Guests 2018Meta Con features numerous guests from Television, Science Fiction, Anime, Video Games, and Comic Books. Guests appear at Q & A sessions, special panels and presentations, and autograph sessions throughout the weekend. Please note that some guests may charge a small fee for autographs and pictures, but only if specified. Currently all guest autographs are free.
Greg Ayres went blasting his way through 2017! He was thrilled to make his second appearance in Dragon Ball Super earlier this year as Frost, and equally excited to help blast bugs as Geo in Sony Picture’s Starship Troopers : Traitor of Mars. 2017 also gave him the opportunity to reprise one of his favorite roles as Son Goku in Saiyuki Reload Blast, and will also be appearing in Haikyu as Yu Nishinoya, as well as voicing Zenji Marui in Food Wars. With over 290 credits to his name, he has managed to play a variety of characters that are almost as colorful as his hair. Some recent roles include Nagisa Haruki in Free, and Free Eternal Summer, MonoKuma in Danganronpa, Clear in Dramatical Murder, and Doug in Gangsta. Thrilled to be a part of the Toonami re-launch in the roles of Ganta Igarashi in Deadman Wonderland, and Heihachi Hayashida in Samurai 7, and even more thrill to follow that up the in the following summer’s thriller Another as Kouichi Sakakibara. He can also be hear as Satoru Asahina in From the New World, Kenji Nakanishi in Say I Love You, Sion in No. 6, Heisuke Toudou in Hakuoki, Tommyrod in Toriko, Tomoki Sakurai, in Heaven’s Lost Property, and Volken, in the Book of Bantorra.Some of his all-time favorite roles include Son Goku in Saiyuki, Chrono in Chrono Crusade, Kaoru Hitachiin in Ouran High School Host Club, Youhei Sunohara in Clannad, Yuki in The Wallflower, Leo in Ghost Stories, Satoshi Hiwatari in DNAngel, Kaworu Nagisa in the Director’s Cut of Neon Genesis Evangelion, and Negi Springfield in Negima. When he’s not in a booth with headphones on, you can usually find him sporting headphones behind “the decks”at many a music event. A veteran nightclub DJ of many years, he has jumped at the opportunity to play music and organize late night dances at many of the conventions he attends. He currently helps organize dance and music tracks at several US conventions.Greg is also a member of Project BECK, who perform music from the anime Beck Mongolian Chop Squad, and has had a blastreliving the music from the show with his friends. Thrilled to be able to share his love of music with anyone willing to listen – from packed rooms at anime conventions, to the legendary stage of The Knitting Factory (NYC), he’s always ready to make a little noise.
John started down the road of anime in 1997, when he landed his first role in Golden Boy from ADV Films. Since then, John has gone on to voice hundreds shows and characters. John’s wife once quipped that there are certain actors who might be the “Brad Pitts” of anime but John is the “Kevin Bacon” of anime.
Being the character actor type has given John the freedom to voice bazillions of characters such as Undertaker in Black Butler, Salvador in Borderlands II (VG), Gendo in Evangelion, the Captain in Halo (VG), Lord Death in Soul Eater, Hoenheim in Fullmetal Alchemist, Sir Crocodile in One Piece, Salvador in Borderland II, Kogoro in Sgt. Frog, Huang in Darker than Black, Vulcan in Orphen, Ken in Kaleido Star, Captain Ahab in Hakugei The Legend of Moby Dick, Rikudoh in RahXephon, Mister in Coyote Ragtime Show, as well as roles in the live action films 2009 Lost Memories, Conduct Zero, Yesterday, Jungle Juice, and the Gamera trilogy. Most recently you can catch John in the broadcast series of GANGSTA as Chad, and Akame Ga Kill as Bols as seen on Toonami. John is also very excited to be playing one of the title roles in Funimation’s theatrical release (March 2016) of Mamoru Hosoda’s film, The Boy and the Beast. John plays the Beast, Kametesu.
