Guests of Honor
Wendy Powell has been the voice of many characters, commonly playing the role of someone’s mother (Tsukimi's Mother in Princess JellyFish ) or an older woman (Ayami Cherryblossom in Heavy Object ). It is very likely that you know her from her award-winning performance as Envy in Fullmetal Alchemist . Wendy has acted in many anime roles over the years and along with voice acting, she is also a drama teacher raising up the next generation of amazingly talented actors!
Check out more of Wendy's roles at these links:
Ayu writes stuff, and then people read it. Usually in that order. As head of the visual novel group sakevisual, she's written the award-winning Jisei murder mystery games, and the otome romance Backstage Pass. She also writes the comic Ties That Bind, which is full of fantasy, fighting, and great hair.
Outside of the writing world, Ayu provides voices for characters in anime and videogames. Her work includes Assassination Classroom (Rio Nakamura), Puzzle & Dragons X (Charo), Fairy Tail (Laki Olietta), Selector Infected WIXOSS (Yuzuki Kurebayashi), Shounen Maid (Chihiro Komiya), Robotics;Notes (Airi Yukifune), Noragami Aragoto (Young Ebisu), Barakamon (Tama), A Hat in Time (Hat Kid), and TOME: Terrain of Magical Expertise (Whyti). She also served as the voice director of Assassination Classroom Season 2 and The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.
She keeps a 4-panel comic about her voice acting life called "My Picture Journal" which you can read at facebook.com/ayuvoice .
For more about her visual novels, check out sakevisual.com
For more about her voice acting, check out apphiayu.com
Micah Solusod escaped the angry volcanoes of Hawaii to become a voice actor and illustrator.
The rapscallion made his anime debut as Malek Werner in Blassreiter and is best known for his role as Soul Evans in Toonami's Soul Eater. He has shown up in a number of other Funimation titles as Toma Kamijo in A Certain Magical Index, Yuichiro Hyakuya in Seraph of the End, Yukine in Noragami, Midnight in Fairy Tail, teen Coby in One Piece, Wisely in D.Gray-Man Hallow, Tagoma in Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’, Mizuki in Kamisama Kiss, older Ame in Wolf Children, Gakushu Asano in Assassination Classroom, Black/King of Despair in Blood Blockade Battlefront, Su-Won in Yona of the Dawn, Bea in Space Dandy, Seidou Takizawa in Tokyo Ghoul, and most recently, Nikolai Krasotkin in the Project Itoh film, The Empire of Corpses! It's likely he's done more but who's counting?
Currently, he can be heard in Funimation's SimulDubs as Kakeru Naruse in Orange, Yuri Plisetsky in Yuri!!! On ICE, Arata Kaizaki in ReLIFE, and Shun Kaidou in The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.
When he's not busy posting unhelpful voice acting tips on Twitter, Micah works as the lead artist for Painapple Studio. Stalk him on the internet:
Jessica Cavanagh is a professional stage actor and life-long theatre nerd who was lucky enough to have fallen into her first voice role in an anime on a total fluke – and she was even luckier that that anime turned out to be fan favorite, Black Butler. (Hone those dialect skills, my friends…they may come in handy at the most random of times!)
What followed her stint as Paula in all of the Black Butler incarnations has been a trippy ride through diverse roles such as Aquarius in Fairy Tail, Moeka in Steins;Gate, Carla Jaeger in Attack on Titan, Dadan in One Piece, Izuku's Mom in My Hero Academia, Iva in Karneval, Rui Hachiouji in Code:Breaker, Haruna/Marisa in Dimension W, Makiko in Endride, Margaret Messner in Jormungand, Issei’s Mother in High School DxD, Tomiko Maeda in Shiki, Boss in A Certain Scientific Railgun, Sister Laura in Dance in the Vampire Bund, and Madam in One Piece: Strong World. Gamers may have also heard her as the insanely talkative Grandma Torgue in Borderlands 2.
Jessica's also a new writer at Funimation, currently working on some fun-as-heck stuff... But her #1 crush is the theatre, and her work in the DFW area spans the past twelve years and has garnered her several awards and nominations, including three awards for Best Actress for her roles in Angels in America, A Streetcar Named Desire, and Outside Mullingar. Most importantly of all, Jessica is the mother of a kiddo on autism spectrum, and she loves meeting others on the spectrum as well as spreading awareness and understanding of that particular issue, which is obviously close to her heart. That led her to create the Anime for Autism panel for conventions, which has been, by far, one of the best experiences of her life.
Zack Davisson is an award-winning translator, writer, and folklorist. He is the author of Yurei: The Japanese Ghost, Yokai Stories, And The Supernatural Cats Of Japan from Chin Music Press, and an essayist for Wayward from Image comics. He lectured on translation, manga, and folklore at Duke University, UCLA, University of Washington, Denison University, as well as contributed to exhibitions at the Wereldmuseum Rotterdam and Henry Art Museum. He has been featured on NPR, BBC, and The New York Times, and has written articles for Metropolis, The Comics Journal, and Weird Tales Magazine.
