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!


Xander Mobus

Xander Mobus

Xander Mobus is an actor who hails from the sunny city of LA. You might recognize his voice from video games, anime, commercials and some other stuff. Some of his most notable roles include the Announcer from Super Smash Bros., Joker from Persona 5, Abigail from Street Fighter V, Darios, Arvis and Innes from Fire Emblem, Dagda in Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse, Satan from Puyo Puyo Tetris, Sergei Strelka from Tales of Zestiria, Juzo Shima from Blue Exorcist, Sakurai from Mob Psycho 100, Iairon from One Punch Man, Adult Kenya from Erased, Momoshiki Otsutsuki from Boruto, Bell from Dragon Dentist and many others! He's very excited to meet you all at Anime Detour!


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

Greg Ayres

Greg Ayres

Greg Ayres has been blasting his way through 2017!  He was thrilled to make his second appearance in Dragon Ball Super earlier this year as Frost, and equally excited to help blast bugs as Geo in Sony Picture’s Starship Troopers : Traitor of Mars. 2017 also gave him the opportunity to reprise one of his favorite roles as Son Goku in Saiyuki Reload Blast, and will also be appearing in Haikyu as Yu Nishinoya, as well as voicing Zenji Marui in Food Wars. With over 290 credits to his name, he has managed to play a variety of characters that are almost as colorful as his hair.  Some recent roles include Nagisa Haruki in Free, and Free Eternal Summer, MonoKuma in Danganronpa, Clear in Dramatical Murder, and Doug in Gangsta. Thrilled to be a part of the Toonami re-launch in the roles of Ganta Igarashi in Deadman Wonderland, and Heihachi Hayashida in Samurai 7, and even more thrill to follow that up the in the following summer’s thriller Another as Kouichi Sakakibara. He can also be hear as Satoru Asahina in From the New World, Kenji Nakanishi in Say I Love You, Sion in No. 6, Heisuke Toudou in Hakuoki, Tommyrod in Toriko, Tomoki Sakurai, in Heaven’s Lost Property, and Volken, in the Book of Bantorra.Some of his all-time favorite roles include Son Goku in Saiyuki, Chrono in Chrono Crusade, Kaoru Hitachiin in Ouran High School Host Club, Youhei Sunohara in Clannad, Yuki in The Wallflower, Leo in Ghost Stories, Satoshi Hiwatari in DNAngel, Kaworu Nagisa in the Director’s Cut of Neon Genesis Evangelion, and Negi Springfield in Negima.

When he’s not in a booth with headphones on, you can usually find him sporting headphones behind “the decks”at many a music event. A veteran nightclub DJ of many years, he has jumped at the opportunity to play music and organize late night dances at many of the conventions he attends. He currently helps organize dance and music tracks at several US conventions.Greg is also a member of Project BECK, who perform music from the anime Beck Mongolian Chop Squad, and has had a blastreliving the music from the show with his friends.  Thrilled to be able to share his love of music with anyone willing to listen - from packed rooms at anime conventions, to the legendary stage of The Knitting Factory (NYC), he’s always ready to make a little noise.  


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.


Kris McCormic

Kris McCormic

Kristofer “Phade” McCormic is the creator of www.AnimeMusicVideos.org, the site considered to be THE place to go when you want to know anything and everything about Anime Music Videos (AMVs). As always we are thrilled that he will be returning to Anime Detour this year bringing a whole new exciting batch of AMVs for your viewing pleasure.


Tony Oliver

Tony Oliver

Tony Oliver, began his career 25 years ago as an actor on stage and camera performing in several feature films and dozens of plays. He found success as a voice over artist, lending his voice to one of the first foreign made animated features to receive wide US release ("The Sea Prince and the Fire Child"). His first foray into television was as the lead voice in the groundbreaking animated series "Robotech". Following that he turned his attention to writing but continued his voice acting career. In 1988 he joined Saban Entertainment as a story editor where he wrote and produced an award winning adaptation of "The Jungle Book" and story edited the long running Nickelodeon anime series "The Noozles".

In 1992, Tony was tapped to help create a new kind of children's television show. The result was the mega hit, "The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers". Tony not only served as the development producer and head writer but also wrote the pilot, produced the network presentation, Co-Produced the series, directed the voice actors, and produced the Power Rangers live appearance at Universal Studios, which drew an estimated 50,000 people on a single day. Later in the year he co-developed and wrote the script for the international sensation "Mighty Morphin Power Ranger - Live Tour".

Since leaving Saban Entertainment in 1999, Tony has continued to develop, produce, voice and direct numerous projects for TV, Video Games, and New Media. More recent projects include “.hack//GU” a multi-player online video game; “Daigunder”, for ABC Family/Disney; “Gurren Lagann” a breakthrough anime series airing on the Sci Fi Channel, “Eureka Seven: Good Night, Sleep Tight, Young Lovers” which premiered on screens nationwide, “Gormiti” airing on Cartoon Network and "Martha & Friends", from Martha Stewart and 4Kids Entertainment as well as voice directing numerous video games including "League of Legends".

Tony’s many voice acting credits include, “Hoodwinked 2”, Lupin in “Lupin the 3rd”, Hibiki in “Vandread”, Gojyo in “Sayuki Reload”, Harry in “Gun Grave”, Ranmaru in “Tokko”, Shinbo in “Cho-bits”, Ulquiorra in “Bleach”, Minato the 4th Hokage in “Naruto” and Saba in the “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” as well as voices in video games such as “Delta Force: Black Hawk Down”, “Lord of the Rings: The War of the Ring”, “Dynasty Warriors”, “World of Warcraft”, “Everquest”, “Neverwinter Knights”, “Xenosaga”, “Magna Carta II”, “Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight”, ”Basara 3” and “BlazBlue”. He has recently adapted and directed the English releases of “K-ON! The Movie” , “Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan” (currently on Neon Alley), “Fate/Zero” (also on Neon Alley) and voice directed the highly anticipated “Dangan Ronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc” due to be released in early 2014.

