Jonny is an actor/director know for titles such as Matador, Overwatch, Hitman, Hero’s of the Storm, Prototype 2, Stinky and Dirty.
Jonny’s passions led him to start his career in Dallas Texas, landing him some fun direct to DVD action movies (Walking Tall: Long Justice, Missionary Man) and early TV appearances (Prison Break). He produced and directed his first feature film (Small Timers) and many online series before moving to LA. Since living in LA he has made his way into television (Matador, The Closer, NCIS: Los Angeles) and voice over (Overwatch as Lucio, Hitman, Hero’s of the Storm, Prototype 2, Stinky and Dirty). He is Currently working on a few new VO titles and is a Producer at Facebook | Instagram.
Lucie Pohl is a German-American Film, TV and Voice Actor, comedian, writer and the voice of Mercy from Blizzard Entertainment’s OVERWATCH. Lucie can be seen on the cult UK TV show RED DWARF XI, as well as appearances in Showtime’s HOMELAND, Warner Bros. FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM, David Chase’s NOT FADE AWAY, an upcoming secret POP TV pilot and more. Lucie has written three solo comedy shows which have toured in the US and internationally to sold out houses, received 5 star reviews and been nominated for the NY Innovative Theater Award. Check Lucie out online on instagram, Twitter and her website www.luciepohl.com
Anjali was born in Cleveland and raised in Orange County, California, by Drs. Ela and Bharat Bhimani. After graduating from Foothill High School in Santa Ana, California, where she had been performing in school and community theatre for most of her young life, she went on to earn a degree in theatre from Northwestern University’s highly acclaimed theatre school, with a certificate in musical theatre.
After leaving Northwestern, she went on to perform at several regional theatre companies including the Goodman, the Lookingglass Theatre Company, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and others and to collaborate extensively with director Mary Zimmerman, eventually moving to New York when Mary’s Metamorphoses moved to Second Stage off -Broadway and Circle in the Square on Broadway, earning the play a Tony nomination for Best Play. Anjali continued performing on Broadway when she joined the cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Bombay Dreams, going on to take over the role of Bollywood diva Rani in the hit musical.
Other collaborations include working with Tony Kushner and Maurice Sendak on their production of Comedy on the Bridge/Brundibar. Since moving to Los Angeles, she has also appeared in several world premieres, including the world premiere of The Existents (starring and with music by Ty Taylor), A Widow of No Importance by Shane Shakrani, and most recently, as Safia Das in playwright D. Tucker Smith’s epic adventure romance, Roof of the World. On television and film, Anjali is most well known for her role as Nina Patel on ABC’s hit comedy, Modern Family. Other notable appearances are as Pinky Matthews in Miss India America, Silicon Valley, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, NCIS: Los Angeles, The Fosters, Necessary Roughness, Law and Order: SVU, The Sopranos, and more. In 2016, she also voiced the character of Symmetra in Blizzard Entertainment’s wildly popular Overwatch, Nisha in Fallout 4, and can be seen in the upcoming movies Trafficked and Underwater Upside Down.
J. Michael Tatum
Nurtured on anime classics from the tender age of Star Blazers, et al, this reclusive fanboy-turned-voice actor/writer/ADR director/flake extraordinaire spent more years than he cares to remember in what might charitably be called free-fall before landing, mostly by accident, smack dab on the industry of his dreams. To this day, some believe the small crater made by the impact remains the source of his power.
Discovered by Funimation warhorse Christopher Bevins, who cast him as Rikichi in 2005’s Samurai 7, Tatum’s inexplicable luck has held long enough to see his flag hoisted on a slew of dream roles, most notably Kyoya Otori in Ouran High School Host Club, suave, demonic Sebastian Michaelis in Black Butler, France in the Hetalia franchise, Tomoe from Kamisama Kiss, and the equal parts maniacal/vulnerable Okarin Rintarou from Steins Gate. More recently, Tatum can be heard in the epic My Hero Academia as Teyna Iida.
