Legendary Actor Richard Epcar is one of the hardest working men in show business, having voiced over 500 characters in Games, Animation and Anime. Best known as the voice of Batou in Ghost in the Shell, The Joker in several Batman games including Injustice: Gods Among Us (Fighting Game of the Year!), Raiden in Mortal Kombat, Ansem in Kingdom Hearts, and Akuma in Street Fighter V!
Richard was voted one of the Top 20 Video Game Voice Actors of all Time and Top 20 Anime Actors of all time by IMDB! He was also nominated for Best Male Lead Vocal Performance in an Anime Movie by BTVA for his portrayal of Hokusai in Miss Hokusai.
Starting out in Robotech, you’ve heard him in Legend of Korra, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure as Joseph Joestar, Batman Unlimited as Commissioner Gordon, Pokémon Generations as Giovanni, Berserk, Peabody & Sherman, Transformers, The Asterisk War, Dragon Ball Super, Blood Lad, Lupin III, Monster, Naruto, Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo, Monster Hunter World, Bleach, Skip Beat, Kenshin, SAO II, Durarara!!, GTO, A Lull in the Sea, Hunter × Hunter, Gundam, Macross, DC Super Friends, Cyborg 009: The Cyborg Soldier, Lucky Star, Digimon, 7 Deadly Sins, X-Men, Gundam Unicorn, Stitch & Ai, Babylon 5, and Power Rangers to name a few, and he’s directing and voicing the all new Lupin III!
He’s also in tons of games including: Final Fantasy as Gaius and Ilberd, Saints Row, Mafia III, Arkham Origins, Skyrim, Infinite Crisis as the Joker, Call of Duty – Advanced Warfare, Mad Max, Smite, Cross Edge, Fire Emblem as Walhart and Jedah, Persona 5, MK vs D.C. Universe as the Joker and Raiden, Stargate SG-1 as Gen. Hammond, Call of Duty – Black Ops, Star Wars, Transformers, X-COM, Command & Conquer, Dead or Alive 3-D, Starcraft as Dark Templar, Dead Space, Xenosaga as Ziggy, Marvel Heros, World of Warcraft (15 characters), League of Legends as Xin Zhao, Naruto, Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Warriors, Blue Dragon, Star Ocean, Splinter Cell, Guilty Gears, .hack, Medal of Honor, Ghost Recon, Baton Kaitos Origins, Space Seige, Spec Ops, Bayonetta, Catherine, Tekken, Ace Combat and Resident Evil.
Richard has voice directed many games including: Arkham Origins, Dead Island: Riptide, Blue Dragon, Shadow Hearts II, Star Ocean 2 and 3, X-COM, Enemy Territory Quake Wars, Unreal Tournament 3, Jackass the Game, Smackdown vs. Raw, and Dead Head Fred; and voice directed many shows including: Ghost in the Shell 2, Lupin III, Robotech: Shadow Chronicles, Almost Heroes, Jungle Shuffle, The Reef, Monchichi, Grand Master, Noein, Digimon, Fighting Spirit, Patlabor 3, Zentrix, Azumi I & II, Fearless, Betty Blue, Iron Monkey, VR Troopers, Power Rangers, Ugly Betty Webisodes, Old Boy and many more.
He has also voice acted on several films including: Deadpool, Warcraft, Planet of the Apes, Capt. America: Winter Soldier, X-Men: First Class and Resident Evil 3, to name just a few.
On camera, Richard has appeared in many shows including: Warehouse 13, Memoirs of an Invisible Man, Columbo, Diagnosis Murder, Matlock, Cheers, V, Days of Our Lives, General Hospital, and a lead in the film, Altered Spirits, on Amazon.
Keith Silversteinis a veteran voice actor with an impressive and diverse list of credits. He’s the voice of Torbjornin the smash hit game Overwatch, Hisokaon Toonami’s Hunter x Hunter, Hawk Mothon the fan favorite Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir, Speedwagonin JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure,and Keith joined the cast of One Piece Film: Goldas mega-baddie Gild Tesoro!
He can also be heard as Vector the Crocodilein the Sonic The Hedgehogfranchise. Resident Evilfans know him as HUNK. Street Fighterfans will recognize him as Gouken, and to fans of Viz’s new Sailor Moonhe’s the maniacal Professor Tomoe.
Other notable credits include:Arséne Lupin IIIin Jigen’s Gravestone, Kirby O’Neilin Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtlesand Char Aznablein Gundam The Origin.
For more info on Keith Silverstein visit his website at www.keithsilverstein.com, or check out Keith Silverstein Voice Artiston Facebook and @SilverTalkieon Twitter.
