You may know me as one of my characters; The raging and lisping "Francis", the southern redneck "Jessy" or maybe you just know me as me; Boogie2988. Gamer, vlogger, armchair philosopher and all around (and I do mean round) kinda guy.
Arris got struck with a massive passion for comics around 8 years old! Ever since then he has immersed himself in his love for comic books on a daily basis, which basically became his own personal comic book school. The result? He is now a literal walking encyclopedia on all things comics.
Jirard "The Completionist" Khalil
Going by his name "The Completionist" on YouTube, Jirard "Dragon Rider" Khalil is incredibly excited to be a part of the con. Retro gaming has played a large role in his career and in his life. And the ironic thing – Jirard is celebrating five years of The Completionist while at this convention. So come to The Completionist Retro Challenge panel, where you'll get to play against The Completionist, asks questions, and win some prizes. What better way than to meet some of his coolest fans with some of the best content creators out there.
Andre "Black Nerd" Meadows
Andre Meadows is the creator and "Black Nerd" of the YouTube Channel. Every week, he posts rants, interviews and vlogs filled with a passion for geek culture, comic conventions, 80s retro and 90s nostalgia. Andre has met former Power Rangers and Nickelodeon stars, sang Reading Rainbow with LeVar Burton, and even did the Ninja Rap for Vanilla Ice! He's an official ambassador for Nintendo, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Power Rangers, and has a huge collection of Smurfs, Gremlins and cartoon collectibles.
Andre is not a Brony... he's a Care Bro!
AlphaOmegaSin is what happens when you take a metalhead & bring him up on gaming, comics, and anime then just let him go nuts in front of a camera. AlphaOmegaSin has been making videos on news in the world of gaming as well as collection videos, Let's Plays, and everything else imaginable since 2009.
As he always says, "Nerds, nerdettes, and gamers... game the f*ck on"
After gaining a degree in International Relations, living abroad, and spending two years in the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program, Gaijin Goombah decided to devote his YouTube career to teaching multiculturalism around the world through the medium of video games.
From recent to retro, he explains a multitude of cultural references found in these games, and how video games can better educate the world about not only different cultures, but also perspectives and ways of thinking. Together with the other Game Theorists, MatPat, Drake, and Ronnie Oni Edwards, Gaijin pursues something more than just mind-rotting in games; Education and understanding of the world we live in.
Brittney is a weird person and thinks she's even weirder when she writes about herself in third person. Anyway, after growing sick of working 6+ years at an 8-5, pencil-pushing job that wasn't going anywhere, Brittney decided to take a (scary) leap of faith, quit her job and pursue this weird gaming thing. So far, it seems to be working out! She's the founder of BlondeNerd.com, where she uploads strange videos of herself and talks/writes about all things video game related. There aren't many things she loves more in life than video games, attending conventions, hot wings and a nice tall glass of whiskey.
The Metal Jesus is a long-haired rocker dude who runs a popular YouTube channel dedicated to retro gaming with a heavy metal soundtrack. With the help of the Seattle gaming community he covers hidden gems, buying guides as well as the popular I HATE U series, Gamer Eats and much more. He was also an employee at mega publisher Sierra On-Line in the 90s and he brings his love of big box PC gaming to his channel as well.
Norman "The Gaming Historian" Caruso
Norman Caruso is the creator of The Gaming Historian, a documentary series on YouTube that discusses the history of video games. He has covered a variety of topics, most notably the Universal vs. Nintendo Case and the game "Little Samson" on the NES. His work has been featured on RetrowareTV, Capcom, ScrewAttack and GoNintendo as well as sources for Associated Press articles and research papers. He graduated from Elizabeth City State University with a degree in history in 2009.
Pat "The NES Punk" Contri
Pat Contri is a video game player, collector, and historian known for his web shows Pat the NES Punk, Flea Market Madness, and The Completely Unnecessary Podcast. He is the author of Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library, and conducts the live annual NES Charity Marathon benefiting children's hospitals.
In his spare time he enjoys eating numerous nachos, and hanging out with an old Jersey hippie named Frank.
"Pixel Dan" Eardley is a reviewer, reporter, and all-around toy enthusiast. Through his popular videos on his YouTube channel, with over 160,000 subscribers, Dan shares his enthusiasm for the toy collecting hobby with the world. 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.
It would almost be easier to list the things that Alex hasn't done! Writer, host, videomaker, and singer, Alex Facianes work has graced many across the internet. Together with PokeKellz, he hosts The Dex, a weekly show that breaks down trivia and battle strategy about pokémon, focusing on a different one every episode.
When he's not trying to EV train his latest addition to the team, Alex plays video games together with Jirard Khalil on their Let's Play channel Super Beard Bros. Jirard, who is most known for completing games, heads up the gameplay while Alex focuses on bringing interesting trivia and insight into what's going on.
Most recently, Faciane's claim to fame came in a musical package in the form of Big Bad Bosses, a turn of the millennium style boy band featuring some of the most evil bosses from gaming. Together with Jirard, Natewantstobattle, Satchel Drakes, and Jake "Virt" Kauffman, Big Bad Bosses brings musical villainy to life.
Also, for the record, In-N-Out makes the greatest burger of all time. Get REKT.
