Otakon 2022 Announces Beau Billingslea as Guest

Otakon 2022 has announced that voice actor Beau Billingslea will be a guest at its upcoming convention.

Billingslea has voiced countless characters, including: Jet Black in Cowboy Bebop; The Fourth Raikage in Naruto; Barrett in Final Fantasy: Advent Children; Cain in Last Hope; Bertuccio in Count of Monte Cristo; Ogremon, Saggitarimon and Parrotman in Digimon; Michael in Argento Soma; Seal Walrus in Wolf’s Rain; Gohei in Rurouni Kenshin; Dee Jay in Super Street Fighter II; Ben Jackson in Tiger & Bunny; Edward Liones in Bleach; Light Nostrade in Hunter x Hunter; Lingerin and Dogen in Durarara!! x 2 and many others.

He voices the Alien Goat Creature in Laws of the Universe Parts 0 and 1, and Abraham Douglas in the animated feature War of the Worlds: Goliath (winner of Best Animated Feature at the Los Angeles 3D Film Festival). He has narrated several series on The History Channel, including Suicide Missions, Hero Ships and Modern Marvels. His video games include: Safari, Outlaws, Dynasty Warriors (Cao Ren and Dion Wei), Zico, Breakdown, Ace Combat 5, Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children (Barrett) and Mafia III.

Billingslea recently did an episode of the 2019 remake of Mad About You, and Oprah Winfrey’s new show Cherish the Day (on OWN). He plays Captain Abbott of the USS Bradbury in Star Trek: Into Darkness and Vice Admiral Stamm in Star Trek Continues. He has on-camera commercials now airing for Verzenio, Geico and Genesis. And he appears in the award-winning PSA, “The Other Note,” which calls attention to the alarming suicide rate among our veterans. He can also be seen in “The Laughing Man” short on Showbox Online. Billingslea’s sci-fi feature films include The Blob, My Favorite Martian, Leprechaun in the Hood, and Halloween H2O.

A full listing of his 40-plus-year television and feature film career can be found on IMDB. Billingslea is a proud veteran of the U.S. Army.

Otakon 2022 will be held from July 29-31, 2022 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

Otakon 2022 Announces Ricco Fajardo as Guest

Otakon 2022 has announced that voice actor Ricco Fajardo will be a guest at their upcoming convention.

Fajardo’s voice credits include Mirio in My Hero Academia, Taiju in Dr. Stone, Nozel in Black Clover, Kotaro in Zombie Land Saga, Genkins in Red vs Blue, God in The Cyanide & Happiness Show, Achilles in Smite, and Corvus in Paladins.

Recently, you can also see him on-screen in Hulu’s Cruel Summer and CW’s Walker.

Fajardo studied acting and received his MFA from SMU, after earning his BA from UC Irvine.

Otakon will be held from July 29-31, 2022 in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

Otakon 2022 Announces Tiana Camacho as Guest

Otakon 2022 has announced that voice actress Tiana Camacho will be a guest at their upcoming convention.

Camacho is a voice actress based in Los Angeles, known for her work in video games and anime. Her most notable anime dubbing roles are Ermes Costello in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean, Bea in Pokemon Journeys, and Yawaragi in Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon.

In addition, Camacho has worked on games like Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands, Fire Emblem Heroes, and Cookie Run Kingdom.

Otakon will be taking place July 29-31, 2022 in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

Otakon 2022 Announces Steve Blum as Guest

Otakon 2022 has announced that voice actor Steve Blum will be a guest at its upcoming convention.

Blum is best known as the voice of Spike Spiegel from Cowboy Bebop; Wolverine from several incarnations of X-Men (animated movies, games, the Wolverine and the X-Men TV series, The Super Hero Squad Show, X-Men anime and more); Zeb Orrelios and dozens of other characters from Star Wars: Rebels; Orochimaru, Zabuza, and others from Naruto; Green Goblin from the Spectacular Spiderman series; Heatblast, Vilgax and Ghostfreak from Ben 10; Grayson Hunt (Bulletstorm), Grunt (Mass Effect 2 and 3), Zoltan Kulle from Diablo 3; Abathur from Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm; Tank Dempsey (Call of Duty Black Ops); Killer Croc from Arkham Asylum; Oghren (DragonAge); Vincent Valentine (Final Fantasy VII); Leeron (Guren Lagann); Jamie from Megas XLR; storm troopers and many others in most of the Star Wars games; and the voice of 7-11, dozens of Digimon and a gigantic list of other characters from anime, video games, television and film. In 2012, he was inducted into the “Guinness Book of World Records” as Most Prolific Voice Actor in Video Games, appearing in almost 300 games (now over 400).

