Guests of Honor
Mr. Popo and Tien Shinhan in "Dragonball Z", Holy Roman Empire in "Hetalia", Gluttony in "Fullmetal Alchemist", Face McShooty and Mal in "Borderlands 2", Jack the Ripper in "Soul Eater", Miyamoto and M1 in "Yu Yu Hakusho", Taruru in "Sgt. Frog", Boo and Whitey in "Shin Chan", Hanai in "School Rumble", Ukyo in "Ouran High School Host Club", Chamo in "Negima", Babbit in "Kodocha", Siegfried in "Kenichi", and Hanbei in "Sengoku Basara" represent some of Chris's favorite and best known roles.
You may have also heard him in: Case Closed, Gunslinger Girl, Basilisk, Suzuka, Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles, Black Cat, Darker Than Black, Bamboo Blade, Kaze no Stigma, Aquarion, One Piece, Big Windup!, D. Gray-Man, Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad, RIN, Speed Grapher, Oh! Edo Rocket, Summer Wars, Initial D, and Deadman Wonderland.
As an ADR Director, Chris has had the pleasure of casting/directing/asst. directing such titles as: Dragonball Z Uncut, Dragonball, Dragonball GT, Yu Yu Hakusho, Negima, Kodocha, Galaxy Railways, Baki the Grappler, School Rumble, Hell Girl, Kaze no Stigma, Bamboo Blade, Birdy the Mighty: Decode, Initial D, and Tsubasa Tokyo Revelations.
He has also had the opportunity to be a part of many popular video games. Some of his favorites were: voicing random ghouls and specters for Ghostbusters: The Video Game, as a contributing guitarist in Guitar Hero 3, and as Mega Man in Street Fighter X Tekken.
For additional information, visit “Chris Cason’s Anime Chuckle Hut” on Facebook and @Casonworld on Twitter.
Christopher Jones is a Minnesota-based comic book artist currently providing artwork for the upcoming science fiction comic series Parallel Man, due out later in 2014. Chris is best known for penciling and inking the Young Justice comic book for DC Comics, based on the hit Cartoon Network animated TV series. He was also the regular penciler on The Batman Strikes, based on the animated TV series, The Batman. Other DC Comics credits include Batman '66, Justice League Adventures, Batman & Robin, Day of Judgment and the cult series Young Heroes in Love. His work for Marvel Comics includes Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and Marvel Superhero Squad. His other comics include the comic book adaptation of Re-Animator,Gargoyles: Bad Guys, Kolchak: Fever Pitch, and he is also the co-creator of Dr. Blink Superhero Shrink with writer/cartoonist John Kovalic.
Chris enjoys a second career as the Chief Creative Officer for CONvergence, the midwest's largest fan-run science fiction convention. Chris co-founded the convention in 1998, served on the parent organization’s Board of Directors for the first 14 years of its life, and has created a wealth of artwork for organization, most of which features the convention mascot Connie.
Chris currently resides in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota, where he is surrounded by talented friends who seduce him into more projects he doesn’t have time for – including improv, sketch comedy and voice acting.
Tony Oliver, began his career 25 years ago as an actor on stage and camera performing in several feature films and dozens of plays. He found success as a voice over artist, lending his voice to one of the first foreign made animated features to receive wide US release ("The Sea Prince and the Fire Child"). His first foray into television was as the lead voice in the groundbreaking animated series "Robotech". Following that he turned his attention to writing but continued his voice acting career. In 1988 he joined Saban Entertainment as a story editor where he wrote and produced an award winning adaptation of "The Jungle Book" and story edited the long running Nickelodeon anime series "The Noozles".
In 1992, Tony was tapped to help create a new kind of children's television show. The result was the mega hit, "The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers". Tony not only served as the development producer and head writer but also wrote the pilot, produced the network presentation, Co-Produced the series, directed the voice actors, and produced the Power Rangers live appearance at Universal Studios, which drew an estimated 50,000 people on a single day. Later in the year he co-developed and wrote the script for the international sensation "Mighty Morphin Power Ranger - Live Tour".