Facebook: http://facebook.com/tonyolivervoiceactor


Carrie Savage

Carrie Savage

Carrie is thrilled to come to Anime Detour again this year! Some of Carrie’s older and newer roles include: … from California:  “Hakufu” in Ikki Tousen (Season 1, 3 and 4), “Nancy” in R.O.D. the TV,   “Kukuri” in K, “Maromi” in Paranoia Agent,  “Shima” in Stellvia, "Nina" in Ultra Maniac "Fuko" in I, My, Me! Strawberry Eggs, "Rakka" in Haibane Renmei, and others such as Daphne in the Brilliant Blue, Marmalade Boy, Gankutsuo, Dear.S, GunXSword, Ergo Proxy, Girl’s Bravo, Texhnolyze, Melody of Oblivion, Tsukihime, Sakura Wars the Movie, Dangaizer 3, Aguarian Age the Movie, Monsters, Ghost Talker's Day Dream, Vampire Knight, Squid Girl,  Durarara, and Modoka Magica, and a little but very fun part in  Fate Zero! Her Texas characters include “Mokona” in Tsubasa Chronicles, and XXX Holic, “Millia” in Last Exile: Fam, the Silver Wing, “Miu” in Kenichi, “Rihoko” in Witchblade, “Asta” in Trinity Blood, “Penny” in Shin Chan , “Solty” in Solty Rei, “Angol Mois” in Sargent Frog,  “Lisanna” in Fairy Tail,  as well as roles in other shows such as Maken Ki!, Railgun, Aquarion, Aquarion Evol, Bamboo Blade, Romeo X Juliette, School Rumble, Heaven’s Lost Properties, Chaos Head,   Linebarrels of Iron, Kaze no Stigma, Sasami, Moon Phase, Rumbling Hearts, Murder Princess, Shuffle, Ragnarok,  Mushishi, Samarai 7, Full Metal Alchemist, Suzuka, Hell Girl, Origin “Spirits of the Past”, One Piece, Ouran Host Club, Black Blood Brothers, Negima, Darker than Black, Tower of Druaga, Aquarion, Shikebane Hime,  Baccano, Strain, Dragonaut, Soul Eater, Sasami, Tower of Druaga, Shakugan no Shana 111,  Xeno Saga, Sekirei,  Corpse Princess, D.Gray-Man,… in New York, Ladies vs. Butlers and a lot of non-anime cartoons for kids.. as well as theatre shows, and the list goes on. She has also had a fun time voicing characters in video games such as Street Fighter V, Street Fighter X Tekken, Disqaea 4, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers, Final Fantasy 7 “Crisis Core”, Suikoden 5, Tales of Legendia, Romancing Saga, The Dynasty Warriors Series, Culdcept, Rumble Roses II, and Star Ocean 4 "The Last Hope",  Ar Tarnelico, Trinity Universe, and more recently Altelier Rorona, Mugen Souls, and the list is always expanding. In the past, she joyously got to be the voice of 2 “My Little Pony” toys; Baby “Skywishes” and a singing T-pot!  Carrie has script adapted for such shows as School Rumble, and Shuffle, and was also lucky enough to get to directed episodes 1-4 of Shuffle, as well as just a little occasional directing on various other shows.

Carrie is currently residing in NY where she just gradudated of one of NY’s famous Broadway schools;  “Circle in the Square Theater School”,  but desperately misses Los Angeles, which she considers home. Carrie will always continue with voice acting and conventions whenever possible; School or no school, with MD, or with God’s healing!  (She defiantly relies on God’s strength infused into her body on a daily basis!)

Carrie has also enjoyed the unique task of being able to travel in order to help struggling children and adults in developing countries when funding could be raised to do so. She has done this in such places as Africa, Portugal, Russia, Romania, Mexico, the Philippines, some parts of the US and Australia.

She can’t wait to see everyone again at Detour and can’t wait to see how we do for the charity auction this year! Detour is the best!! 



Featured Artists

LucidSky (Meng)

LucidSky (Meng)

Meng is an anime and game llustrator based out of Saint Paul, MN. She goes by the online alias LucidSky and fuels her work with espresso, ramen, and a daily dose of manga! Art has been her passion since she was in elementary school which developed into healthy obsession with graphic design, lineart, and bright colors.


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/


Toxic Star Studio

Toxic Star Studio

Toxic Star Studio brings you anime with an edge, combining grunge, punk, and horror inspiration with classic shoujo anime style and western pin-up comic art on prints, cosmetic bags, bookmarks, charms, and more! Stop by her booth to find your edge!


Kathryn Sullivan

Kathryn Sullivan

Kathryn Sullivan writes young adult science fiction and fantasy. Any place and any object is at risk of appearing in her stories – the river bluffs surrounding Winona, MN, where she lives, can become the windswept cliffs of an alien planet or the deep mysterious woods of a fantasy tale. She is owned by a large cockatoo, who graciously allows her to write about other animals, as well as birdlike aliens. Her website is http://kathrynsullivan.com and her Facebook author page is https://www.facebook.com/KathrynSullivan.author