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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/

 

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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!!

Voice Actor Pat Fraley to Attend Retro Con 2016!

 

In a rare convention appearance, we are thrilled to announce that Pat Fraley will be coming to Retro Con 2016!

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A voice actor and voice-over teacher for more than 35 years, Pat is best known to retro fans for giving voice and personality to the quirky warlord Krang in the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles tv series! Pat played the renegade from Dimension X in more than 125 episodes between 1987 to 1996, and he voiced the character more recently in an episode of Nickelodeon’s modern TMNT cartoon entitled “Trans-Dimensional Turtles” where the current Turtle team gets transported to another dimension and meets the 80’s iterations of themselves!

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Ultimately banished from Dimension X for his treachery, Krang reluctantly teamed up with the Shredder and his foot soldier army to renew his penchant for conquest on planet Earth. Together they would attempt to take over the world, and in the process restore power to Krang’s mobile command base the Technodrome for an eventual return to Dimension X. Unfortunately for them, their plans were foiled time and again by the Turtles and friends. Krang was easily one of the most amusing characters on the show and is a fan-favorite with his warbling voice, bizarre exosuit, and excitable personality.

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Pat also voiced several other prominent characters on TMNT, including mad scientist Baxter Stockman, the Turtles’ vigilante ally Casey Jones, the palm-tree obsessed Slash, and Channel 6’s hard-nosed news editor Burne Thompson!

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Aside from TMNT, Pat also voiced notable characters on Marvel/Sunbow’s popular GI Joe cartoon series: Ace, Wild Weasel, and Airtight!

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And other prominent roles you’ve heard Pat in include BraveStarr, Denver the Last Dinosaur, Max Ray in Centurions, and Jake Kong Jr. on Filmation’s Ghostbusters!

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Pat will be at the show all weekend for autograph and photo ops. Prices will be determined and listed as we get closer to show time. So come out to Retro Con this September to meet the voice of some of the greatest characters from your youth!!

A big thanks to CelebWorx for their immense help in getting Mr. Fraley to the show!

 

Retro Con 2015 Charity Auction

August 10, 2015 Leave a comment

 

If you’re an 80’s cartoon aficionado, you won’t want to miss Retro Con’s charity auction this year! Voice actor (and Retro Con 2013 guest) Neil Ross has generously donated his remaining scripts from his voice-over work from back in the day. We have sorted through these and put together a catalog of them to be auctioned off at the show!

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These are genuine dialogue scripts used by Neil in the recording studio while working on such classic shows as Transformers, GI Joe, and Voltron! Some include the call sheets, and many have hand-written notes in the sidebars and even the occasional doodle or other artifact. Many of these scripts also have differences to what made it into the final episodes, such as alternate lines of dialogue, and some instances where lines (and even scenes) were removed altogether from the finished shows! As huge fans of these shows ourselves, these scripts have made for most interesting reading!

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And to make the scripts even more interesting, we have sent them out to several other voice actors that worked on these series, who have kindly autographed them for us! A special thanks to Neil Ross, Michael Bell, Corey Burton, Sue Blu, Alan Oppenheimer, Gregg Berger, Paul Eiding, Zack Hoffman, Morgan Lofting, John Moschitta, BJ Ward, Jack Angel, and Frank Welker for their assistance on this charity project!

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The event will be held on Saturday afternoon at the show, and our auctioneer will be none other than America’s favorite fast talker himself: John Moschitta Jr!

100% of proceeds earned will be donated amongst a few different charities. These include Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), Cat Angel Network (a no-kill cat rescue in southeast PA), and other charities that will be selected by our 2015 guests who have participated in this auction project.

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Yo Joe! The Voice of Duke, Michael Bell, to attend Retro Con 2015!

June 3, 2015 Leave a comment

 We’d like to welcome the venerable Michael Bell to Retro Con 2015!

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 With nearly 60 years of professional acting experience (over 40 of them as a voice actor), Michael is a true legend in the industry! Though widely known for his voice work, you may also have seen Michael in character parts in such classic TV shows as Get Smart, The Monkees, CHiPs, Three’s Company, Charlie’s Angels, and Star Trek. Michael also ran his own voice acting workshop, which he used to train well-known voice actors such as Cam Clarke and Corey Burton, and he also currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Screen Actors Guild. He is married to actress Victoria Carroll, and you may also know of their daughter, actress Ashley Bell!

 
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Michael’s most notable role for retro fans is probably that of First Sergeant Conrad “Duke” Hauser in the Sunbow GI Joe: A Real American Hero cartoon series! He voiced the confident field leader of the Joe team in the two original miniseries, both seasons of the syndicated tv show, and in the GI Joe animated movie (1987). Though originally written to be killed off in the movie, a severe backlash over the death of Optimus Prime in the Transformers movie spurred producers to spare the character of Duke. So in lieu of dying in a battle with Serpentor, Duke would slip into a coma and later reawaken.
 

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Michael gave voice and personality to several other Joe and Cobra characters on the show too: Major Bludd, Scrap-Iron, Xamot, Blowtorch, and many more!

 
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Mr. Bell is also popular for his work on G1 Transformers, with his most prominent role arguably being military strategist Prowl! A highly capable Autobot, Prowl was known for his straight-laced and logical personality. He also stood out with his unique police-themed robot and car design. Unfortunately, Prowl met his demise in the 1986 Transformers movie at the hands of a Decepticon raiding party while co-piloting an Autobot shuttle on its way to Earth. ☠

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And just like GI Joe, Michael also provided voices for many other characters on Transformers as well! Among them were Dinobot Swoop, warrior Sideswipe, Insecticon Bombshell, and Constructicon leader Scrapper.

 
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Other highlights in Mr. Bell’s voice acting career include: Zan of the Wonder Twins (along with space monkey Gleek), Lance and Sven on Voltron, Chas Finster on Rugrats, Handy, Grouchy, and Lazy Smurf, and Plastic Man! 

 

Michael will be on hand all weekend to sign autographs for retro fanatics, so bring along your cartoon memorabilia! Michael is also a huge animal rights activist, so we will be donating part of the totals of the Retro Con 2015 charity auction to an animal foundation of his choice!

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