Affectionately known as “Aipon,” Ai Nonaka has been an anime fan since childhood and became interested in voice acting after an encounter with Yu Yu Hakusho. Miss Nonaka was captain of her high school’s drama club and initially aimed to become a takarazuka actor, but later decided to pursue a career in voice acting. With memorable roles like Fuuko in the tear-jerking CLANNAD, the overly positive Kafuka in the Sayonara Zetsubou-sensei series, and the spear-wielding Kyoko in Madoka Magica, there’s no doubt that fans are pleased with her choice to become a voice actress. FanimeCon is proud to host Miss Nonaka’s first appearance in the Western United States.
Patrick Seitz has plenty of roles under his belt that any fan of anime would be sure to recognize. From Franky (One Piece), Agil (Sword Art Online), or Isshin Kurosaki (Bleach), odds are that he has had a role in the American release of an anime you have watched. Along with anime, he also has a number of video game titles to his credit, including the champions Lucian, Kog’Maw, and Renekton (League of Legends), Ragna (BlazBlue), Scorpion (Mortal Kombat), as well as Bob and Hugo (Street Fighter X Tekken). When he isn’t in the recording booth, he has been at work as a script-adapter for Steins;Gate, Hellsing Ultimate, Princess Jellyfish, Wolf Children and Summer Wars.
More information on Patrick Seitz and the events he’ll be taking part in will be available soon, and in the meantime you can follow Patrick on Twitter or visit his website.
Gilles Poitras didn’t know much about anime until a friend called him and introduced him to the Cal Animage Alpha student club at U.C. Berkeley. As a repeat Guest of Honor at FanimeCon, he has kept busy throughout the years as the senior board member of Mechademia and has authored The Anime Companion, Anime Essentials, and the Anime Companion 2, and written articles in both Newtype USA and Otaku USA. Gilles Poitras has been a longtime friend and guest of FanimeCon and we’re excited to have him as a returning guest for 2015. More information on Gilles can be found on his Twitter page, and on his blog where he shares recommendations for anime, manga, and other works within the fandom.
Kazuhiro Soeta (born in Tochigi Prefecture, Japan) has been involved in many classic anime series in various roles from Animator to Stoyboard Artist, and even produced his own manga as well. Fans will recognize his work in Record of Lodoss War (Animation Director), The Vision of Escaflowne (Ending Key Animation), Cowboy Bebop (Opening Key Animation), and Turn A Gundam (Ending Key Animation). His more recent works include Ground Control (Storyboard), Psychoelectric Girl (Storyboard Artist) and Mekakucity Actors. Mr. Soeta published the Vampire AKIBA!! manga in 1999 which was later released as two bound volumes. During his time at Next Media Animation Japan, a Taiwan-based subsidiary of Hong Kong’s Next Media, Mr. Soeta produced Taiwanese NMA Studio’s pilot film, acting as director on the Japanese side and drawing storyboards for anime shorts. Anime fans both young and old will not want to miss his first stateside appearance!
Focusing on art of a different discipline, WindoftheStars, aka Mel Hoppe, is a prolific cosplay crafter with an impressive portfolio of work. Being in to comic books and video games since early on in her life has given her a wealth of inspiration with over 100 costumes created to date, (some for herself and some for others, such as George R.R. Martin). She has also had the honor of modeling her costumes at conventions for Kotobukiya, DC Comics, and Bandai. In 2014, WindoftheStars was also a judge for the cosplay show, Call to Cosplay, which aired on Myx TV and Crunchyroll. During FanimeCon 2015, she will be hosting several cosplay panels and will be a judge for the Cosplay Masquerade. For more information on WindoftheStars, please visit her website.
The Chalk Twins, Devon and Lexi are identical twins who both share a passion for art that led them both down the path of Studio Art. Having studied in Cortana, Italy, both have become masters of their media and for over a decade they have participated in chalk art competitions where they have been awarded with fifteen different accolades. During FanimeCon 2015, you’ll be able to find them throughout the convention in the Dealer’s Room, where they’ll be working on a live art piece showcasing their chalk mastery and they will also be hosting a panel discussing their unique art experiences. Additional information about The Chalk Twins can be found on Facebook, and DeviantArt.