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Jerry Jewell J. Michael Tatum Brittney Karbowski Tia Ballard Chris Ayres Greg Ayres Michele Knotz Justin Cook Jessica Calvello Illich Auyapah Guardiola Brad Swaile Tavisha Wolfgarth-Simons Rikki Simons Vic Mignogna Lisa Ortiz Ian Sinclair Richard Horvitz Mike McFarland Studio Capsule

Jerry Jewell

He is our Ohayocon Roastee for 2014. Check out his website
He is an amazing talent and we are thrilled to have him at Ohayocon!!!

J. Michael Tatum

With his blinding wit, charasmatic personality and ultimate knowledge of all things Jerry Jewell our second guest for 2014 is sure to bring the heat to our Friday Roast!! Make sure you take the time to visit with him during his all ages panels scheduled throught the weekend.

Brittney Karbowski

Brittney started voice acting right out of high school at ADV Films. She has now been in over 75 titles, and counting, at Funimation Entertainment, ADV, and Sentai Filmworks!

Tia Ballard

Raised on generous helpings of Disney magic and video games, this Southern blonde goofball has provided the voice for many characters.

Chris Ayres

Christopher Ayres has been working professionally in theatre, television and film since the age of 6. His work has been seen Regionally, Nationally and on Broadway. He currently works as an A.D.R. director at Sentai Film Works and as a voice actor has worked for Sentai Film Works, ADV films, Amusement park Media and FUNimation Entertainment.

Greg Ayres

Greg Ayres has spent the last several years working in an industry he had admired for many more as a fan. With over 200 credits to his name, this fan-boy has managed to play a variety of characters that are almost as colorful as his hair.

Michele Knotz

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.”

Justin Cook

Justin has been watching anime since Starblazers changed his view of cartoons back in the early 1980's, however simply watching wasn't enough.

Jessica Calvello

Jessica Calvello hasn't been to an anime convention since 2002 and she's pleased as a twinkie - with extra filling - to return to one of her all time favorites.

Illich Auyapah Guardiola

Illich Auyapah Guardiola is an American actor and voice actor for ADV Films, Funimation Entertainment, and Seraphim Digital Studios. He easily has one of the most recognizable voices, with a unique accent that is hard to pinpoint. In Houston, TX. Illich is also known as "The Honduran Hotcake."

Brad Swaile

Vancouver-born and raised, Brad began acting at a relatively young age and, once in high school, had his first audition for an animated series. This first voice acting gig took the form of a pony named "Ace" in My Little Pony Tales and soon afterwards, he landed his first anime role as "Mousse" in Ranma 1/2.

Tavisha Wolfgarth-Simons

Tavisha produces her art and stories under the studio name of Tavicat (and sometimes “WiredPsyche”) along with her husband, Rikki Simons. After a decade of publishing manga-influenced comics in the American market, Tavisha has had the opportunity to work with a variety of properties, attaching her much loved spin to them.

Rikki Simons

Rikki Simons is a voice actor, writer, and artist. He is most famous for being the voice of the robot in a dog suit, GIR from Invader ZIM. As writer he is known for science fiction and fantasy novels such as Hitherto a Lion, Ranklechick and His Three Legged Cat, Super Information Hijinks: Reality Check!, The Sad Circus by the Sea, and the ShutterBox fantasy series.

Vic Mignogna

Vic has been acting for stage and screen since he was 8 years old. But he started his career in anime a little over ten years ago as Vega in Streetfighter II. Since then Vic has been in more than two hundred shows and video games, known for such roles as Edward Elric in Fullmetal Alchemist, Tamaki Suou in Ouran High School, and many more.

Lisa Ortiz

Most famous for her role as Lina Inverse, and Amy Rose in Sonic the Hedgehog, she began her career as the high elf Deedlit in Record of Lodoss War and since then she has gone on to record dozens of anime, series, audiobooks, video games, and films as well as eventually moving behind the microphone as a Producer, Director and Adapter.

Ian Sinclair

If, let’s say, as a college student, the voice of Vegeta asks you to jump into the booth to voice a character with one line, you should probably do it. That’s what Ian Sinclair did, and look at him now. He is, as they say, making paper. They try to give him money, but he keeps insisting on paper.

Richard Horvitz

Fans of animation will recognize Richard Horvitz as the voice of many iconic characters, including INVADER ZIM, Billy from THE GRIM ADVENTURES OF BILLY AND MANDY, Daggett from THE ANGRY BEAVERS and Alpha 5 from the original MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS.

