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Guests of Honor


Christina Marie Kelly

SaikouCon 2018 Guest of Honor Christina Kelly
SaikouCon 2018 Guest of Honor Christina Kelly
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Christina Marie Kelly is an American actress and voice actress for Sentai Filmworks and Funimation Entertainment.


Kelly attended the University of Houston’s School of Theatre and Dance,and graduated with her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting. While there Kelly worked on shows such as "The Miser", "Blood Wedding", "Ring Round the Moon", and "Zombie Prom - The Musical". In Houston she's appeared onstage at Unity Theatre and The Catastrophic Theatre.


Her roles in anime include Alice Nakiri in Food Wars!, Sylphonford Tachibana in, Himouto! Umaru-chan, Yamato in Kancolle, Atui in Utawarerumono - The False Faces, Loki in, Is It Wrong to Pick Up Girls In a Dungeon?, Pepperoni in Girls Und Panzer: Der Film, Ersha in Cross Ange: Rondo of Angel and Dragon, Satone Shichimiya in Love Chunibyo and Other Delusions -Heart Throb-, Hajime in Hamatora, Kisara Tendo in Black Bullet and Mine in Akame Ga Kill which was featured on Adult Swim's Toonami.


Other shows include, Monster Musume, Gatchaman Crowds: Insight, My Love Story,Monthly Girls Nozaki-Kun, Brynhildr in the Darkness, Nobunaga the Fool,and No Game, No Life. Behind the Voice Actors nominated Christina for Breakthrough Voice Actress of the year 2015 for her notable roles in anime.


For more about Christina visit her website www.christinamariekelly.net



Gigi Edgley

SaikouCon 2018 Guest of Honor Gigi Edgley
SaikouCon 2018 Guest of Honor Gigi Edgley
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Gigi Edgley is an internationally renowned actress originally from Australia. Edgley has starred in countless film and television series including FX's Feud, USA's The Starter Wife, Enuattii, Rescue Special Ops, Tricky Business, SyFy's Showdown at Area 51, Quantum Apocalypse, Carlotta, Newcastle, Black Jack, Peacekeeper Wars, Stingers, Secret Life Of Us, Beastmaster, Lost World, Water Rats, Day of The Roses and Nexus.


Additionally Edgley has an extensive history with The Jim Henson Company beginning with her popular role as Chiana on the company's critically acclaimed sci fi cult series, Farscape in which she starred for over five years.


Gigi stole the hearts of sci-fi enthusiasts. She was originally cast as a guest star for one episode, but quickly captured the attention of the Farscape writers, producers and the fans alike. The mischievous Chiana became one of the most popular, and at times controversial characters in the series. Recently the SyFy Channel and The Jim Henson Company asked her to host Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge. 


Edgley's team also raised over $44,000 on Kickstarter to fund a sci-fi short called Hashtag. They are planning to take it to Sundance, Cannes and Toronto film festivals. Gigi was nominated for the Film's Critic's Circle awards for best lead actress in the feature Last Train To Freo, the SyFy Genre Award for Best Supporting actress, the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress in a television series and Maxim Award for Sexiest Space Babe.


Gigi has a long list of theatre credits as well that include: "Kill Everything You Love", "4.48 Psychosis","The Rover", "Boy's Life", "Romeo And Juliet", "Road, Picnic At Hanging Rock" and "Les Miserables".


Edgley is also a recording artist, creator of original comic books, director and producer. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Queensland University of Technology after entering in the auditions alongside hundreds of other candidates. Check out her websites at: GigiEdgley.com and wanderland.love



Featured Guests


Koralene

SaikouCon 2018 Featured Guest Koralene Cosplay
SaikouCon 2018 Featured Guest 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 6 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.


Follow Koralene on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Koralenecosplay and her photography page at www.facebook.com/KoralenePhotography.



Foxxy

SaikouCon 2018 Featured Guest Foxxy
SaikouCon 2018 Featured Guest Foxxy
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Foxxy has been an avid cosplayer since the age of 14 and began modeling at 16. Growing up she focused heavily on art, competing in art shows, and even taking extra classes outside of high school. Having spent time as a cosmetology major her creative abilities have given her the chance to create impromptu costumes on the fly.


As a proud Puerto Rican she became the founder of Cosplaying While Latino, a blog dedicated to show casing Latinx and Hispanic cosplayers. Representing her community is important to her and on her down time she encourages others to enjoy cosplay as much as she does by offering advice and personal online tutorials. 


As head of business networking at 8 Bit Bakeshop she can stay active in the nerdy community she greatly adores when she isn't cosplaying. Her sculpting work has been seen on Good Morning America with a cake by the 8 Bit Bakeshop team and her promotional skills have helped them become quite popular at New York Comic-Con as one of their official cosplayers. Her art background allows her to help owner Hannah Maldonado create customs treats for their clients. She has has also been featured in We Rise Mag, has judged local contests in her area, been featured as a cosplay model at several runway cosplay shows and done booth work for other companies both inside and outside of the cosplay community. Her costumes and work with Cosplaying While Latino have gained her interviews with radio show It Came From The Radio and the Daily Dot as well as others.


As supporter of Extra Life she has organized events raising money for the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia using her love of video games as a catalyst for doing some good and getting her community involved.


Follow Foxxy on Facebook at www.facebook.com/xxToxicFoxxCosplayxx.



Musical Guests


The Adarna

SaikouCon 2018 Musical Guests - The Adarna
SaikouCon 2018 Musical Guests - The Adarna
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Taking their name from a mythical phoenix-like songbird in Filipino folklore, The Adarna [pronounced uh-darn-uh] are the first band to ever coin their genre as "Jet City Rock," due to their proximity to Seattle's Boeing Field.


Five years out of the gate and The Adarna recently completed their 7th national tour titled the Dollars & Dignity Tour, which includes their performance at one of the largest hard rock festival in North America-- Rocklahoma. The band has been touring relentlessly in support of their most recent 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.  Appearing locally at Boeing's 100th Anniversary celebration, Rock 'n' Roll Marathon, Lakefair Festival, Burning Man Events, Rockout ALS Fests, and Wounded Warrior Benefits. This high energy group is not shy to co-align themselves with movements and organizations they believe in.


The Seattle Weekly suggests that The Adarna are "melodic, polished, and destined for rock radio." The band has been featured on MTV, Myx TV, M&L TV and about 230+ media outlets/radio worldwide including Fox stations, Sirius XM, Armed Forces Radio, and Harley-Davidson retail with music videos aired in 78 countries. 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.


Their 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 as well as earning nominations for Best Music Video at the Fanboy Film Festival, Atlanta Film Festival, Tirana International Film Festival, and Los Angeles Philippine Film Festival.


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, Queens of the Stoneage, and Muse. They've shared stages with names like Art of Dying, The Guessing Game, Smile Empty Soul, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Windowpane, The Slants, Bobaflex, The Cliks, The Crying Spell and Burning Daylight (Lords of Acid, Powerman 5000, Cage 9 & Ministry).


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."



Special Guests for 2018 Coming Soon!