Below is our announced guest lineup for 2017!

Check back regularly for more guest announcements throughout the year!  Click on a guest's image to read thier full bio.



Wadaiko Drummers: Sunday Concert

Mastering both the dynamic and lively beats of a Matsuri and refreshing sounds inspired by nature, AUN&HIDE’s music is bound to reach your heart and purify your soul.

Ei Aoki

Animation Director

Ei Aoki is an animation director. Since his directorial debut in 2004, Aoki has worked on many critically acclaimed titles such as “Ga-Rei: Zero”, “the Garden of Sinners”, and “Fate/Zero”.

Otakon Guest: Sandy Fox

Sandy Fox

Voice Actress, Actor, Singer, Producer

Sandy is known for voicing the Queen of Cartoons - Betty Boop, but she is also well know for many Anime roles. She is currently voicing Chibiusa and Black Lady in the new Viz Media Sailor Moon and Sailor Moon Crystal Series.

Toshio Furukawa

Voice Actor

Toshio Furukawa is a prolific Japanese voice actor (affiliated with Aoni Production) who has voiced a myriad of roles for over 4 decades starting back in the 1970s.

Shino Kakinuma

Voice Actress

She can be heard in various roles in anime including "GeGeGe no Kitaro", "Urusei Yatsura", "Legend of the Galactic Heroes", and "Be-Bop High School".


Kuniko Kanawa

Priestess, Consultant, Model

Kuniko Kanawa is a certified Kimono consultant, Kimono model, founder of Washington D.C. Kimono Club, Edo Tsumami Kanzashi artisan, and also a certified Shinto priestess.

Lex Lang

Voice Actor & Director

Over the last 20 years Lex has been in over five hundred Original Animation episodes, Anime series, and Video Games and has played a wide assortment of fan favorites throughout his career.


Masao Maruyama

Producer & Honorary Otakon Staff

Maruyama was involved in the establishment of MADHOUSE in 1972. Since then, he has nurtured talents such as Tetsuro Araki, Atsuko Ishizuka and the late Satoshi Kon.


Hidenori Matsubara

Animator & Director

As a young and hungry animator, Hidenori Matsubara worked as an in-betweener on the Project A-Ko movies. From there, he served as an animator on "Bubblegum Crisis" and "Gunbuster".


Jamie McGonnigal

Voice Actor, Producer, Advocate

Jamie has been a voice actor for nearly 20 years and known for roles in Pokémon, Yu-Gi-Oh! GX & 5Ds, One Piece and more.


Vic Mignogna

Voice Actor, Actor, Producer

Vic has been in more than three hundred animated series and video games! Vic works regularly writing, producing and directing video and film productions of all kinds.

Stephanie Sheh

Voice Actress, Director, Writer

Stephanie looks forward to meeting everyone at the convention. She hopes to create amazing fun new memories and inspire people to be the best version of themselves they can be.


Katsuyuki Sumizawa

Screenwriter & Novelist

He has worked on various famous shows including Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin, Dragonball Z, Sailor Moon, Yu Yu Hakusho, Macross 7, Inuyasha, and Naruto.

Hideyuki Tomioka

Managing Director & Producer

He joined SUNRISE to help with the production of Fang of the Sun Dougram as a part-timer before working his way to becoming a full time producer.

Matsuri Cultural Celebration Guests

Otakon Matsuri Guest: Stella Chu

Stella Chuu


Stella Chuu is a cosplayer from Los Angeles and New York. She makes brilliantly detailed costumes, travels to conventions around the world, and works to promote geek culture.

Project BECK

Tribute Band

Project BECK, a tribute band for the anime series "BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad," combines the talents of six friends, including voice actor Greg Ayres.

The Slants

Rock Band

Portland’s The Slants are the first and only all-Asian American dance rock band in the world. They offer up catchy dance beats, strong hooks, and a bombastic live show that is “not to be missed.”