Here at Retro Con, we definitely draw inspiration from strange places. We stumbled across this random picture from a vintage Mr. T activity book featuring the gold chained-one himself slumbering peacefully in a hammock, with a thought balloon over head asking the reader to draw in what T might be daydreaming about…
We decided this would be a great and silly contest for Retro Con 2013! Look for a specially-marked table at the show where you can find photocopies of the above image, and then test your creativity. Draw up the coolest and/or funniest image you can think of and then place it in the entry box. There are no age restrictions, anyone can enter! But you MUST use the specially-marked photocopies supplied at the show, no outside photocopies will count. So feel free to think up ideas and practice at home, but you will have to draw your idea at the show itself.
We’ll go through the entries around 2:30pm and select a winner. Don’t forget to print your name at the top! E-mail address is optional, but can help us track you down later if you don’t claim your prize at the show. Even if you don’t fancy yourself an artist, maybe the idea of your drawing alone will win us over!
The prize for this contest is a custom transforming A-Team van!
Retro Con is happy to report the return of the 501st GARRISON CARIDA to our 2013 show, and this year they plan to hold a special event called Blast-A-Trooper! For a small donation to Toys For Tots, attendees can grab a NERF gun and blast their favorite armored characters in front of a Star Wars-themed backdrop. Fun for kids and grownups alike! Targets will vary, but could include stormtroopers, sandtroopers, biker scouts, clone troopers, snowtroopers, bounty hunters, and who knows, maybe even the big man himself! The group will be around for photo ops throughout the day as well. So come out to the show and strike a blow to the Empire!!
Photos of Garrison Carida from Retro Con 2012 and past Blast-A-Trooper events
Retro Con II to be held Saturday September 14th 2013!
At The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center
We’ll also be adding another smaller convention hall, a panel room, dealer room set up the night before, and a before or after party!
Stay Tuned For More Updates!
Retro Con Art By Kevin Bolinger
Our friend and photographer for the show (Kevin Abato of Grenex Media) recently shared with us his full photo gallery from the event. We’ve uploaded the pictures to photobucket and they can be viewed HERE! Eventually we will add a permanent gallery of pictures here on the main website. We think he did an amazing job capturing the spirit of the convention!
Again, our biggest thanks to EVERYONE that attended Retro Con 2012! We are in the early planning stages for our 2013 show. Nothing has been locked down, but we are leaning towards it being in the same location (The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center), but in late September. We’re also planning for it to be held on a Saturday this time. Keep watching our pages for further updates!!
Our biggest and sincerest thanks to everyone that came out to the show!! The response was more than anticipated and we couldn’t be happier about it. We’re also getting a huge amount of positive feedback, so we’d say a 2013 show is highly likely! =) But for now we are taking a short break to recuperate and plan. But look for photo gallery of highlights from the show very soon, as well as our charity total for the Cat Angel Network!
We also want to thank the vendors that gave this new show a chance! We hope you all thought it was worth your while. And if any of you still have unredeemed show dollars from the day, please contact us at the link in the upper right so we can reimburse you! You are an integral part of the show and we want to make sure you are fully covered.
Again, our thanks to everyone that attended Retro Con 2012!
As we move closer to Retro Con..I share another great convention we attended this past weekend, New York Comic Con! Taking pictures of the costumes and the dealers room..These are just a few of the things we’d like to see at Retro Con and of course NYCC was a great place to promote the Retro Con convention!