We are pleased to announce the return of two Retro Con alumni for this year’s show: Doug Walker, aka The Nostalgia Critic, and James Rolfe, aka The Angry Video Game Nerd!
Though at one time they shared a faux rivalry, they’ve always remained good friends and now often collaborate on videos together. One of the more recent being an extended review of the 2014 TMNT movie!
“I remember it so you don’t have to!”
Doug Walker is best known for his video reviews as ‘The Nostalgia Critic’. The show involves the title character looking back at movies and tv shows from the 80’s and 90’s, and pointing out why they may not be quite as classic as we remember them. He also reviews newer movies, along with oddities from the past such as this crazy animated Titanic movie featuring a rapping canine! With humorous insights and a frenetic style, the show has been a huge hit since 2008 and is still going strong. You can check out his team’s work over at Channel Awesome!
“What were they thinking?!”
James is best known for his hilarious reviews of classic video games as the character ‘The Angry Video Game Nerd’, which mix together insightful commentary, over-the-top language, physical comedy, and various theatrical elements. In addition he’s made videos reviewing retro movies, toys, board games, and more. Last year he also released a feature-length movie based around his AVGN character. Check out his team’s huge body of work over at Cinemassacre.com!
Doug will be available at the show both Saturday and Sunday for autographs and pictures. He will also be hosting a Q&A panel on Sunday afternoon.
James will be at the show for autographs and pictures on **SUNDAY ONLY**, but will be part of the same Q&A panel as Doug. All times to be determined later.
We are excited to announce the addition of Michael McConnohie to our 2015 guest list!
A veteran in the voice acting industry for over 30 years and still going strong, Michael has been part of hundreds of projects in the field, ranging from dubbing anime, to recording for western animation, to voicing characters in video games. In addition Michael also works as a voice director and writer.
Michael’s most popular role in the retro realm is arguably that of Autobot Tracks on the original G1 Transformers cartoon!
Introduced in season 2, Tracks with his sleek (flying!) car mode, warrior skills, and flamboyant and narcissistic personality, quickly made him a favorite among Transformer fans!
Michael was also voice of the quirky UFO character Cosmos on the show! Being one of the few Autobots able to fly into space, Cosmos would sometimes lament his lonely function on the team.
Michael also voiced Cross-Country on the original Marvel/Sunbow GI Joe cartoon. Usually a polite and jovial soldier, but don’t steal his tape deck or else you’ll see his angry side!!
Some of Michael’s notable roles in dubbing include D and Left Hand in Vampire Hunter D, the lead role in Captain Harlock and the Queen From a Thousand Years, General Rolf Emerson in Robotech, Ryuken Ishida on Bleach, as well as providing the voice for Tatsu in the first two live-action TMNT movies!
Michael has several popular roles in video games as well. In the World of Warcraft series, he can be heard as the voice of Kel’Thuzad, Uther the Lightbringer, and the Lich King!
He also voiced Zhanh Liao and Zhou Tai in installments of the Dynasty Warriors series!
And he can most recently be heard in the brand new Mortal Kombat X, where he provides the voices for both Kano and Ermac!
Michael will be at the show all weekend and will be signing for attendees free of charge! We politely request that you limit your free items signed to two. We thank Mr. McConnohie for agreeing to come to the show this year!!
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!