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MEET THE COMMITTEE

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Next up is our Chairman & Founder

 Alex Baker ( Wex )

How many anime cons have you attended and what was your first?

Honestly, I’ve lost count, there was one year where I had attended roughly 30 events….never again! But my first event was MCM Telford expo 17 years ago!​

What anime intro is the best in everyone’s opinion?

Oooh, this is a tough one, I used to love a lot of the bleach openings, and you can’t go wrong with a bit of Rock the Dragon from DBZ….. But I may have to go with ‘Again’ by Yui, from Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood!

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What got you interested into anime and manga in the first place?

I believe I was roughly 5 years old and I saw Dragonball Z on tv, it was the episode where Raditz and Goku both get KO’d, but since then I was obsessed with it. I went on to enjoy many more anime as I grew up such as Tenchi Muyo and Cardcaptors! ​

If you could have any guests (no budget or travel restrictions) for the con, who would you have?

Arnold Schwarzenegger… nothing to do with anime, but he’s my hero and he would help me ‘Turn this mush in to muscle!’

What's everyone's favourite cocktail

Love a Key west cooler!  Midori,Peach Scnhappes,Vodka,Malibu,Cranberry Juice and Orange juice! So good! Hits be a bit hard though!

 

Do you put the jam or cream on your scone first?

It has to be cream first and then the jam!  Best way….and only way!

 

What is your favourite cheese?

Love me a bit of Seriously Strong chedder, or Leerdammer!

 

Best or weirdest con experience?

Damn, So many to choose from. I think I would have to mention some of the first MCM expos I went to. Though I do not enjoy them as much now, they were the gateway to anime cons for myself, and not only that, when I first started attending, cosplay was still quite a new thing and so many people did it just for fun and the community always felt close, it was more of a carefree and laidback atmosphere which is what use to give me the best experience! But then again I was quite young. Other than that, it may be Kitacon 2014, so many of my friends were there, I got very drunk and I had a fantastic time!!

Oh and for a weird con experience.. I ate a page of 50,shades of grey for charity.... fun times

 

Everyone’s fave Pokemon type?

My answer is purely based on the starter pokemon I normally go for, which is grass type! Yes I pick Bulbasaur! Real MVP


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We can't wait to see you at KokoroCon2022 and interact with you all!

 



 

 

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Next up is our Head of Dealers  
Grace Mitchell (Diamonds)

What's your favourite old school anime? Talking 90s into early 2000s.
I got into anime pretty late so nothing properly old-school, but I do have a soft spot for Tokyo Mew Mew

How many anime cons have you attended and what was your first?
Having got into anime pretty late my first con was Kitacon 2016 and I’ve only managed three since then (been sneaking some cosplays into MCMs though)

Best or weirdest con experience?
The best experience is absolutely the reactions you get from people who appreciate your cosplay and the lovely people who ask for photos, bless you all ^-^

How do you take your tea or coffee and which do you prefer?
I’ll take coffee over tea but both are black with no sugar.

What got you interested into anime and manga in the first place?
One of my friends in school was watching Ouran so I gave it a go then I discovered cosplay and I was hooked.

Everyone’s fave Pokemon type?
Poison and dark types have a special place in my heart from playing the TCG

If you had to be stuck in a fictional world for the rest of your life, which would it be?
If anyone’s read the ‘Dead Witch Walking’ series by Kim Armstrong then that seems a pretty alright place to be.

Do you put the jam or cream on your scone first?
It has to be cream to make a little cream bowl to hold the jam in.

What's everyone's favourite cocktail?
One dark and stormy for me please

Which celebrity online or traditional living or dead would you fight in an MMA charity match?
I’m under no illusion that everyone would absolutely crush me but I’d have a good go at Natalie Dormer

Thanks Grace!


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Next up is our Head of finance & admin  
Zubair Qureshi (Zubi_Q)

How many anime cons have you attended and what was your first?

I would say 10 in total and London Anime Gaming Con in Feb 2013 was my first. 

What anime intro is the best in everyone’s opinion?

Raise Your Flag by Man With A Mission for Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans. So so good!

 

What was your worst con experience?

Someone ended up stalking me the entire con, that I had to report it to security and con staff. It was very uncomfortable.

Best or weirdest con experience?

Having all my closest friends all together for Kitacon 2016. Some I hadn’t seen for a good while. They also had a lasertag experience, which was great fun.

