Featured Guests

J. Michael Tatum

Voice Actor

J. Michael Tatum

Nurtured on anime classics from the tender age of Star Blazers, this reclusive fanboy-turned-voice actor/writer/ADR director/flake extraordinaire spent more years than he cares to remember in what might charitably be described as freefall 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 ADR director 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 the hit English language dub of Ouran High School Host Club, suave, demonic Sebastian Michaelis in Black Butler, equal parts maniacal/vulnerable Okarin Rintarou from Steins;Gate, foppish cyborg Sir Hammerlock in the video game juggernaut Borderlands 2, and Commander Erwin Smith in Attack on Titan.

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 the new dub of 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, Scar in Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood, and Sir Hammerlock in the video game juggernaut Borderlands 2. 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, and Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker, among many others.

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, Future Diaries, Steins;Gate, Dragon Ball Z Kai, Aquarion EVOL, and Attack on Titan.

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.

Junko Fujiyama

Singer, Songwriter

Junko Fujiyama

Junko Fujiyama is a Japanese singer/songwriter, who lives in NC and performs all over the United States. She has worked with several local bands( Fujiyama Roll etc.) as the lead singer and has also become a solo performer.

She has performed at many cultural events, benefits, music festivals, nightclubs, and anime conventions.

Since she started playing piano when she was 5, and singing in a city chorus in her hometown, Aomori Japan, at the age of 9, she has learned to sing various genre of songs. Pop, Rock, Children's songs and even Enka(Japanese traditional folk) Junko's original song can be described as J-rock and J-pop blended together. They are powerful, delicate and intriguing. she also covers J-pop/rock and anime themed songs, adding some American pop flavor to make them even sweeter!

Check out more of her work and info at:

  • www.reverbnation.com/junkomusic
  • Eien Strife

    Music Group

    Eien Strife

    Eien Strife is coming back to AMA and this time they have leveled up their show once again. Since the group's forming in 2011, the four heroes of the cosplay adventure rock band have been touring conventions all over the United States while putting a brand new concert every time! It's hard to explain everything that you will experience when you attend an Eien Strife concert. With high energy songs, catchy dance breakdowns, hilarious 8-bit animations, and crowd interactions like never before seen, there is something for everyone at an Eien Strife show. Since the release of their full length album "Full Speed Ahead", the performers have sold thousands of copies at their shows and online store. It has become an exciting tradition for Eien Strife to debut a new chapter of their quest every summer and Anime Mid Atlantic 2014 will be the first time that fans will be able to see the newest performance known as "A Hero's Choice is Never Simple."

    For more information, please visit:

  • www.eienstrife.com
  • www.facebook.com/eienstrife
  • Kyle Hebert

    Voice Actor

    Kyle Hebert

    Kyle Hebert is a Los Angeles-based anime and video game voice actor whose credits include Wreck-It Ralph/Street Fighter (Ryu), League of Legends (Ezreal, Jarvan, Graves), Naruto (Kiba), Bleach (Aizen), and Gurren Lagann (Kamina). He is best known as the Narrator and Teen Gohan from the Funimation dub of Dragonball Z. Other notable roles include Soul Eater (Masamune), Ouran High School Host Club (Kazukiyo Soga), Fullmetal Alchemist (Vato Falman), Tales of Symphonia (Richter Abend) and Star Ocean (Dias, Arumat, Crow). Kyle also provides voices in numerous video game franchises including Resident Evil, Sonic, Final Fantasy, World of Warcraft, Devil May Cry 4, Dynasty Warriors, and Soul Calibur. He writes and voices all the promos for filmmaker, Kevin Smith's Smodcast Internet Radio. For more info, visit www.kylehebert.com.

  • www.kylehebert.com
  • Chris Cason

    Voice Actor

    Holy Roman Empire in "Hetalia", Gluttony in "Fullmetal Alchemist", Mr. Popo and Tien Shinhan in "Dragonball Z", Face McShooty and Mal in "Borderlands 2", Jack the Ripper in "Soul Eater", Miyamoto and M1 in "Yu Yu Hakusho", Taruru in "Sgt. Frog", Boo and Whitey in "Shin Chan", Hanai in "School Rumble", Ukyo in "Ouran High School Host Club", Chamo in "Negima", Babbit in "Kodocha", Siegfried in "Kenichi", and Hanbei in "Sengoku Basara" represent some of Chris's favorite and best known roles.

    Since 1998, Cason has participated in almost every facet of anime production. He has been associated with numerous projects in a voice acting, ADR directing, or scriptwriting capacity. Having performed over one hundred characters and appearing in ten animated shows broadcast on American television, some of his work has been featured on: The Cartoon Network, Nicktoons, The Independent Film Channel (IFC), Spike TV, and The CW.

