IAMDYNAMITE is the spirited, anthemic duo of Christopher Martin and Chris Phillips, two Michigan high school friends raised on the Seattle sound and 80s pop – anything with a beat that makes them move is an influence. IAMDYNAMITE returns with an amazing follow up album to SUPERMEGAFANTASTIC in Wasa Tusa. This new record shows the creative reach IAMDYNAMITE has always possessed. The album highlights their melodic, hook laden songwriting skills and delivers on all emotional fronts.
When asked the difference between SUPERMEGAFANTASTIC and Wasa Tusa, Chris Martin commented, “Our first record was more of a documentation of our live show. This is our first record where the ultimate goal was to make cool and moving recordings, where the recording was the art form, not just a documentation of some songs. Our goal was to make recordings that make you feel something.” Chris Phillips commented, “We took a no holds barred approach when recording this album. We needed to make a great album first and foremost. Our first album was written specifically for just drums and guitar, and to fully grab the attention of the listener and make them move. Wasa Tusa is just the next step for us as a band, it’s not just drums and guitar…. it’s so much more!” Wasa Tusa is full of the catchy, powerful, and harmonic songs IAMDYNAMITE is known for, while showing a wider dynamic range that the band is fully capable of.
Wasa Tusa was recorded at Orb Studio in Austin, TX and finished back home in Michigan. Produced by Matt Noveskey, as well as IAMDYNAMITE, this time around the band has pushed themselves as writers, producers, and performers.
The first single, “In The Summer,” is poised to surpass the chart success IAMDYNAMITE experienced with “Where Will We Go.” That track spent over 20 weeks in the top 20 of the Billboard Alternative chart, a huge success for a debut single from the virtually, up to that point, unknown band out of Ann Arbor, MI. Two years of nonstop touring and airplay inspired so many new believers. Now the band stands poised to benefit from all those miles after delivering Wasa Tusa with 10 new tracks that will not only energize the existing fan base, but will create an even wider path of discovery for Chris and Chris.
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Tawny is an award winning creator of large scale puppetry, impressionistic creatures, pop-culture costumes, sci-fi/fantasy armor, and historically accurate costume reproductions. She is also a fine artist in oils, sculpting and textiles. Fluent in metal fabrication/painting, she specializes in the production of unique, lightweight, large scale creatures with elaborate costuming; bringing animated creatures to life.
She has been a master musician and educator for over 20 years with degrees in instrumental music education, music theory, music history, and curriculum and teaching. Tawny has successfully taught and conducted wind, string, and marching ensembles. Her ensembles have earned multiple 1st place titles, consistent top ratings at performance festivals and individual student accolades. She also mentors teacher candidates.
Tawny has been recognized locally, state-wide and nationally for teaching and continues to run a large instrumental music program while donating her time to teach costuming, cosplaying and special effects classes for local youth and communities.
Her continued vision is to provide and expand the accessibility of quality education in artistry and performance for students of all socio-economic and cultural backgrounds.
David Eddings — nigh-talented voice actor or friendly game industry biz guy? It’s a rhetorical question so no need to answer. But the correct choice is “d) all of the above” (a write-in response of “SpikeTV’s 2012 VGA Character of the Year recipient” is also acceptable).
Known as the voice behind the lovable robot Claptrap and T.K. Baha in the Borderlands franchise, David spent most of the past 19 years in the game industry as a behind-the-scenes player. From publishing games (Max Payne, Tropico, Serious Sam) to producing action figures (Call of Duty, Unreal Tournament) to serving as Vice President at Gearbox Software the last 12 years, David has consistently demonstrated his innate ability to be at the right place at the right time.
Although David is sensitive to sunlight, water, and should never be fed after midnight, he’s mostly harmless so be sure to stop by and say hello!