Other characters the man still can’t believe he’s had the crazy good fortune to play include Doumeki in XXXHolic, Jiro Mochizuki in Black Blood Brothers, Isaac Dian in Baccano!, both God Eneru and Dalton in One Piece, Komui Lee in D-Gray Man, Dororo in Sgt. Frog, the titular loveable savage of Heroic Age, Ryosuke Takahashi in Initial D, Lawrence Kraft in Spice and Wolf, Zarbon in Dragon Ball Z Kai, and Scar in Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood. His vocal “stylings,” much to the chagrin of drama teachers everywhere, he’s sure, have also been featured in Romeo X Juliet, Speed Grapher, Trinity Blood, Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple, Black Cat, Nabari no Ou, Ghost Hunt, School Rumble, The Tower of Druaga, Aquarion, Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicles, Shuffle, Shigurui, Glass Fleet, Mushishi, Soul Eater, along with feature- length films such as Vexille, Summer Wars, Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker, and Empire of Corpses, among many others. His video game credits include Sir Hammerlock from the Borderlands franchise, Julius Kresnik from Tales of Xillia 2, Mr. Foster from Killing Floor 2, various playable characters from SMITE, and Kelvin from Battleborn.
Justin Briner is a Dallas-based actor and singer known primarily for his work in anime and video games. Recently, he wrapped up the second season of My Hero Academia as Izuku “Deku” Midoriya. He can also be heard as Mikaela in Seraph of the End, Nova in Space Patrol Luluco, Yoichi in Drifters, Ayanokoji in Classroom of the Elite, Alfonso in GARO: The Animation, Niko in Nanbaka, Ryota Mitarai in Danganronpa 3, Frate in 91 Days, Qwenthur in Heavy Object, Manato in Grimgar, Ashes and Illusions, and many more.
Additionally, he has provided voices for games such as Dust: An Elysian Tail, SMITE, Regalia: Of Men and Monarchs, Cibele, and DreadOut. When not behind the mic, Justin enjoys reading, cooking, and playing video games (he is an unapologetic Hearthstone addict).
Clifford Chapin is a voice actor and director best known for his work in anime and video games. His most notable roles include Conny Springer from Attack on Titan, Hideyoshi “Hide” Nagachika in Tokyo Ghoul, Cabba from the Dragon Ball franchise, Charles Grey from Black Butler, Bakugo from My Hero Academia, and Toby in the video game Battleborn.
Grant “MasterWuggles” Smith is a member of Team Four Star who primarily contributes to the TFS Gaming branch of operations. When he’s not busy being handsome and smart, you can typically find him being 100% correct on all things related to Pokémon and being the most competent Dark Souls player in the company. He also really likes Kingdom Hearts.
Kirran Somerlade is the supreme overlord of Team Four Star’s gaming branch and a world record speedrunner. As a master-class orator he plays the esteemed role of the World Tournament Announcer in Dragon Ball Z Abridged. He also appears in many other online parodies and reviews. He has co-written multiple episodes of Dragon Ball Z Abridged and a few of the movie specials and one-offs. Thanks to his degree in English he knows how to words really good. He thinks he can play the guitar, speak Japanese, and make the yucks. If you’ve heard of a Kirran on the Internet, it’s probably him.
After being forged in Asgard, Nick “Lanipator” Landis was deemed too powerful to be contained! Thus, he was banished to Earth, where he became an Actor/Entertainer destined to make people laugh and fill them with joy. From an early age, he honed his vocal skill and acting
prowess through many a lesson and play.
He would go on to be better known as one of the co-creators co-writers and co-stars of Team Four Star’s Dragon Ball Z Abridged (In which he plays Vegeta, Piccolo, Krillin, Shenron, Mr. Popo and others). He’s also lent his vocal talents to MOBA-game Heroes of Newerth, and the anime series The Ambition of Oda Nobuna! Nick shall continue to refine himself and his craft until he is deemed once again worthy of returning to Asgard under the banner of Lanipathor!
