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Jafax 2017, June 16 - 18

We are excited to announce the following guests for Jafax 2017

David Vincent

David is an award-winning voice actor / producer based in Los Angeles. He’s given voice to hundreds of animation/anime episodes and video game titles, as well as made guest star appearances on TV shows such as The Mentalist and NCIS. The American Anime Awards nominated David for Best Voice Actor in an Anime for his work as Van in Gun x Sword. David is recently starred as the talking sailor uniform Senketsu, on the hit TV series Kill la Kill, currently airing on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim; and can also be heard in the mega-hit video game Super Smash Bros. as the character Robin from Fire Emblem: Awakening. Super Smash Bros. won Favorite Video Game at the People’s Choice Awards at the 42nd annual People’s Choice Awards in 2016.

Well known credits are:
Kill la Kill (Senketsu)
Fate Series (Gilgamesh)
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (Narrator)
Durarara!! (Seiji)
and many others!

Like David on Facebook or join his fan page for prizes and autograph giveaways!



Kyle Hebert

Kyle Hebert is a Los Angeles-based anime and video game voice actor whose credits include Wreck-It Ralph/Street Fighter 5(Ryu), Naruto (Kiba), Bleach (Aizen, Ganju), League of Legends (Ezreal, Jarvan, and Graves) and Gurren Lagann (Kamina). He is best known as the Narrator and Teen Gohan from the Funimation dub of Dragonball Z and currently voices Gohan and Ox King in Dragonball Kai and Super. Other fan faves include One Punch Man (Atomic Samurai) Blue Exorcist (Bon Suguro), Fire Emblem Awakening (Frederick, Validar), Fullmetal Alchemist (Vato Falman), Tales of Symphonia (Richter Abend) and Star Ocean (Dias, Arumat, Crow). Kyle can also be heard in numerous popular shows and games, such as Pokemon (Professor Oak in "Origins", Eusine in "Generations"), Digimon (Ballistamon and Dorulumon in "Fusion"), Sonic (Big the Cat in "Colors"), Final Fantasy (Nimbus in "Type-0"), World of Warcraft (Algalon the Observer in "Lich King", Skylanders, Devil May Cry, Dynasty Warriors, Soul Calibur and Resident Evil. He is also the promo voice of filmmaker, Kevin Smith's Smodcast series of podcasts . For more info, visit his website.



J. Michael Tatum

Nurtured on anime classics from the tender age of Star Blazers, et al, this reclusive fanboy-turned-voice actor/writer/ADR director/flake extraordinaire spent more years than he cares to remember in what might charitably be called free-fall before landing, mostly by accident, smack dab on the industry of his dreams. To this day, some believe the small crater made by the impact remains the source of his power.

Discovered by Funimation warhorse Christopher Bevins, who cast him as Rikichi in 2005's Samurai 7, Tatum's inexplicable luck has held long enough to see his flag hoisted on a slew of dream roles, most notably Kyoya Otori in Ouran High School Host Club, suave, demonic Sebastian Michaelis in Black Butler, France in the Hetalia franchise, Tomoe from Kamisama Kiss, and the equal parts maniacal/vulnerable Okarin Rintarou from Steins;Gate. More recently, Tatum can be heard in the epic My Hero Academia as Teyna Iida.

Other characters the man still can't believe he's had the crazy good fortune to play include: Doumeki in XXXHolic, Jiro Mochizuki in Black Blood Brothers, Isaac Dian in Baccano!, both God Eneru and Dalton in One Piece, Komui Lee in D-Gray Man, Dororo in Sgt. Frog, the titular loveable savage of Heroic Age, Ryosuke Takahashi in Initial D, Lawrence Kraft in Spice and Wolf, Zarbon in Dragon Ball Z Kai, and Scar in Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood. His vocal “stylings,” much to the chagrin of drama teachers everywhere, he's sure, have also been featured in Romeo X Juliet, Speed Grapher, Trinity Blood, Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple, Black Cat, Nabari no Ou, Ghost Hunt, School Rumble, The Tower of Druaga, Aquarion, Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicles, Shuffle, Shigurui, Glass Fleet, Mushishi, Soul Eater, along with feature- length films such as Vexille, Summer Wars, Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker, and Empire of Corpses, among many others. His videogame credits include Sir Hammerlock from the Borderlands franchise, Julius Kresnik from Tales of Xillia 2, Mr. Foster from Killing Floor 2, various playable characters from SMITE, and Kelvin from Battleborn.

And as if being involved with so many awesome shows wasn't enough, in late 2007 the fluky so-and-so tempted fate by officially branching out into ADR directing and adaptive scriptwriting for Funimation as well. His ADR directing credits to date include Aquarion, Jyu-oh-Sei, Romeo X Juliet, Big Windup, Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne and Shikabane Hime (Corpse Princess), while his writing credits include substantial work on Ouran High School Host Club, Heroic Age, Initial D, Blassreiter, Ga Rei: Zero, Hero Tales, Legend of the Legendary Heroes, Fractale, Deadman Wonderland, Steins;Gate, Assassination Classroom and Dragon Ball Z Kai. In early 2010 he teamed up with Terri Doty and Stephen Hoff to launch That Anime Show, a web-based chat show centered on colorful, often diabolically unhinged interviews with friends and colleagues within the dubbing industry, all episodes of which can be downloaded for free at ThatAnimeShow.com.

Ever the workaholic, Tatum is currently burning the midnight oil on a number of exciting projects due for release later this year. And before you ask, the "J" stands for... Well, it stands for whatever you'd like it to.



Charles Dunbar

Charles Dunbar is a fan of many things, of which anime and Japanese culture are but one (admittedly large) sphere. After discovering the medium through Dragonball Z in high school, he spent his formative college years indulging in giant robots, Pokemon, JRPGs, and Rurouni Kenshin, never expecting his coursework in cultural anthropology to ever intersect with his burgeoning fandom identity. This was only the first of many instances when the Universe decided to troll him hardcore for his obliviousness. After spending years attending his local SF con, Charles began attending anime cons in earnest in 2007, bumping them up drastically while undertaking fieldwork for his MA in Anthropology, where he researched and wrote on fandom, convention culture, and the changing dynamic of anime fan practices. He never stopped attending, coming back year after year to both indulge his love of anime conventions, and educate his fellow fans on all manner of mythology, Japanese sacred culture, fan cultures, and whatever else grabs his interests. He is currently working on a series of short books based around his lectures, writing yokai stories, and adapting his lectures for Youtube. You can read his ideas and ruminations at his website or via facebook.



Carolina Manga Library

We are a 501(c)3 organization that was formed for the express purpose of promoting literacy through graphic novels. Nearly 75% of our activities are at conventions that want manga/graphic novel library services. We operate a traveling library that sets up at conventions and other shows to provide free access to our collection of over 5000 manga, American graphic novels, newspaper comic strips, and artbooks.

We bring our own staff to run the library and operate all days of the convention. We pride ourselves on having actual certified librarians on staff who are well trained in reader's advisory services.

We also provide some education panel options, such as our extremely popular Great Graphic Novels You Should Be Reading, during which one of our librarians, in a one-hour presentation, discusses an assortment of titles that demonstrate how graphic novels can change the way people think and how they read.

We have been guests at many conventions since our conception in 2013, including Ohayocon, Matsuricon, and Anime Central.

You can learn more about them through their website and on their facebook page.



Stay tuned for more guest info!