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Guest Announcement: ERICA MENDEZ

Chicago native Erica Mendez is a longtime anime and video game fan who put in the work and became a voice actress. She has been fortunate to play some fan-favorite characters, including: Retsuko in Aggretsuko, Ryuko in KILL la KILL, Gon in Hunter x Hunter, Aladdin in Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, Yuuki in SAO2, Sailor Uranus in the new Viz Media dub of Sailor Moon, Megumin in Konosuba, Akko in Little Witch Academia, Diane in Seven Deadly Sins, Nico in Love Live, Mash in Fate/Grand Order, Bernadetta in Fire Emblem: Three Houses, and Raphtalia in The Rising of the Shield Hero.

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Guest Announcement: BRITTNEY KARBOWSKI

Brittney Karbowski has been voice acting for 14 years. Some notable roles include Pride in Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood; Ikaros In Heaven’s Lost Property, Migi In Parasyte The Maxim, Yuri In Angel Beats, Hisako In Food Wars, Karen In Gamers, Papi In Monster Musume, Papika In Flip Flappers, Hitoka in Haikyuu, Apis and The Going Merry In One Peice, Yamada In B Gata H Kei, young Hide in Tokyo Ghoul, Melinda In Nomad of Nowhere, Hitch in Attack on Titan, Kusu In Dragon Ball Super, Mikoto Misaka In the Railgun and Index series, Nanachi In Made In Abyss, Popuko In POP Team Epic,  Karen In Review Starlight, Kanade in Bofuri, Melida in Assassins Pride, Black Star In Soul Eater, Camie In My Hero Academia, Wendy in Fairytail, Rimuru in That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime, and the list just keeps going! Check out a more extensive list of her many roles on AnimeNewsNetwork.com/BrittneyKarbowski 

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Guest Announcement: KRISTEN MCGUIRE

Kristen McGuire is a professional voice actor, ADR Director and Script Adapter. When it comes to voice work, Kristen has worked on over 200 different titles, but she is most well known for her work as Yume Minami in SSSS.DYNAZENON, Ruri in Dr. Stone, Tatami Nakagame and Tamashiro in My Hero Academia, Yu in Fire Force,  Milim Nava in That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, Senko in The Helpful Fox Senko-san, Young Nora in RWBY, Hinano Kurahashi in Assassination Classroom, Yui in Bofuri, Cinnamon in Nekopara, Rin Toyama in New Game and Yuuko (AKA Slug Girl) in Junji Ito: Collection. She has also provided voices for several video games, including Lucia in Punishing: Gray Raven, Mother Fearest in Borderlands 3: Psycho Krieg and the Fantastic Fustercluck, Chibi Arachne in Smite, Sarah Ridley in Xeno Crisis and Fae and Etheldred in Battle Axe.

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Guest Announcement: KEITH SILVERSTEIN

Keith Silverstein is a veteran voice actor with an impressive and diverse list of credits. He’s the voice of Zhongli in the worldwide sensation, Genshin Impact, Torbjörn in Overwatch, Hisoka on Hunter x Hunter, Hawk Moth on the fan favorite Miraculous-Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir, Speedwagon in Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, Gouhin in Beastars, and Jetfire in the Netflix Original series, Transformers, War for Cybertron trilogy.

He can also be heard as Iyami in Mr. Osomatsu, En in Dorohedoro, and Vector the Crocodile in the Sonic The Hedgehog franchise. Resident Evil fans know him as H.U.N.K. Soul Calibur fans will recognize him as Zasalamel, and in Persona 5 he voices the villainous Masayoshi Shido.

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Guest Announcement: RAY CHASE

Ray Chase is an actor who has attached himself to a great many video games and anime in a very short amount of time.  He’s best known as Noctis in FINAL FANTASY XV, Nier from NIER: REPLICANT,  Bruno Bucciarati on JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE, Sukuna and Choso from JUJUTSU KAISEN, Roy from SUPER SMASH BROTHERS ULTIMATE, the Master of Masters from KINGDOM HEARTS, and his most celebrated dual role as the Subway Announcer and Mara in PERSONA 5.

He is a proud founding member of the comedy troupe  Loud, Annoying, and Very Annoying (LAVA), which he shares with fellow actors Max Mittelman and Robbie Daymond.

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Guest Announcement: ROBBIE DAYMOND

Robbie Daymond is a voice-actor best known for characters such as: Akechi in Persona 5, Tuxedo Mask in Sailor Moon, Prompto in Final Fantasy XV, Megumi Fushiguro in Jujutsu Kaisen, Spider-man/Peter Parker in Marvel’s Spider-man, Chrollo in HxH, Mitsuki in Boruto, and many more.

He also plays Dorian Storm in Critical Role’s hit show, Exandria Unlimited.

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Guest Announcement: MAX MITTELMAN

Well known as the voice of Saitama in ONE-PUNCH MAN, Max Mittelman has also given life to the hotheaded troublemaker with a heart of gold, Ryuji, in PERSONA 5, the carefree and always hungry, Plagg, in MIRACULOUS LADYBUG, and the lazy yet virtuous sin of sloth, King, in SEVEN DEADLY SINS.

Other notable projects include FINAL FANTASY 7 REMAKE (Red XIII), BUNGO STRAY DOGS (Atsushi), DEMON SLAYER (Sabito), BORDERLANDS 3 (Troy Calypso), FIRE EMBLEM (Leo, Gray, Kaden, Forrest, Gordin), HUNTERxHUNTER (Meruem), YOUR LIE IN APRIL (Kousei), & BUGSNAX (Filbo Fiddlepie).

