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Katsucon announces guest lineup

Katsucon 20 will be held in National Harbor, Maryland on the weekend of February 14-16. Once again the convention will host many special events and guests, guaranteeing to make it a popular weekend for anime fans to attend. A wide range of guests that have been recently announced for the event. Guests include:

ELLYN STERN:

Ellyn Stern is both a director and actress. Among the animated projects she has directed are: Samurai X, Jade Cocoon, Super Magnetic Neo, Aerowings 1 and 2, Galerians. Ellyn’s live action directorial films are: Star Wars Episode lV- A New Hope, Farewell My Queen, Delicacy, to name a few recent ones. See ellynstern.com for more complete list. Her career in anime began with the original "Robotech" series in which she played several characters.

Most recently she can be heard Yu’s Mom in "Noein" ,Jack’s Mom in "Mar", and Ichigo’s mom, Masaki Kurosaki in "Bleach". She voiced Haraway in "Ghost in the Shell 2-Innocence". She played Rosalind in "Armitage III", Himeno in "Fight!! Spirit of the Sword", Sayaka in "Mental Fighter Miku", Moru in "Vampire Princess Miyu" and Hiroshi’s Mom in "Zenki".

RICHARD EPCAR:

Richard Epcar has voiced over 300 characters in Games, Animation and Anime. Starting out in "Robotech" and best known for voicing Batou in "Ghost in the Shell". You’ve heard him in "Legend of Korra", "Lupin the Third", "Monster", "Naruto", Bobobo-bobobo", "Transformers", "Bleach", "Kenshin" and others. He is also in "Kingdom Hearts" as Ansem.

RICHARD HORVITZ

Fans of animation will recognize Richard Horvitz as the voice of many iconic characters, including "Invader Zim", "The Angry Beavers", and Alpha 5 from the original "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers". In addition to Richard’s animation work, gamers will recognize him from his many video game roles in such classics as PSYCHONAUTS (RAZ), RATCHET AND CLANK series (Zoni, Pollyx ,Zurgo) DESTROY ALL HUMANS (Orthopox) and SKYLANDERS(Kaos) to name a few. Richard continues to work on screen as well. Most recently he was seen in THE INFORMANT with Matt Damon and CRAZY, STUPID LOVE along side Steve Carell. Many will remember Richard as the nerdy Alan Eakian in Paramount Pictures 1980’s cult classic SUMMER SCHOOL. More info at www.richardhorvitz.com

RIKKI SIMONS

Rikki Simons is a voice actor, writer, and artist. He is most famous for being the voice of the robot in a dog suit, GIR from "Invader ZIM". As writer he is known for science fiction and fantasy novels such as Hitherto a Lion, Ranklechick and His Three Legged Cat, Super Information Hijinks: Reality Check!, The Sad Circus by the Sea, and the six volume ShutterBox fantasy series, which he co-created with his wife, Tavisha-Wolfgarth-Simons. He is also a background painter in animation, most noted for his color design on Invader ZIM. The comics and books he creates with Tavisha can be read and purchased at www.tavicat.com

For more information on other guests and the convention in general, visit their website at: http://www.katsucon.org