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.
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.
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)
and many others!
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.
Kristie Good, known as Karmada Cosplay, has been creating cosplay since 2001 and competing in competitions since 2004. She has won numerous awards over the years, ranging from Judge's Choice all the way up to Best in Shows. Her most notable recent wins were Best in Show at Youmacon 2015 as Card Captor Sakura in a group performance under Karmaluna Cosplay, and Best Friday Hall as Timeskip Nora from RWBY at Youmacon 2016. Karmada Cosplay has also participated in World Cosplay Summit (2013 and 14) under Karmaluna Cosplay, and placed first in preliminary rounds both times (getting to perform at the US finals!)
One of her passions at conventions is getting to talk to attendees and help inspire cosplayers to pursue and create the costumes they dream of! She is often found giving informational panels about costume sewing and construction, and focuses on beginner cosplay and getting new people into the hobby. Her goal is to educate and inspire, and give her students the tools and confidence that they too can make their own cosplay!
Long ago the Party Gods looked down upon our world and said, "Hey, there needs to be more party down there..." And so they chose Avatars to spread their gospel and bring forth the PARTY! Party Table stand as the champions of the Party Gods. They roam this land doing the one thing they do best, spreading the PARTY. Join them asthey challenge the greatest of contenders on the field of love and battle, create dazzling works from thin air, and ... you know just do like goofy stuff. Join them as they give praise and PARTY FOR THE PARTY GODS!
Formed in 2008 with the sole desire of making panels they wanted to see, m-Bro combines wit, an acid tongue, and side-splitting laughter into everything they do. Ranging from traditional discussions, scathing roasts, and even live science demonstrations, they set out to prove that loving something is never shameful, but something to be celebrated. At the intersection of fandom and alt-comedy, m-Bro wants to teach you something, make you smile, and make as many jokes as possible that no one in the audience will understand. Just like the conventions you love, you might not know what’s happening, but you’ll never ever be bored.
Robert DeJesus is a Writer, Story Creator, Illustrator and Charachter Designer. Robert is no stranger to the anime and manga community. An Indiana born, self-taught artist, who got his first art career break when he sent an eight page short story to comic publisher Antartic Press.He has drawn manga-inspired comics for well over 20 years and has been published nearly all over the world. He has worked for companies like Playstation Magazine, Marvel, and Hasbro to name a few. With his business partner Emily, he branched out and started working on bringing his own ideas to life. Studio Capsule has created a line of doujinshi's, art books, animated shorts and other expanding art projects. When he is not busy working on nw projects, you can catch Robert drawing on his Twitch channel.
Emily DeJesus is half of the team that runs StudioCapsule. She is a Writer, Editor, Designer and Manager. Emily has worked with Robert her business partner for over 15 years now. She has worked with quite a few companies like Marvel, Harper Collins, and Wayforward, just to name a few. She enjoys the business and creative side of working for Studio Capsule very much and is grateful that she has an opportunity to work in the manga/comics business.
Nanigans: a bunch of guys with a strong affinity for mischief and prankishness. Operating out of Michigan, the Nanigans crew was formed by like-minded lunatics with a mutual love of crazy antics, light-hearted mayhem, and in one particular case, cake. Described by some as “the Live Action Internet” with Jeremy, Mike, Joe, and Elmo (yes, really) on stage and Kevin doing the actual, technical work, it's definitely a unique experience. We hope you like Space Jam.
#OccupyAnime! is dedicated to bringing high quality, Japan-focused panel and event programming to cons near you! Our primary panelists - Allie Douglass and Mike Thorn - have attended over 100 anime conventions. Their expertise ranges from mecha to moe. They strive to combine an entertaining yet informative experience at conventions across the Midwest.
Dan Houser is a professional illustrator who's worked on several award nominated table-top RPGs, children's books, and his own webcomic, Dipswitch. He's the line artist for ICONS, the Superpowered Roleplaying Game, by Steve Kenson. Dan has been coming to JAFAX for four years - he designed last year's t-shirt, and he absolutely loves the JAFAX crew, the volunteers, and all the wonderful guests who swing by his table. He will be doing commissions this weekend, and ICONS: The Assembled Edition will be on sale as well at his table.
Dan and his wife Stephanie are honored to be invited to JAFAX as guests, please swing by their table to say hello. If you're in costume, there will be an informal 'Favorite Cosplay of the Weekend' -- and the winner gets a free full color character commission from Dan to be sent after the convention!
Dan and Stephanie live in Wisconsin, with their two weird cats and a dumb dog named Bear.
Comfort & Adam
We're Comfort Love and Adam Withers, the seven-time Harvey Award nominated husband-and-wife Action Faction responsible for the critically acclaimed series/books The Uniques, Rainbow in the Dark, Kitty Game, and The Complete Guide to Self-Publishing Comics (Random House). We both write, draw, color, letter, produce, and publish our series’. We are the two-headed-hydra of comics! Our long awaited return to our first series, The Uniques, has begun with the release of Vol. 1, and Vol. 2, with Vol. 3 soon on its heels. Not only that, we’ve finally begin releasing our first webcomic, Kitty Game, with artist Corinne Roberts.
Before becoming full time self-published comic creators in 2008 we worked in the world of RPG artwork for companies such as Palladium and Green Ronin. We’ve also done work on comics like Image’s Mice Templar, and IDW’s The Dreamer. We do 15-20 conventions (both comic and anime) around the country, sign at stores, do a ton of public speaking, and teach one class each at the college where we met back in 2000 – Kendall College of Art and Design.
We live in Grand Rapids, MI with our six cats. When we’re not drawing, writing, or answering messages we can frequently be seen walking up and down the trail behind our house talking about stories.
Visit their website here.