard as "Jin Kazama" in Street Fighter X Tekken and as "Kurou" in the anime series Kurozuka.
Some North American cartoon characters include "Nightcrawler" on X-men Evolution and other voice projects including Barbie, Matchbox, Double Dragon and Sonic the Hedgehog. Over the years, Brad has worked on several anime series' including Inu-Yasha, Hamtaro, Soul Taker, Nurse Witch Komugi, Maison Ikkoku, Hikaru No Go, Infinite Ryvius, Tokyo Underground, Project Arms, Boys Over Flowers, Kimba the White Lion, Shakugan No Shana, Dokkoida, Saber Marionette J, Video Girl Ai, Arjuna, Zoids Powerpuff Girls Z and Dragon Drive.
Along with voice acting, Brad continues to work professionally as a Graphic Designer/Illustrator and, when not at the hockey rink or on the baseball field, enjoys playing drums and guitar (often while doodling in his sketchbook).
Jon St. John is an American voice actor who started his career as a top 40 radio DJ in North Carolina at the age of 14. Because of his vocal ability and technical skills he was hired as either the creative services director, or morning show host for radio stations across America in cities such as Birmingham, New Orleans, Norfolk, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Los Angeles, and San Diego.
Now primarily a voice actor, Jon provides voices for theme park attractions, countless commercials and infomercial projects, and many video game titles including: World of Warcraft, Half-Life: Opposing Force, Sonic Adventure, Conduit 2, Heroes of Newerth, The Die Hard Trilogy, Call of Cthulu, and DotA.
Jon is also the lead character in the newly released "Rochard", but he is best known as the voice of the famous first-person shooter - DUKE NUKEM.
Jon is also a lead singer and keyboardist in a popular Southern California cover band known as Uncle Boogie.
A regular honored guest at conventions from coast to coast, Jon says he's thrilled to have a job that he loves... and having worldwide fans doesn't suck, either!
Cherami Leigh is an on camera and voice actor. Cherami began her work in the Anime World voicing Sae in Peach Girl, and has since played Aisa, Pepper, and Miss Golden Week in One Piece, Yaz in Shin Chan, Primula in Shuffle, Setsuna and Akira in Negima, Naomi in Witchblade, Himawari in xxxHolic, Makoto in Sasami: Magical Girls Club, Mai in Ghost Hunt, Ayano in Stigma, Road in D. Grayman, Shijima in Nabari, Shinooka in Big Windup, Honoka in Kenichi, Kirimi in Ouran Host Club, and recently released Bamboo Blade as Tamaki, Sergeant Frog as Natsumi, and Soul Eater as Patty. She has voiced many video games including Lux Pain as Nami.
Cherami began acting at 6 and has worked with LeAnn Rimes, Bernadette Peters, Paul Dano, Ethan Hawke, Ashley Johnson, Wilmer Valderamma, Marcia Gay Harden, Thomas Jane, Avril Lavigne and many others. She has worked on Fast Food Nation (directed by: Richard Linklater), The Hottest State(directed by: Ethan Hawke), and The Mist (directed by: Frank Darabont), she recently appeared as the overachieving Ginnie Warwick on NBC's Friday Night Lights , you can also recognize Cherami working alongside Claire Danes in HBO's film Temple Grandin. She has also appeared on NBC's CHASE & ABC's The Deep End.
Cherami is currently working on several projects, on and off camera, that she is anxious to share with her fans.
New York/New Jersey - based writer, producer, musician and voiceover artist James Carter Cathcart has recorded and performed with artists Chris Spedding, Ace Frehley, Gerry Mulligan, Paul Desmond, Bob Mintzer, Dave Brubeck, The Roches, Gerald Alston, Michael and Randy Brecker, Peter Erskine, Anton Fig, Richie Morales, Will Lee, General Johnson, Garland Jeffreys, Rupert Holmes and Katey Sagal, among others. JCC attended the Interlochen Arts Academy for his high school years, winning top honors as a classical and jazz pianist. As a teen member of the eclectic New Heavenly Blue (a group founded by Chris Brubeck), JCC performed on the Atlantic Records releases Truth Is Fallen, an oratorio written by jazz great Dave Brubeck, as well as Two Generations of Brubeck. New Heavenly Blue released a self-titled album on Atlantic as well.
Touring while performing Brubeck's oratorio, Cathcart performed with every major symphony orchestra in the United States. Also touring with the Two Generations of Brubeck show, Cathcart played keyboards, bass and trumpet with Dave Brubeck, Paul Desmond and Gerry Mulligan, among many other legendary musicians. JCC also played piano in Gerry Mulligan's Age Of Steam band.