As a manga translator, Davisson was nominated for the 2014 Japanese-US Friendship Commission Translation Prize for his translation of the multiple Eisner Award winning Showa: A History of Japan. For Drawn & Quarterly, Davisson translates and curates the famous folklore comic Kitaro. Other acclaimed translations include Satoshi Kon’s Opus and The Art of Satoshi Kon, Mamoru Oshii’s Seraphim: 266613336 Wings, Kazuhiro Fujita’s The Ghost and the Lady, Leiji Matsumoto’s Queen Emeraldas and Captain Harlock Dimensional Voyage, Go Nagai’s Cutie Honey A Go Go! and Devilman: Grimoire, and Gainax’s Panty and Stocking + Garterbelt.
Uptown is a cosplayer who has become renowned for their highly successful character panels and award-winning lip sync battle performances. They host many main events and emcee at conventions around the Pacific Northwest and share their panels, reviews, tutorials, and advice with their broad audience as a YouTuber and social media icon.
Uptown has been creating their own costumes and styling wigs by hand since they began in 2012, and have cosplayed for events as many popular characters, most notably Chat Noir from Miraculous Ladybug, Viktor Nikiforov from Yuri!!! On Ice, Death the Kid from Soul Eater, and Tsukiyama Shuu from Tokyo Ghoul.
Faina Lorah is a Russian-born author and oil painter based in Portland, OR. Her unique style combines fantastical dreamscapes, Victorian elegance, and fairy tales. She has won multiple awards for her art, including several Best in Show and Director's Choice awards at steampunk and science fiction conventions. Her work has been lauded for being immediately striking but approachable.
She has been appearing at fan events, festivals, and conventions across North America, sharing her art and expertise on folk tales. She recently published her first book: Vasilisa's Russian Fairy Tales.
Fantasm features Ventaia and Mishti, two of the original trio of Pacific Northwest cosplay belly dancers. Brought together by their shared love of cosplay and dance, Fantasm made their first debut at Kumoricon 2015.
Enjoy their performance at the Neon Nyan Revolution dance and catch up with them at their dance panel to dance and shimmy!
Joe Perez, Senior 3D Artist at Cyan, Inc.
Joe Perez has 7 years of experience in the video game industry and joined Cyan in 2014 where he was an integral part of the graphics development of their newly released game Obduction. Cyan is a local video game company best known for it's hugely popular point-and-click adventure games Myst and Riven.
Madeline West is a historical seamstress, specializing in the mix of western and Japanese culture in fashion. Her research into the kimono started out as a way to better find where the styles interacted but has developed into a study of modern and historical kimono dressing.
Originally, "kimono" was the Japanese word for clothing. But in more recent years, the word has been used to refer specifically to certain types of Japanese clothing.
Spokane Buddhist Temple Bon Odori Dancers
Member of the Spokane Buddhist Temple bring you Bon Odori. Bon Odori, meaning simply Bon dance, is a style of dancing performed during Obon, an annual Buddhist event for commemorating one's ancestors. Originally a Nenbutsu folk dance to welcome the spirits of the dead, the style of celebration varies in many aspects from region to region.
Spokane Kendo Club
Spokane Kendo Club is for women, kids, and men who want to learn the traditional martial art and sport of Japanese fencing, called Kendo. People of all ages and differing athletic ability are taught Kendo in a gradual way that allows anyone to develop the skills of Kendo. The atmosphere is purposely welcoming, and Spokane Kendo Club provides a strong group of friends through Kendo training; Kendo special events; and fun social activities.
Kendo is a modern Japanese martial art, which descended from swordsmanship and uses bamboo swords and protective armour. Today, it is widely practiced within Japan and many other nations across the world.
Spokane Taiko is a non-profit organization founded in 1997 that seeks to build community and create awareness through the traditional music, and especially rhythms, of Japan.
Taiko are a broad range of Japanese percussion instruments. In Japanese, the term refers to any kind of drum, but outside of Japan it is used to refer to any of the various Japanese drums called wadaiko and to the form of ensemble taiko drumming, more specifically called kumi-daiko.
Neon Nyan Revolution Guest DJs
DJ Jimni Cricket
Seattle based international artist whose skill in mixing and turntablism has led her all over. Playing out professionally for over 10 years. She specializes in the hottest Happy hardcore and Drum N' Bass, quick mixed with live mash-up and a little scratching on top, or under the leg, or behind the back.
Robert Maddox is a DJ first, and an Otaku second. His interest grew with electronic music when in the late 90's he heard the summer hit, "I'm Blue" by Eiffel 65. Being raised on Gundam, Cowboy Bebop, Trigun, and many other Anime series; Robert Maddox took his love for electronic music and anime over the years to turn his sets into a unique and unforgettable experience.
DJ Mikoto Chan
Lover of all things cute and fuzzy, she was born and raised in Spokane, Washington, she moved to the Seattle area in 2014. She starting spinning in late 2011 and played her first show that year. Since that night she has performed at various events around the Northwest.
Mikoto Chan brings fast beats, cheesy vocals, and tunes that will get your body moving. After a break of over a year, she will be back in her hometown for Neon Nyan Revolution to give your earholes some musical fun. Don't forget your dancing shoes.
One of KNCA's own and a Spokane local, Nightløck returns with an ever evolving sound scape. Nightløck's mixes dive into the spectrum of DnB with an added dose of J-core, his influences draw from anime, video games, scifi, and J-Pop.