Special Guests (2022)

Bryson Baugus
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Bryson Baugus is a voice actor from Houston, Texas. Some of his credits include Shoyo Hinata in Haikyu!!; Falco Grice in Attack on Titan; Seiya in Saint Seiya; Yuga Ohdo in Yu-Gi-Oh Rush Duel: Dawn of the Battle Royale; Takumi Aldini in Food Wars; Bell Cranel in Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?; Mitsuru in Darling in the FranXX, and many others. In his free time, he likes to play video games live on twitch (twitch.tv/baugusbryson) and create videos for YouTube (youtube.com/baugusbryson)!

In his free time, he likes to play video games live on Twitch (twitch.tv/baugusbryson) and create videos for YouTube (youtube.com/baugusbryson)! If you would like to keep up with what’s going on with Bryson, give him a Follow on Twitter @baugusbryson!

Dirk Manning
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Dirk Manning is the writer/creator of comic series such as the supernatural noir Tales of Mr. Rhee and the genre-bending horror anthology Nightmare World. More of Dirk’s comic work includes Twiztid Haunted High-Ons (nominated for three Ringo Awards in 2020, including Best Humor Comic), Butts in Seats: The Tony Schiavone Story, Buried But Not Dead (Ringo Award nominee for Best Original Graphic Novel in 2021), Hope, The Adventures of Cthulhu Jr., and Love Stories (to Die For). Now predominantly publishing with Source Point Press, Dirk was an early adapter in using crowdfunding to launch his comics and graphic novels, with Dirk’s work having raised over $400,000 and counting in pre-sales on Kickstarter alone. Dirk is also the author of the inspirational/how-to column turned book series Write or Wrong: A Writer’s Guide to Creating Comics and has contributed several short stories to the RPG game series Clockwork: Dominion for Reliquary Game Studios. His screenplay writing credits include the YouTube horror series Blackbox TV episode “The Hunger” (directed by Drew Daywalt and featuring Bonnie Aarons and Jon Gries). When not at his desk writing, touring the comic convention circuit, and/or sampling his way across the best ice cream shops in the world, Dirk can be found online at www.DirkManning.com and on most social media platforms as @dirkmanning. He does not wear a top hat and scarf in real life.

Alyson Leigh Rosenfeld
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Alyson Leigh Rosenfeld is a voice actor best known for her roles as Bonnie, Nurse Joy & Sophocles on Pokémon, Aina Ardebit in Promare; Strawberry Shortcake on Strawberry Shortcake; Polly Pocket on Polly Pocket; Olivia on Nella the Princess Knight; Rio Kastle, Queen, Grace & Gloria Tyler on Yu-Gi-Oh!; Siri on LastMan; LunaMaria Hawke in Gundam Seed Destiny; Kahori Harukawa in Psychic School Wars; Isaki in Lu Over the Wall; Sayaka Yumi in Mazinger Z: Infinity; Hansel in Secret Magic Control Agency; Joy LeFrog on Regal Academy; and Fraw Bow in Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin. She has provided voices for numerous cartoons, video games, toys and commercials. She can also be seen performing theatre in New York City (most recently in the critically-acclaimed Once Upon A Mattress), and on-screen in her web series Crumbly Kitchen (crumblykitchen.com). For more info: Check out her website (alysonleighrosenfeld.com) Follow her on Twitter (@/AlysonRosenfeld), Instagram (@/alysonleighrosenfeld), or TikTok (@/alysonleighrosenfeld).

Chris Jai Alex
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Chris Jai Alex grew up with a comic book collecting, starry-eyed singer for a mother who dragged him to rehearsals and made him help her sort comics for the family comic store, Fantasy Adventures. He founded his own indie entertainment label, Phineqx Entertainment, in 2000. He initially only recorded music, but eventually branched out into television and film through stuntwork. From there, he began to do motion capture, voice-over, and even higher profile live-action projects. Con-goers may recognize him from his voice work as Esidisi from Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, Boros in One Punch Man, or his most prized role, Panthro on the Warner Bros. animated Thundercats. He has done motion capture stunt work for Kratos (God of War) and full performance motion capture for Lando Calrissian in Star Wars: Battlefront II. Alex has done stunt work for Marvel, DC, and Tron. He has even acted in movies and television alongside the likes of Johnny Depp, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ariana Grande, and Miss Piggy.

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GAME aims to perform themed music to the best of its capability, and prides itself on the ability to collaborate, as well as having a freely flowing stream of ideas. GAME emphasizes building relationships with one another to form a network of like­-minded individuals. The Game and Anime Music Ensemble is a student organization founded by Ronnie Hill in 2007, and is located in Bowling Green State University’s Kreischer Arts Village Learning Community. They are dedicated to performing music from video games and anime, often at conventions around Ohio as well as various BGSU events! For those who are not fans of video games or anime, no worries – you can enjoy their music anyway! There are many different musical genres used in games and anime; including but not limited to metal, jazz, classical, pop – and probably anything else you can think of, so there’s definitely something worth listening to! Even better, not every song is in Japanese. If you are heavily into video games and anime, or just like music, then you should definitely check out their group!

