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Guest Appearances

Every year, we make it our mission to build an absolutely stellar lists of speakers, performers, and community leaders. This being our fifth anniversary, we’re building the best list we can. Guests will be announced between December 2013 and May 2014. Stay tuned for updates!

Guest Speakers

  • Jon “JonTron” Jafari

    Producer - Normal Boots
    When he isn’t yelling at bad video games with his parrot pal Jacque, Jon is an incredibly busy producer. From his origins at Normal Boots to helping to get the Game Grumps off the ground, Jon’s become an incredibly visible presence in the gaming reviewer community. He recently re-launched Normal Boots with a cadre of […]
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  • Shane of DYKG

    Producer - Normal Boots
    Shane is the owner/operator of DidYouKnowGaming, and brings little known gaming facts to light through images and video. Shortly after Shane began a video series for DidYouKnowGaming, he joined the merry band of gamers at NormalBoots. When Shane isn’t trying to take over the gaming world, he’s playfully scorning his friend Jon Jafari. He’d also […]
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  • Satchell Drakes

    Producer - Normal Boots
    A constant work in progress, Satchell Drakes is a full-time Senior UX Designer and free-time game designer/enthusiast operating out of New York City. Under the banner of a YouTube channel called “Satchbag’s Goods,” Satchell produces long form and short form video essays that explore video games as impactful vehicles of conveyance. In each video, he […]
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  • The Best Friends Zaibatsu

    Ugly Christmas Sweaters
    The intrepid man-children known as Matt, Pat, Woolie and Liam make up the fantastically stupid foursome known as the Best Friends Zaibatsu! While initially starting out on the Machinima network as “Two Best Friends Play”, Matt and Pat bumbled and screamed their way into the hearts of fans everywhere with their pop culture references while […]
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  • Jonathan “Proton Jon” Wheeler

    Producer - The Runaway Guys
    One day, Jon recorded a video of himself playing a video game and he yelled at a cartoon cactus to move faster in it. He’s been paying for that decision ever since. Whether through Let’s Plays of various games, streaming the strangest games he can find on Twitch, helping create eSports leagues out of critically […]
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  • Emile “Chuggaaconroy” Rosales

    Producer - The Runaway Guys
    Quite possibly the most passionate gamer around, Chuggaaconroy is known online for his in-depth and well edited Let’s Plays of various Nintendo games and series. His limitless energy shines through in everything he does, whether it’s his main channel on Youtube or the group channel “The Runaway Guys”, and now he’s bringing that same energy […]
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  • Tim “NintendoCapriSun” Bishop

    Producer - The Runaway Guys
    Originally born in Michigan, raised in the South but currently living in Wisconsin. Age: 38 going on 23. Straight, agnostic, favorite color: green, favorite food: catfish, favorite video game: Secret of Mana, and favorite movie: Groundhog Day. One third of the Lets Play group “The Runaway Guys”, Tim entertains his passionate fans with his LPs […]
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  • Bob Chipman

    Producer - MovieBob
    Popularly known as “MovieBob,” Bob Chipman is a film-critic, games journalist and pop-culture commentator from Boston, Massachusetts. He is the creator and star of “The Game OverThinker,” “Escape to The Movies” and “The Big Picture.” His work has appeared on ScrewAttack, The Escapist, Blip and elsewhere.
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  • Gaijin Goombah

    Producer - Game Theory
    After a two year stay living and working in Japan, Gaijin Goombah came home to the U.S. with the idea of explaining multiculturalism to the world through the medium of video games in his show Game Exchange. He started out with a large focus on the birthplace of many of the best games in existence, […]
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  • Pat “the NES Punk” Contri

    Producer - The Punk Effect
    Pat Contri is a writer and retro game collector who is best known for his Pat the NES Punk and Flea Market Madness web series. His notoriety could be due to his knowledge/love of Nintendo, his quirky sense of humor, or his bizarre hair. He helps run RetrowareTV and is the founder of thepunkeffect.com. For […]
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  • The Game Chasers

    Producers - Retroware TV
    His name is Billy, and he’s been gaming since the Atari 2600 and Intellivision, but “true gaming” for him started his first NES. He fell in love with gaming at that moment and his passion continues to this day. He has been a serious collector since 2004. His name is Jay, and he is a […]
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  • Shane Luis

