Tora-Con 2013 Announces Second Round of Guests

ROCHESTER, NY - January 17, 2013

The RIT Anime Club is pleased to announce for this year's Tora-Con our second round of guests: John Swasey, Cherami Leigh, Mike McFarland, and musical act, Powerglove.

John Swasey is an voice actor as well as a ADR Director at FUNimation Entertainment. He voices a large variety of characters such as The Undertaker in Black Butler, Shido Kasugi in Blassreiter, Edward Hamilton in Chrono Crusade, Isley in Claymore, Daiki Niwa in D.N.Angel, Huang in Darker than Black, Bryon in Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker, Professor Kakuzawa in Elfen Lied, Gendo Ikari in Neon Genesis Evangelion, Van Hohenheim in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Naozumi Saito in Gantz, Ken Robbins in Kaleido Star, Berhardt Rhodes in Kaze no Stigma, Gan Fall and Sir Crocodile in One Piece, Claude in Red Garden, Zenon in Saiyuki, Oda Nobunaga in Sengoku Basara, Lord Death in Soul Eater, and Gasback in Trigun: Badlands Rumble. He also was the ADR Director of Air Gear, Wandaba Style, and Welcome to the NHK.

Cherami Leigh is an on camera and voice actor. Cherami began her work in the “Anime World” voicing Sae in Peach Girl, and has since played Aisa, Pepper, and Miss Golden Week in One Piece, Yaz in Shin Chan, Primula in Shuffle, Setsuna and Akira in Negima, Naomi in Witchblade, Himawari in xxxHolic, Makoto in Sasami: Magical Girls Club, Mai in Ghost Hunt, Ayano in Kaze no Stigma, Road in D. Grayman, Shijima in Nabari, Shinooka in Big Windup, Honoka in Kenichi, Kirimi in Ouran High School Host Club, and recently released Bamboo Blade as Tamaki, Sgt. Frog as Natsumi, and Soul Eater as Patty. She has voiced many video games including Lux Pain as Nami. Cherami is currently working on several projects, on and off camera, that she is anxious to share with her fans.

Mike McFarland got his start in anime as one of the first voice actors in Texas to be hired by FUNimation Entertainment, and has since moved on to become a Director, Script Writer, and Line Producer for numerous anime series. Notable roles include Master Roshi and Yajirobe in Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z, Baby and Baby-Vegeta in Dragon Ball GT, Goemon in Lupin The Third (Movie Specials), Ritsu Sohma in Fruits Basket, Lt. Jean Havoc in Fullmetal Alchemist, Cain in Trinity Blood, Buggy the Clown in One Piece, “Ranka” Fujioka in Ouran High School Host Club, Tybalt in Romeo x Juliet, Leo in Burst Angel, Estonia in Hetalia, as well as various roles in Yu Yu Hakusho, Nerima Daikon Brothers, Kodocha, Desert Punk, Black Cat, Kiddy Grade, Shin Chan, The Galaxy Railways, and many others.

Hailing from the outer reaches of flavor country, the Powerglove woodwind quartet is the perfect choice for any bat mitzvah or funeral procession. Top scientists from Powerglove University in Prague have ascertained specific evidence from the children of Sanchez the Wise that Powerglove's music is answer to domestic abuse, and gout. However, clinical trials, have yet to prove that Powerglove is in any way effective against dysentery. These four young men, full of bold and fresh flavor, as well as all requisite herbs and spices will dance for you until the siren call of the Great Mancuso beacons us home to the undying realms with the audacity of succulent ham.

Tora-Con 2013 will be held March 23rd through 24th 2013 at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York.
Pre-Registration is now available for $20 and will be for both Saturday and Sunday. Pre-registration forms are up on the official site ( All vendor, artist alley, amv contest, and volunteer forms are available at this time as well.

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 THE 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 2013
Dates: March 23-24, 2013
Rates: Pre-registration (weekend): $20
Weekend At-Door: $30
Saturday At-Door: $20
Sunday At-Door: $15

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