Guests 2023Meta 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.
Samurai Dan and Jillian
V is for Villains
Rebel and Cleric
Greg Ayres has been screaming into microphones for close to 22 years now! With over 376 credits to his name, he has managed to play a variety of characters that are almost as colorful as his hair. He is honored to return to his role of Son Goku this year in Saiyuki Reload Zeroin, having worked on the Saiyuki franchise for over 20 years. He can currently be heard as Yu Nishinoya in Haikyu, and as Chai in Shenmue The Animation on Adult swim. Some other recent roles include Chota Segawa in Alice in Borderland (OAV), Sho Utsumi in SSSSGridman, Frost in DragonBall Super, Geo in Sony Picture’s Starship Troopers : Traitor of Mars, Jiro in Concrete Revolutio, Ryuuou Edogawa in Doreiku, Koji Koda in My Hero Academia, and he even makes an appearance as Popuko in Pop Team Epic.
He is proud to be a part of the new “Pink Harvest” productions from Sentai Filmworks, in the roles of Izumi Sena in Lovestage, and Yabase in Hitorijime My Hero. Some other recent favorites include Nagisa Haruki in Free, and Free Eternal Summer, MonoKuma in Danganronpa, Clear in Dramatical Murder, Doug in Gangsta, Zenji Marui in Food Wars, Ganta Igarashi in Deadman Wonderland, Heihachi Hayashida in Samurai 7, and Kouichi Sakakibara in Another. Some of his all-time favorite roles include 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, Tomoki Sakurai in Heaven’s Lost Property, and Negi Springfield in Negima.
Of all of his many roles, his favorite will always be the real life role of “Little Brother” to a guy with a big Sippy Cup, and an even bigger heart – who touched the world with his "Love and Laughter”.
Quinton Flynn is beloved globally as Axel/Lea from Kingdom Hearts and Raiden from Metal Gear Solid 2, 4 and Rising Revengeance (for which he received a Best Actor Award). Fans Love Flynn as: Kon in Bleach, Iruka Sensai in Naruto, Reno in Final Fantasy, Jhin in League of Legends, Timon in Timon & Pumbaa, and many others!
Quinton’s Classic Legacy Characters: Micky Mouse, Spider-Man, Venom, Human Torch, Jonny Quest, Gollum and more pop up often in his solo comedic improvisational Q&A convention panels along with celebrity impressions, song and audience participation.
His impressions and sound-a-likes have been featured on Jimmy Kimmel Live! as Paul McCartney, Mindhunter as Frank Sinatra, Robot Chicken as Elmer Fudd, Draco Malfoy and Swiper The Fox, The Adventures of Billy & Mandy as Christopher Walken, The Mystery of Natalie Wood as James Dean, Cartoon Hook Ups as Deadpool
Flynn seamlessly shape shifts from the deep, sinister and sexy, mad-scientist, Dr. Krankcase – Skylanders: Trap Team, to the polite and earnest Silver The Hedgehog in the Sonic game series! And his twisted Irish hitman Sir Henry Cooldown provided the right spice in the action-adventure hack and slash video games No More Heroes 1 & 2. He also lent his vocal gymnastics to – Star Wars: The Old Republic, Avatar The Last Airbender, Crash Bandicoot, Mass Effect, World of Warcraft, Batman Arkham City Origins, Lord Of the Rings and Pirates of the Caribbean to name a few.
Flynn’s Fan Favorite, the lovably nerdy Sheldon Lee, is back in My Life As A Teenage Robot on Amazon Prime! The resurgence of interest in that Nickelodeon animated gem also features Quinton as the heroic Sliver Shell and the despicable Don Prima + more than 50 other incidental voices!! So, Get In Like Flynn!
Jay began his career in anime in the 1990s, when he landed his first role at ADV Films in Master of Mosquiton. Since then, he has appeared in more than 100 titles with studios including ADV Films, Funimation, Sentai Filmworks, Switchblade Pictures, Okratron 5000, and others. As a character actor, Jay has been able to voice a broad variety of colorful roles, with the occasional romantic lead thrown in for good measure. His notable credits over the past two decades are Mechazawa in Cromartie High School, Spitfire in Air Gear, Sho Zama in Aura Battler Dunbine, Shiryu in Saint Seiya, Chuu and Hammond in One Piece, Kagetane Hiruko in Black Bullet, Chief Kurama in Elfen Lied, Koji in Generator Gawl, Toru Watanabe in Excel Saga, The Fool in Kaleido Star, Crusty in Log Horizon, SSS in Madlax, Dera Mochimazzi in Tamako Market, Sanetoshi Watase in Penguindrum, Prince Mytho in Princess Tutu, and Giraffe in Revue Starlight, among many others.
