John Mesplay is an Operation Iraqi and Operation Enduring Freedom veteran with a love for video games, art and movies. As a high school student he was introduced to the world of visual effects through movies like “Jurassic Park” and “Final Fantasy Spirits Within,” as well as games like “StarCraft” and “Legends of Zelda: Ocarina of Time”. After high school he joined the army as a Combat Engineer stationed in Iraq and Germany, where he served as part of a principle support detachment (VIP bodyguard), and a reconnaissance/demolition operations engineer. After leaving the Army he attended Pittsburg State University, where he studied commercial art and 3D art for video games/movies. He helped update the program with digital art media, and pushed for the art program to have an area for three-dimensional computer graphics, digital painting and digital sculpting. Graduating May 2012. Early 2014 helped with 3D modeling on the film Guardians of the Galaxy. He then went to work on TV shows such as Flash, Agents of Shield, Sleepy Hollow and more. He currently works for a small Indy gaming company in Dallas working on the TUG.
Starting with the fan favorite Android 16 in Dragonball Z , Jeremy Inman has been voice acting since 2000. Since then he has gone on to voice many characters in numerous popular shows, including Taurus in Fairy Tail, Breda in Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood, along with more recent additions such as Magellan in One Piece.
Along with Voice Acting Jeremy has worked as a ADR/Voice Director since 2004. His works as a Director include: Desert Punk, One Piece, Sengoku Basara, Terror in Resonance, Gangsta, The Heroic Legend of Arslan, and Heavy Object.
Rachael Messer is a professional and full time voice actress. She has voice acted in numerous animes, cartoons, video games, radio plays, and commercials. She has worked with FUNimation in animes.
She is currently the voice of Shiara in the new animated tv series “Prince Adventure” along with Christopher Sabat, Vic Mignogna, Chuck Huber, and Todd Haberkorn and many others.
She is in Heroes of Newerth, the Teacher in Yanadere Simulator, Wakfu Raiders, a Wii U game called Anima: Gates of Time, Astra in the Xbox game, and over 40 different other games. She also does film and is the leading female role in the new tv series “It’s Just Brunch” with South Parks’ Toby Morton and Peter Bedgood.
“No one gave two craps about her, but they should’ve. Because this 1967 Chevrolet Impala would turn out to be the most important car–no, the most important object in pretty much the whole universe.” – Chuck Shurley, Supernatural Season 5 Episode 22, “Swan Song”
The Winchesters’ iconic ride isn’t just well-equipped, or fast, or easy on the eyes. She’s all those things, to be sure, but for the vast majority of Sam and Dean’s lives, “Baby” has been their base of operations, a make-shift motel, and just home in general. She even saved the world once, just by existing.Mary the Impala is a completely show-accurate replica of Baby, down to the hidden weapons cache in the trunk, the army man stuffed in the ashtray, and Sam and Dean’s initials carved into the package tray. She calls Kansas home and lives between KC and Lawrence, where the Winchesters’ story began. Mary’s also had the honor of appearing in the Season 10 DVD documentary, “Fans,” released in 2015. You’ll find her close to the 5-minute mark, still sporting her original Nantucket Blue paint.
Guests at Sausomecon are invited to take as many pictures of and with Mary as they like. But for a small donation, they can pose with any of the props in Mary’s trunk, or even sit in the driver’s seat for a Dean’s-eye-view, and 70% of every cent donated will go directly to the fan’s choice of Mary’s supported charitable organizations. So while they’re having fun with a badass car, they’re also making a difference.
Mary is owned by Megan Woodard, a slightly obsessed Supernatural fangirl, and her very accommodating husband, Marcus.
Greggo has been producing game shows for anime conventions across North America since 1999! Known for his parodies of some of the more famous game shows in television history (including Match Game, Press Your Luck, Pyramid and The Price is Right), Greggo has also developed original shows and will always be focused on bringing entertaining and interactive fun wherever he goes!
