The RiverCenter  July 13 - 15, 2018  Davenport, IA

Convention Guests

Tyler Walker

Tyler Walker

Tyler Walker is an ADR director, script writer and voice actor for FUNimation Entertainment. A native of East Texas, he grew up spending equal time playing in the woods, playing Atari, and watching cartoons like Scooby Doo, Superfriends, Star Blazers, and Battle of the Planets. After graduating from the University of North Texas with a BA in Radio, Television, and Film, he spent time playing in bands and eventually started working as an ADR engineer and production assistant at FUNimation in 2002. A bit of trivia: His former band, The Pointy Shoe Factory, had three songs featured in Dragon Ball Z Movie Eight: Broly, The Legendary Super Saiyan.

Since then, he has worked as ADR director on around six hundred episodes of such series as Baccano!, Toriko, Dragon Ball Z, Ghost Hunt, Basilisk, Black Cat, Blassreiter, Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom, Hell Girl, Is This a Zombie, Negima, TO, Ragnarok the Animation, and 175 episodes of Fairy Tail. In addition to directing and producing, he has also written numerous scripts for titles such as Fairy Tail, One Piece, Bamboo Blade, Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom, Hero Tales, Shangri-La, and both seasons of Is This A Zombie. When he’s not at the FUNimation studios, Tyler plays drums and produces music for his current band, Wirewings. Somehow he still finds time to go out into the woods, play video games, and watch cartoons.

Heather Walker

Heather Walker

Heather Walker loves the freaks, the geeks, and the oddballs. From birds and giant rats, to tortured mystical children, to sexy nurses, she has played a wide variety of roles in her relatively brief time as a voice actress. Whether she is screaming her head off for an entire scene or being innocently naughty, Heather loves extreme characters. Some of her roles include Hiruko from Shangri-La, Aki from Maken-Ki, the misunderstood villain Mary Hughes in Fairy Tail, and most recently the role of Zoe, the revolutionary girl, in the audio play Chimpanzee. She studied creative writing at the University of North Texas and besides voice acting, Heather is a stylist, poet, birdwatcher, and environmentalist, and is currently being certified as a Texas Master Naturalist. So not only does she love voicing animals, she loves protecting them too.

Dawn Bennett

Dawn Bennett

Dawn M. Bennett is a Dallas-based voice actress that has worked with FUNimation, Rooster Teeth, OkraTron 5000, ScrewAttack, and GalaxyTrail. She began voice acting in 2011 during her freshman year at Berklee College of Music. Dawn can be heard in shows such as RWBY (An Ren), Fairy Tail (Frosch), Yuri!!! On Ice (Isabella Yang), Black Clover (Sister Lily), Attack On Titan: Junior High (Frieda Reiss), Show By Rock!! (A), Touken Ranbu-Hanamaru (Hotarumaru), Keijo!!!!!!!! (Miku Kobayakawa), Anime-Gataris (Minoa Asagaya), Konohana Kitan (Satsuki), and more.

She can also be heard in games such as Freedom Planet (Lilac), SMITE (Celestial Isis, Ma Chérie Arachne), and Yandere Simulator (Asu Rito, Hanako Yamada, & Muja Kina). She has voiced in DEATH BATTLE! as Jeanne (Dante VS Bayonetta) and Naruto (Naruto VS Ichigo). Besides voice acting, Dawn is the lead vocalist for the anime/video game cover band Tournament Arc. You can follow Dawn on Facebook or Twitter.

Marissa Lenti

Marissa Lenti

Marissa Lenti is an anime voice actress who you can hear as Libra in Fairy Tail, Mistress Sadie in One Piece, Ilse Langnar in Attack on Titan: Junior High, Momoko Hyakushiki & Kuu in NANBAKA, Chiaki Hoshinomori in Gamers!, Alicia Florence in Aria the Animation, Kohaku in In Another World With My Smartphone, and Atsuko Yoshida in Keijo!!!!!!!, among others! She’s also appeared in many video games, like SMITE, Paladins, Torment: Tides of Numenera & Yandere Simulator, as well as mobile games, such as when she lent her voice to Thor in Marvel’s Avengers Academy, Mametchi, KuroMametchi, & Kuchipatchi in My Tamagotchi Forever, and when she voiced Princess Celestia, Princess Cadance, & Queen Novo in Hasbro’s My Little Pony apps. When she’s not acting, she’s casting & directing for Sound Cadence Studios, with some of her recent projects being ScrewAttack’s DEATH BATTLE! and DBX, as well as Rooster Teeth’s RWBY Vol 4 & 5, Red vs Blue, and Camp Camp. She also directs for FUNimation, most recently serving as assistant director for NANBAKA seasons 1 & 2! To learn more about Marissa, check out her website at www.marissalenti.com or follow her on Twitter @LentiSoup!

Kyle Phillips

Kyle Phillips

Kyle Phillips is a Dallas-based anime voice director and actor, who’s primarily worked with FUNimation Productions since 2008. Kyle started his career as an ADR Engineer, working on numerous titles such as One Piece, xxxHolic, Fairy Tail, and many more. He started getting behind the mic almost immediately, doing crowd scenes and the occasional bit part. Eventually, voice acting turned into one of his favorite parts of his job, so he decided to really pursue it and has been acting ever since. His more notable roles include Jason the reporter in Fairy Tail, Marco the Phoenix in One Piece, Genshiro Saji in High School DxD, Sosuke Sugaya in Assassination Classroom, Mistugu Yamaji in Three Leaves, Three Colors, Sho Tokugawa in Cheer Boys!!, Hairo Kineshi in The Disastrous Life of Saiki K, Denki Kaminari in My Hero Academia, and Suigin Riku in The Silver Guardian.

