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Otakon is excited to welcome HELLCATPUNKS for Otakon 2020

The HELLCATPUNKS  fashion brand takes inspiration from the 1970s London fashion scene, including punk rocker styles like bondage pants, and resizes them into a more modern style. HELLCATPUNKS went international with an exhibition of their girly-punk style in London in 2008. Since then, the brand has expanded far beyond Japan, and their clothes are now available in 30 international stores.

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Please Welcome Steve Blum & Mary McGlynn to Otakon 2020

Mary Elizabeth started as a voice director of Anime dubs with Cowboy Bebop, Digimon Tamers, Wolf’s Rain, Naruto and Naruto Shippuden and Glitter Force. She then moved on to dialogue directing for original animation and is currently voice directing She-Ra: Princesses of Power, Star Wars Resistance, Tangled: The Series and Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz as well as 4 new shows that have yet to be announced. She also directed the VO on Billy Dilley’s Super Subterranean Summer and Penn Zero: Part Time Hero for Disney. She has directed the 6 Naruto Movies and received the SPJA award for best director for her work on the series.  She has also voice directed many video game titles which include Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, World of Warcraft, Heroes of the Storm, Diablo 3, Afro Samurai and Silent Hill.

Steve Blum’s unmistakable deep, raspy, yet sometimes silky smooth voice has landed him a career full of incredible, iconic characters. He’s been the Voice of T.O.M. the robotic Promo host from Toonami (on Adult Swim) since 2000, and a pro Voice Actor for over 30 years. Best known as Spike from Cowboy Bebop, Zeb from Star Wars Rebels, Wolverine from X-Men Cartoons & Games, Starscream from Transformers Prime, Tank Dempsey from Call of Duty, Grunt from Mass Effect, Subzero and others from Mortal Kombat X and 11, Amon from Avatar: The Legend of Korra, Shoe and Sparky from the Boxtrolls feature film & thousands of other beloved characters from shows, games, commercials and movies like Bumblebee, Solo, Rogue One, Incredibles 2 and Shazam.  His huge vocal range has made him one of the most sought after voice actors on the planet.  He even holds the current Guinness World Record for most voices in video games and has since 2012! 

Please Welcome Takahiro Izutani for Otakon 2020

Takahiro Izutani is a video game composer and guitarist. He has lent his expertise to soundtracks for games like Metal Gear Solid 4, Bayonetta, Bayonetta 2 and Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker. Outside of games, he has collaborated with many artists on music and music videos, including Ayumi Hamasaki. In 2014, he joined Brave Wave Productions as a member and in 2017, he released his first solo album, Lingua Franca, under the artist name Dugo.

View all the guests we have announced so far on our website at: https://www.otakon.com/guests/

Please Welcome Harumi Fujita for Otakon 2020

Harumi Fujita was born in Osaka, Japan. After graduating from music school, she joined Osaka-based SNK in 1983, where she composed for Mad Crasher. She moved to Capcom shortly thereafter, where she worked on iconic franchises like Ghosts ’n Goblins, Bionic Commander, Chip ’n Dale, Final Fight and Mega Man 3. She became independent going into the 1990s, and worked on titles like Tomba!, PULSTAR and BLAZING STAR. More recently, she composed for Spidersaurs with WayForward. Today, Fujita enjoys travel and working on music for games and other media with her son, who is a mixing engineer.

View all the guests we have announced so far on our website at: https://www.otakon.com/guests/

Please Welcome Alexander Aniel for Otakon 2020

Alexander Aniel is the co-founder of Japanese music label Brave Wave Productions. Originally from San Francisco, he moved to Tokyo in 2007 partly out of a passion for games and travel. At Brave Wave, he assists artists such as Manami Matsumae, Harumi Fujita and Takahiro Izutani in getting connected with game developers around the world, and well as attending various international events such as High Score. Alex also works for Limited Run Games as Business Development Manager for Japanese developers/publishers.

View all the guests we have announced so far on our website at: https://www.otakon.com/guests/