Guests

Alexis Tipton
Josh Grelle
Tia Ballard
Samurai Dan
Sophie McNutt
DJ Kandi Kid Assassin
DJ Grom
DJ Willis

Voice Actor: Alexis Tipton

Alexis TiptonAlexis Tipton was born in Kansas, lived in Southern California for a time (and returns every chance she gets), and has lived in Texas for roughly the past decade. She has been working in the dubbing industry since 2008 and has loved every minute of it. She can be heard in over 70 titles so far with more announcements on the way. Some of her credits include Saya Kisaragi (Blood C), Julia Crichton (FMA: The Sacred Star of Milos), Moka Akashiya (Rosario+Vampire), Musubi (Sekirei), Mizuki Himeji (Baka and Test), Yomi Isayama (Ga-Rei: Zero), Sun Seto (My Bride is a Mermaid), Yamada’s Eros Deity (B Gata H Kei), Laila Seiren (Hero Tales), Kaori Tanaka (Shiki), Emi Kizaki (Linebarrels of Iron), Shizuku Ishiki (King of Thorn), Chibi Japan/Kumajiro (Hetalia), and many more (full list of credits can be found on Anime News Network). She has also provided vocals for character songs and a few of FUNimation’s trailers. She has been a stage actress most of her life and is currently learning more about film acting. When she isn’t acting, Alexis occasionally teaches theater workshops and intensives in the Dallas area for ages 8-17. Alexis is represented by The Horne Agency.

Voice Actor: Josh Grelle

Josh Grelle A native Texan and avid anime fan, Josh Grelle has been working in anime voice work for almost 10 years now. After starting with ADV Films in January 2004, Josh was quickly bombarded with tons of in-booth experience on a wide range of shows, including Wedding Peach, Steam Detectives, 009-1, and the legendary Gatchaman. He began working for FUNimation entertainment in 2006. Since then, he has starred in numerous titles; his most famous being Kenichi in Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple. Other roles include Kyohei in the Wallflower, Kouichi in Linebarrles of Iron, Makoto in Ghost Hound, Itsuki in Initial D, , and his personal favorite, Kuranosuke in Princess Jellyfish. More recent roles include Chow from Starship Troopers: Invasion, Nicky in Mass Effect: Paragon Lost, Kazuya Aoi in Freezing, Yuji Sakai in Shakugan no Shana, Akihisa Yoshii in Baka and Test, and Komatsu in Toei’s foodie/fighting adventure, Toriko. Aside from anime, Josh has lent his voice to a number of video games, including Sima Shi in Dynasty Warriors 7, multiple voices in Dragonball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi, The Gunstringer, and Orcs Must Die!. He also plays the very loud and opinionated Dave in Borderlands 2

Voice Actor: Tia Ballard

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Tia is amazing! Tia is not awkward at all! Tia is letting you know that we write our own bios on here and it feels weird. Raised on generous helpings of Disney magic and video games, this blonde goofball has provided the voice for Happy the Cat (Fairy Tail), Mizore Shirayuki (Rosario + Vampire), Megumi Shimizu (Shiki), Xiao Mei (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood), Eris (Cat Planet Cuties), Rin Ogata (Rideback), Hibana (Deadman Wonderland), and many other toons and video games. In the summer, Tia runs Princess-in-Training Youth Camps for young girls, teaching grace, good attitudes, and how to save yourself!

Tia is a good person and if you don’t love her you’re probably a jerk.”-Tia’s boyfriend

So, Tia dresses up like Mickey Mouse or something at these conventions? I don’t get it.” -Tia’s brother

Tia is delicious.” -A cannibal

Culture Guest: Samurai Dan and the Kojokan Shinbutai

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.

Industry Guest: Sophie McNutt

Sophie McNutt has worked at FUNimation Entertainment in the marketing department since 2003. Starting out managing Operation Anime, FUNimation’s anime club program, Sophie then took on various duties including brand management, convention promotion logistics, and new anime research. In April 2009 Sophie became the Community Lead for ShoDojo, FUNimation’s Anime Video Community website. She continues to research new anime for FUNimation to acquire, manage Operation Anime, and operate FUNimation’s new Anime at the Movies program (previously known as Anime at the Alamo). Sophie loves South Park, anime, Initial D, jrock, video game RPGs, Dungeons & Dragons, drawing, and cosplaying. When she’s not giving panels, Sophie will be at the Initial Anime table in the Artist Alley.

DJ: The Kandi Kid Assassin

 

KandiKidOnce upon a time the cookie monster was dancing the night away at a hardcore party. After much debauchery he hooked up with a care bear and the Kandi Kid Assassin was born!
Hailing straight from Kansas City, Mo KandiKid Assassin has played many shows across the Midwest! He can mix you a Happy Hardcore set that makes even your grandmother throw on her Tie Dye T-Shirt and Rave it up like it’s 1970!”
-Ahn Con 2013
Sound familiar!?! That’s right he’s back and ready to attack!
…The dance floor I mean! (Not the Titans! ) Mixing up some great tunes for us; Headlining for Motaku 2013, will be KandiKid Assassin!

DJ Grom

balancas_01KC local Grom comes to throw down some fast-paced, high-energy, dirty
hardcore beats, with just the right pinch of cheese ( Hope it’s Pepper Jack!). Be ready to kick
your legs in the air, because when Grom hits the decks, his hardcore
vibes are going to bring the noise. Grab your fluffies and bust out them Glowsticks, It’s gonna get cray!

DJ Willis

WillisSpecializing in Hardcore/Drum and Bass, Dj Willis is bound to keep your rump shaking and your ears quaking this year! Hailing from good ‘ol New Humanity crew Mo, Dj Willis is a new face to the scene in Anime Convention Djing, but rest assured he has been blurring the line between reason and insanity since early 2008; He’ll fit right in! His hypnotic beats and bassquakes are indeed worthy!
Known for his ballistic high-speed performances, he’s no stranger to getting a party up on their feet and bouncing off the walls. His style has landed him the honor of playing alongside underground legends Jimni Cricket, Spree + ADB, Jernee, Dara, Wilcox, and Madcell and our very own RevolutionBoi! Get ready to get radical, because Willis is gonna show you what it means to party!