Ai-Kon 2014 guests!
Christopher R. Sabat has lived on a diet of Senzu Beans for nearly 15 years. As the Voice Director for Dragonaball Z as well as the actor behind Vegeta, Piccolo, Yamcha, Mr. Popo, Kami, Jeice, Recoome, Korin, Burter, Shenron, Zarbon, Guru, Porunga, and countless others, you could possibly say he is the voice of Dragonball Z.
Christopher currently owns Okratron 5000, a game audio and voice-over production studio in Dallas, Texas. Christopher has also leant his voice to countless other roles in the anime and videogame world including Alex Luis Armstrong in Fullmetal Alchemist, Roronoa Zoro in One Piece, Ayame Sohma in Fruits Basket, Saiga Tatsumi in Speed Grapher, Kurogane in Tsubasa Chronicles, Daisuke Jigen in Lupin III, Garland in Dissidia: Final Fantasy, Rundas in Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, Alex D in Deus Ex: Invisible War, and both Captain Smiley and Star in Comic Jumper.
When not in the studio, Christopher tries to spend as much time as possible with his wife Tabitha and his brand new baby girl, Hero.
Greg Ayres has spent the last eleven years working in an industry he had admired for years as a fan. With almost 200 credits to his name, this fan-boy has managed to get to play a variety of characters that are almost as colorful as his hair. He was thrilled to be a part of the Toonami return this summer, voicing the roles of Ganta Igarashi in Deadman Wonderland, and Heihachi Hayashida in Samurai 7. His most recent roles include Sion in No. 6, Heisuke Toudou in Hakuoki, Arikawa in This Boy Can Fight Aliens, Tomoki Sakurai inHeaven's Lost Property, and Volken in The Book of Bantorra. Some of his favorite roles include Son Goku in Saiyuki, Chrono in Chrono Crusade, Kaoru Hitachiin in Ouran High School Host Club, Youhei Sunohara in Clannad, Yuki in The Wallflower, Leo in Ghost Stories, Satoshi Hiwatari in DNAngel, Kaworu Nagisa in The Director's Cut of Neon Genesis Evangelion, and Negi Springfield in Negima. He can also be heard as Uesugi Kenshin in Sengoku Basara, Seikechi Tayama in Oh Edo Rocket, Hiro Hirono in ef: A Tale of Memories, Abe in Big Windup, Jr. in Xenosaga: The Animation, Tsujido inSpeed Grapher, Roan in Ragnorok The Animation, Yamazaki in Welcome to the NHK, Gau Ban in Shadow Skill, Pope Alessandro XVIII in Trinity Blood, and a bunch of other titles he'll probably forget to mention.
When he's not in a booth with headphones on, you can usually find him sporting headphones of another variety behind "the decks". A veteran nightclub DJ of many years, he jumped at the opportunity to play music at conventions. From packed rooms at anime conventions, to the legendary stage of The Knitting Factory (NYC), he never misses an opportunity to share his love of music with anyone who will listen. Welcome back to Ai-Kon Greg!
Johnny ‘N’ Junkers
Johnny is a Navy veteran turned student and cosplayer. Currently attending University of California San Diego for Structural Engineering he creates costumes as a hobby for both fun and profit. Starting cosplay in 2011 with few tools and resources he was given the chance to work on a team to create a promotional piece for Bioware’s Mass Effect 2 at San Diego Comic Con 2011. From there he started working professionally as a prop maker and model while still attending college. His list of professional credits include pieces made for Riot Games and their hit game League of Legends, Rooster Teeth with and their popular web series RWBY as well as KOG Studios and their MMORPG Elsword Online. Even with a large background in video game costuming he still works closest with Crunchyroll.com as a Cosplay Ambassador, creating promotional pieces for their streaming anime, most notable of which being Attack on Titan. His hope is not for fame, or fortune from cosplay, but to share his trade and teach cosplayers how to make props and armor so that they can share the same joy he has.
The 404s are delighted to be performing at Ai-Kon for the very first time! We are continuing our celebration of TEN YEARS of improv comedy at anime conventions, and we're bringing the party to Winnipeg!
If you aren't familiar with our brand of anime improv, you will definitely want to check out at least one of our shows during Ai-Kon. Every show is unrehearsed, unpredictable, unrepeatable, and influenced by YOUR suggestions and participation! We'll create comedy scenes based on your ideas, combined with our improv know-how and anime fanboyisms. The result is comedy that'll have you laughing like crazy and knowing why The 404s pack rooms at fandom events around Canada and in the States!
Join us as we celebrate a decade of improv awesomeness at our All-Ages show, the infamous, mature-rated "Last Pants Standing" performance and some other surprise improv shows we are working on, special just for YOU! We'll see you there - and remember, your participation powers the show!
Richard Ian Cox
Richard Ian Cox has been acting in film and television since the late 1700's. Understandably, work was hard to come by in the early days before the invention of either medium. It wasn't until the release of the first talkies in 1927 that Richard's career started to show signs of life. He first became known to the viewing public with the airing of The Adventures of the Black Stallion in 1990. Richard's modern career has included regular stints on Cold Squad, Beggars and Choosers, Breaker High, as well as guest starring roles on Stargate: SG1, Stargate: Atlantis, Eureka, Fringe, Once Upon a Time and films including Alive, R.V., Battle in Seattle, Ghost Rider.
Richard has also enjoyed a varied career in animation ... well not the animation part, the talking part. Roles in Ranma ½, InuYasha, Botsmaster, Trouble Chocolate, First Gundam, Megaman, Gundam Seed, Hamtaro, Gundam 00, Being Ian, X-Men Evolution, Will and Dewitt, Care Bears, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic . . . and a bunch of other stuff has earned Richard a reputation as a guy who knows which end of a mic to speak into. These days Richard is hard at work trying to solve the current economic crisis. He's pretty sure it involves jelly beans. Check Richard out on Facebook, Twitter, and on his website.
Kyle HebertKyle Hebert is a Los Angeles-based anime and video game voice actor whose credits include Wreck-It Ralph/Street Fighter (Ryu), Naruto (Kiba), Bleach (Aizen), 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. His current roles include Titanfall (Militia grunt), Tenkai Knights (Commander Beag) and Digimon Fusion (Dorulumon, Ballistamon). Other fan faves include 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 franchises such as Pokemon, Sonic, Final Fantasy, World of Warcraft, Skylanders, Devil May Cry, Dynasty Warriors, Soul Calibur and Resident Evil. He is also the voice of filmmaker, Kevin Smith's Smodco Internet Radio. For more info, visit www.kylehebert.com
Please note that all guest appearances are subject to change due to work-related or personal circumstances. Ai-Kon is not responsible for cancellations, missed flights, or other unforeseen circumstances. Admission refunds will NOT be given.
If you would like to be a guest at Ai-Kon 2014, please send an email to our guest relations.