In 2013, Kyle decided it was time to move on from the ADR Engineer position and go after a position he had be interested in more and more: Voice Director. After assistant directing for Tyler Walker for a few seasons, in 2015 Kyle got to helm his own show, Ultimate Otaku Teacher. Since then he has passionately directed English dubs for FUNimation including Overlord seasons 1 and 2, Dagashi Kashi seasons 1 and 2, Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid, Ace Attorney, The Ancient Magus’ Bride, and Izetta: the Last Witch to name a few. When Kyle isn’t working hard to bring you the best anime dubs he can, he’s raising his baby girl, Kensington Rose, with his wife Kara and their two dogs Zeus and Charlie. Kyle enjoys watching sports (go Cowboys, Stars, Mavs, and Texas Rangers!), playing strategy board games (Merchants and Marauders is his favorite), playing video games and reading fantasy novels.

DC Douglas

DC Douglas

He’s baaaaack! And he’s brought his revamped and updated Notorious [Zombie Related] Fanfic Show with him! Videogame fans know him as Albert Wesker in seven “Resident Evil” games — from 2007’s “Umbrella Chronicles” to 2016’s “Umbrella Corp” — a decade of badassery. Also: Legion in “Mass Effect” 2 & 3, Kamoshida in “Persona 5,” Pod 042 in “Nier: Automata,” Azrael in “Blazeblue,” Zero in “Zero Time Dilemma 3,” Raven in “Tekken 6,” Gafka in "Radiant Historia: APC,” Alexei in “Tales of Vesperia,” and many more Japanese RPGs.

Anime fans may know him as X Drake in “One Piece,” Jasley in “Mobile Suit Gundam: IBO,” Shoot McMahon in “Hunter x Hunter,” Vincent in “Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt: Bandit Flower,” The Professor in “Cyborg 009,” and more! Cartoon fans may know him as the original voice of Chase for four seasons on “Transformers: Rescue Bots,” as Colonel Rawls on the final season of “Regular Show!,” or as the evil trickster Mick in “The Tom and Jerry Show."

Film & TV fans may know him as Pa Kettle in “Z Nation,” Bud in “Sharknado 2,” Zepht in “Star Trek: Enterprise,” or from his other 200 appearances on random shows and weird films over the last 25 years. Check him out on IMDB and DCDouglas.com to spot more titles you know. Just remember, if you only see one thing of his this weekend, make sure it’s his 2018 Notorious [Zombie Related] Fanfic Show!

Greg "Greggo" Wicker

Greg "Greggo" Wicker

Greg Wicker (or “Greggo” as he’s fondly known) has been producing and hosting game shows at anime conventions since 1999, when he premiered Anime Match Game at Project A-Kon in Dallas. Since then, Greggo has done anime-themed versions of several classic game shows, created a few games of his own, and even had an original project that very nearly turned into an actual television show on Anime Network. These days Greggo is concentrating on perfecting his craft and making game shows available for conventions everywhere, bringing his rapier wit and friendly personality with him wherever he goes. You can see some of Greggo’s past game show efforts on his YouTube page.

Comcade

Comcade

Comcade is the best team you’ve never heard of. Kyle, Caleb, DJ, and their guest Ronnie are currently traveling for Comcade’s Press Start Tour! Their live debut was just last year in not-so-scenic Iowa and they’re looking to bring that success to a venue near you. Join them as they perform live comedy shows, podcast recordings, and more. They love to chat and hang out with convention visitors so please feel free to approach them! Especially the weebs of the group Kyle and DJ. They’re probably chatting about this season’s anime already so why not join? You can find the group on their YouTube page (Comcade), Twitter (@ComcadeNetwork), and on Facebook (Comcade).

Greg Ayres

Greg Ayres

Greg Ayres went blasting his way through 2017! He was thrilled to make his second appearance in Dragon Ball Super earlier this year as Frost, and equally excited to help blast bugs as Geo in Sony Picture’s Starship Troopers : Traitor of Mars. 2017 also gave him the opportunity to reprise one of his favorite roles as Son Goku in Saiyuki Reload Blast, and will also be appearing in Haikyu as Yu Nishinoya, as well as voicing Zenji Marui in Food Wars. With over 290 credits to his name, he has managed to play a variety of characters that are almost as colorful as his hair. Some recent roles include Nagisa Haruki in Free, and Free Eternal Summer, MonoKuma in Danganronpa, Clear in Dramatical Murder, and Doug in Gangsta. Thrilled to be a part of the Toonami re-launch in the roles of Ganta Igarashi in Deadman Wonderland, and Heihachi Hayashida in Samurai 7, and even more thrill to follow that up the in the following summer’s thriller Another as Kouichi Sakakibara. He can also be hear as Satoru Asahina in From the New World, Kenji Nakanishi in Say I Love You, Sion in No. 6, Heisuke Toudou in Hakuoki, Tommyrod in Toriko, Tomoki Sakurai, in Heaven’s Lost Property, and Volken, in the Book of Bantorra.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, 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. He currently helps organize dance and music tracks at several US conventions.Greg is also a member of Project BECK, who perform music from the anime Beck Mongolian Chop Squad, and has had a blastreliving the music from the 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.



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