A-Kon takes place at The Hilton Anatole Dallas, USA on June 6-8, 2014.
Unlike past anime conventions where I dig up info on their guests of honor, A-Kon is challenging because they don't have an organized list of guests of honors with times and such when I explore their site. Make sure you check the programming, see link. They have PDFs, Excel sheets, and such. For this blog, I'm just going to introduce the guests of honor without the time stamps. I don't want to confuse anyone.
Carnival Epsilon combines suspense and daring with bits of magic and mirth to create their horrifyingly hilarious and nationally traveled steampunk sideshow.
Megumibish is a costumer and mascot creator who has been cosplaying for 11 years.
Her talents cover many aspects of cosplay including pattern drafting, building large scale props, wig styling, and resin casting. Her strengths lie in costume construction, so this is where she places her focus.
She started her own mascot company in 2011, creating original designs and accessories sold at various conventions. Lately she has been focusing on her business as a full-time job, but she would love the opportunity to create some of her own future projects!
Her achievements include Best Craftsmanship at Oni-Con (2005), Shiokazecon (2006), and A-Kon (2006); as well as 3rd Place Overall and Best of Show at Oni-Con (2007/2009)!
Nathan Robert Browns
Nathan Robert Brown (1977-present) is an Author, Mythologist, and Technical Writer from Texas, currently residing in Florida. He acquired a Master’s Degree in English from Midwestern State University in 2009, and received the 2008 Harry Brown Award for an essay that would later become the basis of his first academic monograph publication, ‘The Rape of Lilith’ (a project he is currently revising and expanding for a more commercial re-release sometime in late-2014 or mid-2015, depending on when he finds enough time to actually get it done). Nathan has done extensive research in world mythology, folklore, urban legends, ancient civilizations, and world religions, and is an expert on trinities/tripartite systems, common structures, and universal themes in myth, religion, and mysticism. Nathan is also a public speaker and pro-bono demonology consultant.
Destiny (Velours Requiem) has always had a passion for fashion. Dreaming of becoming a professional fashion designer, she has used Cosplay as a medium to express her creativity and love for design. Self-taught for 9 years, her sense of style is often found in her creations. Her creative attention, spanning down to the smallest of details, has resulted in several awards as well as the opportunity to work as a promotional model, which she continues to do to this day.
Destiny’s personal philosophy in life is to never give up. Although the path may be difficult, with hard work and determination you can attain your dreams.
She has been invited to judge Friday Hall Cosplay and the Main Cosplay Contest on Saturday.
Jared Knabenbauer aka “ProJared” is a gamer, reviewer and comedian. He is best known for his comedic ProJared video game reviews, One Minute Reviews of new titles, and the heartbreaking story of triumph in Pokemon Nuzlocke. He is also a prominent member of the relaunched NormalBoots.com. You can see him continue to harmoniously blend humor and critique at his YouTube channel.
Nerdcore Comedy comes to A-Kon for the fourth year with it’s best show yet. The Power Rangers of geek humor are back bringing you their patented brand of nerd-oriented jocularity for your entertainment! Mike, Joe and Alex have perform at clubs and showcases across the country, but it’s the Nerdcore Showcases where they feel most at home. Come celebrate your nerd heritage with all things comic books, RPGs, video games and most importantly that nerd sensibility we share in everyday life.
Having rocked the Internet’s face for over eight years, ScrewAttack is excited to be returning to A-Kon. As entertainers, ScrewAttack has produced a variety of shows like Death Battle, Top 10, Screwin’ Around, and Hard News. A source for all the news, reviews, and trailers a gamer could need and now with the power of Fullscreen, they’re the largest community of content creators for gaming on YouTube. ScrewAttack reminds everyone how much fun gaming really is.
Is an American actor, voice actor, ADR director and script writer who has provided voices for a number of English-language versions of Japanese anime films and television series, as well as video games at Central Park Media, 4Kids Entertainment, Bandai Entertainment, Media Blasters, Viz Media, Funimation and Tripwire Productions. He is also the founder of NYAV Post, A Bi-coastal studio located in New York City and Los Angeles, which dubbed more than 350 different anime titles and recorded several original prelay works. He was born in France, lived in London as a child and moved to the United States when he was 10 years old. Sinterniklaas graduated from High School of the Performing Arts in New York City, and attended college in North Carolina where he did work at both Southwynde and Coastal Carolina Studios.
With a knack for drawing and other artsy things, it shouldn’t have been a surprise when Megan’s talents took her to SPFX makeup. This was a girl who once couldn’t tell you the difference between eye shadow and blush. But after only one class, Megan had found her chosen profession. After earning a degree from college in Oklahoma, Megan found herself packing up her far too small car with whatever she could, and driving cross country to Los Angeles, California. Although her 6 month makeup program is complete, she has continued to live in a shoebox sized apartment, with her one eyed cat, Kirk. She uses her education to do Special Effects Makeup on sets around the LA area. She has auditioned for the SyFy’s FaceOff twice, and has assisted in the makeup department of the feature length film, “Cesar Chavez”, which is coming out in March of 2014. Her work also consists of short films, comedy shorts, music videos and many a horror film.