Mike McFarland

Mike got his start in anime as one of the first voice actors in Texas to be hired by FUNimation Entertainment, and has since moved on to become a Director, Script Writer, and Line Producer for numerous anime series. Notable roles include Master Roshi and Yajirobe in Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z, Baby and Baby-Vegeta in Dragon Ball GT, and many others.

Studio Capsule

Studio Capsule is involved in creating a line of low print run doujinshis, portfolios, animated shorts, and other projects expanding Studio Capsule. Find out everything that's new with either Studio Capsule or Robert and Emily DeJesus at or at

Columbus, Ohio January 24th - 26th 2014

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Looking for something to do while you wait for the pre-reg line to open? Then check this out:

Anohana the Movie: The Flower We Saw That Day premieres Thursday, January 23 at 7PM presented in part by Ohayacon at the Gateway Film Center.

Run time: 1:46 Rating: NR Language: Japanese w/ English subtitles Price: $10 per ticket The Gateway Film Center located a mile and a half from the Convention center. To pre-purchase your tickets go to the Film Center Website:

Ohayocon is pleased to announce that it also has the premier of Anohana the Series in our video room on Friday at 2 PM courtesy of NIS America.

Well it is crunch times folks. Just a few days out from Ohayocon 2014.

Here is the finalized schedule for Ohayocon 2014.

And here is our Video Schedule.

Now to finnish off Guest Week. They Write. They Draw. They have created many a wonderous thing.

Let's welcome Robert and Emily DeJesus aka Studio Capsule to the Ohayocon 2014 guest list.

Day 4 in our Guest week announcements. He's the land of Estonia, this next Guest causes Havoc where ever he goes! And he makes one cute Baby Vegita.

Let's welcome Mike McFarland to the Ohayocon 2014 guest list.

Day 3 in our Guest week announcements. Our next guest will DESTROY US ALL!.

Let's welcome Richard Horvitz to the Ohayocon 2014 guest list.

As we continute our Guest week announcements. Please everyone keep safe as the cold decends on the area.

To keep your spirits warm, Let's welcome the very talented Ian Sinclair.

Hey everyone it's the new year so lets get things rolling.

We will have a special week this week as we announce a new guest every day

You may have seen our New Years facebook post announcing that Vic Mignogna will be attending Ohayocon this year, so he can't count for today's announcement, as wonderful a guest as he is.

So Welcome the fabulous Lisa Ortiz to the Ohayocon 2014 line up.

Also two notes for those about Pre-registration.

First, Pre-registration has been extended until January 8th.

Second, When you go to pick up your badges at the conventio6E, please have your Photo ID ready to keep things moving quickly for everyone.

Also here are our Prices for 2014:

  • Pre-Reg for the Weekend until January 1st: $50
  • Weekend: $60
  • Friday Only: $35
  • Saturday Only: $40
  • Saturday and Sunday: $45
  • Sunday Only: $10

So for this week, we are pleased to introduce Illich Auyapah Guardiola and Brad Swaile to the Ohayocon 2014 lineup!

Click here to find out more about Illich and Brad.

We have also updated our Rules concerning cosplay. Check out the rules HERE.

Lets continue into the holiday season full Blast. Welcome Jessica Calvello and Justin Cook!

From Dragon ball Z to Cutey Honey, these two have you covered.
Click here to find out more about Jessica and Justin.

Ohayocon hopes that you have had a happy Thanksgiving spending it with friends and family!

Ohayocon would like to announce that in our attempt to be the very best (like no one ever was), we will be having Pokémon veteran Michelle Knotz at the convention. You can find out more about her many roles here.

Need more music in your life? Want more adventure? We have you covered!

First off we'd like to announce everyone's favorite brothers, Chris and Greg Ayres. Check out their bios for extensive anime experiences. Chris Ayres Bio. Greg Ayres Bio.

And if the Ayres couldn't possibly bring enough music and adventure? The gaming department wants you to know that Bemani Invasion is going to be at Ohayocon this year! If you don't know who they are go to their website.

WELCOME Tia Ballard!!

Let's give Tia a warm Ohayocon welcome. We are pleased to have her at Ohayocon. Click here to find out more about her.

WELCOME Brittney Karbowski!!

Let's give Brittney a warm Ohayocon welcome. We are pleased to have her at Ohayocon. Click here to find out more about her.


We have so many updates to bring to you! Now that summer is over we are in full swing putting together the best Ohayocon to date!


