We are pleased to announce our first guest for Retro Con 2017: Arthur Burghardt!
Arthur’s most prolific role is that of shrewd arms dealer Destro in the original Marvel/Sunbow GI Joe series!
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!
Another hugely popular voice of Arthur’s was that of the original Transformers combiner giant: DEVASTATOR!!
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.
Arthur also gave voice to two other notable GI Joe characters: jetpack-wearing Sergeant Stalker, and cold weather operative Iceberg!
And he played one of the main players on Challenge of the GoBots: the courageous Guardian Turbo!
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!!
Saturday September 24th, 2016
8:30am: Preregistrant Check-in Begins
9:00am: Show Opens
9:30am: Panel- Starship Farragut w/ John Broughton & Eric Moran (Panel area)
10:30am: Cosplay Presidential Debate w/ Batman, She-Hulk & Iron Man (Panel Area)
11:15am: Panel- Living in 8 Bits (Panel Area)
12:00pm: Raffle Session 1
-Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase figure
-Miniature Flux Capacitor
-Transformers Masterpiece Starscream
12:15pm: Trivia Contest! Hosted by The Breaux Show (Panel Area)
1:00pm: Costume Contest, 14 and Older! Hosted by Eric “The Smoke” Moran (Panel Area)
2:15pm: Truly Outrageous Karaoke Contest! Hosted by Nagi Oki (Panel Area)
2:30pm: PokeMon GO Giveaway! Kids 13 and under (Front-right of Hall)
3:45pm: Raffle Session #2
-ThunderCats Cats Lair Statue
-Transformers Generations Devastator box set
-MattyCollector Ghost Trap
4:00pm: Panel- Mr. Lobo/Cinema Insomnia (Panel Area)
5:00pm: Show Closes
7:00pm: TMNT II The Secret of the Ooze (1991) screening at Regal Cinemas (standard ticket prices apply)
Sunday September 25th, 2016
9:00am: Show Opens
11:00am: Panel- Wrestler Ted DiBiase (Panel Area)
11:45pm: Raffle Session #1
-Pac-Man Ghost Light
-Yarn Game Boy
-MattyCollector Filmation Skeletor figure
12:00pm to 3pm: James Rolfe/AVGN signing (Cinemassacre Table)
12:00pm: Kids Costume Contest, 13 and under! (Panel Area)
12:45pm: Panel- 80’s Voice Actors! Alan Oppenheimer, Cam Clarke, and Pat Fraley (Panel Area)
1:30pm: PokeMon GO Giveaway! Kids 13 and under (Front-right of Hall)
1:45pm: Panel- Andre Meadows/Black Nerd Comedy (Panel Area)
3:00pm: Raffle Session #2
-SEGA Genesis with Box
-Star Wars Black Series TIE Fighter
-LEGO Ghostbusters Firehouse Set
3:15pm: Panel- James Rolfe/Angry Video Game Nerd (Panel Area)
4:00pm: Show Closes
We’re happy to report that our old friend Mr. LoBo will be back again for Retro Con 2016!
He proves that “They’re not Bad Movies–Just Misunderstood.” Mr. Lobo has been a special guest and emcee for BLOBFEST in PA since 2010. Mr. Lobo has also hosted many live events and film festivals, and provides background on the films, with comedy, games, and prizes. He has been in dozens of film documentaries, has had many cameos in genre films, is a returning guest on national radio talk shows including COAST TO COAST AM with GEORGE NOORY, provided commentary for MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER box sets, has been featured on TMZ, and parodied on SCOOBY-DOO!
Mr. LoBo will be at the show all weekend, and will be hosting a panel on Saturday afternoon at 4pm!
In a rare convention appearance, we are thrilled to announce that Pat Fraley will be coming to Retro Con 2016!
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!
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.
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!
Aside from TMNT, Pat also voiced notable characters on Marvel/Sunbow’s popular GI Joe cartoon series: Ace, Wild Weasel, and Airtight!
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!
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!
We’re happy to report the return of a fan-favorite for Retro Con 2016: James Rolfe, AKA the Angry Video Game Nerd!
“He’s gonna take you back to the past…”
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. The show has been in production for more than a decade and still going strong!
Other programs on his website include James & Mike Mondays, Board James, You Know What’s Bulls#!t?, and literally hundreds of movie reviews of films spanning from the early 1900’s to present day! He also released a feature-length movie based around his AVGN character in 2014. Check out his team’s work over at Cinemassacre.com!
James will have a 3 hour signing session on **SUNDAY ONLY** from 12:00pm to 3:00pm. He will also be part of a 45 minute Q&A afterwards.
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