Guest Announcement for Nekocon 21: Eric Stuart

Brooklyn born and raised singer/songwriter Eric Stuart is a special blend of talent. He has successfully combined the world of music, voice acting and directing for many years. Besides starring in hit shows including Pokémon (Brock, James) and Yu-Gi-Oh! (Seto Kaiba), Eric has toured with such rock legends as Peter Frampton, Ringo Starr, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Jethro Tull, Chicago, Hall & Oates, Dave Mason, Julian Cope, Dave Davies, John Entwistle, Steve Howe, The Alarm, John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band, Jeffrey Gaines, and The English Beat.
In April 2015, The Eric Stuart Band released their 7th album on Widow’s Peak Records, an EP entitled, Character. This 5 song project includes the edgy rock/pop single One Last Dance and the stripped down acoustic song Tattered And Torn which is to be used on the soundtrack to the upcoming independent film Torn.

In June 2013, the Eric Stuart Band released their album, Lipstick and Barbed Wire. This was their sixth full-length release on the indie label Widow’s Peak Records and it features Grammy winning guitarist Peter Frampton.

In the summer of 1997, Eric’s classic rock and roll style was noticed by Ringo Starr who invited him to open the Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band tour, featuring Peter Frampton, Jack Bruce (Cream), Gary Brooker (Procol Harum) and Simon Kirke (Bad Company). That exposure served as a springboard for Eric to open for the Lynyrd Skynyrd, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Paul Rodgers tour that same summer. Since then, Eric Stuart has been touring on a regular basis including two U.S. tours with Peter Frampton. In 2000, Frampton produced Eric’s next album, Blue, Dressed In Black, along with John Regan and Harvey Jay Goldberg.

Now living in Nashville, Eric’s songwriting talents have given him the opportunity to begin co-writing with some of Nashville’s finest songwriters. The band’s great live show of all original, guitar-driven rock/pop has made the Eric Stuart Band a must-see in the area.

Other projects in Eric’s impressive career are Viva Piñata (Les, Pecky), Ultimate Muscle (DikDik Van Dik), Dinosaur King (Dr. Z), Kirby (Metaknight), Slayers (Gourry), ChaoticSonic XTMNTGoGoRikiOne PieceF-ZeroMagical DoReMiFighting FoodonsShaman KingDescendants Of DarknessLabyrinth Of FlamesValkyrie ProfileTama And Friends, and voicing many national radio and TV commercials and audiobook narrations. Eric also stays busy attending anime conventions as a VIP guest.

Eric Stuart stars as the voice of Seto Kaiba in the highly anticipated North American feature film release of Yu-Gi-Oh! THE DARK SIDE OF DIMENSIONS.

Guest Announcement for Nekocon 21: Tara Jayne Sands

Now that the Catpocalypse has passed, we move on to more exciting times to come with our first guest announcement of the year! NekoCon 21 welcomes Tara Jayne Sands!

Tara Jayne Sands can be heard as over 50 characters on the original Pokemon series, including Bulbasaur, Richie, Jasmine, Oddish, and Tori. Other roles include Biscuit in Hunter x Hunter, Mokuba in Yugioh, Kari in Digimon Adventure Tri, Circe in Generator Rex, Summer in Barbie: Life In The Dream House, Karla in Gundam Thunderbolt, Kombu Infinity in One Punch Man, Cynthia in Pokemon Generations, Anna in Shaman King, Kippie in Glitter Force Doki Doki, the voice of the plants on Netflix’s Disjointed, Tyler and Angel in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Chase in Fighting Foodons, and lots more. Some video game credits include Fire Emblem Echoes, Dead Island, God Eater 2,Danganronpa, Tales of Berseria, Tales of Symphonia, and others. Upcoming projects include roles on Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, Anohana, and some top secret stuff!

Tara has narrated over 150 audiobooks and for over 100 episodes, Tara was the on-camera host of the Cartoon Network show “Fridays.” There, Tara interviewed dozens of celebrities and had more on-camera food fights than she cares to remember.

You can follow Tara on instagram and twitter @TaraSandsLA