Jay’s voice has also been featured in live action series and films such as Dark Water, Synesthesia, Conduct Zero, The Fuccons, Touching Wild Horses, Gamera – Attack of Legion, as well as in the video game Unlimited Saga. Jay had his Toonami debut playing Dr. Stylish in Akame ga KILL!, followed by Shiro Kuramori in Parasyte – the maxim, and now Joichiro Yukihira in Food Wars!
Gareth is an actor, model, and voice actor based out of Texas. He is known for such Anime roles as; Ittetsu Takeda in Haikyu, Seiya Takehaya in Tsurune, Kanichi Konishi in Food Wars, Haruka Shinozaki in My Girlfriend Is Shobitch, Lizard Misty in Saint Seiya, 2D in Golden Time, Akihiro Tsukaba in Chihayafuru, Tomoaki Yamagishi in O Maidens In Your Savage Season, and Dinkuron in Log Horizon. He is also currently playing the role of Jason Lee Scott the Red Power Ranger in the upcoming release Red Rising: A Power Rangers Fan Film. When not making anime voices or acting, Gareth enjoys basically anything nerdy under the sun. So whatever it is you are into, chances are you can come up and geek out. Because there is nothing he likes more than getting enthusiastic, and making new friends!
Samurai Dan and Jillian
The husband and wife team of Daniel and Jillian Coglan are full-time martial art instructors, specializing in 16th century Samurai Arts. When not teaching at their dojo, the Kojokan, they travel the United States performing and teaching the ancient ways of the most famous warriors in history.
With a combined 35 years of experience, their show is a unique blend of history, combative skill, and humor, designed to educate and entertain audiences both large and small.
Beyond their martial skills, the dynamic duo collaborated to write, direct, host, and star in a 12 episode TV series entitled, “The Way of The Samurai.”
Daniel is also an author, with several martial art articles published, and is currently working on his second full-length novel.
V is for Villains
A new breed of entertainment. The intimate story. Epic visual stylings. That’s what you’re about to experience when getting ready for a V is for Villains concert. V is for Villains is a new breed of entertainment. Mixing the visual styles of Steampunk, Carnival and Noir, with the musical taste of Nine Inch Nails, Prodigy, and your favorite film score; V is for Villains will take you on a journey through the imagination that your mother couldn’t prepare you for. Most groups often say that they intend for “world domination”… V is for Villains might actually mean it…
Nazia Chaudhry is a multi-award winning voiceover artist, on camera actor, producer, singer, and educator with a performance career spanning well over 25 years. From singing to selling, to the special way each story needs telling, Nazia is known for voicing many of your anime favorites, such as Ava’s Mom in Pokémon: Path to the Peak, Nyla Bertran in Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury, Shimoda in The Quintessential Quintuplets Movie and TV Series, Misaki Tanabe in Wonder Egg Priority, Lily’s Mom in Saint Cecilia & Pastor Lawrence, Nambia in Attack on Titan: The Final Season, Tohru’s Aunt in Fruits Basket, Miss Apsara in Rosario + Vampire Capu2, Mina in Black Butler, April in Darker Than Black, and so much more.
Currently, Nazia is working on a new top secret Disney animated series and has recently voiced characters in Bread Barbershop (Netflix), Spidey and his Amazing Friends (Disney), and The Twisted Timeline of Sammy & Raj (Nickelodeon International). Other credits include: Crunchyroll, SXSW Film Festival, NBC, ABC, Cartoon Network, Pandora, HULU, iHeart, GraphicAudio, and PBS.
Nazia has an undergraduate degree concentrated in opera and her master’s degree in jazz voice. Her debut jazz album, Time After, landed at #1 on CMJs Top Jazz Adds Chart, while also topping on CMJ’s Top 40 Jazz Charts. You can hear her critically acclaimed debut jazz album on Pandora, iTunes, and other online streaming services. Naz has toured nationally and internationally throughout her career, & performed alongside GRAMMY Award-winning musicians Bobby McFerrin and Nestor Torres. She also performed with legendary actor/singers Clifton Davis & Harry Belafonte. Other singing credits include: The Kennedy Center, London Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Orchestra Atlanta, Georgia Symphony Orchestra Jazz, Rialto Center for the Arts, & RFK Stadium.
Your favorite Muscle Mommy Whitney Rodgers is a voice actor and freelance model from Texas. You have heard her in shows such as “Overlord”, “Prison School”, “One Piece”, “Haganai” “Ace Attorney”, “Assasination Classroom”, “Tokyo Ghoul” and “Senryu Girl”. She can also be heard lending her voice to SMITE as “Leona Genisis Jet Pack Fighter” and “Ordo Solarus Amaterasu”.
