Welcome to A-Kon 28 guest page! Here you can find out more about the guests who will be attending A-Kon. Guest are subject to change with no notice.
ATELIER PIERROT is a Gothic Lolita brand. Their flagship store was established in the famed Harajuku La Foret building when it first opened in 1978. They create and sell Classical Lolita and Elegant Gothic Lolita designs, with styles ranging from exquisite gothic tastes to elegant Rococo influence.
Christopher Sabat has voiced hundreds of animated characters for video games, TV shows, and feature anime films, but he is best known for his role as Vegeta and Piccolo (plus many more characters) in the Dragon Ball Z franchise, the newest being his role in Dragon Ball Super! A producer, director, and actor, Chris’ career highlights include playing Son Hak in Yona of the Dawn, Woerman in Attack on Titan, Alex Louis Armstrong in Fullmetal Alchemist, and Roronoa Zoro in One Piece. He has also voiced Kazuma Kuwabara in YuYu Hakusho, Ayame Sohma in Fruits Basket, and Kikuchiyo in Samurai 7, as well as many more. He is the founder and director of the OkraTron 5000 audio production company in Richardson, Texas.
HEAVYGRINDER is a duo based out of Los Angeles, California, consisting of world-famous DJHeavygrinder (aka Bobbie) and her sidekick, Nek0 (aka KATFYR).
Their unique blend of metal, electronica and Japanese rock-pop — along with their stunning anime-inspired visual — sets them apart from anything else in the music industry today.
HEAVYGRINDER's performance repertoire includes festivals such as Coachella and EDC, along with headlining performances worldwide, bringing incredible energy to places like Ibiza, Japan, South Korea, China, Taiwan and more.
Their releases are a regular presence on Beatport charts, their latest release 'Setsuna' has been sitting on the Electro House and Pop/Rock release charts reaching #1 in 2016, also the collaboration with Yoji Biomehanica “Alone” reaching the #1 spot on the Hard Dance chart, the single “Lovesick Hypocrite” reaching #16 on the Electro House chart, and “Children of the Night” topping at #5 on the Dubstep Top 100, just to name a few.
With over 2 million Facebook fans — and growing —, HEAVYGRINDER are establishing themselves as one of the most unique, engaging and multi-talented acts in the world.
J. Michael Tatum
Nurtured on anime classics from the tender age of Star Blazers, et al, this reclusive fanboy-turned-voice actor/writer/ADR director/flake extraordinaire spent more years than he cares to remember in what might charitably be called free-fall before landing, mostly by accident, smack dab on the industry of his dreams. To this day, some believe the small crater made by the impact remains the source of his power. Discovered by Funimation warhorse Christopher Bevins, who cast him as Rikichi in 2005’s Samurai 7, Tatum’s inexplicable luck has held long enough to see his flag hoisted on a slew of dream roles, most notably Kyoya Otori in Ouran High School Host Club, suave, demonic Sebastian Michaelis in Black Butler, France in the Hetalia franchise, Tomoe from Kamisama Kiss, and the equal parts maniacal/vulnerable Okarin Rintarou from Steins;Gate. More recently, Tatum can be heard in the epic My Hero Academia as Teyna Iida. Other characters the man still can’t believe he’s had the crazy good fortune to play include: Doumeki in XXXHolic, Jiro Mochizuki in Black Blood Brothers, Isaac Dian in Baccano!, both God Eneru and Dalton in One Piece, Komui Lee in D-Gray Man, Dororo in Sgt. Frog, the titular loveable savage of Heroic Age, Ryosuke Takahashi in Initial D, Lawrence Kraft in Spice and Wolf, Zarbon in Dragon Ball Z Kai, and Scar in Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood. His vocal “stylings,” much to the chagrin of drama teachers everywhere, he’s sure, have also been featured in Romeo X Juliet, Speed Grapher, Trinity Blood, Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple, Black Cat, Nabari no Ou, Ghost Hunt, School Rumble, The Tower of Druaga, Aquarion, Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicles, Shuffle, Shigurui, Glass Fleet, Mushishi, Soul Eater, along with feature- length films such as Vexille, Summer Wars, Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker, and Empire of Corpses, among many others. His videogame credits include Sir Hammerlock from the Borderlands franchise, Julius Kresnik from Tales of Xillia 2, Mr. Foster from Killing Floor 2, various playable characters from SMITE, and Kelvin from Battleborn. And as if being involved with so many awesome shows wasn’t enough, in late 2007 the fluky so-and-so tempted fate by officially branching out into ADR directing and adaptive scriptwriting for Funimation as well. His ADR directing credits to date include Aquarion, Jyu-oh-Sei, Romeo X Juliet, Big Windup, Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne and Shikabane Hime (Corpse Princess), while his writing credits include substantial work on Ouran High School Host Club, Heroic Age, Initial D, Blassreiter, Ga Rei: Zero, Hero Tales, Legend of the Legendary Heroes, Fractale, Deadman Wonderland, Steins;Gate, Assassination Classroom and Dragon Ball Z Kai. In early 2010 he teamed up with Terri Doty and Stephen Hoff to launch That Anime Show, a web-based chat show centered on colorful, often diabolically unhinged interviews with friends and colleagues within the dubbing industry, all episodes of which can be downloaded for free at http://thatanimeshow.com/
Matthew Mercer is a Los Angeles-based actor/voice actor known primarily for his roles in animation and video games. His extensive training in theater, improv, and being a life-long hardcore gamer helped prepare him for such projects and characters as Leon Kennedy in Resident Evil 6 and Resident Evil: Damnation, Captain Levi in Attack on Titan, Aloth & Edérin Pillars of Eternity, Gangplank in League of Legends, Trey in Final Fantasy Type-0, Abe the Trapper in Evolve, Tim Drake/Robin in Batman: Arkham Knight, Trafalgar Law in One Piece, Kanji Tatsumi in Persona 4 Arena Ultimax & Persona Q, Prince Demande in Sailor Moon, Jotaro Kujo in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders, Aikuro Mikisugi in Kill la Kill, Kiritsugu Emiya in Fate/Zero, Human Male Guardian in Destiny, Anarky in Batman: Arkham Origins, Alvin in Tales of Xillia & Tales of Xillia 2, Chrom in Fire Emblem: Awakening & Super Smash Bros , Sinbad in Magi, Kuroh Yatogami in K, Rexxar, Nefarian, and Ragnaros in Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, Rehgar in Heroes of the Storm, Kilrogg & Rexxar inWorld of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor, Iron Man/Tony Stark in Iron Man: Rise of Technovore and Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher, Tygra in Cartoon Network's Thundercats, and many other projects you are welcome to look up online.
