2016 Guests

Coming all the way from Japan, sasakure.UK is a music producer with a distinctive style influenced by classic game sounds. A highly recognized Vocaloid producer, his songs convey narratives through entrancing melody and sound. In addition to a prolific discography, his music is prominently featured in multiple video games including the Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA franchise. He will be making his debut American performance at Tora-Con 2016!

He can be followed on Twitter @sasakure__UK

We welcome Steve Blum to Tora-Con 2016!

With hundreds of credits to his name across both anime and western animation, Steve Blum is the voice of Spike Spiegel in Cowboy Bebop, Orochimaru in Naruto, Kyouhei Kadota in Durarara, Guilmon in Digimon Tamers, Shishio in Rurouni Kenshin, Mugen in Samurai Champloo, Eikichi Onizuka in GTO, Amon in The Legend of Korra, and even TOM the Toonami Mascot. Not only that, he is a holder of the Guinness World Record title for "Most Prolific Videogame Voice Actor" with over 300 roles including Grunt from the Mass Effect series, Ares in God of War, and Wolverine in many Marvel titles.

He can be followed on Twitter @blumspew

As a voice actor and director, Richard Epcar has nearly 40 years of industry experience. He has voiced roles in numerous games and anime including Ansem in the Kingdom Hearts series, Joeseph Joestar in Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders, Batou in Ghost in a Shell, Zangetsu in Bleach, Bobobo in Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo both Daisuke Jigen and Koichi Zenigata in respective iterations of Lupin III, and even the Joker and Commissioner Gordon in respective iterations of Batman.

He can be followed on Twitter @RichardEpcar

 

With numerous leading roles, Todd Haberkorn has voiced Death the Kid in "Soul Eater", Natsu Dragneel in "Fairy Tail", Italy in "Hetalia", Haru Nanase in "Free", Firo Prochainezo in "Baccano", Jadeite in "Sailor Moon", and Kokonotsu Shikada in the currently airing "Dagashi Kashi" as well as characters in game franchises ranging from "Final Fantasy" to "Street Fighter" to "Tales". Not only just a voice actor, he is also a producer, writer, director, and even the subject of several action figures.

He can be followed on Twitter @ToddHaberkorn

 

A voice actor, script writer, and director best known for his work with FUNimation Entertainment, Clifford Chapin has starred in numerous roles including those of Kirito Kamui in "Psycho-Pass 2", Conny Springer in "Attack on Titan", Hide in "Tokyo Ghoul", Kaito Yashio in "Robotics;Notes", Hozumi Kohinata in "Prince of Stride: Alternative", Tsuchimikado Harutora in "Tokyo Ravens", and will voice Charles Grey in the upcoming "Black Butler: Book of Murder". An avid comic book collector and gamer with his 3ds in hand, be ready to StreetPass!

He can be followed on Twitter @CliffordChapin

A rising star in the voice acting community, Bryn Apprill has been working with FUNimation Entertainment since her high school days. Though she has only been recording for a short while, she has had many roles including Kaede in the upcoming "Boy and the Beast", Hiyori Iki in "Noragami", Christa Lenz in "Attack on Titan", Kotori Itsuka in "Date a Live", Tsumugi Harudori in "Soul Eater Not!", Roka Shibasaki in "D-frag!", and Cyan Hijirikawa in "Show By Rock" among many others.She is excited to be joining us and is looking forward to meeting her fans!

She can be followed on Twitter @Bryn_Apprill

A pair of artistic extraordinaires with a world of experience, the Chalk Twins showcase their skills with anime themed chalk murals of titanic scale. We can't wait to see what they draw this year!
 

They can be followed on Twitter @chalktwins

EmpathP is a musician, illustrator, aspiring voice actress, and one of the more influential Vocaloid producers in the United States. She has consulted independently with numerous Vocaloid production companies to create original demos for their software and is the designer and illustrator for the English Celtic Vocaloid AVANNA's character. Through her self-produced music and art studio "Empathy Studios", her wish is to spread the love of Vocaloid music and technology across the United States.

She can be followed on Twitter @AkiGlancy

Digitrevx is a 3D character modeler for the popular music video software Miku Miku Dance (MMD). As a 3D modeling and animation specialist with years of experience in the game development industry, he's collaborated on character projects in Japan as well as characters for con events and businesses such as GoBoiano's Anni and Mei to AniMiku's Ani-Chan.

 

Karl "Uncle Yo" Custer is New York's premiere geek-specific comedian, having appeared at over 100 anime, comic book and video game conventions. His self-proclaimed style of "rantcore" combines long-form stories with motivational rhyming couplets. Panel leader, emcee, playwright, puppeteer and podcaster, Yo show-runs his original Youtube fantasy sitcom with puppets, Dungeon Crawlers.

He can be followed on Twitter @UncleYo