Retro Con is pleased to announce the return of fan-favorite James Rolfe, aka the Angry Video Game Nerd, to the show this year!
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. He’s also made videos reviewing retro movies, toys, board games, and much more. He’s currently deep into editing a feature-length movie based around his AVGN character!
Check out he and his team’s huge body of work over at Cinemassacre.com!
James will be signing for a few hours on Sunday September 28th at the show (times to be determined later). He may also have a special treat for his fans, so stay tuned!
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.
More retro sci-fi thrills, as Star Trek Continues warps in for Retro Con 2014!
We will be airing the 1st episode of the fan-produced and critically acclaimed show at the convention, along with additional shorts and more from the new series.
The Enterprise Continues its Journey…
The USS Enterprise’s historic five-year mission continues with all new episodes of the original series. “Star Trek: Continues”, a new Trek series, beams down with exciting adventures of the Federation’s most heroic crew led by Captain James T. Kirk. The lighting and color of the highly accurate sets accentuate the equally detailed props and costumes, matching the original series that ran from 1966-69! With acting and stories that also replicate the original series, the adventures are sure to dazzle even the most die hard Trek fans. Witness now the untold morality plays that explore the final frontier and more importantly… the human condition. Fans of the original series will especially enjoy the pilot episode as a familiar guest star from the original series reprises his role in a sequel entitled “Pilgrim of Eternity”.
For more information on this wonderful series: www.startrekcontinues.com
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Chris is no stranger to Star Trek. As a child, he spent time on the sets of the original series with his dad, James “Scotty” Doohan. At 19 years old, Chris was asked to be in the first Star Trek movie, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, which was only the beginning of several appearances on that beloved ship. His most recent trek movie role put him in the transporter room of the newest Star Trek installment, “Star Trek Into Darkness”, which followed his role in J. J. Abrams’ “Star Trek” in 2009 when he shared the screen with the new Scotty, Simon Pegg.
Chris has also played several character voice-overs for the Starship Farragut animated episodes, including that of the iconic engineer himself. Chris is currently playing “Scotty” in the critically acclaimed web series, Star Trek Continues!
Rounding out our GI Joe guests for 2014 is the always gracious Morgan Lofting! She is best known for giving voice to Cobra’s chief intelligence officer: The beautiful and deadly Baroness!
Using a European accent, Morgan voiced the character through both GI Joe miniseries, the two seasons of the Marvel Sunbow cartoon, plus the full-length feature film. She was also one of the few voice actors to continue her role when production of the series moved to DiC studios in 1989! Read more…
We have secured the one and only Sgt. Slaughter for our 2014 show!
A wrestler for over 40 years, the Sarge became a household name when he joined the WWF in the early 1980s with his famous “Cobra Clutch” move. He moved to the AWA in the mid-80s where he quickly won the championship belt and successfully defended it until it was retired.
He rejoined the WWF in 1990 and briefly won the championship belt in 1991 by pinning the Ultimate Warrior in the ring (after an assist by Randy “Macho Man” Savage).
In 1985, Hasbro decided to incorporate Sgt. Slaughter into their GI Joe: A Real American Hero toy line, comic, and animated series. Voicing himself, his cartoon debut was in the Season 2 Arise Serpentor Arise mini series, where he arrived in the nick of time to save the Joes from a squad of Battle Android Troopers (BATs). We learn that he’s one of the GI Joe team’s greatest warriors and trainers. Read more…
We’re happy to announce the addition of Zack Hoffman to our guest list! Zack is best known for giving voice to master of disguise ‘Zartan’ on the original 1980′s GI Joe cartoon created by Marvel Sunbow Productions!
Zack portrayed the mysterious character in both original GI Joe mini series, both seasons of the syndicated cartoon, and in the feature-length GI Joe movie. Zartan’s unique characteristics included an eerie amplified voice, the uncanny skill to impersonate the appearance and voice of nearly anyone he’s met, and the ability to change his skin color to blend into the environment around him.
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!
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).
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!
“I like the *sound* of that!”
We are thrilled to announce the addition of actor Don Fullilove to our 2013 guest line-up! He has had a lengthy career in both movies and television for the past 40 years, but is best known for his memorable portrayal of “Goldie” Wilson, future mayor of Hill Valley, in the original Back to the Future!
He’s gonna clean up this town!
We’d like to welcome another guest to our 2013 show- Writers and artist Bob Budiansky!
Bob worked at Marvel Comics for nearly 20 years and is probably best known for his work on the original 80′s Transformers comic book. Aside from writing the majority of the original comic stories from issues 5 to 55, he also wrote nearly all bios and tech specs for the early Transformers characters. He is even responsibly for many of the memorable names of classic TF characters we know and love such as Megatron, Sideswipe, Wheeljack, Ratchet, and many more! He was inducted into the Transformers Hall of Fame at BotCon 2010 for his vast body of work on the brand.
We are pleased to announce the return of the triumvirate to Retro Con! Artists Dave Perillo, Scott Derby, and Tom Whalen will all be back for our 2013 show. All three are accomplished artists with a flair for retro-themed works, and all have been featured in the highly popular Gallery1988 exhibit.
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Dave is an illustrator/cartoonist living in the Philly burbs. He has done artwork for Marvel’s Avengers, AMC’s Breaking Bad, the bands Flight of the Concords & My Morning Jacket, Teefury, Disney Television Animation, Disney Merchandising, Mad Magazine, Target, Acme Archives and Mondo. He has had his art featured at Gallery 1988, Spoke Art Gallery, Gallery Nucleus, LTD Gallery and many others.