David Angelo Roman
David Angelo Roman is a classically trained artist, having studied in Spain and Italy. Roman began his professional career as a mural and fresco artist, with emphasis in photo-realism and illusions. Always being a fan of comics, it was only a matter of time before he applied all his skills towards comic art. He quickly gained popularity with his unique art commissions and hilarious sketch covers.
Roman was first published with the comic book “Xtreme Champion Tournament”, and also created a leather variant cover for Aftershock’s hot title “Babyteeth” which was unveiled at San Diego Comic Con 2017. Currently Roman is a Rick and Morty, Star Wars, Walking Dead, and Marvel artist, under Cryptozoic, Topps, and Upperdeck… and soon Roman’s first Rick and Morty comic book cover is scheduled to be released in late April under Oni and Adult Swim!
Josef “Joe” Rubinstein is a comic book artist and inker, most associated with inking the 1982 four-issue Wolverine miniseries by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller.
Joe is also known for his work on Infinity Gauntlet and many other key issues. One of his most important works has been inking The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe over a span of twenty years, for which he holds a Guinness World Record of inking more pencilers than any other inker.
Scott Lobdell is an American comic book writer. In 1990s Lobdell became known for his work on Marvel Comics’ X-Men-related titles, specifically Uncanny X-Men, the main title itself, and the spin-off series that he conceived with artist Chris Bachalo, Generation X. He also had runs with the Excalibur and X-Factor titles. Scott Lobell was the primary creative force behind most of the major X-title related storylines, especially the major cross-overs, throughout a majority of the 1990s, including “X-Cutioner’s Song”, “Fatal Attractions”, “Phalanx Covenant”, “Age of Apocalypse”, the “Onslaught” saga, and “Operation: Zero Tolerance”. He returned briefly to Marvel in 2001, to try and tie up loose ends he left behind and wrote one last storyline, dubbed “Eve of Destruction”.
Lobdell had writing stints on Marvel’s Daredevil, Alpha Flight and The Adventures of Cyclops and Phoenix mini-series with artist Gene Ha. He also wrote several of the first issues of the “Heroes Reborn” reboots of both Iron Man and Fantastic Four.
Cirque du Soleil. Nightclubs. ONE PIECE. Olympians. Red Carpets. Electric Daisy Carnival. Film. Commercials. Music Videos. Jez Roth started sewing at the age of 13 on small crafts and at the local dance studio before falling in love with the art of cosplay at Katsucon 1998.
After many years of competing at anime convention masquerades winning Best in Show 15 times with tailored costumes and heavily choreographed skits, he moved to Las Vegas to work for The Venetian designing the Opera Gowns, eventually landing at Cirque du Soleil’s water spectacular O. Since leaving Cirque, he currently works freelance out of his own studio – creating everything from mermaids that shoot water, Mirrorball Men, and Golden Fairies that contort through the air, designing for events with A-list celebrities such as Kim Kardiashian, Eva Langoria, Snoop Dogg, and DJs such as Benny Benassi, Dash Berlin – his jewelry has even been worn on the red carpet at the Billboard Awards. He has represented the United States at the IOEA Otaku Expo in Japan as a Cosplay Guest and in Canada to choose the Canadian WCS representative for 2016. He believes that the world of costuming is an endlessly fascinating pursuit—from armor to gowns, giant puppetry to monsters. He shares unique events that educate and involve the community (such as Lip Sync For Your Cosplay) and has restructured and organized cosplay events for conventions in his goal to make the competition scene more mainstream. His artistic journey came full circle last year when he was hired as an Artistic Consultant for One Piece: Gold film, working with Toei Animation to give their film a fully realized Las Vegas feel.
Steff Von Schweetz
Steff Von Schweetz as been cosplaying since 2003 with nearly 300 costumes under her belt. She prides herself on being completely self-taught in all aspects of the hobby and believes that anyone can cosplay, regardless of skill. Steff has won a handful of awards across the West Coast including Best in Show and Best Advanced Craftsmanship, and has helped with dozens of panels and masquerade judgings. She’s excited to be back and helping LVLUP Expo for the fourth time!