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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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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/

 

 

The Cybertronic Spree Returns for Retro Con 2019!

March 14, 2019 Leave a comment

 

They’ve been making waves across the internet again and again, and now’s your chance to catch them in person!

 

Beyond Good. Beyond Evil. Beyond Your Wildest Imagination.

 

They are…

 

 The Cybertronic Spree!

 

 

More than meets the eye, The Cybertronic Spree are here on Earth with one critical mission: To party like it’s 1986! This band of Transformers has been brought together by the power of rock ‘n’ roll and they can’t be stopped.

Join HotrodArceeRumbleUnicronSoundwaveBumblebeeShockwave and a Quintesson as they prove they’ve got the power to light your darkest hour! These rockstars in disguise play music from The Transformers: The Movie, plus themes from hit films, cartoons, video games, and more. They blend their love for the 80’s and 80’s metal into an energon-fueled, unforgettable live show!

The Cybertronic Spree have been rocking conventions and events since 2013. They’ve captivated audiences across Canada and the US with performances at Anime North, Ottawa International Animation Festival, Toronto ComicCon, Nerd Noise Night, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Montreal Comic Con and opened for fellow space-rockers, TWRP, Electric 6, and Magic Sword, and (in their original US concert debut)… Retro Con!

New fans are discovering the “best kept secret” in bands every year as their popularity continues to grow. The band’s new cover of Led Zepplin’s “Immigrant Song” has had over 800,000 views on their Youtube page (and quickly climbing), and is currently being shared all over social media!  

 

The Cybertronic Spree will be attending Retro Con early in the day on Saturday (September 14th) as convention guests, where fans can meet with them and purchase band-related merchandise. Tentative times are 10am to 1pm. 

But of course we can’t stop there! The Cybertronic Spree will also be performing a concert that Saturday night (September 14th) at 8pm at the nearby Arnold’s Family Fun Center!

 

**Buy Your Concert Tickets HERE!**

 

Check out some pics of the band’s sold-out concerts from Retro Con 2017 and 2018!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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So come to the Retro Con to hang with the band, and then catch them Live in concert Saturday night!!

 

 

Follow the Cybertronic Spree at these places:

Cybertronic Spree Concert Tickets Now Available!

July 12, 2018 Leave a comment


Retro Con presents… The Cybertronic Spree!

 

 

Tickets are NOW AVAILABLE for the Cybertronic Spree concert, happening Saturday night October 13th 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

 

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CONCERT TICKETS ARE 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 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/2018/07/10/the-cybertronic-spree-returns-for-retro-con-2018/

 

 

 

The Cybertronic Spree Returns for Retro Con 2018!

July 10, 2018 Leave a comment

 

They rocked our show last year, and they’ll be back again this year to rev up the decibels even higher!

 

Beyond Good. Beyond Evil. Beyond Your Wildest Imagination.

 

 

They are…

 

 

 The Cybertronic Spree!

 

 

More than meets the eye, The Cybertronic Spree are here on Earth with one critical mission: To party like it’s 1986! This band of Transformers has been brought together by the power of rock ‘n’ roll and they can’t be stopped.

 

Join Hotrod, Arcee, Rumble, Unicron, Soundwave, Bumblebee, Shockwave and a Quintesson as they prove they’ve got the power to light your darkest hour! These rockstars in disguise play music from The Transformers: The Movie, plus themes from hit films, cartoons, video games, and more. They blend their love for the 80’s and 80’s metal into an energon-fueled, unforgettable live show!

 

The Cybertronic Spree have been rocking conventions and events since 2013. They’ve captivated audiences across Canada and the US with performances at Anime North, Ottawa International Animation Festival, Toronto ComicCon, Nerd Noise Night, Retro Con, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Montreal Comic Con and opened for fellow space-rockers, TWRP, Electric 6, and Magic Sword.

 

Last year, the band released their first original single, “Cybertronic Warrior”, a fist-pumping robot anthem. The video was directed by cult director Steven Kostanski (ManBorg, The Void) and released to great acclaim. The band are now battling it out in the studio once more, set to record and release a follow-up of gigantic proportions!

 

 

The Cybertronic Spree will be attending the show early in the day on Saturday as convention guests, where fans can meet with them and purchase band-related merchandise. Tentative times are 10am to 1pm. 

But of course we can’t stop there! The Cybertronic Spree will also be performing a concert that Saturday night (October 13th) at 8pm at the nearby Arnold’s Family Fun Center!

**Cybertronic Spree Concert Tickets Coming Soon!**

 

Check out some shots of the band’s sold-out concert from last year’s Retro Con!

 

 

 

 

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So come to the Retro Con to hang with the band, and then see them in concert Saturday night! Their concert last year was regarded by many to be the highlight of the convention!!

 

 

Follow the Cybertronic Spree at these places:

Meet G1 Transformers Artist Mark Watts at Retro Con 2018!

May 18, 2018 Leave a comment

 

 

We are pleased to welcome artist Mark Watts to our guest list for Retro Con 2018!

 

 

Mark attended the School of Visual Arts in NYC and Temple University in Philadelphia, and has been creating great works of art for the past 30 years! With studios in two states, Mark has worked for clients such as Disney, Budweiser, The Rolling Stones, Warner Bros Pictures, Paramount, Sony, Hasbro, Tyco, Crayola, and many more!

Mark has produced many illustrations for popular toy lines such as the Hasbro’s Transformers and Tyco’s Crash Test Dummies. Some of his most recognizable book covers were made into movies: The Odessa File, Day of the Jackal, and The Dogs of War. He also created the logo Illustration for the Clint Eastwood movie Pink Cadillac. His work has been displayed in many shows around the country and also at the prestigious Society of Illustrators Club in NYC. 

 

 

Mark is responsible for some of the iconic artwork used in the G1 Transformers toy line! He did at least 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 products. 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

He strove for a metallic, forced perspective look to his Transformers paintings. This helped the characters look more exciting and “pop out” from the background. Many of his Transformers art pieces can be viewed in the book Transformers Legacy: The Art of Transformers Packaging, by Jim Sorenson and Bill Forster.

 

Mark sells high quality prints of his Transformers artwork at his website:

 https://markwattsstudios.com/collections/transformer-prints

 

 

You can also purchase Mark’s slick transformable “table art” (as seen and demonstrated in the video above), featuring his Transformers work and more here:

https://www.tableartstudios.com/

 

 

Mark will have a booth in our guest section at the show all weekend, where he’ll be selling his Transformers prints, table art, and more. Meet someone that played a big part in the history of the original Transformers toy line!  

 

Please Follow Mark Online!

Main Website: https://markwattsstudios.com/

Mark’s Table Art: https://www.tableartstudios.com/

Transformers Prints: https://markwattsstudios.com/collections/transformer-prints

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

Facebook 2: https://www.facebook.com/TableArtStudios/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MarkWattsStudio

 

 

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.