Industry Guests

Kira Buckland
Kira Buckland

Kira Buckland is an Alaska-born, California-based voice actress who started her journey in 2004 by voice acting as a hobby for online projects and later moved on to voice a number of notable roles in anime and games. She is most known for voicing the lead character “2B” in NieR: Automata, as well as other video games such as Soulcalibur IV (Talim), Street Fighter V (Falke), Fire Emblem Heroes (Eirika & Katarina), Detective Pikachu (Emilia), Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice (Trucy Wright), Tales of Zestiria (Edna), Danganronpa 2 (Hiyoko Saionji), Danganronpa V3 (Kirumi Tojo), Disgaea 5 (Seraphina), Dead or Alive 5: Last Round (Honoka), Skullgirls (Marie), Paladins (Evie), Puyo Puyo Tetris (Rulue), Octopath Traveler (Cordelia), Castle Crashers (Princesses/Medusa), and many more.

Some of her anime and dubbing credits include Love Live: School Idol Project (Umi), Granblue Fantasy (Lyria), Accel World (Kuroyukihime), Blue Exorcist (Izumo), Sailor Moon (Mimete), Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans (Cookie & Eco), Hunter x Hunter (Zushi), The Asterisk War (Julis), Magi (Kogyoku), A Silent Voice (Naoka), Blood Lad (Hydra Bell), Re:Zero (Beatrice), and Miraculous Ladybug (Alix/Timebreaker).

Kira loves classic rock, cats, espresso, cosplay, fighting games, and JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, and is excited to travel to new places to meet fans (and catch more Pokemon.) She is also the founder of the Voice Acting Club, a community linking voice talent and content creators around the world. Follow her on Twitter @KiraBuckland or Facebook @KiraVoices!

Tiffany Grant
Tiffany Grant

Tiffany Grant is happy to attend GaoKon! Best known as Asuka in NEON GENESIS EVANGELION, Tiffany was the first anime voice actor hired in Texas [Feb. 1994].
She's voiced characters in 1700+ TV episodes, OVAs & movies including AZUMANGA DAIOH (Kaorin), SCHOOL-LIVE (Taromaru), BLUE SEED (Kome), INFINITE STRATOS (Laura), FMP? FUMOFFU (Bonta-kun), INFINITE STRATOS (Laura), FULL METAL ALCHEMIST (Marta), LITTLE BUSTERS (Kud), ONE PIECE (Nojiko), AMAGI BRILLIANT PARK (Moffle), AKAME GA KILL (Koro) and GIRLS UND PANZER (Sodoko). Recent projects include TANAKA-KUN, FLIP FLAPPERS, the live-action GARO: RED REQUIEM, as well as PALADINS and SMITE videogames.

Other videogame credits include UNLIMITED SAGA, DEUS EX II: INVISIBLE WAR and several others she's not able to announce just yet!
Ms. Grant has adapted English dubbing scripts for TV series such as HELLO KITTY'S ANIMATION THEATER, AH! MY GODDESS 2, THE WALLFLOWER, INFINITE STRATOS, TEARS TO TIARA, PARASYTE-THE-MAXIM and DEN-NOH COIL, as well as scripts for several subtitled projects including MIYUKI CHAN IN WONDERLAND and the live-action TOKYO - THE LAST MEGALOPOLIS.
Additionally, Tiffany contributed to the albums "Voices for Peace" and "Voices for Tolerance" www.voicesfor.org. Profits benefit charities like Doctors Without Borders. CDs and downloads: www.cdbaby.com & iTunes.
Non-anime work includes ARLINGTON ROAD (w/Jeff Bridges) and indie films LAUGHING BOY, DEAD OF KNIGHT & LARS THE EMO KID. Tiffany also has years of experience in theatre, commercials and industrial films. For more, visit TiffanyGrant.net

Musical Guest

The WaddleDeez
The WaddleDeez

Welcome GaoKon's musical guest, The WaddleDeez!
Chunky Red Bean Bun Rock comin' at ya!

if you dig VGM, Rock n Roll and Animation you'll...well, you'll feel something.

Featured Artist

Chris Zelenak
Chris Zelenak

GaoKon welcomes Chris Zelenak as our featured artist! Chris has been in the art scene his whole life illustrating anything from Erie Turkey Trot to our very own GaoKon mascots! He will be in the artist alley offering his own original art and exclusive GaoKon 2018 designs!

Featured Panelists

Risuruuu
Risuruuu

After putting together her first cosplay for Tekkoshocon 2008, Risuruuu has been cosplaying for nearly 10 years strong and still moving! Taking pride in crossplay, Risuruuu believes everyone should be able to cosplay the characters they love and has presented her tricks and tips at other Pennsylvania conventions such as Setsucon, Hazard Con and Tekko. She has even worked closely with industry companies such as VIZ Media and Sentai Filmworks cosplaying for them at various events. As a Penn State Alumni, Risuruuu is very honored and excited to be a part of GaoKon! Check her out at her Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter!