2021 Guests of Honor

Due to COVID-19, modifications from normal convention appearances may be in place for all 2021 Guest Appearances.  Modifications may include increased social distancing and protective barriers. The types of safety protocols needed will have to be determined closer to the convention and based on the status of the overall pandemic environment by Labor Day. Please be flexible and understanding with any of these changes.  No international guests are planned for Nan Desu Kan 2021.

Kent Williams

Kent Williams

Stage Actor, Voice Actor, Puppeteer, Kabuki

Kent, a native Texan and long-time Dallas resident, received a BFA in acting at Southern Methodist University in 1987, and has since cultivated a dynamic career in the performing arts. 

A Telly Award winning puppeteer, Kent currently serves as Producing Director with LTDM Entertainment and regularly performs its repertoire of storybook classics and high-intensity variety shows at Geppetto’s Marionette Theater at the Hilton Anatole Hotel and at the State Fair of Texas as a featured performer in 2019.

As a stage actor and teaching artist in puppetry and Japanese kabuki theater, Kent has served with the Texas Commission on the Arts, Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs and Dallas ISD. 

Kent is a seasoned commercial broadcast and voice over actor represented by the Mary Collins Agency and can be heard in a variety of media including radio spots for Orkin, Mutual of Omaha and Diet Dr. Pepper.

Kent has an extensive host of voice acting credits in over 200 video game and anime titles. Some of Kent’s most notable roles are, Dr. Gero, Tao, Supreme Kai, Kibito Kai, and Elder Kai as seen on DBZ, Blue Ogre (Jorge Sao Tome) and Chuu on Yu Yu Hakusho, Hatori Soma on Fruits Basket, Mr. Compress on My Hero Academia, Sid on Soul Eater, Father on Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Ghira on RWBY, Surge on Red vs. Blue, Mao on Darker Than Black, Captain Kuro, Shura and Clover on One Piece, Judge on Ace Attorney, Jura on Fairy Tale, Deus ex Machina on Future Diary and Byakuya on Dr. Stone.

Dani Chambers

Dani Chambers

Stage & Film Actor, Voice Actor

Dani Chambers is an actress based in Dallas, TX. She has been acting on stage and film for the past twenty years, and has been performing voice-over work for the past five years. Performing in theater and short films has helped her acting skills to grow and develop tremendously, and she’s enjoyed every minute of it!

Dani made her anime debut in 2017 as Chise Hatori, the title character of the show “The Ancient Magus Bride.” From then on, she has voiced plenty of roles such as Maharo from “My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising Movie”, Serval in “Kemono Friends”, Hina Sato / Odin in “The Day I Became a God”, Dahlia/Iris Hawthorne in “Ace Attorney”, Mary in “Fairy Tail: Final Season”, Otomi in “MIX”, and Funicia in “ASTRA: Lost in Space.” You can also hear her in “SMITE” as Plushie Artio and in Marvel Avenger Academy as “Ironheart.”

Dani is super excited to start getting into the convention scene, and can’t wait to start new adventures! Be sure to follow Dani Chambers on Twitter @SkiniMini07, Instagram @danidchambers, and her website danidchambers.com for all kinds of fun updates!

 

Madeleine Morris

Madeleine Morris

Stage Actor, Voice Actor, Theatre Artist

Madeleine Morris is a Texas-grown actor, adaptive writer, and theatre artist.

You’ve probably heard her voice in Fire Force as Inca, How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift? as Hibiki, Kaguya-sama: Love is War as Miko, or Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation as Rudeus! Other favorite projects include Borderlands 3: Boundy of Blood (Juno), Garo -Vanishing Line- (Sophie), How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord (Klem), Hyouka (Eru), Kemono Friends (Common Raccoon), Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These (Frederica), Magical Girl Raising Project (Fav), Nichijou (Misato), and She and Her Cat -Everything Flows- (Miyu).

