HGX 2023 Talent Lineup
Justin "JWong" Wong is an American Fighting Games player currently representing Panda as a content creator. He is a nine-time EVO champion, having won Marvel vs. Capcom 2 in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, Street Fighter III: Third Strike 2v2 Teams in 2009 and Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 in 2014. Although very briefly, Justin Wong has competed in many other fighting game franchises such as Mortal Kombat, Pokken, Killer Instinct, King of Fighters, Tekken, Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, Skullgirls and SoulCalibur. Due to his early dominance and eventual longevity in competitive fighting games, it can be debated that he is the best American fighting game player of all time. Justin Wong is known for his footsies-oriented style. In 2010, Justin was picked up by Evil Geniuses and became the first american fighting games player to be sponsored by an esports organization. After this, Justin signed to Echo Fox as part of a "super-team" of players including himself, Tokido, Momochi, Chocoblanka, SonicFox and Scar and stayed with the team until early 2019.
BIO COMING SOON
BRADLEY W. SMITH
"I'm Bradley. Sorry. If you're not a kid, you probably have no clue who I am! I'm the voice actor for the gaming panda bear of YouTube, Combo Panda. The channel is named after the character and after roughly 5 years, we've accrued over 2 million subscribers and 1.5 billion views. "Combo Panda" is a sister channel of "Ryan's World," which is one of the most massive childrens brands right now with over 33 million subscribers and 53 billion views. Aside from Combo, I provide voices for the Ryan's World characters Packrat, Moe the Monster, Shelldon the Baby Dinosaur, and Robo Combo Panda. Sometimes, Combo Panda games against Robo Combo on the "VTubers" channel (over 2.3 million subscribers/1.8 billion views). You can also catch me in live-action as myself over on "The Studio Space" YouTube channel (over 3 million subscribers/1.8 billion views) Under the Ryan's World brand, my silly voices can be heard in "Ryan's Mystery Playdate" (Nick Jr.), "Ryan's World Specials" (Hulu), the video games "Race with Ryan" and "Ryan's Rescue Squad" (Switch, PS4, XBox One, PC), the mobile app games "Tag with Ryan," "Super Spy Ryan: Rumble Arena," and "Ryan's Dart Tag," and even a good chunk of toys including the Combo Panda Build-A-Bear. We're starting to produce anime specials now, too, such as "Super Spy Ryan" (Amazon) and "Ryan's Arctic Adventures" (YouTube). When I'm not working on content to make kiddos laugh, I'm thinking of things to make adults laugh (hopefully). The dream is to be a professional standup comic, so I take any opportunity I can to tell jokes. Even at conventions! So, be sure to go to any panel I'm on because there's sure to be pandamonium. " - Bradley William Smith
PEACHY & FAIRY
PeachyandFairy is a collaboration of cosplay sisters, @peachypie_cosplay and @fairylafey, who are both based in Houston TX. They lovingly call each other “cosplay sisters” as they not only share their passion for cosplay but also share the same profession, birthdays, dress and shoe size! Fairylafey has been cosplaying since 2016. She has always been an anime fan and is very happy to embrace her passion with others. Fairy is a Latina actress who loves to inspire and encourage others with her favorite hobby. She owns a face character company (The Princess and You LLC) to spread her touch of magic with the little ones, making every birthday party a dream come true experience! Peachypie_cosplay has been cosplaying since 2018. She is an anime and Itasha car enthusiast who enjoys sharing this love with others. Cosplay is a vehicle for her to join charity events to bring smiles to kids, young and old. She actively organizes cosplay meetups, events, hosts panels and judges for contests for several activities within the cosplay and Itasha communities. Through hosting cosplay collaborations, panels, cosplay contests and events, @peachyandfairy aims to inspire, educate and break the barriers of fear many novice cosplayers face in order to start experimenting with their own craft; by giving tips and tutorials so that they too can excel in the art of cosplaying. PeachyandFairy believes in the value of COMMUNITY over COMPETITION as they enthusiastically collaborate with fellow cosplayers, and attend various events in an effort to bring the cosplay community together!
