Guests at Chicago Con
Join us for autographs, panels, and more! Guests at C+A+D are awesome people who come to share fandom, voice acting experience, and culture with everyone attending. Guests are announced as they accept our invitations to participate in our convention.
Random Encounters is that YouTube channel that thinks any video game worth talking about, is worth singing about. Since 2011, the channel has produced 140+ nerdcore musicals complete with catchy tunes, big costumes, and epic twists. We’ve covered everything from classic games like SONIC THE HEDGEHOG and THE SUPER MARIO BROS, to pop culture favorites like FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY’S and AMONG US, all the way to indie gems like UNDERTALE. 10 years, 1.6 billion views, and just like all good random encounters… you know something exciting is coming up next.
Gareth is an actor, model, and voice actor based out of Texas. He is known for such Anime roles as; Ittetsu Takeda in Haikyu, Seiya Takehaya in Tsurune, Kanichi Konishi in Food Wars, Haruka Shinozaki in My Girlfriend Is Shobitch, Lizard Misty in Saint Seiya, 2D in Golden Time, Akihiro Tsukaba in Chihayafuru, Tomoaki Yamagishi in O Maidens In Your Savage Season, and Dinkuron in Log Horizon. He is also currently playing the role of Jason Lee Scott the Red Power Ranger in the upcoming release Red Rising: A Power Rangers Fan Film. When not making anime voices or acting, Gareth enjoys basically anything nerdy under the sun. So whatever it is you are into, chances are you can come up and geek out. Because there is nothing he likes more than getting enthusiastic, and making new friends!
John started down the road of anime in 1997, when he landed his first role in Golden Boy from ADV Films. Since then, John has gone on to voice hundreds shows and characters. John’s wife once quipped that there are certain actors who might be the “Brad Pitts” of anime but John is the “Kevin Bacon” of anime.
Being the character actor type has given John the freedom to voice bazillions of characters such as Undertaker in Black Butler, Salvador in Borderlands II (VG), Gendo in Evangelion, the Captain in Halo (VG), Lord Death in Soul Eater, Hoenheim in Fullmetal Alchemist, Sir Crocodile in One Piece, Salvador in Borderland II, Kogoro in Sgt. Frog, Huang in Darker than Black, Vulcan in Orphen, Ken in Kaleido Star, Captain Ahab in Hakugei The Legend of Moby Dick, Rikudoh in RahXephon, Mister in Coyote Ragtime Show, as well as roles in the live action films 2009 Lost Memories, Conduct Zero, Yesterday, Jungle Juice, and the Gamera trilogy. Most recently you can catch John in the broadcast series of GANGSTA as Chad, and Akame Ga Kill as Bols as seen on Toonami.
In 2004, John jumped to the other side of the “mic” to direct. Among the shows he has directed are Welcome to the N.H.K., AirGear, Wandaba Style, St. Seiya, Shadow Skill, E’s Otherwise, Michel, Jinki Extend and Shinobi (live action co-directed with longtime pal, Kyle Jones). John loves working in the world of anime as a director and voice actor! Currently John is working with pals Kyle Jones and Jay Hickman on an original animation full length movie called The Perfect Khan. In addition to anime, John has voiced thousands of radio and tv commercials – even acted in a few films. One of the coolest acting jobs was being the Beer Delivery Guy in Dazed and Confused.
Robert L. Mungle
Robert L. Mungle is a voice actor for Funimation, ADV Films, Seraphim Digital/Sentai Filmworks, and OkraTron 5000. The Right Reverend Robert L. Mungle founded The Whiskey Brothers in 1998. Since then, while the line-up has changed, it has been his outrageously loud voice that has led the group. Mungle has taken the stage everywhere from sold out theaters to seedy strip clubs. His IMDB page boasts over 100 different anime roles, from “Ghost Stories” to “Lady Death” to “Excel Saga.” He was born in Houston and you might recognize him from any of tons of anime roles, some of which include Amanojaku from Ghost Stories, Mr.8 from One Piece, Matsushita from Angel Beats, and Pedro Domingo from Excel Saga. He’s appeared in Akame ga Kill!, 009-1, Broken Blade, Gantz, Halo Legends, and many others.
Quinton Flynn is beloved globally as Axel/Lea from the Kingdom Hearts game series along with Raiden from Metal Gear Solid 2, 4 and Rising Revengeance (for which he received a Best Actor Award). Fans Love Flynn as: Kon – Bleach, Iruka Sensai – Naruto, Reno – Final Fantasy, Jhin – League of Legends, Timon – Timon & Pumbaa, and many others! Quinton’s Classic Legacy Characters: Micky Mouse, Spider-Man, Venom, Human Torch, Jonny Quest, Gollum and too many others to list, feature in his solo stand up/improvisational Q&A panels which include celebrity impressions, song and audience participation.
