Guests of Honor
Kyle Hebert is a Los Angeles-based anime and video game voice actor whose credits include Ryu in Wreck-It Ralph and Street Fighter 5, Naruto (Kiba), Bleach (Aizen, Ganju), League of Legends (Ezreal, Jarvan, and Graves) and Gurren Lagann (Kamina). He is best known as the Narrator and Teen Gohan from the Funimation dub of Dragonball Z. Other fan faves include One Punch Man (Atomic Samurai), Blue Exorcist (Bon Suguro), Fire Emblem Awakening (Frederick, Validar), Fullmetal Alchemist (Vato Falman), Tales of Symphonia (Richter Abend) and Star Ocean (Dias, Arumat, Crow). Kyle can also be heard in numerous popular shows and games, such as Pokemon (Professor Oak in “Origins”, Eusine in “Generations”), Digimon (Ballistamon and Dorulumon in “Fusion”), Sonic (Big the Cat in “Colors”), Final Fantasy (Nimbus in “Type-0”), World of Warcraft (Algalon the Observer in “Lich King”), Skylanders, Devil May Cry, Dynasty Warriors, Soul Calibur and Resident Evil. He is also the promo voice of filmmaker, Kevin Smith’s Smodcast series of podcasts. For more info, visit www.kylehebert.com
Talented voiceover actress Kimberly Brooks can be heard on television, video games, and film, with notable roles including Jasper in Steven Universe, Allura in Voltron: Legendary Defender, Ashley Williams in Mass Effect, Daisy Fitzroy in BioShock Infinite and BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea, and Barbara Gordon in Batman: Arkham Asylum and Injustice: Gods Among Us.
Other television voiceover roles include Meemee in Dexter’s Laboratory, Stormy in Winx Club, Mom McStuffins in Doc McStuffins, Sarasim in Teen Titans, Luna in the Scooby-Doo franchise, and Buena Girl in Mucha Lucha. Her additional TV credits include Warner Brothers Animation’s “Ozzy & Drix” and “Static Shock”; Disney Channel’s hit animated series “Phineas and Ferb”; Cartoon Network’s “Ben 10:Omniverse,” “Powerpuff Girls” and “Chowder”; and Nickelodeon’s “Shuriken School,” “Danny Phantom,” “Rugrats,” “Fairly Odd Parents” and “Bubble Guppies.”
Video game roles include Shinobu Jacobs in No More Heroes, Firestar and Psylocke in Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2, Rosalind Starling in Lollipop Chainsaw, and Niobe in The Matrix: Path of Neo. You may also hear her in “Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots,” “Dishonored,” “Fallout 4,” “Code Name: S.T.E.A.M.”, and “Skylanders: SuperChargers,” among many others.
In the world of feature film animation, Brooks’ voice was heard in the Academy Award-nominated feature films “Jimmy Neutron” and “The Wild Thornberry’s Movie,” and she received critical acclaim for her performance as Kathy Duquesne, a.k.a Batwoman, in the direct-to-video feature “Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman.”
A native of Los Angeles, Brooks is a founding member and resident artist of the ground-breaking Elephant Theatre Company in Hollywood, where she both directs and performs in experimental, cutting-edge theater. Visit her IMDB page or Twitter to learn more!
Max is an actor and voice actor with an impressive list of credits in anime, cartoon and video games including Inaho in Aldnoah.Zero, Kousei Arima in Your Lie in April, and Saitama, the lead character in One-Punch Man.
Other voice over roles for anime and animation include Plagg in Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir, King in The Seven Deadly Sins, Tredd Furia in Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV, Io in Mobile Suit Gundam: Thunderbolt and Ein in Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans.
Max has also appeared in numerous video games including Fire Emblem: Fates as Leo, Kaden, and Forrest, Star Wars: Battlefront as Quarren, Bravely Second: End Layer as Angelo W. Panettone, Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book and Atelier Escha and Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky as Logy, and various characters in Diablo III: Reaper of Souls, StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void, World of Warcraft:Legion, and Halo 5: Guardians.
Max has also been involved with sitcoms and TV series including Funsplosion, The Big Bang Theory, and an appearance on Two and a Half Men.
Visit Max on the web at his website at http://www.maxmittelman.com, Twitter and Facebook page
Charlet is an up-and-coming Japanese/Korean actress (fluent and literate in both languages!). She has recently broken out in video games with her best-known roles as the voice of D.Va in Blizzard’s new game Overwatch and SERAPH in Call of Duty:Black Ops 3.
Charlet can be seen on television in a wide variety of shows, from playing the young teen arch-nemesis, Candy on Disney’s Shake It Up, to eventually landing adult roles on shows such as Netflix’s Grace and Frankie and ABC Family’s Mystery Girls, as well as Boston Legal and Cold Case.
Visit Charlet on the web at her website www.charletchung.com, Twitter and Facebook page
Blending the musical backgrounds of international members, AYAKASHI brings a fresh and innovative form of Japanese music through melodic compositions and energetic performances. Featuring soaring vocals from Japan, a beautiful combination of classical piano, blazing guitar solos and groovy rhythms, AYAKASHI channels the essence of classic J-pop and J-rock in a musical interpretation that is sure to entertain. Visit www.ayakashi.band for free album downloads.
