Guests of Honor (Newcon 5)
Christine Marie Cabanos
Christine Marie Cabanos is a voice over actress based out of Los Angeles.
She is most known for her roles in Anime and Video Games. Some of her most notable roles include Azusa Nakano (K-ON!), Madoka Kaname (MADOKA MAGICA), Shiemi Moriyama (BLUE EXORCIST), Mako Mankanshoku (KILL LA KILL), Silica (SWORD ART ONLINE) , Minori Kushieda (TORADORA!), Haruka (OBLIVION ISLAND), the titular character of Squid Girl in SQUID GIRL, Minawa Ando (MAHOROMATIC: I’M HOME), General Pisti (MAGI), Michi Kondo (LAGRANGE) Ruka Asato (ACCEL WORLD), Reina and Mew (POKEMON ORIGINS), Filia (SKULLGIRLS), Marie Rose (DEAD OR ALIVE 5 ULTIMATE), Chiaki Nanami (DANGANRONPA 2), Nepgear in the HYPERDIMENSION NEPTUNIA series, Keina Sawaya (ATELIER MERURU) and roles in video games such as Time and Eternity, Fairy Fencer F, Tales of Xillia 2, Ragnarok Online 2, Witch and the Hundred Knight and Mugen Souls Z.
Isaac Marion grew up in the Pacific Northwest where he worked as a heating installer, a security guard, and a visitation supervisor for foster children before publishing his debut novel in 2010. Warm Bodies became a New York Times bestseller and inspired a major film adaptation. It has been translated into twenty-five languages worldwide. Isaac lives in Seattle with his cat, Watson, writing fiction and music and taking pictures of everything.
One of the most prolific and innovative rappers of the 21st Century,” -Phoenix New Times.
“Random’s proven he can excel in storytelling, punchlines, poignancy, freestyling and, well, pretty much any other way you can measure an MC.” – LA Weekly
Random, aka Mega Ran, or Random Beats. Teacher, Rapper, Hero.
When LA Weekly said that Ran’s “fanbase and niche audiences are growing at a rate not seen since Tech N9ne,” they meant it. A former middle school teacher, Mega Ran (formerly Random) blends education, hip-hop and gaming in amazing new ways, penetrating the farthest reaches of the galaxy with his unique rhyme style and electric performances.
Ran cut his teeth in the city of Philadelphia as a moonlighting emcee and producer, performing, freestyle rapping, producing and later engineering at a studio. After relocating to Phoenix, competing in the Scribble Jam emcee battle championships and taking an early exit, Ran almost quit before he was even started, when a creative lightning bolt struck, and a fire was lit.
Retro video games were the catalyst. Random began the transformation into Mega Ran, his alter-ego, an ode to the classic video game character Mega Man. After creating a tribute album and receiving an unprecedented level of support and blessing from Capcom to continue, Ran was reborn and became a trailblazer in the budding “nerdcore” and chiptune subgenres, while coining his own term to describe what he had done, “Chip-Hop.”
Various video game developer co-signs and admiration from the genre’s toughest critics have led to placements in TV, movies, university coursework, and of course, games. Random’s music and story have been shared on stages across the world, on television (ABC/NBC News, ESPN, Portlandia, Tosh.O, WWE Wrestling) and in leading music, gaming and tech publications, print and online.
Today, Ran is no longer a teacher by title, but maintains a rigorous touring and recording schedule, traveling the world to entertain and educate through the gift of rhyme. With over 3 million YouTube views and a legion of smart art fans he calls “Team Mega” beside him, the future looks brighter than ever.
Now that’s Random.
WWE has been home to many giants, but few big men have been as agile as the 400 plus-pound Samoan wonder known as Rikishi.
A member of the famed Anoa'i wrestling family, Rikishi made his WWE debut in the early 90s under the name Fatu. The Superstar immediately teamed up with his cousin, Samu, to form the Headshrinkers, a savage duo cut from the same cloth as their uncles, TheWild Samoans. The mad pair captured the World Tag Team Championship on April 26, 1994, defeating The Quebecers on Monday Night Raw. After losing the gold to Shawn Michaels & Diesel, The Headshrinkers split. Rikishi would then try his luck with a new partner, Sionne, but the pair had limited success. The Samoan then briefly competed in singles action, before leaving WWE in 1997.