    Producer - Retroware TV
    Straight from Cambridge, Ontario. Shane Luis is the host of Rerez, a YouTube channel with several shows focused on video games. His channel is home to Cooking 4 Gamers, Garry Gamer, Positives & Negatives, as well as regular weekly reviews and videos on gaming! Rerez grabbed the attention of RetrowareTV who wasted no time in […]
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  • Joey “Roo” DeSena

    Producer - Clan of the Gray Wolf
    Once described as the “Alton Brown of video games” — his greatest compliment — Joey “Roo” DeSena co-founded the geek-centric website, Clan of the Gray Wolf, in 2009. His flagship series, “16-Bit Gems”, brings to light under-appreciated classics from the 16-bit era of video gaming. Meanwhile, his other main series “The Way Games Work” explains […]
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  • Daniel “The Commodore” Cordaro

    Producer - Clan of the Gray Wolf
    Daniel “The Commodore” Cordaro (ding-ding) is the co-founder of the Clan of the Gray Wolf which is dedicated to thoughtful discussion of all aspects of geek culture. His Master’s thesis from the University of North Carolina focused on representations of gender in contemporary videogames and is published in the Library of Congress – although if […]
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  • Joe “Angry Joe” Vargas

    Producer - Angry Joe Show
    Featuring a unique blend of brutally honest video game reviews combined with sketch comedy, The Angry Joe Show began in October 2008 on Youtube and instantly exploded in popularity. After realizing that he could make an impact on the industry through entertaining and informative reviews, show host Joe knew he had finally found his calling. […]
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  • Lewis “Linkara” Lovhaug

    Producer - Channel Awesome
    Lewis “Linkara” Lovhaug is known on the internet for reviewing bad comic books and doing a retrospective on Power Rangers! And if you ever wanted evidence that ANYBODY can become famous on the internet for whatever stupid reason, you will find no better proof than this man! Sure, you might say that it’s because he’s […]
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  • Nash Bozard

    Producer - Channel Awesome
    Since 2000, Nash Bozard has run Radio Dead Air, a live webshow featuring music, comedy, and commentary about all things geek. An outgrowth of the show was the regular segment “WTFIWWY,” weird news coverage that went on to be featured on That Guy With the Glasses. In addition, he’s looked into the worst of the […]
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  • Leon Thomas

    Producer - Channel Awesome
    Leon Thomas is a film critic and host of Renegade Cut, a web series about movie analysis, alternate interpretations and eccentric directors. His show can be found at Channel Awesome and Nerd Vice. He loves discussing science fiction, watching Ingmar Bergman films and crafting bizarre theories about the meanings of popular movies.
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  • 3killabytes

    Producers - 3killabytes
    3killabytes (3KB) is the home of Jason, Kat, and Terence. For the last 5 years they have produced and released over 600 videos, drawing in over 10 million views collectively. 3KB specialise in top quality, honest reviews of video games and films, as well as heated debates, commentaries and impression videos. Over the years 3KB […]
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  • Mike “Birdman” Dodd

    Producer - This Week In Geek
    A founding member of This Week in Geek, Mike “The Birdman” Dodd has been involved with ScrewAttack, Channel Awesome and many radio outlets across North America over the past 8 years. Birdman was voted Canada’s Choice on MTV Creeps Season 2, and was most recently featured on Kevin Smith’s Comic Book Men on AMC. Most […]
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  • Derek Burrow

    Producer - Chasing the Muse
    Reviewing everything from 1980s cartoons to literature to Japanese tokusatsu, Derek “the Bard” Burrow is a trained librarian, applying critical analysis to some of his favourite forms of entertainment. All while wearing a top hat (the top hat is important). Part of This Week in Geek, Nerd Vice, and GeekVision, Derek also appears on the […]
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  • Tom White

    Producer - heisanevilgenius
    Tom isn’t an evil genius, he just plays one on the Internet. Creator of popular review series Weird Video Games and the LP series 5 Minutes of Every Game, Tom is also a writer, musician, video game developer, professional monkey knocker, and Terrible Warrior. He also likes cheesecake. A lot. Featured on sites such as […]
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  • Petros L. Ioannou