Flynn seamlessly shape shifts from Silver The Hedgehog in the Sonic game series and as Dr. Krankcase – Skylanders: Trap Team, also lending his vocal gymnastics to – Star Wars: The Old Republic, Avatar The Last Airbender, Crash Bandicoot, Mass Effect, World of Warcraft, Batman Arkham City Origins, Lord Of the Rings and Pirates of the Caribbean. Coming Soon: his twisted IRISH Hitman Sir Henry Cooldown: No More Heroes 1, and 2, reappears in the 3rd installment (dropping in 2020). PLUS: Fan Favorite Sheldon Lee from My Life As A Teenage Robot is on the rise with an internet resurgence of interest in that Nickelodeon animated gem! So, Get In Like Flynn!
Chuck Hubers most recent anime roles are Android 17, Emperor Pilaf and Kibito in Dragon Ball Super, Kurogiri in My Hero Academia, Jajuka in Escaflowne, Kuro in Servamp, Kuniharu in The Disastrous Life of Saiki K, Asanaga in Endride, Kyūta’s Father in The Boy and Beast, Tony Stark in Death Battle, and Jason the Toymaker in CreepyPasta. Chuck Huber started acting in Anime in DBZ. Since then he has voiced hundreds of characters including Hiei in YuYu Hakusho, Stein in Soul Eater, Kululu in Sgt. Frog, Mohji in One Piece, Shou Tucker in Full Metal Alchemist. He has been a writer on Hetalia, Sgt. Frog, Baccano, Spice and Wolf, Strike Witches, Dragonaut and Skip Beat!
Video games Chuck has contributed voices for include Borderlands II, Ghostbusters, The Walking Dead, Aeon Flux, DBZ, Smite, The Killing Floor… among others. As a filmmaker Chuck has acted, produced, written or directed for Arbor Day – The Musical currently on Amazon Prime, Prince Adventures, The Troubadoors, The Fragility of Seconds, The Mechanical Grave, Odd Man Out among others. He began acting in Chicago at the Goodman Theater, Court Theater, Steppenwolf Theater after graduating from DePaul University and continues to work on stages in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. He also plays Dr. McCoy in Star Trek Continues; Dean Hansen on Season 2 of American Crime on ABC and Detective Swinton in the The Harrowing.
Samurai Dan and Jillian
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.
Morgan Berry is a voice actor, singer, and YouTuber; best known for her voice roles in various anime television series, films, video games, and web series. Some of the franchises Morgan voices for include: “Pokemon”, “Dragon Ball”, “My Hero Academia”, “One Piece”, “Final Fantasy”, “Fire Emblem”, “Miraculous Ladybug”, “Inuyasha”, “Sword Art Online”, “Borderlands”, “Marvel Avengers Academy”, “Food Wars”, “Cells at Work”, “Overlord”, “Fruits Basket”, “Rising of the Shield Hero”, “Free!”, “Smite”, “Phantasy Star Online 2”, the award winning film “The Boy and the Beast”, and many more. As an accomplished voice actor, Morgan has done voice work for many prestigious companies including Disney, Nintendo, Cartoon Network / Adult Swim, Marvel Entertainment, SEGA, Square Enix, Netflix, Funimation, Rooster Teeth, Bandai Namco, Gearbox Software, Sanrio, Team Four Star, and various other notable establishments.
Jay began his career in anime in the 1990s, when he landed his first role at ADV Films in Master of Mosquiton. Since then, he has appeared in more than 100 titles with studios including ADV Films, Funimation, Sentai Filmworks, Switchblade Pictures, Okratron 5000, and others. As a character actor, Jay has been able to voice a broad variety of colorful roles, with the occasional romantic lead thrown in for good measure. His notable credits over the past two decades are Mechazawa in Cromartie High School, Spitfire in Air Gear, Sho Zama in Aura Battler Dunbine, Shiryu in Saint Seiya, Chuu and Hammond in One Piece, Kagetane Hiruko in Black Bullet, Chief Kurama in Elfen Lied, Koji in Generator Gawl, Toru Watanabe in Excel Saga, The Fool in Kaleido Star, Crusty in Log Horizon, SSS in Madlax, Dera Mochimazzi in Tamako Market, Sanetoshi Watase in Penguindrum, Prince Mytho in Princess Tutu, and Giraffe in Revue Starlight, among many others.