Lately, you can catch him as Brimstone in Valorant; the Demon Bull King and Huntsman Spider in Monkie Kid; Golgan and Tuftan in Kamandi: The Last Boy on Earth; Zartan on Robot Chicken; Yumyan Hammerpaw in Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts; Jindiao in Dreamworks’ Kung Fu Panda: Paws of Destiny; Rytlock Brimstone and many others in Guild Wars 2; more Star Wars stuff like The Mandalorian: Star Wars Resistance, Jedi: Fallen Order and as Admiral Karius in Vader Immortal; Wheeljack in the Bumblebee feature film; Tank Dempsey in COD Black Ops; Grimstroke in Dota 2; Roy Evans in Angel of Vine, the true crime podcast; as Shoe and Sparky in Laika’s The Boxtrolls; and as astronaut Quentin Thomas on hip-hop superstar Logic’s albums The Incredible True Story, Everybody, and Young Sinatra 4, as well as on camera in Logic’s music videos for the songs “Everyday,” “Take it Back,” and “Icy.”

Blum has also appeared as Nar Est and Rasper in Amazon’s Niko and the Sword of Light; Frank the flying monkey and others in Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz on Boomerang; as Makucha the Leopard on Disney’s The Lion Guard; and as lovable pub thug Attila Buckethead and more in Disney’s Tangled television series. He also voiced characters in Star Wars: Rogue One, Solo, and Rise of Skywalker, and in Incredibles 2, Goosebumps 2, Shazam and Critters Attack feature films.

In the Emmy Award-winning Transformers: Prime, he played Starscream; Amon in Avatar: The Legend of Korra; Green Lantern in Injustice 2: Sub-Zero; Reptile and Bo’Rai Cho in Mortal Combat X; Baraka and Sub-Zero in MK 11; several characters in DC Super Hero Girls; Trese; The Rocketeer; Baki; Wabbit and Looney Tunes series, Ultimate Spider-Man; Ben 10: Omniverse; The Regular Show; We Bare Bears; The Owl House; Doc McStuffins; Uncle Grandpa; Ridley Jones; We Baby Bears; Wander over Yonder; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; Scooby Doo; Guild Wars 2; Peabody and Sherman; Pickle and Peanut; Transformers Rescue Bots; Young Justice; and hundreds of others.

Otakon 2022 will be held from July 29-31, 2022 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

Otakon 2022 to Require COVID-19 Vaccination and Masks

The staff of the Otakon convention has announced that the Otakon 2022 event will require its attendees to be fully vaccinated and masked in all convention areas in the Walter E Washington Convention Center and the Marriott Marquis.

Washington D.C. launched a city-wide vaccination entry requirement (VaxDC), which calls for establishments to verify that patrons are vaccinated against COVID-19. Events DC, the host of conventions in Washington, D.C., instituted a proof-of-vaccine requirement for all guests in its venues, in accordance with guidelines issued by the DC Department of Health and Executive Office of the Mayor.

Otakon 2022 is scheduled for July 29-31, 2022 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington D.C.

Source: ANN

Partnership With the Embassy of Japan Brings the Olympic Torch and Special Content to Otakon 2021

Thanks to a partnership with the Embassy of Japan, Otakon 2021 members will get a chance to take a picture with the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch, as well as participate in Japanese cultural events throughout the day on August 7, 2021, including a kabuki lecture and demonstration, and a screening of the anime film Ride Your Wave.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch can be viewed, and photos taken, at the Embassy of Japan booth in the Dealers Room. The Otakon Dealers Room is open from noon to 8:00 p.m. EDT on August, 6, 2021; from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. EDT on August 7, 2021; and from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. EDT on August 8, 2021.

Also on August 7, 2021, the Embassy’s Japan Information & Culture Center will be offering a special screening of the anime film Ride Your Wave (2020) starting at 2:00 p.m. EDT. From visionary director Masaaki Yuasa, the deeply emotional film applies his trademark visual ingenuity to a tale of romance, grief and self-discovery. Surf-loving college student Hinako must find joy and purpose in life again, after a terrible tragedy results in the death of her firefighter boyfriend Minato.