In the Dallas theatre scene, she’s a stage actor, stage manager, and sound designer. Her several hats have afforded her over 50 stage credits in the last several years at theatres all over the DFW Metroplex. You should ask her about her cats. Or Bulbasaur. See more stuff at www.madeleinemorris.actor

 

Daman Mills

Daman Mills

Voice Actor, ADR Director

Daman Mills is a voice actor and ADR director working in anime and video games. He’s best known as one of the voices of Frieza in the Dragon Ball Z franchise (select titles), Weiss the Immaculate in Final Fantasy VII: Remake, Cherry Blossom in SK8 the Infinity, Jyugo in Nanbaka, N in Pokémon Masters, Titus in Borderlands 3, Hamon the Blacksmith in Monster Hunter Rise, Mustard, Moonfish and High-End in My Hero Academia, Kai in Beastars, Douglas Bullet in One Piece Stampede, Galle in Fire Emblem: Heroes, Leonardo Lionheart in RWBY, Chika Kudo in Kono Oto Tomare: Sounds of Life, Mabu in Sarazanmai, Midorima in Kuroko’s Basketball and many more!

He’s also the voice director behind Suppose a Kid from the Last Dungeon Boonies moved to a Starter Town? as well as assisting on titles like Glepnir, Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle and Kono Oto Tomare: Sounds of Life.

To keep up with Daman, follow @DamanMills on Twitter, Instagram or TikTok! Or check out his website: www.damanmillsvo.com

 

Billy Kametz

Billy Kametz

Voice Actor

Billy Kametz is an LA based voice actor in many popular anime and video games. You can hear him as Josuke in JoJo’s Bizarre AdventureFerdinand von Aegir in Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Galo in PromareMetal Lee in Boruto: Naruto Next GenerationsWhite Blood Cell in Cells At Work, Osomatsu in Mr. OsomatsuAnai in AggretsukoTakuto Maruki in Persona 5 The Royal, and Naofumi in The Rising of the Shield Hero which just got picked up for a Season 2 & 3!! 

Originally from Hershey PA, Billy came out to CA 4 years ago to play Aladdin in the Aladdin Musical Spectacular in Disney’s CA Adventure for the final year of the show’s 13 year run! You can keep up with Billy on social media @billykametz

 

 

John Swasey

John Swasey

Voice Actor, Director

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John started down the road of anime in 1997, when he landed his first role in Golden Boy at ADV Films.  Since then, John has gone on to voice hundreds shows and characters with Sentai Films, Funimation, Rooster Teeth, ADV Films, Switchblade Films, Okratron 5000, Gearbox, Seraphim Digital and Illumitoons.  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 a character actor has allowed John the freedom to voice bazillions of characters such as All for One in My Hero Academia, Kumatetsu, The Beast in The Boy and the Beast, Bols in Akame Ga Kill, Undertaker in Black Butler, Salvador in Borderlands II (VG), Gendo in Evangelion, Lord Death in Soul Eater, Hohenheim in Fullmetal Alchemist, Sir Crocodile in One Piece, Dodoria in DBZ Kai,  Hades in Fairy Tale, Zachary in Attack on Titan, Aramaki in Ghost in the Shell, Jinnouchi in Summer Wars, and El Rey in Nomad of Nowhere, 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

 

 

 

Major Attaway

Major Attaway

Broadway Actor & Singer, Voice Actor

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Major Attaway is a Classically trained Broadway Actor and Singer who has voiced the characters of Urouge in One Piece, Arcadios in Fairy Tail, Desmond Rutaganda inPsycho Pass: The Movie, Naval in Dragon Ball: Xenoverse 2, Clay in Borderlands 3, Regongar in Pathfinder:
Kingmaker, Trevor Ghalt in Battleborn, Sultan Vinegar on Snack World, Deskari in Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous, and Ton Jravolta in Space Dandy, to name a few. He can also be heard in various roles on Smite, Dragon Ball Z Kai, High School DxD, Soul Eater Not, and Ghost in the Shell: Arise, among others.

You may have gotten to see him in his Broadway Debut! In 2017 he took over the Tony Award winning role of the Genie in Disney’s Aladdin on Broadway! Major granted everyone’s wishes by bringing magic and glitter to a packed house 8 shows a week! He can even be seen in the final season of the Netflix original series Orange is the New Black, as well as the first season of an upcoming HBO series.