The most drunk con experience ever?

It was the first Kitacon I went to. I didn’t know any close friends going, so was having cups of pure vodka and ended up having one of the best nights ever. Basically managed to dance with everyone and was such a fun time. My head begged to differ the next morning though, haha!

What got you interested into anime and manga in the first place?

My sister back in 2007/08. She was really into it and I always made fun of her for watching Japanese cartoons. She then pestered me constantly to watch DeathNote, Naruto and Bleach. The rest is history!

If you had to be stuck in a fictional world for the rest of your life, which would it be?

I would love to say the Star Trek universe. You have the holodecks and the food replicators!

If you could have any guests (no budget or travel restrictions) for the con, who would you have?

Chris Broad from Abroad in Japan. He would resonate with the entire con community!

 

What do you all do for work/careers in general?

I work for Rebellion, the video games company based in Oxford. Most known for Sniper Elite, Strange Brigade, Judge Dredd and Zombie Army!

What's everyone's favourite cocktail

Purple Rain, so so good!

Thanks Zubair!


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Next up we have our Head of Registrations

Lydia Wright (Cleafer)

What got you interested in anime and manga in the first place? 

Stumbling onto AMVs in the very early days of Youtube, and tracking down some embedded music in people’s myspace/quizilla pages that played beautiful anime MIDIs. The latter is actually what got me to learn piano properly, just so I could play all those pieces myself! 

 

What’s your favourite old school anime? (Talking 90s into early 2000s)

I have a real soft spot for Fushigi Yugi, even though I don’t think I’ve ever met someone else who knows it haha, but it was one of the first manga/anime series I got into, along with Inuyasha. Other highlights from that time would definitely include Death Note and Chobits too though.

 

What anime intro is the best in your opinion? 

Attack on Titan season 1, or My Hero Academia season 1. Both are instantly recognisable, full of energy and instantly set the tone of the series! 

 

Favourite Pokemon type? 

I don’t really keep up with the latest gens, but I’ve always had a fondness for psychic and ice. But I tend to judge more based on the Pokemon themselves than type! 

 

Do you put the jam or cream on your scone first?

I put butter/marge on my scones (rhymes with gone for me). That said, I’d be putting cream on first, the logical way. Then I’d probably leave the jam off altogether tbh.

 

If you had to be stuck in a fictional world for the rest of your life, which would it be?

Probably Stardew Valley – it might not be the most exciting pick, but everyone’s friendly, it’s relaxing and fun, and you aren’t in danger of a brutal death every 2 seconds like many other worlds if you aren’t the protagonist. 

 

Top 3 games room etiquette rules?

  • Treat the games/boards/cards/players with respect. Don’t bend or crease anything, spill drinks or get sticky fingerprints over games that aren’t your own, or be a dick to other players. 

  • Be patient with people who don’t know the rules. Don’t expect everyone to play optimally even if they aren’t a beginner – a lot of people are somewhat inebriated, tired or a little distracted when they play at cons. 

  • Don’t take it too seriously, have fun! It’s fine to get competitive to an extent, but don’t let it ruin the game by being a sore loser or a bad winner. 

 

What’s your favourite cheese?

Cheesecake! Specifically vanilla and/or chocolate cheesecake (though I shouldn’t really have any kind of cheese, being lactose intolerant haha).

 

Best or weirdest con experience?

Playing my ocarina on stage and winning the talent show was a real unexpected welcome to the con scene <3 Weirdest con experience was when I started doing tarot readings in my Chihaya cosplay from Persona 5 and started getting a bit of a queue because apparently I was scarily accurate and it was weirding people out. 

 

If you could have any guests (no budget or travel restrictions) for the con, who would you have?

Matt Mercer would be an absolute dream (not just for the Critical Role side of things, but just the sheer talent and him being such a down to earth, friendly guy), and similarly Laura Bailey. As a less obvious pick though, Brian David Gilbert would be great fun to have.

Thanks for that Lydia!


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First up is our Head of Operations!

Jake Shipley ( Jefferus )

Why is @Jefferus so bad at magic the gathering?

Because I exclusively play Tron in modern? 

 

What's your favorite old school anime? Talking 90s into early 2000s. 

2006 counts as early 2000’s right? Cause if it does I’d have to pick Death Note.

