2015 Guest List

Ruth Connell

All hail the mother of the King of Hell! Ruth Connell is currently appearing as the new recurring character "Rowena" in Supernatural on the CW Network. This is Ruth’s US TV debut. Since moving to LA, Ruth has played lead roles in the award winning Indi film “Folklore” playing a savagely reluctant Vampire and as a powerful Sorceress in the short “Sapphire Strange” which she helped produce. She is Disney Pixar’s official voice match for Princess Merida in conjunction with the Oscar winning movie “Brave”.

Born in Scotland, her first professional performance was on stage with Scottish Ballet whom she performed with in many Ballets including playing the young lead role of Clara in their “Nutcracker”. A former Scottish Ballet Champion, Ruth is a classically trained actor having gained a BA HONS from Rose Bruford College in London with ‘Critic’s Choice’ for her graduation showcase.

Her portrayal of Mrs Darling and Captain Hook in “Peter Pan; The Boy Who Hated Mothers” at Noah Wylie’s The Blank Theatre in LA, saw Ruth nominated as "Best Leading Actress" in the BroadwayworldLA awards 2013.

She has played many principal roles on the main stages in the UK; from Shakespeare and Faust at The Royal Lyceum, to kitchen-sink drama at Hackney Empire. Her brogue can be heard on many campaigns for the Scottish Government as well as in commercials worldwide. Ruth also co-created The Avenue Theatre Company in Greenwich, London and produced their two sell out seasons there.

Her film debut was in “Soldiers Leap” with Billy Boyd and her last TV role in the UK was in a Sitcom for ITV with Denis Lawson where she played a Ukrainian cleaning lady who was really an ex-soviet gymnast and spy in disguise…in “Above Their Stations."

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Akira Yamaoka

Akira's credits include Contra: Hard Corps and Shattered Soldier, Rumble Roses, No More Heroes 2, Rebuild of Evangelion, Lollipop Chainsaw, Shadows of the Damned, etc.

However. you certainly know him as creating the music for SILENT HILL 1, 2, 3, 4, Origins, Homecoming, Revelation 3D, and Shattered Memories! He was also the Executive Producer and composer of the Silent Hill live action film starring Sean Bean (who survived for once!).

Akira was the first to deliver a total horror game experience through disturbing tunes and unearthly sounds. His later works expanded outside the gaming world, such as Japan's major TV drama “The Rules of a Great Detective" and other various project.

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Mary Elizabeth McGlynn

Mary Elizabeth McGlynn is a voice over actress, writer, singer, and director. As an actress, she portrayed Major Motoko Kusanagi in Ghost In The Shell Innocence, Solid State Society and Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex for which she won the American Anime Award for Best Actress. You can also hear her as the Female Crusader in Diablo III: Reaper of Souls, Kurutsu in Ghost in the Shell Arise, Mrs. Maheswaran in Steven Universe, Sei in Alpha Protocol and Nora in Final Fantasy XIII. Some of her other popular roles are Cornelia in Code Geas. Kurenai from Naruto, Julia from Cowboy Bebop, Zanpakuto from Bleach, Helba and Bordeau from .hack, Jagura from Wolf's Rain, Nuriko in Fushigi Yuugi, and Caroline from Vampire Hunter D.

Mary is directing Penn Zero: Part Time Hero for Disney XD premiering in 2015. She is also directing Naruto: Shippuden which just reached its 500th episode! She has directed the 6 Naruto Movies as well as Naruto and Naruto Shippuden the series for which she received the 2008 SPJA award for best director. Among her many other directing credits are Cowboy Bebop the series, Cowboy Bebop: Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door, Tenkai Knights, Digimon Fusion, Wolf’s Rain, Digimon Tamers, the movie Appleseed and was a co-writer for the American adaptation of Metropolis. She also directed the original animated series Boing The Play Ranger and Gormiti: Lords of Nature.

Mary Elizabeth has had the great honor of singing the music of Akira Yamaoka for the movies Julia X and Silent Hill; as well as the games: Silent Hill 3, The Room, Origins, Shadows of the Damned, and Silent Hill: Shattered Memories and Book of Memories - which she also voice directed!

She also won the 2007 American Anime Award for Best Actress for her role as Major Motoko Kusanagi in Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex and won a Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA) award in 2008 for Best Director for her work on Naruto. Her roles are far too numerous to mention here, so please check out her million other anime, movie, and video game roles at:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Elizabeth_McGlynn

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Ellen McLain

Ellen McLain is an opera singer and voice actress from Nashville, Tennessee, USA. She provides voices for many characters in several video games from Valve. Among them are GLaDOS, the artificial intelligence antagonist in Portal (for which she won an AIAS Interactive Achievement Award for Outstanding Achievement in Character Performance) and Portal 2, the announcer in Team Fortress 2, and the voice of the Combine overwatch for the Half-Life 2 series.

Ellen McLain is the only person to have her voice in all the games in the Orange Box.

McLain sang the ending credits song to Portal, "Still Alive" and Portal 2, "Want You Gone", both written by Jonathan Coulton. She also sang the opera-style turret song featured at the end of Portal 2, referred to by fans as the Turret Opera.