    You may have also heard him in: Case Closed, Gunslinger Girl, Basilisk, Suzuka, Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles, Black Cat, Darker Than Black, Bamboo Blade, Kaze no Stigma, Aquarion, One Piece, Big Windup!, D. Gray-Man, Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad, RIN, Speed Grapher, Oh! Edo Rocket, Summer Wars, Initial D, and Deadman Wonderland.

    As an ADR Director for three studios spanning eight years, Chris has had the pleasure of casting/directing/asst. directing such titles as: Dragonball Z Uncut, Dragonball, Dragonball GT, Yu Yu Hakusho, Negima, Kodocha, Galaxy Railways, Baki the Grappler, School Rumble, Hell Girl, Kaze no Stigma, Bamboo Blade, Birdy the Mighty: Decode, Initial D, and Tsubasa Tokyo Revelations.

    He has also had the opportunity to be a part of many popular video games. Some of his favorites were: voicing random ghouls and specters for Ghostbusters: The Video Game, as a contributing guitarist in Guitar Hero 3, and appearing as Mega Man in Street Fighter X Tekken.

    For additional information, visit Chris Cason's Anime Chuckle Hut on Facebook and @Casonworld on Twitter.

    Todd Haberkorn

    Voice Actor

    Todd Haberkorn

    Todd Haberkorn is currently a proud member of the Anime community and continues to be its humble servant by way of english dubbing. Haberkorn received his BFA in acting from Southern Methodist University and continues to work professionally primarily in Texas and surrounding states as an actor, director, producer, and writer. As far as shows go, catch Todd's voice as lead roles in Sgt. Frog as Keroro, Suzuka as Yamato, Ghost Hunt as Naru, Claymore as Raki, Holic as Wataknuki, D. Gray Man as Allen Walker, Sands of Destruction as Kyrie, Soul Eater as Death the Kid, and some others he can't say right now. A few supporting roles include Itsuki in Shuffle, Ichimoruken in Hell Girl, Firo in Baccano!, Kono in Darker Than Black, Hikaru in Ouran High School Host Club and Khoza in One Piece. Check out most of the shows listed above on Hulu.com and not illegally please :) When not in the booth, Todd is a producer with his company, Out of the Office Productions. Todd is represented by The Horne Agency.

  • Team Haberkorn
  • Christopher Smith

    Voice Actor

    bio coming soon...

    Kevin McKeever

    VP of Marketing Robotech.com

    A graduate of the lighting design program from Emerson College, Kevin has been working in the entertainment industry for nearly 15 years. He has worked in theater production at world class venues such as the Goodspeed Opera House, the Emerson Majestic Theater, Foxwoods Casino, and the Mohegan Sun Resort which he helped open in 1996.

    His television production credits include Jackass, Kids Say the Darnedest Things, Guinness Book of World Records, Krypton Factor,Farmclub.com, The 60's as well as various television commercials. His film credits include Mystery Men, For Love of the Game, and Billy Frankenstein. Kevin has also served as Assistant VP of Production for feature film producer and New York Times best-selling authorLynda Obst.

    Kevin's first official assignment in the Robotech universe was as an audit of Robotech's television ratings and viewer demographics during its original run in the 1980s. Kevin's analysis of the ratings in a cost effective manner along with his years of production experience made him a natural candidate for the Robotech team.

  • Robotech
  • Charles Dunbar

    Anime Anthropologist

    Charles Dunbar

    Charles Dunbar (also known by his internet handle "Anime Anthropologist") is a graduate of Hunter College of the City University of New York, where he received his BA in Anthropology and Religion in 2004, and an MA in Sociocultural Anthropology in 2010. His fieldwork of the past 2 years has revolved around anime convention participation, including perceptions, misconceptions, stereotyping, spending habits and convention culture. He's also addicted to the works of Hayao Miyazaki and has an obsession with mythology and folklore, especially where gods, ghost stories and shinigami are concerned. He currently rambles about these things on his website, Study of Anime.

  • Study of Anime
  • Haven Publishing

    Industry Guests

    Haven Publishing

    Haven Publishing & Entertainment is an Independent publisher out of Florida that is working with a variety of talented writers, illustrators, producers, and directors to bring great new independent media into the world of fandom. What type of media? Haven publishes novels, comics, and children's books, as well as films and video games. Haven's goal is to bring "creator-owned" content to the forefront in all of its properties and to its community. Some of the wonderful talent working at Haven includes:

    • Robert V. Aldrich, author of Rhest for the Wicked, Crossworld, Neo-Romance, Ghee, and Samifel.
    • LB McGill, author of Winkie and the Sunflower and Dead Serious.
    • Katie Blair, creator of Dirty Blood
    • Charles Rouse-Rodriguez, creative director at Haven Comics, creator of The Allies, and co-author of Art of the Con.
    • E.L. Fortner, AMA's much beloved convention Chairman, author of Dreams of Reality.
    • Laurie Carr, co-author of The Blonde Bombshell Madam.
    • Mike Elrod, author of Bliss and All That Lives.
    • Charles Dunbar, the anime anthropologist, the mind behind the Study of Anime, and author of We Con, Therefore we Are.

