Retro Con 2020

November 1, 2019 Leave a comment

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Retro Con 2020 Is Cancelled

July 20, 2020 Leave a comment

 

With great sadness, we must report the cancellation of Retro Con 2020 due to the ongoing pandemic situation.

We did our best to hang in there, and tried to look into options to create a safe atmosphere for the show this year. But the current Green Phase protocol in Pennsylvania has severely restricted how many people can be at an indoor event, making a convention the size of Retro Con an impossibility. There is no scheduled end to the Green Phase, or even what comes after, so we have no choice but to pull the plug at this time.

Some shows in the area are planning to go forward this year by limiting how many people are in the hall at once, requiring masks, and enforcing social distancing. Retro Con is a very social event by nature, so we feel that these restrictions are the opposite of what our show is about. We’d rather put our effort into putting on a better show in 2021, than putting on a compromised show this year.

We are extremely sorry to disappoint you all. We hate to be yet another cancelled show on the calendar, especially at a time when fun diversions are in short supply. Even though the show is a lot of work for us, it’s also equally rewarding. The kind words we’ve received from attendees and vendors over the years, including this year, have made it all worth it. A silver lining is that we can finally give our extremely dedicated staff and volunteers a much needed break. We can’t thank them enough for their constant help and support over the past 8 years.

We will do our best to move our 2020 guests to next year’s show, as we were just as excited to meet them as many of you were. And if 2021 proves to be a more settled year, we hope to bolster our guest list further!

If you purchased a ticket to Retro Con 2020, we will be sending you a refund immediately. And to our 2020 vendors, please be on the lookout for an email from us this week, which will contain your refund options. If you don’t receive the email by Wednesday, please contact us.

Also, if you reserved a hotel room at one of our host hotels, please don’t forget to contact them for cancellation! We had group rates set up at the Hilton Garden Inn and Hampton Inn.

We’ve never been very big on “moichandising”, but if you’d like to support Retro Con during our unscheduled down time, we’ve started designing t-shirts and other show merchandise on Teespring! If you feel so inclined, you can see our current items for sale here:

https://retrocons.com/merchandise/

We sincerely thank you for bearing with us during these uncertain times, and we really hope we can get back on track for 2021. We thank you for your support and we wish you all well! If you have any questions, please let us know.

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William Katt to attend Retro Con 2020!

May 22, 2020 Leave a comment

 

He’s got the theme song! He’s got the suit! Now if only he could find those instructions…

We welcome actor William Katt to our guest list for Retro Con 2020!

 

Mr. Katt is best known for playing the lead role in the classic 80’s action/comedy series ‘The Greatest American Hero’! Running for 3 seasons, the show followed the exploits of mild-mannered teacher Ralph Hinkley, who receives a super powered suit from aliens during a fate encounter in the desert. Immediately *losing* the instructions, Ralph has to learn the suit’s powers through trial and error, often with comical results. With the help of his FBI friend Bill and girlfriend Pam, together they use Ralph’s super powers to fight crime and injustice around the globe… one crash at a time.

Fondly remembered to this day, you can find the show on a multitude of channels and streaming services. And the theme song from the show, ‘Believe it or Not’ (sung by Joey Scarbury), is also still in regular rotation on radio stations across the country. Also, not a single Retro Con goes by that we don’t have an attendee dressed up as the character!

 

 

You’ve seen William in several well known movies as well, such as Stephen King’s Carrie (1976), the cult dinosaur classic Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend (1985), and the popular horror/comedy House (1986). He’s also done voice acting, playing Green Guardsman in the Justice League animated series, and Hawkman in Batman: Brave and the Bold!

 

 

 

 

William is scheduled to be at the show both days, and will take part in a Q&A panel hosted by Fandom Spotlite.

 

Follow William Katt on Facebook:

 

facebook.com/The-Greatest-American-Hero-William-Katt-103061305765/

 

 

 

Meet Transformers Writer Bob Budiansky at Retro Con 2020!

March 2, 2020 Leave a comment

 

He was part of our show all the way back in 2013, and we’re pleased to announce his return for 2020. Please welcome to Retro Con 2020 writer and artist Bob Budiansky!