Ellenis married to John Patrick Lowrie, a fellow voice actor, who also worked on the video games Half-Life 2 and Team Fortress 2. In Half-Life 2, her husband voiced a citizen who assists the protagonist. In Team Fortress 2, Lowrie plays the Sniper. John is also a science fiction author.

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John Patrick Lowrie

John Patrick Lowrie was born in 1952 in Honolulu, Hawaii and raised in Boulder, Colorado. At 16 he left home to make his way as a singer/guitarist/flautist/trombonist in a rock roll band, sleeping in parks and communes and getting to know several hippies. Surviving the draft, he graduated with highest distinction from the Indiana University School of Music and for a few years managed to make a living as a composer and guitarist in his acoustic fusion duo The Kiethe Lowrie Duet, garnering critical acclaim and opening for people who were much more famous than he was. He then decided to become an actor because the pay was better and the work was steadier. To this day he remains the only person he knows of who has done this. He met Ellen McLain, his wife of twenty-four years, in Arnhem, Holland on a European tour of a Broadway show and started his acting career in Palermo, Italy telling jokes to an opera house full of Sicilians who didn't speak English. Success continues to dog his heels like an angry Pekinese.

John and his wife now reside in Seattle, where they divide their professional time between acting in live theater and voice acting for computer games and radio dramas.

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The Living Tombstone

Two continents converging into a third to provide the Expo with new music for the nerd generation from across the world! See them live - only at the Expo!

An electro-rock band that writes and plays original songs about video games and the internet pop culture. consists of Yoav Landau, Eileen Montgomery and Orko. who are the music producer, vocalist and guitarist respectively.

The Living Tombstone are all looking forward to their first performance as a band at Midwest Media Expo!

YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheLivingTombstone

YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGJ3Np5w1g8

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/livingtombstone

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Eileen Montgomery

Do you like music, MLP, Tokyo Mew Mew, Danganronpa, etc.? EileMonty [Eileen Montgomery] is an artiste [Singer/Actress/VA] from the UK who has studied the art of performance since the age of 6. She attended StageCoach for 10 years, was part of the National Youth Theatre [NYT] and also studied at Chichester University gaining a 1st BA Honors Degree in Musical Theatre. She has continued from there performing in professional pantomime tours, freelance singing, family entertainment, skin work, hair modeling, voice over work and of course performing at different conventions across the globe.

She has had numerous voice over roles in games and animation such as Lady Tethys in Dust; An Elysian Tail, Mustache Girl & Queen Vanessa in the A Hat In Time [Alpha], Bailey in the online Animation TOME and many others.

Eileen has been a YouTube Entertainer for 8 years. She has had many cameo’s in multiple online content creators videos. Recently she has been involved in the Minecraft community involved in Parodies such as Supernatural Mobs and Let it glow [AtlanticCraft].

She has had tons of fun being multiple roles in Abridges such as Miss Martian in Young Justice Abridged by the FedoraPlayers, Junko Enoshima in Danganronpa Abridged Thing by Faulerro, Aya in Pokemon Bridged Ep 18 by Elite3 and many more. She has also recently started her own Tokyo Mew Mew Abridged called Mew Mew Lampoon with Megami33! http://youtu.be/W3o_8fy9_JM

Within the Brony fandom she has collaborated with many talented musicians recording original and cover songs and also a popular parody called I Am Octavia.

She is also notable for her voice acting roles in the Brony fandom such as Bubbles in Double Rainboom, PhotoFinish in Picture Perfect Pony [JanAnimations], Zecora in the Epic Pony Rap Battle’s Of Equestria and Button’s Mom in Button’s Adventures [JanAnimations].

YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/user/EileMontyVA WEBSITE: https://www.eilemonty.com TWITTER: https://twitter.com/EileMonty FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/EileMontgomery

Corinne "Megami33"

One of the few chicks representing for Team Four Star, Corinne "Megami33" Sudberg is a lovable, upcoming voice actress, singer and parody maker from the wide world of the Internet. At the age of 7, she studied acting, improv and monologuing at the Play Group Theater in New York. From then on, she took any chance to perform for various stage plays, live action commercials and was even a finalist when auditioning for Kid Nala in the broadway version of, "The Lion King.” Despite changing her focus to animation when she was accepted into the School of Visual Arts in 2006, she was required to take acting courses, which reminded her how much she loved acting. She then began to venture into the voice acting world where she has provided voices to various parodies, animations, machinimas, indie video game projects and much more.

Joining the abridging world with Sailor Moon Abridged, aka SMA, back in 2007, her channel had over 20,000 subscribers with over 2 million views before her account was taken down for copyright claims in 2010. That didn’t stop her from still creating parodies and she continued with her crew making over 50 episodes, various specials, movies and even becoming part of a live action Sailor Moon film created by Shivnath Productions [Sailor Moon: The Independent Short], which has been shown in various film festivals. Though she wishes to finish off Season 2 on her series, she’s become involved in providing voices for many other abridged shows such as Hbi2k’s Berserk: The Abridged Movie as Young Guts, Elite3’s Pokemon Bridged Orange Island Special as Mahri, Psnyomi133’s Kill la Kill Abridged Parody as Satsuki Kiryuin, Faulerro’s Danganronpa Abridged Thing as Kyouko Kirigiri, Hellsing Ultimate Abridged as Sir Integra Wingates Hellsing and of course, Team Four Star’s Dragonball Z Abridged as Bulma, Chiaotzu, Puar and Baby Trunks. She now continues a new project with EileMonty; parodying the Tokyo Mew Mew series called Mew Mew Lampoon.

