2021 Convention Guests

The following is an archive of our 2021 event guests:

Anime Industry GUESTS

Tiffany Grant

Best known as Asuka in NEON GENESIS EVANGELION, Tiffany was the first anime voice actor hired in Texas, USA [Feb. 1994].

She’s voiced characters in 1700+ TV episodes, OVAs & movies including AZUMANGA DAIOH (Kaorin), SCHOOL-LIVE (Taromaru), BLUE SEED (Kome), INFINITE STRATOS (Laura), FMP? FUMOFFU (Bonta-kun), INFINITE STRATOS (Laura), FULL METAL ALCHEMIST (Marta), LITTLE BUSTERS (Kud), ONE PIECE (Nojiko), AMAGI BRILLIANT PARK (Moffle), AKAME GA KILL (Koro) and GIRLS UND PANZER (Sodoko).  Recent projects include videogames WARFRAME, NEVERSONG and BRAWLSTARS.


Website: TiffanyGrant.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2405597801

Dani Chambers

Dani Chambers is an actress based in Dallas, TX.

Dani made her anime debut in 2017 as Chise Hatori, the title character of the show “The Ancient Magus Bride.” From then on, she has voiced plenty of roles such as Maharo from “My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising Movie”, Serval in “Kemono Friends”, Hina Sato / Odin in “The Day I Became a God”, Dahlia/Iris Hawthorne in “Ace Attorney”, Mary in “Fairy Tail: Final Season”, Otomi in “MIX”, and Funicia in “ASTRA: Lost in Space.” You can also hear her in “SMITE” as Plushie Artio and in Marvel Avenger Academy as “Ironheart.”

Twitter @SkiniMini07

Instagram @danidchambers

Jonah Scott

Jonah Scott is a Voice Actor, Singer and Twitch Streamer from Los Angeles. Jonah has provided his ‘Leading Man’ voice to many video games and serials including Netflix’s BEASTARS, Dying Light 2, Attack on Titan, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure and more. Not just an accomplished actor, he is a classically trained singer with over 15 years of instruction across all disciplines. When he’s not behind the mic, he is streaming content to his large Twitch community, watching anime or playing Dungeons & Dragons with his friends.

Billy Kametz

Billy Kametz is an LA based voice actor in many popular anime and video games. You can hear him as Josuke in JoJo’s Bizarre AdventureFerdinand von Aegir in Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Galo in PromareMetal Lee in Boruto: Naruto Next GenerationsWhite Blood Cell in Cells At Work, Osomatsu in Mr. OsomatsuAnai in AggretsukoTakuto Maruki in Persona 5 The Royal, and Naofumi in The Rising of the Shield Hero which just got picked up for a Season 2 & 3!! 

Twitter: @billykametz

performers

Crimson Apple

CRIMSON APPLE is a pop-alternative band of four sisters who grew up on the beautiful island of Oahu, Hawaii. With a wide variety of influences, the band has been pushing the pop envelope, and their daring sound, paired with a charming sibling-dynamic, has taken the social media world by storm. 

While many assume that the sisters have been playing music together since birth, Crimson Apple formed in the summer of 2012. The girls have always viewed the formation of the band as an act of fate; Each sister picked up their respective instruments and found their love of music at different stages in their lives. One day, they realized that together, they made up the perfect pieces of a whole band. 

Since their formation, Crimson Apple has created a unique, powerful sound that is not only reflected in their music, but can also be felt in their hard-hitting live performances. This allowed the band to tour multiple festivals and venues across America, opening for major acts such as The Chainsmokers, Plain White T’s, and All Time Low. 

In 2020, the band started their own TikTok channel and saw immediate success as their second video went viral. Crimson Apple later landed a feature in an article by Variety, was selected to represent the category #AnimeTikTok in TikTok’s 2020 Top100, and today boasts 1.8 million followers on the platform. 

