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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)!

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).

Free Pin for MOTU/ThunderCats/Jem Costumers at Retro Con 2018!

August 26, 2018 Leave a comment

 

Planning to wear a He-Man, ThunderCats, or Jem related costume to Retro Con? Stop by the raffle table up front! We’ll give you a complimentary 2.25″ pin! 

 

 

 

These are custom made by us, and we’ll give these out to MOTU/ThunderCats/Jem costumers (heroes and villains) while supplies last! Just a token of our appreciation for helping add to the atmosphere of the show. 🙂

Meet Sgt. Slaughter at Retro Con 2018!

August 23, 2018 Leave a comment

 

We welcome back to Retro Con a true living legend: The one and only Sgt. Slaughter!

 

 

A wrestler for over 40 years, Sgt. Slaughter became a household name when he joined the WWF in the early 1980s with his signature “Cobra Clutch” move. Inspired by the Sarge’s drill instructor persona and wild popularity, Hasbro decided to incorporate the Sarge into their GI Joe: A Real American Hero toy line, comic, and animated series in 1985! Voicing himself, his cartoon debut was in the Season 2 Arise Serpentor Arise mini series, where we learn the Sarge is one of the GI Joe team’s greatest warriors and trainers. The character is easily a fan-favorite and is still regularly talked about by Joe fans to this day.

 

Sgt. Slaughter will be at the show all weekend for autograph and photo ops. We’ll have his prices up on the website very soon. Come to Retro Con and meet one of the true icons of pop culture!! 

 

Free Play Arcade at Retro Con 2018!

August 16, 2018 Leave a comment

 

The Retro Con Free Play arcade will return for 2018!!

 

 

The Game Is Afoot Arcade will once again be bringing their arcade machines to the show! They’ll have more than a dozen cabinets on the show floor.  Some will be vintage machines, and some will be ‘Multicades’ with 1000’s of games to choose from. Something for everyone to enjoy!

So when you’re all shopped out at the show, drop off those bags at the car and then stop by our arcade section for some retro gaming action!!

Meet Pixel Dan at Retro Con 2018!

 

 

Our next guest for Retro Con 2018 is popular toy reviewer and aficionado Pixel Dan!

 

 

“Pixel Dan” Eardley is a reviewer, reporter, and all-around toy enthusiast. Growing up in the 1980’s and 1990’s, Dan enjoyed a variety of popular toys including He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Ghostbusters, ThunderCats, Voltron, and many more. His love of toys has followed him into his adult life where he continues to collect toys both new and old. Through his popular videos on his YouTube channel, with over 200,000 subscribers, Dan shares his enthusiasm for the collecting hobby with the world.

Dan is well-known for his charismatic video reviews and has been featured on prominent toy and video game sites such as He-Man.orgRetrowareTV.com, and Toy News International. His videos include many styles such as individual action figure or toy reviews to industry news coverage and interviews with representatives from major toy companies shot on location at various events across the country.

In addition to his videos, Dan also writes articles about many topics relating to toys and the collecting hobby. He has been published on sites such as StarWars.com, where he is a regular contributor.

Dan is a believer that toys are all about fun and he aims to keep his videos exciting, informative, and most importantly FUN for all.

 

 

Follow Dan On-line!

Main Website: http://www.pixel-dan.com/

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/c/pixel-dan

Twitter: https://twitter.com/PixelDan

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

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

 

Garry Chalk to Attend Retro Con 2018! Sponsored by CNS Art!

March 6, 2018 Leave a comment

 

“Well, that’s just Prime…”

Thanks to our good friend Candice Santora, we proudly welcome actor Garry Chalk to Retro Con 2018!

Garry is best known for voicing the noble leader of the Maximals, Optimus Primal, in the popular 90’s iteration of Transformers: Beast Wars! Garry voiced the character in all three seasons of the show, as well as both seasons of the follow-up series Beast Machines

 

 

Garry is known for numerous other animated roles as well! Man-At-Arms in the 2002 Masters of the Universe series, Guts Man on the 90’s Mega Man cartoon, Pathfinder and Metal Head in the DiC GI Joe series, Grounder on 1993’s Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, Optimus Prime in the 2000’s era Transformers Armada Trilogy, Slash on Reboot, and King Hippo on the Saturday morning classic Captain N: The Game Master!

 

 

Garry has also been an on-screen actor for over 30 years! You can find him in such shows and movies as Arrow, Stargate SG-1, Watchmen, Supernatural, Freddy vs JasonGodzilla (2014), The X-Files, Psych, The Fly II, Power Rangers (2017), and many more. You can check out Garry’s wide filmography HERE

 

 

We’d like to give a very special thanks to Candice Santora, who has very kindly offered to sponsor Garry’s trip to Retro Con!! She is the official artist for Garry and you can check out her art page HERE!

 

We’d also like to thank Sherry Fowler for her assistance!

 

Please join Garry Chalk’s official fan group on facebook!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/chalk.fans/

 

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

 

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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/

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

Win Free Stuff at the Retro Con 2017 Trivia Contest!

June 7, 2017 Leave a comment

We’ll once again be hosting our annual trivia contest at Retro Con 2017!

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Hosted once again by our good friend Mike Breaux of  The Breaux Show, the contest will be held in the panel area at the convention on Saturday!

No sign-up is required and there are no age restrictions- Anyone can watch or play! We will reveal each item one at a time, then ask a trivia question related to it. Directly after we will randomly call on a person in the audience with their hand raised to answer. If they get it right, they win the prize on the spot. If not, we ask a different audience member until the prize is claimed!

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So stop by the panel area Saturday to test your knowledge of all things geek and win cool prizes!!