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SaikouCon 2015 Guests of Honor



RuffleButt Cosplay

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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.

For more information on RuffleButt visit jessiepridemore.com and follow her on Facebook at facebook.com/RuffleButtCosplay.

Master of Disguise Banner courtesy of RuffleButt Cosplay



Leah Clark Voice Actress

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Leah Clark is a Random Force Of Nature working as a voice actress and script adapter for FUNimation Entertainment and voice artist for DuArt Films. She has also worked as a director for FUNimation as well as a stage actress in the Dallas-Ft Worth TX area.



Some of her most memorable voice roles include Nodoka in Negima; Suzuka in Suzuka; Rin in Toriko; Fuyuki in Sgt Frog; Blair in Soul Eater; Minatsuki in Deadman Wonderland; Saki in Eden of the East; Nora in Spice and Wolf; Minami in Baka and Test; Jiji in Princess Jellyfish; Noah in Full Metal Alchemist—Conqueror of Shamballa; Coby and Miss Doublefinger in One Piece; Paris in Shin Chan; Eri in School Rumble; Maron in Dragonball GT; Carlita in Pokemon the Movie: Black/White—Victini and Reshiram; and Maru in XXXHolic.



Other notable works include: Aria in Aria, the Scarlet Ammo; Homura/Kagari in Sekirei; Akane in Rumbling Hearts; Ruby in Rosario + Vampire; Tenhou in Oh! Edo Rocket; Akagawa/Red Ranger in Level E; Hikari in Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (not) Advance; Miyabi in Freezing; Kagura in Ga Rei Zero; Miya Miya in Bamboo Blade; Doyle in Pokemon; and Mayu Otsuka in Darker Than Black.



This year, Leah can be heard as Murmur in Future Diary; Yu in Guilty Crown; Giselle in Last Exile-Fam, the Silver Wing; as well as roles in Steins Gate, Wolf Children and Is This a Zombie?

Some of Leah’s script works include Panty & Stocking With Garterbelt, Suzuka, Peach Girl, Sasami—Magical Girl Club, Baka and Test, Strike Witches, and her all-time favorite, B Gata H Kai/Yamada’s First Time.



As a Director, Leah has worked on Sasami—Magical Girl Club, Tower of Druaga, StrAIN, Case Closed (movies) Captured In Her Eyes and Countdown To Heaven, and Shuffle.



Leah is also a producer and co-host of The Red Wine Therapist podcast also featuring voice actress Jad Saxton. The show is an interactive open, raw, educational, and hilarious discussion of life, love, wine and (ahem) other stuff.



Leah would find it oh so magical and lovely if you would keep up with her on Twitter and Facebook—Leah Clark Actress Fanclub.







Red Wine Therapist on Twitter: http://twitter.com/redwinetherapst



Danielle McRae Voice Actress

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Danielle McRae is a 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 (League of Legends) as “Karma the Enlightened One”, (World of Warcraft: Cataclysm) as “Hagara the Stormbinder”, and “Painwheel” in the Popular 2D fighting game, (Skullgirls Encore).



She's also been in anime such as (Sword Art Online), (Gargantia: On the Verderous Planet) as "Onderia" and (Magi: The Kingdom of Magic) as "Orba".



Danielle has also earned several other roles in many other video games including “Threia Hazelgrimm” in Atelier Escha & Logy, “Rift Arachna” in Heroes of Newerth, “New Conglomerate solider” in Planetside 2, “Sidel” in Dragon Nest, “Captain Arley Sims” and “the Adjutant” in Starcraft Universe, “Wing Diver Unit” in Earth Defense Force 2025 and  Isys in "Dead Island: Epidemic..” For more about Danielle visit http://www.daniellemcraevo.com



SaikouCon 2015 Featured Guests



The Gamer's Edge Comics and Games

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The Gamer’s Edge Comics and Games will be hosting a board game/CCG demo room at SaikouCon 2015.  We will teach interested people how to play, show some basic strategies for the games, and have the games available for purchase (while supplies last).  Each game hosts a maximum number of players, but each session can handle more than one demo.  We will have players play one game then allow other players to come in and play the same game.  For CCGs, we will have several pairs playing at once.



The Gamer’s Edge, located at 580 Main Street, Stroudsburg, PA 18360, is an inclusive gaming establishment.  We encourage gaming for all ages for both personal and educational purposes. For more information visit www.facebook.com/TheGamersEdgeStroudsburg.



