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Dripping With Good Looks Cosplay Dreams of Family Kotatsu

Welcome Dripping With Good Looks Cosplay this May! They are a cosplay group based in Arkansas, a group of friends with a passion for cosplay, making people smile, and for each other. The group has been together since 2012 with the newest member joining in late 2014.

The name Dripping with Good Looks Cosplay was inspired by Ouran High School Host Club. Yes, we are “that Ouran group”! We love hosting events for Arkansas Anime Festival and are honored to have the opportunity to serve and entertain you all again.

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Members include Tama, Forezt, PandaFarron, HuniMaple, Serah Wilder, and Creig. Other group cosplays they have done include Hetalia, Magi, GSNK, Princess Jellyfish, Final Fantasy XIII, Attack on Titan, and several themed Ouran cosplays.

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Group leader Tama also runs the Cosplay Contest and would like to encourage you to enter!

You can find then on FACEBOOK and TUMBLR.

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Announcing Author and All-Around Geek-Girl: E.M. Ervin

E M Ervin is a voracious consumer of fantasy and science-fiction literature, gamer, prankster, and all-around geek-girl. When not writing, she enjoys time-travelling through Victorian-era steampunk London and thumbwrestling supervillains.

She currently resides in Missouri with her 3 children: one son, one dog, and the feline who rules them all.Wake Up Call Book 1 of the Nasaru Chronicles

Her book Wake Up Call: Book 1 of the Nasaru Chronicles was released earlier this year and she’s currently working on Book 2.

To read more about her and her current work, please visit her website:

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A2F Welcomes Steve Staley This November!

steve cannon smileSteve Staley is known known for voicing Kamui Shirō in X, Neji Hyūga in Naruto, Soushi Minashiro in Fafner, and Tōshirō Hitsugaya in Bleach.

While he’s been in the industry for more than 10 years, Staley is brand new to the convention scene. A2F is excited to be the first anime con to host him as a guest!

Check out his impressive list of voices at

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Announcing Our First Fall Guest: Voice Actress Michele Knotz!

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It is said that Michele Knotz hails from a distant faraway planetoid called New Jersey. She commutes to New York to work on this anime series you may have heard of called Pokémon.

Now in their 18th season, Michele returned as the voice of Team Rocket’s Jessie. Before season 14, Michele voiced May, Nurse Joy, The Pokédex, and many Pokémon. She also voiced Misty for the Pokémon 10th Anniversary Special, The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon. In the Pokémon Special, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon, Team Go-Getters Out of the Gate” she voiced Chikorita.

Other anime roles include Hajime Yagi in The World of Narue, Takako Kawashima in Shootfighter Tekken, Matsumoto and various characters in To Heart, Razali, Cindy, Greta, and The Fairy in The Third, Ogiue Chika in Genshiken, Koyuki Asagiri in Kujibiki Unbalance, Chou’un Shiryuu in Ikki Tousen, Tomoe and Airi in Queen’s Blade, Potaru Tanaka and Inumi in Magical Witch Punie-Chan, and Akira Sakamoto and Lilith’s mother in Holy Knight.

michele pensive at panelAs far as video games go, Michele has voiced the Pokémon Trainer, Squirtle and various other Pokémon for the Nintendo Wii’s: Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Piplup and many others in PokéPark Wii – Pikachu’s Great Adventure, Snivy, Piplup and many others in PokéPark 2 Wonders Beyond, various characters in Heathcliff the Fast and the Furriest, Alisa Bosconovitch and Roll in Capcom’s Street Fighter X Tekken, Grace in Castle Dracula, Lucky and various others in Gangstar Vegas, Lilliel Saotome in NIS America’s The Guided Fate Paradox, Miku Kubo in Modern Combat 5: Blackout, Snivy, Gardevoir, Latios, and Latias in Super Smash Bros. for the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, all the mom’s, a reporter, and creatures in YIIK, Nascira, The Informant, and various in Dungeon Hunter 5, Redtrophi Queen in Heroes of Order and Chaos, Pugi in Combat Core, and the Female Marauder in The Silent Roads.

Coming soon, Michele will be the voice of Asuka in the hilarious web series, I Am Senataur. But Michele doesn’t just work on anime and video games. She’s also a script adapter for various dubbing projects and lends her voice to many other types of work. To see all of Michele’s credits, guest appearances, and listen to her voice demos, check out her web site at:

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Amtgard and Peculiar Cosplayers returning to A2F December 2014

is a world-wide organization dedicated to medieval and fantasy combat sports and recreation. We use padded weapons, fantasy and authentic clothing, and imagination to immerse players in aamtgard2-300x214 world of heroic combat, quests, crafts, and more.

