Guests

Meg Turney

Internet Personality

 Meg Turney is a nerdy web hostess whose professional adventures include performing with Cirque du Soleil for Nerdist News, interviewing comic greats for deviantART, and covering video game and world news for SourceFed and SourceFedNERD, where she did everything from shooting guns in the desert to exploring Tokyo’s hotspots. After SourceFed, she covered all things geek on Rooster Teeth’s news channel, The Know, where she helped grow the small channel to over 1 million YouTube subscribers. Meg is also a 14-year cosplay veteran, who’s been internationally recognized for her work and appeared in Syfy’s Heroes of Cosplay.


Andrew Love

Voice Actor

Andrew J. Love is extremely excited to make his Ikkicon debut. Winner of Behind the Voice Actor’s Anime Male Voice Actor of the Year for 2013 and having voiced over 100 characters since 2006, Andrew is most notably know for his work in such titles as My Love Story (Takeo), Parasyte (Uragami), Log Horizon (Naotsugu), Clannad and Clannad Afterstory (Akio Furukawa), One Piece (Mr. 5, Kumadori, Akainu), High School of the Dead (Soichiro Takagi, others), Kids On The Slope (Sentaro), Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood (Gerso), Halo Legends (Raoh, Fred), Legends of the Dark King: A Fist of the Northstar Story (Raoh), Appleseed (Hades), Guyver: The Bioboosted Armor (Masaki Murakami), From the New World (Inui), Needless (Adam Blade), Sunday Without God (Hampnie Hambart), Nightraid 1931 (Isao Takakchiho), and Akame Ga Kill (Ibara) among others. Andrew performed motion capture and facial capture for the roles of Carl Jenkins and Bugspray, as well as voicing Bugspray, in Starship Troopers: Invasion. He also did the motion capture of Two-Horns in Appleseed Alpha and was a part of the voice acting ensemble. He is a native Texan and an avid comic book reader.


Carli Mosier

Voice Actress

Carli Mosier is a native Texan and is incredibly excited to be back at one of her most favorite conventions. Carli has been performing since the age 6 when she started doing musical theatre with the Houston Independent Theatre School and opera with the Houston Grand Opera and hasn’t stopped, graduating from the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, attending the musical theater program at the University of Houston and continuing on in film and stage productions throughout the Houston area. In 2004, after years in the theatre she began working at ADV Films, appearing in such shows as Mythical Detective Loki Ragnarok, Godannar, UFO Ultramaiden Valkyrie, Moeyo Ken TV and Xenosaga: The Animation. Carli is probably best known for her performance as the sexy Detective Yukika in Nerima Daikon Brothers. You can also see her as the proper, and quite often chaotic, Student Council President Yuri Kurosu in Magikano. Carli is proud to have played Rina, the Green Pearl Princess, in Mermaid Melody: Pichi Pichi Pitch, recorded at Amusement Park media but is saddened that it hasn’t been released. She was also incredibly honored to voice Daisy in the Homecoming Episode of Halo: Legends. Carli has also lent her vocal talents as a singer to the album Voices for Tolerance alongside a multitude of talented voice actors.

Since she’s been working for Sentai Filmworks, Carli has been cast in Night Raid: 1931, Book of Bantorra,Gintama, ef: a tale of melodies and ef: a tale of memories, AKB0048, Shining Hearts, Phi-Brain and Hakuoki. She also works with Funimation, starting out there singing the closing credit song Before Dawn for One Piece and voicing smaller characters in Evangelion, Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood and Sgt. Frog. She’s also voiced Aunt Bitzi in Shin Chan, Akira Yoshii in Baka and Test and Astraea in Heaven’s Lost Property. Most recently, she was cast as Wilhelmina Carmel in Shakugan no Shana and Toko Fukawa/Genocider Sho in Danganronpa. When she’s not recording or traveling, Carli spends her time as a singer and guitar player for several bands. Music is just the best magic.


Gareth West

Voice Actor

Gareth West is a Texas based Voice Actor, working for Sentai Filmworks in Houston. He can be heard as Dinkuron in Log Horizon,  Kiril in Chaika Coffin Princess the Avenging Battle, Fudo in My Love Story, and  Sakurai in Re Hamatora. He can also be heard in Monthly Girls Nozaki Kun, Hakouki: The Movie, Cross Ange, Aoharu X Machinegun, Gatchaman Crowd Insights, and few more that he can’t mention just yet.

After a whirlwind introduction to the world of voice over, Gareth is extremely excited to be welcomed into the convention community. He looks forward to hanging out and getting to know everyone who shares his love of all things nerdy, and anime.


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Voice Actress

Raised on generous helpings of wacky cartoons, this Southern blonde goofball works in the animation industry as an actor, writer, and director. With over 150 animation and video game roles under her belt, plus writing and directing, she is well trained in the art of not sleeping!