Sci-Fi Photo Guys

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Sci-Fi Photo Guys puts you in your place! Well, in the background of your choosing, I mean! With professional green screen photography, custom backgrounds (over 100 to choose from and growing!), and expert digital editing, Sci-Fi Photo Guys can make you look great!



Jei is our professional photographer and Sci-Fi Photo Guys front man. He'll take multiple shots with multiple poses to make sure we get the perfect shot for your photo.



D. is the man behind the computer working his digital magic. He'll make sure you fit into you chosen background and add any special effects to make your photo really zing!



For more information on the Sci-Fi Photo Guys visit www.scifiphotoguys.com!



Hazel Dayze

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Hazel grew up in Roanoke, VA while always feeling awkward around others. Her mind would constantly dream of fantasy and science fiction worlds. She became the stereotypical band nerd playing the trombone in symphonic, jazz and marching band and excelling in school and college. She started modeling early on and found it to be fun but lacking. So she tried acting and loved it, however, responsibilities always seemed to get in the way. Her first cosplay was back in 2006, for Anime Mid-Atlantic in Richmond, VA; it was the first time she got to see the cosplay world and immediately fell in love. In 2012, she was asked to be the superhero, Baroness, for local comic store B & D Comics. Her heart melted with the fans and realized just how much she could encourage people through cosplay. Shortly afterwards she began making other superheroes like Zatanna, Seven of Nine, Iron Fist and Cammy. By traveling to many different conventions every month, she got to melt into the great con community of where she now calls home. She has had award-winning costumes and has many ideas going forward. She can be found on Facebook and at www.hazeldayze.com.



Cosplay Burlesque

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Cosplay Burlesque is a performing arts group of burlesque performers and cosplayers dedicated to combining the two for your entertainment. Their mission is to take the characters fans already enjoy and make them naughty through a humorous and provocative stage show. There is no fandom that they leave untouched in their quest for great source material. They are fan fiction come to life!



SaikouCon 2015 Special Guests



Koralene Cosplay

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Hey there! I'm Koralene, a cosplayer based out of PA. I grew up in the town of Lock Haven, where cosplay isn't the norm, so I only discovered it 2 years ago. My best friend introduced me to anime, so I made him go to a convention with me and I have loved it ever since.



I enjoy cosplay because I believe it brings a whole community of people together, and gives us the chance to make life long friends that have the same interest as ourselves. Many of us learn a lot of new skills and we get the chance to show off our hard work. It also lets us be our favorite characters for a weekend and bring our fantasy world we love so much into reality if only for a weekend at a convention.

I used to buy my costumes because I didn't know a thing about sewing or crafting, however I became skilled in armor and props. I also began sewing my own outfits, teaching myself along the way with internet research and a lot of Youtube tutorials. Cosplay also got me into photography and editing.



My hard work seems to be paying off as I won 2nd place in the Novice category of the Setsucon walk on, and I was the winner of Philly's Next Top Cosplayer. I am really excited to continue competing and creating, and loving every minute along the way.



Visit Koralene at www.facebook.com/koralenecosplay, http://koralenefrost.tumblr.com, and on Instagram under koralene_frost.



Musical Guests



The Adarna

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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).”

Three years out of the gate and The Adarna have completed 4 North American Tours while averaging 80-120 shows per year.  Their latest tour, Rise Up Tour, is a nation-wide tour of venues, colleges, and conventions (anime, comic & sci-fi).   In 2015, they’ll be performing internationally for the troops as well as nationally touring to support the release of their upcoming album, How Perceptive.   

The band has been featured on MTV, Myx TV, M&L TV and about 200+ 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 10K 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, Fail Safe Project, The Slants, The Crying Spell, The Cliks, Bobaflex, Ionia, Uzuhi, Peelander Z, Windowpane, and Burning Daylight (Members from Lords of Acid, Powerman 5000, Cage 9 & Ministry). 

Their first single, “Honestly”,  aired to an audience of 10 million households on MYX TV, one of the largest Asian-American networks (ABS-CBN). They earned this opportunity by being voted into the top 6 finalist among the finalist.   They have highly ranked 39th among over 3,000 rock bands in the WHOOZNXT competition sponsored by Guitar Center, to tour with legendary guitarist, Slash, of Guns N’ Roses. 

The Adarna continue to pour more of themselves into every performance.  You’re guaranteed that you will see the same passion in every performance regardless of the stage, crowd, or day of the week.  The Adarna’s set out to make fist-pumping rock and roll music that honors their fans and the musicians that inspired them.  The Adarna are here, they’re hungry, and they’re just getting started.

