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Meet Dan Gilvezan at Retro Con 2019!

December 19, 2018 Leave a comment

 

With new Spider-Man and Bumblebee movies currently hitting theaters, it’s the perfect time to welcome our first guest for Retro Con 2019: Dan Gilvezan!

 

 

An actor for nearly 40 years, Dan is probably best known in the retro realm as the voice of the original Bumblebee on G1 Transformers! Dan voiced the small but audacious Autobot in nearly 45 episodes of the original G1 cartoon, as well as the 1986 feature film, and more recently in the Transformers: Devastation video game (2015)! The character has been a fan-favorite through numerous incarnations of the Transformers fiction and toy line since his debut.  

 

“The least likely can be the most dangerous.”

 

And not to be upstaged by a Volkswagen, Dan has another huge role for retro fans: Spider-Man!! Dan voiced the webslinger (as well as alter ego Peter Parker) throughout 24 episodes of NBC’s Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends Saturday morning cartoon show! Though the show didn’t have a long episode run, it made its mark as one of the most remembered versions of Spider-Man to date, due to excellent voice acting and the rapport between characters Spidey, Iceman, and Firestar! 

 

“Spider Friends: GO FOR IT!!”

 

Dan also voiced other Transformers characters in the G1 series such as Hotspot, Outback, Scamper, Snapdragon, and Goldbug (the rebuilt version of Bumblebee). Other animation roles include Prince Dargon on Sectaurs, Slip Stream on GI Joe, Sean Harrison on Jem, and Cooler on Pound Puppies. Dan was also the onscreen spokesperson for west coast-based restaurant chain Jack in the Box from 1981 to 1986!

 

 

 

Dan is also an author! Dan has written an eclectic assortment of books over the past decade, all available on Amazon. One book of note is Bumblebee & Me: Life as a G1 Transformer! The book details Dan’s years of recording for the G1 Transformers cartoon series and animated movie, and gives insight into the process of voice acting and his interactions with fellow voice actors of the era. Dan will have the book for sale at his table at Retro Con. It’s a fantastic read for any Transformers fan, and the cover art was done by Retro Con’s very own Rosemary Ward Tuski! 😉

 

 

Dan will be at the show all weekend, so stop by his table in the guest section to meet the voice of your childhood!!

 

 

Meet B.J. Ward at Retro Con 2018!

September 27, 2018 Leave a comment

 

Although we are very saddened by the unfortunate cancellation of Melendy Britt, we have another very talented individual stepping up to take her place at the show: Actress B.J. Ward!

 

 

B.J. is an actress and singer known for several very popular characters in the retro realm. Two of her stand-out roles include fiery Counter Intelligence agent “Scarlett” on Marvel/Sunbow’s GI Joe cartoon series, and the noble Princess Allura on the original Voltron!

You may also have heard B.J. as Wonder Woman in the The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians series from 1985, Small Foot on Challenge of the GoBots, the plotting Witch Haggar on Voltron, Sincia on Saber Rider & the Star Sheriffs, Betty Rubble in various Flintstones productions from the 80’s to the early 2000’s, several characters on the original My Little Pony cartoon, and she also voiced brainy Velma Dinkley in several Scooby Doo animated movies from the late 90’s and early 2000’s!

B.J. does NOT attend many conventions these days, so don’t miss this rare chance to meet her!!

A big thank you to B.J. for agreeing to attend Retro Con on such short notice, and also a special thanks to the fine folks over at Celebworx for their exceptional work in making this appearance possible!

Check out B.J.’s huge body of work on imdb!

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0911389/

 

Categories: G.I. Joe, Guests, Voltron

Meet Sgt. Slaughter at Retro Con 2018!

August 23, 2018 Leave a comment

 

We welcome back to Retro Con a true living legend: The one and only Sgt. Slaughter!

 

 

A wrestler for over 40 years, Sgt. Slaughter became a household name when he joined the WWF in the early 1980s with his signature “Cobra Clutch” move. Inspired by the Sarge’s drill instructor persona and wild popularity, Hasbro decided to incorporate the Sarge into their GI Joe: A Real American Hero toy line, comic, and animated series in 1985! Voicing himself, his cartoon debut was in the Season 2 Arise Serpentor Arise mini series, where we learn the Sarge is one of the GI Joe team’s greatest warriors and trainers. The character is easily a fan-favorite and is still regularly talked about by Joe fans to this day.

 

Sgt. Slaughter will be at the show all weekend for autograph and photo ops. We’ll have his prices up on the website very soon. Come to Retro Con and meet one of the true icons of pop culture!! 

 

Garry Chalk to Attend Retro Con 2018! Sponsored by CNS Art!

March 6, 2018 Leave a comment

 

“Well, that’s just Prime…”

Thanks to our good friend Candice Santora, we proudly welcome actor Garry Chalk to Retro Con 2018!

