Panel submissions are closed at this time so that we can create the final schedule for the event. We'll re-open panel submissions for next year after we announce dates for 2018.
We are always looking for people to help check badges at doors, provide information, assist with panels and workshops, and generally help provide a better experience for everyone.
We provide our volunteers with the following:
Volunteers must meet the following requirements:
If you are interested in volunteering for Anime Austin and to help us make the event a better place for everyone, please fill out the form below to contact our Volunteer head:
Our Artist Alley is full, however we do still have space for vendors in our Dealer Room for 2018.
If you are interested in being a vendor in the Anime Austin dealers’ room, please email us at [email protected] for availability information, or fill out the form below:
Please fill out the form below to contact us with any information or contact requests not addressed above:
Best known for her Rosalina and Midna costumes, Ichigokitty has been cosplaying since 2002. A self-taught artist who has created over 136 costumes, she is praised for her attention to detail and knack for proportions. She has experience with masquerades and costume contests, both as participant and judge. She has won 11 high ranking awards, including best of show.
Her current main interest is the [email protected] franchise, and she uses cosplay as an outlet to express her love for fandom and creativity.
She has been a featured guest at conventions in Mexico and the United States, and has attended conventions in Japan, and Canada. Additionally, she has been featured in several online articles and has appeared in cosplay magazines such as Cosmode and Anime Insider.
Cosplay has primarily been a hobby for Ichigokitty. Other interests and hobbies include music (playing trombone and piano), Japanese language, Seiyuu idol lives and volunteering her time at wildlife centers and humane societies.
Envel is a veteran cosplayer of fifteen years who comes with quite the knowledge in many facets of cosplay. Crafting since childhood, cosplaying since 2002, competing since 2007, and judging since 2011, she has seen the cosplay hobby inside and out. While her strongest passions lie in sewing and wig-styling, Envel enjoys challenging herself with every aspect of each costume, from custom-made shoes to building props from scratch.
From classics like Sailor Moon and Yu-Gi-Oh! to more modern anime like Oremonogatari and Love Love!, Envel’s adoration for anime and cosplay continues to grow with each new year; she has even created cosplay tutorials to share her methods and information with others, such as styling drill curls and making the signature glove rolls for Sailor Guardian costumes. Envel is excited to be a part of Anime Austin and can’t wait to see what cosplays everyone brings this year!
Robbie Daymond is a Native-American Voice Artist, Actor, and Performer based in Los Angeles. He works in traditional animation, Anime, commercials, film, television, audiobooks and videogames for companies such as: Nickelodeon, Disney, Warner Brothers, Cartoon Network, Discovery Kids, NBC, 20 th Century Fox, Marvel, Bang Zoom!, Lucas Films, Activision, Square Enix, Volition Games, Studiopolis, VIZ, Aniplex, SyFy, Random House and many more.
After booking his first major Anime role in 2014 as Tuxedo Mask in “Sailor Moon”, he has had the opportunity to play several lead and supporting roles in Anime series such as; “One Punch Man”, “Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans” “Digimon Adventure tri.”, “Skip Beat”, “The Seven Deadly Sins”, “Naruto Shippuden”, “Tales of Zestiria the X”, “K” “Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works”, “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure”, “Sword Art Online 2”, “Magi the Adventures of Sinbad”, “Durararax2”, “Charlotte”, “Lupin the 3 rd ”, “Aldnoah Zero”, “Your Lie in April”, “Glitter Force”, “Rock Lee & His Ninja Pals”, & continues to reprise his role of Mamoru in “Sailor Moon Crystal”. There are also a few others coming that he can’t mention quite yet…
Robbie has starred as series lead in several western animated shows as well, including: “Breadwinners”, “Get Blake”, & Bottersnikes and Gumbles. He has guest-starred on such shows as: “Star Wars Rebels”, “Avengers Assemble”, “Transformers: Rescue Bots”, “Ever After High”, “Little People” and “The Tom & Jerry Show”. He has also voiced characters in several feature films, including Toneri Otsutsuki in “Naruto the Last”, Porta in “Patema Inverted”, Lino is “Gundam the Origin III” and the Fairy Cronies in “Strange Magic”, among others. Robbie can also be heard in videogames such as Final Fantasy XV as Prompto, TMNT: Mutants in Manhattan as Michelangelo, Tales of Zestiria as Sorey, Persona 5 as Goro Akechi, Final Fantasy Type-0, Star Wars: The Old Republic, The Division, Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Lego Marvel’s Avengers, The Lego Movie Videogame, Technomancer, “Trials of Cold Steel II”, Akiba’s Beat, Masquerada, Aion, Stella Glow, Xenoblade Chronicles X, Atelier Sophie, Exist Archive, Grand Chase, Skyforge, Forbidden Magna, Lineage 2, Etrian Odyssey Untold II, Blade & Soul, Fairy Fencer F and more!