As a founding member of the Laughing Dogs, Cathcart recorded two albums on CBS Records and toured nationally with the group. He produced and co-wrote "Tour de France", the 1988 critically acclaimed instrumental album by John Tesh. He also was principal writer for Tesh and James Ingram's 1998 hit "Give Me Forever (I Do)". Working with lyricist Jason Darrow, Cathcart composed and co - produced the original score for the musical "Possessed".
Cathcart's voice over career began in the early 1990s, when he became the voice of The ABC Weekend Special's O.G. Readmore, hosting the network show as well as advocating Project Literacy nationwide. A string of national radio and T.V. spots soon followed, including singing and voiceovers for Kit Kat, Coors Light and Good Humor, among many others. JCC has been involved with dubbing characters for many cartoon and anime series, including Philionel El Di Saillune, Dilgear and Vrumugun from Slayers, Miki Kaoru from Revolutionary Girl Utena, Weevil Underwood from Yu-Gi-Oh!, Masaki Maruo from The World Of Narue, Tarb from Mew Mew Power, The Raven from The Boy Who wanted To Be A Bear, Maeno from The Ping Pong Club, and Vector from Sonic X and Shadow The Hedgehog. Cathcart has been the voice of Pokémon's Gary Oak since the very first episode, adding the Pokémon voices of James, Meowth, Professor Oak, Butch, Tomo The Jungle Boy, Dr. Nanba, Professor Goodshow, Todd (Snap), Pryce, among others to his credits, as well as the voices for the Pokémon creatures themselves too numerous to mention. Currently supporting his latest cd release on Wild Twin Records entitled I Was Missing You, Cathcart has also been the English scriptwriter for Pokémon since 2002.
Doug Walker, from ThatGuyWithTheGlasses.com is best known for his character The Nostalgia Critic, who reviews bad movies and TV shows from childhood. He also plays the roles of That Guy With The Glasses, who answers the weirdest questions fans can come up with, Chester A. Bum, the hyper active bum who loves every movie ever made, and Dominic, a bar tender who has talked with the video game world's biggest stars. He's also noted for having a long standing "rivalry" with The Angry Video Game Nerd. His online shows averages one to two hundred thousand viewers a week. His fans include Roger Ebert, Paul Dini, and the creators of Animaniacs. He's appeared on PBS, Entrepreneur Magazine, New York Times, has worked with the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000, and was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year at the 4th Annual Mashable Awards in 2010. Often his convention appearances end up turning into comedic videos featured on his site, so don't miss your chance to possibly be featured in one.
LittleKuriboh (AKA Martin Billany) is the creator of Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Abridged Series and the godfather of the abridged age. He has thus far produced no less than 52 episodes, a spinoff, a prequel, a christmas special and two movies, creating a cultural phenomenon in the anime world. In addition to playing nearly every character in his own series, he has made cameos in the Death Note, Naruto, Sonic X, Trinity Blood, Pokemon, Fullmetal Alchemist and Sailor Moon abridged series.
With a mission to revitalize interest in the Yu-Gi-Oh franchise and make it more accessible to Joe Public, LittleKuriboh will continue the original abridged series providing us with priceless entertainment for many years to come. All-round nice guy and community fan-favourite, he is also associated with TeamFourStar (the group behind Dragon Ball Z Abridged, for which he also supplies voices) and has made guest appearances on comic-book video review series Atop the Fourth Wall.
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.
Indivdual members to be announced soon.
In 2008, Lewis "Linkara" Lovhaug made a video critiquing an issue of the infamous Spider-Man "Clone Saga." Nobody watched it. Then a few months later he was picked up by ThatGuyWithTheGlasses.com and people started watching him for some reason as he made more and more video reviews of awful comic books. His show, Atop the Fourth Wall, rips apart the worst the comic book industry has produced over the last century and even a few of the good ones. But people don't care about that - they just want to know where he got that magic gun.
To compound matters, Atop the Fourth Wall even features a storyline where an internet reviewer faces off against robots, Lovecraftian horrors, and mad scientists, all in homage to the medium he loves. Are the special effects awful? You bet!
In addition, Linkara also has begun a retrospective on every season of Power Rangers, analyzing the themes, the action, the music, and basically everything that nobody ever wanted to think about before in relation to a show about guys in spandex and rubber hitting each other. You think it's weird for a grown man to be obsessed with a show meant for children? Obviously you've never met any geeks before, have you?
Lemon Demon is a band -- a group of musicians, a strap of fabric, and a range of radio frequencies -- from Boston, Massachusetts. Lemon Demon will band you. You are gonna get band by Lemon Demon. The band comprises of writer/singer/keyboarder Neil Cicierega, bass-guitar-controller Alora Lanzillotta, guitar-guitar-controller Charles "Chooch" Sergio, and an actual drumset named Greg Lanzillotta.
