Tora-Con 2012 Announces Early Pre-Registration Badge Pick-up and Final Guests

Apr 2nd 2012

ROCHESTER, NY – April 2, 2012 – The RIT Anime Club is excited to announce Tora-Con's Pre-registration badge pick up party as well as Tora-Con's final guests for Tora-Con 2012: Kyle Hebert, Caitlin Glass, Leah Clark, Jamie Marchi, Trina Nishimura and returning again this year, Uncle Yo!

Kyle Hebert got his start in the mid 1990s as a disc jockey for Radio Disney, under the pseudonym Squeege. This lasted until September 2005, when he moved from Dallas to Los Angeles, to pursue bigger interests in the world of voice acting. Kyle has also had cameo roles in various anime dubs such as Case Closed, Fruits Basket, One Piece, and Kodocha, and a recurring role in Fullmetal Alchemist. Kyle's current list of recurring roles includes Kiba Inuzuka on Naruto, Sōsuke Aizen and Ganju Shiba in Bleach, and Kamina in Gurren Lagann. Kyle is also the current voice of Ryu in Street Fighter IV and Super Street Fighter IV and is also Big the Cat of the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise as of 2010. At Anime Expo 2009, Kyle won best English Voice Actor in the SPJA Awards for his role as Kamina in Gurren Lagann. Hebert is also a podcaster, co-founding and hosting the weekly BigBaldBroadcast with his long time friend and webmaster, known only as Otherworld Steve.

Caitlin Tiffany Glass (born November 16, 1981) is an American voice actress and ADR director. While still a college student, Caitlin was hired by FUNimation while on a tour of the studio. Her first roles were bit parts on "Case Closed" until she landed the role of Hiyono in "Spiral". She then went on to voice Triela in "Gunslinger Girl", and Takane in "Burst Angel" Her most notable role to date is as Winry Rockbell in the English language release of the anime Fullmetal Alchemist. More roles include Yakumo in "School Rumble", Souma in "Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE", Miss Anderson in "Crayon Shin-chan", Saya in "Black Cat", and Chiemi Kuniyoshi in "BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad", which she also sings in! She can also be heard in "Negima!", "Kodocha", "The Galaxy Railways", "Sakura Taisen: Ecole de Paris", and the "Lupin III" OVAs. In 2006, Caitlin began her first major directing project, Suzuka. Caitlin is one of a select few directors working on FUNimation's dub of One Piece. She also was the ADR director for Ouran High School Host Club as well as taking on the role of Haruhi Fujioka. Caitlin has finished up two new shows for FUNimation - Heroic Age and Str.A.In. Strategic Armored Infantry as well as reprising her role as Triela in Gunslinger Girl: II Teatrino. Currently she has finished work on the highly anticipated Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, once again playing the charismatic Winry Rockbell. Along with directing, Caitlin enjoys adapting theme songs for FUNimation dubs, and can occasionally be heard singing one of them!

Leah Clark a voice actress, writer and ADR director for FUNimation Entertainment. She began voice acting after shamelessly begging a friend to let her accompany them to an audition where she landed her first role as Girl B in an episode of Case Closed.

She credits the overwhelming amount of female characters in Negima! and an odd talent for creating sheep voices for the opportunity to play her first major role, Nodoka Miyazaki which opened the door for several other memorable roles to follow. Some of her favorites are: Suzuka in Suzuka, Fuyuki in Sergeant Frog, Blair in Soul Eater, Akane in Rumbling Hearts, Paris in Shin-chan and Eri in School Rumble. Her writing credits include Suzuka, Sasami, The Magical Girl Club, Strike Witches, and Peach Girl. Leah can currently be heard as Saki Morami in Eden of the East, Tenho in O Edo Rocket, Miya Miya in Bamboo Blade, and Nora in Spice and Wolf. As an ADR Director, Leah has helped the casts of Sasami, the Magical Girl Club, The Tower of Druaga, STRAIN, and a couple Case Closed movies on their way to voice acting greatness.

