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Author Ben S. Reeder Returns to A2F River Valley

Ben Reeder is the author of the popular Demon’s Apprentice series, the Zompoc Survivor series and Ash Fall, the first book in the Apocalypse of Enoch: Everwinter series from New Babel books. He is also the co-author of the Verge Walker series with George Canfield. Born in Hawaii and raised in South Texas, he learned many of the vital zombie survival skills at an early age, spending much of his time as a young man outdoors.

When he wasn’t trekking through the wilds of Texas, Ben was traveling through places like Middle Earth, Hyperborea, and Earthsea or exploring the depths of outer space through science fiction and fantasy. A role-player since junior high school, he discovered that he had a penchant for telling stories early on, and by the time he was in high school, he was writing pulp fiction style stories for his friends to read.

After trying his hand at being an adult for several years, Ben returned to his first passion, storytelling, and in 2011, released his first book, The Demon’s Apprentice. In 2014, he got the rights to the Demon’s Apprentice back from his publisher and self-published the Zompoc Survivor series, and realized his life-long dream of becoming a full-time writer in 2015. When he isn’t traveling to conventions, he lives in Springfield, Missouri with his girlfriend Randi and several cats who have trained him to feed them on command.

You can read the first chapter of The Demon’s Apprentice on his website: ChanceFortunato.com

In an attempt to remain cool and somewhat relevant in the eyes of his grandkids, he has a Facebook page, a Twitter account, and even has a writer’s blog page and an author page.

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Announcing A2F River Valley’s Musical Guests KAZHA

Kazha is a 3 piece rock band from Japan. Lead singer Kazuha Oda is a classically trained singer born in Japan, spent her childhood in several different countries including Brazil. She started out as a solo singer and recorded over 20 different records/projects from classic to heavy metal music in Japan. She has worked with wide variety of performers including Grammy winner Bob James. Her work has appeared on the iTunes Top 100 charts of numerous countries for a significant amount of time.

After releasing Kazha’s first album “Overture” in 2010, they had their first North America tour (including Mexico) debuting at Asian Heritage Street Celebration in San Francisco playing with the American Hip Hop group “Far East Movement”. Since then, the band have been touring around the world, appearing at various festivals and conventions. Kazha also have been performing at local venues including The World Famous Whiskey A Go Go (Los Angeles) and RockHouse Live (Memphis), sharing stage with musicians such as Gilby Clarke, Lynch Mob, Tantric, LA Guns, and Y&T. In Memphis TN, Kazha is now working on a new project with an engineer Lawrence “Boo” Mitchelle who recently won a Grammy with the song “Up Town Funk” sung by Bruno Mars.

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Kazha continue their musical adventure armed with their strong belief in their music and aspirations of achieving their goal. Their music combines the softness of a falling feather and the heaviness of a hurricane. Kazha represents a new future of the world music: a fusion of cultures and musical view points that create their sound.

You can find them at KAZHA.NET or on Facebook.com/kazha.official and Twitter.com/kazhaofficial

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A2F River Valley Welcomes Voice Actress Leah Clark

Leah Clark is an American voice actor primarily associated with FUNimation productions. This year she has been heard in the broadcast dubs of Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid (Kobayashi); Touken Ranbu (Gokotai); Show By Rock (Ailane); Shonen Maid (Miyako); Fuuka (Suzuka); Alderamin On the Sky (Haroma); Aria the Scarlet Ammo AA (Aria), Keijo (Ayako); Izetta: The Last Witch (Elizabeth), and Yuri On Ice (Mari).

