Guests

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Featured Guests

Cal Dodd

Cal Dodd

Cal Dodd is a Canadian/Irish voice-actor, singer and actor. He has voiced numerous animated
characters (tv, film, video games, toys) and has performed on stage, in front and behind the
camera and is happiest when in a recording studio.
Best known for creating the voice of Wolverine for the television animated series and for
Goosebumps fans, the voice of Slappy.
Cal is looking forward to meeting X-Men fans at his first Connecticon.
caldodd.com @realcaldodd

Channel Awesome

Channel Awesome

Doug Walker

Doug is best known for his character The Nostalgia Critic, who reviews bad movies and TV shows connected to childhood. He's also noted for having a long standing "rivalry" with The Angry Video Game Nerd.  He's appeared on PBS, Entrepreneur Magazine, New York Times, 20/20, Rifftrax, Honest Trailers, Cinema Sins, and was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year at the Mashable Awards as well as one of the Best YouTube Critics by WatchMojo.com.  He’s performed with Mike Nelson, James Rolfe, Mara Wilson, Dante Basco, Paul Dini, Andre Meadows, Rob Paulsen, Maurice Lamarche, Don Bluth, and has been praised by the late Roger Ebert.  His image even appeared in the anime Zettai Karen Children.  He’s more than a God, but less than a man…or is it the other way around?  Either way just watch him!  He clearly needs the attention.

 

Malcolm Ray

From telling you about the new McCafe items at McDonald's to tormenting the Nostalgia Critic as Satan, Malcolm Ray is an actor, and voice actor. His skills go beyond acting with professional training in film and video as his major at Columbia College Chicago. In the span of his Bachelor career at Columbia, Malcolm has successfully completed his Interdisciplinary Film Degree, been the casting director for a practicum film, interned at O'Connor Casting, and has begun a professional acting career. He's also studied courses in Columbia's Radio and Theatre Departments including; Voice Over, Voice Acting for Animation, Radio Production, Stage Voice and more. Malcolm is represented as talent at the Stewart Talent agency in Chicago. As a freelance actor, he's appeared alongside Doug Walker in many episodes of "Nostalgia Critic"

 

Tamara Chambers

Tamara Chambers is an actress and comedian from California. She studied Acting at the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts in California but now lives in Chicago where she spends her days hiding from snow. No. Wait. She is a theater and film actress who does stand-up comedy. Yes. Tamara is on the internet show The Nostalgia Critic alongside Doug Walker and is known mostly for her Character “Hyper Fan Girl”. Her favorite things are cats, comedy, and the Fallout franchise. Also microwaved popcorn. And lists.  And movies she’s never seen.
 

Rob Walker

From Santa Christ to the Executor in To Boldly Flee, Rob Walker always plays a big role in the creation of the show Nostalgia Critic.  He co-writes each episode, plays several hilarious characters, and also co-hosts the blog series Sibling Rivalry with his brother Doug.  Always having a quick comeback (except when he doesn't), he's there to entertain.
 

Barney Walker

The creative genius ultimately (or infamously) responsible for the Walker Brothers (after all, he IS their father) Barney is also the chief musician for Doug’s musical adventures and is the Associate Technical Director for the studio, working alongside Jim Jarosz creating props, sets, costumes, cinematography and lighting.  And when Doug needs a geezer in a review, Barney is reluctantly there, as in Pixels, Hocus Pocus, Face-off, Ghostbusters and his favorite (?) role, Bea Arthur in the Star Wars Christmas Special.

Chris Malone

Chris Malone

Chris “Kilika” Malone is an Emmy-winning cartoonist and beach bum.

He currently works on the Cyanide and Happiness cartoons, and just finished illustrating a few scenes in the new live-action Little Mermaid movie. He’s also a professor of animation at Kennesaw State University.

He’s worked on other cartoons like Archer, Adam Ruins Everything, Explosion Jones, WWE Storytime, Blubburbs, and the video game, Battleborn.

