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Puppeteer Jim Martin to Attend Retro Con!

June 12, 2015 Leave a comment

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 We are delighted to announce the inclusion of puppeteer Jim Martin to Retro Con 2015!

 

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With a career spanning more than 30 years, Jim has performed on such esteemed series as “Captain Kangaroo”, “The Puzzle Place,” Disney’s “Bear In The Big Blue House,” “Johnny And The Sprites“, and has spent over 20 years working on “Sesame Street” as both a performer and a director. He has won 5 Emmy Awards to date for his directing work!

 

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“Well… HELLO There!
This Gary Gnu
And The No Gnews IS Good Gnews Show!
The Only TV Program Guaranteed To Contain No Gnews Whatsoever!”

 

But if you were a kid in the 80’s, you most likely remember a little TV program called The Great Space Coaster. The show with the super-catchy theme song and eclectic cast of characters ran for 250 episodes from 1981 to 1986 and is still widely revered to this day. Well, Jim had the distinction of puppeteering and voicing fan-favorite “No Gnewscaster” Gary Gnu on the series!
 
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With a tendency to add a hard “G” sound to words such as “g-naturally” and “g-nice”, in his segments Gary would introduce film clips of weird sporting events, people in silly situations, bizarre inventions, etc., and would give his own insightful commentary on them. Things would be punctuated by Gary’s “film crew” that would often heckle him and toss items into frame.
 

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 Jim also performed other characters on the show, such as the scheming ringmaster “M. T. Promises”, along with “Baffle”- the spellcasting alien that can see 12 minutes into the future!

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A few years ago, Jim bought the rights to The Great Space Coaster and is working hard to digitize the 2 inch reel-to-reel video tapes that contain the last remaining copies of the original series. Since TGSC is a time capsule of the 80’s, including iconic music and celebrity appearances, it is definitely worth preserving!!

 

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Jim and his wife Crystal will be at the show all weekend and will have a booth to display some of their work from over the years, along with a Gary Gnu puppet made by members of the team that made the original Great Space Coaster puppets! They may also be hosting a panel on Puppetry in Film and Television at the show (time and day to be determined). We thank Jim and Crystal for reaching out to us to be part of the show this year!!

 

Please help Jim’s crusade to preserve and revive The Great Space Coaster by supporting the pages he is affiliated with!

 

Great Space Coaster Official Facebook page…. https://www.facebook.com/TheGreatSpaceCoaster

 

 

Jim Martin’s Website… www.jimmartinproductions.com

 

Win Prizes at the Retro Con 2015 Trivia Contest!

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Get ready to test your mental mettle! We’ve once again combed the far reaches of our attic to find prizes for the Retro Con 2015 trivia contest!! We’ve got a huge selection of retro and retro-related items to give away at the show: Star Wars, Back to the Future, Ghostbusters, Transformers, GI Joe, TMNT, and a whole lot more!
 

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Hosted once again by our good friend Mike Breaux of The Breaux Show, the contest will be held in the panel area at the convention on SUNDAY afternoon (exact time to be determined)! 

 
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No sign-up is required and there are no age restrictions, anyone can watch or play! We will reveal each item one at a time, then ask a trivia question related to it. This could also include audio or video clues. Directly afterwards we will randomly select a person in the audience that has their hand raised to answer. If they get it right, they win the prize on the spot. If not, we ask a different audience member until the prize is claimed!
 

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The contest is completely free to all Sunday and weekend pass Retro Con attendees! So stop by and test your knowledge of all things geeky!!

 

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“AAAAAAYYYYYY!!”

 

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Larry Kenney at Retro Con 2015!

February 2, 2015 1 comment

 

We welcome fan-favorite Larry Kenney back for Retro Con 2015!

 
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A veteran in the world of radio and voice acting for over 40 years, Larry is of course best known to us as voice of the heroic leader of the ThunderCats, Lion-O! The popular show by Rankin/Bass Productions ran for 130 episodes across four seasons (from 1985 to 1989) and still has a staunch fan base to this day!

 

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John Moschitta Jr. to attend Retro Con 2015!

January 26, 2015 1 comment

 

In a rare convention appearance, we are pleased to announce that John Moschitta will be attending our 2015 show!

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“America’s Favorite Fast Talker,” John has performed for eight US Presidents, recorded over 750 commercials (including his famous Federal Express ads), starred in four network television series, was featured in over a dozen movies, appeared on over 1,000 talk shows, released two best-selling audio books, and worked for over 500 corporations. He can most recently be heard on the animated series Adventure Time, Family Guy, and Robot Chicken!

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“We’ve got Decepticons at the gates, Decepticons in the air, Decepticons outside the walls! Decepticons, Decepticons, Decepticons! If we beat them off the walls, they’re still in the air. If we shoot them out of the air, they’re still at the gate. So where does that leave us? Nowhere, that’s where!”

Transformers fans will of course remember John as voice of the kinetic fast-talking Autobot Blurr on the original Transformers cartoon series! Introduced in Transformers: The Movie (1986), the character continued into season 3 as a regular on the show. Though a capable and dedicated Autobot, Blurr’s effectiveness would sometimes be hampered by his incessant chatter. He was also extremely proud of his hyper speed abilities, and disappointed when he missed the opportunity to show them off.

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KITT Turbo Boosts to Retro Con 2015!

December 10, 2014 Leave a comment

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Knight Rider creator Glen A. Larson may no longer be with us, but his legacy will live on. Notchback KITT will be on the show floor at Retro Con 2015!

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Features include a show-accurate dash and steering column, oil slick (black water), front CO2 sprayer, simulated rocket launcher, jet turbine sound system, sequencing front scan bar, and even the talking voice of KITT himself!

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A huge thanks to Joe Fiduccia for agreeing to bring his remarkable car to the show to give fans the opportunity to get pictures with and inside!

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Retro Con 2015! UPDATED!!

November 14, 2014 1 comment

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We are happy to announce the dates for our 2015 show:

September 12th & 13th, 2015 at The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA!

We will be in Hall C once again, giving us 54,000 square feet to fill with collectible toys, video games, art, costumes, and a whole lot more!

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We’re still working on ticket pricing for the show, but vendor spots are already available! Click on the Vendor tab at the top of the page for details on how you can reserve a spot at the show.

More show announcements will be coming in the near future, so keep watching!!

Categories: Conventions

Retro Con 2014 Is Now Over

October 4, 2014 1 comment

A huge THANK YOU to everyone that attended Retro Con 2014!! As always, we were extremely impressed by all the amazing and unique costumes we saw throughout the weekend, and we were equally impressed with the wide range of collectibles and displays the exhibitors brought with them!

We apologize that our first raffle session was so delayed due to a malfunction with the PA system, but overall the show ran very smoothly. A special thanks to all of our volunteers for helping us run the show, we could not have done it without your dedication!

Stay tuned, we will be posting pictures from the show soon! Thanks again to you all!!

-Tony and Rose

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