DerpyCon welcomes guests from all different fandoms! Continue to check back throughout the summer and fall to learn more about the guests that will be coming to Morristown this October.
Voice Over Guest
Cherami Leigh has been acting for over 20 years and has appeared on Friday Night Lights, Shameless, Chase, Bones, NCIS:LA, and more. She also worked on Fast Food Nation, The Mist, The Hottest State, Not Cool, the Emmy Winning Temple Grandin, and played the Young LeAnn Rimes in Holiday in Your Heart. She recently starred in the faith based film Beyond the Farthest Star. She has worked on over 50 video games and over 150 animated projects including Doc McStuffins, La La Loopsy Girls, Kings Quest, Borderlands 2, and various anime series including Sword Art Online, Sailor Moon, and Fairy Tail to name a few.
Voice Over Guest
Colleen O’Shaughnessey is a voice actor who can be heard on numerous animated series & features, video games, commercials and toys. She is best known for her roles as Tails on Sonic Boom, Wasp on Avengers – Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, Jazz on Danny Phantom, and Sora on Digimon & Digimon Adventure Tri. Other noted roles are Pickles on Doc McStuffins, Mom on If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Ino & Konohamaru on Naruto, Kelsey/Glitter Sunny on the Glitter Force, Anna from K Return of Kings, and Nel on Bleach. She is excited to have recently joined the cast of Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, playing the part of Choji’s daughter, ChoCho. Some features include Storks, Monsters University, Toy Story 3, Horton Hears a Who, Ponyo, Spirited Away & Cars. She is the female Asura from Guild Wars 2, Alicia from Valkyrie Chronicles, Kos Mos from Xenosaga, multiple characters on Hitman, Southpark-Stick of Truth & The Fractured but Whole, Final Fantasy VII & XIII, Fallout 4, and many more games. She has lent her voice to commercials for Brita, McDonald’s, Lexus, Yahoo! & Whole Foods, to name a few. Follow Colleen on Twitter – @VOColleen and Instagram – @colleenoshaughnessey.
Voice Over Guest
Armen Taylor is a voice actor who has worked on a slew of video games, animated projects, and anime series. These include characters such as Ranulf in Fire Emblem: Heroes, Heraclitus in Crystar, Miklan in Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Mizaistrom Nana in Hunter x Hunter, Badge in Super Wings, Deusolbert Synthesis Seven in Sword Art Online: Alicization, as well as OG Bulldog and one of The Mermaid Sisters in Carole & Tuesday. Some of his other credits include: Spider-Man PS4, Judgment, SMITE, Paladins, Gundam Build Divers, the Promised Neverland, and Cells at Work! Armen narrates the litRPG audiobook series Viridian Gate Online, and can also be heard as a recurring cast member in the Suspense! Radio Drama, The Hidden Frequencies, and the No Sleep Podcast. You can find him on Instagram and Twitter under the handle @armentaylor.
Voice Over Guest
You may know him as Po, the panda on the new Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny, Iron Man in Marvel Avengers Assemble: Black Panther’s Quest, or as Slappy, the deranged ventriloquist’s dummy in Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween, but these are just the tip of the iceberg for California native, Mick Wingert.
Originally hailing from the San Joaquin Valley, Mick has been a working voice actor since 2000 and has worked in television, film, stage, new media and live events.
In addition to his franchise heroes and villains, Mick Wingert can be heard as such iconic characters as Targa in Fist of the North Star: Paradise Lost [Atlus Games], Vigilante on the fifth season of Arrow [CW], TMNT’s Raphael in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan [Activision], and as Mr. Slugworth in Tom & Jerry: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory [WB Home Ent.] He has also performed in such animation and video game properties as Spiderman PS4 [Insomniac Games], Red Dead Redemption II [Rockstar Games], Batman: Assault on Arkham [WB Home Ent.], Elena of Avalor and Sofia the First [Disney], Titan Fall 2 [Bioware], Breadwinners [Nickelodeon], Tinkerbell and the Pirate Fairy [DisenyToon], T.U.F.F. Puppy [Nickelodeon], The Princess and the Frog [Disney], Batman: Year one [WB Home Ent.], The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes [Marvel], Bones [Fox], The No Sleep Podcast and more.