    Pushing the limits of independent film and video games, Haven is working with Mythmaker and Gateship studios to produce its first video game, Metamorphosis Alpha. Created by James Ward, Alpha's story is penned by Alexis Cruz (who played Skaara in the original Stargate film and the Stargate SG-1 series) and his writing partner Brian Dunningham. Haven Entertainment will be working in tandem with these production teams to revive a previously unreleased Stargate title.

    Whether it's books, comics, children's media, movies, or video games, Haven is going beyond what can be done by a small independent publisher. Look for our books on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Wal-Mart, iBooks, Kindle, Indy-Planet, Comixology, and anywhere books and comics are sold. Join us in our panels all weekend at Anime Mid-Atlantic while we take you on a wild ride through all of our projects.

    Ask us questions on our social media:
    @HavenPublishing
    @EmanuelFCamacho

    Like and join our Facebook Pages:
    facebook.com/EmanuelFCamacho
    facebook.com/HavenPublishing
    facebook.com/HavenComics
    facebook.com/HavenKids

    We hope to see you all at the convention! Keep a lookout for our full schedule with an intense lineup of programming.

  • Haven Publishing
  • Haze-man

    Industry Guests

    Haze-man

    I am Michael Hayes, but most just call me the "Haze-man". I have been working in game development for almost 6 years now. I started out doing fan game s in my garage, then went on to work on indie games for the Xbox Live Arcade and Nintendo DSi. My previous game, "Antipole" was featured in the Summer Royal Indie Bundle of 2013. I am currently working on my own brainchild, Maya Breaker, a homage to the best 16-bit games I played on the SNES as a kid. You are given a grappling hook that will enable you to climb and swing. You can also use it to toss objects and enemies. The only goal is to survive and make it back to the surface, but the journey is a long and heartrending one, told without text bubbles or dialog. It combines the best parts of Super Metroid with Super Castlevania IV.

  • Maya Breaker - artwork
  • Maya Breaker
  • Kickstarter: Maya Breaker
  • Lord Ramirez

    Culture, History

    Lord Ramirez

    Not easily missed with his outrageous outfits, Lord Ramirez is a presenter and educator at many Sci Fi, Anime, and Alternative conventions across the U.S.

    As a professional actor and stage combatant, he has dazzled crowds at Renaissance fairs, Busch gardens, and was a lead cast member in a show at Caesars' casino in Atlantic City. He is also a former open professional ballroom dance finalist, teacher, and adjudicator

    In the realm of steam he is no stranger! He has been all over the east coast teaching about steampunk culture and costuming as well as holding and hosting "Steampunk Teas"

    While he has actively retired from "professional cosplay", (He has won numerous costuming awards and cash prizes for his costuming and makeup) Lord Ramirez has an active interest in teach the next generation of cosplayers all the tips and tricks he has learned to make your visions into reality!

    Having studied Japanese martial arts from age five, he has developed a lifelong passion for Japanese culture. He has a wealth of knowledge on a variety of topics in regards to Japanese history, religion, and activities. He has been teaching these panels and workshops at conventions all over that country.

    At conventions, his topics vary wildly from costuming and makeup, dance, and classes on Japanese culture. You never know what he will teach next. But one thing is certain weird, strange, and fun, you can bet Lord Ramirez will have some knowledge to share!

    Robert Aldrich

    author

    Robert Aldrich

    Anime gave birth to Robert V Aldrich. Sure, a person looking like him and using his name existed before he saw Voltron and Robotech, but it was anime that breathed the sweet breath of awesomeness into him.

    RVA spends most of his time writing. He prefers fiction, but he's been known to dabble in non-fiction. He has a website (TeachTheSky.com) and a novel (Rhest for the Wicked). He also studies anime and video games as art forms because they add beauty to the world and because anime gave birth to him (see previous paragraph). He's just trying to be a good son.

    When he's not writing, RVA spends his time practicing kung fu, studying exercise science, reading too much to make sure he doesn't know anything, and ignoring his phone.

    RVA is here hosting multiple panels about cool stuff as well as promoting his newest book, an anime-inspired sci-fi novel titled Samifel."