"Trailer" Drake McWhorter
Drake McWhorter is a member of the Game Theorists, The Weekly Pull, and a former member of ScrewAttack. He's the creator of the hit shows Smash History, Crossover, Unpopular Gaming Opinions and runs the ComicDrake channel. If it's nerdy, he's a fan. Oh, and did we mention that he's a snappy dresser?
The Game Chasers
Billy and Jay make up the dynamic game collecting team known as The Game Chasers. Their mission: to scour the land far and wide to uncover gaming treasures of old. Whether it be gaming stores, flea markets, thrift stores, or even peoples attics, they search out retro games and have a blast while doing it. In 2011 they decided to put their adventures on YouTube and became an instant hit.
Okchief420 loves everything video games. He plays, collects, hunts, anything and everything to find old games. He is best known for his GameStop Dumpster Diving series, where he finds all sorts of free items tossed away by the game store. Along with his best friend, Will, he also does food reviews as The Food Chasers.
Scott, also known as Scottsquatch, runs the YouTube channel JHMDF and films the show Video Game Sellers. His channel also features weekly garage sale hunting videos, tips for collecting, and tour videos from his travels while working for the band Korn. A gamer since the age of three, he has built up a collection of over 3,500 games and systems. He's tall, he's hairy, he loves video games... he's Scottsquatch.
DreamcastGuy is a lover of all things gaming. Ever since he first held a controller in his hands, he knew that he would dedicate his life to video games. From the oldest, obscure consoles to the latest games hitting store shelves. Everything is fun for him to play. He has grown popular on YouTube for his reviews of the newest games and his show Top 10 Thursday, where he examines all the most interesting parts of gaming history.
Eric "8-bit" Perez
Eric Perez started playing video games at the age of four when his older brother bought a Sega Master System. From there he was instantly hooked on playing with anything he could get his hands on. Shortly after, his life was forever changed when he received his own NES for Christmas and the rest is history. In 2010, Eric decided to start a video game review show on YouTube called The 8-bit Eric Show, since then he decided to start collecting video games again and became friends with many other gamers in the YouTube community.
Since starting his channel over three years ago, Wood has crossed almost every state in the US and Australia, and has recently moved to Canada to continue his search for retro video games. He captures it all on film and makes the documentary-style show The Game Quest. Now it's time for this Aussie to pack up his boomerangs and pet kangaroo, and make the big trip to America once again for another round of Retropalooza!
Gamer, Host of Aki's Pixel Pets, and player 2 of The Gaijin Gamers Play, Aki's random ramblings and squeaks bring some interesting energy to the table. After receiving her Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science and working at a local veterinarian clinic for eight years, her interest in teaching the animal sciences to others grew so she turned to YouTube. In Aki's Pixel Pets, she explores the real-life influences of all animals in video games while discussing physical, behavioral, physiological, and psychological aspects that help us learn more about those animals but also ourselves as humans.
Alli grew up in the leafy suburbs of Melbourne, Australia. After spending the first few years of her life mastering the ability to use her thumbs, she grabbed a controller and the rest is history. Alli would then spend the next 20-something years attempting to finish Alex Kidd in Miracle World. It remains unbeaten.
You may remember Alli from such YouTube videos as: That One Time I Reviewed Altered Beast, or Hey, Let's Talk About Gunstar Heroes. Alli's not fooling anyone here. She's a massive nerd.
Longtime gamer Brett Weiss is the author of the new book, The 100 Greatest Console Video Games: 1977-1987. It is a full-color hardcover with photos, production history, critical commentary, quotes from industry professionals, gameplay details, comparisons to other games, author anecdotes, and more.
Brett is also the author of the critically acclaimed Classic Home Video Games book series.
Natalie is just a quirky girl that grew up on on video games and cartoons which all successfully transitioned into adulthood. This girl has mad love for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and all other 80s and 90s culture, video games and cartoons. Natalie decided to bring these beloved characters to life through cosplay, face painting, and special effects makeup. She also uploads YouTube videos and posts on her blog, reviews on conventions, movie and gaming trailers, Loot Crate unboxings, and cosplay tutorials.
Every Sunday, Natalie helps cohost Fangirls: Dames of the Round Table, all female round table of geekdom. She's random, fun, and here to make friends with more people from the gaming community.
The Taffeta Darling is a nostalgic 80s baby obsessed with pop culture: cartoons, Kurt Russell, old music, cult classic movies, Bronze Age comics and video games. She hosts and produces the YouTube channel FANGIRLS. She has traveled from Denver to NYC to host and MC a plethora of geek soirées including most recently, the Weird Science 30th Anniversary.
When not working, Taffeta enjoy lounging around in her pajamas cuddling her pets.
Active cosplay artist since 2013, but I've been making and wearing costumes for as long as I can remember. I've always been a hardcore fangirl of all things geek and consider myself to be a gamer junkie that probably needs an intervention.
I'm way into everything Batman and frequently spend my evenings behind a computer screen playing Overwatch or catching up on the games of the past I have missed. Otherwise full time working artist with Leather Clad Legends and body/face painter/makeup artist on the side.
Initially got into cosplaying for the fun of it, then it became all about the kids. Kids made every struggle during costume creation worthwhile. Have fun, work hard and be happy doing it!