This may sound like heresy, but I’m not actually that big a fan of older anime! I only really got into anime in the 2010’s and I’m not a fan of older animation styles.

 

How many anime cons have the rest of you ever attended and what was your first?

I have honestly forgotten how many cons I’ve attended!

But my first was in 2011 in Leicester which I only went to because a youtuber I was a huge fan of was attending. I then met so many people who I’m still friends with to this day!

 

Best or weirdest con experience?

Best would probably be Kitacon 2015, It was a really chill con experience hanging with friends I hadn’t seen for a long time and just in general enjoying myself.

Weirdest is definitely the chicken incident. Those of you who already know me will know exactly what I’m about to say here, but for you lucky few who don’t let me take you back to a time when I learnt to not jokingly agree to things.

The year is 2014, the con is Kitacon, and I was so drunk I could barely see.

I had agreed that if a friend got me drunk enough I would let him cover me in pva glue and feathers, and true to his word he did. A lot of the build up is a blur, but I remember running around the hilton hotel bar in nothing but my pants and a lot of feathers yelling “Bwark bwark I’m a chicken” then a failed escape from security that ended with me being politely escorted to my room.

 

The most drunk con experience ever?

Probably Ayacon in 2013 when attack on titan first became a thing and I decided to do a shot of Jaeger every time I saw an AOT cosplayer, I was nearly blackout by lunchtime

 

What got you interested in anime and manga in the first place?

Initially it was just that all my friends were into it. But then as time went by I realised that a lot of anime and manga was telling stories you just didn’t see in the kinds of media I was consuming.

Like, take Jojo’s as an example. It’s essentially a surrealist art piece wrapped in a show about giant men punching each other. But also because it’s been going for so long you can track how the cultural conceptions of ‘masculinity’ in Japan have changed over the years just by seeing how characters and their designs change and evolve over each iteration of Jojo.

That went a bit off topic, but I stick with my answer.

 

If you had to be stuck in a fictional world for the rest of your life, which would it be?

Honestly anywhere in Bradond Sanderson’s Cosmere, in particular Scadrial era 2, because being a magic cowboy sounds cool as heck!

 

Do you put the jam or cream on your scone first?

Jam.

No I will not elaborate or discuss this.

 

What do you all do for work/careers in general?

I am currently a Data Analyst, which is a fancy term for playing with code and graphs all day. I like my job because it’s low stress enough to not melt my brain.

 

What is everyone's favourite cocktail?

I want desperately to be the kind of person who orders an old fashioned and feels classy while sipping a drink.

But I am slowly accepting that I like things that are fruity, come in a gaudy ass glass, and cost more than I can reasonably afford!

Thank you very much Jefferus for those delightful yet amusing answers!

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Next up is our Cosplay Co-ordinator & Social media assistant 

Chloe-Rose Grant ( CosmicChlo )

What is your favourite cheese?

All cheese is good cheese, but I’ll have to go with halloumi.

 

What is your favorite old school anime? Talking 90s into early 2000s. 

Cardcaptor Sakura, Evangelion, Cowboy Bebop.

How many anime cons have you attended and what was your first?

I honestly stopped counting years ago. But I started in ‘09 and it’s probably at least 30+

What anime intro is the best in everyone’s opinion? 

A Cruel Angel’s Thesis - Evangelion or Tank - Cowboy Bebop.

 

How do you take your tea or coffee and which do you prefer?

Tea with milk and no sugar.

 

What got you interested in anime and manga in the first place?

Like many of us, I grew up watching DBZ, Pokemon, Digimon and Beyblade after school. I started reading manga in secondary school, the art reminded me of the shows I loved. Then I started watching anime on YouTube, in three parts, you know the one. The rest is history.

Everyone’s fave Pokemon type?

I love Water and Ice types. And Dragon too!

If you could have any guests (no budget or travel restrictions) for the con, who would you have?

Mark Hamill . Or the boys from the Trast Taste podcast.

 

What do you all do for work/careers in general?

I’m currently studying Early Childhood Studies and I work in a nursery as an Early Years Practitioner.

Which celebrity online or traditional living or dead would you fight in an MMA charity match ?

Well I’d love to smack J.K Rowling in the face so give me her, or Amber Heard.

Thanks for that Chloe :) 


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Next up is our Secretary

Jem Angus ( Jemstone )

What is your favourite cheese?

