AnimelandTuCon is a Tucson based anime convention held July 27-29 2012 at the Holiday Inn and Suites TIA.
Guests scheduled to appear at AnimeTucon includes the following: Danielle McRae, Yamilia Abraham, Julie Rei Goldstein, and Steve “Warky” Nunez.
Danielle McRae is a new blooded voice over actress residing in Los Angeles, California. Being a huge fan of video games and anime, her passion has led her to pursue a voice acting career in the industry. Some of her most notable credits have been in Metal Gear Solid: Philanthropy, Nightmare House 2 as Emily, League of Legends as Karma the Enlightened One, World of Warcraft: Cataclysm as Hagara the Stormbinder, and most recently, you can hear her as “Painwheel” in the Popular 2D fighting game, Skullgirls!
Yamila Abraham founded the publishing company Yaoi Press in 2004. Over the last six years she’s overseen the publication 49 BL titles including graphic novels, comic books, and art books. Abraham has successfully licensed Yaoi Press titles into seven foreign languages.Abraham is a prolific writer with over a dozen graphic novel works in print with four different publishers in three languages. She wrote two of Yaoi Press’ best selling series: Winter Demon and Dark Prince. Her first scholarly article on the topic of international BL was published in 2010 by McFarland Press. Abraham currently works diligently on numerous illustrated ebooks through Yaoi Press’ newest imprint, Yaoi Prose. Abraham has been a speaker or guest of honor at 150 anime fan conventions.
Julie Rei Goldstein
Julie Rei Goldstein discovered her ever ample love/addiction for anime thanks to the local student club; and after spending 3 long years studying Molecular Biology, through a much needed epiphany, finally realized she was meant to perform. She graduated in 2006 with a B.A. In Theater Arts from San Jose State University where not only did she perform on stage, but also worked towards bringing the magic of Anime and Japanese stories to life through the arts of Storytelling and Oral Interpretation, winning the 2005 Kaucher-Mitchell Excellence in Storytelling competition with her story “The Monster Without A Name” based on Naoki Urasawa’s masterpiece Monster.
Julie Rei got her start in the Anime industry after winning the AX Idol 2005 Voice Acting competition, thanks to which she got her first chance to step into the booth and play ‘Risa Nagase’ in one of her favorite anime series “Paradise Kiss”. She landed her first major role as ‘Precia Testarossa’ the tortured villain of “Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha (A’s)” and shortly thereafter the evil ‘Biris’ of the Fairy Retrieval Squad in “Tweeny Witches”. Since then, she’s starred in the Award Winning Claymation Short “Ketchup” as the Evil Manager and Tomato Plant; the Xbox360 game “Magna Carta 2â?³, appeared as furry creatures in “Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom” and gave voice to the burly Mute in “Ar Tonelico Qoga” . On camera she appeared in the first season of the webseries “TrishPattyPat” as the mildly bipolar assistant Kitty and in the feature film “He Who Finds a Wife: Thou Shall Not Covet”. She recently finished shooting the short film “Billie Speare” which is part of a few causes very near and dear to her heart, the Anti-Bullying Initiative and “It Gets Better” projects.
Steve “Warky” Nunez
Steve Nunez, aka Warky T. Chocobo, grew up playing video games, first on his Commodore 64, and eventually at the ripe age of 5, playing Nintendo. Steve remembers popping in Super Mario Brothers, and from the moment that first note played, he was hooked.
Steve wanted to learn to play piano so that he could recreate the melodic tones he heard. However, being too poor for piano lessons, Steve taught himself to play the piano without using his thumbs.
Steve is also a talented LDS “Mormon” singer and lyricist with his parody group, “They Might Be Elders”.
Steve now voice acts for audiobooks, as well as video games with his latest project coming out soon, “Return of the Guitar Lord”.
Tickets for Anime TuCon is $30 for the entire weekend. Don’t miss out!