In 1999, Rikishi returned with a new name and a new look, consisting of bleached blonde hair, hip sunglasses and sumo wrestling gear. The big man formed a wildly popular alliance with the duo known as Too Cool, Grand Master Sexay and Scotty 2 Hotty. This trio was loved for their hip hop dance moves and for Rikishi's infamous signature maneuver — the Stink Face. When his opponent was incapacitated in the corner of the ring, Rikishi would stand over the Superstar and plant his ample buttocks on their face. This humiliating move was applied to many WWE greats, including Mr. McMahon and The Rock. As a fan favorite, Rikishi had a memorable reign as Intercontinental Champion and waged great rivalries with Edge & Christian and Val Venis.
In spite of this memorable run as a fun-loving big man, Rikishi may be best remembered as the driver of the car that hit "Stone Cold" Steve Austin at the 1999 Survivor Series. Claiming he had performed this heinous act to allow his cousin, The Rock, to capture the WWE Championship, Rikishi began to battle Austin, culminating in a brutal No Holds Barred Match at No Mercy in 2000. Later, it was revealed that Triple H was the mastermind behind the hit and run, giving the WWE Universe more reason to detest the once-popular Samoan.
Eventually, the bulky Superstar saw the error of his ways and went back to being a man the fans could cheer for. Realigning himself with Scotty 2 Hotty, Rikishi would go on to capture the WWE Tag Team Championship in 2004. After holding the gold for a few months, Rikishi exited WWE, leaving behind a memorable legacy of hilarious dance moves, unexpected acts and many, many stinky faces.
Rikishi was inducted into the WWE Hall of Famer the night before WrestleMania 31 in San Jose, Calif., not far from his hometown of San Francisco.
Janet Varney is a comedian, actor, writer and producer. In the animation world, she is lucky enough to be the voice of Korra on Nickelodeon's hit series The Legend of Korra. She also spent seven wonderful years hosting TBS's "Dinner and a Movie,” recurred on HBO's Entourage, was a series regular on the beloved E! and Yahoo series Burning Love seasons 1 and 3, and has made guest appearances in hit shows including How I Met Your Mother, Key and Peele, Psych, Bones, on the panel of Chelsea Lately, as a regular co-host on HuffPost Live, and has appeared in films such as Still Waiting, Drillbit Taylor and Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer. Janet is the host of the popular Nerdist podcast The JV Club and the co-founder, creative director and producer of SF Sketchfest, the San Francisco Comedy Festival, now in its 14th year.
Cristina Vee is a Los Angeles based voice over actress and director.
Cristina is also known for her popular renditions of anime songs on YouTube and got her first "big break" at an anime convention.
Her first roles as a professional actress were Nanoha in "Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha" and Louise in "The Familiar of Zero".
Recent voice acting roles include Homura Akemi in "Madoka Magica", Mio Akiyama in "K-ON!", Alisa Bosconovitch in "Tekken: Blood Vengeance", Kanaria in "Rozen Maiden Traumend" and "Rozen Maiden Ouverture", and Nagisa in "Squid Girl".
Video game credits include Noel Vermillion, Nu-13, Mu-12, and Lambda in all the current "Blazblue" titles, Riven the Exile in "League of Legends", Compa in "Hyperdimension Neptunia", and Lian Shi in "Dynasty Warriors 7", just to name a few. She has also recently completed her first gig as a director for the popular fighter "Skullgirls" and provided the voice of Cerebella for the game as well.
Cristina currently has a few songs available on iTunes. She traveled the US with the other actresses for K-ON! and performed concerts as Mio Akiyama. She also is a host of AnimeTV and was the ASOS Brigade leader for the live action Haruhi Suzumiya season 2 promotional videos.
