AyaCon would like to thank everyone who made a donation or participated in our charity events throughout the weekend for the British Heart Foundation. We're pleased to announce that we have raised a total of £5910.85.
Matthew Mercer is an Actor/Writer/Director based out of Los Angeles. Beginning with an extensive background in theater and improvisation, he has since branched out into many other forms of performance media. His voice talents can be heard in many animated shows and video games, including Resident Evil 6, Soul Caliber V, Mortal Kombat 9, World of Warcraft, Guild Wars 2, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Super Street Fighter 4, Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes, AKIRA, Ninety Nine Nights 2, No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle, Star Ocean: The Last Hope, Final Fantasy: Crystal Bearers, Brutal Legend, Wolfenstein, Chocobo Dungeon, and Ace Combat 5. He can also be heard as the voice of 'Tygra' in the Cartoon Network reboot of Thundercats.
Matthew is also the co-creator and Director of the hit web-series "There Will Be Brawl", where he also portrays the manipulative Ganondorf, and supplies the voices for Kirby and Metaknight.
Shonen Knife are a ground-breaking all-female Japanese, pop-punk trio formed in Osaka in 1981, inspired by The Ramones. Since then the band crafted their own idiosyncratic songs, fashioned brightly coloured outfits and DIY albums. In their astounding 31 year career they have toured with Nirvana, recorded sessions for John Peel and appeared on MTV’s ‘Beavis and Butthead’.
In 2010 the band released the album ‘Super Group’, played Matt Groening’s curated ATP, extensively toured the UK, Europe, North America, China and Taiwan. In 2011 the band celebrated their 30th year anniversary by releasing the albums ‘Free Time’ and ‘Osaka Ramones’, toured Europe and the US, played to thousands at the Summer Sundae festival, a live session for Marc Riley on BBC 6 music, an interview with Radcliffe and Maconie, and rounded out the year with a limited edition Christmas Single ‘Sweet Christmas’. In June 2012 Shonen Knife released their 18th Studio Album ‘Pop Tune’ which saw the band return to their Pop beginnings. Now in their 31st year of rock with over 900 gigs under their belt and able to play any of 90 songs at their fans' request, this is a band on top form, so as Naoko says: ‘Let’s Rock!’
Kamui, otherwise known as Svetlana Quindt, is a talented cosplayer from Germany known for her impressive armour projects and extensive work with materials such as Worbla, Wonderflex and expanding foam.
Cosplaying for over 10 years and now stepping into making it a full time job, she's attended conventions and held workshops worldwide from Blizzcon to Japan Expo, and over in the UK at MCM Expo. Known widely for her amazing detailed game costumes from series such as World of Warcraft, Diablo III and Aion, she also generously shares her work and progress on her website and her Facebook page, with detailed tutorials of her methods.
Kamui will be holding workshops on both armour and propmaking over the weekend with opportunities for Q&A, and will also be available for photoshoots on request. So come along and learn to be an armoursmith!
Akemi Solloway Tanaka is the daughter of an old samurai family and grew up immersed in the traditional arts and culture of Japan. Her name in Japanese means "Bright and Beautiful".
In addition to her university education, she attended the Tchiyoda Gakuin Finishing School, where she formally studied Occidental and Oriental etiquette. She is a lecturer and consultant of Japanese culture, and leads study tours to Japan each spring and autumn. She is active in the worlds of business, diplomacy, education and the arts, where she strives to combine traditional beliefs, such as Bushido, with the best of modern technology and ideas. In her presenting and consulting, she aims to promote awareness and appreciation of authentic Japanese culture in an accessible and enjoyable manner.
Akemi is also the founder of the charity , "Aid For Japan". This charity supports Japanese orphans after Tsunami in 2011. Please visit, www.aidforjapan.org.uk for more information.