The RiverCenter  July 14 - 16, 2017  Davenport, IA

Convention Guests

Greg Ayres

Greg Ayres

Greg Ayres can usually be found rockin’ out somewhere, whether animated or not. From the loud-mouthed Hideki in Nerima Daikon Brothers, to Koyuki, singing with the the band in Beck:Mongolian Chop Squad, he’s always glad to shake things up a bit. He is thrilled to be able to add the roles of Uesugi Kenshin in Sengoku Basara, Seikechi Tayama in Oh Edo Rocket, and Abe in Big Windup to his list of new roles. He can also be head as Son Goku in Saiyuki, Chrono in Chrono Crusade, Kaoru Hitachiin in Ouran High School Host Club, Yuki in The Wallflower, Leo in Ghost Stories , Satoshi Hiwatari in DNAngel, Kaworu Nagisa in the Director’s Cut of Neon Genesis Evangelion, Negi Springfield in Negima, Heihachi in Samurai 7, Jr. in Xenosaga:The Animation, Tsujido in Speed Grapher, Roan in Ragnorok The Animation, Yamazaki in Welcome to the NHK, Nowy in Glass Fleet, Gau Ban in Shadow Skill, Pope Alessandro XVIII in Trinity Blood, and a bunch of other titles he’ll probably forget to mention. FUNimation recently announced Greg as Nagisa in Free!

When he’s not in a booth with headphones on, you can usually find him sporting headphones of another variety behind “the decks”. A veteran nightclub DJ of many years, Greg has really enjoyed the opportunity of doing something else that he truly loves at conventions. From packed rooms at anime conventions, to the legendary stage of The Knitting Factory (NYC), Greg never misses an opportunity to share his love of music with anyone who will listen.

Jay Hickman

Jay Hickman

Jay began his career in anime in the 1990s, when he landed his first role at ADV Films in Master of Mosquiton. Since then, he has appeared in more than 100 titles with studios including ADV Films, Funimation, Sentai Filmworks, Switchblade Pictures, Okratron 5000, and others. As a character actor, Jay has been able to voice a broad variety of colorful roles, with the occasional romantic lead thrown in for good measure. His notable credits over the past two decades are Mechazawa in Cromartie High School, Spitfire in Air Gear, Sho Zama in Aura Battler Dunbine, Shiryu in Saint Seiya, Chuu in One Piece, Kagetane Hiruko in Black Bullet, Chief Kurama in Elfen Lied, Millio Toriyama in Gatchaman Crowds insight, Koji in Generator Gawl, Toru Watanabe in Excel Saga, The Fool in Kaleido Star, Crusty in Log Horizon, SSS in Madlax, Dera Mochimazzi in Tamako Market, Sanetoshi Watase in Penguindrum and Prince Mytho in Princess Tutu, among many others. Jay’s voice has also been featured in the live action films Dark Water, Synesthesia, Conduct Zero, The Fuccons, Gamera – Attack of Legion, as well as in the video game Unlimited Saga. Most recently, Jay was seen on Toonami as Dr. Stylish in Akame ga KILL! and Shiro Kuramori in Parasyte – the maxim.

Aaron Roberts

Aaron Roberts

Aaron provides the voices for Uta in Tokyo Ghoul, Grimsby Keane in Black Butler, Samuel in Fairy Tail, Urie Sogami in Dance With Devils, and Kamui Woods in My Hero Academia.

Nominated for 2014 Breakthrough Voice Actor of the Year by Behind The Voice Actors, Aaron Roberts scored his first big role as Sunny in Toriko: Gourmet Hunter. Having provided voices for over 100 anime series, he’s been featured in such roles as Michael the Archangel in High School DxD, Hideki Tama in Evangelion 3.0, Lacus Welt in Seraph of the End, Natsuhiko Koyama in Assassination Classroom, Cody Balfour in Gangsta., and Mamoru in Kamisama Kiss. You may have also heard him in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, Attack On Titan, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, Code: Breaker, One Piece, Daimadaler: Prince vs. Penguin Empire, Blood Blockade Battlefront, Divine Gate, Eureka Seven AO, Ghost in The Shell: The New Movie, Haganai, Maken.