Major is also a Twitch Affiliate! On his channel IPlayedMajor where he is a Major Player and also happens to be a Player named Major. He’s here to provide a safe place for your headspace. He’s a variety streamer who also streams games he’s in and games he’d like to be in. We’re currently campaigning for Clay to be a Vault Hunter in BL41 #Clay4VaultHunter!

Come hang out for a family friendly environment filled with lots of singing, silly voices, and self
wellness encouragement. These days Major is excited to embrace the Con Life and community. He is currently working on revamping his Disney based Cabaret show called The Genies Jukebox and Biohacking his way to a stress free life with NuCalm.

Wendy Powell

Wendy Powell

Performer, Voice Actor, Teacher

Texas-based actor Wendy Powell absolutely loves what she does, performing in all forms of media: film, television, radio, narration, and video games. But where her character-creating skills truly come to life is in anime! Mirroring the shapeshifting abilities of her iconic Fullmetal Alchemist role Envy, she changes her voice into anything and everything imaginable, including quirky robots, mysterious omnipotent aliens, little old fox ladies, wispy exorcists, and everyday human beings.

Wendy attended Texas Christian University, majoring in Theater. She’s also an alumna of the Disney College Program, studying editing on The Rocketeer and The Rescuers Down Under. After graduating in 1993, she’s worked steadily as a professional actress ever since.

In 2000, Wendy first began working with Funimation as Amick Hendar in Blue Gender, and from there she just kept on going! Her most well-known roles include Ilena in Claymoire, Mukuro in Yuyu Hakusho, Miss Merry Christmas in One Piece, and as a “guest star” Popuko in Pop Team Epic! Of course, Wendy’s vocal transformations can be heard in so much more, including My Hero Academia, Overlord, Space Dandy, Fruits Basket, Case Closed, D. Gray Man, Fairy Tail, Sengoku Basara, Prince Adventures, Sgt. Frog, and… well, how much time do you have, because at over 120 titles, this list could go on for a while…

Wendy has also performed in videogames such as The Gunstringer, Bloodrayne 2, Spikeout: Battlestreet, and as the enigmatic “Watcher” in Borderlands: The Pre Sequel. She confesses that, while she plays characters in videogames… she’s kind of bad at actually playing videogames. (^_^;)

Wendy’s passion for acting is matched only by her passion for teaching. For over a decade, she has taught middle school theatre, grateful for the opportunity to educate and encourage young actors. She also loves meeting people at conventions, which lets her share her love of acting in person. When not behind the mic or in front of the classroom, Wendy enjoys the outdoors, reading nonfiction, and floral design. She lives in Dallas with her husband, her seven-year-old son, and a menagerie of animal companions: a black Labrador, a white German Shepherd, a bearded dragon, a leopard gecko, and a turtle (named Crusher).

Dr. Alisa Freedman

Dr. Alisa Freedman

Professor, Japanese Literature & Film, Editor-in-Chief, U.S.-Japan Women's Journal

Alisa Freedman is a Professor of Japanese Literature, Cultural Studies, and Gender at the University of Oregon and Editor-in-Chief of the U.S.-Japan Women’s JournalHer books include Tokyo in Transit: Japanese Culture on the Rails and Road, Japan on American TV: Screaming Samurai Form Anime Clubs in the Land of the Lost, an annotated translation of Kawabata Yasunari’s The Scarlet Gang of Asakusa, and co-edited volumes on Modern Girls on the Go: Gender, Mobility, and Labor in Japan, and Introducing Japanese Popular Culture. She is writing a new book on Cold-War Coeds: The Untold Story of Japanese Women Sponsored by the U.S. Military and is helping to archive the personal stories of trailblazing women in Japanese Studies.