Recently, she has done a few voices for MB VoiceWork’s first dubbed anime, “Holy Knight,” which has partnered up with Media Blasters on creating more English dubs within the New York/New Jersey based area. She voices for various indie games/web animations such as The Nameless Mod, Super Freakin’ Parody Rangers, NIN10Doh!, Smash King, Shattered Heaven, Army of Tentacles: A Cthulhu Dating Sim, Fiona Frightening & the Wicked Wardrobe and many more. She has also become involved in an upcoming Minecraft series being developed by Element Animation.

YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/Megami36

VA WEBSITE: http://corinnesudberg.com

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/Megami33

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/CorinneSudbergVA

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Steam Powered Giraffe

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.

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Aurelio Voltaire

Voltaire is often referred to as a modern day renaissance man having achieved success in the fields of animation, toy design, comics, books and music.

Voltaire (full name, Aurelio Voltaire Hernandez) as a child was enthralled by the films of Ray Harryhausen ( Jason and the Argonauts, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad) and set out to become a stop-motion animator. At the age of ten, he bought a super 8 camera with a single frame function and began making stop-motion films in the basement of his childhood home. He began his career as a stop-motion animator and director in the eighties, and made his mark as a director shortly thereafter, producing a handful of horror, sci-fi and Halloween oriented station IDs for SyFy Channel, USA Networks, Discovery, The Learning Channel, Fangoria and others.

Voltaire has created several comic book series including the cult classics; Oh My Goth!, Human Suck, Chi-Chian (a 14-episode animated web-series for the SyFy Channel's website.) and most recently Deady, the tale of an extraterrestrial, evil teddy bear.

In 1995, Voltaire took the stage at a New York City club and performed a set of his songs. His strange brew of murder ballads, cynical, tongue-in-cheek tunes about social ills, religion and the undead found a fast following amongst the denizens of the New York City Goth scene. From Goth, to Star Trek, to Steampunk and back, his musical talent and influences stretch across a broad array of genres, and does it in style. Many in the mainstream know Voltaire for his songs "Brains!" and "Land of the Dead", both featured on "The Grim Adventures of Billy And Mandy".

Aurelio Voltaire has returned to making films for the love of it. He is presently working on a series of shorts call the "Chimerascope series". Based on the station ID work he did for MTV and SyFy Channel, each film is about a minute or two long, animated in stop-motion animation and feature narrations by singers of note. More Chimerascope shorts are presently in the works as well as a live action, horror/comedy feature film.

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David Eddings

Nigh-talented voice actor of Claptrap, or friendly VP of Gearbox Software? It's a rhetorical question so no need to answer - but the correct choice is "d) all of the above". (Edit: a write-in response of "SpikeTV's 2012 VGA Character of the Year recipient" would have also been acceptable.)

Known as the voice behind the lovable robot Claptrap - now star of the Borderlands PreSequel and Handsome Collection - David spent most of the past 15 years in the game industry as a behind-the-scenes player. From publishing games (Max Payne, Tropico, Serious Sam) to producing action figures (Call of Duty, Unreal Tournament) to eventually joining top developer Gearbox Software, David has consistently demonstrated his innate ability to be at the right place at the right time

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Harp Twins - Camille and Kennerly Kitt

As the world's only identical twin professional harpists, Camille and Kennerly have a passion and flair for arranging and performing contemporary music for Harp Duet. The twins were trained classically but their true musical love and passion is playing rock, metal, alternative, and crossover genres. The Harp Twins perform on identical statuesque acoustic Concert Grand Harps as well as identical modern ebony Electric Harps. Most recently, Camille and Kennerly have teamed up with Harpsicle/Rees Harps to show what can be done with smaller, affordable harps. The twins' new metallic blue harps bring a new element to the breadth of their Duet Harp Revolution. Camille and Kennerly have created a unique niche for themsevles: They play rock and metal using only their two harps. Unlike other artists who cover contemporary music, the twins use no backtrack, studio, or production people. They are the archetype of true independent artists. Camille and Kennerly are recognized for their remarkable duet harp arrangements of songs by artists such as Guns & Roses, Iron Maiden, Led Zeppelin, Metallica, Ozzy Osborne, Aerosmith, AC/DC, The Rolling Stones, Blue Oyster Cult, Scorpions, The Police, Bon Jovi, Pink Floyd, U2, Journey, Lady Gaga, The Cranberries, Coldplay, The Beatles, Johnny Cash, Deep Purple, and many more. The twins also arrange and perform a jukebox of TV and Movie Soundtrack, Anime, and Video Game hits. Some fan favorites include their renditions of music from Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, The Elder Scrolls, Final Fantasy, Star Trek, Star Wars, Doctor Who, Downton Abbey, Zelda, Mario, Silent Hill, Harry Potter, Saint Seiya, The Lord of the Rings, and The Hobbit. In addition to being prolific arrangers, Camille and Kennerly compose and perform their own original pieces for Harp Duet. Camille and Kennerly's radical Duet Harp Revolution is changing the world's perception of the harp, and the way harp is played - one song at a time.