Cosbox is an outstanding monthly subscription box for cosplayers by cosplayers. They will be running the Rest and Repair station all weekend, as well as providing prize support to cosplay activities.
Cospix.net is the ultimate community website for cosplayers and photographers. You can post and organize all of your photos as well as view the galleries of cosplayers and photographers from around the world. Cospix also has the most extensive fandom related convention database in the world with over 1,000 unique event. Cosplay and photography requires a lot of time, planning, and dedication, so let Cospix help make this experience simpler for you. The team working behind the scenes is a dedicated group of cosplayers and photographers, many of whom have been in the convention scene for more than a decade. Sign-up is free so join our online community today!
Cosplay Deviants is teaming up with NewCon PDX to bring you the naughtiest, nerdiest New Years party ever!
Join the girls of CosplayDevlants.com and party away 2016 with music brought to you by DO NOT FEED THE DJ and a FREE champagne toast at midnight.
This 21+ party is FREE to all attendees of NewCon PDX with a valid convention badge.
Each attendee will receive a FREE 30-day membership to CosplayDeviants.com
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 5 viewing rooms.
Visit them today!
Dungeons & Dragons Adventurers League
We have a full schedule of Dungeons & Dragons Adventurers League at Newcon PDX 5, including two new world premiere adventures and our New Year's Eve epic adventure. We'll have games for those new to D&D, those who haven't played for a while and for experienced players - and games for players of all ages!
FUNimation® Entertainment is the leading anime company in North America. FUNimation has a proven formula for launching and advancing brands. We manage a full spectrum of rights for most of our brands including broadcasting, licensing, production, internet, and home video sales and distribution. FUNimation will be assisting with prize support and providing screeners for the viewing room and Midnight Movie Madness.
Mulberry Chronicles' illustrated dresses and accessories bring fairytale-inspired worlds of whimsy and cuteness into cosy, elegant everyday clothing.
Ninja of the Night (Performer)
Ninja of the Night is a cosplay performance group based out of the Pacific Northwest, although its members are scattered all across the country! NOTN has been performing since 2006 and since that time produced a combined 20+ skits and has taken home numerous performance and costume awards including 6+ Best in Shows! Now they are ready to share a variety of informational and entertaining panels! To learn more about NOTN, as well as see examples of their work, check out their Facebook page: Facebook.com/NOTNCosplay
PDX AGE is a fantastic event dedicated to all things tabletop gaming. They are providing us with their massive board game library this year to assist our Tabletop area. Check out their event at: http://www.pdxage.com/age/
Darealwordsound (Hip Hop Guest)
Elwin G. Williams, III is the creative force known as Darealwordsound. He is a trained bassist with more than 10 years of experience playing funk, rock, and hip-hop. From humble beginnings in the Bay Area of Fairfield-Suisun/Vacaville CA, Darealwordsound has transitioned into a producer and rapper using live instruments and samples to create funky, dynamic, memorable beats. As a solo artist, Darealwordsound opened his own studio, BeatLayers Studio, in Vacaville, CA to produce and record local up and coming artists. As a true musician, his instrumental background also includes electric guitar, keyboard, and drums. Darealwordsound music highlights melodic beats with positive hip-hop lyrics.
As the creator and writer of “Johnny Scotch”, John Dover has built his Jazz Noir world from the music he is immersed in on a daily basis and from his travels across the US as a professional musician. John continues to build the “Johnny Scotch” library through short stories, and his comic book collaboration with Illustrator and story board artist Dan Schaefer. John’s musical world and his writing world also collide with the “Johnny Scotch Vignettes”, a series of musical pieces written by Thomas Barber, that incorporate high energy fusion with the spoken word.
John Currently is working on Johnny Scotch #2 with Dan Schaefer as well as in the editing process of the first Johnny Scotch novella, “Meeting Cass”. John continues to perform and teach as a clinician for Bach trumpets along with his role as the creator and writer of Johnny Scotch.