Combine musicians from multiple bands with extensive renaissance festival and Detroit music scene experience, add in a recent Colorado transplant with a history of singing at festivals and conventions around the country, tie everything together with a drummer with a penchant for mashing jazz, Motown and modern elements into her percussion style and you get Wakefire. The band showcases a wide ranging taste in music, pulling material from many areas including Celtic Traditional, Modern Rock and Pop, Gypsy Punk and Geek Culture all to put on a fun, high energy show.
mc chris (always spelled in all lower case letters) is rapper from the Libertyville, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. He was one of the first rappers to focus solely on nerd life, rapping about Star Wars, Harry Potter, ninjas and unrequited love, instead of the usual hip hop fare. He’s just as likely to make an appearance at Comicon as he is at SXSW.
mc got his start as an animator on many of the shows you see on Adult Swim. He was writer, actor, songwriter and animator for Sealab 2021, The Brak Show, Space Ghost Coast to Coast and Aqua Teen Hunger Force. He has voiced characters on several Adult Swim pilots such as Welcome to Eltingville, Cheyenne Cinnamon, Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell and Tight Bros. He was also a producer of on air content for over a year before leaving Williams Street to pursue a career in music.
mc has since crossed America countless times touring as a headlining act, as well as opening for bands like Pinback and Reggie and the Full Effect. He’s collaborated with Talib Kweli, Andrew WK, Cee-Lo and Childish Gambino. His music has been featured in Kevin Smith’s Zak and Miri Make a Porno, Jay and Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie and he has composed several themes for Smith’s Smodcast podcast network. mc’s song “hoodie ninja” was featured in both a Honda commercial and America’s Funniest Home Videos. Other songs have been featured in Comedy Central’s Broad City and Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance? mc most recently started in the pilot Bunny and Frog for Disney and a national commercial for Fiat.
mc raises money to fight Cystic Fibrosis. Inspired by his nephew who has CF, mc chris and his fans have raised over $150,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation through eBay sales and donations collected at live shows.
mc kickstarted “the mc chris cartoon” an animated extension of the skit universe featured on his records. Thanks to donations from his fans, he raised $60,000 and produced a six minute pilot presentation with the animation company Titmouse Inc. mc is currently shopping the project.
mc chris lives in Los Angeles with his wife and son.
We are Arc Impulse and we bring the auditory nostalgia of video game music to life on stage in an epic live performance. Hailing from Chicago, Arc Impulse consists of a five piece ensemble which includes violin, keytar, keyboard, guitar and drums. We have meticulously crafted an eclectic blend of musicianship and arrangements dedicated to some of our favorite gaming tunes such as Chrono Trigger, The Legend of Zelda, Final Fantasy, and many more.
If you enjoy the magnitude of games from your childhood then you will not want to miss this unique event. So stay awhile, listen and prepare your ears for some sweet video game melodies turned rock!
Wesley and the Crushers is a modern, one-of-a-kind musical exploration that is both geeky and passionate — passionate in their admiration and love for all things geeky — and completely geeked-out in their approach to their number one passion – music!
This high-energy musical super-group was first conceptualized in the summer of 2013 and soon afterward exploded onto the Michigan geek scene. Combining the classic elements of rock music with the contemporary sounds of electronics based dub-step, house and hip-hop, Wesley and the Crushers crafts an epic journey with their show, a musical extravaganza of infectious original tunes mixed with the most memorable geek themes of all time. Each show is a full multi-media experience, complete with video, dynamic lighting, breath-taking effects and a high-energy performance that is guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat.
Wesley and the Crushers has performed at numerous events this past year, including Grand Rapids Comic Con, Megga-XP, Space Dive and Nonsense Night. They were also fortunate enough to make an appearance on this past season of America’s Got Talent. They hope to play soon in a galaxy near you…
Billy West is an American voice actor. Born in Detroit, but raised in the Roslindale neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts, Billy launched his career in the early 1980s performing daily comedic routines on Boston’s WBCN. He left the radio station to work on the short-lived revival of Beany and Cecil. He was also a writer and castmember on The Howard Stern Show during the early to mid 1990s, where he gained nationwide fame with his impersonations of Larry Fine and late Cincinnati Reds owner Marge Schott. West is best known for his voice-work on Ren & Stimpy, Doug and Futurama. His favorite characters are Philip J. Fry (Futurama) and Stimpy (Ren and Stimpy), both of which he originated. West’s most notable film work was in Space Jam (1996) providing the voice of both Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd. He has provided the same voices for other Looney Tunes films and video games. West has been very outspoken over his displeasure about the influx of movie star actors providing voice-over for films and major shows. West is also a guitarist and singer-songwriter with a band called Billy West and The Grief Counselors.
