Guests

The Manly Battleships are a group of fun-loving performers that have built a programming powerhouse on the convention circuit. Veteran panelists combine their skills with a circle of long time con-goers, otaku, and deviants to create a repertoire of content to suit any taste. The Fleet’s arsenal offers a lot of a lot, and a little of everything! With a line up including academic lectures, the Gameshow Impossibru™ series, and over-the-top entertainment panels; high quality times are to be had under the Fleet’s banner. No matter your pleasure, there’s a Manly Battleships® event that’s right for you!

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Brittany Lauda is a TX/NY voice actress & ADR director who is best known for playing Ichigo in DARLING in the FRANXX, Riko in Made in Abyss, Cow Girl in Goblin Slayer, Lessar in A Certain Magical Index, Nene in My First Girlfriend is a Gal, Audrey Belrose in Huniepop/Huniecam, Osana Najimi in Yandere Simulator, Miza Kusakari in Tokyo Ghoul:re, 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 Hina logic, My Girlfriend Is A Shobitch, Double Decker: Doug & Kirill, Dies Irae, Seven Mortal Sins, Juden-Chan: Recharged, Rio: Rainbow Gate, World War Blue, Fairy Tail, Gosick, King’s Game, Blood Blockade Battlefront, Senran Kagura 2: Shinovi Master, Citrus, Overlord, Hanebado, Deathmarch to the Parallel World Rhapsody, Morose Mononokean, Concrete Revolutio, Basilisk: The Ouka Ninja Scrolls and more. She co-owns Kocha Sound where she does directing & casting for titles like YIIK: A Postmodern RPG and Minotaur as well as 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 worked on titles at Funimation as a director/AD such as Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These, Angels of Death, The Morose Mononokean, Hina Logic, Dies Irae, Chio’s School Road, That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime, Alice & Zoroku and New Game!

Outside of voice over & directing, Brittany enjoys playing with her Shiba Inu named Raven, playing video games, trying not to play more World of Warcraft, bronzing it up in League of Legends, squeeing at how cute Gon & Killua are in HUNTERxHUNTER and telling herself she doesn’t need more figurines of husbandos like Hisoka and Kurama. Check out BrittanyLauda.com for more credits, or follow her on twitter @BrittanyLaudaVO for shenanigans.

Kristen McGuire is a professional voice actor, ADR Director and Script Adapter for Funimation Productions. When it comes to voice work, Kristen has worked on over a hundred different titles, but she is most well known for her roles as Tatami Nakagame in My Hero Academia (Currently airing on Toonami), Milim Nava in That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, Loop Nishigori in Yuri!! On ICE!, Young Nora in RWBY, Hinano Kurahashi in Assassination Classroom, An Onoya in ReLIFE, Tama in Magical Girl Raising Project and Rin Toyama in New Game! She has also provided voices for several video games, including 88 Heroes, Xeno Crisis and Dizzy Hearts. As a script writer, she has adapted several titles for English including but not limited to Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card, Love Live! Sunshine!, That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, Highschool DXD Hero, and Magical Girl Raising Project. As an ADR director, she has directed shows such as Citrus and Gamers!, and served as an assistant director on both elDLIVE and Tsukigakirei. Currently she works as a full-time script adapter for Funimation and likes to create her own comics in her spare time.

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 Hiro in DARLING in the FRANXX, Inasa in My Hero Academia, Floch in Attack on Titan, and Shay in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V. Additionally, he can be heard in GOSICK as Kazuya Kujo, Juni Taisen as Snake, Kakuriyo: Bed and Breakfast for Spirits as Byakuya, Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These as Julian Mintz, Ai no Kusabi as Norris, World War Blue as Gear, Tokyo Ghoul:re as Yusa Arima, Goblin Slayer as Greenhorn Warrior, Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru as Higekiri and several other anime including Black Clover and One Piece. Matt writes scripts for Funimation (New Game!!, A Sister’s All You Need., KARAKAI JOZU NO TAKAGI-SAN) 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)!

EmpathP (otherwise known as Aki Glancy) is an American musician, illustrator, and Producer from Virginia. Specializing in the creation of original VOCALOID works, her credits include illustrating the Celtic English VOCALOID “AVANNA” and voice-providing for the American English VOCALOID “DAINA”. Her non-VOCALOID related credits include providing the voices for “Miss Bizz” on “Mystery Brony Theater 4000”, and “Sylandri Veilwalker” on the Warhammer 40k YouTube show “If the Emperor had a Text-to-Speech Device”. Currently she is the manager and sponsor of VOCAMERICA.

Circus-P is a music producer and one of the most prolific VOCALOID content creators in the West. Over the past decade he has been a figurehead in the VOCALOID community, having created demos for the likes of Hatsune Miku, Megurine Luka, DEX and DAINA, and more. His original music and collaborations have been featured and performed in the official 2016 and 2018 Miku Expo tours in the United States and Europe as well as the VOCAMERICA concert tours. When he’s not working on his own creations, Circus-P can often be found paling around with his friends and fellow music producers, EmpathP and nostraightanswer.

Sam Blakeslee, better known across the internet as "nostraightanswer" and more casually as "Lupin", is a multimedia artist hailing from Central Florida. Specializing in music, he made a name for himself as an English VOCALOID producer, and ultimately became the voice provider for DEX, an English Male VOCALOID. As an avid gamer and aspiring game developer, when he isn't honing his artistic craft, you may find him speaking about and playing various games, including but not limited to Overwatch, Granblue Fantasy, and a plethora of indie games.

"Karl "Uncle Yo" Custer has performed at over 100 anime conventions all over America, but Tora-Con asked him back, so you get him back. Yo is a stand-up comedian with 8 albums including 2 DVD's, a live-action fantasy puppet series on Youtube called Dungeon Crawlers, and a serial horror podcast,Chroniclers of Darkness. Yo has hosted live game shows, auctions, emceed cosplay masquerades, self-published novellas and audiobooks on Audible while producing immersive theater and stage plays in NYC. Pitch your creative project, coherently, to him in under a minute to earn a bonus prize"

An extraordinary pair of artists, the Chalk Twins are renowned for their chalk murals of epic proportions. Traveling 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. The Chalk Twins are truth in advertising – they are twins, and they work together with soft pastel chalk. When you see them, we encourage you to get down low and talk to them. They would be glad to answer questions and talk about art, geeky stuff, twin stuff – whatever you like. They don't bite. We promise.

Follow them on their adventures across the country and around the world on Twitter or Instagram @chalktwins. Like them on Facebook at facebook.com/chalktwins, buy prints and originals online at http://chalktwins.com/wp1/shop/.