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Finn-Con@MDC: Anime & Gaming Expo at MDC North

Annual FREE Anime & Gaming Convention at Miami Dade College on Saturday, 6/15/24, from 1PM - 9PM!

Brenna Larsen
Voice Actress
Panel: Genshin Impact & Honkai: Star Rail Voice Actor Panel

Panel Location & Time: Room 2158 at 2:00 PM
Table Location: Library, Room 2101

Brenna Larsen is an actor, singer, voice actor, and voice director with nearly 15+ years experience in the entertainment industry. Brenna earned her double major in Musical Theatre and Theatre Education from the University of Northern Colorado. She toured nationally and internationally with the First National Tour of Peppa Pig Live as Peppa. Brenna is most known for her roles in Genshin Impact (Navia), Honkai: Star Rail (Banxia, Chunfen, and Yinshu), Octopath Traveler (Pala), Pokemon Masters (Eve), and Master Detective Archives (Guillaume Hall) as well as her leading roles in Care Bears: Unlock the Magic (HBO Max), LOL: House of Surprises (Netflix), Rainbow High (Netflix), and Mermaze Mermaidz. Brenna loves her job and feels lucky to get to act every day!

      

Courtney Lin
Voice Actress
Panel: Genshin Impact & Honkai: Star Rail Voice Actor Panel

Panel Location & Time: Room 2158 at 2:00 PM
Table Location: Library, Room 2101

After one traumatic summer interning in a small rat lab, Courtney Lin decided that maybe the medical field was not the best route for her to go. She declared to her Taiwanese mother that she was dropping her initial plans for med school to make funny faces into cameras, and from there someone also suggested she try making funny noises into microphones. She then applied for and graduated from the on camera acting program at UCLA, and since then has been able to meow, scream, giggle, and "KYAH!" her way into various video games, commercials, and TV shows. Her credits include Nickelodeon's Monster High as Draculaura, The Casagrandes as Clara, as well as Genshin Impact, Honkai: Star Rail, Fullmetal Alchemist: Revenge of Scar, Fire Emblem Heroes, Kuroko's Basketball, Welcome to Demon School! Iruma-kun, Lupin the Third, Kotaro Lives Alone, Scott Pilgrim Takes Off, and Final Fantasy VII Rebirth.

      

Amber May
Voice Actress
Panel: Genshin Impact & Honkai: Star Rail Voice Actor Panel

Panel Location & Time: Room 2158 at 2:00 PM
Table Location: Library, Room 2101

Amber May is an African American Voiceover Artist who is known for her work in animation, video games, theme parks, commercials, cartoons, and children's entertainment. Amber is a native of Richmond,Virginia, who now resides in Los Angeles,CA. She has provided her voice to over 100 different media projects over the past decade. Some of her most known roles include Dehya in Genshin Impact, Yanqing in Honkai: Star Rail, Barbie "Brooklyn" Roberts in Mattel's movie Barbie: Big City, Big Dreams, and the quick-witted Narrator in Komi Can't Communicate. Amber's credits also include Pokemon Journeys, Final Fantasy: Brave Exvius, Lupin the Third, Shadowverse Showdown, Kemono Friends, and the webtoon from Glitch Productions, Sunset Paradise. Amber is passionate about her craft and is motivated to help the next generation of voiceover actors learn the ropes.

      

Nerds Know
Panels & Workshops: Dubs vs Subs , The Feels in Cartoons & Anime , Tales of the Yokai from Japanese Legends , Japanese Mythology: Folktales & Urban Legends , The Anime Name Game , and LGBTQ+ in Japan: The Yuri on Ice Problem .

Nerds Know is a premiere entertainment panel group of South Florida. This group of nerds has extensive knowledge in pretty much all things nerdy: Disney, Anime, Sci-Fi, Comics, Pop Culture, Cosplay and more! Their panels range from in depth lectures to highly interactive events. Chances are that their panels will have you shaking your head in disbelief or laughing hysterically in your seat!

The group is made of convention veterans, college professors, and convention professionals. They have seen it all and want to share their love of all things nerdy with you! After individually hosting panels for more than a decade, they joined forces in 2016 to found Nerds Know. Since then, their content has exploded with their combined efforts. The Nerds Know sum is greater than the total of their parts.

     

Flynn's Gaming (Arcade & More)
Arcades and Retro Consoles Location: Computer Courtyard, Room 2102

Flynn's Arcade & More is a legit old school meets new school arcade located in Margate, FL. Flynn's has everything from upright arcade games, video games, and much more. Flynn's hosts weekly fighting game tournaments of all of the latest and popular fighters in the South Florida fighting game community. Whether you're experienced or a novice, all levels of competitors are welcomed. So come out, invite your friends and join them on a exclusive experience you won't get anywhere else!

