Kawaii Kon 2015 Guests

Toru Furuya

Toru.pngToru Furuya is most known for the roles of Amuro Ray in Mobile Suit Gundam and its following Gundam sequels, Hyūma Hoshi in Star of the Giants, Pegasus Seiya in Saint Seiya, Yamcha in Dragon Ball,Kyōsuke Kasuga in Kimagure Orange Road, and Mamoru Chiba/Tuxedo Mask in Sailor Moon. He considers these roles as his most important roles. In addition to these amazing characters, Furuya has been featured in hundreds of anime and video games, and has performed on CDs, radio, and in tokusatsu.

Events and Panels

  • Opening Ceremonies - Main Events - Friday 1pm
  • Behind the Mic: Toru Furuya - Special Events - Friday 5pm
  • Meet Toru Furuya - Special Events - Saturday 11:30am

Autographs

  • Friday - Dealer's Room - Friday 3:30pm
  • Saturday - Dealer's Room - Saturday 3:30pm

 

 

Range Murata

Murata.jpgRange Murata is a Japanese artist and character designer, known for his unique style. His most famous works include the conceptual design work on anime series Last Exile and Blue Submarine No. 6. In addition to designing anime, Range has also worked in video games, creating the character designs for Spy Fiction, a PlayStation 2 game. Finally, Range is also a prolific writer when he isn't designing characters and concepts, with 4 artbooks and 2 doujinshis to his name.

 

Events and Panels

  • Opening Ceremonies - Main Events - Friday 1pm
  • Meet the Artist: Range Murata - Special Events - Friday 6:30pm
  • Live Drawing with Range Murata - Main Events - Saturday 1:30pm

Autographs

  • Friday - Dealer's Room - 5pm
  • Saturday - Dealer's Room - 3pm

Eir Aoi

Eir-Aoi.pngSinging has been Eir Aoi’s passion all her life; she fronted a band she formed in high school. Her debut single was “Memoria”, the ending theme of TV anime Fate/Zero, which was #8 on the Oricon single chart and sold close to 60,000 copies.

Eir Aoi continued to produce many hit singles that were openings of anime such as: “Aurora”, the opening theme of TV anime Mobile Suit Gundam AGE: Third Generation series; “Innocence”, the opening theme of TV anime Sword Art Online: Fairy Dance series; “Sirius”, the opening theme of TV anime Kill La Kill; and most recently,"IGNITE”, the opening theme song to the popular TV anime series “Sword Art Online II”.

Events & Panels

  • Opening Ceremonies - Main Events - Friday 1pm
  • Meet Eir Aoi - Main Events - Friday 4:30pm
  • Eir Aoi Concert - Main Events - Saturday 8pm

Autographs

  • Friday - Dealer's Room Booth - 6pm
  • Saturday - 4th Floor Concourse (Outside Main Events)  - 9:30pm

 

AKIRA

AKIRA.jpgAKIRA is a talented singer-song writer and fashion model.

AKIRA made her solo debut in the Summer of 2014 as a Sony major artist with “Aoki Tsuki Michite,” which was featured as the ending theme of the hit anime series “Black Butler: Book of Circus.” She is also the vocalist for the visual kei band “DISACODE”, which has released three albums to date.

When not singing in her band, AKIRA has been featured on the KERA magazine cover 9 times as an official KERA model for Boy's Style fashion. She has also appeared on the cover of “KERA BOKU” for the first three publications.
AKIRA will perform as Kaname Kuran for the new Vampire Knight musical in Japan. Her new single "Kirie Toroimen no Shirabe" will be the main theme for the musical.