Born in Detroit, Rob Paulsen spent his childhood in Livonia and Rochester, attending Junior and Senior high school in Grand Blanc, Michigan. Rob loved cartoons like most kids but aspired to be a professional hockey player. “Fortunately, thanks to some big, strong, kid from Winnipeg who drilled me so hard my ears are still ringing, I learned around the age 18 I had neither the talent nor the temperament to make a living playing hockey. So, I turned to my other passions: singing and acting.”
With over 2,000 half-hours of animation credits, Rob’s versatility shines in his starring roles as the voices of Donatello (Nickelodeon’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”), Yakko Warner, Pinky and Dr. Scratch ‘n’ Sniff in the Peabody and two-time Emmy award-winning series “Animaniacs”.
As passionate about “paying it forward” as he is about his lucrative career, Rob supports various charities, particularly those benefitting children and military veterans. In his leisure time, Rob enjoys golf, cruising the PCH, and occasionally lacing up his skates for another chance to relive his past glory on the rink. He spends the majority of his free time with his wife, Parrish, and their Yorkshire terriers, Pooshie and Tala.
Born in Ontario, Maurice LaMarche got his start by doing comedic impressions of celebrities, and has been active in the voice over industry since the 1980’s. You know him best as the voice of The Brain Pinky and the Brain, Kif Kroker, Lrr, the Hedonism Bot, and many others in Futurama, Yosemite Sam in The Looney Toons Show, and so many varied Orson Welles impersonations, it would take forever to list them all.
Born in Mississauga Ontario Canada, Dameon Clarke has had a long and interesting career in acting. Starting at an early age, Dameon has played a variety of dynamic characters from family man to serial killer and has picked up several best actor awards along the way. Dameon is perhaps best known for his appearances in shows like “Graceland”, “24”, “Castle”, “Supernatural” and “Prison Break” as well as films “I Love you Philip Morris” and “How to be a Serial Killer.” In addition to film and television roles, Dameon is known for his voiceover work in countless animated series, notably Dragon Ball Z, and in video games such as the Borderlands franchise and Tales From The Borderlands as the villainous “Handsome Jack.”
As a multi award winning actor behind the mic, on camera, and on stage- Bryan Massey has had the pleasure of working in a variety of mediums in the entertainment industry. Born in Michigan but raised in Texas he has performed as a nationally ranked cheerleader, a knight at Mideival Times, as well as a stuntman in numerous films & television series.
In the animated world, he voices roles such as Ladd Russo in Baccano!, Zonge in Toriko, Shark in My Bride Is A Mermaid, Oolong in Dragon Ball Z Kai, Notorious in Ninja Slayer, Kain from Fairy Tail, Monkey D. Dragon in One Piece, Issac McDougal in Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Cocytus in Overlord, Jerry from D. Gray Man, Dolph from Space Dandy, Bill in Shin Chan, and many others.
As far as video games go, you’d recognize his voice as Wilhelm the Enforcer a playable character in the Borderlands The Pre Sequel. He has also lent his vocal talents in Borderlands 2, Rage, Dragon Ball: Xenoverse 1 & 2, Aliens: Colonial Marines, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z to name a handful more. His voice makes sure to get its marathon training during his award winning satirical cartoon in his animated series www.VOtheShow.com.
Through the lens, you have probably seen Bryan on your television working in hundred’s of commercials. Or his portral as Skeeter in Oliver Stone’s “W.,” The Biographical feature about President George Bush Starring Josh Brolin: Alongside Jack Black and Micheal Cere in “Year One” as well as in 3-D with Nicolas Cage and Amber Heard in the grind house classic “Drive Angry.” On the small screen Bryan has worked on “X-Files,” “Prison Break,” “Chase,” season finale of “Dallas” too name a few. But, …On a personal note Bryan is happy to be back in his hometown, Detroit!
Hail to the King!
Jon St. John is an American voice actor who started out as a radio DJ at the age of 14.
