Ai-Kon 2015 is proud to announce
Eric Vale is going to take over the world. Actually, he’s just an actor who has spent a lot of time under lock and key in sound booths voicing anime characters such as Trunks in Dragon Ball Z, Sanji in One Piece, Yuki in Fruits Basket, and Kymblee in Fullmetal Alchemist among many others. Eric has also spent time as an ADR director in addition to scripting over fifty anime programs as Head Writer with FUNimation Productions. Outside of the world of anime, Eric has written, produced, and directed three short films, written stories (published), screenplays (sold but unproduced), and acted in film and TV. As you can see, one should not trifle with Eric Vale. On the weekends, he travels back in time to right the wrongs of the past, build playgrounds for children, repairs ancient churches in Europe, and crafts your destiny with his buddies the Illuminati.
Returning for his 7th year to Ai-Kon, Greg Ayres continues to wow his audiences with amazing industry stories, fan favourite panels and leaves everyone breathless at the Saturday night rave!
A veteran nightclub DJ of many years, Greg has really enjoyed the opportunity of doing something else that he truly loves at conventions. From packed rooms at anime conventions, to the legendary stage of The Knitting Factory (NYC), Greg never misses an opportunity to share his love of music with anyone who will listen.
Vickybunnyangel’s love for anime began when her parents introduced her to the world of Ghibli. A creative type from the very beginning, her favourite childhood activities included playing dress up, performing in front of an audience and making her own outfits for Halloween. That spark never left her and she still presently indulges in the art of costume play. After learning to sew in Grade 7 and receiving a sewing machine for her birthday, sewing became an important part of her life.
She has earned a reputation within the cosplay community for her high quality of workmanship and has a slew of awards to show for it.
Competitively, Vicky is a Master level cosplayer and enters her costume creations in masquerades across Canada and the US. With 10 years of experience under her belt, she now focuses on nurturing the Canadian cosplay community through convention panels, and online tutorials. She continually strives to learn new techniques and every new costume is a welcome challenge.
She was the first Canadian to be showcased in Cosplay Gen magazine, and she has been featured in numerous magazines, websites, radio shows, and vlogs. You will commonly find her in what she calls
"Cosplay HQ" (her cosplay workspace) working away at her next eye popping project, or online playing games during her spare time.
Favourite Past Costumes:
1. Astharoshe Asran from Trinity Blood
2. Dark Valkyrie Diana from League of Legends
3. Psylocke from X-Men
4. Haydee from Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo
5. Akemi Homura from Puella Magi Madoka Magica
6. Sumia from Fire Emblem: Awakening
7. Arcade Sona from League of Legends
8. Zunimassa Wizard from Diablo III
9. Yuuko Ichihara from XXXHolic
10. San from Princess Mononoke
The 404s are a touring group of improv performers based in the Canadian cities of Calgary, Edmonton, and Toronto. With their unique “geekprov” brand of improv comedy, they have been entertaining audiences all around Canada and the United States. Incorporating their wit, charm, pop culture knowledge, and a great deal of audience participation, The 404s make sure every show is memorable, interactive, and hilarious."
As an actor, Terri Hawkes has over twenty-five years of professional experience across Canada and the U.S. In the worlds of anime, animation and radio drama, Terri Hawkes has had the honour to voice a number of iconic characters. Favourites include the title voice in Sailor Moon as well as Princess Sissi. Other leads include Baby Hugs and Shreeky in Care Bears, Franny in Quads, Lily in Flying Rhino Jr. High, and Bianca in Beverly Hills Teens. Radio Drama lead roles include Mabel Bell as Alexander Graham Bell’s hearing impaired daughter, and her award nominated turn as Vivian in the acclaimed CBC series: Vivian. Test Drive, recorded with Gordon Pinsent Sept. 11, 2001, will always remain etched in her memory as a testament to the power of culture as a healing salve. She has been honoured with nominations for the Gemini Award, ACTRA Award, and American Soap Opera Award.
