Jamie McGonnigal, voice actor
Jamie McGonnigal

Jamie McGonnigal is best known for his voice-acting roles on Viva Pinata!, WB’s Pokemon and Yu Gi Oh! and 4Kids/The Cartoon Network’s One Piece, F-Zero and Kirby. Other voice over roles include anime titles Weiss Kreuz (Omi), Magic User’s Club (Takeo), World of Narue (Kazuto) and The Weathering Continent (Tieh).  Jamie recorded for the video game, XSEED’s Shadow Hearts: From The New World for PS2, playing the lead role of Johnny Garland.

Jamie is also a founding producer of the New York Musical Theatre Festival. As an actor, he has appeared on stages regionally and in NYC in a number of roles.   His work as a producer and director includes his World AIDS Day concert productions of Pippin (starring Rosie O’Donnell and Ben Vereen), Children of Eden and The Secret Garden. 

Jamie’s drive to the make the world a better place is now focused on www.talkaboutequality.org.  Visit www.JamieMcG.com for more information.

Pennsylvania Jedi
PA Jedi

This is a Philadelphia based Light Saber enthusiast group.

The PA Jedi are a community of people and teachers who share practical Martial Arts as well as Western based and Stage Combat oriented Light Saber techniques. With the exciting option of creating your own character, PA Jedi get to be the Hero or Baddie!

Although not strictly anime, we are extremely excited that they are joining us.  Perhaps they will recruit some new Padawan’s.

Check them out at www.pajedi.com

Princeton Kendo and Iaido Club
Princeton Kendo and Iaido Club

This group from Princeton will be demonstrating traditional Japanese swordsmanship that evolved from kenjutsu.  It is a martial arts tradition spawned by the traditional schools of swordsmanship (ryu) of ancient Japan, and was practiced by and large by the bushi, or samurai class of the era. However, Kendo, as opposed to kenjutsu, is not practiced in order to destroy opponents but rather to train oneself in character building. Kendo training is based on a variety of movements of attack and defense known as waza . Most fundamental are stance, footwork, cuts, thrusts, feints, and parries. Today kendo has ten ranks and 3 teaching degrees, with the higher ranks regulated by the All-Japan Kendo Federation. Visit www.princetonkendo.com 

Aikido Agatsu Dojo
Aikido Agatsu Dojo

Students from Dojo’s in south Jersey will be demonstrating the Japanese martial art, Aikido.  Aikido is a powerful method of self-defense that redirects the force of the attacker without violence or competition. Traditional Aikido offers the benefits of true martial arts.  It was developed by Morihei Ueshiba as a synthesis of his martial studies, philosophy, and religious beliefs.   Aikido is performed by blending with the motion of the attacker and redirecting the force of the attack rather than opposing it head-on. This requires very little physical energy.  In addition to the benefits of overall fitness and character development, Aikido students learn to become centered and confident in the face of challenge or aggression.  See their website at www.aikidoagatsudojos.com .

Chie Matsumura Dusk
Chie Matsumura Dusk

Dusk-sensei will be running a workshop to introduce you to the Japanese language.  She is an adjunct instructor at Rowan University where she teaches the extremely popular Japanese classes.  We are excited that she can join us at GCAC.

[geist] ガイスト

Visual kei and Japanese rock have swept America, and there is hardly a better example of its influence than [geist]: an American group devoted to the sound, look, and feel of visual kei Japanese rock. Visual kei is a movement among Japanese musicians that is characterized by the effort to thrill all five senses at once.

We are excited that [geist] will be performing for us!  http://www.myspace.com/geistband

Peter and Katie Tom-Wolverton
Aquiline Studios

In the world of anime music videos (AMV’s) Peter is known as Scintilla and Katie is Cyanna, both of Aquiline Studios. Peter is a graduate of The College of New Jersey and Katie is  a graduate of Seton Hall University. Their AMV’s are known for their high quality and high entertainment value.  They have graciously offered to talk to us about the technical aspects of making AMV’s.  Peter has written guides to help AMV editors, and several of his videos have won major awards.  Peter’s most popular video to date is undoubtedly the Alternate Eva Opening: Eva Bebop, but one of his personal favorites is Dueling Videos: Under Ice.  Katie has an emphasis  on storytelling.  Her current favorite of her own videos is "La Cane de Feu" ( http://www.a-m-v.org/video/170310 ).  But, Peter also recommends "Beauty and the Baka" ( http://www.a-m-v.org/video/158394 ).


Michael Shore
Michael Shore

Something for Everyone Jewelry

Michael makes jewelry based on Anime, Manga, Video Games, as well as other themes. He cuts, polishes, & sets everything by hand. The pieces are made out of either; Nickel Silver (an alloy made from Copper, Zinc & Nickel and is hypo-allergenic), Brass, Copper, or Sterling Silver.  Some of the pieces also may contain one or multiple Natural Gemstones (Precious & Semi-Precious).  He will bring jewelry to sell, including Pendants, Earrings, Bracelets, Pins, Rings, & Gemstone Bead Bracelets. 

Dr. Ross Beitzel
Ross Beitzel

Dr. Beitzel will conduct a workshop on painting bamboo in the Sumi style.  He has traveled extensively, worked as a consultant to numerous community, education and cultural organizations.  Dr. Beitzel’s artwork has been exhibited throughout the United States and Japan.  Dr. Beitzel is curator of the Permanent Art Collection at Gloucester County College, and he received a Governor’s Award in Arts Education in addition to other awards.

Click HERE to visit the Dr. Ross Beitzel Gallery