Steve was born at Tachikawa Air Force Base in Tokyo, Japan. He grew up in a military family--his mom is from Japan and his dad was US Army. He lived in many places growing up--Alaska, Colorado, Washington State, Germany, as well as Japan.

When Steve was a teenager his father got stationed in Korea and his mother moved Steve and his four brothers back to Tokyo to stay with family. While he was there, he was lucky enough to land a part-time job working with Noburu Furusei (New Dominion Tank Police, Lupin III, etc.) at Studio Aoehyma. Steve worked on series like Only You and Yamamoto, and learned as much as he could before the family returned to the States.

In 1994, Steve attended his first US convention--Katsucon 1. Since then, he's become a regular at conventions, as well as doing guest speaker gigs at institutions such as the Iowa Museum of Art, the Freer Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, and Loyola University.

From 1997 to 2004, Steve's company-Studio Ironcat-published several manga titles in English. After Stuido Ironcat closed, Steve continued freelancing and got into webcomics, such as The Angel of St. Thomas , Shakespeare Rodeo, Life With Steve, and Aliens of Extraordinary Ability.

Steve and his wife Nikki, after being in Japan for a few years, returned to the USA in 2015. They now live and work near Seattle, WA. But he's still occasionally attending shows across the contry, so keep an eye out for him!!



Dan Coglan, a.k.a. “Samurai Dan” and his wife, Jillian are the acknowledged masters of marital… er, MARTIAL mayhem.  This dynamic duo travels the civilized portions of the U.S., bringing their unique show to curious and horrified audiences alike.

In addition to their high-energy, mostly safe stage shows (where razor sharp blades and barbs fly) the couple teaches historical and hysterical panels on the way of the warrior.  Offering a wide range of lectures and interactive workshops, Dan and his lethal love Jillian are guaranteed to provide con attendees fun and fulfillment.
Due to a supreme lack of filter, Dan also performs standup comedy, and lives to embarrass his wife onstage, in censored and uncensored settings.
A storyteller at heart, Dan is finishing his third horror novel, and offers insights into the creative process with panels for the aspiring writer as well.

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2UNE (Tune) is an American-Japanese Jpop Idol Group based in New York.
Uno w​​as known in the Akihabara scene in Japan as one of @home Maid Cafe's top members during her time in the cafe. With her sweet voice, and cute personality, she embodies what it means to be a Japanese idol.


Sneko, started off as a Youtube coverist at 12 where she became known for her versatile voice and singing impersonations of Japanese anime characters. She began performing at live venues when she was 14, singing and dancing to her favorite Jpop songs. Eventually, her passion for J-pop led to a performance in Japan where the fateful meeting between Uno and Sneko took place.


Fueled by a mutual interest to bring Japanese pop music to the US, 2une combines traditional Japanese pop music and idol aesthetics with electronic and dance music. Similarly, Uno's sweet vocals and Sneko's characteristic voice merge to create a wonderful harmony and a 2une that you'll never forget!


We are the 3000 Brigade! We are here to keep the peace in the Nintendo Universe... and put on kick-ass shows! We are a troupe of performers committed to creating enjoyable Nintendo/Video Game-parody shows, rated "M" for mature!

The 3000 Brigade has been preforming for multiple conventions since 2007. Every show is new and different and preformed only ONCE! So you won't want to miss it!


VOCAMERICA is a certified Fan-Produced VOCALOID concert event featuring Western VOCALOIDS and Vocal Synths. The project is the creation of Virginia-based VOCALOID producer EmpathP. The goal of VOCAMERICA is to educate and entertain fans of this ever-growing musical phenomenon with emphasis on the more uncommon Western VOCALOIDs. This is achieved through providing live holographic concerts, lectures, and workshops to conventions and expos all over the world.

Producer EmpathP (Aki Glancy) is a musician, illustrator, voice actress, and VOCALOID producer from the United States. She has consulted independently with numerous VOCALOID production companies to create original demos for their software and promote their products. Her credits include voicing the American English VOCALOID, DAINA, and designing and illustrating the Celtic Vocaloid, AVANNA. Through her self-produced music and art studio "Empathy Studios," and her special concert project "VOCAMERICA," her wish is to spread the love for this amazing type of music and technology across the World.


Guest Panelists

Jakejames Lugo has been writing and talking about video games for nearly 7 years. His work has appeared in various outlets such as IGN, The Koalition, Playboy, Pixelkin, and many others. In addition to reviewing and discussing new games, anime, and pop culture online, Jakejames has covered large industry events like E3, Comic Con, PAX, PlayStation Experience, and many others for the outlets he has worked with. 

Jakejames has attended many local Florida conventions, interviewing celebrities and special guests for media outlets while also hosting panels and speaking to audiences about the gaming industry and pop culture. You can find Jakejames publishing editorials on The Koalition website and appearing weekly on The Co-Op Podcast live show, making new gaming vlogs on his YouTube channel, and helping write guides for new game release on IGN.
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Moshi Moshi Watermelon is a small South Florida based group run by four girls; Infected-Ellis, Pandamic Bear, Yuripaws and PanchiiCake! We started out in 2014 after realizing our desire to sell all things kawaii. Since then, we have sold at over 30 conventions and our numbers continue to rise! We are so excited to be traveling out of state more often and meet a new fanbase so that we can provide our unique products to more people around the country. Catch many of our panels at Anime Iwai, as well as a J-Fashion Show we will be hosting!