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Guest Announcement: Eric Wile

We’re excited to announce another guest for No Brand Con 2020: Eric Wile!

Eric Wile is an accredited video game designer. He has been vital in the process of producing many video games created by Sony Online. His most notable talents are level creation, design, character builds, game mechanics, storyboarding and much more.

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Guest Announcement: Wig-Wig Cosplay

No Brand Con is happy to announce this year’s cosplay guest, Wig Wig Cosplay!

Traveling from neighboring Minnesota for their first ever No Brand Con, this dynamic duo is an award-winning competitive cosplay pair who have been crafting together since 2013. Paragon and SkyPirate are best known for their combination of technical sewing and fabrication skills alongside entertaining performances. In 2019, they represented the USA in Madrid, Spain at the International Cosplay League and won first place in the duo category – and the first duo gold internationally won for the USA! Their list of self-taught specialties includes sewing, leatherwork, foamwork, wig-styling, propwork, silk painting, and many more. Alongside competition, they have been judging craftsmanship and performance as well as working to promote and assist cosplay departments and competitions around the country. When not in the greenroom, Wig-Wig Cosplay has a passion for learning new techniques and skills, and they love sharing their knowledge and experience with the community. Check out their panels and be sure to come say hello!

(Photos via IG user Fruitycakely)

Guest Announcement: Kyle McCarley

No Brand Con is happy to announce another guest for 2019 — voice actor Kyle McCarley!

Kyle McCarley grew up (but not really) in Kansas and moved to Los Angeles at age 18 to study acting. After getting hooked on playing World of Warcraft with his buddies, he co-wrote, co-directed, and voiced several characters in a fan-made online radio play loosely set in that universe. Once he finished his Theatre degree at the University of Southern California, he decided to further pursue that passion in the form of a career in voice acting. Kyle can now be heard in anime, video games, cartoons, audiobooks, live action dubs, TV and radio commercials, industrial ads, and even a talking toy plunger.

Notable anime credits include Mikazuki Augus in Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, Shigeo “Mob” Kageyama in Mob Psycho 100, Koku in B: The Beginning, Ryo in Devilman Crybaby, Joe Shimamura, a.k.a. 009, in Cyborg 009: Call of Justice, Aoba Kuronuma in Durarara!!x2, Shinji Matou in Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works, Ryota Watari in Your Lie in April, Helbram in Seven Deadly Sins, Claudia Hodgins in Violet Evergarden, John Steinbeck in Bungo Stray Dogs, Iruka Umino in Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, Gran in Granblue Fantasy: The Animation, Kirii in Blame!, Joichiro Nishi in Gantz: O, Silas Norman in The Asterisk War, and Ikuya Ogura in Ajin: Demi-Human.

Kyle’s video game credits include Android 9S in NieR: Automata, Alm in Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, Hyde from Under Night In-Birth in BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, the Prototype Koga skin in Paladins, Zeroken in Disgaea 5, Haruto Higurashi in Zanki Zero, the Pot O’ Gold Fafnir and Playmaker Ne Zha skins in SMITE, Daniel in Unepic, Seilong and Kir in Summon Night 6, Oz, the Trickster in Atlas Reactor, and various characters in Final Fantasy XV, Tales of Berseria, God Eater 2: Rage Burst, Grand Kingdom, and Omega Quintet.

A full list of Kyle’s credits is available at KyleMcCarley.com, and if you follow him on Twitter (@kylemccarley), Twitch (twitch.tv/kylemccarley), or like his Facebook page (facebook.com/kylemccarleyvo), you can keep up with all his excitement (or lack thereof).

Guest Announcement: Mr. CreepyPasta

We’re happy to add another name to our guest list for 2019, Mr. CreepyPasta!

Creepy Pasta is the new Urban Legend. These stories of terror and dread spring from the minds of many talented people around the internet and are compiled into free to listen audiobooks by one specific voice. Mr. CreepyPasta, Horror Storytelling Podcast and Youtuber, is a well known voice for such famous horror stories such as Jeff the Killer, Tales from the Gas Station and Borrasca. He started 7 year ago and over that time has becoming a staple in the YouTube community and in the horror genre with over 1.2 Million Subscribers. Since then he has moved into VA voice acting. MrCreepyPasta has produced 2 Creepy Pasta Collection Anthologies that have broken the top 50 Horror Anthologies on amazon and The CreepyPasta Comic Book.

Guest Announcement: Lewis “Linkara” Lovhaug

We’re happy to announce our next guest for 2019, Youtuber Lewis “Linkara” Lovhaug!

Lovhaug is the host of Atop the Fourth Wall, where he talks about the worst comic books ever created while fending off robots, mad scientists, and demon glitch Gods from other dimensions. He also occasionally talks for way too long about a show that adapts footage of people in spandex fighting rubber-suited monsters in his retrospective series “History of Power Rangers” (when he’s able to keep it on youtube due to ContentID claims, at least).

