AniMinneapolis

Guests of Honor

Meet a ton of awesome special guests every year at AniMinneapolis, including performers, voice actors, directors, and more. Get their autographs for free, meet them in Q&A sessions, and more.

Chuck Huber

Chuck Huber started acting in Anime in the roles of Garlic Jr. and Android 17 in DBZ. Since then he has voiced hundreds of characters including Hiei in YuYu Hakusho, Stein in Soul Eater, Kululu in Sgt. Frog, Mohji in One Piece, Shou Tucker in Full Metal Alchemist, Han in Blue Gender, Hiro in Shin Chan, Ashe in Black Butler, Reever in D. Gray Man, Hector in Glass Fleet, Yuichi in Initial D., Akai in Oh Edo Rocket, Melt in The Tower of Druaga, Adashino in Mushishi, Eric Nishijima in Darker Than Black, Havel in Trinity Blood, Austria in Hetalia and many more. He has been a writer on Hetalia, Sgt. Frog, Baccano, Spice and Wolf and others. As a filmmaker Chuck has acted, produced, written or directed for Arbor Day – The Musical, The Troubadoors, The Fragility of Seconds, The Mechanical Grave, Odd Man Out among others. He began acting in Chicago at the Goodman Theater, Court Theater, Steppenwolf Theater after graduating from DePaul University and continues to work on stages in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Most recently he played Hugh Jameison in the movie Parkland, produced by Tom Hanks and starring Billy Bob Thornton and Paul Giamatti.

DC Douglas

D.C. Douglas will forever be known as the sinister voice of Albert Wesker (“Resident Evil”), screaming “Chriiiisssss” as he melts in a lava lake. This is a far cry from his other roles, such as the persnickety alien Zepht in “Star Trek: Enterprise” or the logical Legion in the “Mass Effect” videogame series. He’s been in all sorts of video games, as The Master in “Buffy,” “The Vampire Slayer,” AWACS in “Ace Combat 6,” Archangel Michael in “Might & Magic Heroes VI,” Raven in “Tekken 6? and “Street Fighter X Tekken,” and Albert Wesker in “Resident Evil: Umbrella,” & “Darkside Chronicles,” “Mercenaries,” “Capcom Versus Marvel 3” and “Resident Evil 5.” He gave voice to the Geth as Legion in “Mass Effect 2 & 3.” Douglas’ anime credits include President Paradine in “Tales of Graces f.” Alexei Dinoia in “Tales of Vesperia.” Kelvin Garr in “Tales of the World,” Grimoire Noir in “Nier Replicant,” Gabi & Taihaku in “.hack Vol1 & 2,” Genji Kamogawa in “Hajime no ippo,” and Shori Shibuya in “God, Save Our King!” Recent television appearances include “Castle,” “Workaholics,” “Criminal Minds,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” and “2 Broke Girls.” Highlight credits for fans of sci-fi, horror and fantasy include “Star Trek: Enterprise,” “Charmed,” “Passions,” “Titanic II,” and “666: The Child.” Douglas can be seen in the upcoming sci-fi thriller, “Apocalypse Kiss” as the serial killer Adrian (an homage to Albert Wesker) starring alongside Troma Pictures legend, Lloyd Kaufman.

DC is also a very memorable convention guest, as his panels can take certain creative twists on the characters he has played, and he also regularly participates in other convention events including the dance events at night (taking his shirt off and dancing on stage).

Lewis "Linkara" Lovhaug

Lewis “Linkara” Lovhaug has had the misfortune of being cursed to review comic books on the internet. Somehow this has made him popular on the website That Guy With the Glasses, though many suspect it’s more so people can stare and laugh at the weirdo. On his show, Atop the Fourth Wall, he regularly contends with the surreal, the stupid, and the senseless books that the comic industry has produced over the last eighty years. If that wasn’t sad enough, he also has done a retrospective on Power Rangers (released on the schedule of when a blue moon rises on the 13th hour of the 13th day of the 13th month), actually attempting to grant serious analysis to a series about guys in spandex punching rubber-suited monsters. It’s best not to make direct eye contact with him.

Emily Neves

Emily Neves is a Voice Actor and ADR Director for Sentai Filmworks and Funimation. She has voiced over 75 roles in anime, including Kanade “Angel” Tachibana in Angel Beats, Kotomi Ichinose in Clannad, Uryuu Minene (9th) in Future Diary, Saki Watanabe in From the New World, Princess Lenessia in Log Horizon, Yuu. Naruse in Watamote, Mimay in Space Pirate Captain Harlock, and many more. She directed the English dubs of Watamote, Rozen Maiden: Zurückspulen, Maid-Sama, Dog and Scissors, and Love, Chunibyo, and Other Delusions. She won Best. Lead Performance by a female VA in Anime Movie/Special for her role as Inga in Un-go in 2012, and was nominated for the same award in 2013 for Yuuko in Dusk Maiden of Amnesia. She was nominated for Female VA of the year for 2012 and 2013. She is also a noted stage actor at the Alley Theatre Stages Repertory Theatre, and the Clasical Theatre Company. In her sparse spare time, she writes plays and screenplays, sings, works out, and plays the guitar.

