Kawaii Kon's First Guest Announcement for the 2013 Show

Dec 5th 2012
Honolulu, HI – December 5, 2012 - Kawaii Kon, Hawaii's premier anime convention and conference is proud to announce its first guests to the 2013 lineup.

Johnny Yong BoschVoice Actor/Musician

Johnny returns for Kawaii Kon 2013 with Eyeshine. He is best known for portraying Adam Park in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and being the English voice of Vash the Stampede in Trigun, as well as the voice of Ichigo Kurosaki in Bleach, Lelouch Lamperouge in Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion, Itsuki Koizumi in The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Kiba in Wolf's Rain, Renton Thurston in Eureka Seven, Emil Castagnier in Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World, Shotaro Kaneda in Akira, and Nero in Devil May Cry 4.

Eyeshine – Rock Band

Eyeshine is a four piece, "edge rock" band originating in West Hills, California. The band consists of Johnny, Maurice, Polo, and Ginny. At Kawaii Kon 2013, Eyeshine will be premiering their newest album and 100 limited edition albums will be sold. Also, they will be doing a video shoot at the convention and the attendees will have a chance to partake in it!

Todd HaberkornVoice Actor

Kawaii Kon welcomes Todd Haberkorn to our 2013 show. From a lovable alien frog and nerdy kid who sees paranormal activity to heir of the Death Meister Academy and a red headed personification of the country of Italy, Todd has created unique voices for a variety of characters for cartoons and video games. After doing several bit roles for the anime shows Peach Girl and Black Cat, Todd got his first major role in Suzuka as Yamato Akitski. Shortly thereafter, Todd began directing anime under Line Producers Colleen Clinkenbeard and Chris Sabat while continuing to voice in numerous properties for Funimation and video games. A few notable roles include Natsu from Fairy Tail, Italy from Hetalia, Ling Yao from Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Keroro from Sgt. Frog, Keiskuke from Initial D, Allen Walker from D. Gray Man, Hikaru Hitachin from Ouran High School Host Club, Death The Kid from Soul Eater, and many others.

Colleen ClinkenbeardVoice Actor/Director

Next, Kawaii Kon welcomes back Colleen Clinkenbeard, voice actor and director for FUNimation Entertainment, whose work can be heard in over 100 anime and video game titles. Best known for playing the English voices of Gohan in Dragon Ball Z Kai, Monkey D Luffy inOne Piece and Riza Hawkeye in Fullmetal Alchemist, Colleen can also be heard in Borderlands I and II (video game) as Lilith and Patricia Tannis. As a director, Fullmetal Alchemist is what put her on the map. Colleen has also worked on directing projects such as Black Butler, Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, and Steins;Gate, just to name a few. For an exhaustive listing of her extensive work, check her out on Wikipedia page.

Lisle Wilkerson – Voice Actor

Lisle Wilkerson grew up in Tokyo, Japan. Best known as Nina Williams and Christie Monteiro, Sarah Bryant from Virtual Fighter, Shenmue II, just to name a few. Lisle was also in the Academy Award winning Sofia Coppola film Lost In Translation, as well as the award winning indie film Kamataki. Because Lisle speaks fluent Japanese, her voice work in both English and Japanese. She not only does video game voices, she also does the voice of Batz Maru (of Hello Kitty) and commercial work for such companies as Nissan, Panasonic, Sony, etc. In 2008 she moved to the U.S., which has been quite the interesting (and sometimes challenging!) experience after living in Japan for 35 years. This led Lisle to start her blog "Memoirs of a 6ft. Blond Geisha". She currently lives in Los Angeles, where she continues to do voice work, as well as interpreting work. She is also a local correspondent/producer for many Japanese media outlets, covering everything from high-profile events like The Grammys, Academy Awards, Emmys and Golden Globes to live television and radio reports. Lisle also currently hosts two weekly entertainment shows for Japanese television.

About Kawaii Kon: Kawaii Kon is dedicated to creating a broader awareness of, and appreciation for Japanese animation by celebrating the richness of this artform. Through cooperation with the community, Kawaii Kon hopes to facilitate growth of the anime, manga and related industries in Hawaii and beyond. In addition to providing a central event for fans and enthusiasts, Kawaii Kon seeks to become a vehicle for sharing and disseminating industry information. Kawaii Kon also provides the community and related industries the opportunity to network and conduct business.

Kawaii Kon will be held at the Hawaii Convention Center from March 15 to 17, 2013. For more information please visit: www.kawaii-kon.org

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