Events & Panels

  • Opening Ceremonies
  • Tea Party (An Afternoon with AKIRA)
  • AKIRA Concert
  • Q&A with AKIRA

Autographs

  • Saturday - 4th Floor Concourse (Outside Main) - 9:30pm
  • Sunday - Dealer's Booth - 1pm

Cassandra Morris

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Cassandra entered the anime world as Yubel in Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, and later voiced twins Leo and Luna for Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds. Some of her favorite roles include Leafa in Sword Art Online, Taiga in Toradora!, Nami in League of Legends, Kyubey in Madoka Magica, Edea Lee in Bravely Default, Sophie in Tales of Graces f, Sue in Doraemon and Ritsu in K-On!

In 2015, you’ll hear Cassandra in the upcoming video games: There Came An Echo as Grace, Final Fantasy Agito and Final Fantasy Type-0 as Mutsuki.

Events & Panels

  • Opening Ceremonies - Main Events - Friday 1pm
  • Meet Cassandra Morris - Special Events - Friday 2:30pm
  • Ask an Anime Character - Main Events - Sunday 12pm
  • VA Round Table - Main Events - Sunday 5pm
  • Closing Ceremonies - Main Events - Sunday 6pm

Autographs

  • Friday - Dealer's Room - 6pm
  • Saturday - Dealer's Room - 3:15pm
  • Sunday - Dealer's Room - 1:30pm

 

Todd Haberkorn

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In the world of anime, Todd got his first major start in Suzuka as Yamato Akitski. From there, he went on to voice roles such as Jadeite from Sailor Moon, Natsu from Fairy Tail, Italy from Hetalia, Ling Yao from Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Cheren from Pokemon, Allen Walker from D. Gray Man, Hikaru Hitachin from Ouran High School Host Club, Death The Kid from Soul Eater, and many others. 

Todd has most recently been cast as Haruka Nanase in Free! Eternal Summer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Events and Panels

  • Opening Ceremonies - Main Events - Friday 1pm
  • Educating a Korn with Todd Haberkorn - Special Events - Friday 7:30pm
  • Todd Haberkorn Presents (In)Appropriate Night Time Stories 18+ - Main Events - Saturday 11pm
  • Ask an Anime Character - Main Events - Sunday 12pm
  • VA Round Table - Main Events - Sunday 5pm
  • Closing Ceremonies - Main Events - Sunday 6pm

Autographs

  • Friday - Dealer's Room - 2pm
  • Saturday - Dealer's Room - 4:30pm
  • Sunday - Dealer's Room - 1:30pm

Rob Paulsen

Rob-Paulsen.pngRob has voiced beloved characters in several iconic animated series: Yakko Warner in Animaniacs and Carl Wheezer in Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius, but may be best known to animation fans the world over as the voice of the boisterous and energetic laboratory mouse Pinky in two hit series Steven Spielberg Presents Pinky and The Brain and Pinky, Elmyra, and The Brain for Warner Brothers.

With over 2,000 half-hours of animation to his credit, Rob’s versatility shines in his starring roles as the voices of Yakko, Dr. Scratch‘N’Sniff and Pinky in the Peabody and the two-time Emmy award-winning series, Steven Spielberg Presents Animaniacs also for Warner Brothers. He can also be heard as Peck in Back at the Barnyard, Birdbrain in T.U.F.F. Puppy, Jack Fenton in Danny Phantom and various characters, including Mark Chang in Fairly Odd Parents, all on Nickelodeon, as well as a number of Disney projects including The Little Mermaid III; Ariel’s Beginning, Jacques and the Grand Duke in Cinderella and the role of Bobble in the Tinkerbell DVD series. For young fans of Play House Disney, Rob provides the voices of Al in Can you teach my Alligator Manners? and Ze Fronk in Tasty Time with Ze Fronk and Toodles in Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.