Jeff Nimoy

Emmy Award winner Jeff Nimoy adapted, voice directed, and served as story editor for the top rated Fox Kids show Digimon: Digital Monsters (he also voiced many characters). He also adapted and voice directed the theatrically released 20th Century Fox animated feature Digimon: The Movie, and the television sequel, Digimon: Revenge of Diaboromon for Disney. He served as executive producer and writer on numerous other Fox Kids shows as well. But the anime community also knows him as the voice for the popular character Wolfwood, from the hit cult series Trigun.

Prior to that he was nominated for three Emmy awards in four years, winning once for his comedic work as a writer/producer/voice director for NFL Films Presents on ESPN and Fox. He also wrote the Showtime family movie Big Brother Trouble, and the animated feature, Pecola, based on the Cartoon Network series. In addition, he adapted and/or voice directed several popular Cartoon Network series including Naruto, Bleach, Zatch Bell, and Bo-bobo; the animated series Mega Man for KIDS WB; Digimon Data Squad and Robodz, for Disney XD; and “STITCH!” (the new adventures of Stitch from “Lilo & Stitch”) for DISNEY CHANNEL.

Steam Powered Giraffe

The robots of Steam Powered Giraffe are like nothing you’ve ever seen. The malfunctioning joke-spewing metal men play a collection of original Vaudeville inspired tunes fused with modern flare and executed in a super-sleek, one-of-a-kind performance. More than just a band, Steam Powered Giraffe is an experience that must be seen and heard by the entire family.

The artists behind the SPG robots started street busking as these quirky characters back in January 2008 at Balboa Park, California, instantly drawing the attention of Southern California. They have since performed at such venues as The San Diego Fair, The San Diego Zoo, The Wild Animal Park, Legoland, Ontario Mills, and numerous Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Steampunk Conventions.

Their act combines the visual of robot pantomime with sketches, pop culture references, improvised comedic dialogue, and of course, original music. From their heartwarming nostalgic melodies to their funky cabaret rock, Steam Powered Giraffe’s songs are memorable, infectious, and as unique as the robots themselves.

John Stocker

For over 4 decades, John Stocker has been a recognized force in the acting industry. He began his career as an on-camera performer, working with the likes of John Candy, Dan Aykroyd, Rick Moranis, Gilda Radner, William Shatner and Mark Wahlberg, before settling solely, but comfortably into the off-camera world, where he has voiced many thousands of commercials and hundreds of animated characters. A lot of you will recognize some of his classic roles – ‘Beastly’ in Care Bears, ‘Longarm’ in COPS, ‘Toad’ in Super Mario Brothers, ‘Newton Gimmick’ in Teddy Ruxpin, ‘Creed’ in X-Men, ‘Basil’ in Babar, ‘Bugsy’ in Dog City, ‘Ultron’ in The Avengers and both ‘Naga’ and ‘King Zenoheld’ in Bakugan. Still busy today, John is the voice of ‘Mr. Owl’ in Franklin, ‘Mission Control’ in Rob the Robot , ‘Mayor Swift’ in Sidekick and ‘Einstein’ in Peg + Cat. Over the years, John diversified his career to include voice casting, voice coaching, (both commercial & animation), demo production, and the discipline that keeps him busiest, voice directing. He’s been at the helm for many dozens of productions, including Totally Spies, Caillou, Fugget About It, Redakai, Mike the Knight, (the original) Beyblade, Medabots, Ella the Elephant and of course, the one that started his voice directing career, the one and only ‘Sailor Moon’. If you’d like more information, please visit John’s website (johnstocker.ca), or look him up on I.M.D.B.

Greg Ayres

Greg Ayers in an anime voice actor and DJ who is often considered the voice actor who has attended more conventions than any other. He is currently focusing on attending as many conventions as possible, while emphasizing his work in the music field. Greg is an anime voice actor who is also a fan at heart. Greg was an anime fan long before even getting into the anime industry, and you can tell from his passion that he’s never stopped being a fan.

Greg often voices younger characters who tend to be main characters or important members of the group – such as Kaoru from Ouran High School Host Club or Ganta from Deadman Wonderland.

Outside of anime, Greg is a professional DJ, playing for some of the largest crowds in the world.

