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Helen McCarthy was first introduced to anime and manga in 1981. With no reference books in the English language on Japanese animation, she started to research an introductory guide using French, Italian, Spanish, and Asian sources. Since there was no awareness of Japanese pop culture in Britain, it took her over a decade to find a publisher for Anime! A Beginners Guide To Japanese Animation.

In 1991, still seeking a publisher, Helen co-founded the UK’s first professional anime magazine, Anime UK. The magazine won an international reputation – it was even on sale in Japan – and helped to create the market for her first book. She later edited Manga Mania magazine and has written over 100 articles for European, American, Japanese, and online publications, from Super Play magazine and Kyoto Journal to the Daily Telegraph Online. She’s delighted that other writers, designers, and artists started their professional careers on her magazines.

Since then, Helen has written a dozen more books, including works on anime and manga superstars Hayao Miyazaki, Osamu Tezuka, and Leiji Matsumoto. She is co-author of The Anime Encyclopedia, considered the pre-eminent research guide to the medium. She has also contributed to numerous academic works, and written more playful material – a manga cross-stitch guide, two how-to books on drawing, and the shortest, most picture-packed, and most colorful history of manga on the market. Her work has been published in eight languages including Japanese, Chinese, and Korean, and has won several international awards. 

After more than a decade of researching the history of cosplay from its earliest times to its explosion as a Japanese-inspired global contemporary art, Helen’s newest research interest is the history of British anime and manga fanzines. She loves their punk energy and diversity. 

She’s also been talking to audiences all over the UK about the art history of Studio Ghibli. What were the influences, were the influences, artistic, literary, industrial, political, and personal, out of which the studio’s unique style arose? Ohayocon will be the first US convention to experience this presentation.

Before the pandemic, Helen curated and presented a number of film seasons, and spoke at venues all over the world, ranging from public libraries and universities to exhibitions including the British Museum’s 2009/10 and 2015 manga exhibits and their 2019 blockbuster exhibition Manga! She loves introducing anime and manga to audiences of all ages, and during the pandemic, she presented to audiences online. She intends to continue working virtually, because it enables those who can’t be at an event to share in the excitement of anime and manga, but is delighted to be back to presenting in person.

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Legendary Actor RICHARD EPCAR – Gamepur’s VOICE ACTOR OF THE YEAR is one of the hardest working men in show business, has voiced over 1,200 characters in Games, Animation and Anime.

Best known as:
RAIDEN in MORTAL KOMBAT, The JOKER in several Batman games including INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US (Fighting Game of the Year!) and MORTAL KOMBAT 11 (Fighting Game of the Year!) ANSEM in KINGDOM HEARTS, JOSEPH JOESTAR in JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE, BATOU in GHOST IN THE SHELL, JIGEN in LUPIN the THIRD, AKUMA in STREET FIGHTER V, YHWACH the Quincy King in BLEACH: The Thousand-Year Blood War!, SANDMAN in MARVEL ULTIMATE ALLIANCE 3, and The BRIGADIER GENERAL in DAEMON X MACHINA!
Voted one of the Top 20 Video Game Voice Actors of all Time and Top 20 Anime Actors of all time by IMDB! And Gamepur’s Top Ten Video Game Voice Actors of all time! Starting out in ROBOTECH, you’ve heard him in LEGEND OF KORRA, LUPIN THE THIRD, BATMAN UNLIMITED, BLEACH, BOBOBO-BOBOBO, ONE PUNCH MAN, MEGLOBOX, POKEMON GENERATIONS as Giovanni, & POKEMON MASTERS, DRAGON BALL SUPER, BERSERK, BACK STREET GIRLS, DURARARA, SIRIUS THE JAEGER, DIVE OLLY DIVE, MARVEL DISK WARS, GORMITI, COPPELION, PATEMA INVERTED, PEABODY & SHERMAN, ASTERIK WAR, BLOOD LAD, MONSTER, NARUTO, TRANSFORMERS, KENSHIN, SAO II, GTO, A LULL IN THE SEA, STITCH & AI, HUNTERXHUNTER, GUNDAM, MACROSS, DC SUPER FRIENDS, CYBER SOLIDER 009, LUCKY STAR, DIGIMON, 7 DEADLY SINS, X-MEN, GUNDAM UNICORN, BABYLON 5, DETECTIVE CONAN and POWER RANGERS to name a few!

