Guests

Clifford Chapin is a voice actor, and director best known for his work in anime and video games. Some of his prolific anime roles include Katsuki Bakugo in My Hero Academia, Conny Springer in Attack on Titan, Cabba in Dragon Ball Super, and Charles Grey in Black Butler. As for video games, you can hear Clifford as the voices of Toby the Destroyer from Battleborn, Michael from YIIK: A Postmodern RPG, and Kukulkan in Smite..

In addition to his voice over credits, Clifford has also worked behind the scenes for Marvel Entertainment's publishing branch, as well as for several reality television series. In his downtime, he enjoys playing video games and reading comic books of every genre.

To keep up with all of Clifford's many antics, be sure to follow him on Twitter (@CliffordChapin) and "Like" his Facebook page: Clifford Chapin (Voice Actor).

Eric Vale is an accomplished voice actor, director, writer, and beyond. He can eat an entire Quarter Pounder with Cheese in a single bite. He crossed the English Channel riding on the antlers of a Canadian Moose. His favorite time of the year is dinnertime.

This man has voiced a number of anime characters such as Trunks in Dragon Ball Z, Sanji in One Piece, Yuki in Fruits Basket, Kymblee in Fullmetal Alchemist, America and Canada in Hetalia, and most recently Nishiki in Tokyo Ghoul.

But wait! That’s not all! He also wrote and produced the feature film Chariot, which is quite possibly the greatest American movie ever made. He’s written screenplays as well as scripted over 50 anime programs and he’s a full-on published writer. Eric has also directed for film and stage. So he sounds pretty busy, right? Well, tack on the fact that he’s a husband and father of three and you’ll understand why he always looks so tired. He began studying the world of entertainment when he was only 12 years old, and he never looked back. Living a “normal” life with “normal” people isn’t something Eric would know how to do. It’s not something he’d want to do. The best thing he can say about life is that you have your options; you can be safe or you can be crazy. Guess which one he chose?

Felecia Angelle is a voice over actor and suspected Sea Witch. Her hobbies range from pretending she could do better than TV cooking show contestants to buying more books than she could ever possibly read.

You can hear her voice in a number of your favorite anime! Her work includes Aoi Asahina in Danganronpa: The Animation, The Hero Emilia/ Emi Yusa in The Devil Is A Part-Timer!, Perona in One Piece, Shinoa in Seraph of the End, Supreme Kai of Time in Dragon Ball: Xenoverse, Alex Bendetto in Gangsta, Shalltear Bloodfallen in Overlord, Fubuki in Kantai Collection, Sayaka Miyata in Keijo!!!!!!!!, and Lynne in Attack on Titan.

Felecia has also served as the Assistant ADR Director for Blood Blockade Battlefront, Barakamon, Trickster, One Piece, and Attack on Titan: Junior High, the Lead ADR Director for Sky Wizards Academy, Chaos Dragon, Puzzle and Dragons X, and Kenka Bancho Otome, as well as the Co-ADR Director of Grimgar: Ashes and Illusions.

Shigeto Koyama (Born in 1975, Tokyo)
An active designer in Japan’s media industry. Starting his career by participating in Aim for the Top 2! (Diebuster) in 2004, Shigeto took part in numerous animation titles. Some of these notable titles includes: HEROMAN, Eureka Seven, GURREN LAGANN, STAR DRIVER, Panty&Stocking with Garterbelt, Rebuild of Evangelion, KILL la KILL, and BIG HERO 6. In 2015, he directed his first short animation film Obake-chan. Koyama has also been leading the art direction of GOODSMILE RACING since 2014. http://twitter.com/Joey__Jones

Recognizable works:
-HEROMAN (character design)
-STAR DRIVER (mechanical design)
-Eureka Seven (design works)
-GURREN LAGANN (design works)
-Rebuild of Evangelion (design works, key animation)
-Panty&Stocking with Garterbelt (coordinator, ending)
-KILL la KILL (creative director, 2nd ending)
-Gundam Reconguista in G (design works)
-Big Hero 6 (additional visual development)
-Obake-chan (director, character design)
-Cassette Girl (art direction, character design)
-GOODSMILE RACING 2014, 2015, 2016 (art director)
-Space Patrol Luluco (Justice design)
-EUREKA SEVEN HI-EVOLUTION (design works)
-DARLING in the FRANKXX (mechanical design)

