Laila Berzins

Voice Actor

Laila Berzins is the voice of Xiao in Genshin Impact, Thorr in Fire Emblem Heroes, Milluki in HunterXHunter, Demeter and Persephone in Hades, Ken Oyanagi in Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, Rei Batsubami in Kakegurui, Lady Fanatio in Sword Art Online, Sofia Falcone in Batman the Long Halloween Part 2, Mrs. Croaker in Disney’s Amphibia, and many more. A Connecticut native, now living in the LA area, she has performed in theater and musicals, stand up comedy, A Capella groups, and studied improv. A true kid at heart, cartoon junkie, and known for being a human jukebox, Laila truly loves the opportunity to explore her imagination through voiceover and make her clients and fans happy, including the occasional serenade or kazoo solo! Laila can be heard in feature films, cartoons, video games, anime, commercials, narrations, and jingles. Follow Laila on TikTok @lailaberzinsvoice, IG @lailab_voiceovers, Twitter @lberzins_voices, and Youtube – Laila Berzins Voice Overs.

Laila Berzins will be participating in a joint VA panel and will be participating in paid autograph signings.

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Nicholas Leung

Voice Actor/Musician

Nicholas Leung is an artist born and raised in New York City. He is best known for his role as Dan Heng in the Hoyoverse video game HONKAI STAR RAIL, as well as animes such as Bi in KINGDOM (SEASON 3). You can also hear him as the voice of Han Hee-seong in the Netflix live action film KILL BOKSOON. After growing up on a healthy diet of Guitar Hero, superhero films, and countless hours of Toonami, he’s thrilled to take that childhood love behind the mic and share his story with the world. He hopes to inspire others to do the same with their own. nicklikescharsiu.com. Twitter/TikTok/IG @fencernick. 

Nicholas Leung will be participating in a joint VA panel and will be participating in paid autograph signings.

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Michael Liscio

Voice Actor/Comedian/Director

Mike Liscio is a voice artist, actor, and comedian. The characters he’s voiced include Ash’s travel companion, Clemont (Pokèmon: XYZ), Ilima, Ash’s Lycanroc (Pokemon: Sun and Moon), Magikarp, and many many more! Healso voiced the protagonist, Yuya Sakaki, on Yu-Gi-Oh: Arc V, as well as all of his multidimensional counterparts: Yuto, Yugo, Yuri, and Zarc. He also played the whimsical comic relief turned villain, AI in Yu-Gi-Oh: VRAINS. In addition to recording hundreds of episodes of animation. He’s also recorded a number of video games (Super Smash Bros: Ultimate, Contra: Rogue Corps, Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Links, Cross Duels, Lego Legacy, and more!) Mike has also recorded Podcasts (Murder in HR) commercials, apps, and more! In addition to voice acting, Mike has accrued a following on social media for his sketch comedy and viral videos like the “Australian Accent” series.

Mike Liscio will be participating in a joint VA panel and will be participating in paid autograph signings.

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Alyson Leigh Rosenfeld

Voice Actor

Alyson Leigh Rosenfeld is a voice actor best known for her roles as Bonnie, Nurse Joy & Sophocles on Pokémon, Aina Ardebit in Promare; Strawberry Shortcake on Strawberry Shortcake; Polly Pocket on Polly Pocket; Olivia on Nella the Princess Knight; Rio Kastle, Queen, Grace & Gloria Tyler on Yu-Gi-Oh!; Siri on LastMan;  LunaMaria Hawke in Gundam Seed Destiny; Kahori Harukawa in Psychic School Wars; Isaki in Lu Over the Wall; Sayaka Yumi in Mazinger Z: Infinity; Hansel in Secret Magic Control Agency; Joy LeFrog on Regal Academy; Musa in Winx Club; and Fraw Bow in Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin. She has provided voices for numerous cartoons, video games, toys and commercials. She can also be seen performing theatre in New York City (most recently in the critically-acclaimed Once Upon A Mattress), and on-screen in her web series Crumbly Kitchen. For more info, check out her website (alysonleighrosenfeld.com), follow her on Twitter (@AlysonRosenfeld), Instagram (@alysonleighrosenfeld), or TikTok (@alysonleighrosenfeld). 

Alyson Leigh Rosenfeld will be participating in a joint VA panel and will be participating in paid autograph signings.