After several years of preparation in the Texas hill country, a humble music lover emerged. Climbing into the electronic music scene, he took upon the name of Elevon. Through his hardcore vibes, Elevon has set out to unite the planet.
He's also well known as former Italian national champion athlete and photomodel with a big passion for Videogames (Hardcore Gaming).
His cosplays are handmade by himself with the exception of some complicated sewing parts and his specializations are armours, weapons, accesories and make-up.
During his physioteraphy and sport sciences studies, Leon trained enough to elevate himself to a national athlete level as he's also a personal trainer with Calisthenics and Parkour skills. He is working hard everyday to stay in a perfect shape.
All his cosplays are made with big passion, heart and artistic skill, something that made him become famous his "fomento" attitude : being and living full of energy and dynamism. He is also currently working for different brands like Ubisoft (Cosplayer), Cool2U (Community Manager), Cosplay Mat and CosAll (Testimonial).
Leon has a lot of experience in Cosplay Contests in Europe, he loves putting his heart into the interpretations of his characters and he has won numerous cosplay competitions in the main cons in Italy (as ECG selections in Lucca Comics and prizes in Romics) and Europe (Best Cosplay Forge in Japan Expo 2013). In 2013 Leon started to travel around the world, having been invited, as special guest, to different cons in Italy and Europe (events such as Gamescom, Paris Comics Expo and GamesWeek) and he has judged very high level cosplay competitions.
His dream is to continue to travel and meet a lot of cosplayers around the world by spreading his 'fomento' attitude for a better and positive world.
Bryson Baugus is a voice actor, singer, and stage actor from Texas. He has worked primarily with Sentai Filmworks in Houston, and his credits include: Bell in Is It Wrong To Try To Pick Up Girls In A Dungeon?; Kou Mukami in Diabolik Lovers II: More Blood; Child Gelsadra in Gatchaman Crowds Insight; Young Suna in My Love Story; Akutagawa in When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace; and Hikaru in RE: Hamatora. His voice has also been used in the shows: Chaika – The Coffin Princess; Dramatical Murder; Log Horizon 2; and Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun.
In addition to his voice work, Bryson is currently a theatre major at Sam Houston State University, and has performed on stage with a few Houston-area professional theaters. In his free time, he likes to play video games (especially D ark Souls) and create videos for YouTube!
Bryson is very excited to be attending Anime Austin for the first time, and is looking forward to meeting fans of any of the shows he’s been involved in!
Chii Sakurabi is a J-POP singer and recording artist from Tokyo, Japan. Chii is known for her high-energy music, angelic voice, and kawaii style! Having performed all around Tokyo, in 2011 Chii moved to the U.S. to expand her music internationally. Later that year, Chii released her breakout first album Mirage. It featured a unique electro-pop style with fantasy themes, as well as a mixture of English and Japanese lyrics. In 2014, Chii's music evolved dramatically creating a distinct and dynamic sound with her second album Moon Princess, based on the Japanese fairytale character Princess Kaguya. Lastly, Chii just released her new album Angelic Dream a few months ago, which is her best work yet! It’s a personal story delving into Chii’s inner mindscape with a message of following one’s dreams!
Chii has performed around the world in such countries as France, Mexico, Canada, New Zealand, Netherlands, Costa Rica, Japan, and the United States. Chii is excited to perform at Anime Austin for the first time! This is a show you will not want to miss!