Matthew is also known for his on-camera and production work, having directed the hit webseries There Will Be Brawl (where he also played Ganondorf, Kirby, and Metaknight), as well as directing the viral hit School of Thrones. He can also be found portraying the villainous Necromancer Szorlok in the upcoming fantasy film series Mythica.
Matthew is the Dungeon Master for the hit Twitch show Critical Role on Geek & Sundry, where he runs a group of other accomplished voice actors through a campaign of Dungeons & Dragons LIVE every week at 7pm PST.
We are excited to announce for the premiering for the first time in America "Pentagon Japan" will be live in concert this year at A-Kon 28. Pentagon Japan left you all a welcome video to say hello!
Pentagon Japan is a charismatic Visual Kei band taking the scene by storm with their eye-catching visual style and alternative metal and rock sound.
Founded by members of the popular session band “Call Me,” Pentagon Japan released a YouTube teaser video in late 2014. The video garnered thousands of views within days.
The band officially began activities on January 12th, 2015, with a sold-out first solo performance and every CD release ranking in the Oricon top 50 charts.
In September of 2016, before their 2nd anniversary, the band completed their first major tour which sold out venues and spanned all 47 prefectures of Japan.
Pentagon Japan is number one among young Visual Kei bands in the scene today.
Vocals - chizuru
Guitar - Yutori
Guitar - Taku
Bass - minpha
@penagon_minpha (Yes misspelled on purpose)
Drums - Atsuki
Vic has been acting for stage and screen since he was 8 years old. But his anime career started about fifteen years ago as Vega in Streetfighter II.
Since then Vic has been in more than three hundred animated series and video games, known for such roles as Edward Elric in Fullmetal Alchemist, Tamaki Suou in Ouran High School Host Club, Zero in Vampire Knight, Death Scythe in Soul Eater, Fai in Tsubasa Chronicle, Keldeo in Pokemon, Dark in DN Angel, Kurz in Full Metal Panic, Broly in Dragonball Z, Ikkaku in Bleach, Obito/Nagato in Naruto, Yoshimori in Kekkaishi, Yukito in Air, Takanaga in Wallflower, Luciano in Code Geass, Virgil Walsh in Trinity Blood, Hikaru in Macross, Space Dandy, Tiger & Bunny, Digimon Fusion, Sword Art Online, Nura, La Grange and many many more. Vic is currently playing characters in Free!, Fairy Tail, Star Trek Online, League Of Legends, Black Butler, Escaflowne, Durarara, Rwby, Yuri On Ice, Sailor Moon, World Of Warcraft, Karneval, Attack On Titan and several others. Vic also played roles G4’s Wolverine and Iron Man series, and the original Mass Effect movie. Vic has also voiced roles in a large number of video games including Soul Calibur, Disgaea, Dynasty Warriors, Persona III, Avengers, Pac-Man, Sonic Colours, DBZ, Bleach, FMA and more.
But even longer than his voice acting, Vic has been a professional music composer / singer / producer who has written and produced hundreds of pieces for TV, radio and CD. He sings the themes for shows like One Piece & DBGT, and has produced several CDs of his own original music, all available on iTunes.
Finally, in addition to anime and music, Vic has a degree in film and is deeply involved as an actor and director in several web series. He is executive producer of the award-winning web series “Star Trek Continues”, where he is not only directing, but fulfilling a childhood dream of playing the iconic role of Captain Kirk. Vic works regularly writing, producing and directing video and film productions of all kinds.
Voice Actor, YouTuber!
Take One Improv
Amber Lee Connors
Director, Voice Actor
Director, Voice Actor
Dr. Nerd Love
J. Michael Tatum
Jād (jade) Saxton
Director, Voice Actor
Svetlana Quindt (AKA Kamui Cosplay)
The Cog is Dead