Previously a member of Studio GAINAX, Hiromi Wakabayashi has been involved in several works with Hiroyuki Imaishi. Most notably from doing design production for Gurren Lagann. Wakabayashi was also involved on Panty&Stocking with Garterbelt as co-creator, writer, and episodic director.

After joining TRIGGER, Wakabayashi wrote the script for Episode 4 of KILL la KILL and directing the series’ 2nd ending sequence. More importantly, he assisted and oversaw the design team of KILL la KILL as its Creative Producer. Later on, he was involved in Little Witch Academia and Inferno Cop doing Story Development, and took part in Space Patrol Luluco as Creative director and music producer. Wakabayashi is currently involved in a new project that is yet to be announced.

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Recognizable works:
-Aim for the Top2! (Diebuster) (episode 4, 5, 6 special effect)
-GURREN LAGANN (settings production)
-Panty&Stocking with Garterbelt (Original idea, screenplay, episodic director)
-IDOLM@STER  (episode 1, 13 assistant episodic director)
-KILL la KILL (creative officer, 2nd ending sequence storyboard and directing)
-Little Witch Academia (plot development assistance)
-Little Witch Academia the Enchanted Parade (plot development assistance)
-Momoiro Clover vs KISS music video (animation part producer)
-BATTLE SAURS (Toy Story That Time Forgot) (producer,collaring desig)
-SEX and VIOLENCE with MACHSPEED (design and story development, music producer)
-Obake-chan (episodic director,plot development assistance)
-Space Patrol Luluco (creative director, music producer, OP director&storyboard)
-DARLING in the FRANKXX (producer)

Justin Briner is a Dallas-based actor and singer known primarily for his work in anime and video games.

Recently, he wrapped up the second season of My Hero Academia as Izuku "Deku" Midoriya. He can also be heard as Mikaela in Seraph of the End, Nova in Space Patrol Luluco, Yukito and Yue in Cardcaptor Sakura, Yoichi in Drifters, Ayanokoji in Classroom of the Elite, Alfonso in GARO: The Animation, Niko in Nanbaka, Ryota Mitarai in Danganronpa 3, Frate in 91 Days, Qwenthur in Heavy Object, Manato in Grimgar, Ashes and Illusions, and many more.

Additionally, he has provided voices for games such as Dust: An Elysian Tail, SMITE, Regalia: Of Men and Monarchs, Cibele, and DreadOut. When not behind the mic, Justin enjoys reading, cooking, and playing video games (he is an unapologetic Hearthstone addict).

An extraordinary pair of artists, the Chalk Twins are renowned for their anime-themed chalk murals of epic proportions. Having travelled the world in pursuit of artistic mastery, they are a regular installment at conventions and events across the country where they produce massive chalk masterpieces live!

Check out the incredible work they've done at Tora-Con in the past:
2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

They can be followed on their website and on Twitter @chalktwins

Wielding his signature brand of humor, Uncle Yo returns to the stage. Panel leader, emcee, playwright, storyteller, puppeteer, podcaster, solar wizard, and more, he combines long-form stories with motivational rhyming couplets as part of his signature "rantcore" style and leaves his audiences laughing.

Bit Brigade performs rock covers of full NES soundtracks as their gamer speedruns the game live on stage.

