Second Wave of Guest Announcements:
Jim Butcher – Author
Bruce Elliott – Actor, Voice Actor, ADR Director, and Script Writer
Touko Mana – Cosplayer/Photographer
Cosplay FB page: https://www.facebook.com/toukomana/
Photography FB page:
Rhapsodia Cosplay – Cosplay Duo
We are finalizing a few more special guest announcements so stay tuned!
We now have Single Day Pre-reg badges available! Go to our Registration Page for more info!
Here is our First Wave of Special Guest line up! Bios to follow at another time:
Greggo Game Shows
Samurai Dan and Jillian
Limenitis – Cosplayer
And more to come!
Our new dates are June 30th – July 2nd, 2017!
Our 2017 theme is Liberty!
We will be announcing many of our special guests in the weeks to follow as well as having our artist and vendor contracts ready soon too.
We are still working on overhauling the website as well as many future updates, so stay tuned!
We will be doing some major updates in the next month, as well as major announcements for special guests for 2017!
The information in the booklet and schedule are subject to change.
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Sausomecon 2016 – June 10-12th
At the KCI Expo Center – 11730 NW. Ambassador Dr. Kansas City, MO 64153
Friday – 2pm – 12:45am
Saturday – 10am -12:45am
Sunday – 10am – 5pm
You can pick up your pre-order badges on Thursday from 6pm-9pm in the lobby of the KCI Convention Center (not the lobby of the Holiday Inn).
Badges can be picked up Friday starting at noon.
Volunteering Form is found by clicking here!
Hotel Reservations can be reserved at the Holiday Inn right next to the KCI Expo Center by using the promo code SAA at: http://www.ihg.com/holidayinn/hotels/us/en/kansas-city/mkccr/hoteldetail
The last day to reserve a room is May 20th!
Room rates are $94.00 for Kings and $104.00 for Double Queens, before taxes.
At the KCI Expo Center – 11730 NW. Ambassador Dr. Kansas City, MO 64153
Jim Butcher is the author of the Dresden Files, the Codex Alera, and a new steampunk series, the Cinder Spires. His resume includes a laundry list of skills which were useful a couple of centuries ago, and he plays guitar quite badly. An avid gamer, he plays tabletop games in varying systems, a variety of video games on PC and console, and LARPs whenever he can make time for it. Jim currently resides mostly inside his own head, but his head can generally be found in his home town of Independence, Missouri.
Jim goes by the moniker Longshot in a number of online locales. He came by this name in the early 1990’s when he decided he would become a published author. Usually only 3 in 1000 who make such an attempt actually manage to become published; of those, only 1 in 10 make enough money to call it a living. The sale of a second series was the breakthrough that let him beat the long odds against attaining a career as a novelist.
All the same, he refuses to change his nickname.
Bio coming soon.
Yvonne Williams, of Back to Earth Creations is an artisan educator with 9 years of experience as a professional designer and costumer. Specializing in chainmaille, leather working, and wire wrapping she loves to teach hands on workshops and panels at conventions across the country and from her home studio via Youtube.
I have been cosplaying for 10+ years and have won a number of awards from Best Craftsmanship to Overall Best in Show, competing in conventions in the Midwest, from Iowa to Nebraska, Kansas, and Missouri. I am a fourth generation seamstress in my family with 25 years of sewing experience, and 15+ years of costuming construction. Being a sucker for anything with a ball gown and have made a number of well known gowns, from Ciel’s pink dress from Kuroshitsuji, to Euphemia’s gown in CLAMP’s art book of Code Geass. With the skills I’ve gathered from being a seamstress, and cosplay, I’ve put them to use as I study at UCM to get my doctorate in textile archaeology.