Raised on a steady diet of Bob Dylan, Molière, Christopher Durang and Mentos, Jamie Marchi has been making fresh and acting professionally for a number of years, which, in the interest of national security, shall not be disclosed at this time. She is best known for roles in Witchblade (Masane Amaha), Soul Eater (Liz Thompson), Sgt. Frog (Aki Hinata), Blassreiter (Amanda Werner), Spice and Wolf (Chloe), Black Cat (Rinslet Walker), Negima!(s) (Haruna), Burst Angel (Meg), One Piece (Miss Valentine), Strike Witches (Shirley), The Tower of Druaga (Fatina), Yū Yū Hakusho (Juri), Ouran (Chizuru Maihara), Rin (Mimi), Fruits Basket (Motoko Minagawa), and the unforgettable Miss Polly from Shin-chan. Jamie has behind the scene experience writing script adaptations as well as ADR Directing for several shows including Spice and Wolf, Sergeant Frog, and Negima!, amongst other "yet to be announced" ridiculously awesome titles.

Trina Nishimura has become more and more involved in the anime scene over the past few years, primarily working with FUNimation Entertainment. Trina was first cast in Desert Punk as the little hungry girl Namiko and has refused to leave the FUNimation property ever since. Her most notably awesome credits include: Black Cat (Tanya), Claymore (Flora and Sophia), Jyu Oh Se (Tiz), Kenichi the Mightiest Disciple (Shigure Kosaka), Speed Grapher (Yui), season one and two of Negima! (Lingshen Chao and Motsu), School Rumble and Yurippe School Rumble: 2nd Semester (Akira Takano), Baccano! (Rachel), Sergant Frog (Ghost Girl), Case Closed: The Last Magician of the Century the Movie (Natasha Kosaka), Nabari no Ō (Juji Minami), and the ever popular Witchblade (Shiore Tsuzuki). Having recently completed work as Nadie in El Cazador de la Bruja, the final installation in BeeTrain's "girls with guns" trilogy, Trina has finally been able to leave the FUNimation premises having proven her voice acting abilities. Since her departure she has been called back as Akeno in My Bride is a Mermaid, Luna in Cashern Sins, Mizune in Soul Eater, Francesca Lucchini in Strike Witches, Oriku in Oh! Edo Rocket, Capella Titus in Birdy the Mighty: Decode, Lan Fan in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, and her most anticipated role to date as Mari Makinami Illustrious in Evangelion 2.0.

From Albany to Albuquerque, from Denver to D.C., Uncle Yo has toured many conventions to perform his unique stand-up comedy aimed exclusively at the geek

community. Discussion panel leader, game show host and emcee all-in-one, this Renaissance Nerd keeps the laughs coming and the show rolling. Armed with his giant D20, Uncle Yo celebrates all brands of nerdom: anime, comic books, video games, LARPing, Star Wars, RPG's and manga. He may be One Piece short of a Fullmetal Alchemist, but this Jedi intern promises to “Bebop your Cowboy so hard you'll feel it in your joystick.”

There will be a badge event pick up for those who have pre-registered for Tora-Con on Friday, April 20th at 7pm at the Rochester Institute of Technology. This is only for people picking up their pre-registration badges; general registration will begin on Saturday morning. For more details visit the official site (http://toracon.rit.edu).

ABOUT TORA-CON: Tora-Con was created by the Rochester Institute of Technology Anime Club to provide anime and manga related entertainment to the Rochester area and beyond. The convention is planned and prepared by a dedicated Anime Club E-Board made up of RIT students.

About RIT Anime Club:Founded in the early 1990s, the RIT Anime Club is one of the largest anime clubs in the country with over 150 active members. The purpose of the RIT Anime Club is to enrich the academic environment by stimulating the growth and appreciation of Anime as an art form as well as the awareness and understanding of Japanese Culture. The RIT Anime Club is a not-for-profit organization.

Tora-Con 2012

Rate: At-door weekend: $30, At-door Saturday:$20, At-door Sunday $15

URL: http://toracon.rit.edu/

Date: April 21-22, 2012


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