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Free T-cats ring when you buy an autograph from Larry Kenney!

April 2, 2014 Leave a comment

They’re back! For fans that buy an autograph from voice actor Larry Kenney at Retro Con 2014, you’ll receive a lenticular Thundercats Lion-o ring still sealed in package! These were originally  part of a Burger King fun meal promotion from 1985. Available while supplies last!

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Categories: Conventions, Thundercats

Vendor Update!

March 27, 2014 Leave a comment

We just wanted to give a heads-up to say we have officially passed the halfway point of our our 200 table goal! We expect the 2nd half of those tables to go much quicker now that the convention season is about to start up again, so if you’ve been thinking of buying one or more tables to sell your art or memorabilia at, please consider purchasing it soon so you don’t miss out! All pertinent info (and a full list of our dealers so far) can be found by clicking on the “Vendors” tab at the top of the page.

See you in September!!

Categories: Conventions

Win Prizes at the Retro Con 2014 Trivia Contest!

January 31, 2014 Leave a comment

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We’ve once again combed the far reaches of our attic to find prizes for the second-annual Retro Con trivia contest!! We’ve got a good mix of both new and retro items, with more on the way.

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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 room at the convention (start time and duration to be determined). But this year we decided to include a few costumed characters to help Mike out!

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Our friend Kevin Conn as Unemployed Skeletor!

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And our friend Robert Franzese as Peter Griffin!

There are no age restrictions, anyone can watch and play! We will reveal each item one at a time, then ask a trivia question related to it, after which 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. Wet, lather, rinse, repeat. It’s very free and open!

So stop by and test your knowledge of all things geek!

Retro Con 2014 Before Party!

January 20, 2014 Leave a comment

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Like last year, we will be holding a special event for those that get into town for the show early: A before party at Arnold’s Family Fun Center! The time will be Friday evening (September 26th) from 8pm to 10pm. Arnold’s is located right next door to the Oaks Expo Center and features a multitude of fun attractions such as go-karts, bowling, skeeball, miniature golf, Laser Tag, and much more!

Dinner tickets can be bought HERE! The cost of the party will be $20 per person. This includes access to the buffet, drinks, and a raffle ticket. Only attendees that purchase the dinner ticket will be allowed in the party room, but anyone can enjoy the games in the showrooms. We are limiting the seating for this event to 75 people. You do NOT need to pre-register for Retro Con to buy a dinner ticket.

So get to Arnold’s early to enjoy the games, then head to the party room at 8pm for food, mingling, raffles, and more! Some of our guests should be in attendance as well such as Morgan Lofting, Zack Hoffman, Chris Doohan, and Mark Bellomo. There will be a general buffet on hand which will include: pizza, salads, chicken, vegetables, desserts, soft drinks, and more. The event will be family-friendly, so please no alcohol at the party.

Save the Destination Time for Retro Con 2014!!

January 1, 2014 Leave a comment

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Larry Kenney returns to Retro Con 2014!

October 23, 2013 Leave a comment

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He was the very first guest announcement for our inaugural show, and now we are pleased to announce the RETURN of the Lord of the ThunderCats himself to our 2014 show:  Voice actor Larry Kenney!

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Larry is of course best known for his role of the heroic leader of the ThunderCats, Lion-o! The show ran for 130 episodes across four seasons (from 1985 to 1989).

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Larry is also known for being the voice of guitar-playing Colonel Bluegrass on SilverHawks, martial arts black-belt Karate Kat (part of ‘The Comic Strip’ tv show), plus he gave personality to Count Chocula and Cocoa Puffs Sonny in cereal commercials in the 80′s. In more recent years he has been the announcer on vh-1′s ‘Best Week Ever’ program, and has reprised his role of Lion-o for humorous ThunderCats skits on the animated series Family Guy. He was also given the role of Claudus, father of Lion-o, on the updated ThunderCats cartoon in 2011!

Read more…

Retro Con 2014!

October 15, 2013 1 comment

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We are happy to announce the dates for our 2014 show:  Saturday & Sunday September 27th & 28th at The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA!

That’s right, due to popular demand we are going to a two-day format! We’ll be in the same expo center as our 2012 and 2013 shows, but we’re changing over to Hall C. Last year we had about 34,000 square feet of space to work with… this coming year we will have 54,000 square feet to fill with toys, video games, art, costumes, and a whole lot more!

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

More show announcements will be coming soon!

Categories: Conventions, Retro Event

Retro Con 2013 is now over!

September 18, 2013 1 comment

It would take far too long to thank everyone individually, but we wanted to give a huge and heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone that helped out and contributed to Retro Con 2013!

The attendees, the dealers, the costume groups, the guests, our DJ, the photographers, the car owners, and especially our amazingly dedicated volunteers! You guys make us look good!

Stay tuned to this page for picture highlights from the show and more!!

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Some photoshop wizardry our friend Tom Silknitter added to a picture he took at the show! :)

Categories: Conventions

Using a GPS

September 3, 2013 2 comments

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With the show drawing close, we thought we’d give a heads-up for those using GPSes to find the expo center. Apparently some GPS units/apps do not recognize the 100 Station Avenue address in Oaks, PA.  If this is the case with you, the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center recommends using this alternate address:

1601 Egypt Road Phoenixville, PA 19460 (Upper Providence Township)

From this location look for Station Avenue and signs for the Expo Center. Read more about it HERE. We hope to see you on September 14th!!

Categories: Conventions

Living in 8 Bits and Nerd vs Geek spotlight

August 4, 2013 1 comment

 

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We are pleased to have the Living 8 Bits crew back for Retro Con 2013! Created by Mixed Nuts Productions, a group of lifelong Nintendo NES fans, they have transformed their love for the system and era by creating a web series based around it.
 
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Their skits have been featured on ScrewAttack, RetrowareTV, Cinevore, Cinemassacre, Gamester81, and even nominated for a Philly Geek Award. They will have a table at the show and will hopefully be filming around the show floor. Check out their great highlights video from Retro Con 2012 (and subscribe to their youtube channel) HERE!

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And this year they are teaming up with writers and cast members from Cinevore‘s Nerd vs Geek web series to host a panel at the show titled “Filmmaking for Pennies with Living in 8 Bits & Nerd vs Geek”!

 

“With the onslaught of web series and online video over the past 5 years, independent filmmakers have been able to reach audiences like never before. Producing a quality web series can be a daunting task for those just starting out. Mixed Nuts Productions and Cinevore Studios have been mastering the art affectionately known as ‘no budget filmmaking,’ producing high quality products at minimal costs with series like Living in 8 Bits, Nerd vs Geek, and OverAnalyzers. This panel is a chance to meet the minds behind these series and pick their brains about how to produce a a series with high quality talent and production value by pulling resources, cashing in favors, and working with a passion.”

 

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Headed by Michael Licisyn, Matt Conant, and Stephanie Yuhas Conant, the panel is scheduled for 12:15pm to 1pm. So take a break from shopping and mingling to check it out!! =)
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