A.J. Beckles, born and raised in the Boston area, is most known for his roles as TakemichiHanagaki, the lead in Tokyo Revengers and Shiki Tademaru in Kemono Jihen! He’s studied under some of the best in the industry, including Crispin Freeman, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn and Richard Horvitz. When not acting in animation, anime and games, A.J. can probably be found demolishing a cheese burger and playing some video games!
Anairis Quiñones is a voice actress most known for voicing Mirko in My Hero Academia, Nessa in Pokemon: Twilight Wings, Yelena in Attack on Titan, Yuki in Horimiya, and Rika in Wonder Egg Priority. You can also hear her in Ys IX, SMITE, RWBY, and Rainbow High. When she's not acting, she’s gaming, singing Steven Universe songs, or crushing on cute anime girls on Twitter.
Jessica Calvello began her work in the anime industry with ADVfilms (now Sentai Filmworks/Seraphim Digital) back in 1995, with her first show being 3 BIG LINES in the TV Series Evangelion. Some of Jessica’s voice work in recent years includes: Life Lessons with Uramichi Oniisan (Utano Tadano), Attack on Titan (Hange Zoe), Amagi Brilliant Park (Tiramy), Pop Team Epic (Pipimi, Ep.
Dr. B.A. Ferguson was born in Waco, Texas. He was 11 years old when he came across the video game Chrono Trigger for the Super Nintendo. This would be the catalyst that would get him into music and composition. He won the Reed Holmes award in 2007 for his compositions, and his composition “Through the Looking Glass in 60 Seconds” was curated as part of the 60×60 Scarlet Mix and it was performed throughout the world. At this time, he also started playing with the Led Zeppelin tribute band, Mothership, and its sister group: Q: The Music of Queen. Dr. B.A.
AWR Music's Eric Roth is a formidable musical force: music director/conductor, orchestrator/arranger, producer of concerts and recordings, composer of original music, and much more.
Ohio native Gavin Goszka has been writing, recording, and performing music since age 17, both as a solo artist and as one half of the horror soundscape outfit Midnight Syndicate. His fascination with anime music began in 2008, and the following year, he began performing acoustic renditions of popular anime songs at conventions throughout the Eastern half of the country. 2010 saw the release of Subtle Inversion's Kaleidoscope, an album of entirely original English-language songs featuring vocaloid Megurine Luka.
Three Trails Taiko Ltd. is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, currently consisting of approximately eight volunteers. We have performed for local festivals, relief events, libraries, organizations, and business events in the Greater Kansas City area.
Our mission is to become better taiko players in mind, body, and spirit while sharing the tradition, culture, and art of Kumi Daiko and Japan with the surrounding community.
Amelie Belcher is an award winning artist, painter, art instructor, comic creator, Twitch streamer and pod cast host. Known for her comedy based art education presentations, she has travelled the world teaching thousand of budding artist the secrets to starting their own journeys download the path to artistic expression with an eye eared toward Anime and Manga styled creations. She is known for her web comics "Bounty Haunters" and "The Real Life Adventures Of Ami Chan".
Founded in 1987, Right Stuf, Inc. is amongst North America's largest publishers, distributors, and retailers in the anime, manga, and Japanese collectibles industry. Right Stuf operates one of the trade's most recognized Internet storefronts, rightstufanime.com. Included under the Right Stuf corporate umbrella is the publishing division, Nozomi Entertainment. As an independent video publisher, Nozomi Entertainment specializes in packaging and distributing pre-recorded programming to English-language audiences including Dirty Pair, El-Hazard, Sayonara Zetsubou-Sensei, and many more.
Starla Wynn is a Kansas City cosplayer that has been doing her crafting thing since 2013. Swift with a brush and accurate with a craft knife, prop building is Starla’s passion (sewing just happens to be a really good friend.) From small to large builds, from one day craft-a-thons to months long endeavors, Starla’s had the full cosplay experience. After 8 years and many competitions later, Starla still enjoys the challenges of starting a new cosplay.
Strangecat Cosplay consists of two ambitious crafters who have a variety of passions, including cosplay, cats, and Dungeons and Dragons. Carley and Victor have been cosplaying and participating in various competitions since 2012, with several awards under their belt, including winning Best In Show at Naka-Kon 2019.
Adonis is a Kansas City cosplayer who’s been building costumes and props for over 8 years. He has taken cosplay all over the country from one coast to the other. You can most easily find him on Instagram, but he has a YouTube presence as well teaching the community the basics of cosplay, sewing, and crafting.
Diana The Great is a master level, multi award winning cosplayer and kind of super cool nerd from the Midwest. An avid fan of all things anime, Disney, Marvel & DC, Diana has been actively cosplaying for seven years, and crafting for much much longer. Diana is entirely self taught on makeup, facepaint, props, sewing, working with thermoplastics, EVA foam, molding with clay and resin, as well as wig making, fabric dying and painting.
The lovely performers for our cosplay burlesque show inspired by Japanese pop culture!
Annie-Mae Allure, Kansas City's Animated Burlesque Star, is an award-winning and internationally traveled performer known for her high energy acts and powerhouse vocals. She is the Executive Producer of the Kansas City Nerdlesque Festival and KC's highest rated burlesque and variety show, the Rude Revue.