Guests

Below is our current and final line-up for 2010 guests. Convention goers from 2009 may notice a few guests are back on the list for 2010; this is not a misprint!


Music & Game Industry

Voice Actors & Industry

Guest Panelists

Guest Media

Guest Artists

  • Robert "Sketch" Scholz
  • Michelle Pinard

Musical Guests





ZAMZA

ZAMZA


Mesh together four musicians from two powerhouse Japanese bands, and you get ZAMZA (pka ZAMZA N'Banshee). Formed in 2007, ZAMZA combines the voice and guitar sounds from former members of a band called "ECHOES" with the bass and drum lines from former band members of "JUDY AND MARY" - to produce its distinctive, loud rock sound.

ZAMZA's style of hard driving rock with hooky guitars puts them right at home in the Alternative Rock genre. Since ZAMZA is a song-orientated band with plenty of melody hooks, all of their songs are catchy, easy to sing along to, and easy to remember.

The experience of ZAMZA's band members may prove them to be an ideal lineup for a dream band. Bass player, "Banshee Aliouxce" (Yoshihito Onda) and drummer "KOHTA" (Kohta Igarashi) originally hail from the monster band called "JUDY AND MARY", which enjoyed worldwide success and acclaim.

Guitarist "HIROKI" (Hiroki Ito) and vocalist "ZINC" (Jinsei Tsuji) are from a band called "ECHOES", which also enjoyed much success after their 1989 track "Zoo". Zinc is also a well-respected movie director and an Award-Winning novelist.

This fall, ZAMZA will be making its U.S. debut with a hot rockin' album, entitled, "MANGA ROCK". Head on over to ZAMZA's website or MySpace page for more!

L33t Str33t Boys


LeetStreet Boys (also known as L33tStr33t Boys) is an anime otaku fantasy band most well known for its single and music video "Yuri The Only One."

Founded in 2007 by vocalist/songwriter Matt Myers, and guitarist/producer Ryan "Frogs" McCormack, the band centers around a prep school punk singer (Matt,) a metrosexual elf guitarist (Justin,) a lesbian healer bassist (Rose) and a fire breathing dragon drummer (D-Dos.) It's name is a spoof on The Backstreet Boys, with the number 3s replacing the letter Es to form the popular gamer slang word, "l33t."

As an indication of the band's rising stature, Japanese TV recently featured LeetStreet Boys on a national TV program, Netstar. This is particularly notable because Japanese media has traditionally been reticent to embrace US-based anime music.

The LeetStreet Boys released their self-titled debut album "LeetStreet Boys" in February, 2009, and are currently supporting it with performances on the North American anime convention circuit, including recent appearances in Los Angeles, Alaska, Boston, New York, Missouri and Texas. Matt and Frogs continue to head the group as its only permanent musicians, producing a wide array of multimedia, from music and music videos to webcomics and video games.

They are currently joined by Patrick Powers (guitar) Lawrence Lee (guitar / bass / vocals) and Jonathan McCormack (drums) as well as Geoffrey Golden (comic writer) and Erin Nagy (illustrator.) The group is presently focused on building its presence in the anime and otaku communities as a key entertainment source and social influence, with a follow-up release to their debut album.

For LeetStreet Boys music, news, videos, comics and games visit the LeetStreet Boys website.




L33t Str33t Boys

Voice Actors and Industry





Todd Haberkorn

Todd Haberkorn


Todd Haberkorn is currently a proud member of the Anime community and is hoping to be a mighty cosplayer at some point down the road during at least one convention just to say he's tried it. Haberkorn received his BFA in acting from Southern Methodist University and continues to work professionally primarily in Texas and surrounding states as an actor, director, producer, and writer. Unfortunately, the Funimation Podcast is no more, so you won't see him as the host of that (unless everyone bans together and writes to Funimation!! -there might be a box set in it for ya!!).

As far as shows go, catch Todd's voice as lead roles in Suzuka as Yamato, Ghost Hunt as Naru, Claymore as Raki, Holic as Wataknuki, D. Gray Man as Allen Walker, and some others he can't say right now. A few supporting roles include Itsuki in Shuffle, Ichimoruken in Hell Girl, Firo in Baccano!, Kono in Darker Than Black, Hikaru in Ouran High School Host Club and Khoza in One Piece. Check out most of the shows listed above on Hulu.com and not illegally please :) When not in the booth, Todd is directing D. Gray Man in all its tons of episodes glory. Todd is represented by The Horne Agency.

