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Voice Actor John Swasey returns to Matsuricon

Voice of "Salvador", "Sir Crocodile", and "Kametesu" is set to return to Matsuricon

Columbus, Ohio - January 29, 2016 - Matsuricon is happy to announce that voice actor John Swasey is returning to Columbus for 2016!

John started down the road of anime in 1997, when he landed his first role in Golden Boy from ADV Films. Since then, John has gone on to voice hundreds shows and characters with FUNimation, ADV Films, Switchblade Films, Sentai Films, Gearbox, Seraphim Digital and Illumitoons just to name a few. John's wife once quipped that there are certain actors who might be the “Brad Pitts” of anime but John is the “Kevin Bacon” of anime.

Being more of the character actor type has given John the freedom to voice bazillions of characters such as Undertaker in Black Butler, Salvador in Borderlands II (VG), Gendo in Evangelion, the Captain in Halo (VG), Lord Death in Soul Eater, Hoenheim in Fullmetal Alchemist, Sir Crocodile in One Piece, Salvador in Borderland II(VG), Kogoro in Sgt. Frog, Huang in Darker than Black, Vulcan in Orphen, Ken in Kaleido Star, Captain Ahab in Hakugei The Legend of Moby Dick, Rikudoh in RahXephon, Mister in Coyote Ragtime Show, as well as roles in the live action films 2009 Lost Memories, Conduct Zero, Yesterday, Jungle Juice, and the Gamera trilogy. Most recently you can catch John in the broadcast series of GANGSTA as Chad, and Akame ga KILL! as Bols. John is also very excited to be playing one of the title roles in Funimation's theatrical release of Mamoru Hosoda's film, The Boy and The Beast. John plays the Beast, Kametesu.

In 2004, John jumped to the other side of the “mic” to direct. Some of the shows he has directed include Welcome to the N.H.K., AirGear, Wandaba Style, St. Seiya, Shadow Skill, E’s Otherwise, Michel, Jinki:Extend and Shinobi (live action co-directed with longtime pal, Kyle Jones). John loves working in the world of anime as a director and voice actor! Currently John is working with pals Kyle Jones and Jay Hickman on an original animation full length movie called The Perfect Khan. In addition to anime, John has voiced thousands of radio and tv commercials – even acted in a few films. One of the coolest acting jobs was being the Beer Delivery Guy in Dazed and Confused.

Matsuricon's guest list includes voice actors Brina Palencia (Tony Tony Chopper - One Piece), Colleen Clinkenbeard (Luffy - One Piece), Ian Sinclair (Brook - One Piece), Lisa Ortiz (Lina Inverse - Slayers) and Tara Sands (Filia - Slayers).

Remember to stay tuned to our website at www.matsuricon.org, our twitter feed (@matsuricon), and our Facebook for the latest news and happenings with Matsuricon! Our main hotel, the Hyatt Regency, is filling up fast! Visit our website to make sure you're staying with us for the entire weekend!!

Matsuricon 2016 is held at the Hyatt Regency Columbus and the Greater Columbus Convention on August 19th - 21st in Columbus, Ohio. We are an annual Japanese pop-culture event that focuses primarily on Japanese animation (known as “anime”), manga (Japanese graphic novels), and video games. Our goal is to promote the cultural awareness of Japanese pop-culture through related events, special guest speakers and cultural presentations.

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