Many great guests are going to be attending this year. Stay tuned and keep an eye on our website. Some guests may charge for autographs/photographs.
* Jay Hickman is only available to sign autographs on Sunday from 1pm-2pm
Jay began his career in anime in the 1990s, when he landed his first role at ADV Films in Master of Mosquiton. Since then, he has appeared in more than 100 titles with studios including ADV Films, Funimation, Sentai Filmworks, Switchblade Pictures, Okratron 5000, and others. As a character actor, Jay has been able to voice a broad variety of colorful roles, with the occasional romantic lead thrown in for good measure. His notable credits over the past two decades are
Mechazawa in Cromartie High School, Spitfire in Air Gear, Sho Zama in Aura Battler Dunbine, Shiryu in Saint Seiya, Chuu and Hammond in One Piece, Kagetane Hiruko in Black Bullet, Chief Kurama in Elfen Lied, Koji in Generator Gawl, Toru Watanabe in Excel Saga, The Fool in Kaleido Star, Crusty in Log Horizon, SSS in Madlax, Dera Mochimazzi in Tamako Market, Sanetoshi Watase in Penguindrum, Prince Mytho in Princess Tutu, and Giraffe in Revue Starlight, among many others.
Jay’s voice has also been featured in the live action features Dark Water, Synesthesia, Conduct Zero, The Fuccons, Touching Wild Horses, Gamera – Attack of Legion, as well as in the video game Unlimited Saga.
Jay had his Toonami debut playing Dr. Stylish in Akame ga KILL!, followed by Shiro Kuramori in Parasyte – the maxim, Joichiro Yukihira in Food Wars!, and most recently, Taneo Tokuda in My Hero Academia.
Whitney Rodgers is a Voice Actress, model and singer best known for her roles as “Meiko Shiraki” in Prison School and “Yozora” from Haganai and Hagani NEXT! . Whitney has just recently been announced as “Lotta Hart” in FUNimations “Ace Attorney” and has played many other characters including: “Margaret” in One Piece, “Artemis” from Maria the Virgin Witch, “Amelia Evans” in Freezing Vibration, and more. Whitney has also lent her voice to SMITE for the playable characters of “Ordo Solarus Amaterasu” and “Leona Genesis Jet Pack Fighter.” When she is not actively recording voice-overs, Whitney enjoys: going to the gym, drinking gallons of coffee, watching cutthroat kitchen, playing Tetris Attack, and giving her cat Chihiro too much attention. You can follow her on Instagram: Whitney_Rodgers_Model or on Facebook: Whitney Rodgers Voice Actress.
Gareth is an actor, model, and voice actor based out of Texas. Some notables roles of his include; Ittetsu Takeda in Haikyu, Seiya Takehaya in Tsurune, Kanichi Konishi in Food Wars, Haruka Shinozaki in My Girlfriend Is Shobitch, Lizard Misty in Saint Seiya, 2D in Golden Time, Akihiro Tsukaba in Chihayafuru, Tomoaki Yamagishi in O Maidens In Your Savage Season, and Dinkuron in Log Horizon. He is also cast as the role of Jason Lee Scott, the Red Power Ranger in the upcoming release “Red Rising: A Power Rangers Fan Film”. When not making anime voices or acting, Gareth enjoys basically anything nerdy under the sun. So whatever it is you are into, chances are you can come up and geek out. Because there is nothing he likes more than getting enthusiastic, and making new friends!
Freddie Heinz: Voice actor for cartoons, anime and audiobooks, you’ve heard him in visual novels such as “Highway Blossoms” as Joseph, audiobooks for “Manifest a Fairy’s Tale” and anime, like “My Hero Academia” as the doctor in season 3, winner of the first “Now Voice This!” and judged for the second iteration. He’s back with more tales to tell and more laughs to share! His latest projects include “Kamanai” playing as Sam, Minori’s best friend & the thrilling new fantasy “Ashener’s Calling” by David Partelow.
Christina Kelly is an American actress and voice actress for Sentai Filmworks and Funimation Entertainment. Christina attended the University of Houston’s School of Theatre and Dance, and graduated with her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting. In Houston Texas she’s appeared on stage at A.D. Players, Unity Theatre and The Catastrophic Theatre. Christina is also represented by The Pastorini Bosby Agency. Some of her roles in anime include Nanami in The Pet Girl of Sakurasou, Mikan in The Demon Girl Next Door, Saya in BanG Dream, Mermaid Thetis in Saint Seiya, Koko Kaga in Golden Time, Ichika Takatsuki in Waiting in the Summer, Claudine Saijo in Revue Starlight, Iroha Igarashi in Real Girl, Mikoto Kondo in Kampfer, Shizuku in My Girlfriend is a Shobitch, Run Jewelria in To Love-Ru, Yumiko Miura in My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU, Fu Sagami in Release the Spyce, Padparadscha in Land of the Lustrous, Sylphonford Tachibana in Himouto! Umaru-chan,Yamato in Kancolle, Loki in Is It Wrong to Pick Up Girls In a Dungeon?, Satone Shichimiya in Love Chunibyo and Other Delusions- Heart Throb, Mine in Akame Ga Kill and Alice Nakiri in Food Wars! Behind the Voice Actors nominated Christina for Breakthrough Voice Actress of the year in 2015 and 2017 for Best Supporting Role in Himouto Umaru-Chan. Follow Christina on Instagram @itschristinakelly and Twitter @ChristinaMarieK
Austin Tindle is an American actor. His birth was foretold by a swallow, in a remote location in Orlando, Florida. At the moment he burst forth from the womb a new star formed and illuminated the sky, the seasons suddenly changed from winter to spring, and a double rainbow appeared. At three weeks old he had learned to walk and by eight weeks he was talking. His voice over career began not long after. He was raised in Austin, TX, which was retroactively named after him.
