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.
Master of Disguise Banner courtesy of RuffleButt Cosplay
Robert Axelrod has carved a career in show business that runs the gamut. Born and raised in New York City, he did commercials and theater as a child and teen, eventually ending up in the Soho Avant-garde Theater scene in a show called “Little Trips”, then Off-Broadway in a play called “The Destroyers”. Axelrod left acting for the world of music. He spent eight years as a working rock musician playing electric bass and singing in folk, rock, and soul bands. Music brought him to Los Angeles where he decided to return to acting, a decision he never regrets.
Since then, Mr. Axelrod has appeared in over thirty feature films including four with Charles Bronson, the Sci-Fi hit remake “The Blob” with Kevin Dillon and many others. Television appearances include guest star roles on “Amazing Stories”, “Star Trek Voyager”, “Tim And Eric’s Awesome Show”, and “The Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers". He also starred in the Michael Jackson music video “Stranger in Moscow”, and is in the soon-to-be-released horror dark comedy, “The Revenant”.
Mr. Axelrod is also a busy voice over artist. He is the voice of Lord Zedd and Finster on the “Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers”. The Lord Zedd voice is one of the most recognizable character voices around. He voiced Armadillomon and Wizardmon on “Digimon”, Microchip, The Punisher’s sidekick, on “Spider-Man”, Rico on “Robotech”, and has voiced countless Anime features including “Akira”, “The Big O”, “Cowboy Bebop”, “Brain Scratch”, et al. As Lord Zedd, he starred in both the first Power Rangers feature film and the wildly popular live show that toured the country. He was a regular character on Saban Entertainment’s “Wowser” series (as Ratso Catso), “Journey To The Heart of the World” (as Scarface), “Hallo Spencer” (as Elmer), and more. He just finished narrating the mockumentary “Safety First: The Rise of Women” and voicing four Anime series, “Gaiking”, “Danguard Ace”, “Captain Harlock”, “The Adventures of Nadja”, and “Fist of the North Star”.
Darrel Guilbeau is currently reprising the voice of Mikado from Durarara!! in DuRaRaRa!! X2. Other recent roles include Hakuryu in Magi-The Labyrinth of Magic and The Kingdom of Magic, Amaimom in Blue Exorcist, Rikuo in Nura: Rise of The Yokai Clan and Mikado in Durarara!!. He has voiced the lead roles of Gainer Sanga in Overman King Gainer and Ichitaka Seto in I"s and I"s Pure. Other popular roles include Souske Kawara in Samurai Champloo, Osamu in Paranoia Agent, Satoshi Hojo in When they Cry, Hikari in The Melody of Oblivion, Kouji in Buso Renkin, Tandor in Moribito - Guardian of the Spirit, Shinya Yanagasawa in The Prince of Tennis, and as Sejuro in the upcoming release of Zoids Genesis. He has also lent his voice to such anime as Bleach, Boys Be..., Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion & R2, Cyborg 009, DearS, Ghost in the Shell: SAC 2nd Gig, GunxSword, Kamichu!, Koi Kaze, Rumiko Takahasi Anthology, Space Pirate Captain Harlock, and Stellvia.
In the video game world he recently voiced Yue Jin & Xu Shu in Dynasty Warriors 8. He has also voiced Viewtiful Joe in Marvel vs Capcom 3 and Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, Layle in Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers, Wylfred in Valkerie Profile: Covenant of the Plume, the Main Scepter in Culdcept Saga, Taishi Ci in Dynasty Warriors 6, Nagamasa Azai/MitsuhideAkechi in Warriors Orochi 1 & 2, Lekius in Dawn of Mana, Werman/Duran in Avalon Code, Shu in Blue Dragon Awakened Shadow as well as various voices in Radiata Stories, Legendary, Fantasy Earth Zero and Turning Point: Fall of Liberty.
Darrel has also done voice overs for live action and animated films, most recently as the golden retriever puppy Snoozer in Golden Winter, with Hayley Duff, The Swan Princess: A Royal Family Tale, Lego Friends, and in the sci-fi film The Gunrunner Billy Kane. Other films include Red Water with Lou Diamond Phillips, Witless Protection with Larry the Cable Guy, Bam Bam & Celeste with Margaret Cho, and the Korean comedy Attack of the Gas Station.
As an actor, he has had roles on stage, screen, TV, the web and in commercials. He is currently co-starring in the upcoming film LBJ with Woody Harrelson, directed by Rob Reiner. You can also check him out on YouTube in Bozo's episode Dummy as a crazed ventriloquist. Darrel has also had roles in Windtalkers directed by John Woo, Alias with Jennifer Garner, The Comeback with Lisa Kudrow, and Nickelodeon's Victorious, Gene Simmons' Family Jewels, You Snooze You Lose with Jamie Farr, Saved By The Bell, Lauderdale, Silent Night Deadly Night Part 2, Murder in Law and playing Dr. Coleman opposite other anime notables such as Vic Mignona, Todd Haberkorn and Mythbusters' Grant Imahara in Star Trek Continues now online.
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.”
REAKT is a Japanese artist from Tokyo, Japan currently living in the USA. His music is a mix of Japanese Pop, EDM, and Hip Hop. His musical purpose is to spread his sound and message to the world.
- Bitter End (NYC)
- Sidewalk Cafe (NYC)
- Symphony Hall (Boston)
- Japanese Language School Festival (Boston)
- Akasaka Blitz (Tokyo)
- Club Asia (Tokyo)
- Aoyama Gakuin University School Festival (Tokyo)
Damien is an eclectic acoustic instrumental guitarist mixing, classical, jazz, and modern styles, to weave a tapestry of sonic magick.
SaikouCon 2016 Featured Guests