GuestsMeta Con features numerous guests from Television, Science Fiction, Anime, Video Games, and Comic Books. Guests appear at Q & A sessions, special panels and presentations, and autograph sessions throughout the weekend. Please note that some guests may charge a small fee for autographs and pictures.
Greg Ayres can usually be found rockin’ out somewhere, whether animated or not. From the loud-mouthed Hideki in Nerima Daikon Brothers, to Koyuki, singing with the the band in Beck:Mongolian Chop Squad, he’s always glad to shake things up a bit. He is thrilled to be able to add the roles of Uesugi Kenshin in Sengoku Basara, Seikechi Tayama in Oh Edo Rocket, and Abe in Big Windup to his list of new roles. He can also be head as Son Goku in Saiyuki, Chrono in Chrono Crusade, Kaoru Hitachiin in Ouran High School Host Club, Yuki in The Wallflower, Leo in Ghost Stories , Satoshi Hiwatari in DNAngel, Kaworu Nagisa in the Director’s Cut of Neon Genesis Evangelion, Negi Springfield in Negima, Heihachi in Samurai 7, Jr. in Xenosaga:The Animation, Tsujido in Speed Grapher, Roan in Ragnorok The Animation, Yamazaki in Welcome to the NHK, Nowy in Glass Fleet, Gau Ban in Shadow Skill, Pope Alessandro XVIII in Trinity Blood, and a bunch of other titles he’ll probably forget to mention. FUNimation recently announced Greg as Nagisa in Free!
When he’s not in a booth with headphones on, you can usually find him sporting headphones of another variety behind “the decks”. A veteran nightclub DJ of many years, Greg has really enjoyed the opportunity of doing something else that he truly loves at conventions. From packed rooms at anime conventions, to the legendary stage of The Knitting Factory (NYC), Greg never misses an opportunity to share his love of music with anyone who will listen.
Greg "Greggo" Wicker
Greg Wicker (or “Greggo” as he’s fondly known) has been producing and hosting game shows at anime conventions since 1999, when he premiered Anime Match Game at Project A-Kon in Dallas. Since then, Greggo has done anime-themed versions of several classic game shows, created a few games of his own, and even had an original project that very nearly turned into an actual television show on Anime Network. These days Greggo is concentrating on perfecting his craft and making game shows available for conventions everywhere, bringing his rapier wit and friendly personality with him wherever he goes. You can see some of Greggo’s past game show efforts on his YouTube page at http://www.youtube.com/gregdasgo or visit his website at http://www.facebook.com/greggosgameshows.
Samurai Dan and Jillian
The husband and wife team of Daniel and Jillian Coglan are full-time martial art instructors, specializing in 16th century Samurai Arts. When not teaching at their dojo, the Kojokan, they travel the United States performing and teaching the ancient ways of the most famous warriors in history.
With a combined 35 years of experience, their show is a unique blend of history, combative skill, and humor, designed to educate and entertain audiences both large and small.
Beyond their martial skills, the dynamic duo collaborated to write, direct, host, and star in a 12 episode TV series entitled, “The Way of The Samurai.”
Daniel is also an author, with several martial art articles published, and is currently working on his second full-length novel.
V is for Villains
V is for Villains is a new breed of entertainment. Mixing the visual styles of Steampunk, Carnival and Noir, with the musical taste of Nine Inch Nails, Prodigy, and your favorite film score; V is for Villains will take you on a journey through the imagination that your mother couldn’t prepare you for. Most groups often say that they intend for “world domination”… V is for Villains might actually mean it…
YTCracker is a rapper, former cracker, and Internet entrepreneur. YTCracker began producing rap music in 1998 in the genre that has since become known as nerdcore hip hop. YTCracker is a self-proclaimed “jack of all trades”, also making a name for himself as a professional disc jockey, computer programmer, graphics designer and webmaster.
Robert L. Mungle is a voice actor for Funimation, ADV Films, Seraphim Digital/Sentai Filmworks, and OkraTron 5000. He was born in Houston and is also a stand-up comedian, doing stand up comedy work with the Whiskey Brother podcast, which is available at praisewhiskey.com. You might recognize him from any of tons of anime roles, some of which include Amanojaku from Ghost Stories, Mr.8 from One Piece, Matsushita from Angel Beats, and Pedro Domingo from Excel Saga. He’s appeared in Akame ga Kill!, 009-1, Broken Blade, Gantz, Halo Legends, and many others.
John started down the road of anime in 1997, when he landed his first role in Golden Boy from ADV Films. Since then, John has gone on to voice hundreds shows and characters. John’s wife once quipped that there are certain actors who might be the “Brad Pitts” of anime but John is the “Kevin Bacon” of anime.
