We welcome fan-favorite Larry Kenney back for Retro Con 2015!
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!
In a rare convention appearance, we are pleased to announce that John Moschitta will be attending our 2015 show!
“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!
“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.
“Personnel approved! Assemble Mobile Armored Strike Kommand!”
This September will mark the 30th anniversary of the M.A.S.K. cartoon and toy line, and we are pleased to announce MASK voice actor Doug Stone as guest for our 2015 show!
Doug has been in the voice-over business for almost 35 years as an actor, writer, director, producer, and more. He has done voice work in over 1,500 projects, ranging from video games to TV shows and films, original animation, anime, commercials, etc. He has running characters in such anime as Dynasty Warriors, Blaze Blue, Kill La Kill, and recently co-starred in the original animated film, “The Magic House.”
But his most prolific role is that of stalwart leader Matt Trakker from the classic 80’s cartoon series M.A.S.K.! Trakker piloted the flying gull-wing Camaro known as the ‘Thunderhawk’, and his Spectrum mask had a seemingly endless array of abilities.
MASK stood for Mobile Armored Strike Kommand. It was a secret task force that used specialized masks and transforming vehicles to suppress a criminal organization known as VENOM (Vicious Evil Network Of Mayhem). It was an imaginative, wholesome, and fun action cartoon by DiC Studios, as well as a slick toy line by Kenner!
Saturday September 27th, 2014
8:00am: Preregistrant Check-in
9:00am: Show Opens
10:30am to 11:45am: Panel- Chris Doohan/Star Trek Continues screening (Panel Area)
12:00pm: Raffle Session 1
-Star Trek 12″ Kirk and Picard figures
-Pac-Man Fleece/Alien PEZ dispenser
-Matty Ghostbusters 12″ Venkman and Zeddemore figures
12:15pm to 1:00pm: Panel- ‘Intro to Prop Making’ with T.J. Becker and Jack Doud (Panel Area)
1:00pm to 2:00pm: Costume Contest! Kids, followed by Adults. (Panel Area) Full details HERE.
2:00pm to 2:45pm: Panel- Joel Hodgson (Panel Area)
3:00pm: Raffle Session 2
-Matty Ghostbusters PKE Meter
-20″ Yarn Optimus Prime figure
-Transformers Generations Metroplex
3:15pm to 4:15pm: Panel- ‘Cult Video and TV’ with Mr. Lobo (Panel Area)
5:00pm: Show Closes
Sunday September 28th, 2014
9:00am: Show Opens
10:30am to 11:15am: Trivia Contest! Hosted by the Breaux Show, Unemployed Skeletor, and the Real Life Peter Griffin! (Panel Area) Full details HERE.
11:15am to 12:00pm: ‘Introduction to Costuming… on a Budget!’ with Connie Smeriglio and Krystal Calarese (Panel Area)
12:00pm: Raffle Session 1
-Cobra Troopers Lot
-Voltron USB Flash Drive
-Lego Ghostbusters Ecto-1 set
12:15pm to 1:00pm: Panel- ThunderCats with Larry Kenney, Peter Newman, and Gerrianne Raphael (Panel Area)
1:15pm to 2:00pm: Panel- GI Joe with Sgt Slaughter, Zack Hoffman, and Morgan Lofting (Panel Area)
2:00pm: Raffle Session 2
-GI Joe Con 2013 Night Force box set
-Diamond Select Flux Capacitor
2:15pm to 3:00pm: Panel- ‘Indie Filmmaking on a Shoestring’ with Cinevore (Panel Area)
4:00pm: Show Closes
Post Show Sunday
4:30pm: James Rolfe Q&A/AVGN movie screening at Arnold’s Family Fun Center. Full details HERE.
We welcome back horror host Mr. Lobo to the show this year, and he and his team will be hosting an entertaining panel at 3:30 on Saturday spotlighting the connection between cult cinema and pop culture!
The CULT MOVIE SUMMIT II Panel Theme is CULT TV AND VIDEO and will feature series like Dr. Who, Star Trek, Twilight Zone, V, Thundercats, Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, Max Headroom, Twin Peaks, Alf, Elvira’s Movie Macabre, and Mystery Science Theater as well as VHS wonders like The Star Wars Holiday Special, Halloween III, Hardware Wars, Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Toxic Avenger, Terrorvision, and the films of Ed Wood…
This panel will focus on how many cult obsessions are fueled by the small screen…and the trend of collecting videos!
His Special Guests will be HEATHER BUCKLEY of FANGORIA magazine and NEWT WALLEN of MIDNIGHT SHOW!
We are pleased to announce a last minute addition to the show this year- The beautiful and talented Chase Masterson!
Chase is best known for her role as Leeta on “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”. Other film & TV roles include episodes of the Emmy-winning shows “ER” and “General Hospital”, as well as “Manticore” & “Terminal Invasion” (opposite Bruce Campbell) for Syfy Channel, and “RUR: Genesis”, “Yesterday Was a Lie” and “The Search for Simon.” You may also know her as the voice the android Janice on “Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles”.
Chase Guest-Starred opposite Tom Baker & Sylvester McCoy in “Doctor Who” Big Finish, which spun off her character into her own critically acclaimed show, “VIENNA,” currently in pre-production for its 3rd Season.
Chase will be at the show all weekend for autograph and photo ops!
Calling all MSTies!!
We are pleased to announce the addition of Joel Hodgson to our guest line-up this year!
Joel is best known for creating the Peabody award-winning movie riffing series Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K). He was also the host of the series for the first 100 episodes. Recently, MST3K has been included in several “top 100 TV shows of all time” lists, including Entertainment Weekly and Time Magazine, as well as being included in the “top 25 cult shows” list in TV Guide.
Joel started out in show business as a stand-up comedian and appeared on HBO’s Young Comedians Special, as well as The Late Show with David Letterman on CBS, and NBC’s Saturday Night Live. Joel also had several appearances on the beloved Freaks and Geeks TV series on NBC, and currently voices “Mayor Dewey” on Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe. Joel recently completed six years of touring in Cinematic Titanic, a live riffing stage show similar to MST3K featuring several alumni from the program.
Joel was recently featured in a story on Wired.com. It not only includes a candid look at Joel’s history with MST3K, it also reveals that he has hopes of reviving the program in a new online format!
Joel will be at the show on *SATURDAY ONLY*. He will be available for signing and pictures, and will also be holding a Q&A panel for fans of his work to watch and participate in. We look forward to seeing him at the show! Join us!!
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