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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

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!

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!

Retro Con 2019 Show & Panel Schedule

August 15, 2019 Leave a comment

Saturday September 14th, 2019

 

9:00am: Preregistrant Check-in Begins/Show Open to Preregistrants

10:00am: Show Opens to General Public

10:30am: Panel- “The Story of Sectaurs” Documentary hosted by Retro Toy Review  (Panel area)

11:15am: Panel- Mr. Lobo and OSI 74 (Panel Area)

12:00pm: Retro Con’s Totally Tubular T-shirt Contest Hosted by The Breaux Show (Panel Area)

12:30pm: Panel- Melendy Britt Q&A hosted by Saturday Morning Rewind (Panel Area)

1:15pm: Raffle Session 1

– Spirit Halloween Proton Pack/Ghost Trap
– Star Wars retro figure set
– 1/4 Scale TMNT Shredder figure

1:30pm: Panel- Robbie Rist Q&A hosted by Saturday Morning Rewind (Panel Area)

2:15pm:  Costume Contest, 14 and Older! Hosted by Eric “The Smoke” Moran (Panel Area)

3:15pm:  Trivia Contest Hosted by The Breaux Show (Panel Area)

4:00pm: Panel- Toy Galaxy with Dan Larson (Panel Area)

4:45pm: Raffle Session #2

– Transformers Ectotron figure/Skeletor Cereal
– Transformers Power of the Primes Predaking
– NECA TMNT Movie Set

5:00pm: Panel- Hacksaw Jim Duggan Q&A (Panel Area)

5:30pm: Show Closes

 

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Sunday September 15th, 2019

 

9:00am: Show Opens

10:30am: Retro Name that Tune! w/ The Game Guyz (Panel Area)

11:15am: Karaoke Contest Sign-Ups (at Table in Lobby)

11:15am: Panel- David Kaye hosted by Saturday Morning Rewind (Panel Area)

12:00pm: Raffle Session #1

– ThunderCats Series DVD set/Lion-O Cereal
– Super7 She-Ra & He-Man figure set
– NECA TMNT Cartoon Figures set (donated by NECA)

12:00pm to 3pm: James Rolfe/AVGN signing (Guest Section)

12:15pm: Kids Costume Contest, 13 and under! Hosted by Eric “The Smoke” Moran (Panel Area)

1:00pm: Retro Con’s Truly Truly Truly Outrageous Karaoke Contest hosted by Nagi Oki!

2:15pm: Panel- Gil Gerard & Felix Silla Q&A hosted by Megapodtastic (Panel Area)

3:00pm: Raffle Session #2

– Kingdom Hearts figure set
– NECA TMNT Capture of Splinter set
– Matty Collector Castle Grayskull set

3:15pm: Panel- James Rolfe/Angry Video Game Nerd Q&A (Panel Area)

4:00pm: Show Closes

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Sectaurs at Retro Con!

August 7, 2019 Leave a comment

 

Retro Con will have some Sectaurs programming at the show this year!

 

 

 

Though the line was short-lived back in the 80’s, it’s grown into something of a cult classic over the years with it’s cool character designs and interesting puppet companions. They are wonderfully quirky toys, and you are bound to find them for sale in the vendor section at the show!

 

 

Youtube channel Retro Toy Review will be hosting a panel at the show on Saturday morning (tentative start time is 10:30am). Host Cliff Reese will be screening his award-winning documentary called “The Story of Sectaurs”! In this spirited mini-doc, Cliff will take you through the origins of the line, the creation of the toys, the world reception, and the line’s end (and rebirth!). Featured in interviews in the doc is co-creator of the toy line, Retro Con guest Tim Clarke!   

 

 

 Speaking of rebirth, Sectaurs is making a comeback with a brand new figure line being made by ZICA Toys!

Sectaurs co-creator Tim Clarke has been working with them to bring the line back, and has sent us word that he’ll have test shots of the new figures and packaging on display at Retro Con 2019 (Official) next month! With the line slated to hit by the end of the year, this is your chance to get a sneak peek!!

Look for Tim’s booth in *Row 2* on the show floor! And please check out his website HERE!

 

Retro Con Presents the Out Of Your Shell Karaoke Contest!!

July 26, 2019 Leave a comment

 

Always a crowd-pleaser, Retro Con’s Karaoke Contest will be back for Retro Con 2019! And this year we’re getting 100% more amphibian by christening it the Retro Con Out Of Your Shell Karaoke Contest!!

 

 

 And helping us with that task is the voice of movie Michaelangelo himself, Robbie Rist!! Robbie is a lifelong musician and singer, and has very kindly agreed to be a guest judge at the contest this year!

