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

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:

  • Jessie in Pokémon season 9 onward
  • 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.