Being the character actor type has given John the freedom to voice bazillions of characters such as Undertaker in Black Butler, Salvador in Borderlands II (VG), Gendo in Evangelion, the Captain in Halo (VG), Lord Death in Soul Eater, Hoenheim in Fullmetal Alchemist, Sir Crocodile in One Piece, Salvador in Borderland II, Kogoro in Sgt. Frog, Huang in Darker than Black, Vulcan in Orphen, Ken in Kaleido Star, Captain Ahab in Hakugei The Legend of Moby Dick, Rikudoh in RahXephon, Mister in Coyote Ragtime Show, as well as roles in the live action films 2009 Lost Memories, Conduct Zero, Yesterday, Jungle Juice, and the Gamera trilogy. Most recently you can catch John in the broadcast series of GANGSTA as Chad, and Akame Ga Kill as Bols as seen on Toonami. John is also very excited to be playing one of the title roles in Funimation’s theatrical release (March 2016) of Mamoru Hosoda’s film, The Boy and the Beast. John plays the Beast, Kametesu.
In 2004, John jumped to the other side of the “mic” to direct. Among the shows he has directed are Welcome to the N.H.K., AirGear, Wandaba Style, St. Seiya, Shadow Skill, E’s Otherwise, Michel, Jinki Extend and Shinobi (live action co-directed with longtime pal, Kyle Jones). John loves working in the world of anime as a director and voice actor! Currently John is working with pals Kyle Jones and Jay Hickman on an original animation full length movie called The Perfect Khan. In addition to anime, John has voiced thousands of radio and tv commercials – even acted in a few films. One of the coolest acting jobs was being the Beer Delivery Guy in Dazed and Confused.
Sci-fi / Fantasy author Zack Storch competed on the major reality TV show “King of the Nerds.” On the internationally broadcast show, his passionate statements about nerd culture made him a fan favorite to many, while others like podcaster Rob Cesternino have called him “the best reality TV villain since Russel Hantz.” Zack wrote an adaptation of his novel “Za’nar: Impossibility” for the globally-popular, anime-styled MMORPG “Adventure Quest Worlds,” where players can explore the planets of Za’nar with characters and monsters from the novel. A presence in the World of Warcraft fandom, Zack is in the World of Warcraft 10 year anniversary documentary, “Looking for Group.” In addition to writing, he enjoys working on game development projects, Twitch streaming, and YouTube videos. You can find Zack on his Verified Facebook Page, “Zack Storch,” on Twitter @Zadck3, and at VoidSaga.com.
LittleKuriboh (AKA Martin Billany) is the creator of Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Abridged series and the godfather of the abridged age. He has thus far produced no less than 52 episodes, a spinoff, a prequel, a christmas special and two movies, creating a cultural phenomenon in the anime world. In addition to playing nearly every character in his own series, he has made cameos in the Death Note, Naruto, Sonic X, Trinity Blood, Pokemon, Fullmetal Alchemist and Sailor Moon abridged series. With a mission to revitalize interest in the Yu-Gi-Oh franchise and make it more accessible to Joe Public, LittleKuriboh will continue the original abridged series providing us with priceless entertainment for many years to come. All-round nice guy and community fan-favourite, he is also associated with TeamFourStar (the group behind Dragon Ball Z Abridged, for which he also supplies voices) and has made guest appearances on comic-book video review series Atop the Fourth Wall.
Aaron provides the voices for Uta in Tokyo Ghoul, Grimsby Keane in Black Butler, Samuel in Fairy Tail, Urie Sogami in Dance With Devils, and Kamui Woods in My Hero Academia.
Nominated for 2014 Breakthrough Voice Actor of the Year by Behind The Voice Actors, Aaron Roberts scored his first big role as Sunny in Toriko: Gourmet Hunter. Having provided voices for over 100 anime series, he’s been featured in such roles as Michael the Archangel in High School DxD, Hideki Tama in Evangelion 3.0, Lacus Welt in Seraph of the End, Natsuhiko Koyama in Assassination Classroom, Cody Balfour in Gangsta., and Mamoru in Kamisama Kiss. You may have also heard him in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, Attack On Titan, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, Code: Breaker, One Piece, Daimadaler: Prince vs. Penguin Empire, Blood Blockade Battlefront, Divine Gate, Eureka Seven AO, Ghost in The Shell: The New Movie, Haganai, Maken.
Megan Shipman is an anime lover who is excited to be here. Her breakout role in anime was Hibari from “Senran Kagura : Ninja Flash!”. Since then, she has gotten to voice some amazing characters like, Caimie in “One Piece”, Arisa Meigo in “A Certain Magical Index : The Miracle of Endymion”, Akane Hyakuya in “Seraph of the End : Vampire Reign”, Cassidy in “Dimension W”, Kochou Yoshida in “No-Rin”, Nene Nanakorobi in “Pandora in the Crimson Shell : Ghost Urn”, and Yuzuru Yamai in “Date A Live II”. You can hear more of her in “Kamisama Kiss”, “Attack on Titan : Junior High”, “Fairy Tail”, “Show by Rock!!”, “Snow White with the Red Hair”, and “Sky Wizards Academy”. When she isn’t voice acting, Megan is on Twitter (@18moptop) and Facebook (Megan Shipman – Voice Actor) talking to everyone about whatever new show she is watching at the time.