     

The Orange State Ghostbusters
Table Location: Library, Room 2101

Founded in 2008, The Orange State Ghostbusters are a non-profit charity. This costuming fan-group of enthusiasts is comprised of like-minded people throughout the State of Florida that want to spread their love of Ghostbusters with the community.

Their current charity is the Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Florida.

     

None Like Joshua
Location & Time: Studio Theater, Room 5116 at 6:00 PM
Table Location: Library, Room 2101

None Like Joshua (NLJ) is a versatile wordsmith and experimental electronic producer, NLJ has been dabbling through a diverse set of music genres and topics to rap about since 2009. The level of fame that he’s garnered with over 135 million YouTube views has stemmed from rapping about his favorite video game, anime, TV shows, and movies intertwined with heavy electronic music. He’s also released a rap metal/nerdcore album, L33T, with the French band, Smash Hit Combo, which reached #1 on iTunes metal for France. He’s even performed in various cities and countries during his career; from Washington to Texas, Atlanta to New Orleans, and even across Europe in Amsterdam and London. With an upcoming EP, epic remixes, covers, and collabs on the way, NLJ is sure to give a show you’ll never forget.

      



In collaboration with:

Miami Philharmonic Orchestra
Anime & Video Game Concert
Location & Time: Lehman Theater, Room 5120 at 7:00 PM

Founded in 2020, the Miami Philharmonic has been a dream in the works for more than 5 years. Founder and Director, Alberto Bade, wanted to unite musicians from all over the world to deliver a unique, powerful, and captivating orchestral experience.

Living in South Florida for over 30 years, Maestro Bade understands the unique cultural needs of our community. The Miami Phil is also focused on providing children and their families with opportunities to learn and expand their appreciation for this genre of music through concerts, clinics, and mentorship programs.

Stormtroopers 501st Legion: Florida Garrison
Location: Spot them throughout the day!

The 501st Legion is an international fan-based organization dedicated to the construction and wearing of screen-accurate replicas of Imperial Stormtrooper armor, Sith Lords, Clone Troopers, bounty hunters, and other villains from the Star Wars universe. The 501st Legion, called by its nickname Vader's Fist, is made up entirely of volunteers. Formed in South Carolina by residents Albin Johnson and Tom Crews in August 1997, the Legion now has over 14,000 active members worldwide, with over 26,000 approved costumes. The Legion is active on 6 continents, with local units known as "Garrisons" and "Outposts" in over 60 countries. Legion members make appearances at casual, promotional, and charitable events.

     

The Graphic Novel Group
Table Location: Library, Room 2101
Panels & Workshops: Manga and Comics as a Literary Art Form , Zine-Scene Workshop , Introduction to Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) , and Will Eisner: The Father of Graphic Novels .

The Graphic Novel Group (GNG) promotes appreciation of graphic novels, graphic non-fiction, comics, and related art and literary forms, and supports the use of these materials for interdisciplinary teaching, social awareness, and personal enrichment. The Group engages students and other members of the MDC community in co-curricular events (such as guest lectures, facilitated discussions, creative workshops, etc.), and makes recommendations for the MDC Libraries’ print and online collections of graphic novels and graphic non-fiction. Sponsored by the MDC Learning Resources Department, the GNG is a college-wide group of faculty, administrators, and staff. For more information, contact Jenny Saxton. To receive notifications about the Graphic Novel Group's events, sign up on their email list.

Miami Animation & Gaming International Complex
Table Location: Library, Room 2101
Short Animation & Film Screenings: Movie Theater, Room 2147

Inaugurated in 2015, the Miami Animation and Gaming International Complex (MAGIC) at Miami Dade College is the first facility of its kind at a public higher education in Florida. Modeled after a feature production studio — MAGIC has positioned itself as a new animation and gaming industry hub and has gathered enthusiasts, studio executives, software specialists, artists and others from around the country to collaborate in different initiatives. Both academic programs “Animation & Game Art” and “Game Development & Design,” are industry focused, with a skilled training curriculum designed to fill jobs currently in demand by the industry. A college credit certificate is also offered on “Virtual and Augmented Reality Technologies,” where immersive simulations can be designed not only for entertainment, but a range of other industries going from healthcare to logistics.

Miami-Dade Public Library System
Table Location: Library, Room 2101

The Miami-Dade County Library System (MDPLS) includes most of Miami-Dade County with the exception of the municipalities of Bal Harbour and Surfside. Miami-Dade Public Library System maintains reciprocal borrowing relationships with each of the municipalities that operate municipal libraries. Throughout the past century, Miamians have watched their public libraries grow from a reading room in Lemon City to 50 libraries spanning the county’s southernmost point in Naranja to its northern reaches in Sunny Isles Beach. The library system has not only grown, but also dramatically evolved in the way services are provided—all in an effort to meet the informational, educational, and recreational needs of the people of Miami‑Dade County.

