Guests of Honor
We're so happy to welcome our Guests of Honor to Newcon PDX 6!
Born and raised in Southern California, Kimberly Brooks is an industry proven voiceover dynamo, gaining recognition for her performances on many respected animated shows and interactive video games. In addition to having one of the more sought after commercial voices, Kimberly is also known for her extensive on-air promo work with networks such as NBC, FOX, SoapNet, Investigation Discovery and is currently “the voice” of E! South Africa.
Kimberly has been performing since she was eight years old. Growing with her craft, she became a theater major in college and ultimately leveraged her years of performance experience and got her start in animation voiceover on the cult-classic Nickelodeon show “Rugrats”. She also voiced LUNA the keyboardist/back-up singer for the HEX GIRLS, the eco-goth rock band, featured in “Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated.” Some more of Kimberly’s more recent animated work can be heard on Disney Jr’s show “Doc McStuffins” playing a dynamic range of characters including Doc’s Mom, Dr. Maisha McStuffins as well as the spunky SURFER GIRL. She can also be heard on Netflix’s reboot of the classic cartoon “Voltron” voicing the brave & honorable PRINCESS ALLURA, on Nickelodeon’s “Winxs Club” voicing the fiendishly wicked STORMY, on Cartoon Network’s show “Steven Universe” as the tough & gritty baddy, JASPER, and on the critically acclaimed Comedy Central show “South Park” as the ethically questionable CLASSI, as well as many other animated shows.
Kimberly’s work in interactive video games includes the “tough-but-fair” ASHLEY WILLIAMS on the beloved “Mass Effect” Series. She can also be heard on the “Batman: Arkham” game series as the ORACLE, as well as the notable roles as DAISY FITZROY in “BioShock Infinte: Burial at Sea” and BAD JUJU in the more recent “Skylanders: Imaginators”.
With a voiceover resume that rounds out with well-known NARRATION performances on shows such as Oxygen’s Killer Couples, Kimberly Brooks is truly a voiceover tour de force.
Connecticut native, Joe Ochman, has acted professionally in films, television, stage, commercials, video games, animation, anime and recorded books for over thirty years. For a TV-addicted, movie-cartoon- avid-reading- comic-book- sci-fi freak, it’s been the perfect way to make a living.
In the gaming world, Joe most recently worked on Fallout 4. He voiced Chloe’s father William Price in Life Is Strange, and voiced (and motion-captured) Professor Harold MacDougall in Red Dead Redemption and its Undead Nightmare DLC. He also voiced roles in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix, The Evil Within, Murdered: Soul Sacrifice, Lichdom: Battlemage, World of Warcraft, Diablo III, Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight and many more. He has several huge upcoming titles he is not yet allowed to reveal… at pain of death. Joe’s voice has been heard in diverse roles all over the anime universe, in shows like Naruto, Marvel’s Blade, Transformers: Robots in Disguise, Digimon, Duel Masters, Wolf’s Rain, Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, Cowboy Beebop, Zatch Bell, Mon Colle Knights, Shinzo, Flint the Time Detective and many, many more.
On TV, he guest starred on Showtime’s House of Lies and Weeds, and Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior for CBS. Joe recurred as a guest star on CSI and Sleeper Cell. He has shown up on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Lois & Clark, Seinfeld, Will & Grace, House, West Wing, NYPD Blue, Desperate Housewives, That’s My Bush and many others. In animated TV, he’s worked on Disney Junior’s Doc McStuffins.
In film, he has worked on The Purge: Anarchy, Never Been Kissed, Space Jam, Officer Down (for Lifetime) and a bunch of indie films: Saving Lincoln, House of the Rising Sun, Black And Blue, Dead Game and Donald And Dot Clock Found Dead In Their Home, among others. In animated film, he appeared in the Oscar-nominated Ernest & Celestine and the National Film Award winning Delhi Safari.