Katelyn Barr is a voice actress and script writer working for Sentai Filmworks and FUNimation. You may have heard her as Ayumi Yamagou in Girls und Panzer der Film, Layla the Blue Chaika in Chaika the Coffin Princess, Liza Randog/Lizardia in Cross Ange: Rondo of Angel and Dragon, Aisu Kyuubu in Amagi Brilliant Park, Fantasia Yusano in When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace, and various other tough chicks, older sisters, monsters, tomboys, ACTUAL boys, cute cats, and evil seductresses in anime of all sorts. Katelyn’s also lent her voice to a few video game characters, such as Jackie in Marooners, Nerith in Celestial Crossing, and Kizana Sunobu from Yandere Simulator. As a script writer, Katelyn is most known for her work on shows like One Piece, Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun, Fate Kaleid Liner Prisma Illya 2wei!, and the action-packed hit Akame ga Kill!, which premiered on Toonami in August 2015. She currently resides in Houston, TX with her mic, her piano, and her carefully curated Sailor Moon collection. They’re very happy together. Katelyn’s all kinds of thrilled to meet everyone at Anime Austin and geek out about anime, games, Once Upon a Time, Panic! at the Disco, and whatever else the kids are into these days (except for the super cool new thing she can’t talk about yet, gahhh!). See you there!
James Herd is a YouTuber who owns and operates a channel called Pixcelation. Originally a gaming/anime blog, Pixcelation has been converted into a solo venture, and as such James has begun producing various review series, including James Plays Games and Anime Ambush. His informational, yet bite-sized content allows anyone to watch, regardless of their busy schedule. His series' may be just starting out, but he's a lifetime fan of anime and video games, and has been ever since he first caught a glimpse of Pokemon and The Lion King on the SNES, respectively.
James enjoys long walks on the beach, tall glasses of Gold Peak Sweet Tea and telling you the various reasons why your favorite anime series is terrible. It's okay, we're all allowed to be wrong every now and again. In any case, he's excited to meet all of the fantastic attendees of Anime Austin 2017! It's going to be an amazing time!
Thomas Tenney is a comic book and rock artist from New Jersey who relocated to Texas in the 1980s. In his mid teens, while doing art and designs for a rock band he was in, Tenney would do a portrait for then-sitting President Ronald Reagan, who would give Thomas the inspiration to start down the path to an artistic career. A few years later, Tenney would meet legendary Marvel Comics inker Terry Austin, who pointed him in the direction of comic art.
Tenney started doing comic book covers and art portfolios before landing penciling assignments for the original series of ROBOTECH: THE NEW GENERATION (known overseas as Genesis Climber MOSPEADA) and DANA’S STORY (adapted to Robotech from the original The Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross) for Comico. After the completion of the Robotech series, Tenney moved on to THE TERMINATOR for NOW comics. A year later Thomas would meet and get mentoring from comic book legend Gene Colan. Tenney would then jump over to Marvel and DC Comics. Tenney worked on IRON MAN and WEST COAST AVENGERS, was the series penciller on FORCE WORKS, and did a small something on the X-MEN for Marvel (the title that initially got him interested in comics). While working at Marvel, Thomas did double duty at DC Comics, doing L.E.G.I.O.N., DC SHOWCASE, and designing a new Fate character.
Tenney would soon head to Image Comics, pencilling YOUNGBLOOD STRIKEFILE and THE CHAPEL limited series. He would return to Marvel to pencil an AC/DC comic that led him to work with the legendary band. Tenney eventually took a hiatus from comic art to go back to his first passion of rock music art, and later started two music companies to work with independent artists. Recently, Tenney has returned to his comic roots, co-founding The Comic Forge and doing art on GIN RYU and the upcoming John Carpenter’s THE THING art book.
Eric, or “Cherry” as many of us know him as, has been a major part of the anime community in Central Texas since the beginning of the new millenium. As a stage actor out of high school, he quickly became involved in multiple cosplay performance groups in North Texas, winning multiple events at AKon and Animefest in Dallas. This passion for anime and a gregarious personality lead to his meeting with and auditioning at FUNimation Entertainment.
In that time, Eric has been in more than 23 series. He can be heard in FUNimations newest series, Assassination Classroom as Takuya Muramatsu along with parts in BenTo and Space Dandy and the international hit series, Attack on Titan. He has also been in many fan favorites such as: Fairy Tail, KenIchi the Mightiest Disciple, Initial D and One Piece to name a few.