Red Leicester, although i do love a cream cheese.

 

How many anime cons have you attended and what was your first?

Too many to count! But my first was London MCM 2009.

 

What anime intro is the best in everyone’s opinion? 

I was always fond of the intro to Pandora Hearts, A Certain Scientific Railgun has an awesome intro too. 

 

Best or weirdest con experience?

Oh, here’s my weirdest, at an MCM years ago I cosplayed as Mew Ichigo. I was at a stall when a maybe 10 year old boy came up to me and said ‘Your Ichigo! Omg I love you!! Can I have a hug?’ So I thanked him and gave him a hug, he then came out with ‘If I was dressed as Kisshu I would totally r—e you right now’. I literally didn’t know what to say to that...

 

How do you take your tea or coffee and which do you prefer?

I can’t stand coffee!! Tea however, I have with milk and 2 sugars.

 

What got you interested into anime and manga in the first place?

Well, when I was 21 I had just been dumped by my boyfriend of 5 years, so I was obviously very upset. My best friend said I should try watching Cardcaptor Sakura to take my mind off everything. I had watched Pokemon and Yu-gi-oh as a kid but not any proper Japanese anime, so I watched it, and then I was hooked! Fruits basket followed, then Tsubasa, it was like a whole new world was open to me, after one door closes, another very weebu door opens! 

 

If you could have any guests (no budget or travel restrictions) for the con, who would you have?

Mads Mikkelson, I became a huge fan of Hannibal during the first lockdown, he’s a very down to earth guy who likes to talk to his fans. Also, very yummy!! 

 

If you could how would you quit your job?

Oh, Ive had this in my head for years, I would stick my arm out and run down the wine aisle and knock everything on the floor as I go. This is of course only if I get sacked wrongfully. 

 

What do you all do for work/careers in general?

I work nights at my local Morrisons on Price Integrity. So I deal with marketing and pricing and try to keep the store legal. 

 

What's everyone's favourite cocktail?

Sex on the beach, I’m weak for a fruity cocktail!

Thanks Jem


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Next up is our Head of Gophers

Kerry ( Lass' )

What is your favourite cheese?

Babybell, I love a good babybell.. Don’t judge, oh and cheese strings.

But for fancy cheese? Brie… I love Brie. 

 

What's your favorite old school anime? Talking 90s into early 2000s.

CardCaptor Sakura, Digimon, Pokemon, Dragonball Z, Cowboy Bebop. Studio Ghilbi movies.

 

How many anime cons have you attended and what was your first?

Kitacon 3 was my first one, after that was followed by every Kitacon, Gemucon, Auchiawana, Ayacon, Alcon and a couple of MCM’s.

 

What was your worst con experience?

Gemucon… I hate going up 10 flights of stars and almost having an asthma attack.

 

Best or weirdest con experience?

There’s a handful really, but I’d have to say Gemucon. I remember almost being dragged back to my hotel room by the convention guest because I got really drunk and the next morning, I was still drunk. 

And boy, that was a rough morning.. 

 

What got you interested in anime and manga in the first place?

Now this is a good question. It happened years ago, early teens. I was watching a show, 100 greatest films and what came in the top 20? Princess Mononoke. They played a clip of Ashitaka, riding Yakul and firing his arrow. After that, I was hooked and got that movie on VHS.

 

Everyone’s fave Pokemon type?

Fire type, followed by Dragon and Dark

 

If you had to be stuck in a fictional world for the rest of your life, which would it be?

If this counts, Studio Ghibli because well it’s the best thing I’ve ever seen and if not. Lord of the Rings because I might fall in love with an elf… 

 

If you could have any guests (no budget or travel restrictions) for the con, who would you have?

Crispin Freeman….Because his voice is amazing, he played Alucard from Hellsing and Tsume from Wolf’s Rain. I mean, heck the guy even does voice acting online classes. Great guy, I hope I get to meet him in person some day. 

 

Which celebrity online or traditional living or dead would you fight in an MMA charity match ?

Jake Paul, because he’s got a big mouth and needs to be taken down a notch and act his age..

But I hope Connor Mcgregor knocks him out. 

Thanks Kerry!


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Next up is our Bring & Buy officer

Ben Angus ( LordBangus )

 

What is your favourite cheese?

Wenslydale. The crumbly texture and creamy taste is the best. 

