We are happy to introduce you to some awesome creators in the arts and animation worlds. We plan to have one of the best guest lineups you could want, including voice actors, writers, and directors.
Vic Mignogna is a voice actor and music producer best known for his voice of Edward Elric in Fullmetal Alchemist. Vic has played many characters, ranging from Tamaki Suou in Ouran High School Host Club to Broly in Dragon Ball Z. Vic’s fans love him and have their very own dedicated fan club called the Risembool Rangers.
Vic has been acting for stage and screen since he was 8 years old, but his anime career started with Vega in Streetfighter II, and since then Vic has been in hundreds of animated series and video games, including favorites like Vampire Knight, Pokemon, Tsubasa Chronicle, Soul Eater, Wallflower, Trinity Blood, Sword Art Online, Free!, Fairy Tail, Star Trek Online, League of Legends, Black Butler, Attack on Titan, and many more. Vic has also been in non-anime, appearing in the Wolverine and Iron Man series, the original Mass Effect Movie, and video games such as Soul Calibur, Disgaea, Persona III, and others. Vic is one of the most prolific guests of anime conventions in the world, having attended literally hundreds of cons. His fan group, called the Risembool Rangers, supports his convention appearances wherever he happens to go. Vic has a degree in filmmaking, and directs the award winning series “Star Trek Continues”.
Tyler Walker is an ADR director, script writer and voice actor for FUNimation Entertainment. A native of East Texas, he grew up spending equal time playing in the woods, playing Atari, and watching cartoons like Scooby Doo, Superfriends, Star Blazers, and Battle of the Planets. After graduating from the University of North Texas with a BA in Radio, Television, and Film, he spent time playing in bands and eventually started working as an ADR engineer and production assistant at FUNimation in 2002. A bit of trivia: His former band, The Pointy Shoe Factory, had three songs featured in Dragon Ball Z Movie Eight: Broly, The Legendary Super Saiyan.
Since then, he has worked as ADR director on around six hundred episodes of such series as Baccano!, Toriko, Dragon Ball Z, Ghost Hunt, Basilisk, Black Cat, Blassreiter, Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom, Hell Girl, Is This a Zombie, Negima, TO, Ragnarok the Animation, and 175 episodes of Fairy Tail. In addition to directing and producing, he has also written numerous scripts for titles such as Fairy Tail, One Piece, Bamboo Blade, Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom, Hero Tales, Shangri-La, and both seasons of Is This A Zombie. When he’s not at the FUNimation studios, Tyler plays drums and produces music for his current band, Wirewings. Somehow he still finds time to go out into the woods, play video games, and watch cartoons.
Heather Walker loves the freaks, the geeks, and the oddballs. From birds and giant rats, to tortured mystical children, to sexy nurses, she has played a wide variety of roles in her relatively brief time as a voice actress. Whether she is screaming her head off for an entire scene or being innocently naughty, Heather loves extreme characters. Some of her roles include Hiruko from Shangri-La, Aki from Maken-Ki, the misunderstood villain Mary Hughes in Fairy Tail, and most recently the role of Zoe, the revolutionary girl, in the audio play Chimpanzee. She studied creative writing at the University of North Texas and besides voice acting, Heather is a stylist, poet, birdwatcher, and environmentalist, and is currently being certified as a Texas Master Naturalist. So not only does she love voicing animals, she loves protecting them too.
Sam Haft is an actor, voice actor, and comedian. He’s worked with Nickelodeon, 4K Media, Media Blasters, CollegeHumor, FunnyOrDie, Hasbro, and more. As a screen actor he’s been on NBC, FX, and TV Land, and in films with Disney and the Coen brothers. He is half of comedy music act, Sam & Bill, who perform all over the country.
Sam & Bill
Sam & Bill are a comedy music act native to NYC, who formed in 2009. They perform at comic cons and festivals all over the country, and have shared the stage with acts like Tracy Morgan, Dave Attell, Schaffer The Darklord, and Judah Friedlander. Their debut album Sam & Bill Are Huge was a #1 seller in Amazon’s comedy sales, and they have been called “seriously contagious” by Splitsider, and “not assholes” by Schaffer The Darklord.
Brittany Lauda is a TX/NY voice actress & ADR director who is best known for playing Leviathan in Seven Mortal Sins, Kei Sakurai in Dies Irae, Lion in Hina Logic, Nene in My First Girlfriend is a Gal, Audrey Belrose in Huniepop/Huniecam, Osana Najimi in Yandere Simulator, Yahiko in The Morose Mononokean, Kaoru Daichi in Ladies versus Butlers, and Mirim in Queen’s Blade (to name a few!). You can also catch her voice in Pokemon XY, Hasbro apps & games like My Little Pony and Transformers, Aphmau animations as Cathy and various video games like Battlerite, Heroes Arena and Minotaur. Other anime credits of hers include Juden-Chan: Recharged, Rio: Rainbow Gate, World War Blue, Fairy Tail, Gosick, King’s Game, Blood Blockade Battlefront, Regalia: The Three Sacred Stars and more. She co-owns Kocha Sound where she does directing & casting for titles like YIIK: A Postmodern RPG, Marooners, Minotaur and anime series like Ai No Kusabi, Ladies versus Butlers, Juden-Chan Recharged and World War Blue. She acts as Head ADR Director over at Media Blasters and has been an Assistant Director at Funimation for shows like The Morose Mononokean, Hina Logic, Alice & Zoroku and New Game! Outside of voice over & directing, Brittany enjoys playing with her Shiba Inu puppy named Raven, playing video games, trying not to play more World of Warcraft, squeeing at how cute Gon & Killua are in HUNTERxHUNTER and telling herself she doesn’t need more figurines of Hisoka and/or Kurama. Check out BrittanyLauda.com for more credits, or follow her on twitter for shenanigans (@BrittanyLaudaVO).
