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.