This year we get REALLY retro, as we proudly welcome “The Blob” to Retro Con 2014!
The Blob first hit theaters in 1958 and became an instant cult classic, with the campy tone set up perfectly by its opening theme song. In case you’ve been living under a meteorite for the past 55 years, the movie is about a protoplasm-like alien creature that crashes to earth and immediately starts consuming and dissolving citizens of a small town in rural Pennsylvania, causing it to quickly grow to problematic size.
Not only is the movie set in Pennsylvania, but was in fact filmed in local PA areas such as Downingtown, Royersford, and Phoenixville- All mere miles from where we hold Retro Con every year!
In fact, Phoenixville is the hometown of the theatre that the Blob oozed into, sending the movie’s audience fleeing out the front doors in hysterical terror. Known as the Colonial Theatre, it is still in operation to this day and is the host of Blobfest: a 3-day celebration of the film and other horror classics of the era. This was its 15th year running, with a Blob-like increase in popularity each passing year. The Friday stage show and run-out is often hosted by Retro Con guest Mr. Lobo, and the Saturday and Sunday street festival is also highly recommended!
Owner Wes Shank refers to himself as ” the caretaker of the original blob silicone”. He began collecting movie posters and publicity photos in 1960. After touring the Valley Forge Film Studios in 1965, Wes purchased the silicone directly from the film’s director, Shorty Yeaworth. Wes also owns several miniature sets used in making the movie, along with props from many other classic films.
Always willing to share his knowledge of science fiction movies, Wes has lectured at The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Villanova University, as well as various television interviews over the years. He also wrote and published a book entitled FROM SILICONE TO THE SILVER SCREEN: MEMOIRS OF THE BLOB, a work of love written not only for all who made it possible, but as recognition of the ingenuity and creativity of a cult classic film.
We thank Wes and Judy Shank for coming to the show and bringing along such a wonderful piece of film history for all to see!!
“Now you’re playing with power… SUPER Power!”
Our newest raffle prize is an original Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES), mint in box!
Released in 1991, the system became an instant classic with such timeless games as F-Zero, Star Fox, Turtles in Time, Super Mario Kart, Zelda III, and Super Metroid.
The system comes with two controllers, hook-ups, styrofoam, original box, and Super Mario World cartridge!
The SNES will be given away on Sunday at the show. Anyone that buys their way into the show will be given a raffle ticket good towards winning any of our wonderful door prizes! Extra tickets can also be bought at the show for $1 each.
A big thanks to RetroDaze for donating to the show and helping to make this prize happen! Best of luck to all our attendees!!
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!!
Follow more of Joel’s work here:
We have Larry Kenney coming back for our 2014 show, and now we are pleased to announce the return of another ThunderCats favorite:
Voice actor Peter Newman!
Peter is perhaps most remembered for giving voice and personality to the ThunderCats’ resident scientist and architect Tygra! Second in command of the ThunderCats team, Tygra was also the designer of many of the structures on Third Earth, including the Cat’s Lair and the Tower of Omens! His weapon of choice was a whip-like bolas, and he had the ability of limited invisibility as well as telepathy.
Peter also voiced other prominent characters on the show, including…
and Ben Gali!
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!
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.
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!
Our friend Kevin Conn as Unemployed Skeletor!
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 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 three hours on Sunday September 28th at the show, from 12pm to 3pm. He will also be hosting a screening of the AVGN movie on Sunday afternoon. Full details HERE!