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Natasha Allegri

Allegri is an American cartoonist, writer, and storyboard artist from Tucson, Arizona where she attended the University of Arizona. Allegri invented the gender-­swapped characters from Adventure Time, "Fionna and Cake," and created "Bee and PuppyCat," the new popular web-series from Cartoon Hangover and the most backed animation series ever on Kickstarter! Have YOU seen the first episodes yet?

Allegri maintains an active presence on Tumblr (http://natazilla.tumblr.com/) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/natazilla), where she posts about her adventures with her cat, Pancake and finally Cartoon Hangover (http://beeandpuppycat.cartoonhangover.com/).

Efrain Farias

Began working in animation as the color stylist on the pilot episodes of Bee and Puppycat. With the show moving into Season 1, I am now the art director. where I help Natasha establish and maintain a new style for the show, especially with its backgrounds and palettes. When I'm not working on Puppycat I am also a color stylist on Cartoon Network's Steven Universe. Before working in animation I worked in mobile and social games, and even before that I sold at artist alleys at various anime conventions, which even now I still try to make time for. I'm very excited to be attending Midwest Media Expo again this year!

Hans Tseng

Has drawing all my life, and in high school I got really serious about it when I started a webcomic called Directions of Destiny which I self-published two volumes of. The first time my work got featured by a major publisher was in TokyoPop's first volume of their Rising Stars of Manga compilation contest. After college I started working professionally in gaming where I art directed a mobile RTS game called Amoebattle on Nintendo DS, iOS and Android, which reached the front page feature of Apple's App Store and was selected as one of Kotaku's Gaming Apps of the Day. Bee and Puppycat was my first work animation, where I was initially brought on to do background designs at the start of the current season, but now I also do character designs and background paints. I now also work at Cartoon Network as one of two color stylists on the show Steven Universe.

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Andre Meadows

Andre Meadows is the creator and "Black Nerd" of the YouTube Channel BLACK NERD COMEDY. Every week, Andre posts Black Nerd Rants, Interviews and Vlogs filled with Geek Culture, Video Games, Comic Conventions, Saturday Morning Cartoons, 80's Retro and 90's Nostalgia. He performed the Ninja Rap for Vanilla Ice, sang "Reading Rainbow" with LeVar Burton, interviewed 90's Nickelodeon stars, and received dating advice from Ice Cube & Kevin Hart. Andre is also an actor, comedian, writer, and ambassador for Nintendo, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

YouTube: http://YouTube.com/BlackNerdComedy
Facebook: http://Facebook.com/BlackNerdComedy

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Time Crash

TIME CRASH rocks back into the Expo, and Whovians rejoice!

TIME CRASH is equal parts hard-rocking space band and sci-fi dance explosion. Lead vocalist Ronen Kohn's clear, bright vocals soar over the tightest rhythm section in the galaxy, with Andy Rice on drums and Michael Fye on bass. Christopher Rice rocks out on steel guitar, while lead guitarist Dave Kitsberg strums his "bigger on the inside" custom-built GuiTARDIS.

Inspired by the stories and characters of Doctor Who, TIME CRASH formed in 2011 and has released an EP, Little Amelia, and their first full-length album, REGENERATION, with more to come!

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Cricket Leigh

Cricket is an accomplished voice actor, whose work includes video games (Red Faction II, Lost Planet: Colonies) and animation (MTV's “Celebrity Death Match”). As “Mai” in Nickelodeon’s Avatar: The Last Airbender, she became immortalized with fans everywhere!

In Film, Cricket starred in the Indie cult hit The Boys & Girls Guide To Getting Down, now on Netflix. She is a past Manhattan Monologue Slam Champ, writing and performing monologues all over L.A. & NY. Cricket is a BFA graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, and studied at The Stella Adler Conservatory. Cricket now resides in Kalamazoo, MI where she attends graduate school and works on future projects!

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Silly Filly Studios

Silly Filly Studios is a cloud-based animation team of over 20 members, including animators, artists, and voice actors. They originally started up in May 2012, making fan animations for the TV show "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic." They gained a large following after releasing the heartwarming short film "Snowdrop" back in March 2013 and a bigger one after the action-packed epic "Fall of the Crystal Empire" in 2014. They've also been responsible for various parodies and shorts related to Pokemon and Smash Brothers as well, and are even working on original concepts and shorts!