Historically speaking, he played a very stoned ghost of Benjamin Franklin in How High (a role he also played - straight and alive - in The Franklin Spirit, a multi media presentation in the US Pavilion at the 2005 World Expo in Aichi, Japan…and on the Today Show).
History and non-fiction feature prominently in Joe’s audiobook work, including such titles as Countdown to Zero Day, Antifragile, Law of the Jungle, Island of Vice, The Revolution Was Televised, Would You Baptize An Extraterrestrial? and Are You Smart Enough to Work at Google? – plus fiction like Justin Cronin’s The Summer Guest.
The stage has always been Joe’s first love, though, and he has fulfilled that romance in dozens of plays. He also writes for film and TV - his horror comedy Meet Kap Soan will be shooting in Thailand in Winter 2016-17.
Finally, he coaches acting to an eclectic celebrity clientele (including Guardians Of The Galaxy’s Dave Bautista and rock legend Alan Parsons), and is an award winning stagedirector.
Cosplay Deviants is teaming up with Newcon PDX to bring you the naughtiest, nerdiest New Years party ever!
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This 21+ party is FREE to all attendees of Newcon PDX with a valid convention badge.
Crunchyroll, the leading video service for Japanese Anime and Asian media, and Newcon PDX have once again partnered up! Cruchyroll will be providing prize support and screening access to their wealth of over 10,000 hour of Anime, Korean Dramas, and other Live-Action titles for our Newcon PDX 6 viewing rooms.
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Guests / Performers
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Mr. Creepy Pasta
Creepy Pasta is the new Urban Legend. Horror stories and experiences from around the internet are crawling out of the wood work and coming to your ears from one specific voice. MrCreepyPasta, horror story teller of YouTube, is a well known voice for such famous horror characters such as Jeff the Killer, Smile.Dog and Eyeless Jack. He started 4 year ago and over that time the Creepy Pasta narrators have grown exponentially over the years to becoming a staple in the YouTube community and in the horror genre.
Corgi Cosplay is made up of Kiba the Cosplay Corgi and his wisecracking, awkward social butterfly Mom, Nicole! Kiba has been cosplaying since 2013 and Nicole joined in on the fun in 2015. They love promoting equality, acceptance, and fun in the cosplay community, while simultaneously furthering the corgi world domination agenda! They are also helping to bring awareness to invisible disabilities since Kiba is Nicole's Service Dog. This will be their second time in Oregon and they are excited to make tons of new friends!
Troublemaker cosplay has held a deep love of dressing up since childhood. She discovered cosplay in 2009 and started to sew in 2011. Some of the aspects of cosplay that have drawn troublemaker to the hobby is getting into the character and designing the cosplay to wear. While bringing joy to those around her.
Da Rap Nerd
Following the release of #OtakuTour back in 2015, this nerdcore artist has toured up and down the West Coast Region leaving a trail of ecstatic fan’s from Washington to Texas who know him best as “Da Rap Nerd” or come up to him after a show shouting “Ka-meh-ha-me-ha!”.
Da Rap Nerd (formerly known as Da Real Word Sound), born Elwin G. Williams III, is from Vacaville, CA. He is known for his eccentric flow, hardcore nerdcore beats, and his big heart. Da Rap Nerd is passionate and dedicated toward empowering and encouraging youth through his work as a Senior Instructor with Today’s Future Sound, an organization that teaches youth all across the Bay Area ( Berkeley, Oakland, San Francisco, & San Jose) and globally the art of beatmaking and uses hip-hop therapeutic methods to teach youth life skills and reinforce core learning standards (Math, Science, Music Theory, and Community Building). Da Rap Nerd and San Francisco hip-hop artist Forcee the Kid started a non-profit artist showcase “Word’s for the Kids” to raise awareness and funds for Foster Youth, which has raised over $700 in the past 2 years for Contra Costa Independent Living Skills Program.