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is a small town cosplay group out of Peculiar, Missouri. They started their cosplay group unofficially in 2011 with their first two members, Marie Whelan and Lexie Phillips, expanding to seven members and giving themselves a name in 2014. They have travelled to many conventions, including Naka Kon in Kansas City, MO, and Cosplacon in Jefferson City, MO. They are excited to be returning to A2F to share some of the new cosplaying techniques they have procured with their latest cosplay experiences. You can find pictures of their cosplay projects on their Facebook Page at

Lexie Phillips– Lexie is a senior at Missouri Western State University, majoring in Digital Animation. She has cosplayed several characters, including Dragon Aspect Ysera from World of Warcraft, a Night Elf Druid from World of Warcraft, and Leona from League of Legends. She enjoys working with craft foam and artificial plants. Her next cosplay project is Kail from League of Legends.

Marie Whelan– Marie is a senior at the University of Missouri- Kansas City, majoring in Creative Writing. She has cosplays characters like Fenris from Dragon Age II, a level 1 Troll Mage from World of Warcraft, and Illidan Stormrage from World of Warcraft. She enjoys creating racial features and creating patterns. Her next cosplay project is Braum from League of Legends.

Caitlin Canupp– Caitlin is a senior at Missouri Western State University, majoring in Digital Animation. She has cosplayed characters such as Dragon Aspect Tarecgosa from World of Warcraft and Gangplank from League of Legends. She enjoys working with wire and craft foam. Her next cosplay project is Twitch from League of Legends.

Cole Tribolet- Cole currently works at Quicktrip, and he enjoys spending his spare time gaming. He has coplayed Malfurion Stormrage from World of Warcraft and Diana from League of Legends. He enjoys working with expanding foam and craft foam. His next cosplay project is Riven from League of Legends.

Jenae Phillips– Jenae is a resident of Bentonville, Arkansas, and likes to spend her spare time gaming and watching Doctor Who. She has cosplayed many OCs and characters like Sonic the Hedgehog, a Worgen Druid from World of Warcraft, and the Eleventh Doctor. She enjoys working with couch foam and creating full furry suits. Her next cosplay project is Ashe from League of Legends.

Other Members: Megan Segars, Tyler Shipley


A2F Fall 2014 Guest Jessica CALVELLO from Attack on Titan!

!!Please note! Jessica will be with us Saturday and Sunday only!!!

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Hange Zoe from Attack on Titan
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Jessica started dubbing in 1995 with ADVfilms, with her first project being


3 HUGE LINES in Evangelion.


Some more of her earlier work includes Excel Excel (Excel Saga, V1-3),Fam (Ruin Explorers, Mink (Dragonhalf), Celcia (Those Who Hunt Elves, S1),Yuri (Dirty Pair, OAV 1-5), Karin Aoi (DNA²), Drona (Magical DoReMi), Tsukino (Kare Kano), Comic Party (Eimi), Nanael (Queensblade), Kay the Raichu Trainer (Pokemon), Donna (Virus Buster Serge), Meliroon (Slayers: the Motion Picture), Moto and Poom Poom (Boogie Pop Phantom), and The Lovely Warrior, Honey Kisaragi (New Cutey Honey), in which she was personally cast by Go Nagai for the English dub.

Suigintou from Rozen Maiden

More recent roles include Hange Zoe (Attack on Titan), Hajime (Gatchaman Crowds),

Suigintou (Rozen Maiden Zurücksplen), Black Rabbit (Problem Children are Coming from Another World, aren’t they?), Kanako (Maria Holic), Saori (Girls und Panzer), Eclair (Fairy Tail the Movie: Phoenix Priestess), Ekitoku Chouhi (Ikki Tousen), and Rip Van Winkle in Team Four Star’s Hellsing Ultimate Abridged, Ep. 4. NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP.

Eclair from Fairy Tail the Movie

Jessica is also currently working with the talented team over at Cyanide & Happiness!

They probably regret this, but in the meantime, go to their youtube channel to hear her in the upcoming shorts: The Weatherman, Butterfly, God and Satan and Teddy Bear Strip Club (to name a few!)