Right now he's landlocked in Atlanta with his two dogs and guinea pig.

Christopher Khayman Lee

Christopher Khayman Lee

Christopher Khayman Lee was born in Teaneck, New Jersey, however as a young child he grew up primarily in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He lived there up until he was 17 years old, at which time he moved to Miami, Florida to begin a modeling/acting career. For a couple years he booked numerous modeling jobs and had small roles in commercials and smaller films being made in the Miami/Dade area. His first major role in a film was as the character Danny in Kickboxing Academy. The difficulty of playing a leading role in the film was eased by the fact that he was starring along side his sister, Chyler. Not long after filming Kickboxing Academy, Chris had an audition in Hollywood, Florida for Power Rangers. He didn't know it at the time, but the Saban Company was doing a nation-wide search for their next Red Ranger. Nine months after his initial audition, he heard back from Sabban for a callback. It wasn't long before he was signing a contract, and getting ready to move out to Los Angeles to play Andros in Power Rangers in Space. Currently Chris is the head writer/owner of his own comic book company, West Coast Comics. The lead title he is working on is LA Crazy Town, which appears on his website at http://www.westcoastcomics.net, however there are other titles in the works.

Dan Wells

Dan Wells

New York Times bestselling author Dan Wells writes a little bit of everything, but is best known for his
thriller series I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER, and his post-apocalyptic teen series PARTIALS. His other novels
include THE HOLLOW CITY, about schizophrenia, and A NIGHT OF BLACKER DARKNESS, which will debut
as a stage production in October 2015. His novella "The Butcher ofKhardov," based on
theWarmachine tabletop game, was nominated for a Hugo Award--the first piece of media tie-in fiction
ever nominated in a prose category. He has received many other Hugo nominations for his podcast
Writing Excuses, including one win in 2013; the podcast has also received several Parsec Awards, runs its
own writing retreat, and in 2014 published a combination anthology/textbook called SHADOWS
BENEATH. Also in 2014, Dan compiled and edited an anthology called ALTERED PERCEPTIONS, designed
to raise awareness of mental illness. Dan's novel I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER is soon to be a major motion
picture, filming in Spring of 2015, to be released sometime in 2016. The latest in the Mirador Series
Active Memory comes out in 2018. Dan lives in Utah with his wife and five children; he has also lived in
Germany and Mexico, and loves to travel every chance he gets. He owns more than 350board games,
which makes it more of an addiction than a hobby, but he loves the symptoms and refuses to seek help.

Deedee Magno Hall

Deedee Magno Hall

Best known as the voice of Pearl on Cartoon Networks’ Emmy nominated animated series, Steven Universe. Deedee has also lended her voice to Disney’s Doc McStuffins, HBO’s Princess and the Pea and Johnson Enos’ Honu By The Sea. She began performing as an original cast member on the Disney Channel’s New Mickey Mouse Club, which later led to recording 4 albums under Hollywood Records with the 90’s pop group, The Party. She then landed the lead role of Kim in Miss Saigon on the US National Tour and eventually Broadway. She has also played Nessarose in the musical, WICKED in San Francisco as well as the 1st National Tour, and understudied Idina Menzel and La Chanze in the Broadway Musical, If/Then. Other film and TV roles include Sister Act 2, FACE, Rear Window, Third Watch & Dellaventura. She is co-founder of the mommy singing group, Mama Bares which recently released their debut single, So What. Her favorite role is wife to Cliffton and mommy of 2 beautiful boys. Twitter @DeedeeMagnoHall and @Mama_Bares Instagram @deedeemagnohallofficial

Jason Fry

Jason Fry

Jason Fry is a writer, editor and digital consultant based (inevitably) in Brooklyn, N.Y.