As of 2017 Da Rap Nerd has opened up for industry and hip-hop legends such as: Del The Funky Homosapien (Hieroglyphics), The Artifacts, Chino XL, Lucky I-Am (Living Legends), Mega Ran aka Random, Richie Branson, Noa James, Reverie, Slightly Stoopid, Mr. Lif, Def-I, and Team Back Viral sensations Jeff Turner, Alien Family and Charlie Muscle.
Festivals are not foreign to Da Rap Nerd. He has performed on several stages across the west coast and is ready to conquer more. He performed and hosted his own stage for five years at Napa Porchfest, performed and hosted a stage Santa Cruz Hip Hop Festival 2016, and has performed at the Santa Cruz Garden Festival 2016, East Lake Festival 2016, SXSW 2016, Vans Warp Tour 2016, and OC Pride Festival 2015.
Da Rap Nerd also strikes a major chord amongst nerds with his “Hardcore Boom Bap” style mixed with fandom lyrics. He has performed at conventions such as; Stockton Con, NewCon PDX, Big Valley Con, SNAFU Con, Kraken Con, Sac-Anime, Chico Con, Modesto Con, and Sacramento Inter-Galactic Con. Da Rap Nerd received notable press coverage with Janet Varney, voice actress for Legend of Korra and host of the JV Club broadcasted by the Nerdist, which is one of the largest “geek” fandom blog sites in North America.
Right now, Da Rap Nerd is currently working on his next album called “Rise of the Rap Nerd” in which he is aiming to have ready for release by Winter 2018. You can find out where he is performing next by going to his website www.Darealwordsound.com .
People are left in shock and awe when they see Da Rap Nerd perform. New fans always say, “I never liked Rap until I saw you smiling and rocking the crowd.” Join the Rap Nerd Revolution with Da Rap Nerd and bring him to your next festival, convention, showcase, or even birthday party. He is an Emcee, Producer, DJ, Beatmaking Instructor, and Community youth activist...he is the Hip Hop Super Hero needed in our lives.
"A weekly anthology of notable melodramas from stage & screen, fiction & radio, presented each week to bring you to the edge of your chair- to keep you in…SUSPENSE!”
During radio’s heyday in the 1930s and 1940s, anthology programs were wildly popular. But even among classics such as ‘Inner Sanctum’, ‘Lights Out!’ and ‘The Whistler’, one series stood out: SUSPENSE. Featuring a virtual who’s-who of Hollywood royalty, SUSPENSE ran for an unprecedented 20 years and 900-plus episodes before finally going off the air on September 30th, 1962- a date that is widely considered the end of radio’s ‘Golden Age’.
However, that wasn’t the end of the SUSPENSE story. Fifty years later, John C. Alsedek and Dana Perry-Hayes revived the series, with all-new stories and a style reminiscent of the original without being a copy. Since its premiere on SiriusXM on September 30th, 2012, SUSPENSE has aired on nearly 300 radio stations worldwide, including Radio New Zealand, Wisconsin Public Radio, and Pacifica Radio flagship station KPFA. It has also been nominated three times for the Peabody Awards, as well as for the Young Artists Awards and Young Entertainer Awards.
The re-imagined SUSPENSE includes the same type of murder/mystery tales that its predecessor was famous for producing. However, it also frequently ventures into other genres: horror, science fiction, comedy/satire, even ‘Twilight Zone’-style fantasy. We’re able to do this because of the eclectic and ever-growing stable of Hollywood actors guesting on SUSPENSE. Recent guest stars include Drake Bell (‘Drake & Josh’), Zach Callison (‘Steven Universe’), Tony Dow (‘Leave It to Beaver’), Susan Eisenberg (‘Justice League’), Dave Foley (‘Newsradio’), Torri Higginson (‘This Life’), Amy Pemberton (‘Legends of Tomorrow’), Robert Picardo (‘Star Trek Voyager’), and Adrienne Wilkinson (‘Xena’).