Otakon Vegas Announces Guests, Steve Blum, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, Lisa Ortiz
Lisa began her career as the high elf Deedlit in Record of Lodoss War. Since then, she has gone on to record dozens of anime series, audiobooks, video games, and films, as well as eventually moving behind the microphone as a producer, director and adapter. Her work has appeared in film festivals and on television. She can currently be heard as Fletchling, the Gym leader Korrina, and Oshawott in Pokemon, Rina in Time of Eve, Anna in Berserk, Mini in RoboCar Poli, Ogakai in Dungeon Hunter 4, Lotus Hanazoe in Yugioh GX, as well as roles in Gangstar 3. Her directing and producing work includes mobile games for The Dark Knight Rises, Iron Man 3, and Littlest Pet Shop. She is President of Noise of O Productions, and currently resides in NYC, with her fabulous felines Fitz and Stan.
As an actress, Mary portrayed Major Motoko Kusanagi in Ghost In The Shell Innocence, Solid State Society and Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex for which she won the American Anime Award for Best Actress. You can also hear her as the Female Crusader in Diablo III: Reaper of Souls, Kurutsu in Ghost in the Shell Arise, Mrs. Maheswaran in Steven Universe, Sei in Alpha Protocol and Nora in Final Fantasy XIII. Some of her other popular roles are Cornelia in Code Geas. Kurenai from Naruto, Julia from Cowboy Bebop, Zanpakuto from Bleach, Helba and Bordeau from .hack, Jagura from Wolf’s Rain, Nuriko in Fushigi Yuugi and Caroline from Vampire Hunter D.
Mary is directing Penn Zero: Part Time Hero for Disney XD premiering in 2015 starring Thomas Middleditch, Adam Devine, Alfred Molina and Larry Wilmore. She is also directing Naruto: Shippudenwhich just reached its 500th episode! She has directed the 6 Naruto Movies as well as Naruto and Naruto Shippuden the series for which she received the 2008 SPJA award for best director. Among her many other directing credits are Cowboy Bebop the series, Cowboy Bebop: Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door,Tenkai Knights, Digimon Fusion, Wolf’s Rain, Digimon Tamers, the movie Appleseed and was a co-writer for the American adaptation of Metropolis. She also directed the original animated series Boing The Play Ranger and Gormiti: Lords of Nature.
Mary Elizabeth has had the great honor of singing the music of Akira Yamaoka for the movies Julia Xand Silent Hill as well as the games: Silent Hill 3, The Room, Origins, Shadows of the Damned and Silent Hill: Shattered Memories and Book of Memories which she also voice directed.
With literally hundreds of V/O credits to his name, “Veteran Voice Monkey” Steve Blum is best known as the voice of Spike Spiegel from Cowboy Bebop, Wolverine from several incarnations of X-Men (animated movies, games, The Wolverine and The X-Men TV Series, The Super Hero Squad Show, X-Men Anime and more), Orochimaru, Zabuza, and others from Naruto, Green Goblin from the Spectacular Spider-man series, Heatblast, Vilgax and Ghostfreak from Ben 10, Grayson Hunt (Bulletstorm), Grunt (Mass Effect 2 and 3), Zoltan Kulle from Diablo 3, Abathur from Starcraft 2:Heart of the Swarm, Tank Dempsey (Call of Duty), Killer Croc from Arkham Asylum, Oghren (DragonAge), Vincent Valentine (Final Fantasy VII), Leeron (Guren Lagann), Jamie from Megas XLR, Storm Troopers and many others in most of the Star Wars games, The voice of 7-11, dozens of Digimon and a gigantic list of other characters from Anime, Video Games, TV and Film. In 2012, Steve was inducted into the Guinness Book of World records as Most Prolific Voice Actor in Video Games – appearing in almost 300 games! Recently, you can find him on the Emmy award-winning Transformers: Prime, playing the sometimes delusional but always deadly Decepticon, Starscream, and as Heatwave on the action-packed, kid-friendly, Transformers: Rescue Bots. Also as Devil Dinosaur on HULK: Agents of SMASH, several characters on Ultimate Spider Man, Ben 10: Omniverse, the Regular Show, Doc McStuffins, Uncle Grandpa, Wander over Yonder, Tenkai Knights, and as the terrifying anti-bender Amon on the hit series Avatar: The Legend of Korra.
And after 4 years off the air, thanks to tremendous fan support, Steve once again takes the helm of the great star cruiser Absolution, reprising his role as TOM the robotic host of Cartoon Network’s Toonami on Adult Swim.
Look for him as Zeb Orrelios in the incredible new series Star Wars: Rebels on Disney XD. And this fall, Steve is Dare to be Square as Shoe and Sparky in Laika’s new feature film: The Boxtrolls.
Otakon Vegas 2015 will be held January 16-18 at the Planet Hollywood Casino in Las Vegas, NV.