Special Guests & Panelists
Canadian American actor Patricia Summersett works in TV, film, theater and video games. She recently became the voice of Princess Zelda in Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, making her the first official voice of Zelda in the game's thirty-year franchise. No stranger to AAA games Patricia has provided full performance capture for two assassins in Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed Franchise (Hope Jensen-AC Rogue/Galina Voronina-AC Syndicate). She also voices 'Ash' in the popular esports title Rainbow 6 Siege. R6S is currently nominated for "Best Ongoing Game" at the Game awards, alongside Overwatch and PUBG. Other select titles include; For Honor (Knight Warden); Far Cry: Primal (Wenja) for Ubisoft; Deus Ex: Mankind Divided for Eidos, Suikoden Tierkreis (Diadora/Servillah) for Konami and recently, her first VR role (the dealer) in Lucky Night: Texas Hold'em by Tencent.
Patricia has appeared in notable films such as Darren Aronofsky's Mother! and Wiebke Von Carolsfeld's indie hit The Saver and was the onset puppeteer/voice of Smurfette, Vexy and Clumsy during the making of Sony's Smurfs II opposite Hank Azaria and Neil Patrick Harris. She's worked on several tv shows including Syfy's Helix by Ron Moore (creator of tv series Battlestar Galactica), Emma (BBC) and The Bold Type (Freeform/ABC). Patricia is a theatre graduate of the Classical Acting program from RCSSD in London. She has been nominated for three META/MECCA (Montreal English Theatre/Critics Circle Awards) for "Best Lead Actor" and featured in roles such as Rosalind in As You Like it, Jill in Equus, and as the title role in Ibsen's Hedda Gabler. When she's not onset, in studio, or on route from Los Angeles to Montreal, she returns to Upper Michigan to chill by Lake Superior where she grew up (a 'Yooper'). She is also working on a second album with her six-piece folk band as singer and co-writer. Patricia loves to play female warriors, share fan art, inspire creativity in others, and travel the world. And she can't wait to meet you!
Autographs and photo ops will be available for purchase at the expo and online.
James Rolfe is an American independent filmmaker, actor, film critic, video game critic, and internet personality. Rolfe is best known for creating and starring in the web television series Angry Video Game Nerd, a joint production of Rolfe's Cinemassacre Productions, GameTrailers, and ScrewAttack on the video platform YouTube. His other projects included reviews of classic board games and film reviews for the Spike network.
Jirard "Dragonrider" Khalil is the host of the YouTube review show, The Completionist, and co-host of Super Beard Bros. On his main channel, The Completionist, Jirard completes a new game every week, ranging from casual games to hardcore games. On his second channel, Super Beard Bros., Jirard, accompanied by Alex Faciane and Greg Wilmot, plays through games. Although he doesn't like to admit it, this makes him a "Let's Player."
Super Beard Bros. also serves as a "Behind the Scenes," as he sometimes does reviews of the games he's played. Jirard is also a member of Big Bad Bosses, a video game boy band. He plays the role of Big Bow.
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, 80’s retro and 90’s 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!
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 350,000 subscribers, and has been featured on Destructoid, Polygon, Nintendo Life, and even PlayBoy. Norman earned his history degree from Elizabeth City State University.
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 nachos, and hanging out with an old Jersey hippie named Frank.
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.
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.
The other half of the CUPodcast. Armed with an eye towards the business side of retail video games, Ian brings his unique point of view to the table sometimes, with a nice cold beer.
Matt McMuscles has been stylin' and profilin' on the internet since 2007... or somewhere thereabouts. Remember the unmemorable cartoon flophouse? Yeah neither does anyone else. However! There was an honest simplicity to those days and The Matt McMuscles Flophouse is a return to that era of YouTubing... but with a few modern conveniences.
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.