In 2004, John jumped to the other side of the “mic” to direct. Among the shows he has directed are Welcome to the N.H.K., AirGear, Wandaba Style, St. Seiya, Shadow Skill, E’s Otherwise, Michel, Jinki Extend and Shinobi (live action co-directed with longtime pal, Kyle Jones). John loves working in the world of anime as a director and voice actor! Currently John is working with pals Kyle Jones and Jay Hickman on an original animation full length movie called The Perfect Khan. In addition to anime, John has voiced thousands of radio and tv commercials – even acted in a few films. One of the coolest acting jobs was being the Beer Delivery Guy in Dazed and Confused.
Robert L. Mungle is a voice actor for Funimation, ADV Films, Seraphim Digital/Sentai Filmworks, and OkraTron 5000. The Right Reverend Robert L. Mungle founded The Whiskey Brothers in 1998. Since then, while the line-up has changed, it has been his outrageously loud voice that has led the group. Mungle has taken the stage everywhere from sold out theaters to seedy strip clubs. His IMDB page boasts over 100 different anime roles, from “Ghost Stories” to “Lady Death” to “Excel Saga.” He was born in Houston and you might recognize him from any of tons of anime roles, some of which include Amanojaku from Ghost Stories, Mr.8 from One Piece, Matsushita from Angel Beats, and Pedro Domingo from Excel Saga. He’s appeared in Akame ga Kill!, 009-1, Broken Blade, Gantz, Halo Legends, and many others.
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.
Greg "Greggo" Wicker
Greg Wicker (or “Greggo” as he’s fondly known) has been producing and hosting game shows at anime conventions since 1999, when he premiered Anime Match Game at Project A-Kon in Dallas. Since then, Greggo has done anime-themed versions of several classic game shows, created a few games of his own, and even had an original project that very nearly turned into an actual television show on Anime Network. These days Greggo is concentrating on perfecting his craft and making game shows available for conventions everywhere, bringing his rapier wit and friendly personality with him wherever he goes. You can see some of Greggo’s past game show efforts on his YouTube page.
R Bruce Elliott
R Bruce Elliott has been a professional actor for longer than probably 99% of you reading this have been alive, working in theatre, film (JFK, Fletch Lives), TV (Barney & Friends, Walker, Texas Ranger), commercials, radio, etc. He started dubbing voices for anime at Funimation in 2003 and has continued ever since, having performed almost 180 roles in approximately 160 anime shows and movies. From his first role as the bumbling detective Richard Moore in Case Closed, he has become known for his range and versatility in shows such as Samurai Seven, Full Metal Alchemist, Black Butler, Dragonball Z Kai, Attack on Titan, Space Dandy, Fairy Tail and One Piece. He can also be heard in movies like Empire of Corpses and Dragon Ball Z: The World’s Strongest, plus numerous video games such as The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct, Aeon Flux, Orcs Must Die (1 & 2), Borderlands 2, and eight different games in the Dragon Ball Z series as the fearless but brainless Captain Ginyu of the Ginyu Force.
Ring the bell! Coming to the booth, from Wichita, Kansas, weighing in at (an undisclosed weight, probably less than your figma collection) pounds, It’s Caitlynn French! Caitlynn is new to the scene, having debuted in 2012 as Qumola from Book of Bantorra. She’s ran the ropes and trained hard to conquer roles such as Hana Isuzu (Girls Und Panzer), Matsurika Shinouji (Maria-Holic, Maria-Holic Alive), Mei Tachibana (Say “I love you”), and Miyu Edelfelt (Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya). She has recently come back from her most rewarding role yet, as Ai Astin (Sunday Without God), proving that she has the true makings of a champion voice actor. Caitlynn recuperates from her time in the booth by playing video games, and watching professional wrestling. She goes through grueling vocal conditioning playing tabletop roleplaying games, and is a frequent guest on the Shrinetime Podcast. Catch more of this rising star on facebook, and twitter, and watch as Caitlynn grabs the VO world by the ears and gives it something it won’t soon forget.
