Anime Blast Chattanooga

Affliction Cosplay Photography

Chase Lawrence is a professional photography artisan from Jasper, Alabama that has specialized in practical effects, cinematic lighting, and photo manipulation. He has been photographing cosplayers since early 2011 and has continued bettering his work with the help of his photo and cinematography team, Affliction Cosplay Photography. His work has been featured in multiple publications internationally and shared by the creators of Irrational Games, Blizzard, BioWare, Riot Games, 2K Games, IGN, and Hi-Rez Studios through multiple multimedia outlets. Come meet him and his crew, Levi Mixon, Karsten Everett to learn more about the world of cosplay photography at Anime Blast Chattanooga 2017!

Allyssa Lewis

Allyssa Lewis

Animator, Recruiter and Consultant Allyssa A Lewis, although born in Brooklyn, New York, has spent the last two decades expanding her creative reach in Atlanta, Georgia, where she uses her BFA in animation from Savannah College of Art Design – Atlanta toward experimental animation and mixed media illustration. Most noted for her animation on over 75 episodes and promos of FX’s Emmy winning series “Archer”, she has also produced content for NBC’s “30 Rock”, i am OTHER, Animation Domination, ComicCon San Diego, and Captain Planet’s Planeteer Movement.

As the Founder and Executive Director of the animation resource and staffing agency, My Animation Life (MAL), she primarily focuses on the career placement and portfolio enhancement of artist within animation-related industries. Creating Georgia’s most inclusive animation map and calendar are just a couple of the popular assets MAL provides to strengthen Georgia’s animation industry. Lewis also is the Animation Director of re:imagine/ATL where she develops media projects with diverse teams to expand the boundaries of creation and encourage industry equality, and sits on the Advisory Board of ASIFA South, one of the largest animation societies in the southeastern United States.

Robbie Daymond

Robbie Daymond is a Native-American Voice Artist, Actor, and Performer based in Los Angeles. He works in traditional animation, Anime, commercials, film, television, audiobooks and videogames for companies such as: Nickelodeon, Disney, Warner Brothers, Cartoon Network, Discovery Kids, NBC, 20th Century Fox, Marvel, Bang Zoom!, Lucas Films, Activision, Square Enix, Volition Games, Studiopolis, VIZ, Aniplex, SyFy, Random House and many more.

After booking his first major Anime role in 2014 as Tuxedo Mask in “Sailor Moon”, he has had the opportunity to act in several other Anime series including; “One Punch Man” as Mumen Rider, “Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans” (both now airing on Toonami), “The Seven Deadly Sins”, “Naruto Shippuden”, “Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works”, “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure”, “Sword Art Online 2”, “Durararax2”, “Lupin the 3rd”, “Aldnoah Zero”, “Your Lie in April”, “Glitter Force”, “Rock Lee & His Ninja Pals”, & continues to reprise his role of Mamoru in “Sailor Moon Crystal”. There are also a few others coming that he can’t mention quite yet…

Robbie currently stars as the series lead in two shows on Nickelodeon: “Breadwinners” and “Get Blake.” He has guest-starred on such shows as: “Star Wars Rebels”, “Avengers Assemble”, “Transformers: Rescue Bots”, “Ever After High”, “Little People” and “The Tom & Jerry Show”. He has also voiced characters in several feature films, including Toneri Otsutsuki in “Naruto the Last”, Porta in “Patema Inverted”, Lino is “Gundam the Origin III” and the Fairy Cronies in “Strange Magic”, among others. Robbie can also be heard in videogames such as TMNT: Mutants in Manhattan as Michelangelo, Tales of Zestiria as Sorey, Final Fantasy Type-0, Star Wars: The Old Republic, The Division, Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Lego Marvel’s Avengers, The Lego Movie Videogame, Technomancer, Masquerada, Aion, Stella Glow, Xenoblade Chronicles X, Grand Chase, Skyforge, Forbidden Magna, Lineage 2, Etrian Odyssey Untold II, Blade & Soul, Fairy Fencer F, Goro Akechi in Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 5,  Prompto from Final Fantasy XV, and more!

Chris Patton

Chris Patton head shot

Chris Patton has been Voice Acting for 18 years. His credits include over 250 Anime titles, including projects for ADV Films, Funimation Entertainment, Sentai Filmworks, Okratron 5000, and more.

Credits include: Fullmetal Alchemist (Greed), Soul Eater (Asura) Akame Ga Kill (Run), Diabolik Lovers (Ayato), Hamatora (Moral), Skip Beat! (Ogata), Full Metal Panic (Sousuke Sagara), Ghost Stories (Hajime), Dimension W (Haruka Seameyer), The Wallflower (Ranmaru), Cross Ange (Embryo), the recently announced Drifters (Abe No Seimi) and Aoharu X Machinegun (Toru), and many more.

In the world of video games, he can be heard as the lead character Asahi in the upcoming Akiba’s Beat, Turles in Dragonball Xenoverse 2, and as Turles in the entire Dragonball Z franchise.

Chris has also narrated over 150 Audiobooks, including the novelizations of Guardians of the Galaxy, and Tron: Legacy.

In the world of live theatre, Chris has been in over 60 shows, and now works as a theatrical director, having recently directed the regional premiere of Green Day’s American Idiot, the Houston premiere of Silence! The Musical, and the world premiere of a live workshop adaptation of The Moody Blues’ Days of Future Passed.

Amanda Swanson Photography

Amanda Swanson headshot

Amanda Swanson started her interest in photography during her junior year of high school in 2012, and has loved it ever since.

