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Guests

Troy Baker

A Texas native Troy Baker has recently risen to be one of the most prolific actors in video games. In 2013 alone, his performances as Joel in "Game of the Year" The Last of Us, Booker DeWitt in Bioshock Infinite and even The Joker in Batman: Arkham Origins quickly caught the eye of both fans and media alike, landing several nominations and awards including Spike's VGX, DICE and BAFTA. He was even featured in Entertainment Weekly's "Best of 2013" issue. Troy also plays bow-wielding Avenger "Hawkeye" in both Disney's Marvel Avengers Assemble and Ultimate Spiderman. An avid gamer, comic book nerd and cartoon fanatic, Troy says that "being a part of something you're going to geek out over later is the best part of the job".

- I play make believe for a living."

Check out all of Troy's over 250 roles here!

Steve Blum

With literally hundreds of V/O credits to his name, Veteran Voice Monkey Steve 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), “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), “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, The voice of 7-11, dozens of Digimon and a gigantic list of other characters from Anime, Video Games, TV and Film. In 2012, Steve was inducted into the Guinness Book of World records as Most Prolific Voice Actor in Video Games - appearing in almost 300 games!

Recently, you can find him on the Emmy award-winning Transformers: Prime, playing the sometimes delusional but always deadly Decepticon "Starscream" and as “Heatwave” on the action-packed, kid-friendly, Transformers: Rescue Bots! Also as "Devil Dinosaur" on HULK: Agents of SMASH, several characters on Ultimate Spider Man, Ben 10: Omniverse, the Regular Show, Doc McStuffins, Uncle Grandpa, Wander over Yonder, Tenkai Knights, and as the terrifying anti-bender "Amon" on the hit series Avatar: The Legend of Korra! And after 4 years off the air, thanks to tremendous fan support, Steve once again takes the helm of the great star cruiser Absolution, reprising his role as "TOM" the robotic host of Cartoon Network's Toonami on Adult Swim.

Look for him as “Zeb Orrelios” in the incredible new series Star Wars: Rebels on Disney XD

And last fall, Steve was Dare to be Square as “Shoe” and “Sparky” in Laika’s new feature film: The Boxtrolls

For more info, please visit steveblumvoices.com

On Twitter! @blumspew

http://www.behindthevoiceactors.com/Steve-Blum/

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.

Ryan Wells

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.”

Ninja of the Night

Ninja of the Night is a cosplay performance group based out of the pacific northwest, although its members are scattered all across the country! They have performed 20+ skits and have 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 and see examples of their work, check out their facebook page: Facebook.com/NOTNCosplay

The Slants

Portland's The Slants are the first and only all-Asian American dance rock band in the world. They offer up catchy dance beats, strong hooks, and a bombastic live show that is "not to be missed" (The Westword). The Willamette Week says "While the band may well be best experienced live, Slants releases always promise a few blistering, note-perfect singles." The music is the perfect combination of 80's driven synth pop with hard-hitting indie, floor-filling beats which fans affectionately dub as "Chinatown Dance Rock."

They've been featured on Conan O'Brien's Team Coco, BBC, NPR, NBC, IFC TV, Huffington Post, MTV, and over 1,500 radio stations, tv shows, magazines, and websites across 82 countries.

18 international tours, including appearances in 46 of 50 U.S states, have led to headlining showcases at major festivals such as SXSW, MusicfestNW, San Diego Comic-Con, and Dragon Con. The band has also provided support for The Decemberists, Mindless Self Indulgence, Girl Talk, Apl.De.Ap (of Black Eyed Peas), Blindpilot and Shonen Knife. In 2011, The Slants worked with the Department of Defense for a series of shows at U.S and NATO bases in Eastern Europe, dubbed "Operation Gratitude."

Every one of their last 7 music videos have gone viral, gaining tens of thousands of views within days. Their single, "You Make Me Alive" has nearly 350,000 views.

Two recent music videos feature martial arts choreography by Sammo Hung (The Matrix, Ip Man, & Enter the Dragon) and feature international stars Daniel Wu and Shu Qi.

They've won "Album of the Year" and "Editor's Choice" from dozens of magazines, including Willamette Week, LA Weekly, Shojo Beat, Village Voice, City Beat, and Rockwired.

Whether rocking music halls, anime conventions, maximum-security prisons, colleges, or army bases, it's clear that The Slants' infectious brand of "so damn good" music will leave you wanting more" (MRU Magazine).

Zaxel

This year's MC, Zaxel (Zach Marsh) is an actor, dancer, and youtuber local to Portland Oregon. His work consists of a not-to-be-taken-seriously group called The Anime Hunters, a youtube channel filled with him playing video games and saying things to said video games, and production work on the ever-talented 11 Dance Company. When he’s not recording, he’s avoiding all of humanity with a cup of hot chocolate, anime, and more video games. He’s still saying things to the video games he’s just not recording it.

https://www.youtube.com/user/zaxelzach

Sponsors & Partners

Crunchyroll

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 2015 viewing rooms.

Visit them today!

Portland's The CW

Portland’s CW32 (KRCW-TV) is a commercial, CW Network affiliated television station located in Beaverton, Oregon and serving the general Oregon area. In the Portland Metro area, Portland’s CW32 is available on Comcast Cable channel 3. In all other areas, please contact your local cable operator to see what channel we are on.

Come check us out in the Exhibitors Hall all weekend or online at http://portlandscw32.com/

JapAnime! Games

Proud to present a game room all weekend.

Geek Girl Entertainment

Proud to sponsor and host the Karaoke Room all weekend.