V is for Villains

V is for Villains

V is for Villains is a new breed of entertainment. Mixing the visual styles of Steampunk, Carnival and Noir, with the musical taste of Nine Inch Nails, Prodigy, and your favorite film score; V is for Villains will take you on a journey through the imagination that your mother couldn’t prepare you for. Most groups often say that they intend for “world domination”… V is for Villains might actually mean it…

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 at http://www.youtube.com/gregdasgo or visit his website at http://www.facebook.com/greggosgameshows.

Samurai Dan and Jillian

Samurai Dan and Jillian

The husband and wife team of Daniel and Jillian Coglan are full-time martial art instructors, specializing in 16th century Samurai Arts. When not teaching at their dojo, the Kojokan, they travel the United States performing and teaching the ancient ways of the most famous warriors in history.

With a combined 35 years of experience, their show is a unique blend of history, combative skill, and humor, designed to educate and entertain audiences both large and small.

Beyond their martial skills, the dynamic duo collaborated to write, direct, host, and star in a 12 episode TV series entitled, “The Way of The Samurai.”

Daniel is also an author, with several martial art articles published, and is currently working on his second full-length novel.

Megan Shipman

Megan Shipman

Megan Shipman is an anime lover who is excited to be here. Her breakout role in anime was Hibari from “Senran Kagura : Ninja Flash!”. Since then, she has gotten to voice some amazing characters like, Caimie in “One Piece”, Arisa Meigo in “A Certain Magical Index : The Miracle of Endymion”, Akane Hyakuya in “Seraph of the End : Vampire Reign”, Cassidy in “Dimension W”, Kochou Yoshida in “No-Rin”, Nene Nanakorobi in “Pandora in the Crimson Shell : Ghost Urn”, and Yuzuru Yamai in “Date A Live II”. You can hear more of her in “Kamisama Kiss”, “Attack on Titan : Junior High”, “Fairy Tail”, “Show by Rock!!”, “Snow White with the Red Hair”, and “Sky Wizards Academy”. When she isn’t voice acting, Megan is on Twitter (@18moptop) and Facebook (Megan Shipman – Voice Actor) talking to everyone about whatever new show she is watching at the time.

Clifford Chapin

Clifford Chapin

Clifford Chapin has been working as a voice actor, script writer, and director for several years now. He is best known for playing, Katsuki Bakugo in My Hero Academia, Conny Springer in Attack on Titan, Hide Nagachika in Tokyo Ghoul, Kirito Kamui inPsycho-Pass, and Yuri Dreyar in Fairy Tail. You can also hear Clifford in video games as the voices of Battleborn’s Toby, Michael from YIIK: A Postmodern RPG, and the Player Character’s voice in Dragon Ball: XenoVerse. In addition to his ADR credits, he has also worked behind the scenes for Marvel Entertainment’s publishing branch, as well as for several reality television series. In his downtime, Clifford enjoys playing video games and reading comic books from every genre. To keep up with all of Clifford’s many antics, be sure to follow him on Twitter (@CliffordChapin).

Kid Yuki and the Otakus

Kid Yuki and the Otakus

Kid Yuki and The Otakus is a rock band united under one mission: to bring your favorite anime, video game, and other nerdy music to life. From Naruto to Sword Art Online to Kingdom Hearts, Sonic the Hedgehog, Steven Universe and so much more, there’s a good chance our show will melt your face off. Check out www.youtube.com/c/kidyuki1 for a taste of what’s in store.

Comcade

Comcade

Comcade is a ragtag group of college students that create content for YouTube in their own mediocre way (they told us to say that). They’re funniest losers you’ve never heard of, and they’re super excited to be attending Anime-Zing this year. Kyle, Caleb, Ronnie, and DJ are avid gamers and their content reflects that; while they occasionally release music, skits, vlogs, and somehow more, most of their content consists of a series of funny (read: unfunny) let’s plays. This year at con they’ll be making their live debut with Comcade Live, a comedy show that they’re terrified will crash and burn. Not, like, too terrified… Just a healthy amount.

The team also creates nerdy charity events that they run twice a year, and guess what? If you’re attending the convention this year, you get to take part in one. StarCade, their next big event, is taking place over the duration of the convention. Throughout the entire weekend you will be able to (safely) donate money online towards the Starlight Children’s Foundation. If you’d like more information, or if you’d just like to check them out, you can find them on YouTube (Comcade), Twitter (@ComcadeNetwork), and Facebook (Comcade). Send them your questions or just stop by to chat about what anime you’re watching; Kyle and DJ are total weebs, so they’ll feel right at home!



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