Setsucon would like to welcome this year's special guests!
Antipode is an eccentric dance group that has combined their love of otaku/nerd culture with their love of belly dancing to create a unique form of dance known as geek belly dancing. Antipode performs throughout the year at numerous conventions. They were founded in 2006 and have performed all along the East Coast and even in the United Kingdom.
The group is currently made up of five dancers: co-directors Ayla, the choreographer; and Merika, the costumer; with members Linwe, the fan relations manager, Termariel, the stand elf; and our newest dancer, Kaiya. Though primarily the five, Antipode has had multiple guest dancers grace their shows.
Fusing the theatrics of acting with a mix of cosplay, pop-culture, and off-beat humor Antipode brings the audience not just dance, but full geek entertainment.
Photograph by J.Pecora Photography.
Amber Lee Connors
Amber Lee Connors is a professional voice actress for anime and video games. Her anime credits include Nozomi Kaminashi in Keijo!!!!!!!!, Mai Kawakami in Myriad Colors Phantom World, Akane Hiyama in Love Tyrant, Chtholly in World End, Baccarat in the movie One Piece: Film Gold, Miki Kawai in the movie A Silent Voice, Vernal in RWBY, Sakura Kirishima in Hundred, Takami Karibuchi in Brave Witches, Ooi in Kantai Collection, Yuinshiel in Regalia: The Three Sacred Stars, Shino Sasaki in Aria: The Scarlet Ammo AA, and Ashley Ono in A Sister’s All You Need, among many more.
Notable video game roles include Jade in Battlerite, Beli in Huniepop, Ginger in Dust: An Elysian Tail, Toy Chica, Nightmare Chica & JJ in Five Night’s at Freddy’s World, Clara in Five Night’s at Freddy’s: Sister Location, Medusa in Marvel Avengers Academy, Thorn/Hazgil & Shiv in Battle Chef Brigade, Ira in DreadOut, and more. Amber is also the founder of Sound Cadence Studios, where she casts and directs various projects. You can see what she’s currently up to by following her on twitter @AmberLeeConnors or visiting her website at www.amberleeconnors.com
Charles Dunbar is a fan of many things, of which anime and Japanese culture are but one (admittedly large) sphere. After discovering the medium through Dragonball Z in high school, he spent his formative college years indulging in giant robots, Pokémon, JRPGs, and Rurouni Kenshin, never expecting his coursework in cultural anthropology to ever intersect with his burgeoning fandom identity. This was only the first of many instances when the Universe decided to troll him for his obliviousness. He's also been attending cons just as long, and has been a guest lecturer at Katsucon, Ohayocon, Colossalcon, Youmacon, Anime Boston, Otakon, AnimeNEXT, Anime North, and many other shows, often coming back year after year to both indulge his love of anime conventions, and educate his fellow fans on all manner of mythology, Japanese sacred culture, fan cultures, and whatever else grabs his interests. He is currently working on a series of short books based around his lectures, writing yōkai stories, and adapting his lectures for YouTube. You can read his ideas at www.studyofanime.com or via Facebook.com/StudyofAnime.
He may not have magical powers but Micah Solusod is a fair-trade, free range professional voice actor and illustrator.
Hailing from Hawaii, the rapscallion is best known for his breakout role as Soul Evans in Soul Eater. Since then, he has gone on to voice characters such as Yuichiro Hyakuya in Seraph of the End, Toma Kamijo in A Certain Magical Index, Yuri Plisetsky in Yuri!!! On Ice, Akito Hyuga in Code Geass: Akito the Exiled, Yukine in Noragami, Midnight in Fairy Tail, Coby in One Piece, Wisely in D.Gray-Man Hallow, Tagoma in Dragon Ball Super, Mizuki in Kamisama Kiss, Ame in Wolf Children, Arata Kaizaki in ReLIFE, Gakushu Asano in Assassination Classroom, Kakeru Naruse in Orange, Black/King of Despair in Blood Blockade Battlefront, Cho Hakkai in Saiyuki Reload Blast, Bea in Space Dandy, Seido Takizawa in Tokyo Ghoul, and most recently, Haruhiko Ichijo in Myriad Colors Phantom World! It's likely he's done more but who's counting?
When he's not posting unhelpful voice acting tips on Twitter, Micah works as the lead artist for the webcomic "Ties That Bind." Stalk him on the internet:
Karen Strassman is an actress, voiceover artist and dialect coach, known the world over for hundreds of characters she has created in many forms. She delights in crafting characters that touch the brilliant human spirit and entertain the child within all of us. Whether on-camera or behind a mic, Karen is extremely versatile. She has played roles as varied as the brilliant and empathic scientist Devra Bogdanovich in "Ingress," to the quirky bookish OCD accountant Jolene on "Weeds."
In addition to her work in film and television, she has created hundreds of voice-over characters of all shapes, sizes, genders, ages, and species, from classic Disney princesses and iconic villainesses, to talking jellyfish and shy tadpoles. Karen starred as Jinja in the new Nicktoons series Monsuno and she also voiced every other female character in the show. She is also the voice of Soi Fon in Bleach, Kallen Stadtfeld in Code Geass, Kiyoh Bachika in Gurren Lagann, Kazuko Saotome in Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Olivia and Anna in Fire Emblem: Awakening, Kitana and Mileena in Mortal Kombat X, and Fiora in League of Legends, among others.
Some of her favorite VO projects include: League of Legends (Casseopeia, Fiora and Shyvana), World of WarCraft (Vanessa VanCleef, Chromie, Grand Astromancer Capernian and Lady Sacrolash), Street Fighter X Tekken (Poison), Bleach (Soi Fon), Fallout: New Vegas (Beatrix) and Mortal Kombat (Kitana, Mileena).
Returning from his international show in Brisbane, DJ Zing is back once again at Setsucon. A resident here at Setsucon over the years, Zing returns with a high energy set mixed with uplifting vocals. A DJ since early 2001, Zing has played events all over the East Coast was well as clubs in the Dominican Republic and Australia. Host of a weekly radio show, The Centrifugal Force on twitch, Zing specializes in keeping the old school sounds alive whilst keeping up with the modern trends. His major influences include Armin Van Buuren, Aly & Fila, and Paul Van Dyk, just to name a few. His collaborative effort "Majestic 12" showcases modern trance sounds at it's best with an old school feel. "I don't feel limited to any particular genre. I just enjoy playing stuff that will move people inside and out."