Memorable titles and roles include Negima (Nodoka); Fairy Tail/Fairy Tail Zero (Mavis); Soul Eater (Blair); One Piece (Coby/Miss Doublefinger); Eden Of This East (Saki); Baka and Test (Minami); Deadman Wonderland (Minatsuki/Hummingbird); Assassination Classroom (Kanzaki); Suzuka (Suzuka); Rosario + Vampire (Ruby); Fullmetal Alchemist: The Movie – Conqueror of Shamballa (Noah); Pokémon the Movie: Black – Victini and Reshiram (Carlita) and Pokémon the Movie: White – Victini and Zekrom (Carlita)

leah clarke doing voicesLeah has also worked as a script writer on such projects as: Panty and Stocking, Suzuka, Peach Girl, Baka and Test, Sasami: Magical Girl Club, B Gata H Kei – Yamada’s First Time; Sekirei, and Strike Witches. As an ADR director, Leah has worked on Sasami: Magical Girl Club; Shuffle, The Tower of Druaga, and Case Closed.

Leah’s first love was theatre and she trained in music theatre at Circle in the Square in New York. She performs regularly on stages in the Dallas-Fort Worth Area. Along with regular voice work at Funimation, her voice can also be heard on industrials and video games. She supports her acting habit by working as a commercial and independent film producer.

Follow Leah on Twitter @leahrooo; Instagram @leahrooo9 and on Facebook “Leah Clark Actress Fanclub”

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DJ Blay Returns to Spin at A2F Fall 2016

a2f DJ BlayFrom House Parties, clubs, to the convention scene, Blay has seen it all. Starting in his own bedroom, Blay begun with the genres of Happy Hardcore and Hardstyle, but over the first year, he quickly found his true love in House. He continued to push his limits to Dubstep, Trap, Glitch-Hop, and Moombahton. Now the sky is the limit.

Blay has been a resident DJ at Club Push and thrown huge parties at Speakeasy in Fayetteville. He has played many conventions in the North West and Central Arkansas areas and continues to do so currently. He knows exactly how to throw down a mix and mash up your favorite tracks to give a gravitating experience.

He recently started a podcast called The State on iTunes. You can also like his Facebook page at Facebook.com/DJBlayOfficial

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Welcome Literary Guest: Victor Manuel, Renaissance Man

Victor Manuel comes to us from the hills West of Dallas, Texas. He is a definite Renaissance Man – because he goes to a lot of renaissance festivals.

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He edits for Mothership Zeta magazine, writes science fiction and horror, runs his own webcomic, and in his spare time he designs computer networks and repairs broken tree limbs.

His greatest achievement to date is winning the Texas State Bat’letlh tournament two years running. His superpower is Epic Timing, and his weakness is wrong angles.

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You can visit him online at www.VictorLMan

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Video Game Tournament Host: Gaijin Goombah!

After gaining a degree in International Relations, living abroad, and spending two years in the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program, Gaijin Goombah decided to devote his YouTube career to teaching multiculturalism around the world through the medium of video games.

From recent to retro, he explains a multitude of cultural references found in these games, and how video games can better educate the world about not only different cultures, but also perspectives and ways of thinking. Together with the other Game Theorists, MatPat, Drake, and Ronnie Oni Edwards, Gaijin pursues something more than just mind-rotting in games; Education and understanding of the world we live in.

You can watch his videos (like the one above) on Youtube.com/user/GaijinGoomba or follow him on Twitter.com/GaijinGoombah

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Welcome Voice Actress Rachael Messer for A2F Spring 2016!

Rachael Messer is a professional and full time voice actress. She has voice acted in numerous animes, cartoons, video games, radio plays, and commercials. She has worked with FUNimation in animes.

She is currently the voice of Shiara in the new animated tv series “Prince Adventure” along with Christopher Sabat, Vic Mignogna, Chuck Huber, and Todd Haberkorn and many others. She is in Heroes of Newerth, the Teacher in Yanadere Simulator, Wakfu Raiders, a Wii U game called Anima: Gates of Time, Astra in the Xbox game, and over 40 different other games. She also does film and is the leading female role in the new tv series “It’s Just Brunch” with South Parks’ Toby Morton and Peter Bedgood.

To check out more of her projects, please visit her website: RachaelMesser.com

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