Guests

AWC is dedicated to bringing  the guests you want to see! Keep reading for details on this year’s guests. Do you have a suggestion for a guest? We want to hear it! Please post it in our forums section here!

 MASTER OF CEREMONY

TODD HABERKORN
Todd Haberkorn is currently a proud member of the Anime community and continues to be its humble servant by way of English dubbing and will be coming to you as the official Master of Ceremonies for your AnimeWorld experience. Haberkorn works primarily in Texas and Los Angeles as an actor, director, producer, and writer.  As far as shows go, catch Todd’s voice as lead roles in Sgt. Frog as Keroro, Hetalia as Italy, Hikaru in Ouran High School Host Club, Suzuka as Yamato, Ghost Hunt as Naru, Holic as Wataknuki, D. Gray Man as Allen Walker, Sands of Destruction as Kyrie, Soul Eater as Death the Kid, and some others he can’t say right now. Todd’s most recent anime role is the lead role of Natsu, the fire eating, fire wielding wizard from Fairy Tail. Check out most of the shows listed above on Hulu.com, funimation.com, and NETFLIX!! And not illegally please :) Be sure to check out TeamHaberkorn.com for ways to join this “korntastic” fan club! A portion of the proceeds goes to supporting the Acadiana Humane Society, a non-profit, no kill animal shelter in Louisiana. When not in the booth, Todd is a producer with his company, Out of the Office Productions. Todd is represented by The Horne Agency and William Morris Endeavor.

 INDUSTRY GUEST

MONICA RIAL
Monica Rial has been working in the anime voice over industry for 13 years. As an actress for ADV Films and Funimation Entertainment has lent her voice to over 250 anime including: Air TV (Misuzu), Azumanga Daioh (Nyamo), Baccano! (Chane), Black Butler (Mei Ren), Black Cat (Kyoko), Burst Angel (Jo), Chrome Shelled Regios (Felli), Chrono Crusade (Fiore), Claymore (Miria), DN Angel (Towa), D. Gray-man (Lero/Lulu Bell), E.F. a Tale of Memories (Chihiro), Excel Saga (Hyatt), Fairy Tail (Mirajane), Full Metal Panic (Kyoko), Ghost Stories (Momoko), Gunslinger Girl (Angelica), Hetalia (Flying Mint Bunny/ Belarus), High School of the Dead (Shizuka), Kurau Phantom Memory (Kurau), Moon Phase (Hazuki), Negima (Konoka/Kazumi/Satsuki), Noir (Kirika), One Piece (Tashigi/Carue/Kuina), Ouran Host Club (Renge), Princess Jellyfish (Mayaya), Rahxephon (Haruka), School Sergeant Frog (Momoka), Shuffle! (Asa), Speed Grapher (Kagura), Spiral (Rio), Soul Eater (Tsubaki), Tsubasa Chronicles (Sakura), Witchblade (Maria) and many more. She can be heard on the Cartoon Network in Shinchan (Ai), Fullmetal Alchemist (Lyra/Dante), Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood (May Chang), Case Closed (Amy) and Trinity Blood (Vanessa). You can also catch her on Nicktoons and the CW as Bulma in Dragonball Z Kai. She is also an ADR script adaptor and occasionally a director for Funimation Entertainment. Be sure to come by and say hello!

 



ALEXIS TIPTON

Alexis Tipton has been a Voice Actor for FUNimation Entertainment since late 2008. She has been in over 40 titles and has voiced roles such as Julia Chrichton in Full Metal Alchemist: The Star of Milos, Yomi Isayama in Ga-Rei: Zero, Musubi in Sekirei, Sun Seto in My Bride is a Mermaid, Moka Akashiya inRosario+Vampire, Yuki Saegusa in Dance in the Vampire Bund, Mizuki Himeji in Baka and Test, and many more both announced and unannounced. Alexis has also provided vocals for character songs and a few of FUNimation’s trailers. On top of voice work, Alexis has been an active cosplayer for the past eight years and has been featured in a handful of magazines as well as the book Cosplay in America.

 

KENT WILLIAMS

Kent Williams is a Texas-born, Dallas actor. He’s logged 22 years of classroom instruction introducing K-12 students to such fine arts disciplines as marionette puppetry, stage stuntwork and Japanese kabuki theater and is finishing out a 3-year project with the U.S. Dept. of Education and Dallas ISD. A Telly Award-winning puppeteer, Kent is Executive Director of Le Theatre de Marionette and pulls strings alongside fellow FUNimaniac Todd Haberkorn. On stage Kent is a company member of the critically acclaimed Undermain Theatre, best known for it’s basement performing space and premiering of brave new works. An SMU theater grad, Kent is a go-to fine arts instructor for Big Thought and Junior Players and has been teaching in the ghettos, barrios, exclusive parochial academies and prisons for over two decades and can boast that both Travis Willingham and Maxey Whitehead were former students as preteens!

Kent continues to enjoy the conveyor belt of character-voicing opportunities at FUNimation. A particular favorite is Hatori Sohma from Fruits Basket, also a dragon. Other various series that Kent has contributed his voice to include Fullmetal Alchemist, Dragonball Z, Dragonball GT, Trigun, One Piece, Yu Yu Hakusho and Trinity Blood.