Check out the fun! https://www.youtube.com/user/SillyFillyStudios

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G. D. Falksen

G. D. Falksen is an author, lecturer, public speaker, and MC. He also studies history, has consulted for Disney, and blogs for Tor.com and ComicMix.com. He is the author of The Ouroboros Cycle series, The Hellfire Chronicles, and a YA mystery novel forthcoming from Soho Press. Other fiction includes “The Strange Case of Mr. Salad Monday”, “Cinema U”, “An Unfortunate Engagement”, and “The Mask of Tezcatlipoca”. He is a voice actor and co-writer for the animated film Hullabaloo and an accompanying educational series titled Ask The Professor.

http://www.gdfalksen.com

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Evelyn Kriete

Evelyn Kriete is an editor, producer, artist, stylist, marketing adviser, social media strategist, and new media coordinator. She is also a crowdfunding expert who has raised over a million dollars for various projects, and a film producer working with a number of film projects, including the animated film Hullabaloo. She is an event producer with over ten years experience and active involvement in a wide range of subcultures and trends. She has appeared in various news media, including The New York Times, MTV, VBS.tv, NHK, NBC, and the San Francisco Chronicle. She has worked with major media expos like NYCC and Dragoncon, and is the co-founder the black tie nightclub event Dorian's Parlor. She also co-produces the annual Steampunk Cruise. She has worked with projects such as the steampunk exhibition at the Museum of the History of Science in Oxford, Maker Faire New York, the films Hullabaloo, Repo! the Genetic Opera, and War of the Worlds: Goliath, and the webseries World of Steam, and co-founded the music label Gilded Age Records. She has worked on the staff of several literary magazines, including Weird Tales, Steampunk Tales, and Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine. Her writing has appeared in Dark Beauty, Steampunk Reloaded and the Steampunk Bible. She is a fashion designer for the Australian clothing label Galley Serpentine.

www.jaborwhalky.net

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Michele Ivey

Michele Ivey is best known for her Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fandom. She has been a fan of the franchise since October 1989. During this time she has gotten backstage at the concerts, on the set of the tv shows and personal visits to Mirage Studios. In the Detroit area, she was one of the Turtles that would be seen at children birthday parties and movie theaters. It was not until 2004 when her face became well known from VH1 tv series “Totally Obsessed”.

In 2010, Michele started her video blog “Cowabunga Corner”, where she shares Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle reviews of TV series, toys, events and more. She also goes out of her way to share interviews with the many different talents that have worked on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles over the years.

At events, Michele brings rare movie props, original artwork from the comics and cartoons, and other collectibles for show. These collectibles have also been seen in Gallery's and Museum for the 30th anniversary. She is fan at heart and loves talking to any fan who comes up to say hello, and is happy to share the stories behind any of the different TMNT items she has with her.

Feel free to learn more about Michele at: http://www.cowabungacorner.com/

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Vivienne Medrano

Vivienne (VivziePop) is an independent animator, graduated from SVA in NYC! A huge fan of musicals, and animating colorful and unique characters in a musical style, and crafting energetic and entertaining traditionally animated short films! Also the creator and author of a webcomic entitled "Zoophobia," where most of her animated characters come from!
viviennemedrano.carbonmade.com

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Nikki Lyka

Nikki is an artist, pop culture journalist, photographer, and blogger for Amazing Stories! Magazine, ComicMix.com, Aces Weekly!, and Tentacles & Terror.

Her writing has appeared in various magazines and blogs, including Dark Beauty Magazine and Buzzfeed. Her artwork has been displayed at The Wicked Beautiful, Art + Muzak, and other galleries and venues.

She can often be found perusing book stores, coffee shops, and wherever else one finds themselves when travelling through time and space.

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Scott Ramsoomair

Litter boxes and videogames together at last? That’s VG Cats. An online comic taking jabs at the video game industry with the help of two lovable cats. Leo the carefree, airhead tabby and the quick-tempered kitty Aeris. The two are based off of the authors own cats in classic Garfield fashionAlso filling out the cast is the lord of the unpleasant Krug, the card crazy Galka Ternaldo, and the defender of undergarments PantsMan. Proving once and for all, you can look manly wearing underwear on your head.

Plot? We don’t need no stinking plot. Leo and Aeris take on the role of the characters in videogames. From there hilarity ensues, usually. From Asteroids to Zanzibar VG Cats has something for every gamer. Even you retarded chocobo inbreeders.

Check out VG Cats today at: www.VGCats.com

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Thomas Gofton

Initiating as an actor in the Troma released horror feature “Kill”, Thomas started his parent production company Lynnvander Inc. in the summer of 2005 just before he produced first feature length comedy “Four Aces”.

Thomas has created/produced many genre projects with the most recent project being, the award-winning, fantasy micro-series “Mind’s Eye“, as well as the acclaimed fantasy comedy film library of “The Gamers: Natural One”, “The Gamers: Hands of Fate” and “Humans and Households”. Natural 20 is earmarked for production and release in 2015.

Thomas engaged in tabletop game design in 2013 where he created both the RPG supplement for Pathfinder "Legacy of Mana" as well as the successfully funded and worldwide distributed boardgames "Albion’s Legacy" and Deep 5. Thomas is publishing two new boardgames in 2015, The Rangers and Cyberrun.

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Doug Walker

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 average one to two hundred thousand viewers a week. His fans include the late Roger Ebert, Mike Nelson, Mara Wilson, Dante Basco, Paul Dini, Greg Sestero, Jim Butcher, Rob Paulsen, Maurice Lamarche, and the creators of Animaniacs. He's appeared on PBS, Entrepreneur Magazine, New York Times, 20/20, Rifftrax, and was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year at the 4th Annual Mashable Awards in 2010. His image even appeared in the anime Zettai Karen Children. He's more than a God, but less than a man or is it the other way around? Either way, he's here to entertain!

