The guests for Nashville’s anime convention are still to be announced. Please check back soon as we will announce several voice actors and industry members as part of our first year’s convention.
Chris Patton has been Voice Acting in Anime for well over 13 years for almost every company imaginable, including ADV Films, FUNimation Entertainment, Sentai Filmworks, and Okratron 5000. His most famous roles include Sousuke Sagara in all the Full Metal Panic series, Greed in Fullmetal Alchemist and Brotherhood, Akuto Sai in Demon King Daimao, Asura in Soul Eater, Keima in The World God Only Knows, Ikki in Air gear, Sho in Guyver, Fakir in Princess Tutu, Nishi in Gantz, and Turles in Dagonball Z: The Tree of Might. Some more of his Anime credits include: Inu X Boku SS, Phi Brain: Puzzle of God, Hajime in Ghost Stories, Ayato in RahXephon, Daley Wong in Bubblegum Crisis 2040, Ranmaru in The Wallflower, Eiji in Gravion and Gravion Zwei, Haruka in Tactics, Graham Spector in Baccano, Komyo Sanzo in Saiyuki, Gintoki in the Gintama movie, Hiroki in The Place Promised in Our Early Days, and tons and tons more! Chris is also a stage performer, a music freak, a horror film nerd, a roller coaster guru, and a huge fan of Sharon Needles, Freddie Mercury, and Aleister Crowley.
Brooklyn born and raised singer/songwriter Eric Stuart is a special blend of talent. He has successfully combined the world of music, voice acting and directing for many years. Besides starring in hit shows including Pokémon (Brock, James) and Yu-Gi-Oh! (Seto Kaiba), Eric has toured with such rock legends as Peter Frampton, Ringo Starr, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Jethro Tull, Chicago, Hall & Oates, Dave Mason, Julian Cope, Dave Davies, The Alarm, John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band, and Jeffrey Gaines.
The Eric Stuart Band released their latest album, Lipstick and Barbed Wire, in June 2013. This is their sixth full-length release on the indie label Widow’s Peak Records and it features Grammy winning guitarist Peter Frampton.
In the summer of 1997, Eric’s classic rock and roll style was noticed by Ringo Starr who invited him to open the Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band tour, featuring Peter Frampton, Jack Bruce (Cream), Gary Brooker (Procol Harum) and Simon Kirke (Bad Company). That exposure served as a springboard for Eric to open for the Lynyrd Skynyrd, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Paul Rodgers tour that same summer. Since then, Eric Stuart has been touring on a regular basis including two U.S. tours with Peter Frampton. In 2000, Frampton produced Eric’s next album, Blue, Dressed In Black, along with John Regan and Harvey Jay Goldberg.
Now living in Nashville, Eric’s songwriting talents have given him the opportunity to begin co-writing with some of Nashville’s finest songwriters. The band’s great live show of all original, guitar-driven rock/pop has made the Eric Stuart Band a must-see in the area. Other projects in Eric's impressive career are Viva Piñata, Ultimate Muscle, Dinosaur King, Kirby, Slayers, Chaotic, Sonic X, TMNT, GoGoRiki, One Piece, F-Zero, Magical DoReMi, Fighting Foodons, Shaman King, Descendants Of Darkness, Labyrinth Of Flames, Valkyrie Profile, Tama And Friends, and voicing many national radio and TV commercials and audiobook narrations.
Veronica Taylor is a classically trained actor who has performed in NYC and around the U.S. in contemporary and classical theatre. Her voice has been a part of Saturday morning cartoons for some time now. She is probably best known for playing the roles of Ash and May on “Pokemon”, April on “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and roles in “Cubix”, “Dinosaur King”, “Yu-Gi-Oh!”, “Huntik”, “Tai Chi Chasers”, and more. She can be heard on PBS kids’ “Word World” (Sheep), “Lunch Lab” (Mixiebot), and “Chuck Vanderchuck’s ‘something something’ Explosion!” (Ramona). Current projects include “Mofy” (Mofy, Mogu), “Astroblast” (Sputnik), and “Welcome to the Wayne (Spy from 8-i). Some anime favorites include Yukino on “His and Hers Circumstances”, Amelia on “Slayers”, all 7 Nana’s on “Nana Seven of Seven”, and Narue on “World of Narue”, as well as many others. She has done numerous voices for animation, video games, audiobooks, commercials, and documentaries. Follow her on Facebook (The Veronica Taylor), Twitter (@The VeronicaT), and at www.veronicataylor.net
Jennifer grew up in San Jose, California where she performed at a young age on stage at the Children's Musical Theatre of San Jose. At the age of 12 she was cast in the Second National Tour of Broadway's Annie, in 1978. She had the role of Pepper, the older orphan who bullies Annie alongside a yet unknown Molly Ringwald. In 1993 she joined the cast of Nickelodeon's Roundhouse for season 3 where she sang the theme song, acted in various sketches and sang several solos. Jennifer is probably best known for being the English dub singing voice of Sailor Moon on both the animated series and on the CD recording.
Raver, Cosplayer, and DJ. From Madicon to Anime USA, doing gig's like The Rave Fashion Show to small clubs. Here in Staunton, VA DJ DyD is giving the crowd what they want bass pumping music and killer tracks. Now the owner and founder of a recording label called DKM Entertainment, working with other DJ's doing it all. Worked for conventions and helped with there music department has worked with many talented DJ's and bands.
Professor Shyguy's music can be best described as; high energy, chiptune-electro-rocking, 8-bit, epically vocalized, highly danceable, theatrical nerd-pop. Singing 50% about video games and the other 50% is anything from Space/Time to English Language gymnastics. His performance consists of singing, playing guitar, keyboards, and drums, sometimes three of those things at the same time.
Aaron has been acting since the age of 11 and have done theater work all through out my life and has been lead singer in many different bands. He got into prop and costume making at an early age and now owns and operates a prop company providing costume pieces and props to the world that specializes in custom leather work, replica pistols, metal casting and much more. Aaron is a full time cosplayer and has been a Captain Jack tribute performer for 6 years and has won many top costume/ best act performance for his outstanding portrayal of the character.
Haiden Hazard began her cosplay career in 2012. Since that time she has taken her love for anime, gaming, super heroes and sci-fi and brought them to life through cosplay. She has entered and won many Cosplay contests for not only her outfits but props as well. Her fun and quirky personality always makes her a favorite at conventions. When not working on crafting costumes you can find her either working on her YouTube channel or streaming on Twitch.
Chase Lawrence started his photography work in 2004 while his professional photography career began in 2006, his business Affliction Cosplay Photography began four years ago. Chase was an actor for over 6 years the indie horror film, shown by Syfy early this year, called "Thr33 Days Dead". He was also one of the main characters of Syfy's Town of the Living Dead document series during the months of October and November in 2014. His work has been published in several sources such as We Rise Magazine, Syfy, Arcade Sushi, Game Traders Live Magazine, and Birmingham News.