She’s worked for FUNimation, Sentai Filmworks, ADVfilms, New Generation Pictures, 4Kids Entertainment, DuArt, Headline Studios, Central Park Media, The Right Stuf, International, Media Blasters and more!
Jessica loves to attention whore, so please do your part to keep that part of her healthy and feel free to:

Circle her on Google+
Twat her on Twatter
Find her on FB
Check out her youtube channel:
… and love her in all of her glorious damage. VHERE ARE MY MEDS?!

Leah Clark Coming to A2F December 2014

clarkprintblairthrowcancelLeah Clark is a Random Force Of Nature working as a voice actress and script adapter forFUNimation Entertainment negimand voice artist for DuArt Films.

Unfortunately due to a recent work conflict Leah Clark will not be at the December 2014 Arkansas Anime Festival. We hope we will be able to welcome her to a future convention.


She has also worked as a director for FUNimation as well as a stage actress in the Dallas-Ft Worth TX area.

Some of her most memorable voice roles include Nodoka in Negima; Suzuka in Suzuka; RedeToriko; Fuyuki in Sgt Frog; Blair in Soul Eater; Minatsuki in

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Fuyuki and Keroro

Deadman Wonderland; Saki in Eden of the East;s Nora in Spice and Wolf;

Nora Ahrendt from Spice and Wolf
Nora Ahrendt from Spice and Wolf

Minami in Baka and Test; Jiji in Princess Jellyfish; Noah in Full Metal Alchemist—Conqueror of Shamballa; Coby and Miss Doublefinger in One Piece; Paris in Shin Chan; Eri in School Rumble; Maron in Dragonball GT; Carlita in Pokemon the Movie: Black/White—Victini and Reshiram; and Maru in XXXHolic.

Other notable works include: Aria in Aria, the Scarlet Ammo; Homura/Kagari in Sekirei; Akane in Rumbling Hearts; Ruby in Rosario + Vampire; Tenhou in Oh! Edo Rocket; Akagawa/Red Ranger in Level E; Hikari in Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (not) Advance; Miyabi in Freezing; Kagura in GaRei Zero; Miya Miya in Bamboo Blade; Doyle in Pokemon; and Mayu Otsuka in Darker Than Black.

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Cast of Princess Jellyfish

This year, Leah can be heard as Murmur in Future Diary; Yu in Guilty Crown;

Giselle in Last Exile-Fam, the Silver Wing; as well as roles in Steins Gate, Wolf Children and Is This a Zombie?!

Some of Leah’s script works include Panty & Stocking With Garterbelt, Suzuka, Peach Girl, Sasami—Magical Girl Club,

Muru Muru from Future Diary

Baka and Test, Strike Witches, and her all-time favorite, B Gata  H Kai/Yamada’s First Time.! !

As a Director, Leah has worked on Sasami—Magical Girl Club,strike Tower of Druaga, StrAIN, Case Closed (movies) Captured In Her Eyesred w and Countdown To Heaven, and Shuffle.
Leah is also a producer and co-host of The Red Wine Therapist podcast also featuring

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Blair from Soul Eater

voice actress Jad Saxton. The show is an interactive open, raw, educational, and hilarious discussion of life, love, wine and (ahem) other stuff.

Leah would find it oh so magical and lovely if you would keep up with her on Twitter and

Leah Clark Actress Fanclub: on Facebook


On Twitter: @leahrooo

On Twitter: @redwinetherapst

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Jād Saxton from Fairy Tail December A2F Guest!

Jād Saxton from Fairy Tail
Jād Saxton from Fairy Tail

Jād Saxton

is a voice and stage actress, best known for her work with Funimation Entertainment in Wolf Children (Yuki), Michiko & Hachin (Hatchin), Fairy Tail

Fairy Tail Carla
Fairy Tail Carla

(Carla), Last Exile: Fam The Silver Wing (Fam), Eureka Seven AO (Elena Peoples), Tenchi Muyo: War on Geminar (Lashara Earth), Steins; Gate (Faris Nyannyan), Mass Effect: Paragon Lost (April), Is This a Zombie? (Haruna), and Shangri-La (Karin Ishida). Some of her other credits include: A Certain Scientific Railgun (Komoe), A Certain Magical Index (Komoe), Aria The Scarlet Amo (Reki), B Gata H Kei – Yamada’s First Time (Mayu Miyano),

Jacqueline O'Lantern Dupré
Jacqueline O’Lantern Dupré

Freezing (Arnett McMillan), Okami-san & Her Seven Companions (Mimi Usami), Ghost Hunt (Masako Hara), Baccano! (Eve Genoard), Strike Witches (Perrine-H Clostermann), and Soul Eater (Jacqueline O. Lantern Dupré).