Chii Sakurabi is J-POP singer and recording artist from Tokyo, Japan. Chii originally performed live throughout Tokyo, and in 2010 moved to the U.S. to expand her music internationally. In late 2011, Chii’s breakout first album Mirage was released. It featured a unique electropop style with fantasy themes, as well as a mixture of English and Japanese lyrics. In May 2014, Chii took a giant leap forward with her second album, Moon Princess, creating a distinct and dynamic sound with a story based on the Japanese fairytale character Princess Kaguya.
Chii has performed live at various anime and pop culture conventions in such countries as the United States, France, Mexico, Canada, New Zealand and Japan. Chii’s concerts are known for their high-energy and visual stories as well as Chii’s passsionate voice, kawaii dances, and lolita fashion!
The Troubadours of Trouble, Makers of Mischief, and Raconteurs of Raunchy, Beard and Bean are coming to Sausomecon to bring their own brand of mayhem and mirth to the audience. Geeky game shows, messy challenges, or perhaps a super-secret all adult after hours panel are all possibilities. Unless you’re talking to the people that hire them, they well be sure to tell you that there is no super-secret all adult after hours panel happening at all. and Beard and Bean agree with them 97.2%.
Joe Grisaffi is an actor and award-winning director from Houston, Texas. The films he has directed include Laughing Boy, Dead of Knight, Conjoined, and Lars the Emo Kid. Films Joe has appeared in include Psychic Experiment, Jacob, Doll Factory, The Haunted Trailer and the upcoming films In a Madman’s World and Gem of the Rainforest. Joe spent some time at ADV Films where he directed the English dub of Cyberteam in Akihabara and voiced roles in the animes Tears for Tiara, Megazone 23 Part II, Saiyuki and others. Joe is an avid video game collector whose collection consists of home consoles dating back to the 1970s as well as many classic upright arcade games and pinball machines. Visit Joe’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/joegrisaffi
Since losing their beloved 80’s show to the new models, the original Transformers have worked to integrate themselves into modern society, and have found a new hobby…Partying. Now, they have no desire to return to the screen. Their desire is to spend their existence making the lifeforms of this planet happy and make sure they have fun!
Lisle grew up in Tokyo, Japan and moved to the US in 2008. She speaks fluent Japanese, and has been hosting radio/tv shows in Japanese/English ever since she was 19 yrs old.
LIsle is best known as the powerhouse behind such kick-ass female video game as Nina Williams, Christie Monteiro and Zafina from the Tekken franchise, Sarah Bryant from Virtua Fighter, quite a few characters from Shenmue II, many of the female voices in CRAZY TAXI 1 & 2, and Christ Monteiro in last year’s “Streetfighter vs. Tekken” game.
Lisle was also in the 2003 Academy Award winning Sofia Coppola film “Lost in Translation”, and played a principal role in the 2006 award winning indie film “Kamataki”.
She is currently based in Los Angeles, and works as a freelance voice over actress, as well as being a local correspondent for the Academy Awards, Emmys, Golden Globes and Grammys for Japan.
She also hosts a weekly entertainment tv show on NTV BS in Japan, and also hosts a weekly radio segment on INTER-FM.
And she also works as an interpreter, sometimes doing interpreting for anime con guests as well.
With over 1500 films and TV episodes to his credit, Matt Greenfield has been writing, directing and producing both animated and live-action programming (plus the occasional comic book) since the dawn of time. His work has been distributed internationally by–among others–ADV Films, Anime Network, FUNimation, Happy Carrot, Madman Entertainment, Maiden Japan, Media Blasters, Sentai Filmworks, Section 23, SoftCel Pictures, Switchblade Pictures and Syren. Born in California, he escaped at an early age and spent his formative years wandering the country, absorbing cartoons, science fiction novels and horror movies like a sponge–knowledge he now squeezes out with a modified colander in order to make a living.
Tiffany Grant is excited to attend SausomeCon! Best known as Asuka in NEON GENESIS EVANGELION, Tiffanywas the first anime voice actor hired in Texas [Feb. 1994].