He is the author of The Jupiter Pirates, a young-adult space-fantasy series, and has written more than 40 books and short stories set in the Star Wars galaxy. Notably the Last Jedi. Besides fiction for adults and young readers, he writes essays and articles about technology, sports, online media, music, travel, history, and anything else that interests him. He also keep my eye on the world of digital publishing, with a particular interest in sports and sportswriting.

He spent nearly 13 years at The Wall Street Journal Online, where he was a columnist, editor and projects guy. In Web years, 13 years is basically forever — or at least long enough to accumulate more than 1,000 bylines and learn a heck of a lot about how journalism works online. His duties included writing daily and weekly columns (“The Daily Fix” and “Real Time,” respectively), editing writers and coaching them to write effectively for the web, serving as WSJ.com’s first blogs guru, and representing the editorial department on numerous projects in partnership with Dow Jones business strategists and software developers. After leaving the Online Journal, he consulted with news organizations forEidosMedia, a maker of cross-media editing-and-publishing software, before hanging out his shingle as a full-time writer and editor.

He has been a baseball blogger atFaith and Fear in Flushing since 2005 and a former adjunct faculty member at thePoynter Institute, where he spent a year as an ombudsman for ESPN. That role grew out of a weekly digital-sportswriting column he wrote for Indiana University’sNational Sports Journalism Center. He collected 19 of my best NSJC columns (along with new material) as an ebook,Sportswriting in the Digital Age. It’s got lots of practical advice about writing for the web and creating a journalism career in today’s swiftly changing media world.

Jon St John

Jon St John

Jon St. John is an American voice actor who started out as a radio DJ at the age of 14.

One of the first voice actors in video games, Jon is best known as the voice behind the first famous FPS - DUKE NUKEM, and he is also heard on games such as: Sonic Adventures, Guild Wars 2, Star Trek: Online, World of Warcraft, Counter-Strike, Half-Life: Opposing Force, Rad Rodgers, This is the Police, and D&D Neverwinter, to name just a few.

Jon is heard as lead characters in two of the world’s top eSports tournament games, DoTA2 and Counterstrike: GO

An honored guest at gaming conventions around the world, Jon is one actor who really enjoys meeting his fans…so don’t be shy, step right up and shake his hand!

Justin Nimmo

Justin Nimmo

Justin Nimmo is an American actor who is best known for his role as Zhane in Power Ranger In Space.  He was raised in Lexington, Oklahoma and currently resides in Purcell, Oklahoma.  Nimmo's film appearances range from American Indian Graffiti: This Thing Life, The Cabin, Dude Where's My Car to Pleasantville opposite Reece Witherspoon.  He has appeared on television in Power Rangers In Space and Saved by the Bell.  Justin has appeared on the cover and in Teen Magazine as well as Teen Bop.  Justin has been mistaken for Brad Pitt but that's a good thing because he has done look-a-like work as Brad many times.  Currently Nimmo is a small business owner in Purcell, Ok. and has two sons.

Katie Griffin

Katie Griffin

Toronto native, Katie Griffin, has been a professional actor, voice actor and singer for over 20 years.  Having worked with acting powerhouses such as Nicole Kidman, Glenn Close, Matt Dillon and Rob Lowe, Katie's film and television career has been colourful to say the least.  Her true strength and success, however,  has come in the form of voice-over.  She's voiced hundreds of radio and television commercials, sung on numerous radio jingles, and continues to star in popular cartoons.  Although best known as Raye/Sailor Mars on the hit show  "Sailor Moon", she's also known for her portrayal of "Alex" on "Totally Spies", "Yoko" on Team Galaxy, "Zair" on "Redakai" as well as voicing "Julie and Sellon" on "Bakugan Battle Brawlers" and "Hikaru" on Beyblade.  She was also "Nina Harper" on Emmy award winning "Braceface", "Ruby" on "Max and Ruby" and "Laugh-a-lot Bear" in "Care Bears: Journey to Joke-a-lot".  She has also had numerous guest starring roles on shows such as "6-teen", "Stoked" and "The Dating Guy".

