Aki Con Special Guests
With nearly 30 years of voice acting experience, Diskin has voiced a multitude of characters in video games, anime, and western animation.
Some of his more recognizable anime roles include Joseph Joestar in "JoJo's Bizarre Adventure", Ban in "The Seven Deadly Sins", Sai in "Naruto Shippuden", Death Gun in "Sword Art Online II", Cutemon and Shoutmon in "Digimon Fusion", and Gurio Umino in "Sailor Moon Classic" and "Sailor Moon Crystal".
Additionally, he has voiced some smaller (but memorable) characters in fan favorites "Bungou Stray Dogs", "Kill la Kill", "Fate/Apocrypha", "One Punch Man", "Hunter x Hunter", "Durarara!! x2", "Accel World", and "Tiger & Bunny".
Diskin has many popular western animation credits to his name as well. He has starred as Numbuh 1 and Numbuh 2 in "Codename: Kids Next Door", Eugene in "Hey Arnold!", Hahn in "Avatar: The Last Airbender", Boris Badenov in "The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle", Haida in "Aggretsuko", and Eddie Brock/Venom in "The Spectacular Spider-Man".
He has also had roles in many video game franchises such as "Mega Man", "Naruto Shippuden: Ninja Storm", "Tales of Berseria", "Fire Emblem", "Marvel VS Capcom", "BlazBlue", "Kingdom Hearts", "Shin Megami Tensei", "Sonic Boom", and "Digimon".
Ben Diskin recently helped make Pokemon history as Professor Oak in "Pokemon: The Two Professors", a series of online shorts that introduced the new Mythical Pokemon Meltan in "Pokemon GO". Meltan is not only the first Pokemon to be introduced in a game outside of the main series, he is also the first ever Mythical Pokemon that can evolve!
Dan Salvato is an independent developer best known for creating Doki Doki Literature Club, one of 2017's most surprising hits in gaming.
Born from Salvato's interest in both anime and horror games, DDLC has reached over 3.5 million downloads worldwide and is one of the highest-rated games on Steam, also winning the 2018 SXSW Cultural Innovation Award.
Salvato is also a former professional Super Smash Bros. player and was a member of the popular Project M mod's development team. He was regarded as one of the best Melee Link players in the United States, and as one of the best Project M Link players in the world.
After leaving his desk job in 2016, Salvato moved to Boise, Idaho and founded Team Salvato to pursue his dreams full-time.
Following the success of DDLC, Salvato plans to continue making interactive media for fans around the world to enjoy.
Warky T. Chocobo
Steve "Warky" Nunez is a jack of all trades and thankfully master of some.
You may know Warky as the part bird/part man, but not many know that as an actor, Warky first broke into voice acting narrating audio books for the blind, and from there into all facets of media. Some of his favorite projects he has worked on include, "The Souls of the Saintlands" Audio Book series by Tonya Adolfson, Hulu's T.V. show, "Chance", Bali in "HunkiePop", Lady Woo in Nexon's, "Dungeon Fighter Online", Rift Bubbles in "Heroes of Newerth", The Demon Lord in The Seduce Me Otome Series, Gema Taku in "Yandere Simulator" and in Marvel's, "Ant-Man" playing as a Homeless man.
As a musician, Steve is a singer of the Parody Mormon Band, "They Might Be Elders". Hailed on the news as the "Weird Al of Mormonism", Steve delights in bringing happiness to all he encounters. Not just involved in parody, he has also worked sound and music in Video Games, Television, Movie Trailers, and more. For added fun, ask about his performances on Clarinet to Dubstep.
Under the tutelage of Yamila Abraham, CEO and award winning author of Yaoi Press, Steve got his start lettering for Yaoi Press. He has worked on Bara, BL, and Yaoi manga both in physical and digital print and most recently has worked on Full-Cast Yaoi Audiobooks such as "Zolabarth Bi", "Trapped Wizard", "The Yaoikuza", and Yaoi/Bara visual novel Video games such as, "My Magical Demon Lover", "To Trust An Incubus", and more!
Steve looks forward to what the future has in store for him and hopes that there are chocobos involved.
-- Wark !
Blue Bow Space
Blue Bow Space is a party cosplay group. We love teaching costume classes, hanging out in character, taking selfies, and having fun. The group was founded back in 2003 by Plude Starklord who had been cosplaying and running panels long before that. Later joined by hXc Vash, Blue Bow Space’s mission has always been to enhance everyone’s cosplay experiences.
Long ago, Blue Bow Space was famous for always showing up with giant costumes that were often too large to fit on stage. We have created full-size and to scale Pokemon, the Escaflowne Dragon with three people inside of it, Ewoks, and even Gundams.
Plude has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design, has been teaching panels since 1998, has placed in many cosplay competitions, and was Inu-Yasha America in 2004.
hXc Vash started cosplaying in 2009 and brings a passion for cosplay and 90s anime/games into the mix. In his free time he loves hockey, dakimakura, and tsundere waifus with hair ribbons.
The group is often joined by many others for performances, stage/panel assistance, and group cosplays. So please, come party with us!
Blue Bow Space will be running a variety of panels at Aki Con and will return once again as the judges of our multiple cosplay contests.
DJ Trishy is the geeky nerdy DJ taking the local convention circuit by storm. Known for her reputation as a safe, inclusive and accepting performer, she works with her crowds to create an experience that fits each group she works with.
It all started in 2013 while working with a creative team on SecondLife. One of her team members suggested she start learning to DJ as a way to spend time with her children during the week and make money on the weekends.
She began to practice in the virtual world and eventually began filling in for DJ Dave (DJ Akuma) at the AFK Tavern in Everett, WA. Under his mentorship, she gained a slight following in the cosplay circuit and began doing events with NAN Entertainment, private parties and conventions.
She is a cosplayer, gamer, author, actor, seamstress, SCAdian, and mom of 7 children.
DJ Trishy will run several panels this year at Aki Con and will return as our DJ for karaoke, raves, and the Masquerade Ball.