Patrick Owens: Producer at Fractal Fox, Patrick has been working in the game industry since 2008. Starting out doing animation and now specializing in game design and production; Patrick works with his team to bring the spirited games Greeble, Cat Juggling, Brain and Zombie, and more to life.
Darren Gendron & Obsidian Abnormal
According to the internet, Darren J. Gendron’s mustache has been declared a lethal weapon in 22 states. One of Dern’s eyes is fake. Even he isn’t sure which one. His Kevin Bacon number is four. Dern is magic. Dern is the writer of Bonebreakers (www.CommissionedComic.com) Hello With Cheese...
Pata of XJAPAN brings Ra:IN to A-Kon 25
A-Kon and Babel Rock present legendary guitarist of XJAPAN, Pata with his band: Ra:IN.
Welcome, Pata, and his band mates Michiaki, and “DIE”. Ra:IN, which stands Rock and Inspiration, is a Japanese instrumental rock band. Formed in 2002 by Pata, Michiaki and Tetsu (past member), the group is signed to the Danger Crue label. Former hide with Spread Beaver keyboardist DIE joined the band in mid-2007. As of 2012 they have released three albums, a single and a two track EP, and have toured extensively, including international shows in China (Shanghai, Beijing), Taiwan, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Russia, and Czech Republic.
KEN STEACY decided at age eleven to become a professional comic book author/illustrator, a dream he realized in 1974. Since then, he has worked in the industry as writer, artist, art director, editor, and publisher, chronicling the exploits of Astro Boy, Spider-Man, Harry Potter, and the Star Wars gang, to name but a few. In addition to creating his own intellectual property, he has also collaborated with other writers, including Harlan Ellison and Douglas Coupland.
S%$^ Otaku Say is back
S%$^ Otaku Say is back and better than ever, with TWO PANELS! In it’s third year now, the boys of SOS are ready to bring you the worst of fandom culture! Join comedians Evan, Adolf, Ken and Zach as they delve in to the twisted, demented world of the Otaku!
Anthony Brownrigg is a filmmaker, actor, musician and all around media specialist. For over thirty years he has been in the video and film production industry producing and directing the award winning Red Victoria, Silent Interchanges, Dark Evolution and many others. His recent projects include the werewolf television series in development Freeborn – The Werewolf Chronicles, as well as the sequel to the 1973 horror cult film “Don’t Look in the Basement”. He has also done voice work for Funimation on various projects including One Piece, and FMA. His band Savage Gypsy, has produced many of the A-Kon rules songs including “Shower for Me”, and dear Phillip Morris. This marks his tenth year at A-Kon and his seventh as the Co-MC of the welcoming ceremonies.
Helen McCarthy loves conventions; this year she celebrates four decades of congoing since the first British Star Trek Convention in 1974. Her first American convention was Boskone in 1977, where she looked her most ladylike in long gloves and pearls at the Regency tea dance. Her first anime convention was ANIME DAY, the first British anime convention, in 1991, and her first U.S. anime conventions were Anime America and Anime Expo in 1994.
Veteran artist Krazy Krow has been making webcomics for over 10 years. He’s the writer and creator behind Spinnerette, a spider-powered superhero comedy set in Columbus, Ohio.
In 1972, after working as Art Director for two different New York magazine publishers, Kerry launched his own publishing company with partner Norman Jacobs. They started with DAILY TV SERIALS, a soap opera magazine that became the most respected publication covering the 14 daytime, 5-day-a-week dramas. In 1976 Kerry made a dream come true when he and Norm created STARLOG – “The Magazine of the Science Fiction Universe.”
Team Four Star
*UPDATED INFORMATION* - Nick “Lanipator” Landis and Curtis “Takahata101” Arnott are not going to be able to join us at A-Kon this year. So, KaiserNeko is bringing some new friends to the convention. Please read below on Chris Guerrero and Lawrence “MasakoX” Simpson and welcome them to the convention!!
Jack Campbell (John G. Hemry) is the author of the New York Times best-selling Lost Fleet series and Lost Stars series, as well as the Stark’s War and Sinclair/”JAG in space” series, and the stand-alone alternate American Civil War novella The Last Full Measure. His most recent books are Lost Stars – Perilous Shield, and Beyond the Frontier – Steadfast in the Lost Fleet series.
Karen Gillmore has been an artist since she could hold a crayon. She grew up drawing pictures of dinosaurs, equines with and without horns and/or wings, wizards, and dragons that looked rather like dinosaurs.
Terrance has written Redakai: The Tiger Terror, an anime graphic novel based on the popular animated television series. During the past decade, Terrance has also written DC Entertainment’s comic book version of that cartoon icon, Scooby-Doo. For that same publisher, Terrance has told stories featuring Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, the Question, and the Riddler, among others. Several cartoon characters owe their voices to Terrance, as well.
Robin Wayne Bailey
Robin Wayne Bailey is the author of numerous fantasy and science fiction works, including DragonKin, his best-selling series and his on-going series of FROST novels and stories. His other well-known works include SHADOWDANCE, the Brothers of the Dragon series, and his Fritz Leiber-inspired Fafhrd and Gray Mouser novel, Swords Against The Shadowland.