Margaret (Meg) McDonald has been in the anime industry for over 5 years and has appeared in over 50 different titles. McDonald first got started after auditioning while she was still in school. After getting her BA in Drama at the University of St. Thomas, Meg pursued a full time acting career in the booth as well as onstage. Some of her best known anime characters include, "Rikka Takanashi" in Love, Chunibyo, and Other Delusions, "Tamako Kitashrikawa" in Tamako Market, "Miho Nishizumi" in Girls und Panzer, and "Isuzu" in Log Horizon. She can also has supporting roles in Watamote, Hakouki, Little Busters, Maria Holic, Hamatora, Mayo Chiki, Rozen Maiden: Zuruckenspulen, Maidsama, and Nobunaga the Fool to name a few. She also appears in Parasyte: The Maxim as "Makiko" and Akame Ga Kill as "Sayo".
Missy, better known as Silly Little Missy is an award-winning, published cosplayer professional, internet personality and host with over a decade of experience! She decided just two years ago to pursue her life's passion of professional cosplaying and glamour modeling, bursting into the scene with her wildly popular, and to this day, highly requested, accurate rendition of Ryuko Matoi from Studio Trigger's Kill La Kill! Since then, her work has been featured in magazines and blogs alike and has become internationally recognized! Cosplay has allowed Missy to travel across the nation to over 25 different events to be a panelist, guest, cosplay judge, entertainer, and host at conventions such as Anime Milwaukee, Fan Expo, and Wizard World to name a few! Missy has proven to be amazing to her ever-growing fan base or “Missy Mafia” of thousands! Many of her fans have dubbed her Comic Con's Sweetheart because they find that her quirky charisma lights up any room!
Join the Missy Mafia at www.sillylittlemissy.com
Michelle Pulsifer is a professional Cosmetologist and holds a College degree in Fashion Design and has enjoyed years of experience as a Cosplayer and a Lolita. Michelle discovered the wonderful world of Face and Body Art in 2009 and is now an award winning face painter who has had photos of her work published in magazines, private publications and websites. Teaching has been a large part of Michelle's life starting with teaching preschool to her current position of teaching at Austin Community College where she takes her love of learning through play with her.
As a certified Maha Yoga teacher, Zumba instructor and all around dance enthusiast she is eclectic to the core and always searching for something new to learn; art skills, crafting, glass work or fitness ideas to add to her world to share and help bring joy and fun wherever she can. With her experience and work in fashion runway shows, commercial video productions, national commercials, SXSW events, theatrical productions, cosplay competitions, national marketing events, and haunted houses she is constantly challenged to find new and interesting ways to express ideas and share those skills with other Artists to help them earn a living doing the things that they love!
Jessie Pridemore, known as RuffleButt, is a 17 year veteran of the diverse and colorful cosplay community. You may have seen her on Syfy’s cosplay competition show “Cosplay Melee!” An accomplished and award winning seamstress in her own right, she has served as a cosplay model for some of the biggest companies in the Anime and Gaming industry, including Machinima, Gungho, Ubisoft, Aniplex, Funimation, Bandai, NIS America and others. She has also made costumes for Amazon.com, Blizzard Entertainment and Obsidian Entertainment. For conventions, she has judged numerous Masquerades, coordinated competitions of all kinds and hosted many panels. Jessie has also had the honor of judging the 2012 Eurocosplay Championship finals in London. She has been featured in an episode of Subcultures as well as videos by Machinima and Nerdist. She also volunteers her time for the Combat Radio's Breakfast with Santa charity and CASA. Early in 2014, she was featured in a Microsoft Windows Phone ad representing cosplay and was featured in a full page spread of Airbrush Action with a cosplay body painting project coordinated by Webble.
When not working on her latest costume creation, Jessie’s passion is photography, with her work being published in various online and print publications including Newsweek. She is currently a seamstress and designer for Sypher Arts studios and SpiritHoods.
Thomas Mckee is a Voice actor and Stage actor from South bend, Indiana. He now works in Dallas, Texas.
Thomas was a student of Columbia College Chicago where he studied Theatre.
His Voice acting credits include One Piece with Funimation, Chaos Kernel, and many independent video games which include Pirates Vikings knights II, Riot!, and many others.
He also can be seen on many different stages throughout the Dfw theatre community. He is very excited to be coming to Anime Austin.
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