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Jonathan Todd Ross

Voice Actor/Screenwriter/Audiobook Narrator

Jonathan Todd Ross is an American voice actor and writer. He is known for providing voices on properties for 4Kids Entertainment, Central Park Media, Media Blasters, as well as audiobooks. He is also credited as Todd Garbeil. Ross is best known as the voice of Marik Ishtar and Yami Marik in the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime. He is also Sid Jones in TMNT, Kalim in Shaman King, and Kohza in One Piece (4Kids Dub).

Jonathan Todd Ross will be participating in a joint VA panel and will be participating in paid autograph signings.

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Jennifer Silverman

Voice Actor

Jen Silverman is an actress/voice actress who has been residing in NYC her whole life. She always knew she wanted to pursue something in the performing arts, and ultimately fell in love with Voice Acting. Now, 5 years later, she’s really gotten a hold on things and has had a blast playing video game, animation and commercial roles. Notable Credits are : Asana Mutsuba – Yu-Gi-Oh Sevens, Sora Perse – Yu- Gi – Oh Duel Links, Parlo in Magic Mixies, and Lady in Devil May Cry – Peak of Combat!

Jen Silverman will be participating in a joint VA panel and will be participating in paid autograph signings.

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Stuart Zagnit

Voice Actor

Stuart Zagnit is a theatre, film, television and voice actor. He has worked on Broadway, Off-Broadway, national tours & regional theatre, including productions of WICKED, NEWSIES, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, THE PRODUCERS, THE SOUND OF MUSIC and INTO THE WOODS. On TV, Stuart has been a guest star in episodes of LAW & ORDER, THE MARVELOUS MRS> MAISEL, THE BLACKLIST, THE GOOD WIFE, 30 ROCK, BLUE BLOODS and ELEMENTARY. As a voice actor, Stuart is best known as the original voice of Pokemon’s Professor Oak. In addition, he has been heard in episodes of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Dr. Dome), Winx Club (Mike), Chaotic, Slayers, Viva Pinata & Captain Tyler, among others.

Stuart Zagnit will be participating in a joint VA panel and will be participating in paid autograph signings.

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Austin John from Austin John Plays

Professional Gamer/Video Game Content Creator/ Entertainment Journalist

Austin John of the Youtube Channel Austin John Plays is a professional gamer ???? who makes videos ???? on Triple-A Nintendo Titles, mostly of The Legend of Zelda and Pokemon franchises. Since 2016 Austin has researched, written, recorded, edited and posted all of his videos himself gaining him 2.3 million subscribers and making him the #1 most subscribed to Youtube Channel for Pokemon and Zelda coverage.

Austin John will be hosting free autograph signings during Kogaracon from 12PM – 2PM in the Studio Theater.

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Joey Lem

Official Moderator/Voice Actor

Joey Lem is a voice actor based right here in Central Jersey!

From an early age, Joey has always enjoyed working on all sorts of creative hobbies like songwriting, videography, and storytelling. But when it came to voice acting, it was the first time he felt drawn to the idea of a creative hobby transforming into a career path. Joey has lent his voice to various indie productions and mobile games, most notably ‘Devil May Cry: Peak of Combat’ as ‘Nero’.

For more info on Joey Lem, check out his website at joeylem.com, Twitter @JoeyLem, and TikTok @JoeyLem.VO

Joey is honored to help moderate this year’s voice actors panel, and is excited to see the NJ anime community in person!

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Wavechan

Guest Artist

Wavechan is an artist who’s worked at Marvel Comics! She drew Lil’ Deadpool, a chibi version that has appeared on multiple t-shirts and merchandise!

Wavechan will be hosting a panel at 1:30PM and will be one of the featured artists in our Artist Alley/Vendor Hall.

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Catbus Collective

Musical Guest

The Catbus Collective is a NYC based jazz band specializing in Ghibli Jazz, Anime covers, and Japanese City Pop. This band performs weekly for ecstatic audiences at The Red Pavilion in Brooklyn.

They’re ready to get you on your feet and enjoy the vibe! They will be performing on our Main Stage at 4:00PM.

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IchiRocku

Musical Guests

IchiRockU! A play on word from the fictional ramen shop “Ichiraku”from the anime “Naruto”, is a Japanese rock and anime song cover band based in New Jersey and New York. They play from a wide variety of Japanese music whether it’s anisong, vocaloid, vtuber, or a popular artist/band, they do it all! Their lineup consists of Akari and Rose on vocals, Ed and Dom on guitar, Julie on Keys, Ashe on bass and Sam on drums. With each individual member having different musical backgrounds, they all came together to share their love and passion for Japanese music! IchirockU always gives their all at every performance to ensure an electrifying performance for the audience to remember.