Wendy Powell


Wendy is so excited to be here with all of you...so let's start this CON out with a bang!

Wendy has been a professional voice actress for Funimation Entertainment and Okratron 5000 for over 7 years. She is probably most well known for a little villain named "Envy" on Fullmetal Alchemist. She was most recently in a new role in "Claymore" where she plays the character Ilene.

Her most challenging role this year was the role of IKU in Shirguri...you need to watch it to know why! Wendy is also known for smaller parts...in which she usually dies a most painful death.

Some of her credits include: Emi in Baki the Grappler, Amick in Blue Gender, The Fever Demon in Shin Chan, Kyo's Mother in Fruits Basket, Kasuga in Negima, and Paula "Lady Death" in Trinity Blood.

She has also voiced characters in: Kiddy Grade, Case Closed, Yu Yu Hakusho, Peach Girl, XXXHOLiC, One Piece, Galaxy Railways, Tsubasa, Gunslinger Girl, Moon Phase, Glass Fleet and many others.

Video Game credits include: Spikeout, Fullmetal Alchemist, Curse of the Crimson and Broken Angel.

Wendy's first love is the Theatre (although Anime is quickly catching up!!!), she works in local theatre in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

You can visit Wendy at her myspace account at www.myspace.com/envywendy and she is very excited about meeting her fans this year at AAC.




Wendy Powell



Chris Cason

Chris Cason


Chris Cason is an ADR director, voice actor, and writer for FUNimation Entertainment. Beginning in 1999 (as the original Tien Shinhan and Mr. Popo in Dragonball Z), Cason has had the opportunity to be associated with many exciting properties. He has voiced such characters as Gluttony in Fullmetal Alchemist, Boo and Whitey in Shin-Chan, Chamo in Negima, Haruki Hanai in School Rumble, Shu in Dragonball, and Kazamachi in Basilisk.

He can also be heard in: Gunslinger Girl, Black Cat, Trinity Blood, Hell Girl, Ouran High School Host Club, Witchblade, Claymore, and D. Gray Man.

Some of his ADR directing and assistant ADR directing credits include: DBZ Uncut, Dragonball, Dragonball GT, Case Closed, Galaxy Railways, Baki the Grappler, Yu Yu Hakusho, Negima, School Rumble, Hell Girl, Kaze no Stigma, and Bamboo Blade.

Chris is thrilled to be a part of Another Anime Convention this year!

Chris Sabat


Best known for his work as a lesser known voice actor, Christopher Sabat is oftentimes better known. Before being best known, he performed every single voice in Dragonball Z, with exception only to the roles he did not play. Vegeta, Piccolo and Yamcha were very popular characters. He played those, of course. Aside of those characters, he played others. Aside of those, he played seven more, or more. If his roles were listed in a sentence they would look like this: Kuwabara and Rizen in Yu Yu Hakusho, Jigen in Lupin III, Ayame in Fruits Basket, Alex Luis Armstrong in Full Metal Alchemist, Father Tres in Trinity Blood, Kikichio in Samurai 7, Kurogane in Tsubasa Chronicles, Naru Naru in Kodocha, Saiga in Speed Grapher, Roy in Solty Rei, Zoro in One Piece, Giroro in Sgt Frog and seven or more others, or more, respectively.

Videogames are very popular, especially among gamers. The word Atari comes from the ancient Japanese game of Go and means "you are about to be engulfed." He has also been his favorite character in games such as Metroid Prime 3, Deus Ex: Invisible War, Battlezone, Time Crisis 4, Final Fantasy and The Maw.

Aside of acting he has a wife and two dogs and owns a studio called OkraTron 5000, which is a real studio. His dogs are named Apple and Rockit. His wife is named Superloveactionpants Supreme. When not on his iPhone, Chris spends his time writing bios for himself, and often says he enjoys surfing, karate, and reading although he doesn't really do any of those things very often or, more often, ever. Aside of that, Chris is usually vast.

Currently, Chris is IN UR CONVENSHUNZ SINEING UR GOKOOZ.




