Archive

Posts Tagged ‘philly’

Meet the voice of Jem, Samantha Newark, at Retro Con 2018!

December 12, 2017 Leave a comment

 

“Showtime, Synergy!”

We’re excited to announce our first guest for Retro Con 2018: Voice actor and singer Samantha Newark!

 

Samantha is best known for giving voice to one of the most iconic characters of the 80’s: Jem!

 

 

Through secret technology developed by her late father, young adult Jerrica Benton uses special earrings to communicate with supercomputer Synergy, allowing her to assume the holographic identity of mysterious rockstar… Jem!

 

 

As lead singer of  The Holograms, the band created eclectic rock music, with much of the sale proceeds going to Starlight House, a home for orphaned and homeless girls.  

Samantha voiced the character through all 65 episodes of the Sunbow cartoon series, with performer Britta Phillips providing vocals for the song portions of the show. The show was hugely popular in the mid to late 80’s, and has a devoted fanbase to this day. And recent re-airings of the series on cable have brought new fans into the fold!

 

 

Samantha also took part in one of the most significant episodes of the G1 Transformers cartoon. She voiced Autobot “Ariel” in Wardawn, a flashback episode that revealed the origin of  legendary Autobot Leader Optimus Prime! Ariel herself would later be rebuilt into the powerful leader of the female Autobots: Elita-One!

 

 

Another noteworthy project of Samantha’s was performing lead vocals for the song “In Your Eyes” from the classic 1986 anime film Project A-ko! The song was included in both the original japanese and international versions of the movie.

 

 

And for an added treat, Samantha has kindly agreed to be a guest judge this year at Retro Con’s annual Truly Outrageous Karaoke Contest, making this year’s contest Truly, Truly, Truly Outrageous!!

 

 

Follow Samantha on-line!

Main Website: https://www.samanthanewark.com/

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

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/samanthanewarkofficial/

Advertisements

Retro Con 2017 Show and Panel Schedule

September 18, 2017 Leave a comment

 photo RCmst3k3.jpg

Saturday October 14th, 2017

 

9:00am: Preregistrant Check-in Begins

10:00am: Show Opens

10:30am: Panel- The Rad Years Podcast (Cybertronic Spree guests)  (Panel area)

11:30am: Panel- Mr. Lobo and OSI 74: Fall Sneak Preview (Panel Area)

12:45pm: Raffle Session 1

– A-Team Van Lego & Funko Pop Set
– Dr. Who TARDIS/Donkey Kong Jengae
– Playmobil Ghostbusters Ecto-1
– Masterpiece Optimus Prime

1:00pm: Karaoke Contests Sign-ups (Lobby)

1:00pm: Trivia Contest! Hosted by The Breaux Show (Panel Area)

2:00pm: Costume Contest, 14 and Older! Hosted by Eric “The Smoke” Moran (Panel Area)

3:15pm: Truly Outrageous Karaoke Contest! Hosted by Nagi Oki (Panel Area)

4:45pm: Raffle Session #2

– Destro Helmet
– Filmation He-Man signed by John Erwin
– Lego Slave-1

5:00pm: Panel- Captain Kyle’s Cosplay Spotlite (Panel Area)

6:00pm: Show Closes

______________________________________________________________

Sunday October 15th, 2017

 

9:00am: Show Opens

11:15am- Panel- The Breaux Show and SEO Toy Review (Panel Area)

12:00pm: Raffle Session #1

– Giant Size Skeletor
– Playmobil Ghostbusters Firehouse
– Transformers Generations Fort Max

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

12:15pm: Kids Costume Contest, 13 and under! (Panel Area)

1:15pm: Panel- Behind the Characters: Rob Paulsen & Arthur Burghardt (Panel Area)

2:00pm: Panel- The A-Team! W/ Dwight Schultz & Dirk Benedict

2:45pm: Raffle Session #2

– Super Nintendo Classic Edition
– NES Classic Edition/Yarn NES Controller
– Lego Sandcrawler

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

4:00pm: Show Closes

Meet the Crew of OSI 74 at Retro Con 2017!

September 15, 2017 Leave a comment

 

Come to RETRO CON if you love CULT MOVIES, WEIRD VIDEOS, and TV HORROR HOSTS!


After decades in the TV and video business, producer and late night host (and Retro Con regular) MR. LOBO has started a production collective and distribution network called OUTER SPACE INTERNATIONAL. You can see what they do on a free channel for ROKU called OSI 74! It’s the new home for off-center, exceptional, and highly creative independent producers. OSI 74 Specializes in counter-culture and counter programing, “funny ha-ha” and “funny strange”. And it’s all branded in a retro future feel that reminds us of UHF or early cable. 

Appearing LIVE and in person at RETRO CON 2017 in OAKS PA on October 14th: MISTER LOBO from CINEMA INSOMNIA, SLEAZY P. MARTINI from GWAR, KARLOS BORLOFF of MONSTER MADHOUSE, BUDDHA GONZALEZ from BIZARRE TRANSMISSIONS, WILLIAM VISNOSKY and the gang from GIANT PENNY PRODUCTIONS of UNSPORTS, OLAV PHILLIPS of PARANOIA, PAUL SANDERS of BESTOW TV, NEWT WALLEN of NERWALL FILMS, and other stars from the streaming channel OSI 74.

