Special Guests

We are still adding special guests for RetroGameCon 5. Check back often for updates!


You may know the one and only Danimal Cannon from Armcannon, Metroid Metal, his TEDx Talk, or from getting your face shredded off at any number of conventions/shows he’s played at. His work has been featured on sites like OverClocked ReMix, and on many video game soundtracks. If Danimal Cannon’s music is new to you, check out the song “Axis” from his fourth studio album, Lunaria, which was released last year. Progressive metal chiptune at it’s finest.



We’re also please to announce that Epic Game Music will be joining us on our main stage this year. Epic Game Music is a show that takes all your favorite video game music and remixes the songs into original masterpieces of sonic goodness. From the retro game era to the current console generation Epic Game Music’s guitar covers breathe new life into all corners of gaming music. Join James Ronald as he battles his way across the history of game music with his trusty electric battle guitar of justice!



RetroGameCon’s official Head Cosplay Judge, Destinyamber is a cosplayer based out of Syracuse who loves video games, anime, and obscure Japanese shows. She has been cosplaying since 2015 and has guested at several area conventions. She loves to show that cosplay is for everyone and anyone at any skill level can have fun dressing up as their favorite characters.



smzeldarules “S.M.Z.R.” is from Buffalo NY and has been cosplaying since 2006 – all because of an online friend inspired her to start dressing up as Final Fantasy characters. She has been a promotional cosplayer and cosplay guest for many Western NY conventions and costuming events since 2015. She cosplays for fun, and retro & obscure JRPGs are her lifeblood. She is also one of our cosplay judges for RetroGameCon 5!



One of our guest cosplay judges for RetroGameCon 5, Western New York native Rabbit in the Moon Cosplay is a master level craftsman who has been active in the community for almost 15 years and has made over 150 costumes. When she isn’t busy sewing, crafting armor, or forging weapons she enjoys watching anime (especially Macross), playing video games, and caring for her prized giant koi fish!




Joe Granato is a professional videographer, filmmaker, musician, and documentarian. An Upstate NY native, Mr. Granato is the mastermind behind the successful Kickstarter project The New 8-Bit Heroes, a documentary about the development of Granato’s childhood dream, a new game for the NES called The Mystic Searches. The project is set to be finished this year, just in time for RetroGameCon!



Chipocrite, a.k.a. Paul Weinstein, uses original Nintendo Game Boys, often accompanied by guitar, bass, drums, and/or other instruments, to create complex audio masterpieces. He has performed at numerous concerts, events and conventions, including the Vans Warped Tour, Blip Festival, MAGFest and AnimeNEXT; provided soundtracks for commercials — including a nationally televised GameStop ad — as well as video games and online videos; and released three EPs in addition to his first full-length album, “Wordplay,” in December 2014. Chipocrite is currently working on the soundtrack for “EarthNight,” a rogue-like runner game coming soon to PS4 and other devices.



Rerez is a YouTube channel presented by Shane Luis all about video games. Presenting you the newest, strangest and most unique gaming topics. Featuring high quality reviews of new video games, consoles, previews, oddities, rare titles, unknown hardware, classic and retro games, and much more!

Home of Positives & Negatives, Rerez Talks, Cooking 4 Gamers, Garry Gamer and regular episodes of Rerez!




Scott, AKA Grimsie42, has been an avid player and collector of video games for many years and shares his experiences with fellow gamers on YouTube. His channel features “The Quest for NES” which is a series of videos following Grimsie’s quest to complete the NES collection, featuring special YouTuber guests. On his channel, you can find garage sale pickup videos, exclusive interviews with some of YouTube’s most popular gaming personalities, and more!




Cosplayer, Costume/Prop Maker, Geek. Hailing from Central NY, Kara started cosplaying in October 2013, but has always loved dressing up as her favorite characters. She enjoys designing & creating the costumes just as much as she enjoys wearing them! Kara is in love with the entire cosplay community. She loves to meet fellow cosplayers & admire their amazing talent! She also loves meeting fans who share in the same fandoms! She is constantly blown away by the support & enthusiasm of her followers, and still is so amazed that people actually like all her silly little costumes! Kara is still a rookie in the cosplay world, but she hopes to continue improving her skills. She is constantly working on at least a half dozen costumes at once; always preparing for her next convention.