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 Full Metal 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), Shonen 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 .
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 Dragonball 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, Seido 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.
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 Hachioji 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.
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.facebook.com/djjimnicricket
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 Makoto 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, Playing her first show that year. Since that night, she has performed at various events around the Northwest. Bringing fast beats, cheesy vocals, and the 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.facebook.com/DJNightlock