Jay’s voice has also been featured in live action series and films such as Dark Water, Synesthesia, Conduct Zero, The Fuccons, Touching Wild Horses, Gamera – Attack of Legion, as well as in the video game Unlimited Saga. Jay had his Toonami debut playing Dr. Stylish in Akame ga KILL!, followed by Shiro Kuramori in Parasyte – the maxim, and now Joichiro Yukihira in Food Wars!
Greg Ayres has been blasting his way through the universe! With over 290 credits to his name, he has managed to play a variety of characters that are almost as colorful as his hair. He was thrilled to make his second appearance in the DragonBall universe in DragonBall Super as Frost, and equally excited blasting bugs as Geo in Sony Picture’s Starship Troopers : Traitor of Mars. Some other recent roles include Jiro in Concrete Revolutio, Sho Utsumi in SSSSGridman, Ryuuou Edogawa in Doreiku, Koji Koda in My Hero Academia, and even makes an appearance as Popuko in Pop Team Epic. He is proud to be a part of the new “Pink Harvest” productions for Sentai Filmworks, in the roles of Izumi Sena in Lovestage, and Yabase in Hitorijime My Hero. This year he was also given the opportunity to reprise one of his all time favorite roles as Son Goku in Saiyuki Reload Blast. Some other recent favorites include Nagisa Haruki in Free, and Free Eternal Summer, MonoKuma in Danganronpa, Clear in Dramatical Murder, and Doug in Gangsta, Yu Nishinoya in Haikyu, Zenji Marui in Food Wars, Ganta Igarashi in Deadman Wonderland, Heihachi Hayashida in Samurai 7, and Kouichi Sakakibara in Another. 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, Tomoki Sakurai in Heaven’s Lost Property, and Negi Springfield in Negima.
When he’s not in a booth with headphones on, you can usually find him sporting headphones behind “the decks” at many a music event. A veteran nightclub DJ of many years, he has jumped at the opportunity to play music and organize late night dances at many of the conventions he attends. Greg is also a member of Project BECK, who perform music from the anime Beck Mongolian Chop Squad, and has had a blast reliving the music from that show with his friends. Thrilled to be able to share his love of music with anyone willing to listen – from packed rooms at anime conventions, to the legendary stage of The Knitting Factory (NYC), he’s always ready to make a little noise.
YTCracker is a rapper, former cracker, and Internet entrepreneur. YTCracker began producing rap music in 1998 in the genre that has since become known as nerdcore hip hop. YTCracker is a self-proclaimed “jack of all trades”, also making a name for himself as a professional disc jockey, computer programmer, graphics designer and webmaster. His music covers everything from computer hacking to bitcoin. He has performed on legendary stages across the world in front of some of the largest crowd both as a DJ and as a lyricist, including events like the Consumer Electronics Show, MAGFest, SXSW and beyond.
Margaret (Meg) McDonald is a Houston based actress and all around nerd. McDonald first got started in the voice over industry after auditioning while she was still in school. After getting her BA in Drama from the University of St. Thomas, Meg pursued a full time acting career in the booth as well as onstage. Her most notable roles in anime are: “Harumi” in Citrus, “Rikka Takanashi” in Love, Chunibyo, and Other Delusions, “Tama” in Death March to A Parallel World Rhapsody, “Miho Nishizumi” in Girls und Panzer, “Tamako Kitashrikawa” in Tamako Market, and “Isuzu” in Log Horizon. She can also has supporting roles in Watamote, Hakouki, Little Busters, Maria Holic, Mayo Chiki, Rozen Maiden: Zuruckenspulen, Maidsama, and Nobunaga the Fool to name a few. She also appears in Parasyte: The Maxim and Akame Ga Kill.
Kevin M Connolly is a classically trained actor who’s VO career includes dubbing for anime and live action shows, video games, audio books, commercials and animation. He started in Texas working with FUNimation, Illumitoon Ent and ADV Films with shows including Case Closed, Gatchaman, Fullmetal Alchemist, Rumbling Hearts & more. In LA he has worked with Bang Zoom Ent, VSI and Dubbing Bros. on shows and games such as Sword Art Online, League of Legends, Gundam Build Divers Re:RISE, and Ace Combat 7. He also has been the voice for LEGO’s Holiday commercial campaigns 2018/19 as well as co-starring on “LEGO Friends: Girls On A Mission” as Steve. Currently he can be heard as the narrator on “Welcome To Demon School” on Crunchyroll, with more projects coming in the future. Follow him on Instagram and Twitter @KevinMConnolly to find out more.