IchiRocku will be performing at 3PM at Lot 3 during the Asian Food Fest.

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OFF-KNOWNEOUS

Musical Guests

Off-Knowneous (オフ・ノーニアス、Ofu Nooniasu, stylised as OFF-KNOWNEOUS), is an Asian American alternative rock band from Bergen County, New Jersey that specializes in covers of music from popular anime as Japanese video game soundtracks. Uniting over the love of both anime and Japanese rock music, OFF-KNOWNEOUS now writes and performs original alt-rock music as well with lyrics in Japanese, English, and Korean. The band is composed of Jooyoung Lee (vocals, rhythm), Michael Cozine (guitar), Jason Mallonga (bass), Roland Jeric Lintag (drums). Starting out as a one time gig, they began to take their activities more seriously after seeing the joy and reactions from crowds. Their musical repertoire and performance style draws from both a love of Japanese music as well as individual members’ histories in the New Jersey underground rock and DIY music scenes. OFF-KNOWNEOUS now aims to deliver the sonic landscape of Asian rock music in a style that is uniquely American in presentation.

Off-Knowneous will be performing on the Main Stage at the Performing Art Center @ 11:30AM.

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Princeton Tora Taiko

Musical Guest

Tora Taiko is Princeton University’s only group dedicated to learning and performing the Japanese drumming art Taiko. We collaborate with other groups on campus and the North American Taiko community to share cultural knowledge across campus. 

Princeton Tora Taiko will be performing at 5:00PM on Lot 3 during the Asian Food Fest.

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Riverbank Instrumentality Project

Musical Guests

Riverbank Instrumentality Project is a recently-formed anime and VGM cover band based in New Jersey. We love jamming to bangers from games like Persona, Undertale, and Pokemon, as well as some tunes from anime like Evangelion and Bocchi the Rock. A dream of ours is to spray several gallons of Fanta over the audience while performing Komm, süsser Tod (just kidding!)

Riverbank Instrumentality Project will be performing TBD on Lot 3 during the Asian Food Fest.

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StarDrop Music

Musical Guest

StarDrop is a Japanese Pop-Rock band delivering bright vocals and energetic melodies with their youthful songs about adolescence and the bittersweet passage of time. They’re excited to share their music with everyone at Kogaracon this year!

Seira | Vocals, Guitar
Mari | Keys, Synth
Haru | Bass, Guitar
K | Drums

They will be performing at 1:05PM on the Main Stage.

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Inspire Martial Arts & Saber Academy

Guest Panelists

At Inspire Martial Arts and Saber Academy, we teach a traditional style of Martial Arts as well as a Martial Art which our Masters, with their decades of experience, have curated around the 7 different Light Saber forms, combining elements from multiple traditional martial arts and canon, to form a comprehensive combat style, the Saber Arts. We pride ourselves in not teaching our students choreographed fight scenes, but rather teaching them what they need to know to react offensively and defensively like a true Jedi. This isn’t pretend, it’s an art and a sport.

Address: 40 1st Avenue Denville, NJ 07834
Phone number: 908-336-5425
Link: www.inspiredenville.com

Inspire Martial Arts & Saber Academy will be doing a demonstration at 4PM on Lot 3 during the Asian Food Fest.

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Machi Mahou Maid Cafe

Maid Cafe Experience

Welcome to the enchanting world of Machi Mahou Maid Café! ????✨ Embrace the kawaii culture with a dash of city magic as we bring a unique pop-up experience to New York and New Jersey. Immerse yourself in the whimsical charm of our maids, who blend traditional Japanese hospitality with a modern metropolitan pop twist. Your senses will dance with delight as our talented maids entertain you in our captivating space. Join us for a spellbinding journey where kawaii meets city magic, and every moment is an Instagram-worthy memory.

The Maid Cafe Experience is a separate ticketed event and is not included with your badge for Kogaracon. You must purchase a ticket to participate in the Maid Cafe experience, in addition to already having a valid Kogaracon 2024 badge.

‼️‼️ NO FOOD WILL BE PROVIDED/SERVED during the experience. During the Maid Cafe Experience, you will be able to witness great performances, interact with the maids/butlers and create a craft with them. Spots are limited, the only way to secure your spot is buy a ticket now by purchasing at the link below.

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