Ben Dunn was born on April 17, 1964 in Pingtung, Taiwan. He immigrated to the United States in 1965. He settled in San Antonio, Texas where he grew up. In 1976 he went back to Taiwan where he discovered manga. In 1985 he founded the comic book publishing company ANTARCTIC PRESS to promote the manga artform. The first comic published was the title MANGAZINE.
In 1986 he created the anime-inspired and best known comic NINJA HIGH SCHOOL. It was picked up by ETERNITY COMICS where it was published in 1992 when it returned to ANTARCTIC PRESS and published until issue #175 making it one of the longest running independent comics. He created his next best-known comic in 1994, WARRIOR NUN AREALA during the bad girl craze and was instrumental in the creation of the independent toy market.
Ben Dunn has worked with various companies over the years including MALIBU COMICS, ETERNITY COMICS, ECLIPSE, FIRST COMICS, NOW COMICS, MARVEL COMICS, DC COMICS, and various other publishers. He is however best known working with his original company ANTARCTIC PRESS. In the late 1990s he handed over the company to his brother, Joeming Dunn. He has also worked on TV shows like THE REAL GHOSTBUSTERS and EXO-SQUAD. He was also one of the animators on the WARNER BROTHERS film adaptation of P. K. Dick’s novel A SCANNER DARKLY.
Ben Dunn continues to work on comics including a revival of NINJA HIGH SCHOOL in celebration of its 30th year, a steampunk series THE STEAM LEAGUE, and his new comic series SCIENCE IS MAGIC.
Cole Feuchter is new to the scene when it comes to voice over, but his start has been a great one so far. His notable roles are Lenga Valentine (Full Service), Naoto (Camp Buddy), Momo (Dear Monster), Saji (To Trust an Incubus), and Harse (My Magical Demon Lover). He’s also one half of the YouTube channel, The Retrocade, with Kiba Walker. Cole will be graduating in the Winter with a degree in Japanese, and is excited to attend his first Anime convention as a guest!
Natalie Hoover is a voice actor who has done work for anime and video games that you love! Recent roles include Sonia Nevermind and Monophanie from the acclaimed Danganropa series, Tomoyo Daidouji in Cardcaptor Sakura, Lily in Recovery of an MMO Junkie, Tsukino in SHOW BY ROCK!!, Tiara in Fairy Fencer F, Nikki in LOVE NIKKI, Reina Izumi in Myriad Colors Phantom World, Le Fay Pendragon in Highschool DxD, Nana Sakurai in Prince of Stride, Arisa Ahokainen in Akiba’s Trip!, Mashiro Arisaka from Ao Kana, and Yolko in the hit series Sword Art Online that aired on Toonami.
David Vincent is an award-winning voice actor and director based in Los Angeles. He’s given voice to hundreds of animation/anime episodes and video games titles, as well as guest star appearances on TV shows such as The Mentalist and NCIS.
David can currently be heard as the Narrator in the hit series JO JO’s Bizarre Adventure and as Phinks in Hunter X Hunter on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim. He recently starred as the Talking Sailor Uniform Senketsu on the hit TV series KILL LA KILL and just completed directing the series Katsugeki Touken Ranbu. David also stars in the mega-hit video game SUPER SMASH BROS. franchise as the character Robin from Fire Emblem and Richter Belmont from Castlevania. SUPER SMASH BROS. won the award for Favorite Video Game at the 42nd People’s Choice Awards.