When Jād isn’t lending her voice to anime, she can be seen on stage at various theaters throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth region as well as touring all over the U.S. For a full list of her work please visit

To keep up with Jād, please visit “Jad Saxton Voice Actress” on Facebook (

AND “Jad Saxton” on Twitter. @jadbsaxton

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Samantha Inoue-Harte December 2014 A2F Returning Guest!

samiGrumpycatnewsmShe’s back for a return engagement because we love her and she loves the Arkansas Anime Festival!

Samantha Inoue-harte is an established and varied Entertainment Industry veteran. First and foremost, Samantha is a Producer and Partner at Animetropolis, a boutique transmedia studio that develops and produces compelling cross-cultural creative content with partnering Japanese Anime studios. Animetropolis partnered with IDA (International Digital Artists) as production partner and lead animation unit for a Japanese/American co-produced CG-animated feature adaptation of Tailchaser’s Song, the acclaimed best-selling fantasy novel by author Tad Williams. Tailchaser’s Song is hailed “as fully realized as Watership Down” by TailchaserPublisher’s Weekly and written by “the best author of epic fantasy not named Tolkein” according to The New Yorker, Tailchaser’s Song follows a young ginger tomcat named Fritti Tailchaser on a perilous quest through the wondrous world of whiskery heroes and villains. [Over 3 million copies sold, and over 25 years in print.] 

Samantha is also an accomplished 16 year veteran as a voice actress in over 40 Japanese anime and Video game titles. Samantha’s most recognized roles are in Kingsisle Entertainment’s Pirate 101 and in Sony Online Entertainment’s DC Universe Online as Isis, Sakura Wars as Kohran Ri, Magical Play as Pipin, and Final Fantasy Unlimited as the Chocobo and Cactaur. 

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S. Harte as the voice of Isis

Samantha’s resume includes non Anime specific work as well. She has been an Animation Director for SpikeTV on the Fresh Baked Video Games TV series, has been an animator on Kevin Smith’s Clerks: The Lost Episode, Disney’s Lilo & Stitch 2: the Origins of Stitch, Disney’s Villains’ Revenge, Lonestar’s “Mr. Mom” music video, and many more.

Samantha has acted and has been a stunt worker in many on camera features including: Appaloosa, Blacktino, Beatdown, Elvis and Annabelle, Exterminators, Grindhouse: Death Proof, Grindhouse: Planet Terror, How to Eat Fried Worms, Idiocracy, Jonah Hex, Kabluey, Machete, Machete Kills, Man of the House, National Lampoon’s The Stoned Age, No Pain No Gain, Office Space, Shorts, Sin City, Sin City 2, Teeth, The 2 Bobs, Tree of Life, and True Grit.

Samantha also dabbles in Gore FX makeup which can be seen in Teeth, Predators, Shores of Another Sea, and American Idol. And finally, is also an avid Cowboy Action Sharpshooter in her spare time.

Check her out on IMDB

She has an amazing list of accomplishements on Wikipedia

The Anime News network has another amazing list of incredible work

See all our guests here


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Kazha to Play at A2F December 2014!

kazhulogoMusic Japanese alternative rock trio Kazha was formed in Japan in 2009 by vocalist Kazuha and guitarist Hideki, two individuals whose musical backgrounds could not have been more opposite. Together, they represent everything Kazha is; hard-hitting, melodic, loud, angelic, classic, brand new. Years later, the band has found a new evolution. With Kazuha herself now playing bass and the addition of drummer Masaya, there is nothing that stands in their way. Written in both English and Japanese, their music has global appeal. Japanese elegance entwined with American manifest destiny; pop sentimentality blended kazuha1with heavy metal intensity. Band Kazha’s American debut was at San Francisco’s Asian Heritage Street Festival in 2010 before departing on their first national tour, to promote their freshman album Overture. Stops included Houston, Washington DC, New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles. In their 5 year career, Kazha has performed on 3 continents, in 5 countries, and in over a dozen states, taking part in music festivals, cultural festivals, tours, and conventions. To support their second album, Evolution, Kazha returned to New York this year to take part in J Summit New York. They will soon be making their Nashville debut at Akai Con in August. Online Official site: EPK: Facebook: YouTube: Electric: Acoustic: Cover:

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