    Producer - Leon Unity
    Petros L. Ioannou is the writer/producer and lead actor of the popular and exciting action-adventure webseries called “MY LIFE AS A VIDEO GAME”, which he raised $32,000 for the production of on Kickstarter.com with the help of friend and co-star Brent Black. Last year he was the winner of the 2013 St. Tropez Film Festival […]
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  • Manda Whitney

    Producer - WeTangent
    Manda Whitney is a Toronto based actor, writer, video game lover and eater of pie. After graduating theatre school and participating in various comedies and the occasional Canadian drama, she discovered that she could combine her love of comedy with her unhealthy obsession with video games to create her own work. Starting with a parody […]
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  • These Warriors Are Terrible

    Warriors of High Adventure
    These Warriors Are Terrible is an online broadcast of table-top RPGs where players and Game Masters record their adventures in multiple Role Playing worlds such as Pathfinder, Shadowrun, The Matrix, Star Wars and the Pokemon Franchises. Featured players have included: veteran Voice Actor Kyle Hebert, Improv Comedy and Voice Actor Mark Meer, Cosplayer and Super […]
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  • Ben Israel

    Voice Actor - Portmantoe Productions
    Ben cannonballed into the Toronto voice acting industry a few years ago and is definitely leaving an impression. He made the push into voice acting after much goading from his friends, veterans of the genre, total strangers, and… the voices in his head. Where he will go next is up to them (well, the voices […]
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  • Anthony “Antfish” Sardinha

    Producer - Team FourStar
    Anthony “Antfish” Sardinha is a Toronto based Voice Over Artist and Editor. Ant started doing internet voice acting in 2007 and has began doing it professionally since 2010 by providing his voice for various animations (Totally Spies, TOME, hitrecord), video games (The Journey Down, Stick It to The Man, Heroes of Newerth), radio commercials, corporate […]
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  • Doctor Holocaust

    Proprietor - Evil Inc.
    Known to many as Toronto’s greatest villain and to some as a genius visionary, Dr. Holocaust is a gentleman who is, above all else, trying to take over the world. It has been some years now since the Doctor had made his first appearance at FanExpo 2008. Since then he has attained multiple weapons of […]
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Guest Performers

  • Dj CUTMAN

    Maestro - GAMECHOPS
    Dj CUTMAN is a pioneer performer of Chiptune and Video Game Music, mixing world-class chiptunes into epic, danceable sets infused with dubstep, electro, hip-hop and soul. Bringing years of experience as an audio engineer into the DJ world, CUTMAN samples classic video games. The result an experience that feels old school, but sounds like nothing […]
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  • Benjamin Briggs

    Music Composer
    Benjamin Briggs has been producing electronic music for over 10 years, starting with OverClocked ReMix and later continuing to other independent ventures, such as Dj CUTMAN’s netlabel GameChops. He has since established himself as a self-sustaining entertainer, playing live performances like Nerdapalooza and MAGFest 11, releasing music on his own website, and live streaming on […]
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  • Brent “brentalfloss” Black

    Creator - brentalfloss
    Brent “brentalfloss” Black is a comedian, musician, and gamer. He first gained notoriety when he added lyrics to the title theme from Mega Man 3 and created the “With Lyrics” series on Youtube. He has since grown a YouTube subscriber base of over 240,000 and released multiple full-length albums which have reached the top ten […]
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  • Blast Processors

    Prophets of the Distant Future
    So what’s Blast Processing do? The year is AD 2101. Humanity is on a course for destruction, the wheels of which began turning over a century ago. The last Great Console War ended in the era of Mode 7 — the era of Nintendo. A hundred years too late, the world realized the error of […]
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  • James Ronald

    Producer - Retroware TV
    James Ronald is a 10 year veteran of the touring band Delinquints and creator of Epic Game Music which is a show re-imagining video game music with concussive beats, driving bass lines and wailing guitar solos. Recently Epic Game Music has been taking the internet by storm and most notably was picked up to be […]
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  • The 404s

    Improv Comedy Troupe
    Splitting sides, busting guts, and making thousands laugh till it hurts all across Canada for over 10 years, The 404s Improv Group bravely and shamelessly return to ConBravo 2014 with a cavalcade of comedy shows sure to leave you in stitches! See what happens when the card game for horrible people goes live in “Improv […]
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  • Debs & Errol

