Guest of Honour - Venus Terzo
Anime News Network (Christopher MacDonald)
Boxed Rice Production
Darkain Art Studios (Les Major, Mandy St.Jean)
Doki Doki Productions (Tim Park)
Dragon Mango (Mark Sprague)
Kaijugal (Dawn McKechnie (Kaijugal))
Miss Dynamite (Sébastien Fréchette (Sirkowski))
Protoculture Addicts (Claude J. Pelletier)
VG Cats (Scott Ramsoomair)
Guest of Honour
A Montreal native, Venus Terzo graduated with a professional actor's degree from Dawson College. Venus speaks four languages: English, French, Italian and Greek.
Well known to anime fans as the voice of the female Ranma Saotome in the popular Ranma ½ anime series, Venus has voiced numerous anime and cartoon characters that include
Princess Millerna in Vision of Escaflowne, Celine Jules in Star Ocean EX, Jean Grey in X-Men: Evolutions, and Black Arachnia in Transformers: Beast
Wars. Venus is currently the voice of the ZAFT Captain Talia Gladys in the mega-hit anime series Gundam SEED DESTINY.
In addition to her lengthy voice-over credit list, Venus has appeared in numerous television series and movies. She was a series regular on CBC.s crime drama Da Vinci.s Inquest where for
seven seasons she played the role of Detective Angela Kosmo. Venus has also appeared on Whistler, Stargate SG-1, Andromeda, Highlander, Lonesome Dove, 21
Jump Street, Circle of Friends (shot in Montreal), Masters of Horror: The Washingtonians and Crossroads: A Story of Forgiveness.
For her work on Da Vinci's Inquest Venus was bestowed two Leo nominations. Venus won the Leo award for Best Female Actress in a Dramatic series (1999), and was nominated for a Gemini for Best
Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role in 2002.
|Arashi Daiko ||
Taiko drumming is a traditional Japanese, Chinese and Korean art that has great importance in contemporary Japanese culture. For over
20 years Arashi Daiko has delighted audiences with taiko drum performances. Mikio and Kayo, Arashi Daiko members, will give a taiko
drum performance at Otakuthon and teach audience members the basics of taiko drumming.
Anime News Network
Originally a network administrator, Chris's interest in anime lead to his involvment with Anime News Network. Eventually the small website turned into a very large
website, and the hobby turned into a full time job. A fan of anime and manga since 1989, Chris is now one of North America's foremost experts on the anime industry and runs one of the largest anime
media outlets, online or in print, in the world.
|Boxed Rice Production|| |
Boxed Rice Productions is a group situated in the Toronto area that participates in masquerade performances across Ontario. Their most frequent Toronto venues are Anime North in May and
FanExpo in August. Members of BRP also appear in other stage performances and charity functions, so please give us a shout if you see us!
Now in its 5th year of performances and competing in the
Masters' division, BRP is known for some of it's more (in)famous performances such as "It's Like That (Run DMC)" from Anime North 2003 and "10 Commandments of Anime Cons" from Anime North 2004.
fun loving, easy going, cosplay group, BRP is honoured to have another opportunity as the pre-show act of Otakuthon 2007's Masquerade.
Darkain Art Studios
Animator, programmer, comic artist and voice actor. Les has lead the way over the past six years from working with Antarctic Press to producing independent animated episodes and
novelizations of Darkain Arts titles. His latest work includes continuing work on the FantaSize series, and a paperback novel based on the beloved series "Pristine Tribe" which made it's public debut
when it was announced during a voice acting contest at Anime North.
Darkain Art Studios
Voicing several characters in Darkain Arts short animations, and now playing the role of the lead villian in FantaSize, Mandy has provided lots of acting
inspiration for the Darkain Arts team.
Doki Doki Productions
Tim Park has produced a few dozen anime music videos under the name Doki Doki Productions, specialising in comedic works ranging from "Right Now Someone Is Reading This Title" to "Hellø
Fairy". As well as editing AMVs and parody videos, he is currently working on programming for the site AnimeMusicVideos.org. Along with his co-conspirator Mike Blakely, he has put on a number of game
shows at Anime North and AC Cubed, such as "Weakest Otaku" and "Otaku Feud".
Wikipedia credits him as having invented fandubs, which, although not technically true, is very flattering. His 1996 fandub of Sailor Moon S inspired a generation of amateur voice
actors, or at least he likes to think so.
Nowadays, Mark is responsible for drawing the webcomic Dragon Mango, an epic (?) and possibly funny saga involving dragons, elves, goblins, and girls
named after fruit. In the fantasy kingdom of Fafnir, which has turned it's firebreathing pest problem (they get attacked by a dragon at least once a week) into a major tourist attraction, a young woman
named Mango tries to prove her worth as a dragonslayer, but it's difficult to do that when she has to deal with greedy goblins, invincible angry chickens, countless anime and videogame in-jokes, and a
sinister conspiracy involving a kidnapped princess.