Since leaving Saban Entertainment in 1999, Tony has continued to develop, produce, voice and direct numerous projects for TV, Video Games, and New Media. More recent projects include “.hack//GU” a multi-player online video game; “Daigunder”, for ABC Family/Disney; “Gurren Lagann” a breakthrough anime series airing on the Sci Fi Channel, “Eureka Seven: Good Night, Sleep Tight, Young Lovers” which premiered on screens nationwide, “Gormiti” airing on Cartoon Network and "Martha & Friends", from Martha Stewart and 4Kids Entertainment as well as voice directing numerous video games including "League of Legends".
Tony’s many voice acting credits include, “Hoodwinked 2”, Lupin in “Lupin the 3rd”, Hibiki in “Vandread”, Gojyo in “Sayuki Reload”, Harry in “Gun Grave”, Ranmaru in “Tokko”, Shinbo in “Cho-bits”, Ulquiorra in “Bleach”, Minato the 4th Hokage in “Naruto” and Saba in the “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” as well as voices in video games such as “Delta Force: Black Hawk Down”, “Lord of the Rings: The War of the Ring”, “Dynasty Warriors”, “World of Warcraft”, “Everquest”, “Neverwinter Knights”, “Xenosaga”, “Magna Carta II”, “Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight”, ”Basara 3” and “BlazBlue”. He has recently adapted and directed the English releases of “K-ON! The Movie” , “Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan” (currently on Neon Alley), “Fate/Zero” (also on Neon Alley) and voice directed the highly anticipated “Dangan Ronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc” due to be released in early 2014.
Dai Sato started his career as a TV script writer/program planner and a lyricist at the age of 19, and later ventured into the video game and music industries. Today, he is first and foremost an animation scriptwriter, with side projects creating scripts and concepts for various media. In 2007 he created Storyriders Inc., Ltd. of which he is the president and CEO.
As scriptwriter his credits include:
TV Animation: Eternal Family, Cowboy Bebop Ghost in the Shell -Stand Alone Complex, Wolf's Rain, Samurai Champloo, Psalms of Planets -Eureka Seven, Ergo Proxy, Freedom, Eden of the East, Space☆Dandy
Games: Ace Combat 3 -Electrosphere, Resident Evil Revelations, Extroopers
Film: Casshern, TEKKEN Blood Vengeance
Born March 12, Pisces
In 1996, Tanemura debut in Ribon Original magazine from Shueisha Inc. with “The style of the Second Love.” Her major past work includes “Phantom Thief Jeanne”, “Full Moon” and more.
Currently, she holds numerous serial comics in Margaret magazine from Shueisha Inc., such as “My Magic Friday”.
Returning Guests of Honor
Founded in 2004, Studio O.N.Y. started out as a married couple doing Artist Alley tables at conventions in the Midwest. Richard and Shannon Townsend had worked as freelancers with several companies, most notably with A2 press on the Tabletop RPG Book “Teenagers from Outer Space: The Landing”. During their time as a small art studio, one young fan had asked them to turn their original characters into a weekly web comic. It was from this pleading that their weekly web comic “Otaku -no- Yen” (geeks without money) was born.
In early 2010, the studio brought on long time friend and artist Kimberly Pridemore as a collaborative member. Now that the studio has upgraded, the trio have begun work on a bold new comic project to be released in 2012, among other comics in the works from all members.