 

 

Bob was instrumental in the development of G1 Transformers in the early years of the brand. Over a single weekend in 1983, Bob crafted character names and bios for nearly all of the Autobot and Decepticon characters from the first year of the line. These bios ended up directly on the toy packaging, and were used as a guideline for writing the characters’ pesonalities in the G1 comic and tv series. Bob went on to write character bios for over 250 Transformers characters over the course of six years, and in the process coined such iconic Transformer names as Grimlock, Wheeljack, Starscream, and Megatron!

Bob was also script writer for 50 issues of the original Marvel Transformers comic, handled editing duties on the original comic mini-series, and would also pencil the occasional cover for the title. It’s in these pages that Bob originated the idea of the Autobot Matrix, which would go on to be a mainstay in Transformers lore.

Not a Transformers fan? Bob enjoyed a 20-year career at Marvel Comics as editor, illustrator, and writer. As an editor, he oversaw titles that included Spider-Man, Daredevil and the Fantastic Four. As an illustrator, he rose to prominence as the cover artist for Ghost Rider, eventually taking over the penciling chores for the entire book. And he also created his own Marvel Comics monthly series- Sleepwalker!

Bob will be joining us both days of the show. He has also kindly agreed to be part of a panel at the show, which will include a Powerpoint presentation documenting his involvement with the Transformers brand. But he would also love to hear your questions about his work apart from Transformers! 🙂

Meet “The Mouth of the South” Jimmy Hart at Retro Con 2020!

February 7, 2020 Leave a comment

 

We’re super excited to bring yet another wrestling icon to Retro Con for 2020- Please welcome to the show “The Mouth of the South” Jimmy Hart!

One of the greatest heel managers of all time, Jimmy has been a fixture of wrestling since the mid-80s when he joined the WWF. Over the years, he’s managed such legendary wrestlers as Hulk Hogan, Bret Hart, Ted DiBiase, Jerry Lawler, Greg Valentine, and many more!

Sporting his signature ‘loud’ outfits and with trademark megaphone in hand, Jimmy made sure he was the center of attention during backstage promos and by ringside! Spending 8 years in the WWF, Jimmy moved on to the WCW and other wrestling circuits for many years, before returning to the WWE in 2011 under a Legends contract.

Jimmy proudly embraces his wrestling persona and will be bringing it to Retro Con in September!

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Follow Jimmy Hart Online! 

 

Facebook: facebook.com/MouthoftheSouthJimmyHart/

Instagram: instagram.com/jimmymouthofthesouthhart/

Twitter: twitter.com/RealJimmyHart

Retro Con 2020 Weekend Tickets Now Available!

January 20, 2020 Leave a comment

 

 

You can now pre-purchase your weekend ticket for Retro Con 2020! You can reserve your ticket(s) via Paypal here:

 

https://retrocons.com/purchase-retro-con-tickets/

 

 

Advantages of being a weekend ticket holder include:

-Save $9 versus paying at the door both days

-Preregistrants get a laminated Retro Con attendee badge with lanyard

-Raffle tickets for both days

-Preregistrants get a 2.25″ Retro Con pin

-And last but not least, Preregistrants get into Retro Con an HOUR EARLY on Saturday (at 9am)! So consider this your “earlybird” pass!

 

**Can’t attend Retro Con all weekend but still want to go?? We got you covered! We will most assuredly be selling admission at the door each day!**

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Meet the Voice of Space Ghost, George Lowe, at Retro Con 2020!

December 18, 2019 Leave a comment

 

From coast to coast and coming to Oaks! We welcome our first guest for Retro Con 2020: Voice actor George Lowe! George is best known for voicing superhero turned talk show host ‘Tad Ghostal’, better known to you as… SPACE GHOST!! 

 

 

Broadcasting from the Ghost Planet with arch foes Zorak and Moltar as his hapless crew, Space Ghost Coast to Coast featured the title character interviewing notable public figures of the era. His interactions with guests were always hilarious, usually awkward, sometimes hostile, and occasionally resulted in Space Ghost blasting them with his power bands. 

 

 

George voiced Space Ghost in over 110 episodes for Cartoon Network between 1994 and 2008, as well as playing the character in cameo appearances in other CN shows. Space Ghost Coast to Coast was the unofficial start of ‘Adult Swim’ and inspired such popular series as Cartoon Planet, The Brak Show, Sealab 2021, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Harvey Birdman, and The Venture Brothers!