When she is not voicing cartoons, she is teaching her cat tricks, works as a freelance photographer and figure model, is training/aspiring to win the title of Olympia in bodybuilding’s Bikini division. In addition to working in the arts, she is currently completing college to be a voice writer/ stenographer with a focus on being a CART interpreter.
Oscar Seung hails from Lausanne, Switzerland, and is a Dallas-based actor, violinist, pianist, opera singer, and music director. From film and television pilots to theater and voiceovers, Oscar champions the representation of Asian Americans in media and the arts. Oscar can currently be seen in We Can Be Heroes (Netflix), directed by Robert Rodriguez, A Cowgirl’s Song (Netflix), and The Turkey Bowl (Hulu), directed by Greg Coolidge. He also guest co-starred in the ABC pilot, False Profits, starring Vanessa Williams and Bellamy Young. Anime/video game voiceover highlights: Attack on Titan (Varis), One Piece (Daruma), Ayaka (Kurama), Sweet Reincarnations (Kadlecek), Borderlands 3 (Nettle), Yuri on Ice (Seung-Gil Lee), Free! (Nao Serizawa), Natusume’s Book of Friends (Riou). Full list of over 65 shows on imdb.com. Theater: World Premiere of The Supreme Leader (Kim Jong-Un), Dallas Theater Center, The Sound of Music (Baron Elberfeld, u/s Captain Von Trapp), Dallas Theater Center, The Ballad of Little Jo (Tien Mien), Watertower Theater, Dora, the Explorer Live! (Benny), Casa Manana, Miss Saigon, Casa Manana. Oscar is represented by the Mary Collins Agency. Twitter: @oscarseung Instagram: @theoscarseung imdb.me/oscarseung
Chris Ryan is a voice actor based in Dallas, Texas. He has 20+ years as a voice actor in many roles, including; Kin’emon in One Piece, Tadaomi Karasuma in Assassination Classroom, Juno Inui in No Guns Life. Chris also appeared in the 2002 horror cult classic American Nightmare as Caligari. Chris voiced Androxus in the video game Paladins. Chris’ voice has appeared in over 60 shows with FUNimation/Crunchyroll. When he’s not behind the mic, he spends time with his family and coaches baseball.
Kevin M. Connolly has worn many hats in his performing arts career over the past 30 years: actor, voice over artist, light and set designer, director, writer, and stage manager to name a few. He started doing VO in 2004 on Case Closed for FUNimation/Crunchyroll, and has worked for ADV, Bang Zoom, VSI, Dubbing Bros, Post Haste in both anime and live action dubs. He can be heard in such fan favorites as Fullmetal Alchemist, Sword Art Online, Welcome to Demon School, League of Legends, & Ace Combat Seven.
Olivia Swasey is a Native Houstonian who began her voice acting career when she was a wee tyke. She got her start in anime doing small bit roles for ADV Films. Eventually, she started landing larger roles for Sentai Filmworks. Olivia Swasey can be heard in a number of anime’s like Kakegurui, I’m Quitting Heroing, Revue Starlight, BANG! Dream, Eminence in Shadow, Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken & Vinland Saga (Sentai Filmworks); E-Stab Life (Crunchyroll); & Lexi Lightspeed (Multimorphic Studios). She thanks her family for their forever (y’all promised!) support.
Rebel and Cleric
PUNK INVADES ANIME! Rebel And Cleric is a Punk/Midwest Emo band that currently has 2 active members: Sai Sake, Lead Singer/Drummer and Tattoo Artist, and James Jarvey, Guitarist/Scream Vocalist. They started busking at conventions in 2019 and are now joining the stage as THE Punk band of Anime Cons! Their genres range from Punk, Emo, Indie, and of course the essential Anime/Show Openings! They know many con-goers are die-hard fans of bands like: “My Chemical Romance”, “Panic! At The Disco”, “Fall Out Boy” to even more niche-fitting Midwest Emo bands such as “American Football”, “Cap’n Jazz”, and the oh-so fitting band called “Guitar Fight From Fooly Cooly”. Their mission is to bring the spirit of Punk and Emo right at every Anime Con’s doorstep, starting with the Midwest!
They have a rotating cosplay theme for their performances at each con. This year’s theme is the ever-so loved video game “Animal Crossing”! Join your favorite guitar playing dog “K.K. Slider” and everyone’s favorite goth chameleon “Flick” in their Midwest Anime Con Music Tour! Come to their show and party like it’s Animal Village!
Past guests: Guests 2015 - Guests 2014 - Guests 2013 - Guests 2012
Guest appearances are subject to change.