Guest Announcement: Sledgehammer Cosplay

We’re happy to announce our first guest, Sledgehammer Cosplay!

Sledge is a Cosplayer and Prop maker based in Austin, TX. Attending conventions since 2008, Sledge has hosted numerous panels, community events, and admins multiple social media groups centered on cosplay and nerd culture. Over the years Sledge has made dozens of props and armor pieces for friends in order to increase his skills. He’s partnered with companies for promotional marketing. He’s been featured in Cosplayers Among Us, Men vs Cosplay Calendar, and in Cosplay Culture Magazine. Sledge is focused on maintaining positivity in the cosplay community through local meetups, prop seminars, and charity events. Dedicated to constant improvement, Sledge hopes to eventually compete on an international level.

Guest Announcement: John Swasey

We’re excited to announce another guest for No Brand Con 2018, and that is voice actor John Swasey. John started down the road of anime in 1997, when he landed his first role in Golden Boy from ADV Films. Since then, John has gone on to voice hundreds shows and characters with Sentai Films, Funimation, ADV Films, Switchblade Films, Okratron 5000, Gearbox, Seraphim Digital and Illumitoons just to name a few. John’s wife once quipped that there are certain actors who might be the “Brad Pitts” of anime but John is the “Kevin Bacon” of anime.

Being more of the character actor type has given John the freedom to voice bazillions of characters such as Undertaker in Black Butler, Salvador in Borderlands II (VG), Gendo in Evangelion, Sgt. Hauser in Halo (VG), Lord Death in Soul Eater, Hoenheim in Fullmetal Alchemist, Sir Crocodile in One Piece, Dodoria in DBZ Kai, Kogoro in Sgt. Frog, Huang in Darker than Black, Hades in Fairy Tale, Zachary in Attack on Titan, Aramaki in Ghost in the Shell, and Jinnouchi in Summer Wars, as well as roles in the live action films 2009 Lost Memories, Conduct Zero, Yesterday, Jungle Juice, and the Gamera trilogy. Most recently you can catch John in the broadcast series of GANGSTA as Chad, and Akame Ga Kill as Bols as seen on Toonami.

John voiced his favorite role (Kumatetsu, The Beast) in Funimation’s theatrical release of Mamoru Hosoda’s film, The Boy and the Beast.

In 2004, John jumped to the other side of the “mic” to direct. Some of the shows he has recently directed include Ushio and Tora, Squid Girl, Flip Flappers, and Yona Yona Penguin. John loves working in the world of anime as a director and voice actor!

Currently John is working with pals Kyle Jones and Jay Hickman on an original animation full length movie called The Perfect Khan. In addition to anime, John has acted in radio and tv commercials and films.

Guest Announcement: Kid Yuki and the Otakus

No Brand Con is excited to announce this year’s musical guest, Kid Yuki and the Otakus! Appearing on Saturday only, Kid Yuki and The Otakus is a rock band united under one mission: to bring your favorite anime and video game music to life.

Their acoustic show features a list of over 100 songs for you to choose from – songs from anime like One Piece, Attack on Titan, and My Hero Academia; games like Kingdom Hearts, NieR: Automata, and Fire Emblem; and other nerdy series like RWBY, Steven Universe, and Scott Pilgrim. Come hang out, sing along, and have a good time!

Check out www.youtube.com/c/kidyuki1 for a taste of what’s in store.


Guest Announcement: Kaye Cosplay (Sammi Nystrom)

We’re happy to announce another guest for No Brand Con 2018, Sammi Nystrom, aka “Kaye Cosplay!”

Nystrom is an award-winning cosplayer and professional costumer for the Walt Disney Company. Since 2005, she has won over fifteen cosplay awards, most recently representing the United States for the International Cosplay League competition that was held in Madrid, Spain, where she was awarded 2nd place Solo Craftsmanship.

Many who follow her work have come to know Sammi for her craftsmanship, technicality, and cleanliness in sewing. An early fanatic of anime, comics, video games, and anything “nerdy”, Sammi quickly became immersed in the convention and cosplay world, making her first cosplay at the age of 12. A master at designing cosplays to suit real people, she has created a body of work showcasing that anybody can cosplay the characters they love.

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Guest Announcement: SungWon Cho (ProZD)

We’re happy to announce another guest for No Brand Con 2018, and that’s SungWon Cho — though you may know him better as “ProZD.” Normally this is the point of the guest annoucement post where I attempt to naturally segue into the guest’s official bio, but there’s not really a good way to do that this time around. Instead, I’ll just abruptly cut to it here: Continue reading Guest Announcement: SungWon Cho (ProZD)