Conventions and events are a great way to get out of the house and meet like minded fans, no matter what your interest. The Retrospekt team attended several conventions during 2012 and had a great time doing so. With that in mind I thought we might do a bit of a convention roundup and check out the games we managed to get signed!!
Blipfest was the first event some of the team attended. This 8-bit music festival has been running since 2006 and this was the first one to hit Australia. There were some big names in attendance and was an opportunity for both local and international guests to showcase their music.
The first convention to hit our home town of Adelaide was Oz Comic Con, which was also the very first Oz Comic Con to ever take place. The guest list was amazing and the convention was packed with fans getting their fill of photographs and autographs from their favourite celebrities.
The wonderful people at Oz Comic Con granted us interviews with Sean Schemmel, the voice of adult Goku from Dragonball and Bill Farmer, the voice of Goofy. If you haven’t heard these interviews yet and want to hear about Dragonball video games or the brilliant Sam and Max Hit the Road then check them out in the “Interviews” section.
The convention also featured Debi Derryberry, the current voice of Pacman, and I had a great conversation with Sean Astin (Sam from Lord of the Rings) about the Intellivision. He used to own one and could still remember many of the games he used to play.
Next up was Oz Comic Con Melbourne which featured the amazing Stan Lee and Patrick Stewart. While they were considered to be the main draw cards of the convention, we were eying off voice actors who had been involved in games. Most notably the 3 Dragonball voice actors: Eric Vale, Todd Haberkorn and Chris Sabat. Once again, the Oz Comic Con people granted us interviews with all 3 of them and they can be found in the Interviews section on the site.
In July the Retrospekt team hosted the retro museum at AVCon which, while it was shoved away in a corner, was a huge success. We also played host to 2 very successful “Dragonball and the Nintendo Age” panels and our touring gameshow: The Super Retro Game Trivia Challenge”.
While we had the smallest room in the house it was completely packed out. Expect to see this gameshow return at a convention this year!!
AVCon featured international voice actors Cassandra Lee and Crispin Freeman. After meeting Bill Farmer and Debbie Derryberry earlier at Oz Comic Con, Crispin became the 3rd signature on my copy of “Tales of Symphonia”
A couple of months later Armageddon Expo was held in Melbourne, which featured Super Mario himself, Charles Martinet!! Other amazing guests were in attendance and it’s a convention that some of us attend every year. We can hardly wait to see the guest list for this year!!
Dave attended Tokyo Game Show in November and it was a mad house!! It was a giant convention that featured stalls from all the major players in the video game world, including a staff from a favourite TV show of ours “Game Center CX”.
Finally we come to Supanova Adelaide. It was the 10th anniversary of Supanova conventions in Australia, and the first one to take place in Adelaide. Amazing guests such as Elvira, Richard Kiel (who signed my copy of “Everything or Nothing”)…
…and voice actor Vic Mignogna were present. After meeting 4 Dragonball voice actors earlier in the year Vic was the 5th signature on my copy of “Dragonball: Raging Blast 2”
Another big retro themed guest was Yuko Miyamura, the voice of Chun-Li throughout the 90s Capcom CPS2 games. I ended up getting some CPS2 arcade boards signed, and as you can see, I got X-Men vs Streetfighter signed by Stan Lee earlier in the year.
We would like to thank everyone who was involved in running conventions in 2012 and we look forward to attending and bringing you coverage from some great shows in 2013.
For more information on conventions covered here check out the following links:
Blipfest – australia.blipfestival.org
Oz Comic Con – www.ozcomiccon.com
AVCon – www.avcon.org.au
Armageddon Expo – www.armageddonexpo.com/au
Tokyo Game Show – tgs.cesa.or.jp/english
Supanova – www.supanova.com.au