In 2018, Mick launched his own science fiction, horror audio drama podcast anthology featuring many of today’s top, working voice actors called, The Hidden Frequencies.
You can follow Mick on Twitter and Instagram under the handle @mickwingert.
Charles Dunbar is graduate of Hunter College, CUNY, where he received a BA in Religion and Anthropology and an MA in Cultural Anthropology. His thesis, Pilgrimage, Pageantry and Fan Communities was published in 2011 and focused on anime convention participation, including spending habits, cosplay, demographics, communal behaviour and convention culture.
Charles has previously given talks before the Joseph Campbell Foundation, has worked in the music industry as an A&R talent scout and promoter, excavated a Roman Villa in the United Kingdom, studied Irish Literature at Trinity College in Dublin, acted as a teacher and mentor for at-risk students in a charter school, shipped books for a comic shop and had his own weekly radio show for 5 years.
These days you can usually find him at a Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts, working diligently on whatever project is currently occupying his time, or traveling the roads of the East Coast to various anime conventions. In addition to his own site, he also has written for the websites Insert Disc and Real Otaku Gamer.
Fiaura The Tank Girl
Fiaura The Tank Girl does scientific analysis of fandoms from 40K to My Little Pony!
No fandom is beyond the look of the eye of science! In addition to this, she is the writer and author of Fallout: Equestria Dead Tree – the first legally published Fallout: Equestria Novel in the United States. The Actress for Queen Quake and Cato Sacarius. Come see the insanity she has brought together or what science can wrought for Merchandise pieces from Glassware and Tins to Metallic Prints and Bottlecaps!
Pleasant Nightmare Entertainment
Aniyah Lyszt is a Pennsylvania based costume designer, makeup artist, adult novelty and cosmetics reviewer, and aspiring cannabis educator and sexologist from the surrounding Pittsburgh area. She had been learning to sew since childhood & has since graduated with a BA in Theatre Arts, but did a complete 180 in her career path after college when she discovered her penchant for adult education in taboo subjects. If it makes someone uncomfortable, it’s probably something she’ll love talking about!
With her background in theatrical costuming and biology, Aniyah’s personal favourite in the world of kink is costumed roleplay. More to the point, how to create an entire ambient scene, safely get into your character’s headspace and how to keep that fantasy safe and alive…and often on a budget!
Aniyah has gone from a starry-eyed newbie to a seasoned convention veteran, cosplayer, programmer and educator who will never really get too old to dress up as her favourite characters or play with cute animals. One of her favourite things to do is educate Vanillas and newbie kinksters about their anatomy, the psychology of kink and BDSM, toy material safety / danger of phthalates in plastic materials (applicable to all plastics, not just adult novelties), creating educated consumer bases to influence brand and company choices, consent and scene etiquette, tools of the trade and more.
However, as a huge dork, she’ll drop everything to proclaim her love for the Original Star Wars Trilogy for an hour, upon request.
You can find Aniyah and her partner in crime Ray Ayun tag teaming at events, providing educational dorkish antics anywhere they program together. Ray, being a fresh face to the hobbyist world of online streaming, wears his gamer colours with pride, specializing his programming in (but not exclusively) around video and card games as both an aspiring game analyst and writer. While he does have a background in Computer Programming, the continued prevalence of the E-sports scene in the world sparked an interest in being a video game analyst. Having a love for League of Legends after 9 years of play, he emphasizes that players work together rather than be toxic for the growth of the game. Ray strives to keep his content educational and informative for folks of all types, gamers or otherwise. When the focus isn’t on games like League, he enjoys series such as the SoulsBorne games or most recently Monster Hunter: World.
From Maryland, DizzyLizzy is no stranger to the world of Costuming. For over 20 years, she has been creating costumes for herself and others while receiving several Best in Shows for her workmanship and performance skills. When she is not creating costumes, you can find her still behind her sewing machine creating bridal gowns for K&B Bridals and working her geeky fashion line for Silly Little Things. Lizzy believes in Cos-Positivity and stays active in the community by hosting workshops, judging, running Cosplay Departments such as Katsucon, Zenkaikon and AnimeNEXT, and is the curator of The Magic of Cosplay Exhibit. She is very excited to be attending Derpycon this year and looks forward to meeting everyone! Follow her on Facebook at DizzyLizzyCostuming or on Instagram at DizzyLizzyCosp.
