DerpyCon welcomes guests from all different fandoms! Continue to check back throughout the year to learn more about the guests that will be coming to New Brunswick this October.
Voice Over Guest
Dani Chambers is an actress based in Dallas, TX. She has been acting on stage and film for the past twenty years, and has been performing voice-over work for the past five years. Performing in theater and short films has helped her acting skills to grow and develop tremendously, and she’s enjoyed every minute of it!
Dani made her anime debut in 2017 as Chise Hatori, the title character of the show The Ancient Magus Bride. From then on, she has voiced plenty of roles such as Maharo from My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising Movie, Serval in Kemono Friends, Hina Sato / Odin in The Day I Became a God, Dahlia/Iris Hawthorne in Ace Attorney, Mary in Fairy Tail: Final Season, Otomi in MIX, and Funicia in ASTRA: Lost in Space. You can also hear her in SMITE as Plushie Artio and in Marvel Avenger Academy as Ironheart.
Dani is super excited to start getting into the convention scene, and can’t wait to start new adventures! Be sure to follow Dani Chambers on Twitter @SkiniMini07, Instagram @danidchambers, and her website danidchambers.com for all kinds of fun updates!
Voice Over Guest
Cynthia Cranz is a native of Ft. Worth, TX, where she currently lives with her husband and five critters. She has steadily worked as a professional actress since graduating from Ole Miss in 1991, performing in the Dallas / Fort Worth area on stage, in commercials, television, radio, print, film, industrial videos, music videos, and her favorite….voicing characters for anime shows, movies and video games.
She is best known for her work in anime at Funimation Entertainment and Ochratron 2000. Her most notable roles are: Chi Chi in Dragon Ball Z (beginning in 1999 through current), Boton in Yu Yu Hokusho, Mitch in Case Closed, Paninya in Full Metal Alchemist, Bellemere and Onion in One Piece, and Mitzi on Chin Chan.
Other favorite roles include: Chieko in Princess Jellyfish, Rika in Summer Wars, Lupin The Third as Diana, Coach Momoe in Big Windup, Fei Ku in Negima, Hisae in Kodocha, Lisa in Soul Eater and Ferro in Gun Slinger Girl.
She has also voiced characters in such shows as: Shikabane Hime, D. Gray-man, Heroic Age, Beck, Tsubasa, Galaxy Railways, Sprial, Kiddy Grade, Fruits Basket, Spikeout and D7 Peacemaker.
Cynthia is incredibly honored to be here and looks forward to meeting fans and possibly making some new ones!
Voice Over Guest
Daman Mills is a voice actor and ADR director working in anime and video games. He’s best known as one of the voices of Frieza in the Dragon Ball Z franchise (select titles) as well as Monaka, Weiss the Immaculate in Final Fantasy VII: Remake, Cherry Blossom in SK8 the Infinity, N in Pokémon Masters, Titus in Borderlands 3, Hamon and the Narrator in Monster Hunter Rise, Mustard, Moonfish and High-End in My Hero Academia, Douglas Bullet in One Piece Stampede, Kai in Beastars, Kaworu Nagisa in the Evangelion Rebuild Films (Amazon dub), Jyugo in Nanbaka, Galle in Fire Emblem: Heroes, Leonardo Lionheart in RWBY, Chika Kudo in Kono Oto Tomare: Sounds of Life, Secutor Mevix in World of Warcraft, Ginshi Shirazu in Tokyo Ghoul:re, Yzak Joule in Mobile Suit Gundam: SEED, Shintaro Midorima in Kuroko’s Basketball, and many more!
As a voice director, he’s worked titles like Suppose a Kid from the Last Dungeon Boonies moved to a Starter Town? and Full Dive RPG.
Voice Over Guest
Appearing Virtually Only
Dan Green is best known for his voice work in the animated series Yu-Gi-Oh!, portraying the Pharoah, Atem, and Yugi Moto. Pokemon offered him a chance to voice many characters, including Mewtwo, Entei, Professor Birch, and one of his favorites, Treecko. Sonic X was another series Dan was grateful to be a part of, playing the no-nonsense Knuckles as well as Mephiles. He can be heard in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, G.I. Joe Sigma Six, and dozens of other series and movies. Focusing more on audiobooks, teaching, and developing his original series in the last several years, Dan has also recently voiced video game and animation work reuniting him with some charactes some may recognize. Dan is always thrilled and humbled to interact with his fans.
Voice Over Guest
Appearing Saturday/Sunday Only
Erica Schroeder is one of New York’s premier animation voice actors, giving her voice to over 250 characters in the world of animation for television, film, and video games over the past 19 years. Erica voiced villainess, Ilvira, in the recent Netflix hit animated film Secret Magic Control Agency, ranked #1 in the world on Netflix in April of 2021 and #2 in the US. She also recently voiced Devos in Blizzard Entertainments acclaimed, World of Warcraft: Shadowlands and is featured on Afterlives. She also currently voices Lloyd in funimation’s Suppose a Kid from the Last Dungeon Boonies Moved to a Starter Town, Cheese and Cat in Boy Girl Dog Cat Mouse Cheese, Meatball in Nickelodeon’s 44 Cats, Wobbuffet, Eevee, Sylveon, Goh’s Sobble, and Goh’s Rotom Phone in Netflix’s Pokemon Journeys and Nurse Joy, Fantina, Bianca, Grace, Ditto, Teddiursa, Meloetta, Pidove, Panchum, Tapukoko, and 50+ more Pokemon in various regions in the last 19 years! In the YU-GI-OH series she voiced 10+ characters in 5 of the series, including such characters as: Mai Valentine, Akiza Izinski, Dark Magician Girl, Mana, and Cathy Catherine. In addition, Erica is a Broadway/Stage actress and singer. She is also known for being active in the autistic community, promoting awareness and supporting her fans’ challenges and triumphs.