There will be a special FALL REVIEW Screening! A first look and a taste of the amazing and unusual programs! CINEMA INSOMNIA, SLEAZY PICTURES AFTER DARK, PACIFIC NORTH WEIRD, MONSTER MADHOUSE, BIZARRE TRANSMISSIONS, and More! 

At the OSI 74 Panel, MISTER LOBO will lead a talk and questions will be taken from the audience!

Meet and Greet your favorite OSI 74 stars! We will have a block of tables loaded with Official Merch–OSI 74 Logo Stickers and Enamel Pins! OSI 74 T-Shirts, Art Prints and items from SLEAZY P. MARTINI, Art Prints from DIXIE DELLAMORTO. CINEMA INSOMNIA autographed 8x10s, DVDs, and CDs! Meet ISOR the OUTER SPACE MONSTER! And COSMONAUTI from UTOPIA FANTATSIKA(Sunday only).

View the OSI 74 website here: osi74.com

Donate to Toys For Tots at Retro Con!

September 6, 2017 Leave a comment

 

We mostly hold Retro Con for fun, but it’s always nice to be able to help out charitable causes as well! We’ve contacted our good friends over at Garrison Carida, and they have kindly agreed to host a toy drive at the show! We feel this is a perfect fit for Retro Con.

Please bring your *new and unwrapped* toy donations to Retro Con, where the Garrison Carida table will have bins on hand to place them in. All donations will go to the Toys For Tots foundation, who have been delivering toys to less fortunate children for nearly 70 years.

We thank Carida for hosting this event at the show, and for always adding to the show’s atmosphere with their amazing costumes and camaraderie!

May the Force of generosity be with you!

Free Pack of A-Team Cards with Van Photo Op Purchase!

August 30, 2017 Leave a comment

 

While supplies last, we’re giving a FREE pack of vintage A-Team trading cards to anyone who buys a photo op with the A-Team van!! We just pity the poor fool that eats the bubblegum…

 

Photo ops with or in the van (on your own camera or phone) are only $5 for a group up to 4 people!

Have an A-team related costume? Wear it to Retro Con! We’re offering a FREE photo op with the van for anyone in an A-Team outfit!! This promotion does not extend to photo ops with Dwight Schultz and Dirk Benedict with the van, however.

 

A big thanks to Nick Govosdian for donating these card packs to the show!

The Rad Years Podcast Live at Retro Con (special guests The Cybertronic Spree!)

August 25, 2017 Leave a comment

 

We welcome The Rad Years Podcast to Retro Con 2017! 

 

A podcast devoted to the nostalgic 80’s and 90’s, the Rad Years will be recording a Live show at Retro Con 2017! Join the fun on Saturday, October 14th as they commandeer our panel area to reminisce about their favorite retro memories!

They’ll also have very special guests joining them: The Cybertronic Spree!

CyberSpreeRCcrop1f

 

Before rocking the house at Arnold’s Family Fun Center on Saturday night, the heavy metal band from Cybertron will be at Retro Con early in the day and will be stopping by the podcast for an interview. They’ll also be hosting a live screening of their newest music video: Cybertronic Warrior!

Don’t miss the fun from 10:30am to 11:30am on Saturday, October 14th!!

___________________________________________________________

The Rad Years Podcast: https://radyears.com/

The Cybertronic Spree: http://rock.thecybertronicspree.com/

Purchase Cybertronic Spree Concert  Tickets:  https://retrocons.com/cybertronic-spree-tickets/

See Retro Con’s own A-Team Van at Retro Con 2017!

July 24, 2017 1 comment

Retro Con is probably the only convention in the world with its very own A-Team van on call! We’ve been working on this project since October of 2016, and it’s finally ready to be unveiled!

 

We’ve done our best to replicate the van from the famous 80’s TV show in every detail we could manage. Starting life as a modest 1978 Chevy G-10 work van (we’ll add a build blog later), we’ve added such details as fender flares, running boards, push bar, exterior sun shade, fog lights, sport mirrors, front air dam, quad exhaust tips, turbine wheels, BFGoodrich tires, and of course the unforgettable top fin! The custom paintjob brought it all together!!

Check out the results below…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos don’t do the van justice, so please come see it in person at Retro Con 2017!!

Taking pictures of the van is free at the show, or you can get a picture with (or in) the van for the low price of $5 for a person or small group! Have an A-Team related costume? Bring it to the show! We’re offering a FREE photo op with the van to anyone in an A-Team costume!! (All photo ops are on your own camera or phone)

We’d like to thank our good friend Nick Govosdian for his help in getting the van up to snuff mechanically, and we’d also like to thank Bill Cahoe and Hansberry Enterprises in Parker Ford, PA for doing the body and paint work on this project!