Chris Sabat



Chris Smith

Chris Smith


Who The Hell Is Christopher Smith, Anyway?

Chris indulges his inner child every time he goes to work. Since the age of six, mesmerized by Kimba the White Lion and Speed Racer, he dreamed of being the voice of cartoon characters. Starting as background voices in Robotech and Captain Harlock (third guy from the left who screams when he blows up), Chris now voices main characters in Vampire Knight (Kaien Cross), Naruto (Ishidate, Shuura), Bleach (Kibune, Rose, Wonderweiss), Gurren Lagann (Kittan), Ghost in the Shell: Solid State Society (Puppetmaster), Honey & Clover (Hanamoto), Moribito (Mikado), Flag (Beloqui), Overman King Gainer (Kashmir Val), Tenjho Tenge (Kagurazaka), multiple characters in Code Geass, Monster, and many more. His game titles include Street Fighter 4 (Rufus), World of Warcraft (Selin Fireheart, Mal Ganis), Dead Space (Commander Cadigan) Command & Conquer (Scalpel, Firehawk), Mortal Kombat vs DC (Superman), Samurai Warriors (Nobunaga, Sun Wu Kong), Final Fantasy: Dissidia (Emperor), Tales of Symphonia 2 (Tenebrae), Starcraft 2 (Banshee) and numerous others.

Robert Axelrod


Robert Axelrod has carved a career in show business that runs the gamut. Born and raised in New York City, he did commercials and theater as a child and teen, eventually ending up in the Soho Avant-garde Theater scene in a show called "Little Trips", then Off-Broadway in a play called "The Destroyers". Axelrod left acting for the world of music. He spent eight years as a working rock musician playing electric bass and singing in folk, rock, and soul bands. Music brought him to Los Angeles where he decided to return to acting, a decision he never regrets.

Since then, Mr. Axelrod has appeared in over thirty feature films including four with Charles Bronson, the Sci-Fi hit remake "The Blob" with Kevin Dillon and many others. Television appearances include guest star roles on "Amazing Stories", "Star Trek Voyager", "Ted And Eric's Awesome Show", and "The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. He also starred in the Michael Jackson music video "Stranger in Moscow".

Mr. Axelrod is also a busy voice over artist. He is the voice of Lord Zedd and Finster on the "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers". The Lord Zedd voice is one of the most recognizable character voices around. He voiced Armadillomon and Wizardmon on "Digimon, Microchip, The Punisher's sidekick, on "Spiderman", Rico on "Robotech", and has voiced countless Anime features including "Akira", "The Big O", "Cowboy Bebop", "Brain Scratch", et al. As Lord Zedd, he starred in both the first Power Rangers feature film and the wildly popular live show that toured the country. He was a regular character on Saban Entertainment's "Wowser" series (as Ratso Catso), "Journey To The Heart of the World" (as Scarface), "Hallo Spencer" (as Elmer), and more. He just finished narrating the mockumentary "Safety First: The Rise of Women and voicing four Anime series, "Gaiking", "Danguard Ace", "Captain Horlock", "The Adventures of Nadja", and "Fist of the North Star".




Robert Axelrod

Guest Media





91.8 The Fan

91.8 The Fan


91.8 The Fan started off as just a podcast about the online game, Pangya, back in 2008. After two years of social networking at different conventions, they were able to launch an online radio website in January of 2009 devoted to anime and its fans.

91.8 The Fan exists to provide contemporary style radio for anime and manga fans with the hottest tunes from Japan, Korea, and China. 91.8 is not an automated playlist, and 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 including Vic Mignogna, Yuri Lowenthal, Jennifer Hale, Claudia Black, Tara Platt, Quinton Flynn, and more. With over 100 interviews with the hottest names in voice acting in their archives, 91.8 The Fan has an interview just for you. But that's not all you can find on 91.8 The Fan, you can also find Anime Reviews, News, Cosplay Galleries, Convention Footage, Forums, IRC Chat, Editorials, and so much more. All of this content to make your head explode was put together in less than a year! To interact with other fans of geekdom like yourself then head on over to 91.8 The Fan ( 918thefan.com).

Join the starlet, Kanashimi, the Morning DJ, Christmas, and the man behind the scenes, Kibs, this October, and listen to the live music they'll be playing just for you.