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March 2, 2011

News for MatsuriCon 2011:

Two more guests slated to appear at Matsuricon 2011

Matsuricon welcomes two more guests to their 2011 event - Sonny Strait and Ian Sinclair.

Sonny Strait is making his second appearance at Matsuricon. Sonny is known for his roles in Full Metal Alchemist (Maes Hughes), One Piece (Usopp), and Dragonball Z (Krillin). He is also an accomplished artist, working with publications like Elfquest, Play and Anime Insider. In 2007 Sonny wrote and illustrated a graphic novel about a reluctant punk rock, faerie princess named Goat. The book, called We Shadows, was published by Tokyopop and was nominated by The American Library Association for Best Graphic Novel in 2008.

A lifelong comic book, cartoon and videogame fan, Ian got his start doing dub work when he visited Funimation Studios as a college student in 2004 He continued at Funimation, where he got his break as Dallas Genoard in Baccano!, a show which he Assistant Directed. Since then he has performed in roles such as Toraji Ishida in Bamboo Blade, Douglas Rosenberg in El Cazador de la Bruja, Sobi Nakajima in Linebarrels of Iron, Haruki in Master of Martial Arts, Kaoru Seo in Sekirei, Shinze Kamiu in Shikabane Hime: Kuro, Romano in Hetalia - Axis Powers, and most recently as Bardroy in Kuroshitsuji (Black Butler), on which he also served as Director. Additionally, Ian can be heard as the voice of Baron Flint in the video game, Borderlands.

Matsuricon's 2011 guest list also includes voice actors Eric Vale, Kyle Hebert, Chris Cason, and Eric Stuart, along with producer Kevin McKeever, and artists Joe Kovell and Alex Kolesar (creators of No Need for Bushido) and Mindy Timpone.

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Matsuricon 2011 is from August 19th-21st, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency in Downtown Columbus, Ohio. More info can be found at