He’s also in tons of games including:
SKYRIM, WARHAMMER, GRANBLUE, BLADE 2, LINEAGE 2, ELEX 2, OVERSTRIKE, BRAVELY DEFAULT, FINAL FANTASY as Gaius and Ilberd, SAINTS ROW, MAFIA III, ARKHAM ORIGINS, PERSONA 5, INFINITE CRISIS as the Joker, CALL OF DUTY- ADVANCED WARFARE, MAD MAX, FIRE EMBLEM: AWAKENING as Walhart, MK vs. D.C. UNIVERSE as the Joker and Raiden, STARGATE SG-1 as Gen. Hammond, CALL OF DUTY- BLACK OPS, STAR WARS: EMPIRE AT WAR, STAR WARS: OLD REPUBLIC, TRANSFORMERS, MONSTER HUNTER WORLD, X-COM, COMMAND & CONQUER, DEAD OR ALIVE 3-D, STARCRAFT as Dark Templar, DEAD SPACE, XENOSAGA as Ziggy, MARVEL HEROS, WORLD OF WARCRAFT, SMITE, SPEC OPS, LEAGUE OF LEGENDS as Xin Zhao, NARUTO, COWBOY BEBOP, SAMURAI WARRIORS, BLUE DRAGON, STAR OCEAN, XENOSAGA, SPLINTER CELL, GUILTY GEARS, .HACK, MEDAL OF HONOR, GHOST RECON, BATON KAITOS ORIGINS, SPACE SEIGE, SPEC-OPS, BAYONETTA, SOULCALIBUR VI, CATHERINE, TEKKEN, ACE COMBAT, MODNATION RACERS, and RESIDENT EVIL.

RICHARD has voice-directed many games including:
ARKHAM ORIGINS, DEAD ISLAND: RIPTIDE, BLUE DRAGON, SHADOW HEARTS II, STAR OCEAN 2, 3, ASTELLIA, GIGANTIC X, ENEMY TERRITORY QUAKE WARS, UNREAL TOURNAMENT 3, JACKASS THE GAME, SMACKDOWN VS. RAW, and DEAD HEAD FRED

voice directed many shows including:
GHOST IN THE SHELL 2, ROBOTECH: SHADOW CHRONICLES, ALMOST HEROES, JUNGLE SHUFFLE, THE REEF, MONCHICHI, GRAND MASTER, NOEIN, DIGIMON, LUPIN THE III, GLITCH, FIGHTING SPIRIT, PATLABOR 3, ZENTRIX, AZUMI I & II, FEARLESS, BETTY BLUE, IRON MONKEY, VR TROOPERS, POWER RANGERS, UGLY BETTY WEBISODES, and OLD BOY to name a few.

He has voice acted in several big films including DEADPOOL 1 & 2, WARCRAFT, PLANET OF THE APES, X-MEN: FIRST CLASS,
CAPTAIN AMERICA: WINTER SOLDIER and RESIDENT EVIL 3 to name just a few.

On Camera, Richard has appeared in many shows, including: WAREHOUSE 13, MEMOIRS OF AN INVISIBLE MAN, COLUMBO, DIAGNOSIS MURDER, MATLOCK, CHEERS, DAYS OF OUR LIVES, GENERAL HOSPITAL, and a lead in the film ALTERED SPIRITS.
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That’s right folks, Ohayocon Registration is up and running! We even have a shiny new registration portal cooked up just for you! Registration starts at 45 online and, if you’re lucky enough to be at Matsuricon during August 25-27, you can Pre-Reg in person to get your tickets for only 40! Don’t miss your chance to enjoy this early bird rate, the price WILL increase as we get closer to our SUPERPOWERED Ohayocon 18!

REGISTER HERE!

Or find us at Matsuricon 2017!

It’s announcement time! We’re officially announcing Chris Patton as one of our many 2018 guests. Chris has an incredible backlog of memorable characters to his name, with over 250 titles to his name he’s not a guest to be missed! You can hear him in some of his most notable roles as Turtles in the Dragon Ball franchise, Fakir in Princess Tutu, and Greed from Full Metal Alchemist! Also to his credit are a number of video game roles, and stage productions he’s directed or performed in. Ohayocon is absolutely excited to have such an amazing talent attending our 2018 show!

Why not read his full bio, here?

You waited patiently and now it’s finally here… the Applications for Ohayocon 2018’s Artist Alley are up and running! Do you  have what it takes to participate in our fabulous Artist Alley? We sift through hundreds of portfolios and applications each year to create the most diverse Artist Alley we can, and we want you to be a part of it!

Click here for the application forms! The deadline is October 5th, don’t wait on it!

Big announcement!

Monica Rial, prolific voice actor to the stars, will be joining us all for Ohayocon 2018! Monica has been to Ohayocon many times in the past and we’re just has happy to have her with us again as we were the first time. Monica Rial has lent her voice to over 400 characters including but not limited to Tsuyu (My hero Academia), Stocking (Panty and Stocking), and Bulma (Dragonball Z Kai, Battle of Gods, Resurrection F, and Dragonball Super)

 

We’re so excited to have you back, Monica! See you in January!

To learn more about Monica Rial be sure to check out her bio page.

We’re pleased to announce that Jerry Jewell will be joining us for the 2018 show. Mr. Jewell has impressive voice acting resume, over 150 different characters, with notable roles such as Kyo Sohma in Fruits Basket, Russia in Hetalia: Axis Powers, and Lau in Black Butler, and, recently, Victor Nikiforov in Yuri!!! on Ice. Plus, he’ll be joining our Roasters live on stage to destroy poke fun at J. Michael Tatum for the highly anticipated 2018 Roast! Be sure to check out his bio page.

 

Catch the vocal talents of Jerry Jewell and many more at Ohayocon 2018! Registration begins in August of 2017.