She has published more than twenty-five articles on Japanese modernism, Tokyo studies, educational exchange, study abroad, youth culture, gender, television, humor as social critique, teaching pedagogies, and digital media, along with publishing translations of Japanese literature. Alisa is the Faculty Fellow of Hamilton Hall and values her time spent working closely with students. She was the recipient of the University of Oregon 2016 Outstanding Faculty Advising Award, NACADA Award for Excellence in Faculty Advising (2017), and Excellence in Remote Teaching Award (2020 pandemic). Alisa enjoys presenting at cultural events like anime cons, TED talks, and Japan Festivals.  University of Oregon Profile.

Harmony Gold

Harmony Gold

Kevin McKeever, Marketing, Harmony Gold

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Hot on the heels of a landmark distribution agreement with Big West and Studio Nue, please welcome back Harmony Gold to NDK! Kevin McKeever will be here to talk about this exciting development, pleasing Macross and Robotech fans around the world, and much more!
 

Harmony Gold

Harmony Gold has been active in the production, acquisition and distribution of quality programming worldwide since its inception in 1983, producing some of the television industry’s classic and history-making programs, including Shaka Zulu, Robotech, Macross, Heidi, and Around The World in Eighty Days, among many others.

Kevin McKeever

A graduate of the lighting design program from Emerson College, Kevin McKeever has been working in the entertainment industry for nearly 20 years. He has worked in theater production at world class venues such as the Goodspeed Opera House, the Emerson Majestic Theater, Foxwoods Casino, and the Mohegan Sun Resort which he helped open in 1996.

His television production credits include Jackass, Kids Say the Darnedest Things, Guinness Book of World Records, Krypton Factor, Farmclub.com, The 60’s as well as various television commercials. His film credits include Mystery Men, For Love of the Game, and Billy Frankenstein. Kevin has also served as Assistant VP of Production for feature film producer and New York Times best-selling author Lynda Obst.

Kevin’s first official assignment in the Robotech universe was as an audit of Robotech’s television ratings and viewer demographics during its original run in the 1980s. Kevin’s analysis of the ratings in a cost effective manner along with his years of production experience made him a natural candidate for the Robotech team.

Queen D

Queen D

Cosplay, Burlesque, Emcee, & Makeup Artist

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TikTok @majestyqueend

Make way for Queen D! The self-proclaimed southern queen of crossplay! (What a mouthful!)

You may recognize her from her wildly unsuccessful YouTube show the Dlist (or now TikTok!) Queen D is a sixteen-year seasoned cosplay veteran, emcee, and burlesque performer! Known for her wild antics and insane style of hosting shows, causing general chaos, and eating chicken nuggets! A known makeup artist, she has traveled all over the country blessing peasants… Uh… attendees with her shenanigans. She will be hosting a variety of panels throughout the NDK weekend, teaching general cosplay knowledge, stage presence, posing, and makeup! Known as the queen of late night at conventions, she is infamous for her 18+ panels so be sure to attend if you are of age!  Queen D is so thrilled to be back in the city with no air and once again a guest at NDK!

Alysin Wonderland

Alysin Wonderland

Cosplay, Burlesque

Alysin Wonderland is a cosplayer/burlesque performer based out of New Orleans, Louisiana.  Alysin Wonderland (formerly known as Teh Princess Cosplay) has been cosplaying and creating costumes for the past 13 years.  When her cosplay world collided with burlesque 2 years ago, she re-branded and emerged from a pile of fancy fabrics mixed with glitter and rhinestones, and things have never been the same. 

Over the past 13 years, Alysin has won multiple best in show awards for her detailed craftsmanship and numerous skit awards for her stage performances.  She likes to focus on attention to the small details and all things sparkly, and some of her favorite things to craft are extravagant ball gowns and corsets.  She has cosplayed from many series in the gaming and anime cultures, but her favorite franchise to cosplay from is The Legend of Zelda.  She has also hosted several panels on costuming and judged multiple cosplay contests at many southern cons extending from Florida to Texas. 

With 10 years of dance training under her belt, Alysin has incorporated and combined the different training styles acquired into her stage performances in skits and burlesque.  She is very excited to be a part of this year’s Nan Desu Kan guest panel and cannot wait to share her love for all things Cosplay, Gaming, and Anime with all of you!