Linda Ballantyne

Linda Ballantyne

For the past 20 years, Linda has worked professionally on stage, screen and television, and has been heard in hundreds of radio and television commercials worldwide. Her extensive animation career consists of a wide variety of characters including series leads in Sailor Moon (Sailor Moon/Serena), Mia and Me (Queen Mayla), My Big Big Friend (Lilly’s Mom), The Avengers (Wasp), Toot and Puddle (Tulip), Will and Dewitt (Shelley), Disney’s Yin Yang Yo (Saranoia, Ella Mental, Smoke and more), Gerald McBoing Boing (Gerald’s Mom), Meteor (Sinker), Cyberchase (Wicked), Mischief City (Mrs. Adams), Corduroy (Moppy’s Mom), Timothy Goes to School (Fritz’s Mom), Air Master (Kaori Sakiyama), Bakugan (Kararina), Beywheelz (Leader B/Lucy), and Animal Shelf (Getup), as well as various characters in The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That, The Doodlebops, Totally Spies, 6Teen, Time Warp Trio, Carl Squared, Bob and Margaret, Girl Stuff Boy Stuff, George Shrinks, etc. She has also voiced characters in the feature films Disney’s Lucky Ducks (Reporter), Care Bear’s Journey to Joke-A-Lot (Champ Bear), Care Bear’s Big Wish Movie (Champ Bear) and Thomas and the Magic Railroad (Percy).

Linda was contracted as the “voice” of the Comedy Network for 13 years and is currently creating and writing an animated series entitled Simply Wicked. Linda is also the host of the edgy new radio show I’m Just Sayin’ on Canada Talks (#167), SiriusXM’s newest channel. Follow Linda on Twitter @LABallantyne

Linda is the happily married mother of 3 perfect teenaged daughters.

Nolan North

Nolan North

Nolan North is an American actor and voice actor born in New Haven, Connecticut. He has been described as "the nearest thing the games industry has to a bona fide leading man." He is most well known for his voice work as Desmond Miles from the Assassin's Creed video game series, and Nathan Drake from the Uncharted series.

North majored in journalism at the University of North Carolina with a baseball scholarship. He worked as a reporter for almost a year in New Jersey before moving to New York City to pursue stand-up comedy and acting. North eventually relocated to Hollywood and was cast in the General Hospital spin-off series, Port Charles, playing Dr. Chris Ramsey during the show's run from 1997 to 2003. He married fellow Port Charles actress Jill Murray in 1999 and has two children. During Port Charles' run, he worked on a few video games as a voice actor and began to focus on voice acting following Port Charles' cancelation.

One of his most notable roles came in 2007 when he voiced and motion capped the character Nathan Drake for the video game Uncharted: Drake's Fortune. Since then, he has continued to portray the character Drake in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (released in 2009) and Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (released in 2011). In an interview with The Guardian, North reflects on his time as Drake as requiring "a lot of imagination. Motion capture is basically theatre in Spandex; there's minimal props, and you need a willingness to make an ass of yourself." North as Drake has been twice nominated at the Spike Video Game Awards in the "Best Performance by a Human Male" category.

In May 2012 it was revealed that North would have a limited role in Star Trek into Darkness, sequel to 2009's acclaimed live-action movie Star Trek. Director J.J. Abrams cited North's performance as Drake for the casting, he and his son being fans of the Uncharted series.

Other notable video game voice work includes roles as the Prince in Prince of Persia, The Penguin in Batman: Arkham City, Shun in Ar tonelico II: Melody of Metafalica, Vossler in Final Fantasy XII, Desmond Miles in the Assassin's Creed series, Eradan in Lord of the Rings: War in the North, Doctor Edward Richtofen in Call of Duty: World at War and Call of Duty: Black Ops, Brawl in Transformers: War for Cybertron, Ghost Rider in Marvel:Ultimate Alliance, Shadow Demon, Lycanthrope, Lone Druid, Brewmaster, Gyrocopter, Ogre Magi , Meepo and the Keeper of the Light in Dota 2, and Deadpool in Hulk Vs. and Marvel vs Capcom 3 and recently as Captain Martin Walker in Spec Ops: The Line. He also voiced the personality spheres and defective turrets in Portal 2 and voiced Merasmus and the Bombinomicon in Team Fortress 2.

