Anime USA would like to introduce the Founder of TOKYOPOP, Stu Levy!
Stu Levy is an international entrepreneur, producer, director and writer across mediums including graphic novels, film, television and new media. Founder of the pioneering media company TOKYOPOP, Stu is known for establishing the manga market in North America.
Rides In ReVellion is a visual rock band from Osaka, Japan. Their music combines dramatic melodies reminiscent of classic visual kei artists with modern digital sound to create their unique “harmonized time paradox” that appeals to the hearts of all generations. They have played stages, both big and small, across their home country, and they are very excited to be making their overseas debut at Anime USA!
Since their inception, Rides In ReVellion has worked hard to ensure that their music is accessible to fans all around the world. Please join enchanting vocalist KuRo, elegant guitarist TaJI, charming bassist Nagisa, and bubbly drummer Ame for an unforgettable performance and other fun events this October.
Nina Lynn (“Mango Sirene”) is a cosplayer, YouTube vlogger, and Twitch streamer based in the Midwest United States. After discovering cosplay back in 2007, she was instantly hooked. Despite having no prior experience with clothing fabrication, she jumped headfirst into the world of costuming, quickly teaching herself how to sew, style wigs, make props, and model her outfits. Her passion for the hobby eventually led to her becoming a fashion major during college, and she’s recently begun to collaborate with Simplicity Creative as a pattern designer and liaison for all things cosplay.
Nina has been an active member of the cosplay community since attending that first convention in ’07, having made more than 90 costumes over the past nine years. Her YouTube channel, which focuses on tutorials, convention vlogs, and other cosplay fun, has garnered over 3.8 million views and 70,000 subscribers. Using her degree in fashion design and her prior experience in theater, she frequently acts as a craftsmanship and performance judge for convention masquerades, and she herself has taken home several awards, including Best In Show and Best Skit Performance. Her focus behind everything she does is on creating a welcoming environment for those who are new to the hobby, all the while maintaining focus on the most important aspect of cosplay: having fun and striving to do your very best!
Robert V Aldrich is an author and speaker based out of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. His writing is heavily influenced by anime, video games, and other geekery, as is his speaking. He’s written numerous sci-fi/fantasy novels and for numerous periodicals. He’s returning to AUSA to promote his newest book RocKaiju. Outside of writing and convention-speaking, he’s a public health analyst and martial arts instructor.
Costume Historian Kass McGann — a.k.a. “The Internationally Renown Being of Sweetness and Light™” — cannot wait for her third visit to Anime USA to share her knowledge of historical costuming and Japanese culture with the otaku. After living on a Caribbean island for three years, Kass has one focus: wearing more clothes! Come learn about everything from the more obscure bits of Japanese costume history to Steampunk splendor, fabrics, colors, hats, hairdressing, accessories, the lot. Let’s see just how many outfits a person can stuff into a weekend when she doesn’t have to worry about an airline luggage restriction, shall we? In the meantime, you can follow her costume construction progress at http://reconstructinghistory.com.
From the undulating sac of a metropolis that is Baltimore City came Logicoma. DJ, producer, geek, and sad boy. He began producing and spinning music at the tender age of 14, blending together electronic, trap, hip-hop, and chill-wave to create something new and exciting. Logicoma draws inspiration from anime, bass music, and Japanese culture.
Jacob Marley is a musician and visual artist from Baltimore. Audibly inspired by weather and all things comprising his environment, and visually inspired by fashion; Jacob is an up and coming fashion designer and illustrator. A member of the Llamadon collective Jacob has helped organize and book shows in the Baltimore area, as well as play countless himself. After his first national tour in 2015 with Baltimore acts Elon + Chiffon, Jacob looks to take that road knowledge into planning more tours this year. With a building name Jacob is known for frequent collaborations with artists Elon, Boogie Madison, and AlienNood420, as well as contributions to Basement Radio.