    Filk Music Extraordinaire
    Debs & Errol is a Toronto-based musical comedy duo with a penchant for phở, cuddly tree spirits and starships. After meeting through their local chapter of National Novel Writing Month, the two joined forces in 2011 after a mutual friend put out a call for geeky musical acts and have been entertaining audiences with nerdy […]
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  • Fandom Musicals

    Musical Showstoppers
    Fandom Musicals, the group that brought you Fandom Hearts: A Kingdom Hearts Parody Musical, returns to ConBravo for 2014 with a brand new full-length musical that is sure to thrill audiences of any fandom. The show will be Star Explorers, a show that pokes fun at everything we love about the sci-fi genre!
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  • Magic Steve

    Balloon Wizard
    Known as the “nerdiest balloon twister” in North America, Magic Steve is an oddity of sorts. One part artist, one part entertainer and one part nut job, Magic Steve focuses on using his skills to construct kickass balloon sculptures. Yes, we said balloon sculptures. Just go with it, it’s awesome.
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  • Press Start 2 Play

    Music & Gaming Lovechildren
    Press Start 2 Play (or PS2P for short) is the birth-child of music and video games. PS2P consists of Jake (guitarist), Robyn (vocalist), Nick (bassist) and Karan (drummer). The party of four hope to make their way across the world, meet new characters, and complete quests with the help of other like-minded people.
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  • DJ Janos

    Dance Commander
    DJ Janos has been DJ’ing in and around the GTA for the better part of a decade. Very much like the changing trends in music, he has also changed his style to reflect the crowds that he plays for. Be it house and electronica music for the clubs, or a mix-mash of super-eurobeat, video game […]
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Guest Artists & Developers

  • Katie Tiedrich

    Creator - Awkward Zombie
    Katie Tiedrich writes and draws the webcomic Awkward Zombie, a collection of videogame parodies known for punchy art and a sometimes dark sense of humor. The comic started out with a focus on Nintendo games, but has since branched out to a more general scope. Katie currently studies Mechanical Engineering in Hoboken, New Jersey, and […]
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  • Andrew Gregoire

    Creator - I am ARG!
    Andrew Gregoire is a Toronto based Character animator and illustrator best known for his webcomic “I am ARG!” ARG! is a slice of life nerd humour comic about a young couple coming to terms with their impending adulthood. Combining sharp humour and crisp art, ARG runs the gamut from video games to babies, Dungeons and […]
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  • Featherweight

    Corrugated Propsmith
    Featherweight is an Ontario based cartoonist, puppet maker, prop commissioner, and Master-level costumer that has be active for nearly a decade. He is best known for creating high quality pieces out of extremely cheap materials such as cardboard and hot glue.
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  • Vitaly S. Alexius

    Creator - Romantically Apocalyptic
    Vitaly S Alexius is a digital painter/illustrator who has gained immense recognition for his work in CD and book covers and his definitively striking style. In early 2010 he began production of his webcomic Romantically Apocalyptic which has since become his main focus. Romantically Apocalyptic features a unique, high-detail art style that combines Alexius’ original […]
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  • Ryan Consell

    Cosplay Craftsman
    Ryan is an writer, costumer, armorer, and sculptor. He is a blogger for Mad Art Lab and has been featured in Game Developer Magazine, io9 and Kotaku. He is best known for his Slave Leo and Darth Shakespeare costumes, blogging about armor, and his forays into trampoline archery and other poor life choices on YouTube.
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  • Kudrel

    Cosplay Craftswoman
    A Category-4 cosplay monster from land of Ottawa, Kudrel is usually seen rampaging the convention halls in the most unexpected disguises. Her most famous forms include her original Forest Spirit gijinka and her World of Warcraft troll. She’s been an official cosplay addict since 2004. Her style of costume making is like crafts-A.D.D. Her main […]
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  • Detailed-Illusion

    Cosplay Craftsman
    Niq van der Aa, known online as Detailed-Illusion, is a cosplayer and aspiring costume designer from Ottawa, Ontario. He has been cosplaying for 8 years now going to his first con when he was thirteen as Fai d. Flowright from Tsubasa (which to date is still his all time favourite fictional character). He is an […]
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