Clifford Chapin has been working as a voice actor, script writer, and director for several years now. He is best known for playing, Katsuki Bakugo in My Hero Academia, Conny Springer in Attack on Titan, Hide Nagachika in Tokyo Ghoul, Kirito Kamui inPsycho-Pass, and Yuri Dreyar in Fairy Tail. You can also hear Clifford in video games as the voices of Battleborn’s Toby, Michael from YIIK: A Postmodern RPG, and the Player Character’s voice in Dragon Ball: XenoVerse. In addition to his ADR credits, he has also worked behind the scenes for Marvel Entertainment’s publishing branch, as well as for several reality television series. In his downtime, Clifford enjoys playing video games and reading comic books from every genre. To keep up with all of Clifford’s many antics, be sure to follow him on Twitter (@CliffordChapin).
Voted Voice Actress of the Year by BTVA in 2015, Jessica DiCicco has no signs of slowing down anytime soon! She got her start in voice acting having once auditioned to voice a four-year-old cartoon bear so convincingly that a Disney casting agent thought he would actually meet a four-year-old actress when he gave her a callback. Soon after, Jessica packed her bags, hopped a plane to LA and started her adventures in voice acting.
Jessica gained a cult following for her role as the feisty Flame Princess in Adventure Time. Her other credits include both Lucy and Lynn in the brand new Nickelodeon show The Loud House which debuted at number 1 surpassing Spongebob, the rambunctious Bug in the brand new Disney XD show Future-Worm, the ambitious reporter Ash Samaya from X-Ray & Vav (RoosterTeeth), she plays both Tambry and Giffany on BAFTA winning Disney series Gravity Falls, Malina from the Disney Channel classic show The Emperor’s New School, the evil Selina in Winx Club, the real life puppy Freddy on Disney’s Dog With a Blog, Toby in Sheriff Callie’s Wild West, Lexi Bunny on Loonatics Unleashed, Patches in Pound Puppies, and most recently can be heard as the iconic SuperGirl in Lego: Justic League Cosmic Clash which was just released. You can also hear her on the brand new show DC Girls in which Jessica plays both Star Sapphire and Lashina.
She’s also lent her voice to many notable video games such as Lumina in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, child Sim in Sims 4, Elida in Lego: Legends of Chima, she stars as Leanne in Resonance of Fate, and Olette in Kingdom Hearts II and more. Jessica was nominated for an Emmy Award for her role of Malina in Emperor’s New School. Jessica became a go-to actress for babies’ voices on live action TV. She uttered Lilly’s first word on Modern Family. She also added baby talk to Hot in Cleveland and ¡Rob!
Many exciting upcoming roles to announce, including a new Disney show, a huge project for Hasbro, a major role in a top secret high profile video game franchise, and you’ll be hearing more from Flame Princess in Adventure Time. When she’s not behind a microphone, Jessica loves to document her behind-the-scenes adventures on Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter (It’s nice and easy to follow her @jessicadicicco on all fronts!)
Chuck Huber started acting in Anime in the roles of Garlic Jr. and Android 17 in DBZ. Since then he has voiced hundreds of characters including Hiei in YuYu Hakusho, Stein in Soul Eater, Kululu in Sgt. Frog, Mohji in One Piece, Shou Tucker in Full Metal Alchemist, Han in Blue Gender, Hiro in Shin Chan, Ashe in Black Butler, Reever in D. Gray Man, Hector in Glass Fleet, Yuichi in Initial D., Akai in Oh Edo Rocket, Melt in The Tower of Druaga, Adashino in Mushishi, Eric Nishijima in Darker Than Black, Havel in Trinity Blood, Austria in Hetalia and many more. He has been a writer on Hetalia, Sgt. Frog, Baccano, Spice and Wolf and others. As a filmmaker Chuck has acted, produced, written or directed for Arbor Day – The Musical, The Troubadoors, The Fragility of Seconds, The Mechanical Grave, Odd Man Out among others. He began acting in Chicago at the Goodman Theater, Court Theater, Steppenwolf Theater after graduating from DePaul University and continues to work on stages in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Most recently he played Hugh Jameison in the movie Parkland, produced by Tom Hanks and starring Billy Bob Thornton and Paul Giamatti.
Past guests: Guests 2015 - Guests 2014 - Guests 2013 - Guests 2012
Guest appearances are subject to change.