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"When was the last time you attended a live music performance with a genuine element of risk involved? And no, going to a Gwar show with a white t-shirt on doesn't count. When Bit Brigade takes the stage your mind will frantically oscillate between "Oh! Agh!! Please don't die!!" and "YES! He's doing it!!" Combining the dread and daring of a live video game speed run with the spot-on technique of a live band covering the musical accompaniment to everything you're seeing on-screen in real time, Bit Brigade will have you swinging between the two mediums. From thrashing about to live renditions of your favorite stage themes, fingers yearning to the sky in a rock 'n roll parody of sea anemones seeming to silently plead, "Please, feed us more fretboard pyrotechnics!," to being locked in stock-still rapture as the infallible maestro of the d-pad, Noah McCarthy, takes on the final boss and risks his video game life under the threat of intense peer scorn (or the reward of night-long glory and a credits score). No matter the outcome, Bit Brigade must play on until the deed is done - which it always is - on the first (and last) try. Once Noah’s NES buzzes on, there’s no turning back." - Metalhead Mike of The Shizz, summer 2011

Danimal Cannon is a guitar shredder and game music composer from Buffalo, New York. He’s best known for his majestic guitar solos over intricately designed Gameboy beats. His latest album 'Lunaria' has been a critical hit across the world and has been making serious waves in the metal and electronic music scenes.  Having collaborated with Grammy winners and headlined on 4 continents, don't underestimate his unassuming instruments.  This music is much more than just a game.

RPG has been passionate about trance and progressive music for the past 10 years or so. He's guest DJed at clubs in the Rochester, NY and Buffalo, NY areas, and is teaching a newly developed Electronic Music Production course @ RIT this year. He has run a mix show on iTunes called The Trance Journey Podcast since 2007. He's also working on original productions and hopes to get some tracks out soon. For more info, check out: djrpg.com or facebook.com/rpgofficial

Slaveon (aka Emil McGriff),is a Producer and DJ based out of Rochester, New York. He performs electronic dance music, including bass-heavy remixes of club and hip hop favorites,soulful dub step, bass house or amalgamations of other genres. Starting his career as a DJ at a well known Nightclub in Rochester, covering various styles and genres with a focus on dance music and Top 40. Playing events from nightclubs all over Rochester and surrounding cities. Just realized his first single B.O.T.S. Ep release date coming soon.

A certified scholar of Japanese pop-culture and the global sensation it has become, Charles Dunbar stands at the forefront of the study of anime. With a decade of convention experience, his panels introduce enthusiasts to a side of anime, games, mythology, and fandom that they may never have considered before.

He can be followed on his website, on Facebook

CircusP is a Western music producer specializing in VOCALOIDs and other vocal synths. Best known for his electronic styles of music, his works are characterized by their combination of melancholic themes and catchy beats. Most notably, his song “Ten Thousand Stars” was given the honor of winning the 2016 Miku Expo song writing contest and was performed in front of audiences around the world. When he’s not working on solo projects, he can be found collaborating and conspiring with fellow VOCALOID producers such as EmpathP, nostraightanswer, and others.

Best known for his popular YouTube videos analyzing anime narratives and aesthetics in-depth, Digibro also has a prolific presence as a vlogger, podcaster, and writer. Sometimes called "The Otaku Gonzo Journalist", he writes about anime from a deeply personal and vastly knowledgeable perspective. He is a diehard defender of subjective critique, anime about cute girls, and everything Hiroyuki Imaishi has ever done. He has also created brutal takedowns of Sword Art Online, as well as love-letters to anime like K-On, Evangelion, Shirobako, Hunter x Hunter, and Ghost in the Shell.

An expert 3D artist, animator, and game developer, Digitrevx has worked on stunning 3D projects for companies all over the world, including character projects in Japan. He is also an avid creator of 3D models of fan-favorite characters, such as for the popular music video software Miku Miku Dance (MMD). Through a series of panels and workshops, he’s excited to share his knowledge on modeling, animation, and development.

He can be found on Twitter @Digitrevx

EmpathP (Aki Glancy) is a musician, illustrator, voice actress, and Vocaloid producer from 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," and her special concert project "VOCAMERICA," her wish is to spread the love for this amazing type of music and technology across the United States.

We're welcoming Shonic to Tora-Con 2018!

A team member of the popular YouTube channel, SiIvagunner, Shonic has what it takes to make the highest quality video game rips and has contributed a great handful of them. He'll be sharing tips and tricks to make rips of your own!