This process has begun and the Dealers Room Drawing Is now open! If you are interested in being a new vendor at Ohayocon please fill out the form HERE!


As always working to bring the best in gaming to all Ohayocon Attendees! We will have awesome Tournaments, panels, board games and much more!


This is where you start if you want to join the ranks of Ohayocon Staff! If you would like to get your foot in the door or your feet wet in the wonderful world of anime conventions, volunteering is a great way to begin this trek. We have rewards and great stuff for those who venture into our convention! Come and check us out, we are a fun bunch of people who have a passion for teamwork and having a good time! Go HERE for more information on the perks and responsibilites of becoming an Ohayocon Volunteer!


 Please check the REGISTRATION FORUM for more information. We do plan on being at Conventions betwen now and Ohayocon so find our table in the convention alley and get a discounted price!


Ohayocon Item Drop: We no longer allow carry on objects, Large Coats, Back Packs, Large Purses,props, drinks...any items not attached to your person are no longer allowed within the 10 pm Dances. An Item Drop is available free of charge to Ohayocon attendees located at the top of the steps. We will secure your items either individually or we will bundle them together (Katamari Style) with your group and give you a ticket that matches your items and store it safely for the duration of the dance. You are welcome to come back to your item one time during the course of the evening with your ticket without having to check it out and check it back in. We will be open 1 hour before and after the close of the dance and if your items are not picked up they will be taken to Lost and Found with the tag still attached.

Last year we helped 1000 groups of people keep thier belongings safe with a 0% loss rate. This worked so well for us and the City of Columbus that they requested we do it again! :)

These services are totally free to our attendees. Our goal is to provide a safe environement for all attendees. These new changes will make it easier for everyone to enjoy the dealers room and dances.


Each year we try to pick a theme that gets us excited. Sometimes it's obsucre and sometimes it's old school anime! Nothing is as timeless as the Magical Girl! Everyone get out your Fuku and start working on your transformation pose!!! While we welcome all cosplayers in all genre's of our fandom - Cosplaying is NOT required.


If you are serious about being on staff in the future we recommend you apply to be an OHAYOCON VOLUNTEER. This is what we fondly refer to as our Gopher department. This is a great way to learn the ropes and learn what working at Ohayocon is all about.


We all want to have a good time and no one wants to be told to stop what there doing or worse, be ejected from the convention entirely. This means that we all have to make sure that the rules of the City of Columbus and all areas we inhabit during the convention are met. If you see someone not following the rules we all suffer(eventually). If your idea of fun is tagging and tearing up hotel rooms...this is just not the convention for you. (Just FYI..this was actually included for a reason..and that's sad! We have a reputation for being awesome and it's amazing what can happen when a few people aren't as awesome as they could be. )

If you see anyone not following the rules or anything that shows that we as a community are not following the rules please contact any Ohayocon Staffer immediately! Thank you so much for being awesome!


Every attendee and staffer needs to abide by these gueidlines set to help keep everyone safe and make Ohayocon a fun event for everyone...and you can find them HERE!


Please review the NEW PRESS BADGE CRITERIA. We have limited number of press badges to give this year and we would like to make sure those getting the access to our guests follow certain guidelines. Also, we will not be handing out press badges at con. If there is a request the head of Press will need to varify the validity of your registration criteria.


Due to the limited amount of spaces within our Convention Alley, we will only be accepting conventions that we have an established relationship with or are within a 300 mile radius of Columbus Ohio. If we are not able to give you a table to promote your event we will provide 2 badges for your to promote your event within the con itself.

We will be posting a application form shortly.


We, (The Ohayocon Staff) would like to thank all of the fans who made it to Columbus Ohio for our 13th year. We expected a few bumps, it is our 13th anniversary after all. There were a few things we need to work out, work on or just rework completely. We appreciate all of your feedback and take all of your comments into consideration when looking at the issues. Again, we thank you for attending and hope that we get to see you again! If you feel you can add something we ask that you begin by being an Ohayocon @Con Volunteer. BE A VOLUNTEER!!!!


We answer questions however they find us, washed up on the shore in a bottle, U.S. Postal Service, on the facebook group, on our tumblr or through

Please address all comments and questions to INFO@OHAYOCON.ORG email address. Keep in mind that we're a volunteer staff and most of our business is addressed well after our day job's are done! We now have a group of people answering your emails. I apologize in the past for any delay in responses.


  • All of the awesome events for 2013 can be found HERE.
  • Our 2013 Program Guide Can be found HERE.


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