North is well known in his animation roles such as Cyclops in Wolverine and the X-Men, Snow Job in G.I. Joe: Renegades, Raphael in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and both Superman and Superboy in Young Justice.

Random Encounters

Random Encounters

Gaming and showtunes collide on Random Encounters, the beloved YouTube channel responsible for turning everything from Five Nights at Freddy's to Phoenix Wright into original musical numbers. Armed with catchy tunes and a shamelessly geeky wit, RE lovingly blends Walt Disney style with otaku charm in their library of over one hundred crazy recreations of popular video games. Step into the tall grass and experience a random encounter unlike any other at youtube.com/randomencountersent!

Ron Rubin

Ron Rubin

For over thirty years Ron Rubin has been one of the busiest animation
actors in the country. His voice can be heard on countless iconic cartoon
series - including original productions by Marvel Comics, Warner Bros. and
Disney. Ron worked with Stan Lee on the original X-Men (Morph) and
Avengers (Vision) television series, as well as with Tim Burton on the
Emmy Award winning Beetlejuice cartoon (Doom Buggy, Announcer).
Other notable credits include lead roles in C.O.P.S. (Dr. Badvibes), Police
Academy (Lt. Mahoney), DiGata Defenders (Flinch), Angela Anaconda
(Uncle Nicky), Totally Spies (Manny), SideKick (Master XOX), Stickin’
Around (Mr. Lederhosen), Captain Flamingo (Quantum Vigilante), Turbo
Dogs (Sergeant Gruff), Care Bears (Messy Bear), Mad Magazine TV and
Tales from the Cryptkeeper.


Ron’s also been a force in the world of Anime, appearing in a multitude of
shows including Bakugan and Beyblade among others, but he’s probably
best known for originating the voice of Artemis in Sailor Moon, a role he
performed for the entire run of the North American TV series.


Ron is a two time ACTRA Award nominee and finalist for Best Performance
in Voice (Erky-Perky). He studied acting at The Neighbourhood Playhouse
in New York and has performed with Second City as well as having toured
North America as a featured Stand Up performer. Ron has lived and
worked in Los Angeles and New York - he currently resides in Toronto.

Steve Blum

Steve Blum

With literally hundreds of V/O credits to his name, Veteran Voice Monkey Steve Blum is best known as the voice of "Spike Spiegel" from Cowboy Bebop, “Wolverine” from several incarnations of X-Men (animated movies, games, the Wolverine and the X-Men TV Series, The Super Hero Squad Show, X-Men Anime and more), “Orochimaru,” “Zabuza,” and others from Naruto, “Green Goblin” from the Spectacular Spiderman series, “Heatblast,” “Vilgax” and “Ghostfreak” from Ben 10, “Grayson Hunt” (Bulletstorm) “Grunt” (Mass Effect 2 and 3),"Zoltan Kulle" from Diablo 3, "Abathur" from Starcraft 2:Heart of the Swarm, “Tank Dempsey” (Call of Duty), “Killer Croc” from Arkham Asylum, “Oghren” (DragonAge),“Vincent Valentine” (Final Fantasy VII), “Leeron” (Guren Lagann), “Jamie” from Megas XLR, “Storm Troopers” and many others in most of the Star Wars games, The voice of 7-11, dozens of Digimon and a gigantic list of other characters from Anime, Video Games, TV and Film. In 2012, Steve was inducted into the Guinness Book of World records as Most Prolific Voice Actor in Video Games - appearing in almost 300 games (now approaching 400!) Currently you can find him as “Zeb Orrelios” and other characters in the incredible series Star Wars: Rebels on Disney XD, as “Shoe” and “Sparky” in Laika’s The Boxtrolls, and as astronaut Quentin Thomas on Hip Hop superstar LOGIC’s amazing album “The Incredible True Story” He’s also appeared on the Emmy award-winning Transformers: Prime, playing "Starscream." “Sub-Zero,” “Reptile and “Bo’Rai Cho” in Mortal Combat X, Several characters on Wabbit, Ultimate Spider Man, Ben 10: Omniverse, The Regular Show, Doc McStuffins, Uncle Grandpa, Wander over Yonder, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and as the terrifying anti-bender "Amon" on the hit series Avatar: The Legend of Korra! And every Saturday night, Steve takes the helm as "TOM" the robotic host of Cartoon Network's Toonami on Adult Swim. For more info, please visit steveblumvoices.com (Click Me) On Twitter! @blumspew (Click me!) Or Steve's IMDb (Click Me)