 

How do you take your tea or coffee and which do you prefer?

I take tea and coffee but prefer coffee. For Tea its white no sugar, good builders brew is perfect for me. Coffee would be either a latte or a flat white from Costa. Starbucks isnt as good but i drink blonde roast latte if i have to. Gotta say though a good cafetiere coffee is divine too.

 

What's everyone's favourite cocktail?

Purple Rain from Tgi Friday, there is nothing better than chilling out with a huge cocktail and a plate of sesame chicken strips with my bros.

 

Do you put the jam or cream on your scone first?

Cream first and made like a pyramid. Its so much easier to spread a thick layer of cream on the scone and then glob a blob of jam on top. More jam than cream is weird.

 

Everyone’s fave Pokemon type?

Electric, 

Magnezone, Luxray, zapdos, Manectric, Ampharos and Electivire. All are top dudes.

 

What’s your favorite old school anime? Talking 90s into early 2000s.

Neon Genesis Evangelion. Literally no doubts atall. This has and will always be my favourite classic anime. Darling in the franxx, Konosuba , Devil is a part timer, My hero Academia and Attack on titan are some of my favourite modern anime but there will always be a place in my heart and a cube of my kallax for Evangelion and the sexy Merch. Other favourite classic Animes are Trigun and Gundam Wing.

 

If you could have any guests (no budget or travel restrictions) for the con, who would you have?

Patrick Stewart, he is literally a Legend. He makes such a great professor X and he's goddamn Picard!

 

What got you interested into anime and manga in the first place?

When i was at school, I was *shock horror* part of the nerdy group and we would talk tv and video games. Some of the tv shows happened to be animes that were on uk television, shows like sailor moon, gundam wing, shaman king, cardcaptors and dragonball Z. Me and a couple of my friends would watch these after school and sing along to the theme songs. It was then that we started to find anime vhs at car boot sales as we were still in a pre internet download or streaming age and we'd buy them and share them around and it grew exponentially from there. Soon enough conventions and cosplaying and anime figures took over.

 

What anime intro is the best in everyone’s opinion?

Yugioh! Its time to d-d-d-Duel!


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Next up is our Head of Trad Games

Peter Coleman ( Moley )

How many anime cons have you attended and what was your first?

I honestly have no idea, I attended pretty much everything from 2004-2015. My first anime event was Minamicon 10 though.

 

Best or weirdest con experience?

Singing God Gave Rock and Roll to You with a group of friends at an Auchinawa so loud that I wrecked my voice. I was coughing blood the next day.

Weirdest was getting a call from my ex-Brother-in-Law asking if there was an MCM on because someone called in a potential terriorist incident at the tube station he worked at and he wanted to know if he should push the button or not to summon SO-19.

 

Your top 3 games room etiquette rules?

#1 Remember that other people are playing games in the room as well.

#2 Don't monopolise space for hours, there's more of the event where you can do things.

#3 Spilled Drinks and Cardboard don't mix so don't bring open drinks to the table with drunk weebs about.

 

How do you take your tea or coffee and which do you prefer?

I don't really like either but if I have to it's tea, black, with 7 sugars,

 

What got you interested into anime and manga in the first place?

My brother's friend Lee was a weeb before that was a thing and he used to bring fansub VHS's to the house to watch. He also used to buy random magazines and redraw cells from dragonball and ranma 1/2.

 

If you had to be stuck in a fictional world for the rest of your life, which would it be?

AEtherstone, which is my personal DnD campaign world, would be pretty sweet but I know that's a cop-out. Likely in The Culture universe from Iain M. Banks would be my first pick but for fantasy it'd likely be The Shadows of the Apt world by Adrian Tchaikovski. 

 

If you could have any guests (no budget or travel restrictions) for the con, who would you have?

Brian Blessed is supposed to be a lovely guest, otherwise Alex Trower, or Angi Viper so I'd have an excuse to share some beers with friends.

 

What do you all do for work/careers in general?

I am a GM for hire, a freelance writer, and I do laser cutting work.

 

What's the most shocking thing you've seen involving somebody's cosplay? Bonus points for unintentional pyrotechnics.

I've seen someone not earth their fancy animatronics properly and basically taze their own lower back. I have others that aren’t appropriate to share but if you buy me a couple of beers at kokoro I might be persuaded to share.


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