 

CHRISTOPHER SMITH

Christopher Smith is in the middle of a very busy year. In gaming it can be summed up in one word – Skyrim. Chris is the voice of the evil Daedric Lord, Molag Bal in 2011′s Game of the Year. He’s also heard every Thursday on NickToons as Bren, and Jon Ace in the American anime series Monsuno. Chris has also had roles in anime such as Captain Bright Noa for Gundam: Unicorn, the latest in the Gundam franchise. He’s also the voice of Major Peter Soyuz in Full Metal Alchemist: Sacred Star of Milos, and Lucius Isaac for the Marvel anime adaption of Blade. He’s Kinnosuke in DuRaRaRa, Matoko Kibune, Rose, and Wonderweiss in Bleach, Headmaster Kaien Cross in Vampire Knight, Kittan in Gurren Lagann, Ishidate and Shuura in Naruto, and The Puppeteer in Ghost in the Shell. He’s upwards of 25 characters apiece in Code Geass, Monster, and Redline. Hanamoto-Sensei in Honey and Clover, The Mikado in Moribito, Abe in Ghost Slayer Ayashi, and featured prominently in Twelve Kingdoms, Overman King Gainer, Tenjho Tenghe, Gundam Force, Samurai Champloo, and a few dozen more. He’s also multiple roles in the upcoming big-screen remake of the 70′s hit Gatcahman (G-Force/Battle of the Planets).

In games, he’s Rufus in Street Fighter 4 (Super SF, & SFXTekken), Superman in Mortal Kombat vs DC, and Emperor Mateus in Final Fantasy: Dissidia, and Dissidia: Duodecim, Agent Smith in Matrix: Path of Neo, and Professor X and Odin for Marvel Pinball Games. He was Tenebrae in Tales of Symphonia 2, Commander Cadigan in Dead Space, and Supreme Commander Gaghan in Star Ocean 4. He’s Fandrel Staghelm, Mal Ganis, and Razslo Crushcog (plus a dozen others) in World of Warcraft, Nobunaga Oda in the Samurai Warriors franchise, Sun Wu Kong in Warriors Orochi, and Yuan Shao in Dynasty Warriors. Scalpel and Firehawk in Command and Conquer 4, and he voice-matched Hugh Jackman, Hugo Weaving, and Anthony LaPaglia for Happy Feet. He’s major bad guy Juda in the newest Fist of the Northstar, and Sgt “Gunny” Garrity in the upcoming reboot of Steel Battalion. He’s multiple characters in Vandal Hearts 2, Ratchet and Clank, God of War, Atlantica Online, Lunia, Skycrawlers, Xenosaga, and about 100 other games.

 


LITTLEKURIBOH

LittleKuriboh (AKA Martin Billany) is the creator of Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Abridged series and the godfather of the abridged age. He has thus far produced no less than 52 episodes, a spinoff, a prequel, a christmas special and two movies, creating a cultural phenomenon in the YuGiOh Fandom.  With a mission to revitalize interest in the Yu-Gi-Oh franchise and make it more accessible to Joe Public, LittleKuriboh will continue the original abridged series providing us with priceless entertainment for many years to come.
All-round nice guy and community fan-favourite, he is also associated with TeamFourStar (the group behind Dragon Ball Z Abridged, for which he also supplies voices) and has made guest appearances on comic-book video review series Atop the Fourth Wall.

 

 PERFORMING ARTS

Don Hyun K presents … The motion behind the video games…

Don Hyun K
Don Hyun K is a gold medalist for the USA Chinese Martial Arts Team (World Games 2008).  He is one of the few foreigners in the world to train in seclusion at the Shaolin Temple.  His work with the Shaolin Monks landed him a spot as one of Donnie Yen’s elite K-Stars for martial arts stunt work in Hong Kong cinema.  His martial arts abilities have also lead him to do work for Warner Brothers as a motion capture artist  for The Mortal Kombat video game.

They interface with production teams to provide choreography, stunt work, and action based sequences for a wide variety of projects while providing a wide range of action services from action choreography, acting, stunt work, and fight sequences.

 

CHII SAKURABI

Chii Sakurabi is a J-POP singer from Tokyo, Japan. She has performed live throughout Tokyo for over three years and recently moved to the United States where she is expanding her music career internationally. Chii and composer Nucky have written original songs with a fantasy world concept. Chii released her first album, “Mirage,” in November 2011. This album has both high-energy and ambient styles, including some songs with English and Japanese versions. With Chii’s amazing voice and adorable dances, you can’t help but fall entranced into her world! Chii’s current ambition is to share Japanese fairytales through music. Enjoy her fantasy world! Visit Chii online at www.chiisakurabi.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ChiiSakurabi

 

SAMURAI DAN
The husband and wife team of Daniel and Jillian Coglan are full-time martial art instructors, specializing in 16th century Samurai arts. 
When not teaching at their dojo, the Kojokan, they travel the United States performing and teaching the ancient ways of the most famous warriors in history. With a combined 35 years of experience, their show is a unique blend of history, combative skill, and humor, designed to educate and
entertain audiences both large and small. Beyond their martial skills, the dynamic duo collaborated to write, direct, host, and star in a 12 episode TV series entitled, “The Way of
The Samurai.” Daniel is also an author, with several martial art articles published, and is currently working on his second full-length novel.

 FEATURE PRESENTERS

Costuming has been a key part of fandom since the 1930s, and it’s one of the most unique and personal things you can do at a convention. It’s all about using yourself as an artistic medium – and, of course, it’s great fun!

“…And Sewing Is Half the Battle!”   is a cosplay group based in the Midwest. In addition to their successful competitive career, “…And Sewing Is Half The Battle!” presents dozens of instructional seminars and hands-on workshops for costumers of all levels each year. Whether you’re just curious about costuming or an experienced cosplayer, you’re sure to learn something new from these cosplay panels (as well as be entertained by amusing tales of cosplay kludges and inventive ways to use trash)!

Check out “…And Sewing is Half the Battle!” on Facebook or Twitter @ASIHTB.

 

 

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