- Fire Emblem franchise as Robin
- KILL LA KILL as Senketsu
- Bleach as Grimmjow Jeagerjaques
- JO JO’s Bizarre Adventure as Narrator
- FATE/Zero and FATE/Stay Night as Gilgamesh
- SUPER SMASH BROS. as Richter Belmont from Castlevania
- Katsugeki Touken Ranbu as Director
- HUNTER X HUNTER as Phinks
- Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron Blooded Origins as Naze Turbine
- Code Geass as Li Xingke
- DURARARA!! as Seiji
- Blue Exorcist as Arthur August Angel
- One Piece as Duval
- Gun X Sword as Van
- SUPER SMASH BROS. for Nintendo 3DS and SUPER SMASH BROS. for Wii-U as Robin
- Star Wars: Battlefront as Rebel Alliance
- Blazblue anime and video game franchise as Jin Kisaragi & Hakumen
- Tekken video game franchise as Marshall Law & Forest Law
- Tales of Graces as Richard
- Street Fighter video game franchise as T-Hawk
- Resident Evil: Revelations as Raymond Vester
Kiba Walker is a Voice Actor and musician from Dallas, Texas, who’s no stranger to Anime Banzai. Since his last appearance, Kiba has appeared in a couple of Funimation properties, such as Cardcaptor Sakura Clear Card, Black Clover, Garo Vanishing Line, All Out!, and most notably in Junji Ito Collection (Tsukano Ryou). He’s also appeared in various games, providing the voices for Sota Kobayashi (Full Service), Keitaro Nagane and Yoshinori Nagira (Camp Buddy), Faeryn (Dear Monster), Kenta (To Trust an Incubus), Soren (My Magical Demon Lover), Amon and Gnart (Earthlock Festival of Magic), Eike Crimson (Victus Vincimus), and many others.
Kiba runs his own channel, KibaKovers, where he covers anime and video game songs, as well as streams modern games. He also shares a channel with Cole Feuchter, called the Retrocade. Kiba is also a host of Gamestop TV, seen across stores countrywide and on YouTube. He’s excited to come back to Anime Banzai!
Steve “Warky” Nunez is a jack-of-all-trades and, thankfully, a master of some.
You may know Warky as the part-bird-part-man, but not many know that as an actor, Warky first broke into voice acting narrating audiobooks for the blind, and from there into all facets of media. Some of his favorite projects he has worked on include The Souls of the Saintlands audiobook series by Tonya Adolfson, Hulu’s TV Show Chance, Bali in HunkiePop, Lady Woo in Nexon’s Dungeon Fighter Online, Rift Bubbles in Heroes of Newerth, The Demon Lord in The Seduce Me Otome series, Gema Taku in “Yandere Simulator”, and a Homeless Man in Marvel’s Ant-Man.
As a musician, Steve is a singer in the Parody Mormon Band “They Might Be Elders”. Hailed on the news as the “Weird Al of Mormonism”, Steve delights in bringing happiness to all he encounters. Not just involved in parody, he has also worked sound and music in video games, television, movie trailers, and more. For added fun, ask about his performances on clarinet to Dubstep.
Under the tutelage of Yamila Abraham, CEO and award-winning author of Yaoi Press, Steve got his start in lettering for Yaoi Press. He has worked on bara, BL, and yaoi manga, both in physical and digital print, and most recently has worked on Full-Cast Yaoi Audiobooks such as Zolabarth Bi, Trapped Wizard, The Yaoikuza, and more!
Steve looks forward to what the future has in store for him and hopes that there are chocobos involved.
Pannonator’s Pan-Tastic Cosplays
Guest Cosplay Judge
Pannon (The Pannonator’s Pan-Tastic Cosplays) has been cosplaying since 2001. Over the past 17 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. Pannon has put her creativity to work for several companies and people. 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 Vermillion Fire Cosplay, “Cosplay Stitch and Seam”.
Guest Cosplay Judge
Renna started cosplaying in early 2013 and has yet to come up for air. Her life is a constant state of crafting in any and all free moments. She has been competing since her first convention, and has one several Best-in-Show awards and Best in Master Class awards all over the western United States. She finds the greatest joy in learning new things, and sharing experiences with others. She is absolutely thrilled to be a guest at her home anime convention and can’t wait to see all the amazing talent close up.
Guest Cosplay Judge
Hailing from the Pacific Northwest, Sumikins is a veteran competitive cosplayer with 15+ years of experience specializing in garment construction and stage presentation. With over a dozen awards in performance and craftsmanship to her name, she has judged and competed in contests around the country and abroad, and has represented the United States as Team USA at World Cosplay Sumit 2010 and CICAF/China Cosplay Super Show 2017. When not devoting time to building costumes and performing, Sumikins is also an aspiring writer and cosplay photographer. This will be her first time attending the Anime Banzai Convention, and she’s excited to meet everyone!
See more at her website.