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Lex & the Con Artists

May 16, 2019

LEX & The Con Artists are a group of friends in the Bay Area who love anime, games, and music. We are huge nerds and thrilled to be playing at FanimeCon!

LEX & The Con Artists are the full-band version of LEX the Lexicon Artist, a nerdcore hip-hop artist currently based in Oakland, California. A graduate of UC Berkeley, LEX began the project in 2016 by writing and performing original songs inspired by her multicultural  upbringing, her psychology education, and popular culture. Since then, LEX has become a mainstay performer at anime, gaming, and technology conventions across the country, connecting to thousands of fans with her relatable songs about nerd culture and personal identity. LEX and The Con Artists have played at Music And Gaming West (MAGWest) in Santa Clara, and Music And Gaming Festival (MAGFest) in Maryland. LEX herself has performed at the Official SXSW Nerdcore Showcase, and toured nationally with rapper and Adult Swim veteran mc chris.

LEX & The Con Artists are (from left to right):

Audie Reyes Jr. – Guitar
Chris Songco – Bass, Vocals
LEX the Lexicon Artist – Vocals
Jay Kim – Violin
Ben Visini – Drums

Phoenix Ash

Phoenix Ash

May 16, 2019

Phoenix Ash is America’s own Japanese Rock band. As the sole Americans on the influential Plug Records label in Japan, Phoenix Ash is breaking musical and cultural barriers, fusing the essences of Japanese and American rock with their unique brand of infectious melodies and heart pumping anthems.

Phoenix Ash’s debut Japanese album Cross the Blue is available from all major retailers across Japan. This two disc set contains a mix of the band’s original J-Rock anthems as well as Japanese rock covers from anime and TV.

After establishing themselves as a mainstay of video game and Japanese animation conventions across the West Coast, Phoenix Ash prepared for their next big leap: into Asia. Signing with legendary producer Yoshinobu Toida (X Japan, GLAY, DaizyStripper) and Plug Records, the band launched its debut Japanese album and performed two Japanese tours, including a guest appearance by guitarist Cameron with pop icon Arashi Moritomo.

Phoenix Ash’s next studio album, entitled VOICES is slated for release on May 24, 2019. Whether it be in the U.S.A. or in Japan, Phoenix Ash is leaving a wake in the world of high energy hard rock that can’t be ignored! We are proud to welcome back Phoenix Ash as our MusicFest Guests of Honor for their second time performing at FanimeCon!

Submit to Art Gallery for a Chance to Earn a 2020 FanimeCon Badge

May 05, 2019

Art Gallery is seeking art work! The top three fan-favorites will be awarded a FREE 2020 FanimeCon badge. Art Gallery is seeking artwork that either depicts a personal memory of FanimeCon, depicts a favorite FanimeCon theme, and/or depicts a favorite FanimeCon mascot from years past.

Please email artgallery@fanime.com if you have any questions, or would like to send in a submission.

Swap Meet Registration Opening 4/30

April 29, 2019

Registration for FanimeCon 2019’s Swap Meet will begin on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 6:00 pm PDT.

The link for registration is https://apps.fanime.com/2019/swapmeet/.

If you do not get a spot, you will be added to a waitlist.  Normally, Swap Meet is able to accommodate almost everyone on the waitlist, but it is not guaranteed.  If you have any questions regarding Swap Meet registration, please send them to swapmeet@fanime.com or post on the FanimeCon Forums where Swap Meet staff or fellow attendees can answer.

DJs Wanted for FanimeCon Dance

April 22, 2019

The DJ application form for FanimeCon 2019’s Dance is now open! DJs are wanted Thursday through Sunday during the night into the early morning. If you would like to apply, make sure to have a video of your DJ’ing skills on a streaming site (ie. YouTube, Vimeo) ready for the application.

Please read the application rules and apply at this link: https://apps.fanime.com/2019/dj/ If you have any questions, email dance@fanime.com.

Good luck, entrants, and keep that beat going!

Registration Hours Changed

April 20, 2019

Registration is now open later Friday through Sunday! The beginning hours for those days have been adjusted for the later time.