ANJALI BHIMANI is an actress/singer whose multi-decade career has spanned from Broadway to television, opera to video games, and everything in-between. She is most well known to international audiences as the voice of the light-bending architect, Symmetra, in Blizzard’s wildly popular game Overwatch. In the gaming world she has also voiced the bloodthirsty raider Nisha in Fallout 4: Nuka Worldand as the strong-headed sniper Stingray in in Geek and Sundry’s live-action post-apolcalyptic RPG We’re Alive: Frontier,soon to premiere Season 2 on Project Alpha. On television, audiences have seen her as Nina Patel in Modern Family and the fiesty Joya in Alex, Inc.opposite Zach Braff and Tiya Sircar, as well as in appearances on Silicon Valley, Criminal Minds, NCIS: LA, Grace and Frankie, Flight of the Conchords, Law and Order: SVU, The Sopranos, and many more. On Broadway she played the Bollywood diva Rani in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Bombay Dreamsand Myrrha and others in Mary Zimmerman’s Tony Award winning Metamorphoses. Off-Broadway and regional credits include Comedy On The Bridge/Brundibar(two one act operas translated by Tony Kushner and designed by the late Maurice Sendak), Roof of the World, The Existents (by and starring Vintage Trouble frontman Ty Taylor), Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, The Odyssey, As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet, Pentecost, and more. She is also the creator/host of the webseries I Am Fun Sizeand supports a number of causes such as Call for Code, an initiative created by the American Red Cross, The United Nations Human Rights Office, and IBM to encourage software developers to create sustainable software solutions for global and local support during natural disasters. Find her on the internet at @sweeetanj on Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram, and at Anjali Bhimani on Facebook, where you can find many pictures of her pride and joy, Charley Dog.
It is said that Michele Knotz hails from a distant faraway planetoid called New Jersey. She commutes to New York to work on this series you may have heard of called Pokémon. Now in their 21st season, Michele returns as the voice of Team Rocket’s Jessie!
Michele was also in FUNimation’s theatrical release (January 2017) of One Piece Film: Gold as the voice of Carina!
Michele is also a script adapter and time coder for various dubbing projects and lends her voice to many other types of work. To see all of Michele’s credits, guest appearances, and listen to her voice demos, check out her web site at: http://micheleknotz.com/
Fiuara The Tank Girl
Content Creator and Independent Researcher, she is known for being willing to research virtually any question. From Anime to 40K to Anime to Ponies, Fiaura will try her best to figure it out. Whether it is how Discord is limited in his magic or what psychology of the ponies, Fiaura will present the best solution she could find.
Currently she works on YouTube providing live streams of video games, writing, and tabletop adventures while doing reviews of said games as well as performing research questions posed by her subscribers focused on MLP, Anime, and 40K. Come on by, see her, and try to ask a question she can’t come up with an answer for!
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.
Children Driving Robots
At least a hundred years ago, a group of idiots and a plastic turtle named Kyle came together with a great mission: to have fun entertaining people irregardless of whether or not people were entertained. Whether it be arcade playthroughs and inaccurate anime descriptions on YouTube, convention panels about dumb stuff they’re obsessed with, or making new friends in hotel lobbies, Children Driving Robots are not aware that irregardless is not a word. Check us out online at childrendrivingrobots.com.
The Manly Battleships®
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!
The Comiku Girls
The Comiku Girls, Akiko Meigetsu & Li Izumi, are celebrating their 10-year anniversary attending the convention circuit along the eastern seaboard and beyond. Each has had a pencil (or brush) in their hand since they could hold one, & have been telling stories since they could talk. At conventions, they are artists, cosplayers, & Japanese cultural panelists. In 2004, we debuted our popular Japanese Tea Ceremony Panel, and have continued to create unique panel options in the decade since.
Akiko is an artist, working in both digital and traditional media (watercolor and Asian Brushpainting). Li has studied Japanese language & culture for over a decade, including a semester in Akita, Japan.
Akiko has a Ph.D. in Biology from Duke University. She has studied Brush Painting with Chinese master, Cong Yuan, and watercolors with artist Luna Lee Ray. She has been painting in water media for more than a decade.
Li has a B.A. in East Asian Studies and a Master’s degree in Classical Japanese Language and Literature from University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She spent 4 months in Akita, Japan living and going to school, where she studied, among other things, how to wear a kimono, calligraphy, and tea ceremony.
Geek Speed Dating
Geek Speed Dating is a service that organizes events in which participants go through rounds of dating
during a session in hopes of meeting that special someone. We pride ourselves on providing a safe, fun, and comfortable environment for all our patrons. We run events like these across the country, as well as offer LGBT+ specific sessions. Signs up happen on site at our booth.
Award-winning author and editor Danielle Ackley-McPhail has worked both sides of the publishing industry for longer than she cares to admit. In 2014 she joined forces with husband Mike McPhail and friend Greg Schauer to form her own publishing house, eSpec Books.
Her published works include six novels, Yesterday’s Dreams, Tomorrow’s Memories, Today’s Promise, The Halfling’s Court, The Redcaps’ Queen, and Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn, written with Day Al-Mohamed. She is also the author of the solo collections A Legacy of Stars, Consigned to the Sea, Flash in the Can, and Transcendence, the non-fiction writers’ guide, The Literary Handyman, and is the senior editor of the Bad-Ass Faeries anthology series, Gaslight & Grimm, Dragon’s Lure, and In an Iron Cage. Her short stories are included in numerous other anthologies and collections.