Professor Shyguy’s music can be best described as high energy, chiptune-electro-rocking, 8-bit, epically vocalized, highly danceable, theatrical nerd-pop. Singing 50% about video games and the other 50% is anything from Space/Time to English Language gymnastics. He has just released his 3rd album of original music in the form of a Pop-Opera. His performance consists of singing, playing guitar, keyboards, and sometimes drums. Sometimes three of those things at the same time. Visit Professor Shyguy’s website at http://professorshyguy.com
Cherry Tea Girl
Cherry Tea Girl has been cosplaying for over 13 years. She has won various awards for both construction and performance. More recently, she has been incorporating LED lighting to her costumes and gives panels and tutorials on her techniques. She is part of the cosplay dance group Angel Hearts and also volunteers at Fanimaid Café. In her free time, she loves to learn J-Pop dances, and watch anime. See more of her work on her Facebook Page: facebook.com/cherryteagirlcosplay
Lionel Lum is a casual cosplayer and cosplay photographer based in San Jose, California. He usually makes costumes and costume props for his friends but also finds time to cosplay himself as his favorite characters such as Raiden from Metal Gear Solid, Shredder from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Bumblebee from Transformers the live-action movies. When not at a convention, you can find him in a local grocery store buying tons of kimchi ramen, strawberry drinks, and orange juice to sustain his well-being. His dream is to cosplay as a maid.
Imari Yumiki has a decade of experience hand crafting over hundreds of cosplay outfits through the years. She’s been cosplaying with the industry for the past few years and on her free time, she enjoys relaxing with her favorite video game. Yumiki has won several awards for her cosplay performances at several events such as San Diego Comic Con and was an emcee at Katsucon’s Cosplay Masquerade. Recently, she emceed at Aniplex’s AkibaFest and worked as the Official Naruto for Viz Media. She likes to express her enjoyment of cosplaying for fun and share that experience with everyone.
Ethen Beavers - Comic Artist
Ethen Beavers lives in Central California and has been working in Children’s Books, Comics and Animation for over ten years. He works traditionally and digitally on a variety of projects in many different styles and thematic tones. Some of his credits include Star Wars, Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman, Flash, Justice league Unlimited, Indiana Jones, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Ben 10, and Samurai Jack
G.S. Denning - Author
A native of Seattle, G. S. Denning began working as a professional comedian in 1995. He’s been an entertainer at Disney World, Seattle Theatersports, Orlando Theatersports and Jet City Theater now, tired of watching his creations vanish as soon as he’s done saying them, he’s begun to write it all down. His first book Warlock Holmes: A Study in Brimstone is available now. The sequel, Warlock Holmes: Hell Hound of the Baskervilles is due out from Titan Books May 16, 2017.
Jason Thompson - Artist & Creator
Jason Bradley Thompson is the creator of Mangaka: The Fast & Furious Game of Drawing Comics, author of Manga: The Complete Guide, and manga editor of Otaku USA magazine. As a Senior Editor at Viz, he helped launch Shonen Jump magazine in the US, and supervised the English editions of manga such as Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, Fullmetal Alchemist, Uzumaki and Dragon Ball. He also wrote the graphic novel series King of RPGs and draws comics and illustrations for Wizards of the Coast and other tabletop game publishers. Visit Jason on the web at http://mockman.com/
Eben Burgoon - Comics Writer
Eben Burgoon started writing career with short fiction and sketch comedy before embarking into comics in 2007 with his first webcomic series Eben07: Covert Custodian and again with B-Squad: Soldiers of Misfortune in 2012. Eben can frequently be found mentoring writers of all ages to become better storytellers and how to write for comic books. His work has been featured in the Sacramento Bee, Comic Book Resources, Capital Public Radio, the Sacramento News & Review, and many blogs and podcasts. You can visit Eben on the web at www.ebenburgoon.com
Ryan Spielvogel - Author
Ryan Spielvogel is a lifelong sci-fi nerd. Studying physics and chemistry in college only worsened his obsession and weakened his tether to reality. He wrote his first sci-fi novel, Gateway to Oblivion, while a third-year resident training in family medicine and obstetrics. He has since written a sequel, A Galaxy Shattered. Spielvogel works in Sacramento, California, as a physician and full-time faculty for the Sutter Health Family Medicine Residency Program. He also teaches at UC Davis School of Medicine. Spielvogel is also a dedicated husband and father. Visit Spielvogel at his website: www.scifidoc.com.
Our Guests of Honor are happy to sign one item free of charge for you during their listed autograph sessions. Fees may apply for items signed outside of their autograph sessions or when signing more than one item. All Guests may exercise their judgment in what they will sign. Photographs are up to the Guest’s discretion and may be an additional fee.
While rare, our Guests may need to cancel appearances or change their appearance schedule due to professional commitments or other reasons outside of Kraken Con’s control. We regret that we cannot issue refunds due to appearance changes, cancellations, or other circumstances.