  • Teach The Sky
  • Todd Rogers

    the king of video games

    Todd Rogers

    Todd Rogers a Chicago native is history's first paid pro video game player. Todd is recognized throughout the world for his astounding world records setting scores including the longest standing held world record of 32 yrs. on the classic activision title Dragster, The longest marathoned nonstop game for 85hrs on the Atari 2600 Journey Escape, and for having the widest variety of world record titles on 24 unique different gaming platforms classic and Modern this is how Todd earned his title from the media as The King of Video Games.

    He has competed at live events pitted against such celebrities such as: Michael Jordan, Mike Tyson, Bruce Jenner, Chuck Norris, Vanna White, Marina Sirtis, and many more he has never lost against any celebrity that he played against. Currently living in Central Florida he plays for various charities on a "beat the champ" contests where proceeds go to help benefit which ever charity he is playing for.

    Todd has appeared in numerous books & magazines including Guinness Book of world records, How to master Home video games, Money Magazine, JoyStik Magazine Chief Magazine, and The Wall Street Journal. His movie appearances include Chasing Ghosts beyond the arcade, The King of Kong a Fist full of quarters, Goldie Hawn's Wild Cats, The Video Craze, & Bonus Life: Extended Play.

    He has also illustrated for Gary Gygax's role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) in the mid-80s. Todd's artistic influences were Prince Planet, Speed Racer & The Incredible Hulk. Released earlier this year Todd was included in the Twin Galaxies collector trading card series set that is being sold.

    In 2010 he was inducted into the Video Gaming Hall of Fame in recognition for his influence in the gaming industry. Being a part of the U.S. National Video Game Team back in 1986 Todd has rubbed shoulders with many video gaming developers and has changed how competitive gaming is viewed & played by the public.

  • Todd Rogers - Facebook
  • Wikipedia
  • Uncle Yo

    Industry Guest

    Uncle Yo

    From Otakon to Anime Expo, Karl "Uncle Yo" Custer teleports to anime, comic book and video game conventions performing his unique brand of geek-specific stand-up comedy. Panel leader, Cosplay Masquerade MC, playwright and dedicated podcaster, Yo goes where he is needed to celebrate fandoms, welcome newcomers, and promote equality. You can also hear him voice every dog and trainer in the Android game "Top Dog: Lucky's Charm." He is the self-published author of "The Anime Convention Survival Guide" as a single on Amazon as well as the roast of the 1996 Doctor Who movie starring the 8th Doctor on iTunes, "Doctor Whom?"

    Every Monday his podcast, "We are the Geek" tackles current issues, reviews shows and features up-and-coming convention guests, or fan-lebrities as Yo puts it. His two latest albums, Ecto-Kitt-Lorean and Matching Hair Clips are ready for download at Amazon and iTunes for your enjoyment. His web work can be viewed with cameo on several Nostalgia Critic reviews, including starring in the 5th Anniversary short for Thatguywiththeglasses.com, DragonBored. Yo was also featured on SchnozMan and Hole Punch at Stayballsy.com as florist sociopath and super-villain, Jeff Regean. Earlier, he was featured on the Youtube series Doujinopolis alongside producer Mario Bueno and Fakku's Jerk-it Jenny.

    Amy Howard Wilson and David G. Wilson, III

    Voice Actress / Fandom Guest

    Amy and David Wilson

    Born in Detroit on May 28, 1955, Amy was "bit by the acting bug" in high school. She is a proud graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City - Class of '75.

    In 1979, Amy was working in the front office of the Weist-Barron School for TV and Commercial Acting. Kit Carter, the casting director, called the school looking for non-union talent to do the English dub for a new Japanese animated series, which would eventually come to be known as Star Blazers. She had the honor of being cast as the voice of Nova (Mori Yuki) for Season 1 - The Quest for Iscandar and Season 2 - The Comet Empire.

    In 1997, after many years of thinking about Star Blazers only as a fond memory, Amy was delighted to learn that there are fans around the world who still value the show as she does. In 1999, she met one such longtime fan, Jeff Thompson, who very kindly asked her to dub the voice of Miranda in "The Rules of Being 16" episode of "The Irresponsible Captain Tylor" OVA for RightStuf, Int'l.

    In 1998, at Anime Weekend Atlanta, Amy met the man who would become her husband, David G. Wilson, III (Dave III to his friends!). An anime aficionado, Dave delights in sharing stories of fandom in the "before time", when changing the channel meant getting up and walking across the room! They were married in Atlanta on October 14, 2000 and share a beautiful home in Virginia with 5 fabulous felines.

    Since 2002, Amy has been recording and producing audio books. Ask her about her company - Studio V.O.I.C.E., and please visit her website - www.amysvoices.com.

  • Studio V.O.I.C.E.
  • Wendave Audio Books