Faina Lorah is a Russian-born author and oil painter based in the Pacific Northwest. Her unique style combines fantastical dreamscapes, Victorian elegance, and Russian fairy tales. Her works have new approaches to steampunk-inspired art in a way that is immediately striking but approachable.
Faina recently won multiple Best in Show and Director's Choice awards at national steampunk conventions and has been appearing at events throughout North America. She is currently working on her first book of Russian fairy tales.
Her work can be seen at www.artbyfaina.com
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.
The Pander Brothers
Jacob and Arnold Pander are graphic novelists and filmmakers who write and direct feature films, commercial spots and music videos. Their award winning films have played in festivals around the globe and their music videos have been featured on MTV.
Nominated for the Eisner and Manning awards for groundbreaking artwork in the comics medium, the Pander Brothers distinct visual style and unique collaborations with some of the industries’ top writers has solidified them as a major creative force in the graphic novel medium. Their print portfolio includes the titles Batman: City of Light and Batman: Apocalypse Girl—as well as 63 other comics and three graphic novels for such major publishers as Marvel, DC, and Dark Horse Comics.
Fusing moviemaking and graphic novels through digital media the brothers are employing cross media methods to expand their narrative “story worlds”, including the projects, "Secret Broadcast" and "Tasty Bullet", which can be found at their digital comics hub, FUSE Comics.Com. Their new original graphic novel, "GirlFIEND", is out now from Dark Horse Comics.
Dan Schaefer has contributed his skills as a storyboard/concept artist to film and television productions for more than 27 years. His list of projects vary from animation, advertising, comic books and feature films including projects for NBC, MGM, TNT, Nike, Intel, KFC, and Cadillac. Shows include Teen Aged Mutant Turtles (animated), Leverage and Librarians (TNT), Grimm (NBC) and films Paranoid Park, Gone, River Why and many more. He has had the opportunity to work with a talented list of directors such as Gus Van Sant, Guillermo Arriga, Jonathan Frakes, Frank Oz, Dean Devlin and Mark Romanek. Comics include The Black Pearl, DH Presents, Hammer of God (Dark Horse), Spider-Man (Marvel), and books for a variety of companies: DC, Eclipse, Eternity, First, Cosmic, and more. Since 2007 his film company, Filmbyframe, has produced 4 documentary features including Kings of the Road, Mania, Figaro, House by the Side of the Road as well as the Comcast Sportsnet series Ripcity Stories (10 episodes). Current (storyboard) television projects include Grimm (NBC) and the Librarians (TNT).
Ryan Wells, from Portland OR, has been doing props and sets for various theater and haunt productions throughout the years and only recently started cosplaying in September of 2013. Ryan can be found featured on several cosplay and special effects panels and workshops at various conventions, podcasts, cosplay websites, web series, multiple publications and even featured in cosplay at Seattle's EMP museum for Science Fiction ribbon cutting ceremony and will soon be appearing as an animated cosplayer on the show 'Fugget about it'. Ryan is admin for his local online cosplay group and is a huge advocate for sharing ideas, community, volunteering, as well as a builder for the Magic Wheelchair, a non-profit organization. Most recently Ryan has joined talents on Cosplay Cruises and is super excited for future international adventures!
“Cosplay was a natural progression for me since there was simply not enough Halloween in my life. I love to learn new skills, trades, make challenges for myself, getting inspiration and ideas from friends (new and old) and making connections through this great community. Known for being a "creature cosplayer" I tend to draw inspiration mainly from film but I’m trying to branch out into other genres.”
Lisle Wilkerson grew up in Tokyo, Japan. She speaks fluent Japanese, and does voice work is done in both English & Japanese.
She is the powerhouse behind some of the gaming industry's most popular female fighting characters, such as Nina Williams and Christie Monteiro, Sarah Bryant from Virtual Fighter, as well as Shenmue II.
She also has a popular podcast called “The (Mis)Adventures of the Blonde Geisha” that she recently started.
Last summer Lisle was very involved in the Shenmue kickstarter that was announced at E3, which ended up breaking quite many records, including a Guiness World Record!