Mikal Mosley has a Bachelor’s Degree in Dramatic Arts from Coastal Carolina University in South Carolina, and after learning sewing, design, and construction in college, his passion for theater and self-expression combined into an unstoppable passion for costuming and cosplay.
Mosley is currently a designer and creator of both professional stagewear and cosplay costumes for private clients and celebrities, including various WWE Superstars, rappers, and NFL football players including WWE’s Xavier Woods, Kofi Kingston, Big E, and Ember Moon, Ring of Honor’s Cody Rhodes, and NFL’s Mike Daniels (Green Bay Packers) and Adam Gettis (Tampa Bay Buccaneers).
In addition to creating more than 350 unique costumes from a variety of genres, he also designs and fabricate props for stage plays and television shows. He considers himself an expert at transforming everyday items into original accessories and has inspired many long-time cosplayers into getting started designing their own creations on a budget. Footage of his craft can even be seen in two televised specials – one which aired on WWE Network this spring (The New Day’s Fantastic Ride) and the second will premiere on ESPN this fall.
Aside from his talent in costume design, Mosley brings extensive experience as a professional presenter, host, and emcee. Mosley’s background in improvisational acting has provided him the gift for reading his audience, which allows him to consistently deliver a targeted and exciting message.
Standing at the intersection of anime, comics, cosplay, and drag is Shoujo-A-Go-Go, the champion of love, justice, and glitter! Shoujo’s alter ego, Jessi Pascal, is the artist of webcomic Geeks Next Door and has been doing cosplay for fun (and the occasional contest) since 2007. The former reigning Super Art Fight champion and sugar-coated glambassador brings a unique sense of whimsy, humor, and surprise to every show. Visit geeksnextcomic.com or follow her on Instagram at jessibstar to learn more about her art, stitchcraft, and wigometry!
DJ Awesomus Prime
Rocking conventions all over the East Coast, Awesomus Prime delivers a music experience that spins nostalgia and nerd culture into one delicious sushi roll. What sets Awesomus apart from many other convention dance and after party DJ’s is his love for the people. Spreading a positive message through his performance, he wants everyone to feel that they are part of a community that supports and loves them no matter how geeky or weeb you might be. Awesomus brings his extremely high energy performance right off the stage and on to the dance floor right there with you; he’s even been known to include his fans in his show with dance offs on stage, impromptu games and give-aways and his usual wild antics. Awesomus Prime has also shared the stage with some amazing talent like MC Lars, Mega Ran, Hyper Potions, DJ Cutman and Kenzie Black; he is also a part of Otakus With Attitude, an NYC based community dedicated to the urbanization of Otaku culture through social interaction, community building, events and apparel. When he’s not handing out high fives, Awesomus is headbanging the night away alongside everyone. Awesomus Prime is the peoples DJ!
Kenzie Black is an Hispanic American multi-genre music producer, international open – format DJ, & Yami Kawaii fashion enthusiast. Inspired by Yami Kawaii, or Dark Cute* Style, she mixes dark & cute bass music beats with video game & anime remixes. Her content revolves around a message “We Rise Together” meaning, everyone in all cultures can unite and support causes they believe in. For her, that cause is animal welfare, which plays a big part in her ambitions to grow a following so that she one day open her own animal shelter, and fund her efforts through her anime and gaming inspired content.
The Clockwork Dolls
The Clockwork Dolls formed in 2007, the concept was simple: theatrical, grand, epic music for folks who dream, and dream big. Hailing from diverse backgrounds, this band of video game nerds, theater geeks, artist rejects, and history buffs took the music scene by storm with their 2009 debut album, Dramatis Personae. After garnering a reputation in the steampunk community performing at events such as Steampunk Worlds Fair as well as World Steam Expo, The Clockwork Dolls took a brief foray into history with their WWII album When Banners Fall.
Now working on their third studio album Sleepwalk Chronicles The Clockwork Dolls hopes to continue their tradition of cinematic style symphonic rock with a mix of electronic music.
Our lineup for DerpyCon 2019 features the talent of Julie Zakar, vocalist and lyricist, Sam Lee, multiinstrumentalist and keyboardist, singer and guitarist Robare James Pruyn, and guitarist Sebastian Macaskill.
Learn more about The Clockwork Dolls at their website, or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.