 

 

George also voiced the recurring character of… himself, George Lowe, on Aqua Teen Hunger Force, where he would have a different occupation in every episode which he appeared. He also provides multiple voices on Robot Chicken, his most notable being the recurring character of the depraved magical Unicorn. He also played Brak’s father on the popular Space Ghost spin-off series The Brak Show.

 

 

If you’ve never seen Space Ghost Coast to Coast, check this gem out on the Adult Swim website! It’s a quirky throwback to the 90’s. Then come meet the man behind the ghost at Retro Con 2020!

Thank You From Retro Con!

September 22, 2019 Leave a comment

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Retro Con 2019 is in the books and we’re pleased to report we had a record-breaking attendance!! Between the awesome selection of merchandise in the vendor section and the impressive array of costumes we saw, everyone really brought their A-game this year! We have always strived to put on an event that merges toy show and convention, has guests and yet is affordably priced, and doesn’t pander to what’s new and hot. We’re pleased to see we are striking a chord with a crowd that really get what the show is all about. We could really feel the energy in the hall all weekend, and it really helped keep us going.

We would like to thank all of our enthusiastic attendees, our awesome vendors, all of our delightful guests, everyone that helped add to the show’s atmosphere by dressing in costume, the press and news outlets that covered the show, the car owners and costume groups, the Cybertronic Spree for getting more awesome every year, John D’Antonio for creating the epic Retro Con backdrop on the show floor, everyone that helped run events in the panel area, the Game is Afoot Arcade, our A/V tech for the year Tom Dalton, Arnold’s Family Fun Center, Celebworx, Chris Clover, and the Greater Philly Expo Center for having us!

And as always, our biggest thanks goes to our staff and volunteers! Between planning, set-up, showtime, and show breakdown, without their immeasurable help, the show would be an impossible undertaking. Our staff and volunteers this year included Jim Cannon, Sean Phillips, Nancy Squartino, Allie Squartino, Jimmy Tuski, Mike Breaux, Nagi Oki, Leslie AuFancy, Kristy Sproul, Gary Lane, Kyle Williamson, Jack Doud, Anthony Kyzer, Kevin Jones, Candice Santora, Nate Kipphorn, Joe Fiore, Logan Moran, Wendy Wassmer, Brandon Wassmer, Connie Smeriglio, Matt March, Courtney March, Mike Townsend, Zach Townsend, Dean Plakas, Tim Plakas, Trick Treat, Rob Brand, Wayne Kline, Nick Govosdian, Linda Marquis, Teri Marquis, and Denise Marie. You guys are the heart of the show!

Once again, thank you to everyone that attended or supported Retro Con- past or present!

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Meet Wrestling Legend Hacksaw Jim Duggan at Retro Con 2019!

September 3, 2019 Leave a comment

 

“HOOO!!!” We’re pleased to announce a late addition to our guest list: Wrestling icon “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan!

A true red-blooded American, this tough but lovable big guy always marched to the ring with a 2×4 slung over his shoulder and a red white & blue flag gripped tightly in his hand. Duggan would always get the crowd behind him by inspiring massive chants of “U.S.A.! U.S.A.!” that would shake the rafters and intimidate his opponents. On the scene for four decades, Hacksaw is one of the most recognizable superstars in the wrestling world. He was the winner of the WWF’s very first Royal Rumble in 1988, won the WCW’s United States Championship in 1994, and was inducted into the WWE’s Hall of Fame in 2011!

Hacksaw Jim Duggan will be at Retro Con both Saturday and Sunday. You can find him and all of our guests in the guest section in back of the hall!

TV & Movie Cars at Retro Con!

August 26, 2019 Leave a comment

 

As always, Retro Con will have replica tv and movie vehicles on the show floor! 

This year we have the DeLorean time machine (brought to the show by Tom & Amy Silknitter), the A-Team van, Jurassic Park JP-18 (brought to you by Frank Bedo & Monica Tulay), and the Ecto-1 (brought to you by the Delaware Ghostbusters, who will also be part of the show)!

Look for all of them in back of the hall!