 

 

Hosted once again by our good friend Nagi Oki, the Karaoke contest will be held on SUNDAY at the show (sign-up and competition times will *be determined soon*!). We will make an announcement over the PA system when we are ready to accept entrants. Depending how strong interest is, we may have to institute a lottery-type system to pick our 15 contestants. There are no sign-up fees or age restrictions.

We will have a wide variety of 80’s (and some early 90’s) classics to choose from. Most will have on-screen lyrics to follow along with, but we will also be supplementing these with a few geek-related favorites that will have a *lyrics sheet only*. Consider these “extra credit” choices! 

The full list of song choices can be found HERE!

 

The contest rules are as follows:

#1. No staff or volunteers may enter.
#2. Singing in costume is allowed, but will not affect the judges’ scoring.
#3. No skits are allowed. Dancing in place however is just fine (and encouraged).
#4. Solo artists only, please. No duets/trios/etc.
#5. Songs will be picked on a first-come, first-served basis. Songs will not be held for specific contestants. Also, outside music will not be allowed.
#6. No instruments will be allowed.
#7. All contestants must arrive at the panel/event room *15 minutes* prior to showtime for check-in and singing order assignment. If you are not present at this time, you may have to forfeit your place.
#8. Please no heckling from the audience or other contestants. Anyone found to be disorderly will be asked to leave the panel area.

#9. You MUST rock.

Prizes for 2019! 

 

1st Place: Full sealed set of NECA 7″ scale Turtles!

 

 

2nd Place: Mutagen Container Prop by NECA!

 

 

3rd Place: NECA Gamer Gremlin!

 

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 So consider signing up and channeling your inner 80’s rocker! And if you don’t fancy yourself a singer, stop by and cheer on from the audience!! The contest is always a highlight of the convention!

A big thanks to Robbie Rist for agreeing to help judge the show! And also thanks to our friend Nagi for running and co-sponsoring the contest (and for making this snazzy graphic for this year)!

Mark Watts Gallery at Retro Con 2019!

July 17, 2019 Leave a comment

 

Returning for Retro Con 2019 is artist Mark Watts!

 

 

Mark is responsible for some of the iconic artwork used in the G1 Transformers toy line! He did over 45 commissioned paintings for Hasbro between the mid 80’s and early 90’s, most of which were used directly for the packaging of the product.

Notable packaging illustrations he created include Shockwave, Jetfire, the Constructicons, the Stunticons, and all of the series one Minibots! He also did several paintings used for pack-in mail-away offers for the Transformers line, such as Reflector, the “Time Warrior” Autobot watch, and the Omnibots.

 

 

 

 

Check out Mark’s booth in the guest section where he’ll be displaying his artwork and offering prints for sale! He had a great time meeting attendees last year. He loved hearing stories of how some would cut his artwork out of the toy packaging as kids and tape it to the walls of their room. 

Meet Robbie Rist at Retro Con 2019!

July 10, 2019 Leave a comment

 

“God, I love being a turtle!!!”

Please welcome actor Robbie Rist to Retro Con 2019!

 

 

An actor of more than 45 years, Robbie’s most prominent role is voicing the high-spirited Michaelangelo in the 1990’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies! Playing the energetic character in all 3 movies, Robbie has some of the most quotable lines in the series. “Pizza dude’s got 30 seconds…”, “Ohh, a fellow ‘chucker, eh?”, and of course the classic “Wise man say: Forgiveness is divine, but never pay full price for late pizza.”

 

 

Robbie also played genius teenager “Whiz” in the hit 80’s Saturday morning tv show Kidd Video! A hybrid of animation and live-action, Robbie not only voiced the character, but also acted in the live-action segments of the show, and performed the music videos with the rest of the main cast.

 

 

Other notable animation roles of Robbie include Choji Akimichi in the popular anime series Naruto, ‘Iggy’ in Initial D, sled dog Star in Balto, Stuffy in Doc McStuffins, Tricerashot in Transformers: Robots in Disguise, and (returning to the franchise) Mondo Gekko in 2012’s TMNT series. And of special note to Angry Video Game Nerd fans, Robbie voiced the “ET”-esque alien creature in the AVGN live-action movie!

 

 

Being an actor since he was 8 years old, Robbie can also be seen in live-action productions across 5 decades, such as the Brady Bunch (as Cousin Oliver), What’s Happening, The Bionic Woman, CHiPs, Knight Rider, Iron Eagle, and in Sharknado as Robbie the Bus Driver (he also co-wrote and performed the Sharknado theme song).

Robbie will be at the show both days, so catch him in the guest section on the show floor! He’ll also be part of a Q&A at the show (day and time to be determined soon).