He has since voiced hundreds of characters in English dubbed anime including: Pele Popolo (Plunderer), Monoma (My Hero Academia), Subaru (My Roommate is a Cat), Leek (Dragonball Super: Broly), Sour/Dyrasem (Dragonball Super), Goro (Darling in the Franxx) Ken Kaneki (Tokyo Ghoul), Marco Bodt (Attack on Titan), Karma Akabane (Assassination Classroom), Avilio Bruno (91 Days), Seborga (Hetalia), Raspberry (Dragon Ball Z), Accelerator (A Certain Magical Index, A Certain Scientific Railgun), and Ichirohiko (The Boy and the Beast). He voices lead roles in many other shows including: Is This a Zombie, Guilty Crown, D-Frag, Gonna Be The Twin-Tail, Prince Of Stride, Prison School, Tamo No-Rin, ACCA, Maria the Virgin Witch, Snow White with the Red Hair, Trickster, Shangri-La, Cross Ange, My Love Story, and the movie Human Lost. You can also hear him in video games such as: Borderlands 3, Smite, and Dragon Ball Xenoverse 1 and 2.
Austin currently resides in Dallas, TX, where he enjoys his leisure time as a master golfer, after picking up the game for the first time in 2016 when he shot a 38-under par round that included no fewer than 11 holes in one. He subsists on a humble diet and employs a servant to inspect every grain of rice that is served to him; any with the most minor of flaws is discarded. He has never used a toilet as his body recycles everything it consumes with flawless efficiency. Also, he invented the hamburger.
Olivia Swasey started working in anime when she was just a kid doing bit parts and walla. In 2018 she graduated into larger roles such as: 3D Kanojo Real Girl (Ishino); Release the Spyce (Katrina); Revue Starlight (Maya Tendo); and 7Seeds (Ran). She has also appeared in BanG Dream! (Yukina Minato), Bloom Into You (Midori Igarashi), Land of the Lustrous (Morga), and To Love-ru (Aya). She loves doing yoga and making brownies. She is always looking forward to her next project!
Texan Heat Nerdlesque
Established February 12th, 2016, Texan Heat is one of the first nerdlesque-centric troupes based in Texas! The troupe aims to provide performances that stay true to the characters we choose to represent. We have performed at A-KON, San Japan, Konsplosion, and more! We work within the realms we are given to provide a large variety of different acts to show you! From flow arts, to traditional striptease, to skits, to audience participation, and now to aerial, we aim to be as diverse in our skill set as possible! We hope to see you at our “Partners in Paradise” show for Anime Dallas 2020!
Chairman of Anime Dallas, John Swasey started down the road of anime in 1997, when he landed his first role in Golden Boy from ADV Films. Since then, John has gone on to voice hundreds shows and characters with Sentai Films, Funimation, Rooster Teeth, ADV Films, and many others. John’s wife once quipped that there are certain actors who might be the “Brad Pitt” of anime but John is the “Kevin Bacon” of anime. Being the character actor type has given John the freedom to voice bazillions of characters such as All for One in My Hero Academia, Undertaker in Black Butler, Salvador in Borderlands II (VG), Gendo in Evangelion, the Captain in Halo (VG), Lord Death in Soul Eater, Hoenheim in Fullmetal Alchemist, Sir Crocodile in One Piece, Salvador in Borderland II, Kogoro in Sgt. Frog, Huang in Darker than Black, Vulcan in Orphen, Ken in Kaleido Star, Captain Ahab in Hakugei The Legend of Moby Dick, Rikudoh in RahXephon, Mister in Coyote Ragtime Show, as well as roles in the live action films 2009 Lost Memories, Conduct Zero, Yesterday, Jungle Juice, as well as roles in numerous live action films including the ever popular spoof Lake Texarkana Gamera.
In 2004, John jumped to the other side of the “mic” to direct. Some of the shows he has recently directed include Ushio and Tora, Squid Girl, Flip Flappers, Revue Starlight and Doreiku. In addition to anime, John has acted in hundreds of radio and tv commercials and several films including the cult fav Dazed and Confused.
Note: Board member David Wald may not be able to attend this year, and we hope he may join us next year.
Meet your board members.
- John Swasey
Many guests will be happy to sign autographs and take photos with fans at the convention, though please note some may charge. Though the board members may be busier than usual, we want to bring fans and industry members like ourselves closer together.