As a director, Ms. Hawkes voice directed the full two seasons of Flying Rhino Jr. High, occasional episodes of Sailor Moon, and a number of theatrical productions for students from kindergarten to University. Current directing projects include the short films: Being Fourteen (screening: London, UK, June 2015 https://motherhoodandcreativepractice.wordpress.com/); upcoming: Dr. Do.
As a creative writer, Ms. Hawkes has written for film (The Book of Eve), television (Anne: The Animated Series) and theatre (Rhubarb, Rhubarb, Rhubarb – national finalist for the Herman Voaden Playwriting Award). She is currently writing the stageplay Mother Knows Breast. She has also contributed to Roland Parliament’s Sailor Moon Reflections (Friesen Press 2014). Ms. Hawkes has taught acting and writing at UCLA, conducted workshops at numerous colleges and schools, and currently teaches a dramatic writing course for Toronto middle school students through the program, Art4You. Art4You supports and mentors youth in accessing visual and performing arts programs; check it out at art4you.ca.
In the world of academia, Ms. Hawkes holds an Honours MFA in “Theatre, Film and Television” majoring in playwriting (UCLA), an MA in “Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies” (York University- Award for Academic Excellence), and is currently pursing a PhD in the same field. In honouring her mission to support women and youth in the arts, she challenges the borders between theory and practice. Ms. Hawkes champions performance as research, and merges her professional and academic interests through performances and conference presentations in the U.S., Canada and Europe. She is proud to announce the recent release of the anthology she co-edited, Performing Motherhood – see demeterpress.org. Her chapter, “The Triple Threat” promotes gender equity for mother-theatre-artists. She will contribute a chapter to Motherhood in Contemporary World Cinemas (Demeter Press 2015). Ms. Hawkes’ current research is around intersections among theatre, performance, and the maternal. Her personal practice in this field includes the mothering of teenage twins. Ms. Hawkes is honoured to be part of the Ai-kon team for 2015.
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IAN SINCLAIR BIO Recently announced as the voice of Gija in Yona of the Dawn, Yousuke in Death Parade, and Sousuke in Free! Eternal Summer, Ian Sinclair has been voice acting since he was a sophomore in college, where he studied theatre. Since then he’s been working in the Dallas/Fort Worth area as a professional actor in a multitude of arenas.
He’s performed on stage, on camera, and, of course, behind the mic. A few of Ian’s more popular roles include Dandy in Space Dandy, Brook in One Piece, Toriko in Toriko, Nile Dok in Attack on Titan, Whiis in Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, Ryner Lute in Legend of the Legendary Heroes, Bardroy in Black Butler, Romano in Hetalia, Chuck in Panty and Stocking, Shu in Princess Jellyfish, Dallas in Baccano, Yomotsu Hirasaka (12th) in Future Diary, Alcides in Appleseed XII, Seo in Sekirei, Takeru in Maken-Ki, Kawazu and Bora in Fairy Tail, Ginei Morioka in Rosario + Vampire, Shogo in Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne, Zaki in Claymore, Toyama in Oh! Edo Rocket, Douglas and Steve in El Cazador de la Bruja, Shiro in Okami-san, Daisuke Matsuo in Yamada’s First Time, Marc in Spice and Wolf II, Hasegawa in Baka and Test, Takamy in Fractale, Akoz in Casshern Sins, Toraji in Bamboo Blade, Liam in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Orang in Last Exile: Fam, The Silver Wing, and Colin in Level E, and Hirato in Karneval.
Additionally, Ian can be heard as the voice of Montana in the video game Battleborn, Whiis in Dragon Ball Z: Xenoverse and Battle of Z, Tyr in Smite, Baron Flynt in Borderlands, Professor Nakayama and Jimbo Hodunk in Borderlands 2, and as the "Cool" custom hero voice in Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi. Ian has worked as a director on Initial D, Spice and Wolf II, Black Butler I & II, and the Shana movie. PLEASE APPROVE ANY EDITING OR ADJUSTMENTS WITH IAN SINCLAIR OR HIS REPRESENTATIVE.
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 2015, please send an email to our guest relations.