Best known as the voice of the first famous FPS – DUKE NUKEM, Jon is also heard on games such as: World of Warcraft, Half-Life: Opposing Force, Sonic Adventure, Heroes of Newerth, Rochard, Guild Wars 2, Counter-Strike, DoTA2, Star Trek: Online, and D&D Neverwinter and Bombshell to name just a few.Jon is often heard on national advertising campaigns such as Bud light, Brisk Ice Tea, Ford Motor Co., Disney DVD’s, Concert Tours such as Steely Dan, Bill Maher, and Barry Manilow, and TV promos on Nickelodeon. Jon has also provided various character voices for attractions at theme parks including Legoland California, Dollywood in Tennessee, and Silver Dollar City in Branson, Mo.An honored guest at gaming conventions around the world, Jon is one actor who really enjoys meeting his fans – so be sure to step right up and shake his hand.
D.C. Douglas will forever be known as the sinister voice of Albert Wesker (“Resident Evil”), screaming “Chriiiisssss” as he melts in a lava lake, or as the soulful voice of Legion in the “Mass Effect” series, pulling on the heartstrings of fans around the world. This is a far cry from his other roles, such as the persnickety alien Zepht in “Star Trek: Enterprise” or the logical Legion in the “Mass Effect” videogame series. He’s been in all sorts of video games, as The Master in “Buffy,” “The Vampire Slayer,” AWACS in “Ace Combat 6,” Archangel Michael in “Might & Magic Heroes VI,” Raven in “Tekken 6? and “Street Fighter X Tekken,” and Albert Wesker in “Resident Evil: Umbrella,” & “Darkside Chronicles,” “Mercenaries,” “Capcom Versus Marvel 3” and “Resident Evil 5.” Douglas’ anime credits include President Paradine in “Tales of Graces f.” Alexei Dinoia in “Tales of Vesperia.” Kelvin Garr in “Tales of the World,” Grimoire Noir in “Nier Replicant,” Gabi & Taihaku in “.hack Vol1 & 2,” Genji Kamogawa in “Hajime no ippo,” and Shori Shibuya in “God, Save Our King!” Recent television appearances include “Castle,” “Workaholics,” “Criminal Minds,” “NCIS,” and “2 Broke Girls.” Highlight credits for fans of sci-fi, horror and fantasy include “Star Trek: Enterprise,” “Charmed,” “Passions,” “Titanic II,” and “666: The Child.” Douglas can be seen in the upcoming sci-fi thriller, “Apocalypse Kiss” as the serial killer Adrian (an homage to Albert Wesker) starring alongside Troma Pictures legend, Lloyd Kaufman.
Other cartoon/anime/game highlights include: One Piece as X Drake, Regular Show as (TBA recurring in season 8), Final Fantasy XV as Weskham Armaugh, Trails of Cold Steel as Rufus Albarea, Fire Emblem: Fates as foxy grandpa Gunter, Transformers: Rescue Bots as Chase, Family Guy as Superman, etc. DC is also a very memorable convention guest, as his panels can take certain creative twists on the characters he has played, and he also regularly participates in other convention events.
Naomi Romero is a children’s illustrator who works in literature and animation. She is currently represented by Bright Agency and has done work for publishers such as BOOM! Studios and Spark House. In addition, her credits include WeLoveFine, Facebook, Nick Jr, ABC Mouse, and character design for the 2018 feature film, “Blazing Samurai”. When she isn’t on the clock, she enjoys selling at conventions and creating products, including her line of plush toys. Her current project is Anxiety Fox, a mental illness character. Naomi lives in cozy Ohio with her three dogs, cat, and ball python.
Randy Milholland is a cartoonist and creator of the comic Something Positive as well as the seasonal comic, The Last Trick-or-Treaters. His work has also been seen in the anthology Sleep of Reason, a couple of expansions for the game Munchkin, and other games and comic anthologies. He lives in Dallas with a librarian and three cats. He looks tired but it’s just allergies. Ask him for a free, fast sketch.
Mark “Cornshaq” Davis is a YouTube personality, known as an experienced video game reviewer and content creator. With his popularity exploding, thousands of viewers flock to Cornshaq’s channel each day to get the latest reviews about the newest releases. Known for his brutally honest approach to games, fans trust his opinion and appreciate his down-to-earth approach-ability.