Having recently released fan-favorite singles, the band invites listeners to take another bite and hang on for the ride as they get back on stage and continue to push genre norms further. 

Cosplay Wrestling Federation

Are you ready to rumble? Returning for their second appearance at Queen City Anime Convention is the Cosplay Wrestling Federation. Featuring a unique blend of comedy improv and pro wrestling theatrics, CWF delivers a one of a kind show that has to be seen to be believed. CWF has been featured at Anime Expo, MAGfest, Sakuracon, and even on the Twitchcon exhibition stage.

Twitch: CWFNetwork

Twitter: @TheCWFUniverse

For the Love of Clod

Clod is reinventing the PLAY in cosPLAY by producing innovative character shows for anime and pop culture conventions. Their performances have been featured in conventions throughout the Southeastern United States and have garnered over a million views on YouTube.

Instagram: @for_the_love_of_clod.

James Landino

With over a decade of experience, James Landino is a leading force in video game music. He is a game composer and touring DJ bridging the gap of video games and electronic music together, amassing over 10 millions plays across multiple platforms.

His major composing credits include: Osu, DropMix, Cytus II, Amplitude HD, RWBY and Crypt of the Necrodancer. James has headlined during numerous events such as MAGFest, GDC, Anime Expo, Super Smash Con, Tokyo Game Show, and more. James has shared the stage with major Japanese acts such as Teddyloid, Taku Takahashi, and contributed official remixes for pop star Koda Kumi.

Cirque du Cosplay

Cirque du Cosplay is a Charlotte based group of ground based and aerial circus performers who love to cosplay! These performers take cosplay inspired acts into the air for an unforgettable and one of a kind show.

Instagram: @cirqueducosplayclt

Discordia Dames

Composed of Memphis Muerte, Lux Valentina, Sadie Mae Hem, May Hemmer, and Allison Wonderland, this troupe out of North Carolina has something to tickle every fancy. The Discordia Dames host a monthly show in Greensboro & the Discordia Days Burlesque Festival.

Instagram: @discordiadames

Kelly Kirstein

Kelly Kirstein’s experience spans several genres of performance, from representing the United States and placing as a semifinalist at Miss Supranational 2015, to working as an internationally published model and appearing in film and television work. She has worked for multiple companies through her entertainment background like Cartoon Network, Hot Topic and the Walt Disney Company. Kelly loves performing live at conventions, experimenting with new makeup looks and is proud to be a LGBTQIA+ cosplayer. 

Kelly will be performing as Evelynn in the K/DA Tribute Concert as well as hosting “It Gets Better: A LGBT Round Table”.

Professor Shyguy

Professor Shyguy’s music can be best described as; high energy, chiptune-electro-rocking, 8-bit, epically vocalized, highly danceable, theatrical nerd-pop. With Jonna doing projected visuals while on stage he sings 50% about video games and the other 50% is anything from Space/Time to English Language gymnastics. He is recently known as the singer for Starring Star on the Funimation dub of Dragon Ball Super. He has a new album out featuring guests such as Matt Mercer, Ashly Burch, Pyschostick, and more!  You might have also heard him on Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon’s Podcast ‘the Indoor Kids’ or the Diamond Club podcast.  He has also made theme songs for the Angry Video Game Nerd, GuudeBoulderfist, This Week in Chiptune, PortsCenter, and more!

Raspberry Pie

Dubbed “Orlando’s #1 dance band” by Orlando Magazine, Raspberry Pie have been packing dance floors throughout the southeast since 2015. Composed of guitarist/vocalist Douglas Horne, keyboardist Ryan Goodwin, and their robot drummer CLYDE, Raspberry Pie are all about feel good songs with tasty grooves and sing along choruses. They have a reputation of starting nerdy dance parties everywhere from coffee shops to sold out clubs. They’ve headlined shows at Tampa Bay Comic Con, Atlanta Comic Con, Wisconsin Comic Con, WasabiCon, and Indiana Comic Con to name just a few, and released their new EP “Lunch Rush” in June of 2021.