Most recently, Tia has been announced as Rinko Yamato in the hit show “My Love Story”.  A few other roles include: Happy the Cat (Fairy Tail), Nanami (Kamisama Kiss), Beast (Black Butler: Book of Circus), Yoshino/Yoshinon (Date A Live), Hannah (Attack on Titan), Marron, misc (Dragon Ball Z, Kai, Xenoverse), Aligura (Blood Blockade Battlefront), Amira (Rage of Bahamut), Miss Becky (No-Rin), Tifa Lockhart (Screwattack Death Battle), Misora (Sky Wizards Academy), Peashy (Hyperdimension Neptunia: The Animation), Mizore (Rosario + Vampire), Porche, young Zephyr (One Piece),  Chiho (The Devil is a Part-Timer), Hibana (Deadman Wonderland), Shao May (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood), Eris (Cat Planet Cuties), Rea (Sankarea), Hare (Guilty Crown), Megumi (Shiki), Kusano (Sekirei). Plus many others!

Whew! Here are some quotes.

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

“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

Twitter: @tiatoony


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Cosplayers

Twinzik was created in 2006 by Texan fraternal twins Hee-Hee and Hopie. Known for their obscure and fun character choices, award-winning skits, and detailed prosthetics, makeup, and wig styling, the twins try their best to be an example of how fun and friendly cosplay should be. From Adventure Time to The Wild Thornberrys, Final Fantasy to X-Men, Twinzik has a broad range of character personalities and skills, which range from comedic to dramatic.

Taking over twenty awards in cosplay contests, Twinzik hopes to meet new friends and create wonderful memories, while teaching a thing or two in their panels! So make sure to say hello, and don’t forget– Cosplay Fearless!

To keep up with the twins and their cosplay hijinks, check them out on Facebook:
http://facebook.com/twinzik.twins

Or on Instagram: @xheeheex & @hopiechan


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Voice Actress

Erica Schroeder is one of New York’s premier voice actresses. She has provided  the voice for over 100 characters in the world of animation for television, film and video games over the past 14 years. She has voiced ten characters in the five different YU-GI-OH series including: Mai Valentine, Akiza Izinski, Dark Magician Girl, Rally Dawson and Cathy Catherine.  Over the years she has voiced over fifty characters and various Pokemon on POKEMON including: Nurse Joy, Fantina, Bianca, Meloetta, Pidove, Panchum, Sylveon , Grace and many more. Other notable roles include: Monkey D. Luffy in ONE PIECE, Blaze and Wave from the SONIC video games, Emma Frost in Joss Whedon’s Stop Motion Comic ASTONISHING X-MEN, Faragonda, Icy the Witch,  Piff, Daphne, Galatea, Squonk and Kritty from WINX CLUB, Lyserg from SHAMAN KING, Rai and Komorka from TAI CHI CHASERS, Bridgette Verdant from MEW MEW POWER, Olgariki from GO GO RIKI, Shiho from AH! MY GODDESS, Scarlet Claw in CUTIE HONEY, from the makers of THE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE, The voice of the Spirit of the Mountain (with Sean Schemmel) in THE BOY WHO WANTED TO BE A BEAR, The Witch in the Cannes Film Festival’s LITTLE LONG NOSE and many more titles. Newer roles and releases include: Melissa Trail in YU-GI-OH Arc V, Akemi in ZETMAN, Yurika Yamagiwa in PSYCHIC SCHOOL WARS, Zarafa in ZARAFA, Nagako Aoki in MAI MAI MIRACLE and her newest role to hit Saturday morning, Astoria Rapunzel on Nickelodeon’s fantastical REGAL ACADEMY.

In addition to the several POKEMON, SONIC and ONE PIECE video games she has voiced, she has also voiced characters in several other video game titles such as:  SHADOW HEARTS: FROM THE NEW WORLD, LITTLEST PET SHOP, DUNGEON HUNTER V, JUST CAUSE 3, SUPER SMASH BROS., INSECTICIDE, and many more. As a theater and musical theater actress, Erica has also appeared on Broadway, Off-Broadway and regionally and sings on the original cast recordings of JANE EYRE, SHOUT! THE MOD MUSICAL and a bunch of other concept albums. You can see what she’s up to on her fan page, https://www.facebook.com/Erica-Schroeder-164914246916696/


