Kameha Con Confirms Goku Voice Actor Peter Kelamis' Attendance After Miscommunication
posted on 2018-03-08 17:45 EST by Jennifer Sherman
Many fans were disappointed on February 22 when Kameha Con announced that Canadian voice actor Peter Kelamis would no longer attend this year's convention in May. The news created a buzz on social media and caused speculation among fans. Kelamis played Goku in Canadian production company Ocean Studios' English dub of Dragon Ball Z and the series' first three anime films.
However, the convention attendance situation came to a happy resolution when the convention cited "miscommunication" and announced on Saturday that Kelamis will attend.
Kelamis had posted a letter on his Twitter account on Friday to explain why he would no longer appear at Kameha Con. (Note: The Tweet is no longer available.) In the letter, he stated that Kameha Con cancelled his appearance, and he theorized that "a fellow actor [was] directly responsible for my cancellation," adding "I have considered discussing the situation directly with the person in question, but that is difficult since the person has gone so far as to block me on Twitter."
There is no confirmation of the person Kelamis is referring to in his letter. Nevertheless, fan criticism of the news quickly spread, causing Kelamis to intervene in the discussion.
Hey Guys, I appreciate all the support yesterday given the "Dragon Ball" situation. I would ask that people be civil. There were unfortunate circumstances that occurred, but the name calling has gotten rather ugly. I think we are all better than that.-Thanks @KamehaCon— Peter Kelamis (@PeterKelamis) March 3, 2018
Kameha Con also posted a statement on Twitter about the situation on Friday:
Hey Everyone! We are aware of @PeterKelamis tweet today. We wish him nothing but the best! We handled the situation to the best of our ability. We compensated him above his contractual requirements when made the change and offered him a spot next year.— KamehaCon (@KamehaCon) March 3, 2018
It seems that the social media outcry may have contributed to "pertinent parties" discussing the situation on the phone, leading them to "come to terms to make history." Both Kelamis and Kameha Con announced on Twitter on Saturday that Kelamis will attend the event.
Dragon Ball Fans, I'm very happy to say the pertinent parties related to the situation from yesterday did the "Adult" thing today and talked on the phone. We discussed the lapses in communication, and cleared the air respectfully. @KamehaCon announcement to follow shortly!— Peter Kelamis (@PeterKelamis) March 3, 2018
There has been a lot of miscommunication in the past and we apologize for that, but we HAVE rectified it. We value ALL the guests AND fans attending this May. Thank you SO MUCH for your support.— KamehaCon (@KamehaCon) March 3, 2018
In addition to Kelamis, fellow Goku voice actor Sean Schemmel will attend Kameha Con this year. Schemmel took over the role of Goku from Kelamis for Funimation's dubs of the Dragon Ball anime franchise in 1999. Schemmel has voiced adult and teen Goku in television anime such as Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z, and Dragon Ball Super, as well as 16 anime films.
ANN reached out to Kameha Con for comment on the situation. Convention staff told ANN regarding Kelamis' temporary cancellation as a guest, "due to a miscommunication on our part we push [sic] forward and canceled Peters [sic] appearance. This was quickly rectified." Staff clarified that the cancellation was the result of "a miscommunication with [the convention's] booking department" and declined "to name the other party [besides Kelamis] because it wasnt [sic] true." The staff added, "Both guests spoke with each other directly and cleared the air on that situation." Finally, the convention's staff also told ANN:
We would like to thank the fans for their patience on the matter. We would also like to thank both guests for their amazing ability to solve the issue. All parties involved sat down and spoke. The guests involved gave their sides and came to an understanding and respect level that allowed both to attend.
The convention will be held at the Irving Convention Center in Irving, Texas from May 4-6. The other Dragon Ball anime voice actors currently scheduled to attend the event are Brian Drummond, Chris Sabat, Dameon Clarke, Linda Young, Eric Vale, Monica Rial, Kara Edwards, Jason Douglas, Josh Martin, Cynthia Cranz, Chris Rager, Colleen Clinkenbeard, Sonny Strait, Kyle Hebert, Mike McFarland, Ian Sinclair, Chuck Huber, and Jeremy Inman.