Ichigo Ro!
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Ichigo Ro! is an Ohio-based Idol Performance Duo made up of Maya and Kyra. They perform covers of beloved J-pop and K-pop songs, as well as original songs and choreographies. The group has performed at many conventions, including past Animarathons. They have also hosted the Happy Harmony Idol Showcase (previously known as the Ohio Idol Live), an event meant to highlight different performers. This event has been held at various conventions and even virtually. The first was held in 2018. Ichigo Ro! also uploads covers to their YouTube channel and released their debut single September of last year!

Kohei Hattori
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Kohei is a IFA United Nations international ambassador singer (Commanded by United Nations) who perform at the Anime conventions, Japanese festivals and Asian festivals in the US. He recorded the song for Aniplex Japan in 2021 May and now it's on anime called “Tokyo 24th Ward”Official MC at Japan Fes in NYC 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2021 Official MC at Houston Japan Festival 2018, 2019. Kohei has performed at the Anime Conversations in the US such as Anime Expo LA 2018 2019, San Japan Texas, Anime California 2018 2019, Animinneapolice 2018, Liberty City Anime Con, Delta H Con 2018 2019, 2021 Animanga Expo 2018 2019 2021, Saikocon, Animenext, AnimeWTC 2019 2020, Ichibancon, Anime Iowa, Castle Point Anime Convention, Jafax, Mechacon, Colossalcon East, SwampCon, Anime Oasis, Anime Magic 2019 2021, New York Comic Con After Party , Anime NYC After Party, Anime Lubbock 2021 Ecchi Expo 2021 OKiCon 2021 Anime Dallas 2021 etc....

Corinne “Megami33” Sudberg
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Corinne “Megami33” Sudberg is a professional voice actress, singer, Youtuber, and fellow nerd. Originally from LI NY, she studied theater and eventually animation at the School of Visual Arts to hope to someday work in cartoons in some way. She eventually made her way to Dallas and started to work for several studios including Funimation, Sound Cadence, and StarMan Studios. Some of her most notable roles include Kozuki Momonosuke from One Piece, Nataku Son in Fire Force, Arche Eeb Rile Furt in “Overlord III”, Alpaca Suri in “Kemono Friends”, Spence/Hatsuharu in Azur Lane, and Luca in “Hells.” She has also voiced for various video games including “Yokai Kitchen”, "Bee Simulator," “Regalia: Of Men & Monarchs”, “Heroes’ Charge”, “Aura Kingdom” and many more. She was also able to work on a cartoon pilot called, "Welcome to Showside" alongside Henry Rollins. On top of voice acting, Corinne is a Youtube personality under the name “Megami33”, based on her favorite Yugioh card, “Gyakutenno Megami”. Starting the Youtube game back in 2007, she’s voiced for a variety of web series including Team Four Star, Dr. Crafty, Aphmau, TheLoadingCrew, Gamer Chad, and Linkara. She also sings adaptation covers from various Anime, video games, etc. with over 100k subscribers and over 20 million views. She is also the official singer for the theme song to Bananya, "Lucky Holiday" from Discotek Media. In her downtime, she enjoys catching up on the latest seasonal anime, catching Pokemon, playing dnd, or just hanging out with her pup, Remi! Twitter: @/Megami33 FB: CorinneSudbergVA

Seeker of Light Cosplay
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Natalie Vaia (Seeker of Light) is a self taught cosplayer, seamstress, and designer based out of Pittsburgh, PA. Natalie has made over 100 personal cosplays with skills mainly based in sewing and foam-work. Her work has been published in multiple magazines and has won multiple awards. Natalie made her first cosplay in 6th grade and has never stopped creating. She started her journey towards a professional career in 2016 at 18 years old when she opened her Etsy shop to sell custom cosplay pieces, which she now runs full time. Natalie hopes to inspire others with her art and to prove anything is possible!

Stephanie Pestana
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Stephanie Pestana is a committed performer of solo and chamber repertoire. She has performed across the midwest with a myriad of instrumentalists and singers of all backgrounds. She holds a master of music degree from Indiana University and is currently pursuing an artist diploma at the Cincinnati College- Conservatory of Music under tutelage of Dr. Ran Dank while maintaining an active teaching studio in south eastern Indiana where she resides. Audrey Hudgen is Audrey is a cellist forging a musical career that focuses on uniting communities and bringing people together. Her collaborative experience started at the young age of 5, playing music with family, friends, and musicians of all ages and levels. She has expanded her experience through studying at both Utah State University and the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), by working with composers, conductors, orchestras and chamber musicians on various projects. Currently pursuing a Master’s Degree at CCM she is participating in many different chamber ensembles, recording projects, and other unique collaborative opportunities. They will be performing In Spring! In Spring is a program comprising of music from the anime Your Lie in April as well as other popular classical music used in anime. It is a celebration of the crossover between anime and classical music. Hope to see you there!