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Lindsay Ellis

Lindsay has been the resident Nostalgia Chick at Channel Awesome for over six years. She also hosts the interactive webseries Booze Your Own Adventure, where she and co-conspirator Nella read and review science fiction, fantasy and YA as well as crowdsource a wonderful, terrible YA Paranormal romance series featuring Cthulhu. She also tweets about Pokémon, Michael Bay, and Transformers a lot. Look for the continuation to the Viridian Saga soon!

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Rob Scallon

"I play guitar for the internet."

Joining That Guy With The Glasses and Channel Awesome, Rob mostly identifies as a guitar player, releasing many original songs as a solo guitar, he is a multi-instrumentalist who tackles many different genres and any-instrument-he-can-get-his-hands-on on his Youtube channel. Rob is known for his technical skill most recently his mixture of heavy music and comedy, recently gaining huge traffic from his metal covers on not-so-metal instruments such as the banjo, and ukulele.

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/robs70986987

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Tamara Chambers

Tamara is originally from California, the land of In N Out and Sunshine. She now lives in Chicago and despite the snow demons, she loves it. Tamara was recently brought onto Channel Awesome as an actress on Nostalgia Critic. She loves the NC crew and is pretty stoked about all the characters that are thrown at her (Sexy Dorothy anyone?). She graduated from The Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts, an acting conservatory, and has been heavily involved in the theater scene in Chicago since moving there in 2011. Tamara spends her time slinging jokes on any stand up comedy stage that will let her up and playing RPGs on her couch with her two cats (my cat, Ike, just really likes Fallout 3, ok?).

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Rantasmo

Rantasmo is a media analyst, writer, comedian, Important Homosexual, and host of Needs More Gay, a video blog analyzing all aspects of LGBT pop culture and media representation. His videos (ranging from a queer interpretation of Fight Club to a study of bisexual erasure in Buffy) can be found at ThatGuyWithTheGlasses.com, ChezApocalypse.com, and Logo TV's TheBacklot.com.

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Todd Nathanson

Better known as Todd in the Shadows, is the resident music reviewer for the popular review website ThatGuyWithTheGlasses.com. With a background in journalism and several awards under his belt, Todd decided that the slapdash world of online criticism was far more rewarding. Details about this mysterious faceless man's backstory (where he lives, where he actually worked, what his ethnicity is, etc) have been hard to unearth, but here's what we do know; for the past five years, this mysterious shadowy man has sat in a dark room in front of a piano and explored the deeper meanings of Katy Perry songs without ever once showing his face; when asked why, all he would say is, "If this was what you did for a living you wouldn't want to show your face either."

Inspired by the snarky, sarcastic movie reviews of popular Internet personality The Nostalgia Critic, Todd set out to do the same for the maddening pop songs he had heard too many times on the radio. Debuting on Youtube in late 2009, and joining Channel Awesome in mid-2010, he has quickly become a standout among the Internet reviewer crowd for his incisive wit, brilliant insight, musical talent and what can we only presume are stunning good looks (we are assured Todd is, in fact, Channel Awesome's "hottest guy".)

Since his debut, he's taken a deep critical look at the best, worst, and silliest of the day's most inescapable pop hits, but he's also expanded his scope to take a look at the popular music of past decades as well as music stars' strange forays into film, television and even video games. He has also starred in two feature-length movies produced by ThatGuyWithTheGlasses.com, for which he received overwhelming critical acclaim from both of his parents and one of his cousins.

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Shark Jumping

Beth and Tim are the team behind Shark Jumping, a review series featured on Channel Awesome (ThatGuyWithTheGlasses.com) that looks at television shows and made-for-TV movies to figure out when they jumped the shark.Beth is an award-winning multimedia journalist currently working for TouchVision in Chicago, covering social justice issues. (@BethElderkin).

Tim works as a freelance writer. His work has appeared in the Onion, Splitsider and the Daily Dot, despite the fact that his first grade teacher tried to hold him back a year because of his difficulties learning to read and write. Well, look at me now Mrs. Klinger! Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha! Follow him on Twitter (@tsampson) for pictures of his cats.

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Featured Cosplayers

Jessie Pridemore (aka Cosplayer Rufflebutt) cosplays into the Expo!

Known as RuffleButt (previously AnimeAngel), Jessie is a 15 year veteran of the diverse and colorful cosplay community. An accomplished and award winning seamstress in her own right, she has served as a cosplay model for some of the biggest companies in the Anime and gaming industry, including Machinima, Ubisoft, Aniplex, Funimation, Bandai, NIS America and others. In the last year she has also made costumes for Amazon.com and Obsidian Entertainment. For conventions, she has judged numerous Masquerades, coordinated competitions of all kinds and hosted many panels. Jessie has also had the honor of judging the 2012 Eurocosplay Championship finals in London. She has been featured in an episode of Subcultures as well as videos by Machinima and Nerdist. She also volunteers her time for the Combat Radio's Breakfast with Santa charity. Early in 2014, she was featured in a Microsoft Windows Phone ad representing cosplay and was featured in a full page spread of Airbrush Action with a body painting project coordinated by Webble.