Events & Panels

  • Opening Ceremonies - Main Events - Friday 1pm
  • Rob Paulsen Live Feat. Jess & Randy - Main Events - Friday 3pm
  • Songs from your Childhood Concert - Main Events - Saturday 12pm
  • VA Round Table - Main Events - Sunday 5pm
  • Closing Ceremonies - Main Events - Sunday 6pm

Autographs

  • Friday - Dealer's Room - 4:15pm
  • Saturday - Dealer's Room - 1:30pm
  • Sunday - 4th Floor Concourse (Outside Main Events) - 3:30pm

 

Jess Harnell

Jess-Harnell.pngNamed by the entertainment industry’s Variety magazine as one of the top ten voice actors in the business, the Emmy-nominated Jess Harnell is truly one of the best and busiest. “If I wasn’t getting paid for this, I’d be doing it for free in a parking lot somewhere.”

Jess has appeared on practically every animated series on TV from “The Simpsons” to “Fairly Odd Parents” to” Phineas & Ferb.” In addition, he has dozens of starring roles, including “Captain Hero” on Comedy Central’s “Drawn Together”, Chilly and The Wicked King on “Doc McStuffins”, “Cedric” on “Sofia The First” and “Wakko” on Steven Spielberg’s “Animaniacs”, winner of multiple Emmy awards including Best Animated Series and the prestigious Peabody Award.

Jess is currently the lead singer in the acclaimed 80’s metal/pop mash-up band “Rock Sugar”, sharing stages with such rock legends as AC/DC, Slash and Aerosmith.

 

 

 

Events & Panels

  • Opening Ceremonies - Main Events - Friday 1pm
  • Rob Paulsen Live Feat. Jess & Randy - Main Events - Friday 3pm
  • Songs from your Childhood Concert - Main Events - Saturday 12pm
  • VA Round Table - Main Events - Sunday 5pm
  • Closing Ceremonies - Main Events - Sunday 6pm

Autographs

  • Friday - Dealer's Room - 4:15pm
  • Saturday - Dealer's Room - 1:30pm
  • Sunday - 4th Floor Concourse (Outside Main Events) - 3:30pm

Randy Rogel

Randy_Rogel.jpgRandy has won three Emmy Awards (nominated for ten), a Peabody Award, two Annie Awards, three Leo Awards, and the Ovation Award. Last year he co-wrote the hit song Poisonous Love for Kristen Chenoweth with John Powell for the major motion picture Rio 2. He was show-runner for the animated series 1001 Nights and won Leo awards for Writing and Best Animated Series. At Disney, Randy wrote songs and scripts for the animated movies Peter Pan- Return to Neverland, Cinderella II, Cinderella III, Winnie the Pooh, Around the World in Eighty Days, The Three Musketeers, and 101 Dalmations II. Randy spent nine years on staff at Warner Bros. Animation where he began as an original writer on the Batman series and then joined the staff of Steven Speilburg's Animaniacs, for which wrote most of the songs and many of the scripts. Randy is a West Point graduate with ten years service as an officer in the combat arms. He has a B.S. in Engineering from the academy and a Masters Degree in International Relations from Boston University.

 

Events & Panels

  • Opening Ceremonies - Main Events - Friday 1pm
  • Rob Paulsen Live Feat. Jess & Randy - Main Events - Friday 3pm
  • Songs from your Childhood Concert - Main Events - Saturday 12pm
  • VA Round Table - Main Events - Sunday 5pm
  • Closing Ceremonies - Main Events - Sunday 6pm

Autographs

  • Friday - Dealer's Room - 4:15pm
  • Saturday - Dealer's Room - 1:30pm
  • Sunday - 4th Floor Concourse (Outside Main Events) - 3:30pm

 

Bryce Papenbrook

Bryce.pngBryce Papenbrook has been a professional voice over artist since the age of eight. He was introduced to the voice acting scene by his father, Bob Papenbrook, and has continued the trade in his footsteps.