17 years ago Jeremy Inman didn’t know what anime was. While working as a Firefighter/paramedic he auditioned for a “cartoon” that sounded like fun. Little did he know after getting the part of Android 16 in something called Dragon ball Z that that’s what he’d end up doing in his career. Since then Jeremy has voiced classic characters such as Taurus in Fairy Tail, and many others. More recently JJ in Yuri on ice, Yo in Dagashi Kashi, Magellan in one piece, Ibelde in Endride, Kage in Akibas Trip, Innocentious in Heroic Legend of Arslan, Yvain in Maria the virgin witch. Jeremy expanded his career into Voice Directing for Funimation in 2004 and has since had the pleasure of working as a Director on titles including most recently Saga of Tanya the evil, ReLife, Gangsta, and Heroic Legend of Arslan to name a few favorites.
Contributing to the anime world since 2003, beginning with ADV films, Blake Shepard regularly lends his vocal talents to FUNimation, Seraphim Digital. His unique tone and versatility has allowed him to provide performances for a range of characters in shows such as: Food Wars (Crunchy Roll and Hi Dive), Air Gear (SyFy Channel/Adult Swim), Fullmetal Alchemist : Brotherhood, One Piece, Attack on Titan (Cartoon Network), Halo Legends (Netflix) and many more. As an animator, Blake Shepard has also provided the Anime Network with original animation as well as creating promos and bumpers for the network. His company Dynosaur Productions focuses on original content and new technologies. His new project: Robot Girl Chronicles is currently in production. You can learn more at Patreon.com/RobotGirl.
Dave Trosko is a Texan Voice Actor and Director. He’s most known for his roles as Spain in the ultra-popular Hetalia Series; as well as Guren Ichinose in Seraph of the End. Dave has been working almost exclusively with Funimation for now going on 14 years, having been featured in hundreds of anime titles over his career. Most recently he can be heard as Hagita in Orange, Ronaldo in 91 Days, Kaminaga in Joker Game, Eliott in Izetta: The Last Witch, and Georgi Popovich in Yuri on Ice!!!. Other featured roles include, Rokuro Bundo in Deadman Wonderland, Milgauss in Dragonar Academy, Itoya in Snow White with the Red Hair, Jek in Dance with Devils, Soramaru Kumo in Laughing under the Clouds, Sota in Tokyo Ghoul, Bikou in High School DXD, Tomoya Seo in Assassination Classroom, Samuel in Attack on Titan, Imadori in High School Rumble, and Mamoru Yuuki in The Galaxy Railways to name just a few. Currently Dave is excited to have joined the team at Funimation as one of their newest ADR directors. He’s been hard at work, voice directing the new hit Rugby anime “All Out!!” for his directorial debut with more projects to come! Apart from acting and directing Dave pursues his passion in culinary design, fine wine, and spirits as a private Chef and Sommelier and home brewer. He also spend a lot of time as a professional Dad for his wickedly awesome son George from whom Dave gains most of his inspiration and utter hilarity.
Sci-fi / Fantasy author and game designer Zack Storch competed on the major reality TV show “King of the Nerds.” On the internationally broadcast show, his passionate statements about nerd culture made him a fan favorite to many, while others like podcaster Rob Cesternino have called him “the best reality TV villain since Russel Hantz.” He has created two card games: “Planar Catastrophe,” featuring art from the adaptation he wrote of his novel, “Za’nar: Impossibility,” for the globally-popular MMORPG “Adventure Quest Worlds,” and “The Town of Roshamberg,” a tactical, rock-paper-scissors inspired, fantasy card game with 24 quirky characters. A presence in the World of Warcraft fandom, Zack is in the World of Warcraft 10 year anniversary documentary, “Looking for Group.” In addition to writing and card games, he is currently developing a single-player platformer game with unique two-character controls. You can find Zack on his Verified Facebook Page, “Zack Storch,” on Twitter @Zadck3, and learn about his writing and game design projects at VoidSaga.com.
Past guests: Guests 2015 - Guests 2014 - Guests 2013 - Guests 2012
Guest appearances are subject to change.