Colossalcon East is an anime, gaming, and Japanese culture convention taking place September 7th - 9th, 2018. Located at the Kalahari Resort in the Poconos Mountains, PA. We are your ultimate end of summer vacation getaway. End your summer with a splash at Colossalcon East!

Guest announcement: Todd Haberkorn

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As a multi award winning actor behind the mic, on camera, and on stage- Todd Haberkorn has had the pleasure of working in a variety of mediums in the entertainment industry. The LA based actor is also a director for companies like Netflix and Funimation Entertainment as well as a producer for production groups like Geek&Sundry. And he’s even the voice of some fun toys like the Meccanoid robots- winners of the top prize at CES and America’s Most Innovative Toy of the Year Award.

In the animated world, he voice roles such as Grey Matter in Ben10, Sparrow Hood in Ever After High, Elfonso in Sophia The First, Natsu from Fairy Tail, Italy from Hetalia, Ling Yao from Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Tierno from Pokemon, Allen Walker from D. Gray Man, Hikaru Hitachin from Ouran High School Host Club, Death The Kid from Soul Eater, and many others. He even got the infamous “and I would have gotten away with too…” villain line in an episode of Scooby Doo!

As far as video games go, you’d recognize his voice in the Call of Duty Series, Persona series, World of Warcraft, Street Fighter IV, Ghostbusters, Silent Hill: Book of Memories, Borderlands 2, and Rage to name a handful. His voice makes sure to get its marathon training as an award winning narrator for audiobooks. Do a Google search and you’ll find everything from thrillers and young adult to zombie sagas and children’s books. His latest win is the 2016 SOVAS award for best narration of a classic novel.

As far as on camera is concerned see him in the internationally recognized and award winning, Star Trek Continues, as Spock. Todd’s show, Otaking Heads, is a weekly look inside the world of anime with top industry guests and fun games–catch it on Geek&Sundry.

When he isn’t fighting digital monsters in video games or trying to save the day on film, Todd travels the U.S. and internationally making appearances at gnarly pop culture conventions as a guest to meet super cool fans and sign autographs. Follow Todd on Twitter (@toddhaberkorn) and Instagram (“@official_habergram”). For merchandise like his music album, concert dvd, and t-shirts: www.thehabertat.com

Guest announcement: Charles Dunbar

photo_G3317Charles Dunbar is graduate of Hunter College, CUNY, where he received a BA in Religion and Anthropology and an MA in Cultural Anthropology. His thesis, Pilgrimage, Pageantry and Fan Communities was published in 2011 and focused on anime convention participation, including spending habits, cosplay, demographics, communal behaviour and convention culture.

Charles has previously given talks before the Joseph Campbell Foundation, has worked in the music industry as an A&R talent scout and promoter, excavated a Roman Villa in the United Kingdom, studied Irish Literature at Trinity College in Dublin, acted as a teacher and mentor for at-risk students in a charter school, shipped books for a comic shop and had his own weekly radio show for 5 years.

These days you can usually find him at a Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts, working diligently on whatever project is currently occupying his time, or traveling the roads of the East Coast to various anime conventions. In addition to his own site, he also has written for the websites Insert Disc and Real Otaku Gamer.

He can be reached at charles@studyofanime.com

Guest announcement: James Carter Cathcart

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Prepare for trouble (and make it double)! An ingredient known by many names, you might know James through his currently voicing himself (That’s Team Rocket’s James!) on Pokemon, a role that he’s called his own since the Hoenn Saga. He also voices Meowth! If you’re not into Pokemon, maybe you remember him as the voice of the underhanded Weevil Underwood in Yu-Gi-Oh! or Vector the Crocodile in Sonic X. A proud American (and New Jersey-an!), we would certainly be remiss if we did not mention his love for music. Influenced by Pop, Rock, Jazz, and Classical styles, James has both performed and recorded music alongside notable artists such as John Tesh, Ace Frehley, Gerry Mulligan, Garland Jeffreys, and Katey Sagal, among many, many others in his decades-spanning career.

Guest announcement: Michele Knotz

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It is said that Michele Knotz hails from a distant faraway planetoid called New Jersey. She commutes to New York to work on this series you may have heard of called Pokémon. Now in their 20th season, Sun and Moon, Michele returns as the voice of Team Rocket’s Jessie and as an added bonus, Michele voices Bewear, Mudbray, Morelull, and Shiinotic!

Michele is extremely excited to be in FUNimation’s theatrical release (January 2017) of One Piece Film: Gold as the voice of Carina!