Afrococoapuffs

Afrococoapuffs is a cosplayer and musical artist from South Carolina. You may know her from her viral hits “Cosplay” and “She Gon Be Black Today”! These songs and more will be released on her very first album. She most recently performed at Blerdcon but will be returning to the Carolinas for a live performance at Queen City Anime Convention. 

None Like Joshua

NLJ is taking over the internet with his music and EDM productions that anyone can dance and rock out to. According to FreshNewTracks, “he isn’t your average rapper. None Like Joshua comes in with a style like Mike Shinoda’s, but dreams further than the stars rapping over some of the hottest beats.” He’s also released a rap metal/nerdcore album, L33T, with the French band, Smash Hit Combo, which reached #1 on iTunes metal for France. He’s even performed in various cities and countries during his career; from Washington to Texas, Atlanta to New Orleans, and even across Europe in Amsterdam and London. With an upcoming EP, epic remixes, covers, and collabs on the way, NLJ is sure to give a show you’ll never forget. You can find his music at youtube.com/nonelikejoshua

NineLyoko

NineLyoko, a.k.a. fka Tres, is a dj/producer based in Asheville, NC. He got his start in the video game remix scene back in 2014 and has since developed a passion for many electronic genres including Drum and Bass, House and Hardcore. Every mix he works on includes some measure of breakbeat sounds, reflecting his love for the Y2K DDR era of music and a love for the Tokyo club scene.

Katakana

The word katakana means “fragmentary kana”, as the katakana characters are derived from components or fragments of more complex kanji. As such, his name and style of play make sense, having been derived from many artists and influences over the years. Katakana has been DJing for 10 years, pulling his own style of play from the likes of Ookay, Deadmau5, Flosstradamus, and Tha Trickaz to name a few. Always at home on stage, the variety of sounds he pulls from hip-hop inspired trap to trance will always keep you guessing for what’s yet to come.

Gauntlet

Hailing from Raleigh, NC. Gauntlet has been creating and performing music for over 20 years. Constantly learning and developing new ideas and techniques to bring the best show he can. His music tastes are wide and you can expect to hear a style you enjoy when he plays; including: House, Techno, Dubstep, Trap, Drum & Bass, Synthwave, and Hip-Hop. He knows that the party starts with you and he’s going to keep the convo going while he’s on the decks.

Tokyo X Nova

TokyoXNova is a Dubstep and Future Bass music producer/DJ from Charlotte, NC that makes hype and energetic music with a melodic tone. His most popular song “Shogun” has taken people by storm with a theatrical samurai-mixed Dubstep song with a melody that will get stuck in your head. He also was showcased on the YouTube channel KawaiiBass using his song LoveStruck. And most recently created a Kawaii Future Bass EP with the same name that is rising to the top for its unique sound. And is now coming to Queen City Anime Convention to showcase his new music and excite crowds with his mixing skills!

PROGRAMMING GUESTS

Goblins and Growlers

Goblins and Growlers create and host inclusive community-building tabletop live adventures, award-winning TTRPG content, live performances, and fundraisers for local charities with their diverse team of performers, game masters, artists, and audio/visual engineers.

They’ve raised tens of thousands for charities, run thousands of community-building TTRPG games for local business, guested at conventions such as DragonCon, GalaxyCon & Queen City Anime Con. They have also won awards for writing and designing our own original tabletop adventures!

Goblins and Growlers co-produces “Quid Pro Roll,” the only improv actual-play podcast with a cast of all professional game masters, along with their partners at Alpha Comics & Games. This podcast is the flagship program of GnG Studios, which also includes Goblin Book Club, Dungeons & Doodles, The Goblins and Growlers Tabletop News Podcast, and more.