MDPLS invites you to visit any of their 50 locations in person, or to access the wide range of eBooks, audio books, research and learning materials, music, and videos that are available online.

Dade County Library Association
Table Location: Library, Room 2101

DCLA (Dade County Library Association) is a community of Miami Dade information professionals ranging from academia to public to school libraries. They are an active professional organization composed of librarians and others interested in librarianship. With over 100 active members, DCLA is committed to promoting and advocating bibliographic and information services in Miami-Dade County.

Cybrarium
Table Location: Library, Room 2101

The Cybrarium, a one-of-a-kind public library that breaks the mold of traditional learning, offers an exciting blend of cutting-edge technology and service delivery. Located in newly redeveloped Downtown Homestead, a bustling destination for entertainment, dining and retail, the Cybrarium presents a modern approach to education and enrichment.

Hyrule Winds
Outdoor Live Music

Location & Time: Lehman Theater, Outdoor Amphitheater at 2:30 PM

Hyrule Winds is a woodwind quintet based in South Florida specializing in music from your favorite video games. Founder, flutist/oboist, and principal arranger William “Billy” Beamsderfer discovered his passion for music, learning first the flute, then oboe. He honed his skills performing classical music, and held principal positions in All-State Band, Broward Symphony Orchestra, and New Directions Chamber Winds. Though he enjoyed classical music, he always felt like something was missing. Then, just by chance, he came across a video game concert on YouTube. Hearing his favorite music performed live gave him an “aha!” moment. He realized he could combine his musical training with a lifelong love of video games into a unique niche. Not long after that, Hyrule Winds was born. Featuring music from Super Mario Brothers, Halo, Pokemon, Final Fantasy, Legend of Zelda, and Undertale, Hyrule Winds will take you on a memorable journey through your favorite video game worlds.

S15 Costuming
Table Location: Library, Room 2101

Steven Rodriguez (S15 Costuming) is an award-winning cosplayer and prop-maker based in Miami that is known for his Fallout and Nintendo cosplays, winning various cosplay awards at anime and comic cons in South Florida over the past 10 years. S15 has had his cosplay work featured by Bethesda, The Wand Company, and Nintendo Life, just to name a few. When he's not cosplaying, he's streaming on Twitch. He also raises money for Nicklaus Children's Hospital in Miami, FL via Extra Life, an organization that brings gamers together to raise money for their local children's hospitals.

    

Anime Iwai
Table Location: Arts & Crafts/Kid's Area, Building 5

Anime Iwai is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Southeastern Florida with over a decade of convention experience. Funded by their attendees and board of directors, their staff works tirelessly on a volunteer basis to produce conventions and events focused on building friendships and positively contributing to their community.

    

Weeb Warfare
Table Location: Arts & Crafts/Kid's Area, Building 5

Weeb Warfare is a Miami based organization that specializes in the creation of battle arenas for participants of all ages, including activities for Live Action Role Play (LARPing), as well as teaching the art of how to craft boffer (foam) gear and make padded armor.

   

Mike Drop
Location & Time: Studio Theater, Room 5116 at 5:00 PM

Mike Drop is a Hip Hop/Rap/Nerdcore musician (amongst other genres) who is of Caribbean descent and based in Miami, FL. He likes to blend his youth musical upbringings (battle rap, free-styling, and wordplay) with new school sounds, mixing the best of both worlds. By adding his love for anime and nerdy references, Mike Drop tries to mix pop culture and nerd culture, making music for all everyone to enjoy.

   

MC Squareroot

Location & Time: Studio Theater, Room 5116 at 2:00 PM
Table Location: Library, Room 2101

MC Squareroot is an educational hip-hop artist from Dallas, TX. Originally created as a way to engage his students, in 2015 long-time musician (and first year teacher) Evan Fee began writing and performing hip-hop about mathematics. After overwhelming positive responses from his students, Mr. Fee adopted the moniker MC Squareroot and took to public stages to perform. In 2019, MC Squareroot signed with Gitmo Music out of Denton, TX and has since released three full-length albums, an EP, and numerous singles. He has also toured extensively on his summer and spring breaks, performing in OK, KS, NE, IA, CO, NM and of course TX. MC Squareroot's live shows are family-friendly, and educational; he brings an energetic performance (complete with visuals) that covers subjects like Algebra, Geometry, number theory, and the occasional science-related song. Remember, everybody counts in Math!