Ms. Grant has adapted English dubbing scripts for TV series such as HELLO KITTY’S ANIMATION THEATER, MABURAHO, AH! MY GODDESS 2, THE WALLFLOWER, INFINITE STRATOS, TEARS TO TIARA and Toonami’s PARASYTE-THE-MAXIM, as well as scripts for several subtitled projects including MIYUKI CHAN IN WONDERLAND and the live-action TOKYO – THE LAST MEGALOPOLIS.
Additionally, Tiffany contributed to the albums “Voices for Peace” and “Voices for Tolerance”www.voicesfor.org. Profits benefit charities like Doctors Without Borders. CDs and downloads:www.cdbaby.com & iTunes.
Robert Axelrod has carved a career in show business that runs the gamut. Born and raised in New York City, he did commercials and theater as a child and teen, eventually ending up in the Soho Avant-garde Theater scene in a show called “Little Trips”, then Off-Broadway in a play called “The Destroyers”. Axelrod left acting for the world of music. He spent eight years as a working rock musician playing electric bass and singing in folk, rock, and soul bands. Music brought him to Los Angeles where he decided to return to acting, a decision he never regrets.
Since then, Mr. Axelrod has appeared in over thirty feature films including four with Charles Bronson, the Sci-Fi hit remake “The Blob” with Kevin Dillon and many others. Television appearances include guest star roles on “Amazing Stories”, “Star Trek Voyager”, “Tim And Eric’s Awesome Show”, and “The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. He also starred in the Michael Jackson music video “Stranger in Moscow”, and the horror dark comedy, “The Revenant”. His performance in the short film THE GOLDFISH is garnering rave reviews.
Mr. Axelrod is also a busy voice over artist. He is the voice of Lord Zedd and Finster on the “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers”. The Lord Zedd voice is one of the most recognizable character voices around. He voiced Armadillomon and Wizardmon on “Digimon, Microchip, The Punisher’s sidekick, on “Spiderman”, Rico on “Robotech”, and has voiced countless Anime features including “Akira”, “The Big O”, “Cowboy Bebop”, “Brain Scratch”, et al. As Lord Zedd, he starred in both the first Power Rangers feature film and the wildly popular live show that toured the country. He was a regular character on Saban Entertainment’s “Wowser” series (as Ratso Catso), “Journey To The Heart of the World” (as Scarface), “Hallo Spencer” (as Elmer), and more. He just finished narrating the mockumentary “Safety First: The Rise of Women and voicing four Anime series, “Gaiking”, “Danguard Ace”, “Captain Horlock”, “The Adventures of Nadja”, and “Fist of the North Star”.
Chuck Hüber started acting in Anime in the roles of Garlic Jr. and Android 17 in DBZ. Since then he has voiced hundreds of characters including Hiei in YuYu Hakusho, Stein in Soul Eater, Kululu in Sgt. Frog, Mohji in One Piece, Shou Tucker in Full Metal Alchemist, Han in Blue Gender, Hiro in Shin Chan, Ashe in Black Butler, Reever in D. Gray Man, Hector in Glass Fleet, Yuichi in Initial D., Akai in Oh Edo Rocket, Melt in The Tower of Druaga, Adashino in Mushishi, Eric Nishijima in Darker Than Black, Havel in Trinity Blood, Austria in Hetalia and many more. He has been a writer on Hetalia, Sgt. Frog, Baccano, Spice and Wolf and others.
Video games Chuck has contributed voices for include Borderlands II, Ghostbusters, The Walking Dead, Aeon Flux, DBZ and more.
As a filmmaker Chuck has acted, produced, written or directed for Arbor Day – The Musical, The Troubadoors, The Fragility of Seconds, The Mechanical Grave, Odd Man Out among others. He began acting in Chicago at the Goodman Theater, Court Theater, Steppenwolf Theater after graduating from DePaul University and continues to work on stages in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Most recently he played Hugh Jameison in the movie Parkland, produced by Tom Hanks and starring Billy Bob Thornton and Paul Giamatti. He will return to the role of Dr. McCoy in the streaming series, Star Trek Continues.
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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