Facebook: Goblins and Growlers

Instagram: @goblinsandgrowlers/

BL Garden

BL Garden of DFW is a group of dedicated fujoshi influencers who reach fans all around the world through their podcasts, panels, and BL research. They currently host 3 BL-centric podcasts–The 8OH1, The 8OH1 Reviewed, and Hey, Fujoshiman–and are the founders and hosts of FujoCon, the only BL convention in the United States. When not painstakingly cataloging bishies for research, the fujoshi of BL Garden of DFW can be found at the nearest boba tea cafe, playing BL card games and fighting over sports anime ships.

cosplay judges

Wig Wig

Wig-Wig Cosplay is an award-winning competitive cosplay pair out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Paragon and SkyPirate have been cosplaying together since 2013 and have enjoyed traveling the country with costumes in tow. In 2019, they were the Team USA representatives for the International Cosplay League in Madrid, Spain, where they won first place in the duo category! They are best known for their combination of technical sewing and fabrication skills with entertaining performances. Their list of self-taught specialties include sewing, leatherwork, foamwork, wig-styling, propwork, silk painting, and many more. Alongside competition, they have been judging craftsmanship and performance as well as working to promote and assist cosplay departments and competitions. When not in the greenroom, Wig-Wig Cosplay has a passion for learning new techniques and skills, and they love sharing their knowledge and experience with the community.

May Hemmer

May Hemmer is known as “The Sassiest Thing in New Orleans” and has been dubbed the “Cocoa Barbie” by Vita DeVoid of Florida. This lady has a larger than life personality and has been gracing the stages with nerdlesque, neo-burlesque, and much more since 2011. As a member of the Storyville Starlettes and The Bluestockings, she performed regularly at Burlesque Ballroom, Big Deal Burlesque, and many more independent shows and private events around NOLA.

She is not only a burlesque performer but a cosplayer as well! Her roots in costuming led to her love of nerdlesque as it was right up her ally. This led to her performing at various cons and all things nerdy around the country. Her love of cosplay now revitalizes, she’s hitting the sewing machine hard again to bring to life some of her favorite fandoms both on and off the stage.

Yarn Goddess Cosplay

Yarn Goddess Cosplay is an African-Caribbean cosplayer who’s taken crochet to a whole new level. ALL of her cosplays are completely crocheted by her and she has yet to find a cosplay she couldn’t make. On top of being handy with a crochet needle, Yarn Goddess Cosplay is an avid voice for POC issues in the cosplay community. She discusses how to talk about color, race and politics in the cosplay community while still having fun cosplaying.

We are pleased to welcome Yarn Goddess Cosplay as a judge for our Cosplay Runway contest!

She can be found on Facebook as Yarn Goddess Cosplay, @ygplushies on Instagram or through her store.

Piperonni Cosplay

Piperonni Cosplay is a cosplay verteran, having been in the cosplay community for over fourteen years. They discovered cosplay in high school and, as an artistic person, quickly latched on and dove headfirst into learning as much as they could about the hobby. 

They are a part of a pair, having met their cosplay partner, and companion, Kaz about four years into the hobby. Kaz handles most of the heavy duty sewing and prop making, while Pip handles the detail work and painting. Together they have delved into leatherwork, sewing, foam work, 3D printing, resin casting and alteration. They have tackled cosplays from every genre including televion, movies, video games, anime, manga and original characters.

Together they have watched the cosplay community grow and change for years, but one thing has always consitent: the creativity within the community never fails to impress. 

We are pleased to welcome Piperonni Cosplay as a judge for our Cosplay Runway contest!

Ding Dia

Ding Dia (formally known as Havenaims) is a long time, Nashville based, cosplayer and crafter, who has touched on many parts of the cosplay community, from photography, competitions, collaborations, wig making, etc. Cosplay has always been a big part of her life, which stems from her love of video games, anime, and anything nerdy. She feels that any project can be successful as long as you can have fun doing it (and maybe learn something new along the way!) Ding Dia is a former iron wig champion and long-standing bunny-ear-making enthusiast.