At 4:30 p.m. EDT on August 7, 2021, Professor Kirk Kanesaka will present a kabuki lecture and demonstration. Kabuki theater has remained for centuries one of Japan’s most dramatic and colorful storytelling forms, and at points in Japanese history, its fandom rivaled that of manga and anime for passion. Professor Kanesaka will introduce authentic Japanese kabuki from its earliest origins in Japanese mythology and its establishment as a popular theatrical form in Japan’s Edo period. He will explain the different roles, from tachiyaku to onnagata, as well as the stage and stagecraft involved. He will show how its daring costumes influenced Tokyo fashions over the years, how its heightened drama influenced modern popular culture, and how it has maintained its vitality up to the present day. In addition to his talk, Professor Kanesaka will perform scenes from Fujimusume Kudoki (The Love Lament of the Wisteria Maiden) and Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura (Yoshitsune and the Thousand Cherry Trees) in su, i.e. sans makeup and costume, and he may even teach the audience how to do the same. The demonstration will conclude with a Q&A session.

In addition, officials from the Embassy of Japan will participate in Opening Ceremonies and will present the Masquerade Award at the cosplay competition.

Otakon 2021 to Broadcast Live From the Convention

For the first time, Otakorp Inc. will give viewers live insights from the convention floor during Otakon 2021. The coverage is free to everyone and will be hosted on Otakon’s Twitch channel (Twitch.tv/Otakon).

Throughout the weekend, select events hosted in Panel 1 will be broadcast live, or on tape delay. In addition, the live show “Otakon Connection” will provide additional insight into the Otakon 2021 weekend. This will be the first time Otakon will provide streaming events from the convention floor live in an official capacity. The success of last year’s Otakon.Online demonstrated the value of an online presence to Otakon members and potential members.

In addition, the live coverage will make the convention accessible to those who cannot attend this year. Streaming to Twitch will help expand the audience beyond those who can come to Washington, D.C., thus allowing Otakorp to extend the reach of its mission.

Otakon 2021 Announces Suzie Yeung as Guest

Otakon 2021 has announced that voice actress Suzie Yeung will be a guest at its upcoming convention.

Her anime credits include Kemono Friends, Attack on Titan, Appare-Ranman!, Back Arrow, By the Grace of the Gods, Cells at Work! Code Black, A Certain Scientific Railgun T, Gleipnir, I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level, Rent-A-Girlfriend, Sword Art Online Alicization: War of Underworld Part 2, and 86.

Otakon will be taking place August 6-8, 2021 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington D.C.

Otakon 2021 Announces Aleks Le as Guest

Otakon 2021 has announced that voice actor Aleks Le will be a guest at their upcoming convention. Le’s anime credits include Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba and Tokyo Revengers.

Moving to the United States as a child, Le taught himself English through cartoons and video games, and fell in love with voice acting, which he pursued after moving to Los Angeles. When he isn’t voicing the next cool character, he can be found drawing, streaming, doing both at the same time, or dutifully serving his cat masters.

Otakon will be taking place August 6-8, 2021 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

Otakon 2021 Announces Zach Aguilar as Guest

Otakon 2021 has announced that Zach Aguilar, voice actor with a variety of well-known roles including Tanjiro in Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, will be a guest at this year’s convention.

As one of the youngest talents in the industry, Zach Aguilar is an LA-based voice actor known for being a vocal “chameleon”. His roles include: Byleth from Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Tanjiro from Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Koichi from JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable, Genos from One-Punch Man, Sieg from Fate/Apocrypha, Arthur Pendragon from The Seven Deadly Sins, Ota from AI: The Somnium Files, Otto from Re:Zero, Kunihiro in Katsugeki: Touken Ranbu, and Nikaido from March comes in like a lion to name a few.

Zach can also be heard in projects like Sword Art Online, Pokemon Masters, Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans, Aldnoah.Zero, One Piece, Carole and Tuesday, Fire Emblem: Heroes, Skip Beat!, Judgement, Beyblade Burst, Kakegurui, and more.

When he’s not in the booth, Zach can be found streaming on Twitch at Twitch.tv/airzach and tweeting about pineapple pizza at twitter.com/airzach