She graduated with her Associates in Photography in 2015. She has owned her local photography business in Knoxville, T.N. for the past year now!

She focuses on the power of natural light, and loves to create a fun experience for each client! As well as cosplay photography, she also specializes in family portraiture, children portraiture, dog portraiture, and wedding photography.

2017 Art Contest: Lucky 7



Welcome back to our 7th year for Anime Blast Chattanooga, artists!  Thank you all so much for continuing to support us!  We’re looking forward to an even better year this year, and look out, because this year:

:star:We have a theme!:star:

So get ready, because here are the entry rules for this year’s Lucky 7 Art  Contest!

In order to participate, simply submit your piece to the Anime Blast Art Contest Entries folder in our DeviantArt gallery or via email to

*Please note, all specifications MUST be followed in order to be eligible for the prize. ENTRIES THAT DO NOT FOLLOW ALL SPECIFICATIONS WILL NOT QUALIFY FOR JUDGING.*

Sibling duo Blaze and Rockette are lucky stars and strikin’ it rich this year!  Have fun letting them enjoy their lucky streak in your own envisioned scene! You are permitted to design your own glamorous costumes for the mascots in your artwork.  Multiple entries are permitted!

:bulletblue: Each of your entries MUST have a resolution of 300 dpi/ppi and MUST be sized between 6″x9″ minimum to 11″x17″ maximum, portrait orientation.
:bulletyellow:  No entry may include characters or type from any other licensed works.  No nudity, pornography, or anything religiously or politically questionable or debatable is permitted (keep entries PG, please!)
:bulletred:   Do NOT apply the Anime Blast Chattanooga logo on your entry.

Here are the references for our con mascots:

Blaze  and Rockette Models by ShouYume

The grand prize winner will receive a free Artist Alley table for Anime Blast Chattanooga 2017 including 2 Artist Alley badges, along with an Anime Blast Chattanooga 2017 prize pack including t-shirt and small award. Artist will also be permitted to sell prints of the winning piece if they so choose.  All participants will have their art featured on our website.  Entries may also be displayed elsewhere, such as included in the program.

The contest will begin Saturday, May 20th, 2017, and will be open for entries until June 30th, 2017.  No entries will be accepted outside of the above date range.  The winner will be announced both on the dA group site and the official Anime Blast Chattanooga Facebook page.  Website will also be updated with featured winner and participants.

We’re Excited! Blaze and Rockette are excited!  Best of luck to all of you!

Greggo’s Game Shows

Greg Wicker (or “Greggo” as he’s fondly known) has been producing and hosting game shows at anime conventions since 1999, when he premiered Anime Match Game at Project A-Kon in Dallas. Since then, Greggo has done anime-themed versions of several classic game shows, created a few games of his own, and even had an original project that very nearly turned into an actual television show on Anime Network. These days Greggo is concentrating on perfecting his craft and making game shows available for conventions everywhere, bringing his rapier wit and friendly personality with him wherever he goes.

You can see some of Greggo’s past game show efforts on his YouTube page at / or visit his website at

DJ Synaptic Flow

Hailing from the unlikely Chattanooga, TN, Brian Foster aka Synaptic Flow’s earliest musical influences varied, ranging from New Wave and Industrial to 70s pop. In the early 90s he became a fan of techno, house, trance, jungle and drum-n-bass. He became a constant fixture in the southestern US rave scene. Deep house, and the music of LTJ Bukem’s camp inspired Brian when he entered the studio. Dreamy, melodic, soulful electronic music emerged and manifested itself as Synaptic Flow. Synaptic’s debut album “Biotechnology”, released on Diskatopia Records, was a critical success and charted heavily on North American college radio. Other singles emerged on various records labels, demonstrating Brian’s diversity and scope of musical vision.

Brian considers himself a “drum and bass producer who also makes house.” Drum and bass is where he expresses his creativity the most, but deep house is the musical love of his heart. These days he’s aspiring to release intelligent dnb, deep house and deep techno tracks on some of his favorite netlabels. Brian also continues to make waves on the DJ scene, as he did with us last year at Anime Blast Chattanooga 2015!

Go Big or Go Home Cosplay

Go Big or Go Home Cosplay

Contestant on Cosplay Melee – SyFy’s new cosplay competition show. Best use of Technology and Favorite Social Media Vote at Dragon*con 2016, Professional Division. Best in Show Journeyman Momocon 2015. Member at Geekspace Gwinnett, maker space.

Emily Schmidt, also known as Go Big or Go Home Cosplay, is from Atlanta, Georgia. She likes to make costumes and props in her free time. She has been cosplaying for a little over two years and loves the cosplay community. She feels it is a great place to make friends and learn new crafting techniques. Emily enjoys making armor for strong independent female characters. When making her costumes she primarily uses thermoplastics and EVA foam. One of the things that she most enjoys includes teaching classes at her local makerspace, Geekspace Gwinnett. Emily has won awards for Craftsmanship Competitions in the Journeyman and Master levels at local conventions, including Dragon*con. Over the holiday she had the opportunity to work on a commission for Hi-Rez Studios along side Blue Whale Studios Inc. Her most recent accomplishment includes competing on Cosplay Melee, SyFy’s new cosplay competition show. As an artist, she is exploring more opportunities to work on commission builds and pursue work with others in the community.

Anime Blast Chattanooga returns Nov. 10-12!

We’re excited to once again host Anime Blast Chattanooga! We’ll be returning to the historic Chattanooga Choo Choo for our venue and host hotel. We’ve got a lot of updates coming soon so we hope you stay posted for those!


Photo by ScatterDOTFashion