aivi & surasshu
Aivi Tran and Steven “surasshu” Velema score and arrange music for the Emmy-nominated series Steven Universe on Cartoon Network. As individual composers, they both specialize in videogame music, and debuted as a duo in 2013 with their album The Black Box.
Their music reveals an unexpected friendship between elegant piano and energetic chiptunes. At Kraken Con, they’ll perform with even more friends: Michaela Nachtigall, a violinist and composer, known for her videogame covers on YouTube and her videogame fusion band, Tetrimino; Thu Tran, Aivi’s sister who has been singing for aivi & surasshu’s live shows since 2016; and Deedee Magno Hall, the lovely voice of Pearl from Steven Universe!
Guests of Honor
London based Dolya Gavanski is an accomplished actress who has worked with many respected directors including Michael Winterbottom, Angelina Jolie, Sir Trevor Nunn, and Susanna White. She has extensive experience in film, television and theatre, both on stage and as a producer of plays ranging from Shakespeare’s dramas to contemporary classics.
While she is also acknowledged for her work on films such as The Trip and In The Land of Blood and Honey, her most known act is providing the voice of Zarya in Overwatch.
Xanthe Huynh is a voice actress currently working out of Los Angeles. Her years of theater training is what she believes to have aided her in the voice acting competition at Anime Expo called AX Idol. After making it as a finalist, she was invited by Bang Zoom! Entertainment to come in for an audition and has been working since!
You may have heard her in anime such as Hanayo Koizumi in Love Live School Idol Project, Yuna Yuki in Yuki Yuna is a Hero, Hidomi Hibajiri in FLCL: Progressive, Miuna Shiodome in A Lull in the Sea, Ui Hirasawa in K-On!, Sachi in Sword Art Online, Fuyumi Yanagi in Blood Lad, Bebe/Nagisa in Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie: Rebellion, Siesta in The Familiar of Zero, Sanae Nagatsuki in Squid Girl, and Monaka Noguchi in Kite Liberator.
Some of her video game roles are Haru Okumura in Persona 5, Nene in Omega Quintet, Meruru in Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arls, Mani in Witch and the Hundred Knight, Falcom in the Hyperdimension Neptunia series, Ein Al and Poona in Hyperdevotion Noire: Goddess Black Heart, Weedy in Unhack, and Mist in Rune Factory: Frontier.
Psychotic biotic? Check. Post-apocalyptic wasteland wanderer? Check. Six to 11 year old superhero in training? Check and check! That’s right; Jack from the Mass Effect games, Sole Survivor in Fallout 4 and K.O. on Cartoon Network’s OK K.O.- Let’s Be Heroes! all share the same vocal cords…those of actress Courtenay Taylor!
You’ll also recognize her voice as that of Ada Wong in Resident Evil 6 & RE:Damnation, Serina in Halo Wars, Jedi Juhani in Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic and Amanda Holliday in Destiny! She’s also Starla on CN’s Regular Show, Hex in the Skylanders franchise and voice roles in other popular video games like Telltale’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Titanfall 2, Evolve, XCom, Halo Wars, Fallout New Vegas and 100+ more!
You may also see her in live action projects like the cult classic Cannes-awarded feature Rubber as well as TV shows like Criminal Minds.
Deedee Magno Hall
Currently the voice of Pearl on Cartoon Network’s Emmy nominated series, Steven Universe & Snuggs the hedgehog in Doc McStuffins on the Disney Channel.
Theater credits include Kim in Miss Saigon (Broadway, 2nd US National Tour & Asian Tour), Nessarose in Wicked (1st US National Tour), Diana in Next To Normal (East West Players), If/Then (Broadway & US National Tour), Mrs. Walker in The Who’s Tommy (East West Players), Lehua in Honu By The Sea (Johnson Enos).
TV & film credits include the original cast of Disney Channel’s “New Mickey Mouse Club”, Third Watch, Dellaventura, Rear Window, Face, Sister Act 2. Recordings: 4 albums with Hollywood Record’s pop group, “The Party” (touring the US, Canada, Europe & Asia, opening up for Taylor Dayne, Hi 5, Color Me Badd & Vanilla Ice) & co-founder of mommy singing group, “Mama Bares”.
From animation to anime to video games, Kari Wahlgren is one of the top voice actresses in Los Angeles. Her first role as Haruko in FLCL remains a fan favorite, and her voice can be heard in Emmy and Academy Award-winning animated films and TV shows.
Major anime roles include Haruko in FLCL, Fuu in Samurai Champloo, Saber in Fate Zero and Fate Stay Night, and Celty in Durarara!!. Other roles include Kagami in Lucky Star, Tayuya in Naruto, Anemone in Eureka 7, Robin in Witch Hunter Robin, Rip Van Winkle in Hellsing, Pacifica in Scapped Princess, Kotoko in Chobits, Lavie in Last Exile and Blue Rose in Tiger & Bunny.
Major animation roles include Tigress in Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness, Jessica in Rick and Morty, Chloe Carmichael in The Fairly Oddparents, and Suzy in Phineas and Ferb. Other roles include Shandra Jimenez in Gravity Falls, Starfire in the Justice League VS. Teen Titans movie, Charmcaster in Ben 10, Emma Frost in Wolverine & The X-Men, Anka in Archer, Enchantress and Jane Foster in Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, Saturn Girl in Lego DC Comics Superheroes: Justice League Cosmic Clash, Mina in Bunnicula, and Letta Turmond in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
Video game roles include Aranea Highwind in Final Fantasy XV, Ashe in Final Fantasy XII, Proctor Ingram in Fallout 4, and Emma Frost in Marvel Heroes. Other roles include Vex in Skyrim, Caithe in Guild Wars 2, Raine in Tales of Symphonia, Arcee in Transformers: War for Cybertron, Jedi Female Knight in Star Wars: The Old Republic and Tessa in Skylanders.
In addition, she has appeared on screen as Helen in Wizards of Waverly Place.
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.
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.