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

 

Guest Announcement: Kira Buckland and Kyle McCarley

For the first time ever at a convention, the voices of 2B and 9S from Nier: Automata will be attending together! Nekocon is excited to have Kira Buckland and Kyle McCarley !!

Originally from Alaska, Kira Buckland got her start voice acting for online projects, and later moved on to voice a variety of roles in anime, most notably Umi in Love Live, Julis in The Asterisk War, Izumo in Blue Exorcist, Kuroyukihime in Accel World, Kogyoku in Magi, Zushi in Hunter x Hunter, Hydra Bell in Blood Lad, Kanae in 5 Centimeters Per Second, Mika in Durarara x2, Cookie and Eco in Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, and Mimete in the new Sailor Moon dub. She was also featured in “Miraculous Ladybug” as Alix/Timebreaker.
As an avid gamer, she is happy to have lent her voice to quite a few video games, including NieR: Automata (2B), Fire Emblem Heroes (Eirika), Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice (Trucy Wright), Tales of Zestiria (Edna), Danganronpa 2 (Hiyoko Saionji), Disgaea 5 (Seraphina), Dead or Alive 5: Last Round (Honoka), Skullgirls (Marie), Paladins (Evie), Trails of Cold Steel (Elise & Celine), Bravely Default (Artemia), Hyperdimension Neptunia V (Marvy), Castle Crashers (Princesses/Medusa), and many more. Not forgetting her Internet roots, she still provides voice work for popular projects such as Kou/Gou in 50% Off and Aerith in FF7 Machinabridged.

Her addictions include cats, makeup, espresso, and classic rock. She also cosplays under the name “Lady Stardust,” and is a huge fan of the manga series “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure.” Follow her on Twitter @rinachan or Facebook @KiraVoices!

Kyle McCarley grew up (but not really) in Kansas and moved to Los Angeles at age 18 to study acting. After getting hooked on playing World of Warcraft with his buddies, he co-wrote, co-directed, and voiced several characters in a fan-made online radio play loosely set in that universe. Once he finished his Theatre degree at the University of Southern California, he decided to further pursue that passion in the form of a career in voice acting. Kyle can now be heard in anime, video games, cartoons, audiobooks, live action dubs, TV and radio commercials, industrial ads, and even a talking toy plunger.

Notable anime credits include Mikazuki Augus in Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, Shigeo “Mob” Kageyama in Mob Psycho 100, Joe Shimamura, a.k.a. 009, in Cyborg 009: Call of Justice, Aoba Kuronuma in Durarara!!x2, Shinji Matou in Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works, Ryota Watari in Your Lie in April, Helbram in Seven Deadly Sins, Kirii in Blame!, Joichiro Nishi in Gantz: O, Silas Norman in The Asterisk War, and Ikuya Ogura in Ajin: Demi-Human.

Kyle’s video game credits include Android 9S in NieR: Automata, Alm in Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, Zeroken in Disgaea 5, Daniel in Unepic, Seilong and Kir in Summon Night 6, Oz, the Trickster in Atlas Reactor, and various characters in Final Fantasy XV, Tales of Berseria, God Eater 2: Rage Burst, Grand Kingdom, and Omega Quintet.

A full list of Kyle’s credits is available at KyleMcCarley.com, and if you follow him on Twitter (@kylemccarley), Twitch (twitch.tv/kylemccarley), or like his Facebook page (facebook.com/kylemccarleyvo), you can keep up with all his excitement (or lack thereof).

Guest Announcement: Colleen Clinkenbeard

Nekocon is proud to welcome Colleen Clinkenbeard!

Colleen Clinkenbeard is a voice actor and director with over 200 roles in anime and video games. Her credits include Kid Gohan, Android 18, and Mai in Dragon Ball Z Kai, Mai in Dragon Ball Super, Erza in Fairy Tail, Monkey D. Luffy in One Piece, Riza Hawkeye in Full Metal Alchemist, Hana in Wolf Children, Inner Moka in Rosario + Vampire, Momo Yaoyorozu in My Hero Academia, Yuko in xxxHolic and Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle, Éclair in Kiddy Grade, Éclair in Ouran High School Host Club, Rachel in Case Closed, Mama in Kodocha, Sakurako in Negima!, Chibi Romano in Hetalia, Maso and Himawari in Shin Chan, Esther in Trinity Blood, Rose in SoltyRei, Reina in Witchblade, Galatea in Claymore, Kareha in Shuffle!, Cordelia in Romeo x Juliet, Rin in Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne, Matsu in Sekirei, Marie in Soul Eater, Noriko in Summer Wars, Makina in Deadman Wonderland, Scanty in Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt, Scarlet in Space Dandy, Ema in Brothers Conflict, Otoya in Riddle Story of Devil, Ocatvia in Garo: The Animation, Rose in Dimension W, Millerna in The Vision of Escaflowne, Yukizome in Danganronpa 3, Minako in Yuri!! On Ice, Jeanne d’Arc in Drifters, and Nice in Baccano.

