Voice directors and actors Christopher R. Sabat and Seán Schemmel will join the guest list of Otakon 2015, Otakorp. Inc. is pleased to announce. Both are best known for their work on “Dragon Ball Z,” including the new film “Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’.”
Sabat could almost be considered “the voice of Dragon Ball Z,” having voiced Vegeta, Piccolo, Yamcha, Mr. Popo, Kami, Jeice, Recoome, Korin, Burter, Shenron, Zarbon, Guru, Porunga, and countless others in the popular “Dragon Ball Z” series, as well voice directing the series. He has lent his voice to countless other roles in the anime and videogame world, including Alex Luis Armstrong in “Fullmetal Alchemist,” Roronoa Zoro in “One Piece,” Ayame Sohma in “Fruits Basket,” Saiga Tatsumi in “Speed Grapher,” Kurogane in “Tsubasa Chronicles,” Daisuke Jigen in “Lupin III,” Garland in “Dissidia: Final Fantasy,” Rundas in “Metroid Prime 3: Corruption,” Alex D in “Deus Ex: Invisible War,” and both Captain Smiley and Star in “Comic Jumper.” Sabat owns Okratron 5000, a game audio and voice-over production studio in Dallas, Texas.
Since being discovered at the Marionette Theatre, Schemmel has voiced Goku, King Kai and Nail in “Dragon Ball Z,” “Dragon Ball Z Kai” and “Dragon Ball GT.” Other notable roles include: Amidamaru and Rio in “Shaman King”; Constable Biggles, Sh’Okanabo, Master Kahn (and many others) in “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”; Onsokumaru in “Ninja Nonsense”; about 12 different thumbs in “Thumb Wrestling Federation” and Gonard in “Kappa Mikey.” In addition to “Dragon Ball Z Kai,” Schemmel can be heard as Paradox in the feature film “Yu-Gi-Oh 5d¹s Bonds Beyond
Time” and as Grings Kodai in “(Pokemon) Zoroark: Master of Illusions.”
Schemmel has also adapted for English and voice directed the following anime series: “Space Pirate Mito,” “Sadamitsu: The Destroyer,” “Midori Days,” and “Ah! My Goddess.”
Sabat and Schemmel’s appearance is sponsored by FUNimation.
Also announced was married voice actors Sandy Fox and Lex Lang. Fox plays Black Lady and Chibiusa in the new “Sailor Moon Crystal,” as well as Eddelrittuo in “ADNOAH.ZERO,” while Lang is best known for playing Han Solo in the Star Wars video games and Sanoske Sagara in the “Ruroni Kenshin” anime series.
Fox began her career in voice acting with an array of voices for “The Simpsons,” “King of the Hill,” and “Futurama”. She is recognized for her unique and child-like voice, and in addition to her roles in “Sailor Moon Crystal” and “ALDNOAH.ZERO,” she has played Mina in “Naruto,” Cylindria in “Pacman’s Ghostly Adventures,” Peashy in “Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory,” and Flonne in the “Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten” video games. She also voiced the faeries and creatures in Disney’s “Maleficent” and various characters in the blockbuster, “Wreck it Ralph.” Fox’s animation roles include Daisy in Disney’s “Princess Palace Pets,” Harmony in “Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi,” T-AI in FOX’s “Transformers: Robots in Disguise,” Mipsy Mipson in Nickelodeon’s “As Told by Ginger,” and Melody in “My Life as a Teenage Robot.” She has also voiced legendary anime characters, including Mina and Momiji in “Naruto,” Himespetchi in “Tamagotchi,” Sumomo in “Chobits,” Flonne in “Disgaea,” Ritz in “Bleach,” Tachikoma in “Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone
Complex,” Marie in “Please Teacher!”, Kyoko in “Akira,” Mistral and Mirielle in “.HACK” and Paiway in “Vandread.” Fox has become internationally known, as well, for voicing Betty for Universal Studios and King Syndicate Features since 1991. She is also co-founder of H2Om Water with Intention, Love Planet Productions and The Love Planet Foundation, a 501(c) non-profit which creates education and awareness for social and environmental issues.
Over the last 18 years, Lang’s voice talents have contributed to over 500 original animation episodes, anime series, and video games. In addition to his work in the “Star Wars” video games and “Ruroni Kenshin” anime series, Lang has played a wide assortment of heroes and villains throughout his career, including The Grim Creeper in the video game “Skylanders,” Spyglass in the video game “Titanfall,” Dr. Doom in “The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes” cartoon series and Marvel video games, Lance Charming in “Ever After High,” Dr. Polaris and Dick Grayson as Batman in “Batman: The Brave and the Bold,” Barry on “The Regular Show,” Marechio Omaeda in the anime series “Bleach,” Hayate Gekko in “Naruto,” and Shozin the Fire Lord in “Avatar: The Last Airbender” animated series, Egor in “Durarara!” and many more. He is also the voice of Batman for Mattel and is in-demand in the movie business as a voice match specialist and creature sounds specialist. He can be heard in many blockbuster films, including “Ironman 3,” “Wolverine,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” and “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” and the upcoming “Jurassic World.” His video game directing credits include “Warhawk,” “Starship Troopers,” “GRID,” “World of Warcraft” and “Dirt 2.”
Otakon 2015 will be held July 24-26 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD. Otakon
2015 is celebrating fairy tales, folk stories, myths, and legends. Keep your eyes out for content, artwork, and guests with connections to our theme.
ABOUT OTAKON AND OTAKORP, INC.: Now entering its twenty-second year, Otakon is an annual celebration of Japanese and East Asian popular culture, and also one of the largest gatherings of fans in the United States. Otakon celebrates popular culture as a gateway to deeper understanding of Asian culture, and has grown along with the enthusiasm for anime, manga, video games, and music from the Far East. Since 1999, Otakon has been held in Baltimore, Maryland; currently, Otakon is one of Baltimore’s few large, city-wide events, drawing over 34,000 people for three days each year (for a paid attendance of over 100,000 turnstile attendees). Otakon is a membership based convention sponsored by Otakorp, Inc., a Pennsylvania-based, 501(c)3 educational non-profit whose mission is to promote the appreciation of Asian culture, primarily through its media and entertainment. Otakorp, Inc. is directed by an all-volunteer, unpaid staff – we are run by fans, for fans.
For more information about Otakorp, Inc., see http://www.otakon.com/otakorp/index.asp