Comfort and Adam
Comfort and Adam are the six-time Harvey Award nominated husband-and-wife Action Faction responsible for the critically acclaimed series The Uniques, The Uniques Tales, and Rainbow in the Dark. They are a 100% symbiotic duo sharing the writing, pencilling, and coloring duties equally.
Comfort and Adam are currently finishing up work on a massive How To book called The Complete Guild to Self-Publishing Comics: How to Create and Sell Comics, Manga, and Webcomics published by Random House, as well as going back to The Uniques and starting a webcomic called, The Kitty Game.
Before becoming full time self-published comic creators in 2008 they did RPG artwork for companies such as Palladium and Green Ronin while also working as teachers at Kendall College of Art and Design. On top of everything else Comfort and Adam have done work for Image Comics's Mice Templar, and IDW's The Dreamer.
The duo live in Flint, MI with their two cats, Obi-Wan and Annie-kin and can frequently be seen walking up and down the road talking about stories. They will be hosting three panels at Otakon 2014 Let's Draw a Manga, Let's Make a Character, and Digital Color & Lettering For Comics and Manga.
You can also see Comfort and Adam in the Artist Alley at tables BB02-BB03.
Charles Dunbar is a fan of many things, of which anime is but one. But it is certainly a large one. A lifelong fan, Charles has been attending conventions since his teenage years, and spent a chunk of his college career devoting copious amounts of free time to cultivating his fandom identity. Somewhere along the way, he managed to earn a graduate degree by studying convention culture, and began giving panels and presentations at cons, libraries, the occasional university, and mythology round-table events. Five years later, he is still at it, devoting many of his waking hours to educating his fellow fans on ideas pertaining to Japanese culture, fan culture, sacred culture, and whatever else grabs his attention. During his downtime, he sometimes writes these ideas down, indulges in the occasional JRPG, or binge-watches King of the Hill and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. You can find more on him at http://www.studyofanime.com
Daryl Surat (Twitter: @DarylSurat) has been attending anime conventions for over 15 years, doing panels for over 10 years, and writing for Otaku USA Magazine since its inception 8 years ago. Since 2005, he's also been a host of the Anime World Order podcast (http://www.animeworldorder.com), which won the Parsec Award for "Best Anime Podcast" in 2009. Despite being an anime fan for over 22 years, he never saw himself as an "old man" until...just now, when he counted out those years. The whole "geek chic" movement came a little too late for him as Daryl's an "otaku" in the old-fashioned sense, but he's accumulated all sorts of knowledge about Japanese animation, action cinema from around the world, video games, and pro wrestling as a result. His goal: to pass some of this information on to YOU, intrepid con-goer, in the hopes of keeping the "maniac" otaku spirit alive!
Mike Toole got into this anime thing in 1994 (yep, that makes it 20 years!) and turned pro in 1996, working as a critic and features writer for the likes of Animerica magazine, Anime Insider, Sci-Fi Magazine, and Otaku USA. He had a stint working as a spec copywriter and web designer for the late Geneon, developing websites and writing for favorites like NieA_7 and Black Heaven. More recently, he's been developing extras for Discotek DVD releases, and is featured on commentary tracks for the Lupin the 3rd films BYE BYE LADY LIBERTY and THE HEMINGWAY PAPERS. He's been lecturing on a variety of anime topics nearly as long as he's been a fan, and has reliably filled rooms at Otakon for years with fun fare like DUBS THAT TIME FORGOT and THE WORST ANIME OF ALL TIME. Currently, he's a biweekly columnist and occasional podcast guest at Anime News Network, and occasional contributor to the Topless Robot geek humor blog.
Chin Hamaya Culture Center
Chin Hamaya Culture Center is a nonprofit organization supporting the preservation and instruction of Okinawan and Japanese cultures. We are guided by those values and principles that improve communication and understanding among people from diverse backgrounds. We believe that cultural understanding can, and should be, achieved through community education and music.
Trained in Okinawa, the Chin Family brought a message back with them to the US to promote "Peace through understanding each other's culture". We have been able to continue Taiko and have taken 6 of the performers to Okinawa last summer to train. We are currently located in Charles County MD with 30 members in Waldorf, 55 in Rockville, and 42 in VA beach. We perform for everyone from the homeless all the way up to foreign dignitaries and the Presidential Family. We believe that all people should have a chance to celebrate life and culture!
Come watch and join in the celebration as we bring you fantastic performances from Okinawa and Japan.
Please visit us at www.chinhamaya.org