Tracey Moore

Tracey Moore has been voicing leading roles in award winning cartoon series since 1980. Kids growing up in the 80s and 90s would have heard her in many of their favorite series including George Shrinks ( George_ , Ned’s Newt( Ned) Legend of Redwall ( Warbeak), Care bears (Shreeky,Hugs, Share) My Little Pony ( Cheeralee) Peach ( Super Mario), Sam and Max ( the Geek) Flying Rhino Junior High( Marcus)and OF COURSE as the original voice of SERENA as SAILOR MOON in the beloved Anime series which she also cast ,voice directed and played a key role in development. Her direction has spanned many different genres from shows such as Highlander and Mythic Warriors to Magic School Bus and Bad Dog – the inaugural series for FOX Family. For ten years she acted as in house casting and director for Nelvana limited on numerous series. Moon Prism POWER!!!

V is for Villains

V is for Villains is a new breed of entertainment. Mixing the visual styles of Steampunk, Carnival and Noir, with the musical taste of Nine Inch Nails, Prodigy, and your favorite film score; V is for Villains will take you on a journey through the imagination that your mother couldn’t prepare you for. Most groups often say that they intend for “world domination”… V is for Villains might actually mean it…

Gaijin Goomba

After gaining a degree in International Relations, living abroad, and spending two years in the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program, Gaijin Goombah decided to devote his YouTube career to teaching multiculturalism around the world through the medium of video games. From recent to retro, he explains a multitude of cultural references found in these games, and how video games can better educate the world about not only different cultures, but also perspectives and ways of thinking. Together with the other Game Theorists, MatPat, Drake, and Ronnie Oni Edwards, Gaijin pursues something more than just mind-rotting in games; Education and understanding of the world we live in.

TheGeckoNinja

Residing within The Haunted Forests; Gecko is a Ninja, Artist, Animator, Editor, and Gamer. Gecko provided his artistic talents for Gaijin Goombah’s Youtube Show “Game Exchange” and “Culture Shock”. Gecko helped form “TheGaijinGamersPlay” Let’s Play Youtube channel which consists of Gaijin Goombah ,and his wife Akiterra, as well as the adorable Ghostly Boo Allochii. Gecko is your friendly neighborhood Ninja and seeks to help as many people as he can who are starting out in the same fields as him.

Akiterra Goombah

Gamer, Host of “Aki’s Pixel Pets”, and player 2 of “The Gaijin Gamers Play”, Aki’s random ramblings and squeaks bring some interesting energy to the table. After receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science and working at a local veterinarian clinic for eight years, her interest in teaching the animal sciences to others grew so she turned to YouTube. In “Aki’s Pixel Pets”, she explores the real-life influences of all animals in video games while discussing physical, behavioral, physiological, and psychological aspects that help us learn more about those animals but also ourselves as humans.

Allochii

After teaching herself to play the ocarina, Allochii started the still developing channel Mana Melodies. She collaborated with Gaijin Goombah on an episode of Game Exchange, and has since then been adopted into the Gaijin Gamers crew as Player 4, and most recently, audio editor for the show. She works together with Gaijin, Aki Goombah, and The Gecko Ninja, bringing her soft-spoken humor to the table all while shooting zombies, driving karts, and spamming rockets.

Michael Perge

Creator of Did You Know Anime, Michael Perge has been running websites and producing content in the anime community since 2010. Reviewing, Podcasting, Directing, Abridging, you name it he’s probably done it. A lover of all things Japanese, he has a soft spot for Space Western anime and Horror Manga. Did you know? We’re the general trivia show on all things anime! Created by Michael Perge, “Did You Know Anime?” provides fun and interesting facts about various titles ranging from contemporary favorites to timeless classics with the help of talented personalities from all corners of the anime-viewing community.

Samurai Dan and Jillian

The husband and wife team of Daniel and Jillian Coglan are full-time martial art instructors, specializing in 16th century Samurai Arts. When not teaching at their dojo, the Kojokan, they travel the United States performing and teaching the ancient ways of the most famous warriors in history.

With a combined 35 years of experience, their show is a unique blend of history, combative skill, and humor, designed to educate and entertain audiences both large and small.

Beyond their martial skills, the dynamic duo collaborated to write, direct, host, and star in a 12 episode TV series entitled, “The Way of The Samurai.”

Daniel is also an author, with several martial art articles published, and is currently working on his second full-length novel.

YTCracker

YTCracker is a rapper, former cracker, and Internet entrepreneur. YTCracker began producing rap music in 1998 in the genre that has since become known as nerdcore hip hop. YTCracker is a self-proclaimed “jack of all trades”, also making a name for himself as a professional disc jockey, computer programmer, graphics designer and webmaster.


See past guests: 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012