R BRUCE ELLIOTT was born two hundred and thirty-eight years ago in a beautiful split-level Tudor-style log cabin he built himself out of broken Legos and recycled earwax. A long-time professional actor based in Dallas, Texas, “Our Bruce’s” talents have taken him all over the United States and include work in theatre (over 200 hundred plays and musicals), film (JFK, Fletch Lives, Dr. T and the Women, The Chase, etc.), TV (Barney & Friends, Walker, Texas Ranger, Murder in the Heartland, etc.), radio, commercials and anything else he could either hypnotize or annoy someone into letting him do. But in late 2003, his long and checkered career led not to the public disgrace and/or early grave he was expecting but rather, amazingly, to his real calling — he started working as a voice actor at Funimation! His very first role (and still a favorite) was the bumbling detective Richard Moore in Case Closed, and many others soon followed. Among the approximately 180 different shows he has worked on in the last thirteen-plus years, some notable roles include Basque Gran in Full Metal Alchemist, Dot Pyxis in Attack on Titan, Guild Master Makarov in Fairy Tail, Captain Ginyu in Dragon Ball Z Kai, Narrator in Space Dandy and Sgt. Frog, Whitebeard (and five other characters) in One Piece, Tanaka in Black Butler, Bookman in D Gray Man, head samurai Kambei in Samurai Seven, Fei Wang Reed in Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle, Conrad in Romeo X Juliet (which he also co-directed with his good friend Michael Tatum), Szilard Quates in Baccano, Mr. Saito in Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad, Doc in Robotics; Notes, Hayato in Kenichi, the Mightiest Disciple, Mobeedo in Heroic Age, Jugo in Kaze no Stigma, and King Yama in the very last episode of Yu Yu Hakasho: Ghost Files. He has also had roles in a few anime films, including The One in Empire of Corpses, Hosokawa in Wolf Children, The High Seeker in Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker, and Dr. Wheelo in Dragon Ball Z: The World’s Strongest. Finally, the especially sharp-eared might recognize his voice in the occasional video game, such as Aeon Flux, Orcs Must Die (1 & 2), Bloodrayne 2, Borderlands 2, The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct, Smite, and eight different games in the Dragon Ball Z series, all as the fearlessly brainless idiot (or is that brainlessly fearless?), Captain Ginyu of the Ginyu Force! Bruce wants everyone to know he absolutely loves living the life of a voice actor, exclaiming, “It’s great! You don’t have to rehearse for weeks, or memorize hundreds of lines, or put up with dozens of other actors (such awful people!), or wear a costume, or put on makeup (well, many do, of course, but it’s not required),” and plans to continue doing it “until they are forced to pry the microphone from my cold, dead hands!” — which, at his advanced age, could be any moment now. (Get those autographs while you can, folks!).
Cynthia Cranz is returning to Sausomecon for her second visit! She has been acting professionally since 1991. She has appeared on stage, TV, radio, film and in comercial print. Born in Fort Worth, TX, she graduated from Grapevine High School and is an alumnus of The University Of Mississippi where she minored in Psychology, earning a degree in History. After college, she returned to her roots in Fort Worth, where she worked in local theaters and continued studying acting. She signed with The Tomas Agency in 1993 and has been working with Funimation since 1999, when she was cast in her first Anime role, as Chi Chi on DBZ. Next came Boton on Yu Yu Hokusho, Mitch on Case Closed, Mitzi on Shin-Chan, Paninya, on Full Metal, Diana on Lupin the Third, and Coach Mo on Big Windup. Other favorite supporting roles include shows such as Negima, Kodacha and One Piece. She currently resides in her native Fort Worth with husband Mitchell McManis and their several four-legged fur babies, where she continues to act, practice real estate, ride horses and compete in equestrian events.
Touko Mana is a cosplayer by day and a photographer…at the exact same time. At cons, you can normally find Touko taking other cosplayer’s photos while wearing cosplays of her own. She never lets high heels or armor get in the way of getting the perfect shot.
Touko has been cosplaying since 2008 here in Kansas City and started crafting cosplays on her own in 2011. Her expertise in cosplay includes penny-pinching, craft-foam accessories and armor, and on the occassion, she makes some really strange wigs.