Tiny Snek Comics

Tiny Snek Comics

Alex Cohen is the creator and illustrator behind Tiny Snek Comics, the popular animal-
themed webcomic that features the exploits of snakes, birds, possums, and sloths
(among other critters), with a healthy dose of existentialism and progressive politics. A
native of Tucson, Arizona, Alex recently graduated from Occidental College in Los
Angeles with degrees in Politics and Economics. While not an artist by trade or by
training, Alex has been a notebook doodler his whole life, and since entering the world
of webcomics only two years ago, his work has spread widely across the Internet and
reached an audience of millions. For more information and to see some comics, visit
@TinySnekComics on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram; to check out merchandising and
other opportunities to support Alex in his endeavors, visit
https://www.redbubble.com/people/acohen110 and
https://www.patreon.com/TinySnekComics.

Troy Baker

Troy Baker

Texas native Troy Baker has recently risen to be one of the most prolific actors in video
games. In 2013 alone, his performances as Joel in "Game of the Year"; The Last of Us,
Booker DeWitt in Bioshock Infinite and even The Joker in Batman: Arkham Origins
quickly caught the eye of both fans and media alike, landing several nominations and
awards including Spike's VGX, DICE and BAFTA. He was even featured in
Entertainment Weekly's "Best of 2013" issue. Troy also plays bow-wielding Avenger
"Hawkeye"; in both Disney's Marvel Avengers Assemble and Ultimate Spiderman. An
avid gamer, comic book nerd and cartoon fanatic, Troy says that "being a part of
something you';re going to geek out over later is the best part of the job".
- I play make believe for a living.

Vanessa Marshall

Vanessa Marshall

A graduate of Princeton University with a Masters in acting from NYU, Marshall began her voice over career launching various commercial campaigns (Propel Fitness Water and Dove).  In Animation, she plays Hera in "Star Wars: Rebels," Mary Jane in “The Spectacular Spider-man,” Wonder Woman in “Justice League: Flashpoint Paradox,” Poison Ivy in “Batman: Brave and the Bold,” Black Canary in “Young Justice,” Black Widow in “Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes,” Mouse on "Fish Hooks," and Irwin, an African American boy, in the cartoon “The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy.”  In the world of games, she voiced Olga in “Metal Gear Solid 2,” H.Q. in “Socom II” and Jan Ors in “Star Wars: Jedi Knights II.”  She now does promo work for ABC, CBS, HBO and HGTV, as well as commercials for Walgreens, Ford, and Ace Hardware.  She also narrates shows (for E!, MTV, and WE) and announces radio liners for stations around the world (Capital FM in Kenya, 5FM in South Africa, and Dubai Eye).    On camera, she enjoyed working on "Law and Order" and "Scrubs."  As a stand up comic and former “plus-size” model, she also created a one-woman show "Got Phat?" - which ran successfully in both LA & NYC.  See www.VanessaMarshall.com for more details.  Follow her @VanMarshall on Twitter.