He is not only a video game reviewer, he is also a lifelong gamer with nine years of game play videos for retro and modern gaming systems. He is also an avid speed runner, with World Record times in games such as 8-Eyes and Wolverine for the NES, and other classic systems such as the SNES, CDi and Genesis. With an ever-growing fan base and channel growth of nearly a thousand subs a month, it’s easy to see why Cornshaq is a trusted name in the gaming world!
Cornshaq has been featured at Magfest, Wizard World, and TooManyGames.
Austin, the host and owner of the YouTube channel That Creepy Reading has been producing audio narrations of the Creepypasta and Let’s Not Meet community’s best horror fiction for the last four years. He has also expanded into riffing on awful horror fanfiction, reviews, and general Youtube mentorship for several other large channels. The wealth of content available at That Creepy Reading extends over hundreds of hours and there is always something for everyone. Rather it be movies, anime, or the written word so long as it’s horror Austin will be there to cover it.
G. D. Falksen is an author, lecturer, public speaker, and actor. He also studies history and has consulted for Disney. He is the author of The Ouroboros Cycle series, The Transatlantic Conspiracy, and several other works of fiction. He is a voice actor for and co-writer of the animated film Hullabaloo and an accompanying educational series titled Ask The Professor.
Evelyn Kriete is an editor, blogger, artist, film producer, social media strategist, and new media coordinator. She is the producer of the animated film Hullabaloo and has worked with films such as Repo! the Genetic Opera and War of the Worlds: Goliath. She has worked on the staff of several literary magazines, including the Hugo Award-winning Weird Tales and Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine. She writes for Comicmix, Dark Beauty Magazine, and a number of other blogs and publications. She is also a crowdfunding consultant for Indiegogo.
“…And Sewing Is Half The Battle!” is a competitive cosplay team based in central Indiana. They have garnered more than 40 awards for their costumes and performances at events around the country, and have provided costuming and SFX makeup work for film, television, live theatre, and museums. As self-taught costumers themselves, they enjoy teaching workshops to help other cosplayers improve their craftsmanship skills and stage presentation. ASIHTB also partners with museums, theatres and public libraries to provide educational programming for all ages.
Chad Evett graduated from Santa Fe University of Art and design with a degree in technical theater, with an emphasis on Costumes. He has designed numerous short films, and has worked as a theater director and production designer. His work has been seen on The View, and he has designed shoes for actress Whoopi Goldberg, and Writer/Producer Bryan Fuller. His most recent work has been designing literary costumes and promotional material for New York Times bestselling author Frank Beddor. He lives in Los Angeles and works as a designer and Consulting storyteller.
Fox Amoore (Iain Armour) is a pianist and composer from Scotland. He started playing the piano at age 5 and professionally at age 14. Fox has achieved some amazing goals during his music career: composing and recording two albums at Abbey Road Studios, playing at the famous Cavern Club and Lee’s Tavern, seven studio albums, and collaborations with many others including composing for Nintendo and Steam games. He is also currently in the works on a Las Vegas production.
Fox Amoore completed his second album recording, “The Dreamcatcher”, at Abbey Road Studios in February. Featuring the world famous seventy piece Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and a 40 person choir from Eclipse Choir and Opus32. Pepper was also featured on “The Dreamcatcher”. Mixed by award winning sound engineer (Avatar, Skyfall, Spectre) Simon Rhodes.
Pepper Coyote (Jared Clark) lives in Arizona and has a degree in music education and is a choir and music instructor. Pepper started performing classical music at age 5 and continued until he reached age 16 when he joined a band and focused on the pop/rock genre. Pepper has recorded eight albums, some independently and others with his band Look Left.
Together, and as individuals, Fox and Pepper have performed world wide with concerts in Europe, Australia, Canada, Singapore, South America, Dubai, and the US. They debuted their first collaborative album in July at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh.
Kawaii Besu (Beth) is a cosplayer, model, and costume designer. She’s been part of the cosplay community since 2008 and creates costumes based on characters from anime, video games, TV & movies, and comics. Her cosplays have included characters from League of Legends, Overwatch, Borderlands, Fire Emblem, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Darkstalkers, DC and Marvel Universes and many more! She’s created over 30 cosplays and presents cosplay panels across the country.