When not working on her latest costume creation, Jessie’s passion is photography, with her work being published in various online and print publications including Newsweek. She is currently a seamstress and designer for Sypher Arts studios and designs and works with SpiritHoods.

Check out some of her work on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/RuffleButtCosplay

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Kawaii Besu

We have an awesome West Coaster joining for the Expo as a Featured Cosplayer: Kawaii Besu! Would you believe she is the daughter of our very own Expo Roastee: Duke Nukem voice, Jon St. John?

Kawaii Besu is a cosplayer, model, and costume designer. She began modeling and cosplaying in 2010 and creates costumes based on characters from anime, comic books, and pop culture.

She was featured as Cosplayer of the Month in CosPlayNYC August 2013!

“With every costume that I make, I try to improve as a costumer. I always challenge myself with cosplays that I select and try to take on costumes that are more difficult than the last. My goal is to make cosplays that inspire people to try making costumes themselves!”

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Mango Sirene

A 22-year-old cosplayer and YouTube vlogger based in Michigan. After discovering cosplay at Detroit's very own Youmacon in 2007, she was instantly hooked. Despite having no prior experience with clothing fabrication, she jumped headfirst into the world of costuming, quickly teaching herself how to sew, style wigs, make props, and model her outfits.

Nina has been an active member of the cosplay community since then, having made more than 80 costumes over the past eight years. Her YouTube channel, which focuses on tutorials, cosplay vlogs, and convention reviews, has garnered over 1.7 million views and 44,000 subscribers. Her focus behind everything she does is on creating a welcoming environment for those who are new to the hobby, all the while maintaining focus on the most important aspect of cosplay: having fun and striving to do your very best! Make sure to meet her during the Expo, and attend her co-hosted cosplay panels!

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Solo Grayson

Solo Grayson is a 24 year-old cosplayer and YouTube vlogger based in Michigan. Her first attempt at Cosplay was at her first convention: Youmacon 2007. Originally only a crossplayer. She has since quickly become immersed in the hobby, with her costume list growing larger and larger each year. She is the first to admit she still has much to learn about the art of Cosplay and is always striving to improve with every new costume.

After creating cosplay skits with the rest of Inner Mind Theater, Solo has since become more active in the community. Her YouTube channel has Convention Vlogs and she started the Cosplay version of the “No Mirror Makeup Challenge.” She also has a running segment called “Megan Mondays” where she answers any questions asked, though the prevent themes always seem to be Cosplay or Geek Culture related.

For Solo, Cosplay is about having fun and expressing love for your favorite characters and shows. It's not only something anyone can do, it's something she wishes anyone with the interest should just jump in and give a try!

http://www.facebook.com/solograyson

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World Cosplay Summit Featured Cosplayers

Cassandra a.k.a. Breathlessaire

Along with StarlightHoney, they make up Cupcake Cosplay - the highest winning American cosplayers EVER in the World Cosplay Summit competition (2nd place in 2013 in the World Finals in Japan)!

If you don't know her, then look no further: http://www.facebook.com/CupcakeCosplay

When it comes to craftsmanship, presentation, and the very essence of American cosplay - you will find it very difficult to find someone who embodies this archetype than Breathlessaire!

Also she is going to be the head judge for the World Cosplay Summit: Finals.

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Sara DelaPena

Sara DelaPena (UsagiNoSenshi) is hailing (pun intended) from Western New York. UsagiNoSenshi has been involved in the cosplay and convention scene for the last 13 years. This self-taught seamstress started competing in cosplay competitions in 2007 and has won numerous awards for craftsmanship (including Youmacon).

A love of crafting and a creative mind drive her to constantly learn new techniques and polish her skills. Usagi can't wait to see all the creativity and enthusiasm the contestants bring to the stage at the WCS US National Finals, where she will be "Shepparding" in a new era of Midwest cosplay!

Sara DelaPena will also be one of the judges for the cosplay national championship, World Cosplay Summit: Finals!

www.facebook.com/usaginosenshicosplay

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HaruVamp

Meet HaruVamp: www.facebook.com/HaruVamp

A German Cosplayer in America and I have been an active and professional Cosplayer since 1998. I have competed in almost every major German cosplay competition, and some across Europ,e including Japan Expo in Paris.

I have been a guest at Anime Boston, Camp Anime, Rhode Island Comic Con, and Super Mega Fest. I also love judging competitions!

I have been active as a professional Cosplayer in America since 2003 and you can find me on many different Cosplay Pages like www.facebook.com/haruvamp, Cosplay.com, ACParadise.com, and World Cosplay. You can also find me in many books and magazines such as “1000 Incredible Cosplays,” “The Cosplay Book,” “Cosplay in America,” “Konneko,” “Animania,” etc. You can also find me as “Haruvamp” in Twitter, Instagramm, and Tumblr.

Cosplay is my passion and my life. I love the challenges I receive with every costume. Whether it’s how to figure out new techniques and skills for new costumes or how to manage the time in between conventions to make them, I always learn more and make myself better from it. I love that with cosplay I can inspire young cosplayers and people who have never cosplayed before to really get into it and able to pass on my knowledge to the younger generations.

