Press Releases

August 8, 2011

News for Nekocon 2011:

Nekocon announces additional guests

Nekocon is honored by the return of International lecturer Akemi Solloway and other guests!

It is with great honor that Nekocon announces the return of Miss. Akemi Solloway.

Miss. Akemi Solloway (née Tanaka) is the daughter of an old samurai family and grew up immersed in the traditional arts and culture of Japan. She is a lecturer and consultant of Japanese culture, where she is active in the worlds of business, diplomacy, education and the arts. In her presenting and consulting, she aims to promote awareness and appreciation of authentic Japanese culture in an accessible and enjoyable manner. She will be holding several panels on various topic of Japanese culture, make sure to check them out!

Nekocon welcomes the return of Chris Rager, Kyle Hebert, & Jerry Jewell!

Chris Rager is an American voice actor for Funimation studios. More notable performances are as Mr. Satan and King Yemma on "Dragonball Z", as well as, Arlong the leader of the fish people on the popular "One Piece". Chris has been seen in national and regional T.V. commercial ads like Taco Bell, Southwest Airlines and Visa. You may have also heard Chris in Animes such as Blue Gender, Case Closed, Black Cat, Desert Punk, Lupin III, Full Metal Alchemist, Yu Yu Hakusho, Samuri 7 and Sgt. Frog.

Kyle Hebert is a Los Angeles-based anime and video game voice actor whose credits include Marvel Vs Capcom 3 (Ryu), Naruto (Kiba), Bleach (Aizen, Ganju), X Men Arcade (all male voices) and Gurren Lagann (Kamina). He is best known as the Narrator and Teen Gohan from the Funimation dub of Dragonball Z. Other notable roles include Soul Eater (Masamune), Ouran High School Host Club (Kazukiyo Soga), Fullmetal Alchemist (Vato Falman), Tales of Symphonia (Richter Abend) and Star Ocean (Dias, Arumat, Crow).

Jerry Jewell can be heard as Kyo Sohma (Fruits Basket), Jimmy Kudo (Case Closed), Taira (Beck:Mongolian Chop Squad), Barry the Chopper (Full Metal Alchemist, Full Metal Achemist: Brotherhood), Happiness Bunny (Shin-Chan), Russia (Hetalia), Rin Tsuchimi (Shuffle), Lau (Black Butler), Zellman Clock (Black Blood Brothers), Dio (Casshern Sins), Tony Frost (Blue Gender), Suzaku (Yu Yu Hakusho), Jin (Yu Yu Hakusho), and Akito Hayama (Kodocha).

Both Chris, Kyle, & Jerry will be holding several panels about their works so make sure to come by and catch all the fun!

Remember for all the latest Neko information check out where you'll find more on our Guests and Featured Panelists, Nekocon Road Show appearance dates, and information about our mascots!

Nekocon 14, 2011 Hampton, VA