He's also involved in numerous side projects, including animations and video games.
See for yourself at
Singing Jpop and anime songs since more than 12 years, Irulanne is well known over
the internet for her distinctive and strong voice. Over the last few years, this
young woman from Laval has been implicated into fandubbing, anime and
science-fiction events and even travelled twice to Japan. For the second year,
Irulanne is the leader and main singer of "Irulanne and Friends"; a group of
amateurs singers that performs during the Otakuthon Jpop Concert. Her
friends and team mates like to describe her as the "Red Ranger".
Irulanne is also behind the Otakuthon Idol and will coordinates the
auditions and the finale.
For more informations : www.irulanne.com
Dawn McKechnie (Kaijugal)|
Award winning, Canadian born, cosplayer Kaijugal may be a familar face to con attendees as she has been involved in the Canadian
costuming community and local fandom for over 20 years. She currently not only coordinates the Cosplay Events Department for Anime
North, but is also the director of several masquerades including Hobbystar's FANEXPO masquerade, and G-FEST in Chicago. She can also be
seen applying her skills as a masquerade judge at cons such as, Anime Next, Ad Astra, and Otakuthon. Always ready to do more to promote
costuming, she is also currently serving as president of the Canadian chapter of the International Costumers Guild.
She is exceptionally happy to be returning to Otakuthon to share the joys of the hobby of costuming with her fellow
Lucien Soulban is a writer continually amazed by life's blessings. He's contributed to over 90 role-playing books as writer and editor for companies like White Wolf, Pinnacle Entertainment and Green
Ronin. He's helped develop game-worlds as varied as Orpheus, Kindred of the East, Providence and Silver Age Sentinels. He's written three novels (Vampire: Blood In-Blood
Out, Necromunda: Fleshworks and Dragonlance: The Alien Sea), contributed to eight anthologies (including Horrors Beyond II and The Book of Final Flesh) and written the
scripts for various videogames (including Dawn of War, Chicken Little, Kim Possible 3, Monster House and Rainbow Six: Vegas).
|Sébastien Fréchette (Sirkowski)|
Sébastien Fréchette, alias Sirkowski, was born in Montreal in 1975. After studies in graphic design and a boring part-time job as an animation colorist, he became a
freelance illustrator for ad agencies and a regular artist on the "Starship Titus" series. He is most known for the Miss Dynamite anime and manga, a character he created in 1990. Miss Dynamite "follows
freelance terrorist Eva Sirkowski and her bisexual assassin associate Blackie Chin on their 'action packed, mostly weird' adventures".
|Claude J. Pelletier|
Claude J. Pelletier studied history, wanted to be a librarian, but ended up publishing a science-fiction fanzine named Samizdat (in French), several Quebec
Science-Fiction anthologies (in French) and, finally, an anime and manga magazine. He founded Protoculture Addicts in fall 1987 as a Robotech fanzine, but it quickly evolved into the magazine it is
now. In 2000, he published Anime: A Guide To Japanese Animation, which is a 300-page filmography of the first thirty years of the anime industry in Japan.
Sukoshi Yoshi performs with the stated goal of bringing the love of Japanese music to Montreal. Formed in October 2005, and the band
did house parties at first but have since performed at various events, including Otakuthon 2006. They've changed members over the
years, and today the band consists of two vocalists, Meiko and Khoa; a guitarist, Thany; a bassist, Thana; and a drummer, Nebu.
Sukoshi Yoshi is proud to be performing at Otakuthon 2007, playing several anime hits and classics.
Coming to Otakuthon for the first time, it's improvised comedy with an anime
twist! "The 404s" have performed their hilarious, interactive,
unrehearsed comedy show across Canada and the United States, creating
sketches and scenes based on audience suggestions and direct
participation. The 404s are very excited to bring their unique comedy
stylings to Montreal - and remember, audience participation is
Scott Ramsoomair, the artist and writer behind the popular web series VG Cats. Born and raised in Canada... but we try not to hold that against him. He now calls Toronto his home and
has been drawing the cartoon now for several years.
Influences include of course popular anime. Pulling from it often it lends a lot to the series. Inspired by the works of John Kricfalusi, he
always maintains a strict American style to the cartoon as a base.
When Scott isn’t playing video games, he can usually be found thinking about them. Such favorite games from Zelda to Metal Gear
Solid lend motivation to the comic -- if only it was more than once a week. Lazy bastard. :)