Most recently Lisle did dubbing for an upcoming ULTRAMAN film, as well as an animated film, “Eden”.
Lisle acted alongside Bill Murray in the Academy Award winning Sofia Coppola film "Lost In Translation", and had a lead role in the award winning indie film "Kamataki". She not only does video game voices, she also does the voice of Batz Maru (of Hello Kitty) and commercials for such internationally renown companies as Nissan, Panasonic, Sony, etc. She currently lives in Los Angeles, where she continues to do voice work, and also works as an interpreter, working with many of the big film studios, red carpet events, as well as working with the Japanese govt and tourism board. Lisle has interpreted for everyone from Keanu Reeves to best-selling author Marie Kondo to various J-pop stars and Japanese and US celebrities. She is also a local media correspondent for Japan, covering high-profile events like The Grammys, Academy Awards, Emmys and Golden Globes. Lisle is also the assistant producer of the upcoming film, "Black Hat”. Most of Lisle’s panels are focused on Japanese culture, as well as about the VA world and working in Japan. (and yes, OF COURSE that includes many Engrish stories!!) Lisle is also excited about the 2020 Olympics being hosted in her home city, Tokyo, and has recently started doing some work related to that. And when Lisle isn't busy working or running around the country doing cons, you might find her in her pink boxing gloves trying to save the world Nina Williams-style or spending her time at home with her adorable jet-setting "bilingual" cat, Princess Genki.
Zaxel is a youtuber local to Oregon, and has been all his life. He plays video games and talks AT THE SAME TIME on his channel, a feat that is truly rare. Zaxel has been MCing conventions since 2007, and is exceptionally excited to host Newcon for a second time. Check him out in all his TRULY SILLY lets-plays at YouTube.com/user/zaxelzach
Dan Lipert aka Easterislandhead is your dance coordinator for NewconPDX 5. He's a Portland-based producer and DJ of techno, bass house, and chiptunes, with his latest release on DQN Digital.
For two decades Little Terror has been Portland's originator of hardcore music. If the BPMs are up and fists are in the air you can be sure Little Terror is the one behind the madness.
Revolution Boi was the first U.S. based Vocaloid DJ and remix artist. His work with music while he was in Japan has allowed him to become familiar with Vocaloid before Hatsune Miku herself even existed! His work over time has developed quite well, and he often partners up with other artists and DJs to create amazing collab works. Revolution Boi has been a growing inspiration to most vivid listeners international. Whether if, its Moe Garage, Happy Hardcore, or Exit Trance, RB will lay it down with a unique ability to keep the mood flowing. Revolution Boi's ability to synthesize the music of this genre is unrivaled and he continues to inspire and influence other musicians alike. He has been requested to many live shows and clubs around the Midwest. His mixes are spread worldwide, to Canada, Japan, and even the UK.
Beginning as an experimental musical project in early Spring of 2012, Voia has meticulously sculpted and explored the boundaries of his own tastes and abilities to bring forward a unique and immersive presence as a singer-songwriter.
Voia first saw the glimmers of success with his first EP, titled "Dragonfly", which premiered late 2013 with a hit music video directed by HB No.2 that recieved explosive praise and coverage by the BBC Music Video Festival that same year.
Immediately following Dragonfly, Voia began in 2014 to push his compositional and technical limits to deliver an eclectic electronic discography that would push the genre-bound limits of dance music and merit three charting uploads on EDM.com before emerging from his stylistic chrysalis to find his own musical voice by year's end.
The last 14 months have seen Voia fully realized as an electronic singer, songwriter, and producer, teaming up with netlabels Attack the Music, Paper Crane and and Maltine Records, as well as music curator Smoothie Tunes to deliver a series of successful shows and experimental electronic pop releases.
Voia starts out 2016 on a strong note with Japanese-inspired electropop release "eeelixir!" with Tampa-based producer Madnap, which marks as the first single from Voia's soon-to-be-released 2016 concept album, "futuresong." Voia has accumulated over 300,000 track plays across all social platforms and shows no signs of stopping going forward.