Alumni Guests of Honor
Christopher Ayres has been working professionally in theatre, television and film since the age of 6. His work has been seen Regionally, Nationally and on Broadway. He currently works as a A.D.R. director at Sentai Film Works and as a voice actor has worked for Sentai Film Works, ADV films, Amusement park Media, New Gen Pictures Okratron 5000 and FUNimation Entertainment. As an A.D.R. Director his credits include: MARIAH HOLIC, MARIA HOLIC ALIVE, AKB0048 SECOND STAGE, KOKORO CONNECT series and o.v.a., MARIA HOLIC ALIVE, LITTLE BUSTERS, SAY I LOVEYOU AKB-0048, SHINING HEARTS, ANOTHER, MYSTERIOUS GIRLFRIEND X, DUSK MAIDEN OF AMNESIA, BATTLE GIRLS, BODACIOUS SPACE PIRATES, MAJIKO: OH SAMURAI GIRL, All three of the HAKUOKI series and the o.v.a, INTRIGUE IN THE BAKUMATSU, BOOK OF BANTORRA, PLANZET, EF~A TALE OF MEMORIES, EF~ A TALE OF MELODIES, NIGHT RAID 1931, THE NERIMA DAIKON BROTHERS, XENOSAGA: The Animation, MAGIKANO, MERMAID MELODY PITCHI PITCHI PITCH and assistant director for THE WALL FLOWER and TSURITAMA Some of the roles as a voice actor Chris is best known for are Kei Kourono in Gantz, Frieza in Dragon Ball Z Kai, Arthur in Tears to Tiara, Suitengu in Speed Grapher, The Covenant Commander in Halo: Legends, Von Kampfer in Trinity Blood, Hayashimizu in Full Metal Panic? Fummofu, Prince Soma in Black Butler, Yaminami in Peacmaker, Takada Shingin in Sengoku Basara, DJ Plugman in Air Gear and Sid in Devil May Cry. His voice can also be heard in Elfin Lied, Golgo 13, Phi-Brain, B-Toom, Diamond Daydreams and Fairy Tale to name a few. Chris also works as a professional fight director and has enjoyed bringing his workshop “Mock Combat for Cosplay” to many conventions. You can learn more about Chris by visiting his website www.christopherayres-va.com.
Greg Ayres has spent the last eleven years working in an industry he had admired for years as a fan. With over 200 credits to his name, this fan-boy has managed to get to play a variety of characters that are almost as colorful as his hair. He was thrilled to be a part of the Toonami re-launch last summer, in the roles of Ganta Igarashi in Deadman Wonderland, and Heihachi Hayashida in Samurai 7, and even more thrill to follow that up the following summer’s thriller Another as Kouichi Sakakibara. His most recent roles include Satoru Asahina in From the New World, Kenji Nakanishi in Say I Love You, Sion in No. 6, Heisuke Toudou in Hakuoki, Tommyrod in Toriko, Arikawa in This Boy Can Fight Aliens, Tomoki Sakurai, in Heaven’s Lost Property, and Volken, in the Book of Bantorra. Some of his all-time favorite roles include Son Goku in Saiyuki, Chrono in Chrono Crusade, Kaoru Hitachiin in Ouran High School Host Club, Youhei Sunohara in Clannad, Yuki in The Wallflower, Leo in Ghost Stories, Satoshi Hiwatari in DNAngel, Kaworu Nagisa in the Director’s Cut of Neon Genesis Evangelion, and Negi Springfield in Negima. He can also be heard as Uesugi Kenshin in Sengoku Basara, Seikechi Tayama
in Oh Edo Rocket, Hiro Hirono in ef: A Tale of Memories, Abe in Big Windup, Jr. in Xenosaga: The Animation, Tsujido in Speed Grapher, Roan in Ragnorok The Animation, Yamazaki in Welcome to the NHK, Gau Ban in Shadow Skill, Pope Alessandro XVIII in Trinity Blood, and a bunch of other titles he’ll probably forget to mention
When he’s not in a booth with headphones on, you can usually find him sporting headphones of another variety behind “the decks”. A veteran nightclub DJ of many years, he jumped at the opportunity to play music and organize late night dances at many of the conventions he attends. From packed rooms at anime conventions, to the legendary stage of The Knitting Factory (NYC), he never misses an opportunity to share his love of music with anyone who will listen.
Clarine Harp was first cast by FUNimation Entertainment in 2003 to give life to the character of Tweedledee in Kiddy Grade. Since then, Clarine’s talents have been featured in a broad range of roles: Hetalia Axis Powers (China), Burst Angel (Sei), Samurai 7 (Sanae), Speed Grapher (Ginza), Negima (Kaede), Shin chan (Miss Katz), Witchblade (Asagi), Chaos; HEAd (Sena) and RIN ~Daughters of Mnemosyne~ (Laura). Clarine can also be heard in Michiko & Hatchin, Cat Planet Cuties, Corpse Princess/Shikabane Hime, Sekirei, Yamada's First Time/B Gata H Kei, Princess Jellyfish, The Sacred Blacksmith, El Cazador de la Bruja, Claymore, Jyu-Oh-Sei, Trinity Blood, Beck, Romeo x Juliet, Kaze no Stigma, Yu Yu Hakusho, Fullmetal Alchemist, Case Closed, Evangelion 1.11 & 2.22, D.Gray-man, Bamboo Blade, Aquarion, Desert Punk, Origin - Spirits of the Past, Tower of Druaga, Mushi-Shi, Suzuka, Ouran High School Host Club, Ghost Hunt, Sgt. Frog, Heaven's Lost Property, One Piece and many others.