Matt Shipman is a Texas and New York based Voice Actor, ADR Writer, ADR Engineer, and all around nerd-guy. He is best known for voicing Shay Obsidian in Yu-Gi-Oh Arc V, which is currently airing on NickToons. Additionally, he can be heard in Gosick as the voice of Kazuya Kujo, Juuni Taisen as Snake, Ai no Kusabi as Norris, World War Blue as Gear, King’s Game as Teruaki, and several other anime including Attack on Titan, Black Clover, and One Piece. Matt writes scripts for Funimation (New Game!!, A Sister’s All You Need.) and Media Blasters (Juden-Chan, Ai no Kusabi) and works as assistant director for Media Blasters titles. He also co-owns Kocha Sound alongside Brittany Lauda. Matt plays Street Fighter, loves the Zero Escape and Persona series, watches seasonal anime, plays card games, and loves to talk about all things nerdy. Talk to him on Twitter (@MattShipmanVO)!
Presenting brand new music from her highly anticipated new album “RENIRM”, Japan native and New York City based Electro-Pop singer, Reni “RM” Mimura is well known for her futuristic adorability, profound concepts and a high-energy onstage presence. Born and raised in Japan until relocating to New York in 2008, Renigot her big break after she won a talent search competition in 2006 and released her first CD in Japan that was produced by Takahiro Yamautsuri, who composed music for one of the Pokemon movies. Her relocating to New York brought her unique style of Moe entertainment to the United States, and quickly garnered her national attention as a leader in the Moe Revolution. As her fan base increased, so did attention from the U.S. and Japanese entertainment industry. In 2010, the National Broadcasting Television Station of Japan (NHK) made 2 documentaries on Reni’s career in America and the impact of her performances on western audiences and the fashion industry. She can be seen in a popular iPhone 5 commercial and was recently featured on the ABC Nightline. It wasn’t long before she was chosen to sing the huge breakout song “Chiwawa” from the game Just Dance that was also featured on an episode of Showtime’s Ray Donivan! In the U.S. Reni is constantly touring prominent animation conventions and other music events across the nation. When not on tour reni is in the studio creating the next big sound or doing photo shoots for her many fans called “Angels”! In 2009 she released her first U.S. CD “Sakura” and published her first photo book in 2010 called “Maid in NY”. Her latest album, Hybrid Girl blends eastern Moe concepts with fun western electro-pop dance beats and features popular tracks like Secret and Rock Paper Scissors. Currently she is back in the studio with DJ AAROCK to bring fans her third U.S. album release filled with hard-hitting pop and dance beats, electric melodies and sophisticated themes poised to make a solid crossover impact! Reni has also founder of the first official Maid Café in New York City, which has garnered a great deal of press and recognition
Professor Shyguy’s music can be best described as; high energy, chiptune-electro-rocking, 8-bit, epically vocalized, highly danceable, theatrical nerd-pop. Singing 50% about video games and the other 50% is anything from Space/Time to English Language gymnastics. He can currently be heard on Adult Swim singing the dubbed outro to Dragon Ball Super!
North American based cosplayer, Dokudel has been cosplaying since 1998 and has made herself over 200 costumes for over 100 conventions ranging from anime, manga, comics, cartoons and more. She has staffed at about 50 conventions since 2003, and attended well over 100. She has won numerous awards at conventions for performance and craftsmanship which has landed herself title of Masters. She loves to host informative panels ranging from workshops on how to sew, how to draw, and discussion panels on the history of cosplay to classic animes that are not as mainstream. Besides cosplay and conventions, Dokudel has recently released her book “A Broad in China” as well as started to do voice acting for anime.
Voice actor Andy Field is best known as the probably-friendly voice of Hand Unit, the smooth-talking computer guide through Five Nights at Freddy’s: Sister Location, and the hilarious Tutorial Unit in Freddy Fazbear’s Pizzeria Simulator. His catch phrase, “Exotic Butters” has evolved into hundreds of YouTube remixes – and an Exotic Butters plushie from Funko! He’s also in the fast-paced sci-fi shooter Nelo and makes terrifying sounds for the zombie survival game Contagion.
As a fan, Andy will go out of his way to show up in the background of a great show. You might see him as a savior in AMC’s The Walking Dead, or as a special agent in NCIS: New Orleans. And watch closely, he’ll be somewhere in Avengers: Infinity Gauntlet! A former middle school STEM teacher, Andy is a fan of all things nerdy and is a kid at heart. Before he was a voice actor, Andy was employed as a teacher, soldier, emergency medical technician, waiter, bartender, furniture salesman, driver, golf caddie, government contractor, college professor, small business owner, and drummer. He’s still a long-time member of the U.S. Army Reserve at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, and was deployed to Kuwait, Iraq, and Afghanistan in support of the Global War on Terror.