Other notable roles include: Monkey D. Luffy in the Fox Box One Piece, Blaze the Cat and Wave the Swallow from the Sonic The Hedgehog franchise, Emma Frost in Joss Whedon’s Stop Motion Comic Astonishing X-Men, Faragonda, Icy the Witch, Piff, Daphne, Squonk, Critty, and Kiko from Winx Club, Lyserg from Shaman King, Rai and Komorka from Tai Chi Chasers, Bridgette Verdant (Lettuce) from Mew Mew Power, Shiho from Ah! My Goddess, Scarlet Claw in Cutie Honey, Youshi in Giant Robo, The Spirit of the Mountain in The Boy who wanted to be a Bear (role shared with Sean Schemmel), The Witch in the Cannes Film Festival’s Little Long Nose, and many more titles. Select newer roles and releases include: Number 24, Akudama Drive, Ride Your Wave, Veronica in Funimation’s Arte, Anya Dostoyevsakya in Aria the Avvenir, Kiyoko in Tokyo Godfathers, FLCL3 (on Adult Swim!), Okko’s Inn, Your Name, Gundam Seed, and Gundam Destiny, Melissa Trail inYu-Gi-Oh Arc V, Akemi in Zetman, Yurika Yamagiwa in Psychic School Wars, Zarafa in Zarafa, Nagako Aoki in Mai Mai Miracle, Astoria Rapunzel on Nickelodeon’s (and Nick Jr.’s) fantastical Regal Academy.
Erica performed a song as the character of Elita in Signe Baumane’s new animated feature with Cameron Monaghan and Emma Kenney of Shameless and Matthew Modine of Stranger Things, coming out later in 2021 titled, My Love Affair with Marriage. She also recently starred as Betsy in the episode titled, Do The Voice and Captain Kilowatt in the episode titled Justice Battalion in the award winning podcast, The Truth, featured on such shows as All Things Considered and This American Life among others. Erica is currently working on Dan’s Green’s anticipated illustrated audiodrama, Crossing The Gods as Dominea along with 12 other projects/series/Video Games, some yet to premiere and some on various seasons of longer running shows.
In addition to the Pokemon, Sonic and One Piece video games she has worked on, Erica has also voiced characters in: Smite, Pathfinder, Contra, Lego Legacy: Heroes Unboxed, Shadow Hearts: From the New World, White Day, Littlest Pet Shop, Dungeon Hunter V, Just Cause 3, Super Smash Bros (and Ultimate)., Insecticide, and many more.
As a theater and musical theater actress, Erica has also appeared on Broadway, Off- Broadway and regionally and sings on the original cast recordings of Jane Eyre, SHOUT! The Mod Musical and others! Erica has won a SALT award for My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding and an Outstanding Acting Performance Award in the 2014 Zed Film Festival for the television pilot, Zom-Com, playing opposite Dan Deluca and Sonic actor, Jason Griffith. Her favorite role by far is that of Mom to her two children.
Charles Dunbar is a graduate of Hunter College, CUNY, where he received a BA in Religion and Anthropology and an MA in Cultural Anthopology. His thesis, Pilgrimage, Pageantry, and Fan Communities was published in 2011 and focused on anime convention participation, including spending habits, cosplya, demographics, communal behaviour, and convention culture.
Charles has previously given talks before the Joseph Campbell Foundation, has wokred 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 teach 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 making convention panels about dumb stuff they’re obsessed with, challenging audiences to make inaccurate anime descriptions, or making new friends in hotel lobbies, Children Driving Robots is excited that irregardless is now 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! Our line-up includes academic lectures, the Gameshow Impossibru™ series, and over-the-top entertainment panels. No matter your pleasure, there’s a Manly Battleships® event that’s right for you! When not performing live you can find our various digital nerd projects on YouTube, Twitch, and even TikTok!
Bubblepop is a tantalizing exciting troupe filled with multidimensional talented performers all over the east coast and midwest, filled with a variety of body sizes they’ve performed at conventions all over and now they’re here to welcome us all back from staying at home with the biggest celebration of panels and Burlesque shows!
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 Zenkaikon, Katsucon 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!
Resident of Hudson Valley NY, GMX Cosplay has been attending conventions since 2011 and began cosplaying in 2013. He is a advocate for diverse and plus size cosplayers . He holds a firm belief that there is no wrong was to cosplay and feels that portraying your favorite characters is a way for people to express themselves and feel accepted within the cosplay community. Having worked on and completed over 30 diverse and unique characters from multiple fandoms, shows how much passion he has for the craft. With attending 16 conventions annually, GMX Cosplay has a drive for being part of the comic con & cosplay communities. He feels strongly that conventions are the best place to be yourself, express your unique creativity, make new friends and exchange ideas with fellow cosplayers. He supports all cosplayers whether you’re just starting out or have been within the community for years. There is no wrong way to cosplay!
White Rabbit, Katie Lynch to you muggles, is a Central New Jersey based cosplayer and seamstress who has been haunting the convention floors since 2005. She has a BFA in Illustration and has mastered her seamstress skills by studying theatre and historical costuming. Katie is a multiple Master Level award winning cosplayer. She enjoys taking inspirational characters and morphing them to fit her macabre, gender bending aesthetic. She received local fame with her androgynous Pyramid Head from Silent Hill. Katie’s work has been showcased in several issues of Cosplay Realm and Cosplayzine Magazine.