Out of the booth, Clarine spends her time producing DVD and Blu-ray discs for FUNimation, tending to her horde of rabbits and proudly spreading the gospel of sock knitting. She is also the inspiration behind the character Aubrey, a regular cast member on the popular web comic, Something Positive.
Kyle Hebert is a Los Angeles-based anime and video game voice actor whose credits include Wreck-It Ralph/Street Fighter (Ryu), Naruto (Kiba), Bleach (Aizen, Ganju), League of Legends (Ezreal, Jarvan, and Graves) and Gurren Lagann (Kamina). He is best known as the Narrator and Teen Gohan from the Funimation dub of Dragonball Z. Other notable roles include Fate/Zero (Beserker), Blue Exorcist (Bon Suguro), Fire Emblem Awakening (Frederick, Validar), Guild Wars 2 (Great Ginz, Ogron, Hamar), Fullmetal Alchemist (Vato Falman), Tales of Symphonia (Richter Abend) and Star Ocean (Dias, Arumat, Crow). Kyle can also be heard in numerous video game franchises such as Sonic, Final Fantasy, World of Warcraft, Skylanders, Devil May Cry, Dynasty Warriors, Soul Calibur and Resident Evil. He is also the voice of filmmaker, Kevin Smith's Smodco Internet Radio. For more info, visit www.kylehebert.com.
Kristofer “Phade” McCormic is the creator of www.AnimeMusicVideos.org, the site considered to be THE place to go when you want to know anything and everything about Anime Music Videos (AMVs). As always we are thrilled that he will be returning to Anime Detour this year bringing a whole new exciting batch of AMVs for your viewing pleasure.
Carrie is super happy to be able to come back to Anime Detour! I love you guys! Some of Carrie’s newer roles include include “Millia” in Last Exile: Fam, the Silver Wing, More Ikki Tousen (recorded with all your favs from both NY and CA, and some from TX, courtesy of partnership between lovely Funimation and New Gen for this project! Yayyyy!), lovely bad girl “Otohime” in Maken Ki!, the ever continuing Fairy Tail, more Railgun, Aquarion Evol, sweet little Chiara in Shakugan no Shana 111, “Kukuri” in K, and a little but very fun part in Fate Zero! Carrie’s oldies but goodies include… from California: "Fuko" in I, My, Me! Strawberry Eggs, "Rakka" in Haibane Renmei, “Hakufu” in Ikki Tousen, “Nancy” in R.O.D. the TV, “Maromi” in Paranoia Agent, “Shima” in Stellvia, "Nina" in Ultra Maniac and others such as Daphne in the Brilliant Blue, Marmalade Boy, Gankutsuo, Dear.S, GunXSword, Ergo Proxy, Girl’s Bravo, Texhnolyze, Melody of Oblivion, Tsukihime, Sakura Wars the Movie, Dangaizer 3, Aguarian Age the Movie, Monsters, Ghost Talker's Day Dream, Vampire Knight, Squid Girl, Durarara, and Modoka Magica. Her Texas characters include “Mokona” in Tsubasa Chronicles, and XXX Holic, “Miu” in Kenichi, “Rihoko” in Witchblade, “Asta” in Trinity Blood, “Penny” in Shin Chan , “Solty” in Solty Rei, “Angol Mois” in Sargent Frog, “Lisanna” in Fairy Tail, as well as roles in other shows such as Bamboo Blade, Romeo X Juliette, School Rumble, Linebarrels of Iron, Kaze no Stigma, Sasami, Moon Phase, Rumbling Hearts, Murder Princess, Shuffle, Ragnarok, Mushishi, Samarai 7, Full Metal Alchemist, Suzuka, Hell Girl, Origin “Spirits of the Past”, One Piece, Ouran Host Club, Black Blood Brothers, Negima, Darker than Black, Tower of Druaga, Aquarion, Shikebane Hime, Baccano, Strain, Dragonaut, Soul Eater, Sasami, Tower of Druaga, Xeno Saga, Chaos Head, Heaven’s Lost Properties, Corpse Princess, D.Gray-Man,… and the list goes on. She has also had a fun time voicing characters in video games such as Street Fighter X Tekken, Disqaea 4, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers, Final Fantasy 7 “Crisis Core”, Suikoden 5, Tales of Legendia, Romancing Saga, The Dynasty Warriors Series, Culdcept, Rumble Roses II, and Star Ocean 4 "The Last Hope", Ar Tarnelico, Trinity Universe, and more recently Altelier Rorona, Mugen Souls, and the list is always expanding, but.. as always, she can’t talk about the new ones! In the past, she joyously got to be the voice of 2 “My Little Pony” toys; Baby “Skywishes” and a singing T-pot! Carrie has script adapted for such shows as School Rumble, and Shuffle, and was also lucky enough to get to directed episodes 1-4 of Shuffle, as well as just a little occasional directing on various other shows.