On the photography side of things, Touko has been a cosplay photographer officially since 2014. She’s the owner and head photographer of T.S.I.M. Photography with her fiance being her photography assistant and partner. Since 2014, she’s been doing photoshoots for cosplayers at cons she attends and for cosplayers who live in the area and are wanting to do a shoot outside of conventions. Everyone wonders where she goes come nighttime at conventions, and normally, she’s just wanting to go to the hotel room and edit the shots she took that day. She’s also looking to purchase her official business license this year.
Outside of her main two loves of cosplay and photography, she is also a model for Career Images Model and Talent Agency Inc. and modeled in the Kansas City Urban Fashion Fest back in August 2016. In her down time, she really enjoys video games of all genres, drawing, spending way too much time on social media, and drowning herself in Mexican food. If her fiance can pull her away from Final Fantasy XIV, she will occasionally watch some anime. But, y’know, video games. And food.
Wendy Powell is a voice actress that has been in such shows as Full Metal Alchemist and FMA:Brotherhood as Envy, Case Closed, Fairy Tail, Black Butler, Soul Eater, Claymore and many more.
Bio to be updated soon
Jacob “J.M” Bond has worn many hats over the years. Growing up in a family of professional clowns, from a young age he has always had an interest in entertaining people. Working at a public library he found opportunities to hone his skills, entertaining children as a storyteller for the past seven years and becoming a puppeteer & builder for the last five. In those five years he learned to design and create original patterns for puppets of various sizes and types, ranging from dragons to aliens and many more. Earlier this year he debuted his latest creation and challenge, an eight foot long wearable Yoshi puppet / costume, in the halls of Naka-Kon.
His true love, however, is comics. Beginning with a collaboration project called “Not Quite Terrestrial”, he has spent the past fifteen years working & developing various webcomics. His current series is called “Toshokan Anime Club”, which can be found at www.tanimeclub.com, is a comedy about a group of anime fans. J.M. Bond is currently polishing up his first children’s novel which may see the light of day eventually.
Aaron Dismuke is an American voice actor, adaptive writer and director primarily with Funimation Entertainment. He got his start voice acting at age 9, as Hiro Sohma in Fruits Basket, moving on to voice Alphonse Elric in Fullmetal Alchemist (at age 12). Other major roles include Leonardo Watch in Blood Blockade Battlefront, Van Fanel in Escaflowne (2016 version), Oscar in RWBY, Yo Takami in Deadman Wonderland, Twelve in Terror in Residence, Arslan in The Heroic Legend of Arslan, and Lucifer in Devil is a Part Timer. He worked as assistant director for Ninja Slayer and Fairy Tail, and director for Shomin Sample and Nanbaka. He was also part of the ADR writing teams that adapted scripts for Fairy Tail, Ninja Slayer, Nanbaka and Tokyo Ghoul.
Kazha is a 3 piece rock band formed by a singer/songwriter Kazuha Oda and a guitarist Hideki Matsushige. Kazuha Oda is a classically trained singer born in Japan, spent her childhood in several different countries including Brazil. She started out as a solo singer and recorded over 20 different
records/projects from classic to heavy metal music until now. She has worked with wide variety of performers including Grammy winner Bob James. Her songs have appeared on the iTunes Top 100 charts of numerous countries for a significant amount of time. She has worked as a singer in various field of music industry in Japan, but her dream had always been to start a rock band that tours
After releasing their first album “Overture” in 2010, Kazha had their first North America tour (includes
Mexico) debuting at Asian Heritage Street Celebration in San Francisco playing with the American Hip
Hop group “Far East Movement”. Since then, the band have been touring around the world, including
Europe and Asia appearing at various festivals and conventions. Kazha also have been performing at
local venues including The World Famous Whiskey A Go Go (Los Angeles) and RockHouseLive
(Memphis), sharing stage with musicians such as Gilby Clarke, Lynch Mob, Tantric, LA Guns, Y&T,
They continue their musical adventure armed with their strong belief in their music and aspirations of
achieving their goal. Their music combines the softness of a falling feather and the heaviness of a
hurricane. Kazha represents a new future of the world music: a fusion of cultures and musical view
points that create their sound.
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.