Guest Announcement: Samurai Dan

The husband and wife team of Daniel and Jillian Coglan are full-time martial art instructors, running a traditional samurai training center in Iowa, and have a combined 35 years of experience.

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.



Guest Announcement: Ghost in Blue!

ghostinblueGhost in Blue is a J-Rock cover band from Kent, Ohio. They play songs from anime and video games as well as some of their own originals! After playing around Ohio for the past few years, they’re eager to be making their our of state debut with Colossalcon East! Check them out for some familiar tunes from Naruto, Death Note, Persona, and more!

Like them on Facebook at Facebook.com/ghostinblueofficial

Or follow on Twitter @ghostinblueband


Guest Announcement: Professor Shy Guy!

Professor Shyguy’s music can be best described as; high energy, chiptune-electro-rocking, 8-bit, epically vocalized, highly danceable, theatrical nerd-pop. Singing 50% about video games and the other 50% is anything from Space/Time to English Language gymnastics. He is recently known for singing Starring Star on the Funimation dub of Dragon Ball Super. You might have also heard him on Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon’s Podcast ‘the Indoor Kids’ or the Diamond Club podcast. He has also made theme songs for GuudeBoulderfist, This Week in Chiptune, PortsCenter, and more!


Guest Announcement: Super Guitar Bros!


The Super Guitar Bros aren’t actually brothers – They’re bros! Sam and Steve combine their love of video game music with their passion for acoustic/classical guitar to bring you a one of a kind musical experience. Sometimes chill. Sometimes intense. Always super!


Guest Announcement: Bubble Pop Burlesque!

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Making their East Coast debut, Please welcome the Midwest’s Premier Cosplay Nerdlesque group, Bubble Pop Burlesque! With their quirky and innovative style, Bubble Pop aims to bring their own kind of sexy and a message of love, acceptance, and positivity to Colossal East. Expect smiles, laughter, and a little bit of tease as they take the stage and blow you away!



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