When he’s not busy being a professional surfer, dabbling in organic gardening, playing music with his band, or generally fighting for the forces of good in the universe, Greg Cipes is actually the voice of the loveable green changeling known simply as Beast Boy on Cartoon Network’s Teen Titans (a role which he reprises on the currently-airing Teen Titans GO! on the same station). He met Ciro Nieli when he landed his first voice acting role ever on the original Teen Titans, and the two still work together today on Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (where Greg provides the voice of Michelangelo). Despite all that this self-proclaimed “goofball” has done with his career however, Greg is by no means a difficult person to find: it is believed that he will make planetfall at Kotoricon to host a panel, give autographs to all of his adoring fans, and he might even agree to sing for us if we ask nicely enough!
As a voice actor, Sonny is considered to be one of the most recognized voice actors in the business. Besides Dragonball Z’s Krillin he has worked on many popular animated characters including Maes Hughes from Full Metal Alchemist, Usopp from One Piece and Cartoon Network’s laidback, robot host Toonami Tom. He has also worked as a writer and director on several TV series including Dragonball Z, Case Closed, and Lupin the Third. As a comic book artist he has 17 published works to date including his débuted self-published series Mr. Average featured in The Comics Journal and Elfquest which was published by both WARP Graphics and DC Comics. Sonny is considered one of the top Elfquest artists from its over 30 year history.
For all of you villains and anti-heroes out there, Chuck got his start in anime voice acting by lending his dulcet tones to Garlic Jr. and Android 17 in Dragonball Z. From that launchpad his career blasted off into the stars, giving him the opportunity to voice hundreds of characters, with Hiei in YuYu Hakusho, Stein in Soul Eater, Mohji in One Piece, and Shou Tucker in Full Metal Alchemist just coming off the top of our heads. And if his voice acting resume (which even includes video games like Borderlands II) wasn’t enough, he also served as a writer on Hetalia and Sgt. Frog (where he provided voice work as well), and Baccano! to name a few. Outside of anime and video games, Chuck was heavily involved in the production of Arbor Day - The Musical, in addition to an acting role in the movieParkland, produced by Tom Hanks.
You may have heard of Michele Knotz from a little well-known anime series called “Pokémon.” Now in their 17th 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 additional 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,” and Potaru Tanaka and Inumi in “Magical Witch Punie-Chan.” As 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,” and of course Snivy, Gardevoir, Latios, and Latias in “Super Smash Bros.” for the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. 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, pictures, and listen to her voice demos, check out her web site at: http://micheleknotz.com/
Lisle Wilkerson is the powerhouse behind some of the gaming industry’s most popular characters, such as Nina Williams and Christie Monteiro from the Tekken franchise, as well as Sarah Bryant from Virtual Fighter. She is based in Los Angeles, and works freelance but she grew up in Tokyo, Japan and moved to the US in 2008. She speaks fluent Japanese, and has worked with all the major radio and television stations in Japan, and continues to work with many of them to some capacity. Lisle was in the Academy Award winning Sofia Coppola film “Lost in Translation”, and a few years later had her first principal role in the award winning critically acclaimed indie film “Kamataki”. When she isn’t working or running around with her bright pink boxing gloves trying to save the world Nina Williams-style, she spends her time at home with her adorable jet-setting cat, Princess Genki.
Jamie McGonnigal came to the first KotoriCon in 2010 when we were small and unknown. Jamie is a voice actor, actor, producer, activist and director. You have heard his voice in anime, video games including Barry in Pokemon and several voices in YuGiOh. He is the Community Director for the New Organizing Institute and a blogger for HuffingtonPost.com. He has been a driving force in campaigning for equality. We are very excited he is returning for 2015!
As a lifelong fan of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise, Ciro Nieli is no stranger to animation (or the extraterrestrial). Believe it or not, Ciro got his start as a revisionist storyboard artist onFamily Guy, moving right on to another project called Teen Titans (where he may or may not have met a certain other Kotoricon-attending voice actor we know) soon afterward. While it is certainly true that he has never had trouble finding work, Ciro currently enjoys living a long-standing dream: executive producing Nickelodeon’s most recent incarnation of (you guessed it!) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – which began airing in 2012 and was more recently renewed for a fourth season back in June!