Blake Shepard’s unique tone and versatility has allowed him to provide performances for a range of heroes, villains, vampires, pirates, detectives, wizards and so many more! Contributing his voice to the anime world since 2003, Blake has lent his vocal talents to FUNimation, Sentai Filmworks and Toei animation. His vast multitude of roles includes the lead role of Soma Yukihira in Food Wars!, Chihayafuru, DARLING in the FRANXX, Air Gear, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Gintama, Haikyu!!, One Piece, Attack on Titan, Parasyte: the maxim, Halo Legends, and many more. As an animator, Blake has also provided the Anime Network with original animation as well as creating promos and bumpers for the network. His company Dynosaur Productions focuses on original content and new technologies. His new project: Robot Girl Chronicles is currently in production. You can learn more at: Robotgirlchronicles.com
Guests of Honor
VampyBitMe is back for her fourth year at FanimeCon!
Linda Le (a.k.a. VampyBitMe) grew up in Oklahoma before moving to California where she was discovered by Kotobukiya and Danny Choo after being featured in OTACOOL 2. Since then her costumes have been a worldwide success! She has been featured on Marvel.com and CNN’s “24 Hours in the Life of a Worldwide Cosplayer,” as well as partnering with Capcom, Bandai, DC, and various game companies in order to bring characters to life through cosplay. She also works part-time for the Japanese company Banpresto World Figure Colosseum as the official marketing rep for One Piece and Dragon Ball Z figures. Linda continues to travel the world, talking about armor making, building Gundam models, and creating new artwork. She loves meeting passionate people and enjoys streaming her passions on Twitch. Recently Linda helped debut Monster Hunter World Iceborne with Capcom. In her free time, she’s most likely gaming.
You can find VampyBitMe at one of her many Guest of Honor Panels.
We are Aicosu, Sylar and Sheila Santa Maria, a married cosplay team! We have been cosplaying collectively for 12 years with over 250 cosplays and over 100 conventions under our belt. We pride ourselves on being open-book, supportive, and fun cosplayers. Our goal in the hobby is to eliminate the illusion that cosplay should be hard, expensive, or exclusive. It’s for everyone, at every level, in every way! We teach everything we know to help get newbies and others started in cosplaying and all the aspects that make the community fun!
FanimeCon is proud to welcome Aicosu back for their fifth year at the con! They will be hosting the Cosplay Masquerade alongside their amazing cosplay panels. You can also find them in the Artist Alley, just to chat or to purchase some of their cosplay prints!
Yuriko Yamaguchi’s voice acting career started off with a bang in 1995, debuting in Neon Genesis Evangelion as Ritsuko Akagi, a role she will be reprising in the upcoming Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 film set to be released later this year. She has since voiced many memorable characters such as Nurse Joy in Pokémon, Vados in Dragon Ball Super, and of course, Nico Robin in ONE PIECE. Ms. Yamaguchi is affiliated with Aoni Production, and she is excited to meet all her fans at her first ever appearance at FanimeCon!
Since retiring former librarian Gilles Poitras is using his expanded spare time to read manga, watch anime, research Japan, and take naps. He also hopes to have more visits to Tokyo a city which is the subject of his latest book, Tokyo Stroll, due out in August. The book is a guide to the best Tokyo neighborhoods to randomly wander about in. Currently, he is working on two other books at a far-too-slow pace.
After discovering world cinema and anime in college, Gilles began exploring what little was then known in English about anime. In 1990 he received a phone call from a friend who had discovered a new student club at U.C. Berkeley, Cal Animage Alpha, devoted to anime and began attending their meetings. He was hooked.
Since then, Gilles has written three books on anime; The Anime Companion, Anime Essentials and the Anime Companion 2. He has also written for NewType USA and Otaku USA, and was a member of the senior board of Mechademia.
Over the years he has done in-depth presentations on anime for many organizations -including the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, the Smithsonian, and Pixar- as well as at many conventions. Gilles has been a long-time guest at FanimeCon, and this year he will offer fun and informative panels on traveling to Tokyo just in time for the 2020 Olympics, with a focus on food in Tokyo! Welcome back, Gilles!
Erika Harlacher is a Los Angeles-based voice actress working in anime, video games, and cartoons. Some of her most notable roles include: Ann Takamaki (Persona 5), Sailor Star Maker (Sailor Moon), Violet Evergarden (Violet Evergarden), Elizabeth Liones (Seven Deadly Sins), Yukiko Shirato (Megalo Box), Ruler/Jeanne d’Arc (Fate/Apocrypha), Kyoko Kirigiri and Kaede Akamatsu (the Danganronpa games), Kurapika (Hunter X Hunter), Yumeko Jabami (Kakegurui), Juna Crawford (Trails of Cold Steel III), Koharu Hidaka (Hi Score Girl), Ami Kawashima (Toradora!), Hailey Anne (Yokai Watch), Crusch Karsten (Re:Zero), Luna (Konosuba), Sukuyo Mankanshoku (Kill La Kill), Sadira (Killer Instinct), Siune and Sasha (Sword Art Online), Asseylum Vers Allusia (Aldnoah.Zero), Mimori Togo (Yuki Yuna is a Hero), Emi Igawa (Your Lie in April), Claudia Enfield (The Asterisk War), Al (Lost Song), Ayesha Altugle (Atelier Ayesha), Bubbleisha (Shopkins), and many more.
FanimeCon is excited to have Erika as our first Guest of Honor for 2020!