Lemon Demon's songs range from humorous to not humorous but always a combination of two or more of the following adjectives: Catchy, Rocking, Beautiful. Previous hits include "The Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny" (as featured in the last Flash Animation to ever become viral), "Geeks In Love", "Brodyquest", and several other songs you may have heard on the Internet. When not on the Internet, Lemon Demon likes to bring musical performances of music to audiences such as Youmacon.
Youmacon first asked Lemon Demon to perform at Youmacon in 2007. Lemon Demon has played at every Youmacon since, and according to a crystal ball, every Youmacon until the end of time (which is sooner than you think.)
The Potter Puppet Pals are a group of six puppets who perform Harry Potter themed skits and songs. These talented puppets risk their lives every day to craft the very best in puppet entertainment. Best known for their YouTube sensation "The Mysterious Ticking Noise," (which actually somehow has over 100,000,000 hits) the Potter Puppet Pals are excited to bring their magical madness to Youmacon's Harry Potter fans.
Hydraulics hiss and motors hum as three robots begin to snap into mechanical movement. Their instruments ring and the automatons begin to belt out in three part harmony.
The robots of Steam Powered Giraffe are like nothing you've ever seen. The malfunctioning joke-spewing metal men play a collection of original Vaudeville inspired tunes fused with modern flare and executed in a super-sleek, one-of-a-kind performance.
More than just a band, Steam Powered Giraffe is an experience that must be seen and heard by the entire family.
The artists behind the robots started street busking as these quirky characters in January 2008 at Balboa Park, California, and instantly drew the attention of Southern California. Since then they've performed at such venues as The San Diego Fair, The San Diego Zoo, The Wild Animal Park, Legoland, Ontario Mills, and numerous Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Steampunk Conventions.
The act combines the visual of robot pantomime with sketches, pop culture references, improvised comedic dialogue, and of course, original music. From their heartwarming nostalgic melodies to their funky cabaret rock, Steam Powered Giraffe's songs are memorable, infectious, and as unique as the robots themselves.
Trained in pantomime by Seaport Village mime Jerry Hager, with collective backgrounds in clown, theatre, music, and visual design, Jon Sprague, and the Bennett twins Christopher and David have sculpted a striking homegrown performance that will leave you tapping your feet and humming for days.
Random Gibberish has been channeling their love of pop culture and general insanity into music since 2003. The geek rock band consists of the vocal talents of Erin Hatch and piano stylings of Matt Sernaker (and sometimes features appearances by that Kroze guy). They rock out and make people laugh with songs inspired by comic books, video games, movies and TV. In 2009, they won ABC's "Official LOST Theme Competition" at Comic-Con, and have created the annual Comic-Concert: A Night of Geek Rock music series.
In their second appearance at Youmacon, they will be performing selections from their newest musical project: "And Then The Zombies Came... A Musical Apocalypse!" as well as a special musical tribute to Power Rangers in honor of the upcoming 20th Anniversary of the series!
91.8 The Fan started off as just a podcast about the online game, Pangya, back in 2008. After two years of social networking at different conventions, they were able to launch an online radio website in January of 2009 devoted to anime and its fans.
91.8 The Fan exists to provide contemporary style radio for anime and manga fans with the hottest tunes from Japan, Korea, and China. 91.8 is not an automated playlist, and instead functions as a 24/7 live radio station with DJs, interviews, and contests. It promotes legal ways to consume the media via free releases, online streaming, and more.
91.8 has featured some of the most popular voice actors in the industry. With over 350 interviews with the hottest names in voice acting, music, and the industry you love in their archives, 91.8 The Fan has an interview just for you. But that's not all you can find on 91.8 The Fan, you can also find Anime Reviews, News, Cosplay Galleries, Convention Footage, Forums, IRC Chat, Editorials, and so much more. All of this content to make your head explode was put together in less than a year! To interact with other fans of geekdom like yourself then head on over to 91.8 The Fan.
You can listen live at http://918thefan.com/
DMG has come a long way since its formation back in March of 2009. We knew what we wanted to accomplish when everything is said and done; we wanted to be the very best team in the FGC. With a handful of players and a goal in mind, Dominion Method Gaming set forth to become what it is today; the premiere fighting brand in the US.
The players who makes up the DMG roster are players who are passionate in their trade, players who travel from state to state to compete with other competitors, players who are from the FGC and have gained the respect from the same community where they came from. We came from the Fighting Gaming Community; we grew within the FGC and became the perfect example of what a successful team is within the FGC.
We are successful because we do things in a certain way. There are guidelines that we follow and it is a constant reminder of who we are and where we come from. The four stones of DMG is what makes the foundation of the brand and shapes up what the future will bring us; Loyalty, Honor, Humility, Respect.
Over the years other players within the FGC, came together following DMG's footsteps of building a team. There have been teams that never made it past the early stages of being successful, however there are some teams have emerged from the FGC and have achieved their level of success respectfully; AlwaysGodlike, The Fighter's Alliance, Team Spooky and FightNation EX.