We're so excited to announce our Guest Lineup for ETSU-Con 2015!
Andre Meadows of "Black Nerd Comedy"
Andre Meadows, known as the "Black Nerd", is a YouTube comedian on his show "Black Nerd Comedy". Andre reviews, rants, and talks about all nostalgic things ranging from video games, to Ninja Turtles, The Smurfs, and more! Check out his YouTube channel here, subscribe to his videos, and be one of his "play cousins"!
Matthew Mercer is a Los Angeles-based actor/voice actor known primarily for his roles in animation and video games.
His extensive training in theater, improv, and being a life-long hardcore gamer helped prepare him for such projects and characters as Leon Kennedy in Resident Evil 6 and Resident Evil: Damnation, Captain Levi in Attack on Titan, Kanji in Kill la Kill, Kiritsugu Emiya in Fate/Zero, Gundahar in KNACK, Anarky in Batman: Arkham Origins, Alvin in Tales of Xillia, Sinbad in Magi, Kuroh Yatogami in K, Rexxar in Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, Iron Man/Tony Stark in Iron Man: Rise of Technovore, Walter in Shin Megami Tensei IV, Rihan Nura in Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan, Tygra in Cartoon Network's Thundercats, Chrom in Fire Emblem: Awakening, Reapmon/Beelzemon in Digimon Fusion, and many other projects available online.
D.A. Adams is an Amazon Bestselling Fantasy authour of the 'Brotherhood of Dwarves' series of novels and a returning guest from ETSU-Con 2014! D.A. Adams was born in Florida but was raised in East Tennessee. He received a Master of Arts in Writing from the University of Memphis in 1999 and has taught college English for over a decade. His first novel, The Brotherhood of Dwarves, was released in 2005 and has been described as a solid, honest work about camaraderie, bravery, and sacrifice, a very personal journey, more interested in the ways that a person is changed by life's events than in epic battles and high magic. In 2008, the sequel, Red Sky at Dawn, was released to the exaltation that this novel thunders along, at times with dizzying speed. The action is visceral and imaginative without being gratuitous. Book three, The Fall of Dorkhun, came out in 2011, followed by book four, Between Dark and Light, in 2012. Make sure to bring your copy for signing, as autographs are free!
Ashly Burch is a mega popular YouTuber, Actress, Comedian, Activist, Voice Actress, Writer, AND Singer! She's well-known for her role in Valve's, 'Borderlands 2' and 'Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel' as the voice of Tiny Tina, the sweet little girl with the best guns on the planet! She's also the exceptionally popular star of, "Hey Ash, Whatcha' Playin'?", with well over 200,000 subscribers and fans. Ashly has recently been seen in the critically acclaimed film, "Must Come Down" and her prowess as an actress is highly sought after. Additionally, Ashly's voice acting work is some of the best around with credits in today's best cartoons like Bee & PuppyCat, Adventure Time, Over the Garden Wall, Space Dandy, and Attack on Titan as Sasha Braus! Ashly is constantly working on cool new projects, lending her voice to video games and TV shows, and finding new ways to make awesome seem like an understatement for her! Hey Ash, Whatcha' Playin'? can be seen regularly on YouTube at www.
youtube.com/hawpofficial, and some of her work in gaming and activism can be found on her blog http://gamessavedmylife.tumblr.com/ and http://www.ashlyburch.com/projects.html.
Steven J. Blum
With literally hundreds of Voice Acting Credits to his name, Veteran Voice Monkey Steve Blum is best known as the voice of "Spike Spiegel" from Cowboy Bebop, "Wolverine" from several incarnations of X-Men (animated movies, games, the Wolverine and X-Men TV series, The Super Hero Squad Show, X-Men Anime, and more), "Orochimaru", "Zabuza", and others from Naruto, "Green Goblin" from the Spectacular Spiderman series, "Heatblast", "Vilgax", and "Ghostfreak" frmo Ben 10, "Grayson Hunt" (Bulletstorm), "Grunt" (Mass Effect 2 and 3), "Zoltan Kulle" from Diablo 3, "Abathur" from Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm, "Tank Dempsey" (Call of Duty), "Killer Croc" from Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City, "Oghren" (Dragon Age: Origins/Awakening), "Vincent Valentine" (Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children and Final Fantasy VII: Dirge of Cerberus), "Leeron" (Guren Lagann), "Jaime" from Megas XLR, "The Bounty Hunter" and many more voices in Star Wars: The Old Republic and numerous voices in loads of Star Wars games, the voice of 7-11, over a dozen Digimon, and an enourmous list of other characters from anime, video games, TV, and movies. In 2012, Steven J. Blum was inducted into the hallowed Guinness Book of World Records as, 'Most Prolific Voice Actor in Video Games-appearing in almost 300 games!
Recently, you can find him on the Emmy award-winning, "Transformers: Prime", playing the sometimes delusional, but always deadly "Starscream" and also as "Heatwave" on the action-packed, kid-friendly, Transformers: Rescue Bots! Also, Steve has lately been lending his talents as "Devil Dinosaur" on HULK: Agents of SMASH, several characters on, Ultimate Spiderman, Ben 10: Omniverse, "Skips" on Cartoon Network's, "Regular Show", Doc McStuffins, Uncle Grandpa, Wander over Yonder, Tenkai Knights, and as the terrifying equalist leader, "Amon" on the hit series, 'Avatar: The Legend of Korra'!
And, after 4 years off the air, thanks to tremendous fan support, Steve once again takes the helm of the great star cruiser 'Absolution', reprising his role as, "TOM", the robotic host of Cartoon Network's Toonami on Adult Swim!
Look for him as "Zeb Orrelios" in the new series, "Star Wars: Rebels" on Disney XD, and in the new Laika film, "The Boxtrolls" as "Shoe" and "Sparky". For more info, please visit www.steveblumvoices.com or find Steve on IMDB and Twitter @blumspew!
Featured Panelist: Aki Glancy (EmpathP)
"EmpathP (Aki Glancy) is a VOCALOID Producer from Virginia and one of the more influential producers in the United States. A musician and illustrator, EmpathP has consulted independently with VOCALOID production companies Crypton Future Media Inc., PowerFX, Voctro Labs, and VocaTone to beta test their software and compose original demos for the VOCALOIDS Hatsune Miku, KAITO, MEIKO, MAIKA, and YOHIOloid. She is also the official designer and illustrator of the English Celtic VOCALOID AVANNA. In the past her music has been performed live in concert through AniMiku, Vocalekt Visions, and Tourbux productions. EmpathP's wish is to spread the love of VOCALOID music and technology across the United States.
Check out her bandcamp: https://empathp.bandcamp.com/ "