Carrie is currently unfathomably, inhumanely busy with this most awesome school in NY “Circle in the Square Theatre School” ! Even though she had an extensive background in theatre and some film even before her very first voice acting job, and has had training throughout her life, this super, super intensive school that includes some beloved singing and dancing, ROCKS and anyone who wants to be an actor should absolutely check it out!!!! She studied there for the summer in 2011, and is now back for the 2 year program because it so completely ROCKS! (Ok, personally, if you wonder, the Muscular Dystrophy makes living in NY and the heavy schedule with school, notably the physical classes, very challenging.. but this is something I always wanted, so I just won’t let anything stop me! And school is wonderful about helping when something is physically is too much, and when I must push through!) During School she is continuing with all the voice acting she can, whenever she can, an
“Sketch” Gustafson, a Minnesota-born Cartoonist, has been drawing for decades and has been fine-tuning his trade in the last nine years. After spending a couple of years working for, Disney in Orlando, he moved back and currently lives in western Wisconsin working on his own artwork and comic style. Since then, he has had many cartoons published in International Magazines, National Magazines and local Newspapers; cover art for the book titled, The King’s Game; had a greeting card business; is the Creator/Writer/Artist for three comic series: Small Town Values, Falendor: The Forgotten Kingdom and most recently, Doodleton. He has been hired by different venues to speak to children and adults about the ability we all have with creative thinking and thinking “Outside The Lines,” as he calls his lecture. Sketch has been traveling the Comic Convention circuit for about four years now; this is his first year with Anime Detour.
Studio Interrobang- married duo Lee and Ty Blauersouth have been making comics together for 8 years. Their biggest work is their ongoing stone-age epic Godseeker, which can be read at godseekercomic.com. Other projects include their short comic "4 PM is Tea Time" for the prestigious short-story anthology The Sleep of Reason, and short booklets on intermediate character design. They have also participated in the Twin Cities comics group the Black Hat Comics collective for 7 years, including their anthology A Day in the Life. They are happy to tell you at length about the dark olden times of the late 90s when they had to walk 15 miles through the snow, uphill both ways, to get new editions of anything. Favorite manga include: Ooku, Genshiken, Ouran High School Host Club, and A Brides Story, but Sailor Moon and InuYasha will always have a special place in their hearts.
Daniel “Stitch” Mohr has lived his entire life in Minnesota, and has been drawing and writing comics for over twenty years. His mom says he’s great. He has drawn and Written multiple Web Comics, and comics in print, some of the more recent being “Everyday Gods” (2007), “World Wide News” (2009), and “Life is a Natural One” (2013). In addition to the Comics, Daniel is also known for his tattoo designs, artwork, theater acting, puppeteering and script writing.
Diana is a reclusive cartoonist, sighted very rarely in the wild, because she's typically found hunched in front of her computer or over her drawing board. She makes a living on comics in the city of Minneapolis, where she went to art school and got a Bachelors in Comic Art. Her current projects are Poorcraft 2 and The Intrepid Girlbot.