SaikouCon 2015 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.
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
Leah Clark Voice Actress
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 Clark Actress Fanclub: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Leah-Clark-Actress-Fanclub/119243071428264
On Twitter: http://twitter.com/leahrooo
Red Wine Therapist on Twitter: http://twitter.com/redwinetherapst
Danielle McRae Voice Actress
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
Tia Ballard Voice Actress
Wow, Tia is cool! Tia is not awkward at all! Tia is letting you know that we write our own bios on here and it feels weird. Raised on generous helpings wacky cartoons, this Southern blonde goofball has been in the animation industry for a while! Among others, she has provided the voice for Happy the Cat (Fairy Tail), Mizore Shirayuki (Rosario + Vampire), Nanami (Kamisama Kiss), Yoshino/Yoshinon (Date A Live), Chiho (The Devil is a Part-Timer) Megumi Shimizu (Shiki), Hannah (Attack on Titan), Rea Sanka (Sankarea: Undying Love), Kusano (Sekirei), Porche the Foxy Pirate (One Piece), Xiao Mei (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood), Rin Ogata (Rideback), Hibana (Deadman Wonderland), Inaho (Maken-ki!), Eris (Cat Planet Cuties), Priscilla (Nintendo’s Monster Tale). She also draws, writes, and bakes a mean cheesecake! Follow Tia on Twitter: @tiatoony
"Tia is a good person and if you don't love her you're probably a jerk."-Tia’s best friend
"So, Tia dresses up like Mickey Mouse or something at these conventions? I don't get it." -Tia's brother
"Tia is delicious!" -A cannibal
SaikouCon 2015 Featured Guests
The Gamer's Edge Comics and Games
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
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 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 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!