Teca

Teca

Cosplay

Teca is an award-winning cosplayer who has been cosplaying for nearly seventeen years. She has won over twenty craftsmanship and presentation awards and judged more than a dozen competitions across the country.

She’s worked at official industry events as Sailor Jupiter from Sailor Moon and Sailor Moon Crystal for VizMedia, America from Hetalia for FUNimation, Kyouko Sakura from Puella Magi Madoka Magica for Aniplex, Marida Cruz from Gundam Unicorn for Bandai as well as  worked with bands such as Kalafina and CHEMISTRY. She has attended several cosplay events in Japan, including Comic Market (Comiket) and Osaka’s Comic Event.

Heather Martin

Heather Martin

Cosplay

Heather (aka. HeatherAfter Cosplay) is an artist, model and longtime cosplayer. A part of the convention scene since 1996, her passion for cosplay and all things pop culture led Heather to quickly become a Master level cosplayer. She has been honored to be a cosplay judge and/or guest at conventions throughout the country, as well as represent various businesses and charity organizations as a cosplay model and spokesmodel. Heather currently utilizes her sewing skills restoring high-end antique rugs for museums and private collectors, and works as a freelance illustrator designing logos, mascots, and other fun things in her spare time. Sony Entertainment’s video game department, Marvel, Image Comics, Amazon, and Google are just a few of the companies that she has worked with, and her cosplay and artwork have appeared in numerous publications worldwide.

Keep an eye out for Heather’s panels, and look for her online at the ‘HeatherAfter Cosplay’ Facebook page which features daily updates: https://www.facebook.com/HeatherCosplay/

Jason Martin

Jason Martin

Illustrator

Illustrator Jason P. Martin began his professional career with Dark Horse Comics, quickly followed by Marvel, DC, Image and IDW Comics. Spiderman, X-Men, Battle Chasers, Gen13, Dirty Pair, and Avengers are among the many books he has worked on.

Jason has contributed art to PSM, Playstation Magazine, Xbox, IGN, designed logos, convention mascots and book covers.  He has also created concept art for White Wolf, Green Ronin and various video games. Jason’s artwork is featured in Kevin Smith’s movie ‘Mallrats’ and in Simon Pegg’s movie ‘Paul’.

Starla Wynn

Starla Wynn

Cosplay

Starla Wynn is a Kansas City cosplayer that has been doing her crafting thing since 2013. Swift with a brush and accurate with a craft knife, prop building is Starla’s passion (sewing just happens to be a really good friend.) From small to large builds, from one day craft-a-thons to months long endeavors, Starla’s had the full cosplay experience.

After 8 years and many competitions later, Starla still enjoys the frustrations challenges of starting a new cosplay. She won the Cosplay Area Head’s award in 2017 for her Angewomon from Digimon, and she was our winner of Best in Masterclass Performance in 2018 with Urbosa and 2019 with Mipha both from Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

Amelie Belcher

Amelie Belcher

Award-Winning Artist, Painter, Art Instructor, Comic Creator, Pod Cast Host.

Amelie Belcher is an award-winning artist, painter, art instructor, comic creator and pod cast host.

Known for her comedy based art education presentations, she has travelled the world teaching thousands of budding artists the secrets to starting their own journeys down the path to artistic expression with an eye geared toward Anime and Manga styled creations. She is known for her web comics, “Bounty Haunters” and “The Real-Life Adventures Of Ami Chan”. You can read her work on her website www.amiarmy.com.

Amelie is also known for her latest artistic adventures including an ongoing series of fine art watercolor and gouache paintings dedicated to the one and only Jeff Goldblum she calls “The Gold Bloomery”. More recently, she has also begun combining a life long passion for painting and theme parks. Follow along with her as she paints her way across the wide world of parks on her instagram ipaintparks.

She and her husband, Levi Castello, also host the popular pod cast “Laser Discotheque”, a show about watching movies on the least convenient format ever produced…Laserdiscs. You can give a listen on the pod catcher of your choice or visit the website at https://laserdiscpod.com/.


Follow Amelie on Twitch at:
https://www.twitch.tv/ameliebelcher