Daniel Tsang is known throughout the con scene as Lodestar. Lodestar is a true Sagittarius: he’s an adventurer with a carefree heart and a biting sense of humor. If he was a fantasy character, he would be the unforgettable bohemian rogue that radiates charisma and has schemes for days. In his free time, Lodestar enjoys shounen anime, JRPGs, MOBAs, and RTS games, as well as low budget comedy films. He also enjoys physical activities such as yoga, zumba, barre, and cycling. Lodestar has danced as a featured soloist in various troupes, spun on color/winterguard teams, and worked as a choreographer and coach for many different performances. Lodestar has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with minors in Dance and English with a concentration in Fiction Writing. He is also currently working on his Masters of Education in Counselor Education. His ultimate goal is to become a nationally certified counselor so that he can let his iconic nature impact the world on a greater scale. After being a panelist and guest speaker for different events and organizations, including AUSA and MAGfest, Lodestar decided to found his own paneling organization called Reframe. Reframe debuts at Anime USA this year! His panels focus on diversity and inclusivity, the world of magick and its tools, writing in its varied forms, and numerous video games. Follow him at facebook.com/lodestarcosplay, instagram @lodestarslagoon, or via lodestarslagoon.tumblr.com. Reframe can be found at facebook.com/reframecons or @reframecons on Twitter.
A native Texan and avid anime fan, Josh Grelle has been working in voice work for over 10 years. After starting with ADV Films in January 2004, Josh was quickly bombarded with tons of in-booth experience on a wide range of shows, including Wedding Peach, Steam Detectives, 009-1, and the legendary Gatchaman. He began working for FUNimation Entertainment in 2006. Since then, he has starred in numerous titles; his most famous being Kenichi in Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple. Other roles include Armin in Attack on Titan, Kyohei in the Wallflower, Kouichi in Linebarrels of Iron, Yuki in Future Diary, Itsuki in Initial D, and Kuranosuke in Princess Jellyfish. More recent roles include Chow from Starship Troopers: Invasion, Nicky in Mass Effect: Paragon Lost, Kazuya Aoi in Freezing, Yuji Sakai in Shakugan no Shana, Akihisa Yoshii in Baka and Test, and Komatsu in Toriko. Aside from anime, Josh has lent his voice to a number of video games, including Sima Shi in Dynasty Warriors 7, Xbalanque in Smite, Dave in Borderlands 2, and the voice of the “energetic” custom character in Dragonball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi. Josh is represented by The Mary Collins Agency.
E. (Ernesto) Jason Liebrecht has been working as an actor & performing artist based in Austin, TX for over a decade. As a voice actor, he has voiced quite a range of characters; some favorites include (but are not limited to): Yato in Noragami, Dr. John Watson in Empire of Corpses, Heath in Prince of Stride, Jack the Ripper in Nobunagun, Souhei in Wolf Children, Takizawa in Eden of the East, Hei/The Black Reaper in Darker Than Black, Principal Ench in Shin Chan, Lavi & Millenium Earl in D. Gray-man, John Brown in Ghost Hunt, Train in Black Cat, Vetti in Glass Fleet, Luck in Baccano!, Syaoran in Tsubasa, Jeice in Dragon Ball Z Kai, Lucci in One Piece & Finnian in Black Butler.
In the realm of gaming, Jason can also be heard as Lo Wang in Shadow Warrior & Shadow Warrior 2 (2016 Release!), Mordecai in Borderlands 2 & The Pre-Sequel, Bane, Hawkman & Eclipso in DC Universe & Abel in Street Fighter IV & X Tekken, among others… Jason is also a long-time company member/collaborator with world-renowned, devised/experimental, Austin-based theatre company, the Rude Mechs & as such has travelled extensively with their original productions; recently appearing in the Lincoln Center-
commissioned piece, Stop Hitting Yourself, in NYC & in Austin as the titular character in their profane adaptation, Fixing King John.
Additionally, he has a number of on-camera credits in independent projects & network co-starring roles on Revolution, Chase, John Ridley’s American Crime & is currently still in production on Rooster Teeth’s first dramatic series, Day 5. A more complete list of credits can be found on IMDB & behindthevoiceactors.com…