Other roles include:

  • May, Nurse Joy, The Pokédex, and many Pokémon – Pokémon (Seasons 9-13)
  • Chikorita – Pokémon Mystery Dungeon, Team Go-Getters Out of the Gate
  • Misty – The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon
  • Hajime Yagi – The World of Narue
  • Takako Kawashima – Shootfighter Tekken
  • Matsumoto and various characters – To Heart
  • Razali, Cindy, Greta, and The Fairy – The Third: The Girl with the Blue Eye
  • Ogiue Chika – Genshiken
  • Koyuki Asagiri – Kujibiki Unbalance
  • Chou’un Shiryuu – Ikki Tousen
  • Tomoe and Airi – Queen’s Blade
  • Potaru Tanaka and Inumi – Magical Witch Punie-Chan
  • Akira Sakamoto and Lilith’s mother – Holy Knight
  • Sanae Shikikagami – Ladies vs. Butlers
  • The Boss – Juden-Chan
  • Queen – Rio: Rainbow Gate
  • Various – Handa-kun
  • Athena – Aria
  • The Pokémon Trainer, Squirtle, and various Pokémon – Super Smash Bros. Brawl
  • Piplup and various Pokémon – PokéPark Wii – Pikachu’s Adventure
  • Snivy, Piplup, and various Pokémon – PokéPark 2 Wonders Beyond
  • Various characters – Heathcliff the Fast and the Furriest
  • Alisa Bosconovitch and Roll – Street Fighter X Tekken
  • Grace – Castle Dracula
  • Lucky and various characters – Gangstar Vegas
  • Lilliel Saotome – The Guided Fate Paradox
  • Miku Kubo – Modern Combat 5: Blackout
  • Snivy, Gardevoir, Latios, & Latias – Super Smash Bros. (Nintendo 3DS & Wii U)
  • All the Moms, a reporter, and creatures – YIIK
  • Nascira, Right-Hand Bandit, and various characters – Dungeon Hunter 5
  • Redtrophi Queen – Heroes of Order and Chaos
  • Pugi – Combat Core
  • Female Marauder – The Silent Roads
  • Baby Shadow and Light Element Dragons – Dragon Mania Legends
  • Signy – Regalia: Of Men and Monarchs
  • SYA – Dark Storm Ascension
  • The Sparrow Nike – SMITE
  • Mummified Izanami – SMITE
  • Bel-Chandra, Kotonoha, 3 Star Kotonoha, Belldandy – Aura Kingdom
  • Asuka – I Am Senataur
  • Kindarspirit – TOME – The Terrain of Magical Expertise

Michele is also a script adapter and time coder for various dubbing projects and lends her voice to many other types of work. To see all of Michele’s credits, guest appearances, and listen to her voice demos, check out her website at http://micheleknotz.com/

Guest announcement: Xanthe Huynh

XantheXanthe Huynh is a voice actress currently working out of Los Angeles. Her years of theater training is what she believes to have aided her in the voice acting competition at Anime Expo called AX Idol. After making it as a finalist, she was invited by Bang Zoom! Entertainment to come in for an audition and has been working since!

You may have heard her in anime such as Hanayo Koizumi in Love live School Idol Project, Yuna Yuki in Yuki Yuna is a Hero, Miuna Shiodome in A Lull in the Sea, Ui Hirasawa in K-On!, Sachi in Sword Art Online, Fuyumi Yanagi in Blood Lad, Bebe/Nagisa in Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie: Rebellion, Siesta in The Familiar of Zero, Sanae Nagatsuki in Squid Girl, and Monaka Noguchi in Kite Liberator.

Some of her video game roles are Haru Okumura in Persona 5, Nene in Omega Quintet,
Meruru in Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arls, Mani in Witch and the Hundred Knight, Falcom in the Hyperdimension Neptunia Series, Ein Al and Poona in Hyperdevotion Noire: Goddess Black Heart, Weedy in Unhack, and Mist in Rune Factory: Frontier.

