Ai-Kon 2012 Announces First Round of Guests

Feb 27th 2012
WINNIPEG, MB - February 27, 2012 - Ai-Kon is happy to announce it's first round of guests, Christopher Sabat and Brina Palencia!

Christopher Sabat

Christopher R. Sabat has lived on a diet of Senzu Beans for nearly 15 years. As the Voice Director for Dragonaball Z as well as the actor behind Vegeta, Piccolo, Yamcha, Mr. Popo, Kami, Jeice, Recoome, Korin, Burter, Shenron, Zarbon, Guru, Porunga, and countless others, you could possibly say he is the voice of Dragon Ball Z. Christopher currently owns OkraTron 5000, a game audio and voice-over production studio in Dallas, Texas.

Christopher has also leant his voice to countless other roles in the anime and videogame world including Alex Luis Armstrong in Fullmetal Alchemist, Roronoa Zoro in One Piece, Ayame Sohma in Fruits Basket, Saiga Tatsumi in Speed Grapher, Kurogane in Tsubasa Chronicles, Daisuke Jigen in Lupin III, Garland in Dissidia: Final Fantasy, Rundas in Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, Alex D in Deus Ex: Invisible War, and both Captain Smiley and Star in Comic Jumper.

When not in the studio, Christopher tries to spend as much time as possible with his wife Tabitha and his brand new baby girl, Hero.

Brina Palencia

Brina Palencia is an actress working in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. She has voiced numerous characters for anime and video games. Some of her anime highlights include: Natsuki in Summer Wars, Chibitalia in Hetalia, Ciel Pahntomhive in Black Butler, Holo in Spice and Wolf, Yumi Azusa in Soul Eater, Sora in Oh! Edo Rocket, Rei Ayanami in Evangelion 1.0 and 2.0, Chiaotzu and Puar in Dragon Ball Kai, Juliet in Romeo X Juliet, Miharu in Nabari no Ou, Tony Tony Chopper in One Piece, Tamama in Sgt. Frog, Ennis in Baccano!, Mikoto in School Rumble, Georgie in Shin-chan, Eve in Black Cat, Moro and Zashikiwarashi in xxxHOLiC. In the land of gaming she can be heard as Mad Moxxi in Borderlands, Gerda and Paper Lad in Comic Jumper, Moogle/Dungeon Hero X in Final Fantasy Fables, the main player in Mushroom Men and The Maw, and various characters in Duke Nukem Forever, Guitar Hero III and IV, Stunt Driver 2, Ghostbusters: The Video Game, Donkey Kong Country Returns, and Street Fighter 4.

She has also served as the ADR Director for Moon Phase (eps 21-26), School Rumble, Black Blood Brothers, and xxxHOLiC (the movie and eps 1-8), Assistant ADR Director for Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE, D Gray Man, The Tower of Druaga, and Dragon Ball Kai, and Music Director for Sasami: Magical Girls Club, Negima!, My Bride is a Mermaid, Rosario + Vampire, and Dragon Ball Kai.

On camera you can see her as the co-host for GameStop TV alongside fellow voice actor, Chris Burnett. She has also had guest spots on the national television series The Good Guys and Chase and has worked on several independent features: www.imdb.me/brinapalencia. Most recently she has been producing her own musical comedy web series, The Troubadoors, which stars Brina's beloved online personality, Kagura4221973. More info can be found at www.facebook.com/TheTroubadoors.

ABOUT AI-KON: Ai-Kon (http://www.ai-kon.org) is Manitoba's largest anime convention. An all-ages event, the goal of Ai-Kon is the promotion of Japanese/Asian animation and culture to the public. Started in 2001 by a local anime club, Ai-Kon took a reorganizing hiatus in 2002. It returned in 2003 to become an autonomous event, run by an independent volunteer committee. "Ai" means "love" in Japanese, hence Ai-Kon's slogan "For the Love of Anime".

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