My other Passion is to help others. I do a lot of charity work. I do walks and help out with Autism Awareness and walk several Parades.

I can’t wait to explore more and meet new fans at the Midwest Media Expo!

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SedNobis

SedNobis is a cosplayer and fashion student from the Netherlands. She started cosplay in 2008, but only started completely making her own outfits since 2012. Meeting new people and seeing friends from all over the world are things that she loves about the hobby.

She loves doing photo shoots and turning things from 2D to 3D (be it clothes, props, or other things). Come learn more from her during the International Cosplay panel!

SedNobis, the former WCS Champion of the Netherlands, is also one our World Cosplay Summit: Finals judges!

http://www.facebook.com/SedNobisCOS

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Elrowiel

Aside from being one of our freatured cosplays, Elrowiel is also a WCS Finals Judge!

www.facebook.com/GarnetRunestar

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Mario Bueno

Mario is an actor/vocalist/producer and cosplayer from New York City whose performances have reached out across the world thanks to the power of the internet. His recent highlights include numerous collaborations with fellow web video producer "DPiddy," as well as voiceover roles in the web animation "Astro-Cons", "Primordia" by indie game producer WadjetEye Games, and minor roles in "Tenchi Muyo: War On Geminar" for FUNimation Entertainment. Past credits include his 2005 fan film "Final Fantasy vs Kaiju Big Battel," his 2009-2010 web series "Doujinopolis," co-hosting Anime News Network's 2007-2008 news webisodes, as well as numerous promotional spots for FUNimation and Aniplex of America. In 2010, he became the first male AX Idol Singing Winner at Anime Expo, and in 2013 both released his first original album "(A)rise" and represented the United States at the inaugural World Karaoke Grand Prix COSPLAY, placing in the Top 3. Mario invites you to check out his website (www.mariobueno.com) where you can keep up to date on his latest projects and find links to archives of past performances!

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91.8 The Fan

91.8 The Fan exists to provide anime and manga fans with contemporary-style radio, showcasing the hottest tunes from Japan, Korea, and China. 91.8 is not an automated playlist, but 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 550 interviews with the hottest names in voice acting, music, and geekdom in their archives, 91.8 The Fan is sure to have an interview just for you. On 91.8 The Fan you will also find a wide range of writers who put out weekly and monthly articles detailing a myriad of topics, from music to anime to games. You can also see a news show every weekday highlighting the latest news, as well as convention footage from around the world, including panels, interviews, and cosplayers. Head over to 91.8 The Fan today to chat live with live DJs or your fellow fans!

91.8 The Fan

Jackie "Kanashimi" Florian

Jackie “Kanashimi” Florian got her first taste of vocal performance by practicing improv in middle school. She continued studying entertainment and, in 2009, prior to graduating high school, she started in broadcasting when she co-founded online radio station 91.8 The Fan. Since then, her life has been a barrage of conversation with guests ranging from Hollywood talent to Japanese icons. She is known for her popular radio show titled Kana’s Korner which airs every weekday between noon and 4 PM PST.

But Jackie’s involvement with radio didn’t limit her to the airwaves; it began a career of not only on-camera interviews, but leading panels, workshops, and seminars. Her experience in radio has led her to commercial voice over where she’s worked for companies such as Taco Bell, Washio, and many others. Jackie can also be heard as the voice of several universities across the United States and Canada. She’s recently made way into video games and animation projects such as Army Of Tentacles (J. Brewer) and Tome: Terrain of Magical Expertise (Anneva). Jackie travels to cons with her team sharing their love of Asian music with the masses and hosting all sorts of panels to amuse and entertain attendees far and wide.

www.jackieflorian.com

Kroze

Anthony Kroze Kresky is a New Jersey escapee (We've tried to push him back into his bottle but have had no luck thus far) who specializes in new media production and promotion. He has recently entered the realm of professional voice acting. A frequent innovator, voice actor, and talent spotter, over the years Kroze has been involved in many internet related shows such as Red vs. Blue, Team Four Star, Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series, Eden: The Zhang Chronicles, Loading Ready Run and their charity "Desert Bus for Hope", as well as many smaller excursions in both creative and management positions within said productions. Kroze also helped create the popular Halo 3 gametype "Grifball" which went on to become a lasting addition into the hit Halo video game franchise in the succeeding entries of the series. In his spare time, Kroze also writes for popular culture website Comicsonline.com where he has interviewed many manner of actors over the years. Kroze also considers himself a comedian despite how many times being told just making puns all the time doesn't actually make him funny... or even liked... (He tries to use Hal Sparks as a defense but lets face it, does anyone REALLY enjoy Hal Sparks? REALLY?). Currently, Kroze can be found performing with the geeky comedy band Random Gibberish as well as performing with his new geeky rock project: Survivors of the PC. Kroze is also the co-host of Name Not Final, a weekly radio show and podcast which takes a look at video gaming, bleeding edge technology, and popular culture from an inside perspective.

To this day we still have no actual clue how Kroze is still alive.

Name Not Final

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