Bryce has performed in numerous video games, cartoons, and television shows. Some recent roles include Eren Jaeger in Attack on Titan, Kirito in Sword Art Online, Rin Okumura in Blue Exorcist, Chooki & Lydendor in Tenkai Knights, Makoto Naegi in DanganRonpa : Trigger Happy Havoc, Henry in Fire Emblem Awakening, Issachar in Shin Megami Tensei IV, Asbel Lhant in Tales of Graces F, Zidane Tribal in Final Fantasy Dissidia 012, Masaomi Kida in Durarara!!, and Guan Ping in Dynasty Warriors. Past leading roles include Shugo in .hack//Sign Legend of the Twilight, Jack in MAR, Jack Russell in Radiata Stories, Hanabusa Aido in Vampire Knight, and Isami Fujiwara in Noein.




Events & Panels

  • Opening Ceremonies - Main Events - Friday 1pm
  • Meet Bryce Papenbrook - Special Events - Friday 3:30pm
  • Bryce Papenbrook Efforts & Reactions for Anime and Video Games - Main Events - Saturday 3pm
  • Ask an Anime Character - Main Events - Sunday 12pm
  • VA Roundtable - Main Events - Sunday 6pm
  • Closing Ceremonies - Main Events - Sunday 6pm

Autographs

  • Saturday - Dealer's Room - 4:30pm 
  • Sunday - Dealer's Room - 1:30pm

Leah Rose

project_dany_dothraki.jpgLeah Rose has been cosplaying since she wasn't even old enough to walk across the street by herself, but didn't know what she was doing had a name until 2005. She prides herself in finding “hacks” and cheap ways to create, and only cosplays characters she loves from all flavors of nerd. Her two big projects right now are Project Rogue, making every version of Rogue from the Xmen, and Project Daenerys, where she is trying to draw attention to commissioners and remove the stigma of not making your own cosplay. She has worked for Aspen Comics, Japanime Games, Billy Tucci, and dozens more artists, publishers, companies, and conventions over the past 6 years. She's working on a second degree, slings video games, a die hard charity supporter and holds the triforce of wisdom.

Events & Panels

  • Opening Ceremonies - Main Events - Friday 1pm
  • Business of Cosplay - Panel Room - Friday 3:30pm
  • Cosplay Masquerade - Main Events - Saturday 5pm
  • Moonlight Ball - Round Room - Saturday 8:30pm
 
 
 

 

Uncanny Megan

Megan.pngBest known for her obscene love of Dragonball and X-Men, Megan is a costumer, artist, and all around nerd. She has been cosplaying since 2008 with over 90 costumes under her belt. (Not counting commissions and costumes for friends!) She has traveled all over the US attending conventions as an attendee, guest, volunteer, worker, and "booth babe." Nothing gets her more excited than sharing a conversation with someone who can keep up with the ridiculous things that come out her mouth. Megan hopes to continue making costumes, traveling, and meeting new people who share her love of all things nerd!

Events & Panels

            • 30 Years of Dragonball - Special Events - Friday 12pm
            • Uncanny Cosplay Conversation - Panel Room - Friday 4:30pm
            • Cosplay Pre-judging - Room 328 - Saturday 10am
            • Cosplay Masquerade - Main Events - Saturday 5pm





               

Jamie Lano

jamie.pngWashington native Jamie Lynn Lano has lived the dream. Fresh out of college, she moved to Japan and worked as an English teacher until, several years later, she tried out for and landed a job working as an assistant on one of the most popular JUMP manga of all time, The Prince of Tennis. She spent two years working under Konomi Takeshi in his Tokyo studio, learning the ins and outs of real manga production. She also worked for four years starring on a Japanese children's TV show, Asahi Pop'n Press, five years writing for pop culture English newspaper Asahi Weekly, and contributed a smattering of popular articles to Tokyo's The Metropolis.

Her mission in life now, besides creating great manga, is to encourage other artists, especially those interested in creating manga, to pursue their dreams.

Events & Panels

  • How to Make Manga the Japanese Way - Workshop - Friday 10am
  • Working in a Japanese Manga Studio - Panel Room - Saturday 5:30pm
  • Living as a Foreigner in Japan - Panel Room - Sunday 10am