Connect and inspire.  From these three words The Adarna began to take shape.  

This idea helped William Moore (a vocalist and enthusiast of opera & classical music from London, UK) team-up with Andrea Jasek (a hip-hop & 80’s hair-metal inspired guitarist from Seattle, WA), Raymond Cheng (bassist & Baltimore native) and Murdock (a New York jazz & metal drummer from Rochester, NY).

For more on The Adarna check out www.theadarna.com.



Mike P

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Legendary bass player (Hell on Earth, Splurge, Mr. Pink, Hollis, Lo-Fi Agression, What It's Like To Kill A Man, Rejectos Del Diablo, Play Action Fake), sound man, and ink slinging tattoo artist. Mike P co-founded, handled bookings, and ran sound for NEPA Original Music's Original Night at Lippy's Extreme Sports Bar until the bar's closing. Three years of original music every Friday night with bands hailing from all over the Eastern seaboard and points West speaks for itself.

Mike P also founded Entitled Ink Tattoos and Signs in East Stroudsburg PA in 2011. 



Now residing in Delaware, and opening the Delaware Branding Company in late 2014, Mike P is coming back to SaikouCon for a hat trick run as SaikouCon's resident soundman and he's bringing the noise for all of SaikouCon 2015's concerts and entertainment events. Get your body ready...



Adam WarRock

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Having made a career out of making music about the things he loves, Adam WarRock has carved out a place among the Internet’s best performers and musicians. His mixture of pop culture, hip hop and just general enthusiasm has become a mainstay of every corner of cultural fandom. In the words of so many fans on and off the web, Adam WarRock is “not just Internet good. It is goddamn brilliant”.



Call it nerdcore. Geek music. Whatever. Adam WarRock raps about the comics, TV, movies, video games, and culture that he loves and makes it personal. His story is one of do-it-yourself, independent determination, having gone from a humble website to a full-time music career. Having tapped into the current culture, he’s caught attention from the biggest figures and sites on the web. Whether being personally cited by Nathan Fillion for his Firely-inspired Browncoats Mixtape, praised by TV critics and cast members for his Parks & Rec EP, or made fans out of artists and writers for his comic book-influenced music, he’s gained the respect of the most fickle audiences and harshest critics around.



The list of credentials keeps growing, having had his music appear on sites such as io9, WIRED, AV Club, Time, SPIN, and more. Twice an official SXSW showcase artist, main stage performer at PAX Prime, and having toured with some of the biggest acts around, he continues to turn the heads of music fans, nerds and geeks, and people who love sincere, personal and well-crafted music. As written in SF Weekly, “Hip hop heads and [nerds] alike will have at least one aspect of his music to carry them through. And for those who fall in the center of that rap/geek Venn diagram, damn it, you’re in luck.” Or maybe it’s just easier to say it like so many others have: “I don’t know how else to describe it, but it’s awesome.”



Take Away
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Take Away the Ugly are destined to be a legendary trio. Their beginnings were inspired by vintage horror movies combined with every genre of music they could find. Setting an idea in motion that will inspire all musical fans the world over!



The Sound -Derived from the spirited vintage Punk Rock culture, the band see's fit to weave it's way methodically through any musical taste. Filled with 3 uniquely talented players, who are known for not subscribing to any specific genre or sound. Each song is another genre in itself, demonstrated clearly on the bands 2nd album "Operation Fun".



The Name - The bands name is derived from the movie "The Good, The Bad & The Ugly", whereas the band quickly realized there was far too much Ugly in popular music. Auto-Tune was being used over real voices. Drummers replaced by engineers pushing buttons. The degredation of music as we knew it had been taking place. Listeners were being turned into "Zombies" and it is these three musicians who have chosen to cure them all.



The Albums -Take Away The Ugly have recorded 2 full length albums. Most notable is 2013's "Operation Fun". Recorded at the famous Premier Studios, Time Square NYC with Kevin Geigel producing & engineering. Geigel was monumental in bringing the band to a new polished sound, which stands as a testiment to both the band & studio's friendship and abilities.



DJ Teez

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I'm a Teez of all trades.....Karaoke, Trivia, DJ! Private gigs...you name it, DJ TEEZ has got ya!



DJ Teez is a well known DJ and KJ in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania specializing in all kinds of events and parties with a huge selection of music to get funky to. DJ Teez receives bookings through her company KJ Entertainment.



Let Teez tease you at https://www.facebook.com/DJTeeztk.