Guests

Samurai Dan and Jillian

Shaken not Stirred Burlesque

Known for their signature James Bond opening number, Shaken not Stirred Burlesque is Tallahassee’s premier burlesque troupe. Shaken not Stirred Burlesque features vocal and dance numbers from a variety of decades and genres in addition to classic sideshow acts and Nerdlesque numbers. They have performed in Tallahassee venues such as Bird’s Aphrodisiac Oyster Shack, The Wilbury, Garages on Gaines among others as well as at conventions, events and establishments throughout the Florida-Georgia region. Shaken care of business since 2014, Shaken not Stirred Burlesque is a tantalizingly immersive experience that leaves audiences thirsty for more.

Cafe Kira Hoshi – Maid and Butler Cafe

Welcome to Cafe Kira Hoshi! We are a maid and butler cafe that strives to bring the cute atmosphere of a Japanese maid cafe to conventions all over Florida. At Cafe Kira Hoshi, we aim to provide guests with a unique experience that will allow them to take a break from busyness of the con floor and relax in a themed environment. At events, we serve yummy snacks with hand drawn chocolate syrup art, topped off with a “Moe Moe Kyun” spell to make it more delicious! Our maids and butlers will also perform Japanese style dances, play interactive games with you, and most importantly, do their best to make sure you’re having a great time!

Steve Bennett

Steve has been prowling around conventions since 1994, but he started in the industry long before that. When he was just a kid living in Japan, he landed a part time job working with Noburu Furusei (New Dominion Tank Police, Lupin III, etc.) at Studio Aoehyma in Tokyo. He worked on series like Urusei Yatsura and Yamamoto, before moving back to the States.

As an adult, Steve worked with Studio Ironcat, a manga-publication company, from 1997 to 2004 and worked on several web comics, including The Angel of St. Thomas and Life with Steve. He’s attended a zillion conventions teaching cel painting classes and drawing on anything that moves. Steve has also spoken at institutions such as the Iowa Museum of Art, the Freer Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, and Loyola University.

After spending the last seven years living in Japan, Steve and his wife Nikki moved to the Seattle area. He’s busy with several projects: designing covers for Nikki’s publication company, Firedrake Books, working on commissions, and heading to anime cons whenever he gets the chance. Looking forward to seeing everyone again at Anime Iwai!