She can also be heard in video games playing the roles of Lilith, Tannis, and Captain Scarlet in the Borderlands series, Galilea and Nova in Battleborn, Arachne, Ne Zha, and Narrator Tutorial in Smite, Sorceress in Orcs Must Die, and many more.

You may also know her as an ADR director, with credits such as Full Metal Alchemist, My Hero Academia, Steins;Gate, Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt, Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle, xxxHolic, Black Butler, Kiddy Grade, Kodocha, Negima, Moon Phase, Aquarion, Code Breaker, Fractale, Kenichi, and many more.

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Guest Announcement: Jez Roth

Jez Roth RETURNS!

Cirque du Soleil. Nightclubs. ONE PIECE.  Olympians. Red Carpets. Electric Daisy Carnival. Film. Commercials. Music Videos.  Jez Roth started sewing at the age of 13 on small crafts and at the local dance studio before falling in love with the art of cosplay at Katsucon 1998.

After many years of competing at anime convention masquerades winning Best in Show 15 times with tailored costumes and heavily choreographed skits, he moved to Las Vegas to work for The Venetian designing the Opera Gowns, eventually landing at Cirque du Soleil’s water spectacular O. Since leaving Cirque, he currently works freelance out of his own studio – creating everything from mermaids that shoot water, Mirrorball Men, and Golden Fairies that contort through the air, designing for events with A-list celebrities such as Kim Kardiashian, Eva Langoria, Snoop Dogg, and DJs such as Benny Benassi, Dash Berlin – his jewelry has even been worn on the red carpet at the Billboard Awards.

He has traveled as far as Japan as a cosplay guest and represented the United States at the IOEA Otaku Expo in Japan and Canada to choose the Canadian WCS representative. He believes that the world of costuming is an endlessly fascinating pursuit – from armor to gowns, giant puppetry to monsters and his goal to share unique events that educate and involve the community such as his Lip Sync For Your Cosplay Event.

His artistic journey came full circle last year when hired as an Artistic Consultant for One Piece: Gold film, working with Toei Animation to give their film a fully realized Las Vegas feel.

He is excited to return to Nekocon!

Guest Announcement: AkaneSaotome

 

Next guest up to announce coming to Nekocon 20 is…

 

AkaneSaotome is a veteran cosplayer from the east coast. Having spent 14 years in the cosplay community, she has accumulated over 100 costumes, and won multiple craftsmanship and performance awards from various competitions. With those skills, she’s judged many masquerades and craftsmanship contests, including conventions such as Megacon, Anime Boston, Otakon, AnimeNext and even the World Cosplay Summit, plus many more.She has also been featured on many websites, podcasts, videos, and magazines for her cosplays, along with getting casted as the official Mercury for Viz media at Otakon and the Arda Wigs Iron wig contest.

When AkaneSaotome isn’t cosplaying, she’s designing new bags for the medical field, and making dreams come true as a party princess. She loves crystal Pepsi and hates Jalapenos.

You can follow her on her fanpage: http://www.facebook.com/akanesaotomefanpage

Guests: Aimee Blackschleger, Diana Garnet, & Joe Inoue

NekoCon welcomes performing artists Aimee Blackschleger, Diana Garnet, and Joe Inoue! All three artists will be joining forces for an amazing concert on Saturday of NekoCon!

Aimee Blackschleger is an American singer/songwriter living and working in Tokyo, Japan. You can hear her in popular anime and games including Attack on Titan (“D.O.A.”), Devil May Cry (“FUTURE IN MY HANDS” and “Room DESPAIR”), Aldnoah.Zero (“No Differences”), Final Fantasy XIII-2 (“Unseen Intruder”), and Xenoblade Chronicles (“By My Side,” “Melancholia,” and “Don’t Worry”).

Diana Garnet is a Tokyo-based singer, television host, and voice actress who has performed themes for anime such as Naruto Shippuden (“Spinning World”) and Tantei Team KAZ: Jiken Note (“Nankai Mystery”).

Joe Inoue is a Japanese American musician who was born and raised in California. He first gained attention from singing the song for Naruto Shippuden OP4, “CLOSER.” His fifth single “Kaze no Gotoku” was used as the second theme song for the Yorinuki Gintama-san anime.

Visit our guest page to learn more about who will be joining us for NekoCon 20!

Guest Announcement: Kyle Hebert

We’re excited to announce the return of Kyle Hebert for NekoCon 20!

Kyle

Kyle Hebert is a Los Angeles-based anime and video game voice actor. Just a few roles you may recognize him from include the Narrator and Teen Gohan from the Funimation dub of Dragonball Z , Ryu from Street Fighter 5 and Wreck-It Ralph, and Kamina from Gurren Lagann.

To learn more about Kyle and his other roles visit our guest page!