COSPLAYER & JUDGE
Ithileryn is an award-winning and published cosplayer and photographer from Denton, Texas. While always drawn to makeup, hair styling, costuming, and performance from a professional dance background along with her fascination with videogames, anime, and fantasy genre lore, it was inevitable that she would discover cosplay! Since 2017, she has hand-made, tailored, and modeled dozens of costumes. Her specialties include makeup artistry, wig styling, patterning, sewing, photography, and set design, and she is well known for emulating characters' physicality and mannerisms, bringing them to life. She been featured in multiple cosplay magazines including being the cover feature of Cosplay Realm Magazine’s Holiday issue and a special Avatar issue for Creative Cosplay Magazine, as well as been featured in online cosplay and nerd culture journals, such as Kotaku, Dexerto, CBR, and many more. She has been an official cosplay guest and cosplay competition judge for more than a dozen conventions in Texas alone, while also leading panels at each show to share her knowledge and expertise in the field with attendees in hopes of encouraging cosplayers and artists alike. Her most notable cosplays include Jinx (League of Legends), Elizabeth (BioShock), Faye Valentine (Cowboy Bebop), and Raven (Teen Titans), however she cosplays from many sources, including anime, film, television, cartoons, comics, and videogames, along with creating her own original concepts and designs.
Max Grossman is a highly accomplished design director with a proven track record of success in the gaming industry. With extensive experience in FPS games, Max has made significant contributions to popular titles such as Valorant, Halo 5: Guardians, The Last of Us: Part 2, and Rocket Arena. As the Design Director on Riot Games' critically acclaimed title Valorant, Max has brought his expertise to bear, delivering a game that has redefined the tactical shooter genre. Max's innovative approach to game design, collaborative leadership style, and passion for pushing the boundaries of the FPS genre make him a highly respected figure in the gaming industry.
Victor "Punk" Woodley is an American Fighting Games player. Punk is considered to be one of the most successful North American players in modern Street Fighter, winning a total of eight Capcom premier events, the 2017 ELEAGUE Street Fighter V Invitational and finishing 2nd at EVO 2017 (only losing to Tokido). He has qualified to four Capcom Cup's during his career, including a Runners-Up finish at Capcom Cup 2019 where he was defeated by American rival iDom
@viciousfgc is an official in-game commentator for Street Fighter 6. Full bio coming soon...
VOICE TALENT & EMCEE
Bonnie is an actress and producer, known for Star Trek: Prodigy (2021), The Quest (2014) and Street Fighter V (2016). She is also known for voicing such characters as Rainbow Mika in the video game Street Fighter V, Silque in Fire Emblem Heroes and Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, Shikou Soujin, from the English dub of the anime series Ikki Tousen: Xtreme Xecutor, Bounce Man from Mega Man 11; Eva from Code Vein, and Yū Abiko (Biko) in Muhyo & Roji's Bureau of Supernatural Investigation, among others. She also voiced multiple characters on Cartoon Network’s Mighty Magiswords. When not doing voiceover work or touring with one of three bands she is currently in, Bonnie might be found performing at Hollywood's famous Magic Castle, where she has been a performing member for the past 13 years.
COSPLAYER & JUDGE
Paris Cosplays is a Houston based fun loving cosplayer, internet personality, and entertainer. Her cosplay journey began officially in 2017 when she attended her first convention and started performing as a princess and superhero for birthday parties and events with The Fairytale Headquarters. She has since picked up a variety of skills including sewing, wig styling, acting, prop making, and more! She is also known for the many balloon cosplays she’s modeled in collaboration with Balloon Josh and for her position at Beneath the Tangles as a podcast co-host and cosplay blog personality. Outside of social media, Paris loves volunteering her time to local causes and believes in community over competition. You can find her on Instagram at @Pariscosplays and Tik Tok @Pariscosplayss