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Guest Announcement: ERICA LINDBECK

Erica Lindbeck is a Los Angeles-based actress who holds her Bachelor of Arts from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film & Television. She is thrilled to be involved in a large and diversified portfolio of projects, playing the roles of Jessie in the upcoming Final Fantasy VII remake, Cheetara and Wily Kit in the upcoming ThunderCats Roar, Cheelai in Dragon Ball Super: Broly, Blaze and Omochao in Sonic Team Racing, Sally Whitemane in Heroes of the Storm, Delaryn Summermoon in WoW: Battle for Azeroth, Sophitia in Soul Calibur VI, Roll in Mega Man 11, Black Cat in Spider-Man (PS4)…

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Sakura-Con 2021 Cancellation

In light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, it is with a heavy heart that we must announce the cancellation of Sakura-Con 2021.

Active 2021 memberships will be automatically transferred to 2022. If you have any questions or concerns about your membership, please email registration@sakuracon.org.

We wish everyone the best in the upcoming year, we miss you all dearly, and we hope to see everyone at Sakura-Con 2022!

Sakura-Con 2020 Cancelled

The Executive Board would like to announce that in light of the current situation with COVID-19 and in line with Seattle Mayor Durkan’s decree on March 13, 2020, we have no other option than to cancel Sakura-Con 2020. Active 2020 memberships will be automatically transferred to 2021. If you have any questions or concerns about your membership, please email registration@sakuracon.org.

We look forward to seeing everyone at Sakura-Con 2021, and wish everyone their best in the upcoming year.

Sakura-Con 2020 Executive Board of Directors

Guest Announcement: Steve Blum

With literally hundreds of V/O credits to his name, Veteran Voice Monkey Steve Blum is best known as the voice of “Spike Spiegel” from Cowboy Bebop, “Wolverine” from several incarnations of X-Men (animated movies, games, the Wolverine and the X-Men TV Series, The Super Hero Squad Show, X-Men Anime and more), “Orochimaru,” “Zabuza,” and others from Naruto, “Green Goblin” from the Spectacular Spiderman series, “Heatblast,” “Vilgax” and “Ghostfreak” from Ben 10, “Grayson Hunt” (Bulletstorm) “Grunt” (Mass Effect 2 and 3),”Zoltan Kulle” from Diablo 3, “Abathur” from Starcraft 2:Heart of the Swarm, “Tank Dempsey” (Call of Duty), “Killer Croc” from Arkham Asylum, “Oghren” (DragonAge),“Vincent Valentine” (Final Fantasy VII), “Leeron” (Guren Lagann), “Jamie” from Megas XLR, “Storm Troopers” and many others in most of the Star Wars games, The voice of 7-11, dozens of Digimon and a gigantic list of other characters from Anime, Video Games, TV and Film. In 2012, Steve was inducted into the Guinness Book of World records as Most Prolific Voice Actor in Video Games – appearing in almost 300 games (now approaching 400!)

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Guest Announcement: Johnny Yong Bosch

Johnny Yong Bosch got his start fighting giant bugs as Adam Park, the Black Ranger, Green Zeo and Green Turbo Ranger on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. It is a role that he would play for three and a half seasons on television, two motion pictures and two special guest appearances in future Power Rangers seasons.

After Power Rangers, Johnny became very involved in the world of voice over. His first major voice acting role was Vash the Stampede in Trigun. He later went on to voice Kaneda in Akira, Renton in Eureka Seven, Kiba in Wolf’s Rain, Ichigo Kurosaki in Bleach, Lelouch Lamperouge in Code Geass, Izaya in Durarara and Yukio in Blue Exorcist, Sasori in Naruto, Artemis in Sailor Moon, Hajime in Danganronpa 2, Makoto Tachibana in Free!, Nate in Yokai Watch, Orga in Mobile Suit Gundam Iron Blooded Orphans, Haruo in Hi Score Girl, Zora in Black Clover, Jonathan in Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, Sabo in One Piece Stampede, Giyu in Demon Slayer, Lio in Promare, Broly in Dragon Ball FighterZ, Nine in My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising and many more…

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Cosplay Contest Judges

Pannon
Pannon (The Pannonator’s Pan-Tastic Cosplays) has been cosplaying since 2001. Over the past 18 years, she’s refined her craft and competed all over the United States and abroad! Pannon has won over 60 awards nationwide. She and her cosplay-partner, Garnet Runestar won the title of Team USA in 2014 as part of the World Cosplay Summit, and got to represent the US again in June 2017 as Team USA in The Netherlands’ C4 competition. Though she still competes in the international circuit, Pannon has also judged for over 30 contests, returning as an Alumni Judge for the World Cosplay Summit, as well as several national cosplay contests. She has made everything from mascots for pro sports teams like Utah Jazz, the Denver Broncos, Chicago Bulls, and more, as well as built red-carpet and Fashion Week looks worn around the world. She loves sharing her knowledge and positivity with the cosplay community and volunteers with Cosplay for a Cause, Utah chapter, and runs a cosplay advice podcast together with VFire Cosplay, “Cosplay Stitch and Seam.”

Yummy Gamorah

Yummy Gamorah has been sewing, cosplaying and competing for over 15 years. Over that time she’s won multiple awards across a variety of conventions and has had her work featured on various websites and publications. In 2015 she had the honor of representing the United States as with her teammate Alpacosplay as Team USA at World Cosplay Summit in Japan where they placed 3rd and won the brother sewing award for best costume. When not having staring contests with fabric and swearing at her sewing machine, Yummy can be found playing video games or hanging out with her dog. 

Eli Ebberts

Eli Ebberts is cosplayer from the Pacific Northwest with over 10 years of experience and a passion for performance. When she’s not at conventions she’s creating tutorials and other videos for her YouTube channel. Eli loves all things sparkly, pink and cute! She’s looking forward to seeing all the costumes at Sakuracon and wants to remind you all to Keep Sewing, Stay Positive and Have Fun!  

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