Youmacon is a popular culture event similar to most “Comic Cons”, however instead of focusing on comic books, Youmacon is a celebration of Japanese popular culture and its influence on our own culture over the past few decades. Common themes throughout the event are Anime (Japanese animation), Video Games, Japanese style artwork and comics, and the rising internet culture influenced by all of the above.
Youmacon brings a unique all-ages mix of interactive events, celebrity guest panels, and live musical performances to Downtown Detroit. One of its most popular events, “Live Action Mario Party”, emulates the video game experience – often filling the room to fire code capacity. Players participate in gameshow-like mini-games to help their teams advance and win.
Wearing costumes, or “Cosplay” as it’s known at conventions, is very popular with attendees of Youmacon. It is not uncommon to walk into a pair of Italian plumbers in overalls on the escalator, only to meet someone dressed as Edward Elric or Master Chief from Halo minutes later.
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These Year in Reviews are not, what I call, official “reviews”. Like last year, they will be a series of musings, learned lessons and stories of what I experienced through out the year. Of course, reviews are featured but they are blended in with everything. The theme of FIRSTS sum up the beginning, middle and end of my year, as you will see. Enjoy my year of 2016 in the Michigan Geek Scene.
Continue reading 2016 Year in Review Summer Part 2 (Yes, I know its 2017)
David Vincent is known for his roles as Senketsu (Kill la Kill) and Marshal Law (Tekken). We sat down to talk about his comedy background, his love of animation, the comedy webseries CONfessionals and the new anime community Anime Unlocked. Check out this really fun interview that was a year and a half in the making.
Continue reading David Vincent at JAFAX 2017
Voice actor and actor Bryan Massey was an individual I was hoping to interview for quite some time. His role of the charismatically psychotic Ladd Russo stole the show in Baccano, which is known for its large cast of unique characters. While we delved into Baccano, we talked about his dream role, comedic background, a mutual respect for mixed martial arts and his live action roles. Check out my favorite interview from NotCon 2017.
Continue reading Bryan Massey at NotCon 2017
Ian Sinclair (Space Dandy) returns to have another fun conversation. Take a guess as to what we were talking about. You guessed it. More comics and music and Dragon Ball Super. This is a fine example of the type of interviews that I love conducting the most. Enjoy.
Continue reading Ian Sinclair at Shuto Con 2017
Shuto Con 2017 marked the TWO YEAR anniversary of MIGeekScene’s public debut. Check out photos from Lansing’s annual anime con. More photos to come.
Continue reading Shuto Con 2017 Friday
Voice actress Jad Saxton has lent her talents to series such as Fairy Tail, Death Parade and Dimension W. Learn about the theatrical side of Jad, as we talk extensively about her roles in the Nether and the Trainspotting play. Plus, we delve into one of her favorite fandoms, the world of Harry Potter. Check out this fascinating interview.
Sasuke Uciha (Naruto), Simon (Gurren Lagann) and Ben Tennyson (Ben 10) are a paltry sampling of the numerous popular shows that Yuri has voiced for. We talk about Mad Max Fury Road, martial arts, Ninja Scroll, Dr. Who, charitable causes, steampunk, noir influences and many more topics in this engaging interview.
I always strive to create a fun and engaging interview for my guests. However, when the guest and I click right from the beginning, the real magic begins. Yuri Lowenthal was, by far, one of my favorite interviews of the year (and of all time)!
Watch what anime and video game voice actor Todd Haberkorn called one of his best interviews of 2016. Todd Haberkorn’s list of roles are so numerous that I wouldn’t know where to begin. Let’s try Natsu from Fairy Tale and Ling Yao from Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood to name a few. Learn more about Todd’s non-anime background as we discuss: his favorite concert, a tribute war with Vic Mignona, his music album, his time on Hot Pepper Gaming and Jiminy Glick. Special bonus footage with a cameo and a message for Todd included.
The voice of Duke Nukem, Jon St. John returns for another fun interview. The interview is a little NSFW-ish due to language.
During part 1, we talk about voice acting influences, video games, favorite concerts, and comedic mishaps from his radio dj days.
During round 2, we talk about new games such as This is the Police and Rad Rodgers. We also talk about his production company and the four hours that changed his life forever.