She is a member of Broad Universe, a writer’s organization focusing on promoting the works of women authors in the speculative genres.
Danielle lives in New Jersey with husband and fellow writer, Mike McPhail and three extremely spoiled cats. She can be found on Facebook (Danielle Ackley-McPhail) and Twitter (DMcPhail).
To learn more about her work, visit www.sidhenadaire.com.
Author and graphic artist Mike McPhail is member of the Military Writers Society of America; he is dedicated to helping his fellow service members (and those deserving civilians) in their efforts to become authors/editors/artist, as well as supporting related organization in their efforts to help those “who have given their all for us.” www.milscifi.com
His love of science, technology, and developing an understanding of the human condition play an important role in his writing, art, and game design, all of which are built upon his training as an aeronautical engineer and dreams of becoming a NASA mission specialist, balanced by his enlistment in the service. www.mikemcphail.com
In the late 80s he was involved in game design, namely the Martial Role-Playing Game (All’Arc MRPG), a manual-based, hardcore military science fiction adventure, set in his Alliance Archives universe; sections of which are being reissued under the title of From The Archives (FT’Arc) by AGM Publications, a division of eSpec Books, LLC.
He is best known as the editor and illustrator of the award-winning Defending The Future series of military science fiction anthologies, which just celebrated its tenth anniversary with its Best Of… collection, and the continuation of the series. www.defendingthefuture.com
In 2014 he added the title of publisher, as the co-founder of eSpec Books LLC, Electronic Speculative Fiction Publishing. www.especbooks.com
Cosplay Burlesque is the East Coast’s premier burlesque troupe specializing in fandom and convention entertainment! Featuring a rotating cast of 30+ performers of all genders and orientations, Cosplay Burlesque has entertained audiences at over 40 events since 2008. We feature striptease artists, comedians, dancers, singers, sideshow, acrobats, & drag acts – all dressed as your favorite characters from TV, comics, movies, video games, and more!
Alanaleilani is a plus size cosplayer from Hawaii and who now lives in Central NY! A huge proponent of body positivity, she hopes to spread the message that cosplay is for everyone wherever she goes. Her strength is over the top, inconvenient cosplays and her weakness is following any sort of regular sleep schedule. She’s stoked for her first time visiting Derpycon and encourages everyone to constantly pelt her with the worst puns they have ever heard! The more groan-inducing they are, the more fake internet points you win.
Sara Cosplays and Jennifer Glinzak Costumery & Couture
Sara and Jennifer are a cosplay duo and self-taught seamstresses from Northern Virginia. Their intricate couture designs have garnered countless competitive awards, most notably Best in Show at Awesome Con 2018.
Sara began cosplaying in 2015. Her favorite costumes to create include putting historical spins on her favorite characters. Her attention to detail in her costume and wig work has won numerous craftsmanship awards, including Best of Saturday at Anime USA 2017.
Jennifer is a prolific designer who frequently instructs others in couture construction techniques, corsetry, and fitting for cosplayers of all genders. Her extensive cosplay portfolio includes both screen-accurate and original designs of beloved characters.
You can catch Sara and Jennifer at their instructional panels throughout the weekend, or pop by their booth anytime as they’re always up for giving pointers or chatting about cosplay, construction techniques, or which Disney princess is best.
Nicole Oliva has been a Singer and Cosplayer since 2004. Nicole has hundreds of solo and theatrical performances to her accreditation in the realms of plays, musicals, operas, concerts and films. Currently playing the role of a pretty magical Lolita girl, Nicole has been touring the east coast performing geeky themed concerts and judging cosplay contests. Nicole’s work as a cosplayer, seamstress, and concert singer have become fan favorites across the east coast.
Professor Shyguy’s music can be best described as; high energy, chiptune-electro-rocking, 8-bit, epically vocalized, highly danceable, theatrical nerd-pop. Singing 50% about video games and the other 50% is anything from Space/Time to English Language gymnastics. He is recently known for singing Starring Star, the Funimation dub outro to the Dragon Ball Super. He can also be heard on Indoor Kids, Guude Boulderfist’s youtube channel, and many other places!
Kenzie Black is an American music producer, international DJ, & Yami Kawaii fashion enthusiast. In the Yami Kawaii spirit she mixes dark & cute bass music beats with video game & anime sounds. These mixes and tracks always have a backdrop of animal welfare activism, and other social movements she cares about.｡:+*. . .(♡_♡)
Her message, “We Rise Together”, implies that people from any culture, more specifically pop edm & nerd culture, can come together as a community, and encourage each other in darkness and in light, towards a meaningful cause we believe in collectively. For Kenzie right now, with the inspiration from her past job as a pet care provider, has ambitious goals to one day open her own animal shelter, So far, she has worked towards that goal by traveling the world, listening to others, and raising money for various reputable animal shelters that have qualities she is currently learning from.