Guest announcement: Bruce Elliott

R Bruce ElliottR BRUCE ELLIOTT was born sometime after the Civil War in a beautiful twelve-story cabin he built himself out of used tea bags and dryer lint. (Oh, don’t look so surprised – you were born after the Civil War too!) A long-time professional actor based in Dallas, Texas, his talents have taken him all over the United States and include work in theatre, film, TV, radio, commercials and anything else he could either hypnotize or annoy someone into letting him do. But late in 2003, his long and unconventional career led not to the public disgrace and/or early grave he was expecting but rather, amazingly enough, to his real calling — he started working as a voice actor at Funimation! His very first role (and still a special favorite) was the bumbling detective Richard Moore in Case Closed, and many others soon followed, totaling to date over 210 characters in some 190-plus different anime shows. Some favorites include Basque Gran in Full Metal Alchemist, Dot Pyxis in Attack on Titan, Guild Master Makarov in Fairy Tail, Captain Ginyu in Dragon Ball Z Kai and Super, Narrator in Space Dandy and Sgt. Frog, Whitebeard (and five other characters) in One Piece, Tanaka in Black Butler, Bookman in D Gray Man, head samurai Kambei in Samurai Seven, Conrad in Romeo X Juliet (which he also co-directed with his friend and colleague J. Michael Tatum), Szilard Quates in Baccano!, Mr. Saito in Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad, and Hayato in Kenichi, the Mightiest Disciple. He has also had roles in about twenty anime films, notably including The One in Empire of Corpses, Hosokawa in Wolf Children, The High Seeker in Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker, and Dr. Wheelo in Dragon Ball Z: The World’s Strongest.

Finally, the especially sharp-eared might recognize his voice in the occasional video game, such as Aeon Flux, Orcs Must Die (1 & 2), Bloodrayne 2, Borderlands 2, The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct, Smite (multiple characters), and eight or nine different games in the Dragon Ball Z series, all as the fearless idiot, Captain Ginyu of the Ginyu Force. Bruce loves being a voice actor and plans to continue doing it “until they have to pry the microphone from my cold, dead hands!” — which, at his age, could be any minute now. Get those autographs while you can, folks!

Colossalcon Cruise 2019

We’re planning a Colossalcon Cruise adventure for Friday January 25 though Monday January 28, 2019 aboard Royal Caribbean’s Enchantment of the Seas. You won’t need a passport if you can bring a government issued ID and birth certificate. We chose this ship out of Port Canaveral (Orlando, FL) as flights into Orlando are relatively cheap, and if you decide to arrive early or stay late, you can take advantage of the attractions in Orlando.

Our first stop on the cruise will be to Nassau, Bahamas. We will have an optional group trip planned for Paradise Island, Atlantis where you can go to the Aquaventure waterpark, enjoy the many pools, eateries, beach, sealife, and/or casino. We picked this itinerary because Aquaventure is one of the top waterparks in the world. They have 2 waterslides that go through a shark tank, a rapid river, and so much more. It really lives up to the hype.

The second stop will be to the private island of Cococay Bahamas, where you can chill on the white sand beach, snorkel, scuba, parasail, hit up more waterslides, and much more.

You will enjoy free dining aboard the ship and more importantly, free drinks (even the alcoholic ones). We will also have some cosplay contests.

This adventure was created to celebrate some of our favorite aspects of Colossalcon while keeping costs to a minimum. We’ll post full details when we’re able to begin taking reservations. It will be a few weeks because we want to set it up so that people can make payments throughout the year and one of our key planners for this adventure will be in Japan during this time. So please be patient with us and we hope to you can join us!

Guest announcement: Morgan Berry

20170228_Berry_Morgan_00263Morgan Berry is a voice actor in various anime shows, movies, and video games. Some of her most popular anime roles being in “Love Live! Sunshine!!”, “My Hero Academia”, “One Piece”, “KanColle”, “Touken Ranbu”, “Hyperdimension Neptunia”, “Tokyo Ghoul”, “Riddle Story of Devil”, “ēlDLIVE”, “Overlord”, “Show By Rock!!”, “Black Clover”, and the award winning film “The Boy and the Beast.” Her most notable video game titles include “Marvel Avengers Academy”, “Smite”, and “Freedom Planet 2”. In addition, she voices for a variety of YouTube web series including Team Four Star’s “Final Fantasy VII: Machinabridged”, and ScrewAttack’s “DEATH BATTLE”. On top of voice acting, Morgan is a singer and YouTube Personality under the name “The Unknown Songbird” with over 5 Million views in total.

Guest announcement: The Manly Battleships

mb_logo_2016-1024x1024The Manly Battleships® are a group of fun-loving guys and gals that have formed the greatest programming group on the east coast convention circuit. Veteran panelists combine their powers with a circle of long time con-goers, otaku, and deviants to form the new titan at the front of the con scene. The Fleet’s arsenal offers a lot of a lot, and a little of everything! From the “stay fun” academic to over-the-top panels; high quality times are to be had under the Fleet’s banner. No matter your pleasure, there’s a Manly Battleships® event that’s right for you!

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