V is for Villains
A new breed of entertainment. The intimate story. Epic visual stylings. That’s what you’re about to experience when getting ready for a V is for Villains concert. V is for Villains is a new breed of entertainment. Mixing the visual styles of Steampunk, Carnival and Noir, with the musical taste of Nine Inch Nails, Prodigy, and your favorite film score; V is for Villains will take you on a journey through the imagination that your mother couldn’t prepare you for. Most groups often say that they intend for “world domination”… V is for Villains might actually mean it…
Patricia Duran is a native Houstonian with over twenty years of experience as a professional stage actor working locally, regionally, and in New York City. In the early 2000’s she did a little voice over work with ADV Films (now Sentai Filmworks), but it wasn’t until 2016 when she returned to her hometown after working in NY that she really became involved with voicing anime and fell in love with it! Some of her favorite roles include; Freya in Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, Hikari Kagura in Revue Starlight, Nui-Nokata in Dororo, Kazuna Nishizono in Food Wars! The Second Plate, Kagari in Ushio and Tora, Chisato in BanG Dream!, Helga in Vinland Saga,Yayaka in Flip Flappers, Hina in Domestic Girlfriend, Princess in Princess Principal, and so many more!
She is a founding company member with Mildred’s Umbrella Theatre Company who strive to promote the empowerment of women in the performing arts. Duran received the 2020 Houston Press award for the Best Everywhere We Looked Player and in 2019 won Best Actress for her role as Maxima Terrible Segunda in The Hunchback of Seville. She has been recognized in American Theatre magazine as one of 20 Theatre Workers You Should Know. You can find her @www.PatriciaDuran.net or on Instagram as PatriciaDuranActor.
Gigi Edgley is an internationally renowned actress originally from Australia. Edgley has starred in countless film and television series including FX’s Feud, USA’s The Starter Wife, Enuattii: Face off Designer’s latest feature, Diminuendo, Rescue Special Ops, Tricky Business, SyFy’s Showdown at Area 51, Quantum Apocalypse, Carlotta, Newcastle, Black Jack, Peacekeeper Wars, Stingers, Secret Life Of Us, Beastmaster, Lost World, Water Rats, Day of The Roses, Star Trek Continues and Nexus.
Additionally Edgley has an extensive history with The Jim Henson Company beginning with her popular role as Chiana on the company’s critically acclaimed sci fi cult series, Farscape in which she starred for over five years. Gigi stole the hearts of sci-fi enthusiasts. She was originally cast as a guest star for one episode, but quickly captured the attention of the Farscape writers, producers and the fans alike. The mischievous Chiana became one of the most popular, and at times controversial characters in the series. The SyFy Channel and The Jim Henson Company also asked her to host Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge.
Recently Gigi also helped crowd fund over $101700 for The Circuit. Edgley’s team additionally raised over $44,000 on Kickstarter to fund a sci-fi short called Hashtag. They are planning to take it to Sundance, Cannes and Toronto film festivals. Gigi was nominated for the Film’s Critic’s Circle awards for best lead actress in the feature Last Train To Freo, the SyFy Genre Award for Best Supporting actress, the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress in a television series and Maxim Award for Sexiest Space Babe.
Gigi has a long list of theatre credits as well that include: Kill Everything YouLove, 4.48 Psychosis,The Rover, Boy’s Life, Romeo And Juliet, Road, Picnic At Hanging Rock and Les Miserables. She also recently sung at Stan Lee’s Birthday and was selected for the Women of Sci-Fi book by Denny’s Illic. Edgley is also a recording artist, creator of original comic books, director and producer. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Queensland University of Technology after entering in the auditions alongside hundreds of other candidates. Check out her website at: GigiEdgley.Com
The Microphone Misfitz
The Microphone Misfitz use the pillars of Hip-Hop and their shared dynamics to enlighten and sustain their audiences. Kin Solo, DFEX, and Jet Nam (Jet9) are the choreography & movement artists; Ray of Light is the high-octane hype-man & MC; Mel L. is the Graff artist, vocalist, & road DJ, and D-Nick The Microphone Misfit is the lead MC, lyricist & artistic director of the group. In 2018 the group made history by being the first Hip-Hop group from the USA to officially perform in China since the country banned Hip-Hop. The group was met with great praise and hundreds of fans. • The Fitz have performed at many festivals and conventions such as, 2X2 Hip-Hop Fest, SLUM Fest, SXSW, Wizard World Comic Con, Keystone Comic Con, J1 Gamer Con, MECCA Con, & Pocket Con. Each of the group’s albums come inside of a full-length comic book written by the group’s front-man D-Nick.