Garry is best known for voicing the noble leader of the Maximals, Optimus Primal, in the popular 90’s iteration of Transformers: Beast Wars! Garry voiced the character in all three seasons of the show, as well as both seasons of the follow-up series Beast Machines

 

 

Garry is known for numerous other animated roles as well! Man-At-Arms in the 2002 Masters of the Universe series, Guts Man on the 90’s Mega Man cartoon, Pathfinder and Metal Head in the DiC GI Joe series, Grounder on 1993’s Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, Optimus Prime in the 2000’s era Transformers Armada Trilogy, Slash on Reboot, and King Hippo on the Saturday morning classic Captain N: The Game Master!

 

 

Garry has also been an on-screen actor for over 30 years! You can find him in such shows and movies as Arrow, Stargate SG-1, Watchmen, Supernatural, Freddy vs JasonGodzilla (2014), The X-Files, Psych, The Fly II, Power Rangers (2017), and many more. You can check out Garry’s wide filmography HERE

 

 

We’d like to give a very special thanks to Candice Santora, who has very kindly offered to sponsor Garry’s trip to Retro Con!! She is the official artist for Garry and you can check out her art page HERE!

 

We’d also like to thank Sherry Fowler for her assistance!

 

Please join Garry Chalk’s official fan group on facebook!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/chalk.fans/

 

Meet Gregg Berger at Retro Con 2018!

February 7, 2018 Leave a comment

 

We welcome Gregg Berger as our latest guest for Retro Con 2018!

 

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Gregg is best known for voicing the mighty leader of the Dinobots: Grimlock! He voiced the fan-favorite character in all of the G1 Transformers series, Transformers: The Movie (1986), several Transformers video games, and recently revisited the character in Machinima’s new Transformers: Power of the Primes web series! 

 

 

Gregg can also be heard as Skyfire and Long Haul in G1 Transformers, Spirit and Firefly on GI Joe, Cornfed Pig on Duckman, The Gromble on Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, Mr. Little on The Littles,  Agent K on Men in Black: The Series, and he has been the voice of lovable pooch Odie for over 35 years!

 

 

Gregg is known for on-camera work as well! You may have seen him in Police Academy: Mission to Moscow (he’s even on the poster!), as well as Spaced Invaders (“They blew up our new off-ramp!”).

 

 

Gregg will be at the show both days for autographs and photo ops. Prices will be posted as we get closer to showtime.

 

Rob Paulsen at Retro Con 2017!

March 9, 2017 Leave a comment

We welcome voice actor Rob Paulsen to Retro Con 2017!

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Rob has been in the voice acting industry for nearly 35 years (and still going strong), and truly bridges the gap between generations. Not only is Rob the voice of sarcastic wisecracker Raphael on the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon series (1987 to 1996), he is also the voice of tech-genius Donatello on the current incarnation of TMNT on Nickelodeon (2012 to 2017)!!

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Rob is also the voice of such wildly popular characters as Yakko Warner on Animaniacs, and Pinky from Pinky and the Brain! Other notable voices of Rob include Tripwire and Snow Job on GI Joe, Slingshot and Air Raid on G1 Transformers, and he played the lead roles on Mighty Max, Saber Rider, and The Mask!

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Please check out Rob’s full voiceography over at Voice Chasers!

Follow Rob Paulsen at the following places:

Main Website: http://robpaulsenlive.com/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/robpaulsenlive/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/yakkopinky

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rob_paulsen/

Arthur Burghardt to attend Retro Con 2017!

December 13, 2016 Leave a comment

We are pleased to announce our first guest for Retro Con 2017: Arthur Burghardt!

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Arthur’s most prolific role is that of shrewd arms dealer Destro in the original Marvel/Sunbow GI Joe series!

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  As owner of M.A.R.S. Industries, he was the primary weapons-provider for all of Cobra. Though considered part of the Cobra command hierarchy (along with his romantic love interest The Baroness), Destro and Cobra Commander were often at odds with each other, suggesting their alliance was more a matter of convenience than solidarity.

Destro’s intriguing mix of coldness, honor, and calm demeanor, not to mention the cool metal mask he wears to honor his ancestors, has made him a fan-favorite for over 30 years!

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Another hugely popular voice of Arthur’s was that of the original Transformers combiner giant: DEVASTATOR!!

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As the amalgamated form of the six Constructicons (Scrapper, Hook, Long Haul, Scavenger, Bonecrusher, and Mixmaster), Devastator didn’t always have much to say, but Arthur’s booming voice always made for a commanding appearance nonetheless! Devastator is arguably the most popular combiner in all of Transformers. Arthur played the character in the original Marvel/Sunbow G1 cartoon series, as well as the 1986 theatrical movie.

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Arthur also gave voice to two other notable GI Joe characters: jetpack-wearing Sergeant Stalker, and cold weather operative Iceberg!

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And he played one of the main players on Challenge of the GoBots: the courageous Guardian Turbo!

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“Time to go!!”

Arthur will be at Retro Con all weekend for autograph and photo ops. We will post up a price list as the show draws closer. Come meet the voice of some of the most iconic characters of the 80’s!!