Guests of Honor

Chris Rager John Swasey Josh Martin Gabe Bautista Russell Lissau Samurai Dan & Lady Jillian TBA TBA
Chris Rager

Chris Rager

Chris Rager has performed for years as the voice of Hercule Satan from Dragon Ball Z. He's worked for FUNimation for several years, also doing voices for shows like One Piece, Case Closed, D. Gray-man, and many others. Voice Actor, Single Father and Savior of Worlds.

Currently residing in Dallas Chris Rager has been bringing you your favorite Anime and Video Game Characters Like Hercule from DBZ and Mr. Torgue in the Game of the Year Borderlands 2. When not being challenged by his daughter he takes on challenging roles Like the Principal in Assassination Classroom as well as Dagger Morse in Show By Rock.

There is more, that's what Google is for. In the future, Chris hopes to bring more excitement and explosions to more characters and opportunities!!

John Swasey

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 with FUNimation, ADV Films, Switchblade Films, Sentai Films, Gearbox, Seraphim Digital and Illumitoons just to name a few. 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 more of 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(VG), 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. Some of the shows he has directed include 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.

Josh Martin

Josh Martin has been the voice of Majin Buu (Fat, Evil and Kid) from DBZ and Commander Red from Dragon Ball since 2001, as well as memorable characters from Lupin the 3rd and Yosaku from One Piece.

Josh has also written and produced short films; co-owned, operated, and performed in improv, sketch, and musical comedy troupes; and even provided body talent for Barney (the purple dinosaur) on the award winning world tour.

When he's not in the booth, he's serving up fresh rhymes with his band mates in The Original Beastie Boys Tribute Band Rhymin' N Stealin'.

GABO

GABO, also known as Gabriel Bautista, is a Chicago based Illustrator who has worked for DC Comics, Image Comics and Oni Press.

He is the artist for THE LIFE AFTER written by Joshua Hale Fialkov, published by Oni Press.

He is a recurring artist on Elephantmen (Image Comics), and series artist on the Harvey Nominated web series, Albert The Alien (Thrillbent).

On top of being a Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award nominee, he is also an Eisner and Harvey award winning colorist for his work in Comic Book Tattoo (ImageComics), his color art can also be found in several issues of The Spirit and All-Star Western (DC Comics).

Russell Lissau

By day, Russell Lissau is a mild-mannered newspaper reporter in suburban Chicago. By night, he battles evil writing comic books including THE BATMAN STRIKES and the critically acclaimed miniseries OLD WOUNDS.

His newest projects include the sci-fi drama STRANGER, the historical epic RUBICON and the devil-comes-to-dine story DINNER AT DANTE'S. For more, check out www.facebook.com/russell.lissau

Samurai Dan & Lady Jillian

Samurai Dan

& Lady 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.