The New Hours:
Thursday (5/23): 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm (ONLY FOR PREPAID PICKUP)
Friday (5/24): 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday (5/25): 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sunday (5/26): 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
Monday (5/27): 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Jad Saxton

April 18, 2019

Jād (jade) Saxton is a voice actor and ADR Director with over 150 roles in anime and video games. She is best known for her roles as Kanna in Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid, Carla in Fairy Tail, Yuki in Wolf Children, Young Nico Robin in One Piece, Koneko in High School DxD, Hatchin in Michiko & Hachin (Toonami), Faris in Steins; Gate, Haruna in Is This a Zombie?, Sena Kashiwazaki in Hagani, Adèlie in Space Dandy (Toonami), Mira in Dimension W (Toonami), Nona in Death Parade, and Akatsuki in Log Horizon.

As a FUNimation ADR director Jād has helmed the loveable Interviews with Monster Girls, Touken Ranbu-Hanamaru, and The Silver Guardian!
She also lends her voice to video games playing Maeve in Paladins, Expelled Hel in Smite, and as a Time Patroller in Dragon Ball Xenoverse 1 and 2.

Jād has also voiced characters in Love Tyrant, My Hero Academia, Himouto! Umaru-chan, KanColle, JCode Geass: Akito the Exiled, Akiba’s Trip, Puzzle & Dragons, Monster Hunter Stories RIDE ON, Keijo!, Danganronpa, Servamp, Chaos;Child, The Silver Guardian, Izetta: The Last Witch,  Handa-Kun, Garo the Animation, Grimgar, Ashes and Illusions, Terror in Resonance, Gangsta, Tokyo Ghoul,  Show By Rock!, Strike Witches, Soul Eater, Baccano!, Ghost Hunt, Rolling Girls, No-Rin,  Date A Live II, Lord Marksman and Vanadis, Nobunagun, Rage of Bahamut: Genesis, Kamisama Kiss, Psycho-pass, Last Exile: Fam The Silver Wing, Karneval, Mass Effect: Paragon Lost, Shangri-La, A Certain Magical Index, B Gata H Kei – Yamada’s First Time, and Okami-san & Her Seven Companions.

Social Media:
https://www.facebook.com/jadsaxton/
https://twitter.com/jadbsaxton

Chris Patton

April 15, 2019

Chris Patton has been lending his voice to characters in anime, video games, and audiobooks for more than 20 years! Some of his most notable roles include Greed in Fullmetal Alchemist, Asura in Soul Eater, Sousuke Sagara in the entire Full Metal Panic! franchise, Turles in the Dragon Ball Z franchise, Eiji in Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale, and Hajime in the now-infamous dub of Ghost Stories.

After spending the first decade or so of his acting life in live theater productions, Chris happened upon a casting call for voice actors for a company in Houston, Texas called ADV Films. An audition or two later, Chris became part of the ADV stable of regular actors and was soon caught up in the anime explosion of 2003-2006, a time in which he was spending almost every day of the week, all day, at ADV Films voicing everything from leads to inanimate objects!

Soon, of course, this lead to a cross-pollinated career voice acting for Funimation in Dallas, where he would land some of his most iconic roles, which he’s very grateful for to this day. Now, he lives in Los Angeles, where he voices everything from the occasional RPG to foreign language titles for Netflix, and continues to work in live theater. All in all, Chris’ voice appears in nearly 300 anime titles, 150 audiobooks, and numerous video games, commercials, industrials, and more. He’s even been the voice of an exhibit at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts!

His favorite roles include Fakir in Princess Tutu, Ayato in Diabolik Lovers and Diabolik Lovers 2: More Blood, Gawain in Fate/Stay: Extra, Kliff in Fire Emblem Echoes and Heroes, and many more. In the realm of adaptation, Chris has written the dub scripts, in part or whole, for Hamatora, Gravion Zwei, and Gantz. In the world of live theater, he’s an award-winning director of productions of Green Day’s American Idiot, Silence! The Musical, and Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

In his spare time, Chris is a retrowave/goth DJ, a roller coaster nerd, and an avid reader. He lives in Los Angeles with his boyfriend (who fronts a punk rock band called Girlfiend) and their two cats, Jynx and Nox.

Instagram: @chris_patton_again

Toshihiro Kawamoto

April 09, 2019

Animator. Character Designer. Director. Cover Artist. Studio Bones co-founder Toshihiro Kawamoto has taken on many roles throughout his career. Kawamoto has worked on many beloved anime series including Cowboy Bebop, My Hero Academia, Fullmetal Alchemist, Ouran High School Host Club, Mobile Suit Gundam, and many more. For his first year at FanimeCon, he is excited to talk about his most recent work as animation director for the movie, Eureka Seven: Hi-Evolution.