SaikouCon 2016 Guests of Honor
Jessie Pridemore, formerly known as AnimeAngel; now better known as RuffleButt, is a 15 year veteran of the diverse and colorful cosplay community. A very accomplished seamstress in her own right, she has served as a character model for some of the biggest companies in the Anime and gaming industry, including Aniplex, Funimation, Bandai, NIS America, Machinima, Ubisoft among others. For conventions, she has judged numerous Masquerades and coordinated competitions of all kinds. Including judging at the 2012 Eurocosplay Championship Final in London, England. RuffleButt has also hosted several panels and open discussion forums on cosplay at many conventions from coast to coast of the US.
She has been featured in an episode of Subcultures as well as videos by Machinima and Nerdist. She also volunteers her time for the Combat Radio's Breakfast with Santa charity. Jessie is also the resident seamstress for the new season of Super Fan Build!
When not working on her latest cosplay creation, Jessie's passion is photography, with her work being included in various online and print publications including Newsweek. Jessie sews and designs professionally for Sypher Arts Studios and in 2014 starred in a Windows Phone commercial, and was featured in an issue of Airbrush Action. She also reps for Gunnar Optiks, reps and designs for Spirit Hoods, has designed costumes for Amazon.com and Obsidian Entertainment, and is a featured model for Gold Bubble Clothing.
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SaikouCon 2016 Musical Guests
Taking their name from a mythical phoenix-like songbird in Filipino folklore, The Adarna [pronounced uh-darr-nuh] are the first band to ever coin their genre as “Jet City Rock (Jet Rock).”
Four years out of the gate and The Adarna have completed 5 North American National Tours while averaging 80-120 shows a year. Their recent national tour, The How Perceptive Tour, consisted of venues, colleges, and conventions (anime, comic & sci-fi) to support the release of their new album, How Perceptive. In Dec 2015 - Jan 2016, they were honored to perform internationally for the US troops in 5 countries in SW Asia as part of their Project Gratitude Tour.
The band has been featured on MTV, Myx TV, M&L TV and about 220+ media outlets/radio worldwide including Fox stations, Sirius XM, Armed Forces Radio, and Harley-Davidson retail. The Adarna’s music videos are being aired in 78 countries and amassed an incredible 12K fan base in a short period of time.
This fiery, dynamic, and high-energy sound comes from a concoction of influences from old school rock-n-roll such as The Cult and Guns N Roses to modern rock such as Foo Fighters, Sick Puppies, Halestorm, and 30 Seconds to Mars.
The backdrop of The Adarna is a puzzle of cities, bands, craigslist ads, and finally, their debut EP (self-titled, 2012). The core of the band is built on rock-n-roll, sweat, and rebirth. The Seattle Weekly suggests that The Adarna are “melodic, polished, and destined for rock radio.” They’ve shared stages with names like Hedwig and The Angry Inch, Smile Empty Soul, Art of Dying, Fail Safe Project, The Slants, The Crying Spell, The Cliks, Bobaflex, Ionia, Uzuhi, Peelander Z, Windowpane, and Burning Daylight (Lords of Acid, Powerman 5000, Cage 9 & Ministry).
Their most recent single, “Superman,” gained much success in anime and comic fandom. This resulted in the placement of the song in a new superhero video game by Risen Phoenix Studios, to be released in 2016.
Their first single, “Honestly”, aired to an audience of 10 million households on MYX TV, one of the largest Asian-American networks (ABS-CBN). The band earned this opportunity by being voted into the top 6 finalist.
Tastes Like Rock Magazine states The Adarna are “rising stars of modern rock who will find their way to the top of the heap of bands out there, so make sure you keep an eye out for them. Whether you are hard core rockers or alt or punk or even dance pop, you will love the Adarna.”
SaikouCon 2016 Featured Guests