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Voice Actor & DJ

Greg Ayres has spent the last fourteen years working in an industry he had admired for years as a fan. With over 200 credits to his name, this fan-boy has managed to get to play a variety of characters that are almost as colorful as his hair. He’s thrilled to splash his way into 2015 in the role of Nagisa Haruki in Free Eternal Summer, and equally as excited to “kill” as MonoKuma in Danganronpa, and Doug in Gangsta. He was thrilled to be a part of the Toonami re-launch last summer, in the roles of Ganta Igarashi in Deadman Wonderland, and Heihachi Hayashida in Samurai 7, and even more thrill to follow that up the following summer’s thriller Another as Kouichi Sakakibara.  His most recent roles include 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, Arikawa in This Boy Can Fight Aliens, 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. He can also be heard as Uesugi Kenshin in Sengoku Basara, Seikechi Tayama in Oh Edo Rocket, Hiro Hirono in ef: A Tale of Memories, Abe in Big Windup, Jr. in Xenosaga: The Animation, Tsujido in Speed Grapher, Roan in Ragnorok The Animation, Yamazaki in Welcome to the NHK, Gau Ban in Shadow Skill, Pope Alessandro XVIII in Trinity Blood, and a bunch of other titles he’ll probably forget to mention

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 jumped at the opportunity to play music and organize late night dances at many of the conventions he attends. He currently runs and organizes  the 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 blast reliving the music from the show with his friends.  Always thrilled 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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Voice Actor & Director

Christopher Ayres has been working professionally in theatre, television and film since the age of 6. His work has been seen Regionally, Nationally and on Broadway.  He currently  works as a A.D.R. director at Sentai Film Works  and as a voice actor has worked for Sentai Film Works, ADV films, Amusement park Media, New Gen Pictures Okratron 5000 and FUNimation Entertainment.  As an A.D.R. Director  his credits include: BEYOND THE BOUNDARY, WIZARD BARRISTERS HAMATORA, BLACK BULLET, FROM THE NEW WORLD, TAMAKO MARKET, MARIAH HOLIC, MARIA HOLIC ALIVE, HAKKENDEN, AKB0048, KOKORO CONNECT, LITTLE BUSTERS, SAY I LOVE YOU, SHINING HEARTS, ANOTHER, MAYO CHIKI, DUSK MAIDEN OF AMNESIA, BODACIOUS SPACE PIRATES, MAJIKO: OH SAMURAI GIRL, HAKUOKI, , BOOK OF BANTORRA, EF~A TALE OF MEMORIES, EF~ A TALE OF MELODIES, NIGHT RAID 1931, THE NERIMA DAIKON BROTHERS, XENOSAGA: The Animation, MAGIKANO, MERMAID MELODY PITCHI PITCHI PITCH and assistant director for THE WALL FLOWER and TSURITAMA  Some of the roles as a voice actor Chris is best known for are Frieza in Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball Z Resurrection F,  Kei Kourono in Gantz, Arthur in Tears to Tiara, Suitengu in Speed Grapher, The Covenant Commander in Halo: Legends, Von Kampfer in Trinity Blood, Hayashimizu in Full Metal Panic? Fummofu, Prince Soma in Black Butler, Yaminami in Peacmaker, Takada Shingin in Sengoku Basara, and  DJ Plugman in Air Gear as well as a number of other shows.  Chris also works as a professional fight director and has enjoyed bringing his workshop “Mock Combat for Cosplay” to many conventions.


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Fashion Designer

Saki Tachibana studied pattern making in fashion design school, and she began working at BABY, The Stars Shine Bright while still a student.

Many of her designs draw inspiration from fairy tales, black cats, and other magical themes. Saki’s designs are elegant yet still cute and sweet parts of BABY’s collections.

With her first overseas fashion show at AnimeNEXT in the US, she has also attended events in China and at Japan Expo in Paris.


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Cosplayers

TWIN cosplay is a cosplay duo formed by  Jose Maria Arroyo also known as  Shema Arroyo and his partner Juan Carlos Tolento, both mexican cosplayers who started cosplaying 2 years ago.  Besides of cosplayers both are also cosmakers and propmakers  specialized in the recreation of characters and props for publicity campaigns and special events.

Cosplay  for us is truly a passion, but more specifically is an art, is the challenge to bring the impossible  into reality. Better said, we think of it as the art to became dreams  true. It’s truly a unique and personal challenge and an adventure where we can discover that there is nothing impossible when someone loves enough what he does so his  passion take him trough any challenge just to create his art.

We are focused on keep growing as an artists cause Cosplay has become our full time passion, that’s why we are committed to it completely. Even when we are aware that one never stops learning new things, and that we have so much more to learn still, we feel really blessed that in this 2 years and a half since our very beginning we have achieved so much and have counted with the support of so many people, friends and other artists to do so. Thank you!”

Within this time TWIN cosplay have been considered one of the best cosplayers in their country, they have been invited in several events in Mexico and  also international conventions around Latin America, Europe, Asia and United States, they also have participated in several national and international competitions being the biggest one  the WORLD COSPLAY SUMMIT  CHAMPIONSHIIP 2015 where their dream to bring home the FIRST PLACE as WORLD GRAND CHAMPIONS  became true!


(Guests will be added as they are confirmed and are subject to change without warning.)