Matsuricon Announces Lisle Wilkerson As Latest Guest

Columbus, OH (June 1st, 2013): Matsuricon is proud to announce Lisle Wilkerson as our latest guest!

Lisle Wilkerson grew up in Tokyo, Japan. She is the powerhouse behind some of the gaming industry's most popular female fighting characters, such 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". Lisle speaks fluent Japanese, and her voice work is done 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 has 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, as well as being a local correspondent for many of the 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. And when Lisle isn't busy working or running around the country doing cons, you might find her in her pink boxing gloves trying to save the world Nina Williams-style or spending her time at home with her adorable jet-setting "bilingual" cat, Princess Genki.

Rooms are still available, but they are going fast! Everyone can reserve rooms and pre-register for Matsuricon at our website at

About Matsuricon: Matsuricon is an annual Japanese pop-culture event that focuses primarily on Japanese animation (known as “anime”), manga (Japanese graphic novels), and video games. We also showcase both American and Japanese popular culture, due to the natural overlap of fandom from both genres.

We are considered a “family friendly” event. Most of our panels are all ages unless otherwise stated. We do showcase certain events that are not appropriate for attendees under the age of 18, and our convention staffers check the IDs of all attendees before they enter these events. Because of our “family friendly” image, our mascots are a “traditional” Japanese family consisting of a father, a mother, a son, a daughter, and a dog.

Matsuricon's goal is to promote the cultural awareness of Japanese Pop-Culture through related events, special guest speakers and cultural presentations.

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