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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! 🙂

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. 

Cybertronic Spree Concert Tickets Now Available!

April 11, 2019 Leave a comment

Retro Con presents… The Cybertronic Spree!

 

 

Tickets are NOW AVAILABLE for the Cybertronic Spree concert, happening Saturday night September 14th at Arnold’s Family Fun Center! 

 

Venue:  Arnold’s Family Fun Center 

(Water Tower section)

2200 West Dr
Oaks, PA 19456

 

Concert start time: 8pm

 

Please arrive between 7pm and 8pm for concert check-in

 

Purchase tickets via Paypal below!

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CONCERT TICKETS SOLD OUT!!

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Please read concert details in full:

You DO NOT need to pre-register for (or attend) Retro Con itself to buy tickets for the concert. But likewise, purchasing a concert ticket does not grant you access into Retro Con.

Tickets will NOT be mailed to you. Please bring along a print-out of your Paypal receipt/invoice. The staff at Arnold’s will use it to check you in. If you cannot print out your paypal receipt, your picture ID will be fine as long as it matches the name we have on file for the ticket(s). We will send you a confirmation via email that we received your payment.

Tickets are NON-REFUNDABLE. However, in the unlikely event the concert is cancelled, full refunds will be given.

Please note you should enter through The Water Tower entrance at Arnold’s Family Fun Center, which is just to the right of the main entrance at Arnold’s (look for the blue awning). Arnold’s itself is located directly next door to The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks.

The concert start time is 8pm, though you can arrive for concert check-in any time after 7pm. But feel free to get to Arnold’s Family Fun Center early! They have a numerous fun activities such as go-carts, mini golf, lasertag, arcade games, bowling, and much more!

The concert will run about one hour and fifteen minutes. Time permitting, the Cybertronic Spree will be available for a meet/greet immediately after the concert. Attendees can purchase band-related merchandise at this time. But to ensure you get to meet the band and buy merchandise, please come to Retro Con on Saturday! The band will be at the show from 10am to 1pm.

Please note that this is a General Admission/Standing Room Only concert. This means that there will be no chairs in the main audience section, and there will be no assigned positions. The staff at Arnold’s will of course do their best to accommodate attendees with disabilities.

There is a separate room to the right of the stage where attendees can pay to play rounds of bowling while watching the concert on the venue’s large overhead screens. There is also a full bar in the venue, where attendees 21 and older can purchase drinks.

There are no age restrictions at this event, though all ages require a concert ticket. We do not recommend bringing very young children to this event, as it is a rock concert played at full volume. Please also keep in mind the concert will be held in a bar setting.

We want to keep this event fun and safe for everyone! Anyone found to be disorderly will be asked to leave without refund.

Missed our original announcement about the Cybertronic Spree? Read all about them here:

 

https://retrocons.com/2019/03/14/the-cybertronic-spree-returns-for-retro-con-2019/

 

 

Cybertronic Spree Concert Tickets Now Available!

May 19, 2017 Leave a comment

Retro Con presents… The Cybertronic Spree!

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**CYBERTRONIC SPREE TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT!!**

Tickets are  available for the Cybertronic Spree concert, happening Saturday night October 14th at Arnold’s Family Fun Center! 

Venue: Arnold’s Family Fun Center (Water Tower section)
2200 West Dr
Oaks, PA 19456

Start time: 8pm

Please arrive between 7pm and 8pm

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**CYBERTRONIC SPREE TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT!!**

________________________

Please read concert details in full:

You DO NOT need to pre-register for (or attend) Retro Con itself to buy tickets for the concert. But likewise, purchasing a concert ticket does not grant you access into Retro Con.

Tickets will NOT be mailed to you. Please bring along a print-out of your Paypal receipt/invoice. The staff at Arnold’s will use it to check you in. If you cannot print out your paypal receipt, your picture ID will be fine as long as it matches the name we have on file for the ticket(s). We will send you a confirmation via email that we received your payment.

Tickets are NON-REFUNDABLE. However, in the unlikely event the concert is cancelled, full refunds will be given.

Please note you should enter through The Water Tower entrance at Arnold’s Family Fun Center, which is just to the right of the main entrance at Arnold’s (look for the blue awning). Arnold’s itself is located directly next door to The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks.

The concert start time is 8pm, though you can arrive any time after 7pm for check-in and mingling.

The concert will run about one hour. Time permitting, the Cybertronic Spree will be available for a meet/greet immediately after the concert. Attendees can purchase band-related merchandise at this time. But to ensure you get to meet the band and buy merchandise, please come to Retro Con on Saturday! The band will be at the show from 10am to 1pm.

Please note that this is a General Admission/Standing Room Only concert. This means that there will be no chairs in the main audience section, and there will be no assigned positions. The staff at Arnold’s will of course do their best to accommodate attendees with disabilities.

There is a separate room to the right of the stage where attendees can pay to play rounds of bowling while watching the concert on the venue’s large overhead screens. There is also a full bar in the venue, where attendees 21 and older can purchase drinks.

There are no age restrictions at this event, though all ages require a concert ticket. We do not recommend bringing very young children to this event, as it is a rock concert played at full volume. Please also keep in mind the concert will be held in a bar setting.

We want to keep this event fun and safe for everyone! Anyone found to be disorderly will be asked to leave without refund.

Missed our original announcement about the Cybertronic Spree? Read all about them here:

https://retrocons.com/2017/02/15/meet-the-cybertronic-spree-at-retro-con-2017/

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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!!