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Category – Guests

Please Welcome Steve Bennett to Otakon 2019

Steve Bennett worked on anime in Tokyo with Noburu Furusei (New Dominion Tank Police, Lupin III, etc.) at Studio Aoehyma in the 1980s. He worked on series like Urusei Yatsura and Yamamoto, before returning to the States.

Steve was with Studio Ironcat, a manga-publication company, from 1997 to 2004. He’s worked on several web comics, including The Angel of St. Thomas and Baba Bhalu. And he’s attended a zillion conventions, teaching cel painting classes and drawing on anything that moves. Steve has also done guest speaker gigs at institutions such as the Iowa Museum of Art, and the Freer Gallery …

Please Welcome Jen Cohn to Otakon 2019

Jen Cohn is best known for her role voicing ‘Pharah’ in Overwatch. She’s also the voice of 'Lord Zash' in Star Wars: The Old Republic, and of  Zuko and Azula's mother ‘Ursa' in Avatar: The Last Airbender. Jen’s other voice credits include characters in Turbo, Word Girl, Assy McGee, and a bunch of versions of Grand Theft Auto. When not doing voiceovers for video games, animation, and commercials, Jen can be found acting onscreen, writing and producing, and running around New York and Paris Fashion Weeks, where she trend scouts and consults new brands. Her favorite gig is being mom …

Please Welcome nano to Otakon 2019

A Japanese bilingual singer born in New York. In 2010, nano began sharing English covers of Japanese songs on sites such as YouTube and quickly received positive response from viewers around the world.  In March, 2012, nano made a professional debut with the release of a 1st album “nanoir”. “nanoir” ranked in 10th in the Daily Oricon Charts on the first day of release.  In 2015, the 3rd studio album “Rock on.” Was released, which reached 4th on the Oricon Daily Charts, creating a big movement in the field of J-pop. Following the debut in 2013, nano held a first …

VIP & Preferred Seating passes available for Otakon 2019

A VERY LIMITED number of VIP and Preferred Seating concert passes go on sale June 1 at 1:00pm!

Watch social media and the Concerts page for how to purchase.

So what concerts are we talking about?
Friday 7/26, 4PM: Bradio
Friday 7/26, 8PM: The Tribute to Nujabes (composer for Samurai Champloo) w/MINMI, Fat Jon, Substantial, Marcus D, Shing02, and EyeQ
Sunday 7/28, 12PM: Diana Garnet & nano

Diana Garnet will be returning to Otakon 2019!

Washington D.C. native Diana Garnet is a rising star in the J-Pop and anime music scene, lending her dynamic, powerful vocals to many anime and game titles. A highly accomplished vocalist, Diana got her start winning “Best Foreign Singer of J-pop” in televised singing contest, Nodojiman The World: Spring 2013. She recently also took home the title of “Best Female Singer” from another televised singing competition, The Karaoke Battle. Her striking tone, expansive range, and formidable arsenal of techniques along with her unique perspective as one of the few foreign entertainers in the industry, come together to create a force …

Please Welcome Stephanie Panisello to Otakon 2019

Stephanie Panisello came to Los Angeles on vacation, and never left! Her thirst for adventure, passion for acting and love of video games has lead her to appear in over a dozen titles including: Doom, Evil Within 2, the Final Fantasy franchise, Blade 2: The Return of Evil, the Batman theme park ride Knight Flight as Poison Ivy, and the cinematic trailer for Shadow of the Tomb Raider as Lara Croft. 

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

Please Welcome SERENA DEJESUS & ROXANNE MODAFFERI to Otakon 2019

Serena and Roxanne are best friends and training partners out of Syndicate MMA in Las Vegas, NV. Serena is the first pro MMA female fighter with autism and Roxanne is a two season The Ultimate Fighter contestant. They are both huge anime fans and have attended Otakon in their youth. Roxanne is known for wearing cosplays to her weigh-ins. Roxanne lived and taught English in Japan where she also trained and fought professionally before returning to the USA to compete on TUF 18. Throughout her life she has trained in Taekwondo, Kenpo Karate, Judo, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and Muay Thai. …

Please Welcome Richard Epcar and Ellyn Stern to Otakon 2019

Ellyn began her acting career at the age of 12. She is a classically trained actress, voice actress, director and writer, whose career spans film, television and stage.   She has voiced hundreds of characters in Games, Animation and Anime.

Ellyn began with Robotech. She is Agatha of the Elite 4 in the Pokémon Generations”.  She plays Elena Gotti in the new “LupinIII Blue Jacket Series” and other characters also.  Some of her other roles include: Mrs. Tashio in "Skipbeat”, Masaki Kurosaki, Ichigo’s Mom in “Bleach”, Miyuki Goto Rossario in “Noein”, Rossario in “Wrinkles”, which she starred in with Martin Sheen …

Please Welcome Kari Wahlgren to Otakon 2019

From Animation to Anime to Video Games, Kari Wahlgren is one of the top voice actresses in Los Angeles.

Her first role as Haruko in FLCL remains a fan favorite, and her voice can be heard in Emmy and Academy Award-winning animated films and TV shows. Major Animation Roles Include Chloe Carmichael in The Fairly Oddparents, Tigress in Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness, Jessica/ Rick’s Spaceship in Rick and Morty, Shandra Jimenez in Gravity Falls, Sheena/Tigress in Carmen Sandiego, Bridget in Trolls: The Beat Goes On!, Zatanna in DC Super Hero Girls, Starfire in Justice League VS. Teen Titans …

Otakon is excited to announce Elizabeth Maxwell is joining us this year!

Elizabeth Maxwell is an accomplished actress, award-winning voice over artist, and life-long lover of all things geek.

She made her debut in the dubbing world on the runaway hit anime series Attack on Titan (Ymir) and soon after took on the most recent incarnation of The Major in Ghost in the Shell: Arise (Motoko Kusanagi). Other popular anime titles include Dragon Ball Super (Caulifla/Kefla), My Hero Academia (Midnight), Noragami (Bishamon), Fairy Tail (Jenny Realight), Overlord (Albedo), Soul Eater Not! (Shaula Gorgon), Black Butler: Book of the Atlantic (Frances Midford), and Code Geass: Akito the Exiled (Ayano Kosaka).

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