Steve Crandall

Team Haberkorn – How A Fan Club Was Born

2011 was a great year for Anime Cons in the Midwest. We attended two here in Ohio, ColossalCon 2011 and MatsuriCon 2011. Both were a lot of fun and we saw some awesome Cosplay.

MatsuriCon 2011

Storm Trooper - MatsuriCon 2011

Gluttony - ColossalCon 2011

Excalibur - ColossalCon 2011

As great as the con visits were for us this year, something else happened that was even more awesome. My daughter and I are big fans of Todd Haberkorn, American Voice-Actor who has starred in lead roles such as Natsu from Fairy Tail, Death the Kid from Soul Eater and Allen Walker in D Gray Man (you should consider these as some GREAT cosplay, by the way).

We had the opportunity to meet Todd at ColossalCon this year and after the convention I began talking to him via email discussing an idea for a new Fan Club and website for him. In short order Todd assembled a team including myself, Suzette Hullette (Fan Club President) and Kristen Tanakatsubo (Social Media Expert). In 6 weeks we developed and opened up the fan club and website.

www.teamhaberkorn.com

The site has a host of features for members, now, including a weekly to bi-weekly podcast called the ToddCast, featuring Todd. Each episode is packed with Todd’s rants, social media musings, interests and more. Todd also includes, for his members, a monthly contest called Korntests where you can win DVD collections, ringtones and now Mic Costumes and wigs!

Todd’s accomplishments as a voice-actor extend beyond the Anime world and now into the video game arena and acting gigs including Scream of the Banshee, a Sy-Fy TV original movie.

Todd’s commitment to his fans is second to none. He does a lot for his fans and animal charities. He recently supported the Acadiana Humane Society by producing a calendar starring several other Voice-Actors in Anime that he sold on his website and is giving the proceeds to the shelter.

Todd is planning live recording panels for his podcast in 2012 and is planning to record an album for his fans. He has already recorded one live podcast session which is available at his website now.

Team Haberkorn’s website is sponsored by several retailers including Mic Costumes! Todd has even been known to cosplay as his own characters – like Ling from Full Metal Alchemist!

Join us for our next blog entry right here at Mic Costumes when we discuss Anime Club Rivalries. We will walk you through the Tribute Video Wars between Todd Haberkorn and Vic Mignogna. These videos are fun to watch and you get a good sense for the light-hearted and fan favorite video productions from these two popular voice-actors.

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