You heard correct for the first time in the UK we have all members of Team Rocket set to blast off to Newcastle in June 2017 for SunnyCon Anime Expo.

 This will be the first time both current voice actors have visited the UK for fans. Alongside Team Rocket the duo also lend their voices many other characters both old and new as well as the majority of Pokemon as well. This will be huge for fans of the Pokemon series and games both the older crowd and the newer ones. Michele and James will be hosting panels, events and signing sessions over the weekend, signings will be free however they will have their own prints available to purchase over the weekend for attendees.


This is, of course, the start for Sunny Expo as more guests will follow in the coming months leading up to the event. Ever since the move to St James Park stadium, the event has increased in size greatly and with the change to an expo format and more space available 2017 is shaping up to be the must-attend anime event of the year. VIP tickets have already sold out and there are a limited number of premium tickets left, under 12's are free with a paying adult. Head over to our tickets page to BOOK NOW.


Sunnycon Anime Expo 2017 Guest Michele KnotzMICHELE KNOTZ


It is said that Michele Knotz hails from a distant faraway planetoid called New Jersey. She commutes to New York to work on this anime series you may have heard of called “Pokémon.” Now in their 19th season, Michele returned as the voice of Team Rocket’s Jessie. Before season 14, Michele voiced May, Nurse Joy, The Pokédex, and many Pokémon. She also voiced Misty for the Pokémon 10th Anniversary Special, “The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon.” In the Pokémon Special, “Pokémon Mystery Dungeon, Team Go-Getters Out of the Gate” she voiced Chikorita. Other anime roles include Hajime Yagi in "The World of Narue," Takako Kawashima in "Shootfighter Tekken," Matsumoto and various characters in “To Heart,” Razali, Cindy, Greta, and The Fairy in “The Third,” Ogiue Chika in “Genshiken,” Koyuki Asagiri in “Kujibiki Unbalance,” Chou’un Shiryuu in “Ikki Tousen,” Tomoe and Airi in “Queen’s Blade,” Potaru Tanaka and Inumi in “Magical Witch Punie-Chan,” Akira Sakamoto and Lilith’s mother in “Holy Knight,” Sanae Shikikagami in “Ladies vs. Butlers,” and The Boss in “Juden-Chan.”  As far as video games go, Michele has voiced the Pokémon Trainer, Squirtle and various other Pokémon for the Nintendo Wii’s: “Super Smash Bros. Brawl,” Piplup and many others in “PokéPark Wii – Pikachu’s Great Adventure,” Snivy, Piplup and many others in “PokéPark 2 Wonders Beyond,” various characters in “Heathcliff the Fast and the Furriest,” Alisa Bosconovitch and Roll in Capcom’s “Street Fighter X Tekken,” Grace in “Castle Dracula,” Lucky and various others in “Gangstar Vegas,” Lilliel Saotome in NIS America’s “The Guided Fate Paradox,” Miku Kubo in “Modern Combat 5: Blackout,” Snivy, Gardevoir, Latios, and Latias in “Super Smash Bros.” for the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, all the mom’s, a reporter, and creatures in “YIIK,” Nascira, Right-Hand Bandit, and various in “Dungeon Hunter 5,” Redtrophi Queen in “Heroes of Order and Chaos,” Pugi in “Combat Core,” the Female Marauder in “The Silent Roads,”  the Shadow and Light Element Dragons in “Dragon Mania Legends,” and Signy in “Regalia: Of Men and Monarchs.” Michele is also the voice of Asuka in the hilarious web series, “I Am Senataur” and Kindarspirit in “TOME – The Terrain of Magical Expertise.” But Michele doesn’t just work on anime and video games. She’s also a script adapter for various dubbing projects and lends her voice to many other types of work. To see all of Michele’s credits, guest appearances, and listen to her voice demos, check out her website.

Sunnycon Anime Expo 2017 Guest James Carter CathcartJAMES CARTER CATHCART


Prepare for trouble (and make it double)! An ingredient known by many names, you might know James through his currently voicing himself (That's Team Rocket's James!) on Pokemon, a role that he's called his own since the Hoenn Saga. He also voices Meowth!


If you're not into Pokemon, maybe you remember him as the voice of the underhanded Weevil Underwood in Yu-Gi-Oh! or Vector the Crocodile in Sonic X. A proud American (and New Jersey-an!), we would certainly be remiss if we did not mention his love for music. Influenced by Pop, Rock, Jazz, and Classical styles, James has both performed and recorded music alongside notable artists such as John Tesh, Ace Frehley, Gerry Mulligan, Garland Jeffreys, and Katey Sagal, among many, many others in his decades-spanning career.



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