Official Guests for 2018


Guests of Honor

Briana Lawrence and Jessica Walsh

Briana Lawrence and Jessica Walsh

 

15 years ago Briana Lawrence (Brichibi Cosplays) and Jessica Walsh (SnowCosplays) were two fanfiction writing ladies who geeked out over Gundam Wing boys and Resident Evil. Now?  They’re still geeks and still have their fandoms, but they’re also a cosplaying couple who write books, make crafts, and are generally nerdy women. Snow is the seamstress of the couple, meanwhile, Brichibi talks about issues in the cosplay community and how the most important thing about cosplay is to love yourself and have fun. The two ladies also speak on the importance of diversity when it comes to writing and pop culture, and they’ve both written about it via personal blogs and various websites. Speaking of writing, the ladies have work published through Dreamspinner Press, both write freelance for WatchMojo.com, and they also self-publishing their own series of books. Brichibi is currently working on a black, queer, magical girl series called “magnifiqueNOIR,” and the two will soon be working on the third book in their "Hunters" series. 
 
When going to conventions they always bring their best so that they can promote their work. You can enjoy their crafts, get lost in their book series, or heck, you can come by for a hug and fun conversations about cosplay, anime, or video games.  Always promoting positivity and always supporting one another, Brichibi and Snow are smiling their way through the geek scene.

Check out their websites here:
The magnifiqueNOIR site: http://www.magnifiquenoir.com/
Brichibi Cosplays on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brichibicosplays
Brichibi on Twitter: https://twitter.com/BrichibiTweets
SnowCosplays on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/snowcosplays
Snow on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/snowstoryteller/
Main site: http://www.sewntogetherreflections.com/


Faye Mata

Faye Mata

From pro gamer to pro voice actor, Faye Mata is an advocate for video games, anime, and assertive dream chasing. She is best known as the voice of Lulu (League of Legends), but a few other credits include Astolfo/Rider of Black (Fate/Apocrypha), Rin Hoshizora (Love Live!), Ryoka Narusawa (Occultic;Nine), Firis (Atelier Firis), Neon Nostrade (Hunter x Hunter), Kagami (Miraculous Ladybug), Daria (Shadowverse), and God Eater (Megadimension Neptunia VII).

Faye also competed semi-professionally in video game tournaments around the world such as EVO, CEO, and Pokémon Worlds under the gamertag "Princess Aura," the same name she used as a competitor on national reality TV show WCG Ultimate Gamer(SyFy).

Beyond this, Faye enjoys drawing, and will be creating a limited amount of autographed art over the weekend for charity. Faye believes in healthy optimism and pure entertainment, encouraging everyone to unlock their own potential to share their talents with the world, no matter how random. Follow her on Twitter at @PrincessAura!


F. Wesley Schneider

F. Wesley Schneider

F. Wesley Schneider is co-creator of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, co-writer of State of Decay 2, and architect of hundreds of RPG products. Aside from having passionate opinions about horror, world-building, and storytelling, he’s spoken at length on inclusivity and LGBTQ topics in gaming. His first novel, Bloodbound is available from Tor, while his most recent gaming work can be found in the Starfinder Roleplaying Game and The World of Vampire Hunter D from Paizo Inc. You can follow Wes at wesschneider.com and on Twitter at @FWesSchneider.


Kaiji Tang

Kaiji Tang

An avid lover of gaming and all things food related, Kaiji Tang has been working as a voice actor in Los Angeles CA since 2007. 

In the world of video games, he has done such roles as Odin ( Fire Emblem Heroes ), Faust ( Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- ), Munehisa Iwai ( Persona 5 ) Yamato Hotsuin ( Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker ), Dr. Qada ( Bravely Default ), Owain ( Fire Emblem: Awakening ), Wingul ( Tales of Xillia ), Jann Lee ( Dead or Alive 5 ), Lee Chaolan/Violet ( Tekken Tag Tournament 2 ), Yasuhiro Hagakure ( Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc ), Fang ( Fairy Fencer F ), Sima Zhao ( Dynasty Warriors ), Kenshiro ( Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage ) and others including roles in Bioshock Infinite, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, Resident Evil 6 and Batman: Arkham Origins. 

When it comes to Anime, you can hear him as Guts ( Berserk 2016 ), Vegeta ( Dragon Ball Super, Toonami Asia ), Archer ( Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works ) Tsumugu Kinagase ( Kill La Kill ), Koichi Kizakura ( Danganronpa 3: End of Hope's Peak Highschool ), Kouen Ren ( Magi ), Schmidt ( Sword Art Online ), "Big G" ( Doraemon ), Akifusa Keikain ( Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan ), Shiro Takamachi/Graf Eisen ( Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ), Colbert/Derflinger ( Familiar of Zero ) and other roles in titles such as Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Accel World, Monster, Squid Girl and Karas to name a few. 



Alumni Guests of Honor

Kyle Hebert

Kyle Hebert

Kyle Hebert is a Los Angeles-based anime and video game voice actor whose credits include Wreck-It Ralph/Street Fighter (Ryu), Naruto (Kiba), Bleach (Aizen, Ganju), League of Legends (Ezreal, Jarvan, and Graves) and Gurren Lagann (Kamina). He is best known as the Narrator and Teen Gohan from the Funimation dub of Dragonball Z. Other notable roles include Fate/Zero (Beserker), Blue Exorcist (Bon Suguro), Fire Emblem Awakening (Frederick, Validar), Guild Wars 2 (Great Ginz, Ogron, Hamar), Fullmetal Alchemist (Vato Falman), Tales of Symphonia (Richter Abend) and Star Ocean (Dias, Arumat, Crow). Kyle can also be heard in numerous video game franchises such as Sonic, Final Fantasy, World of Warcraft, Skylanders, Devil May Cry, Dynasty Warriors, Soul Calibur and Resident Evil. He is also the voice of filmmaker, Kevin Smith's Smodco Internet Radio. For more info, visit www.kylehebert.com.



Featured Artists

Hawks Effect (Rael, Nick, and Frank)

Hawks Effect (Rael, Nick, and Frank)

What do a former musician, an outdoorsman and a “granola making hippie” have in common?  They are co-authors of the exciting new international serial novel: Hawks Effect.  Having met virtually 10 years ago as part of a writer’s faction within the MMORPG The Matrix Online, their interaction solidified when they decided to meet in person in New York City for a fateful meal at a local diner.  Armed with a myriad of ideas and possibilities, this dynamic trio took their love of fandom and writing and transformed it into a fascinating project which allowed them the opportunity to tell a story for a new age.  Combining elements of Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Mystery, a dash of Anime sensibility, and a bit of Spirituality and Mysticism, Rael Wissdorf from a small village outside of Ulm, Germany, Nick Hede from Casper, Wyoming and Frank J. Williams III from Minneapolis, Minnesota have crafted a vibrant ongoing tale of tragedy, self realization, redemption, and destiny. 
  
Enter a world of complex characters, each with their own dreams and agendas, conflicts involving rival nations filled with drama and political intrigue and a strong female protagonist who finds herself faced with an unthinkable choice which will forever alter the fate of multiple worlds.  This writer’s triad invites you to join them on this epic journey.

Originally published for an international audience, Hawks Effect is now available for purchase in the U.S. For more information and to explore their rich world, check out http://hawkseffect.trivocum-verlag.de/ and their Facebook page at, https://www.facebook.com/wissdorf.hede.williams/