Jirard "Dragonrider" Khalil
Going by his name "The Completionist" on YouTube, Jirard is incredibly excited to be a part of the con. Retro gaming has played a large role in his career and in his life. Come to The Completionist Retro Challenge panel, where you'll get to play against The Completionist, ask 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 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.
The Gaming Historian
Norman Caruso is the creator of Gaming Historian, a YouTube documentary series that explores the history of video games. Want to learn about the landmark lawsuits that changed the industry? Or why the Power Glove wasn't "so bad" after all? The Gaming Historian has you covered.
The show has more than 14 million views and 200,000 subscribers, and has been featured on Destructoid, Polygon, Nintendo Life, and even Playboy.com. Norman earned his history degree from Elizabeth City State University.
Anthony is simply a goofball who likes Kirby far too much. Going by the name AntDude, he's a YouTuber who makes videos highlighting random games, such as Kirby, Kingdom Hearts, even some fan-made ROM hacks, and makes jokes while doing so. He's traveled around the country to different conventions, but he's super excited to make his first appearance at Retropalooza.
In 2008 John decided to start a video game review show on YouTube called Gamester81 by reviewing rare and retro video game systems and games. He is also one of the hosts of the All Gen Gamers podcast which is a weekly podcast for people and video games of all generations. In early 2013, John started producing video games. His first game Gamester81: The Video Game came out for the ColecoVision (his favorite console), and in early 2014 John joined the team at CollectorVision Games and they are now producing new games for the Atari 2600, ColecoVision, Intellivision, NES, SNES, Genesis, Game Boy Advance and even modern consoles.
"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 duo 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 seek 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.
Eric "8-bit" 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, he created a video game review show called The 8-bit Eric Show on YouTube. Since then, he decided to start collecting video games again and became friends with many other gamers in the YouTube community.
Wood Hawker is a born and bred Aussie. He spent the early years of his life in South Australia playing his beloved NES 'til sundown. His love for gaming only grew from there and eventually found its way to YouTube. Since starting his channel over two years ago, together with his mate Chris, they haven't missed a weekend garage sale or Sunday market, capturing it all on film and making the show The Game Quest, for the rest of the world to see how game chasing is done, Down Under.
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.
Grandson of Silver Age comic book artist Mike Esposito, Tyler grew up in a family that loved the arts. His YouTube channel, iRetroGamer, is largely a tribute to the life of his late father, Mark Esposito. Their relationship is the focus of My Retro Life, a series that compiles old home movie footage from Tyler and his dad's video game collecting days of the 90s.
Joining Tyler's iRetroGamer antics is another Houstonian, George Gracin. A 25+ year gaming veteran, George is known for his die-hard love for all things Sega, having a nearly complete in box US Sega Genesis collection. He is excited to be a co-host on iRetroGamer and will also be launching his own YouTube channel in 2017.
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 co-host 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.