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11/5-7 2021; Fri 6p-12a, Sat 10a-8p, Sun 10a-5p

November 5 - 7, 2021 • Friday: 6p-12a, Saturday: 10a-8p, Sunday: 10a-5p

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4/29-5/1/22; Fri 6p-12a, Sat 10a-8p, Sun 10a-5p

April 29 - May 1, 2022 • Fri: 6p-12a, Saturday: 10a-8p, Sunday: 10a-5p

MEET

The Midwest Gaming Classic hosts lots of industry professionals each year! Here are the guests we expect to host this year!

List subject to change.

Archie Cunningham

Archie Cunningham

Archie Cunningham

Archie Cunningham

Indepedent

Comic book artist and creator, painter, art teacher

Archie Cunningham is a comic book artist and creator, painter, and art teacher who brings dynamic story telling to the page or canvas. Archie will be creating a number of original pieces for the show!

Matt Hissem

Matt Hissem

Matt Hissem

Matt Hissem

Independent

Replica Creator

Matt has created an incredible replica of the DeLorean Time Machine from Back to the Future and is bringing it to the show to share with everyone! Ask Matt about how he created this iconic car, and of course, check out the car for yourself too!

Richard Horvitz

Richard Horvitz

Richard Horvitz

Richard Horvitz

Fans of animation will recognize Richard Horvitz as the voice of many iconic characters, including Invader Zim, Billy from The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, Daggett from The Angry Beavers and Alpha 5 from the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. In addition to Richard’s animation work, gamers will recognize him from his many video game roles in such classics as Pyschonauts (RAZ), Rachet and Clank series (Zoni, Pollyx, Zurgo) Destroy All Humans (Orthopox) and Skylanders (Kaos) to name a few.

Richard began his acting career on camera and many may recall his role as Alan Eakian in Paramount Pictures 1980’s cult classic Summer School.
www.richardhorvitz.com

Matteau Isbill

Matteau Isbill

Matteau Isbill

Matteau Isbill

One of the lead announcers of the Monster Jam Triple Threat series Matteau Isbill has been hosting for 7 years.  He is also the owner of Overdrive Reality Productions producing the Midwest Gaming Classic After Party, videos, voice overs, and so much more!

 Ka$h Money Karl

Ka$h Money Karl

 Ka$h Money Karl

Ka$h Money Karl

Meet Wisconsin’s #1 Professional Mini Golfer and America’s Fan Favorite from season 2 of ABC’s Holey Moley, Mister Mini Golf aka Ka$h Money Karl. Get a coveted autographed Ka$h Money Karl bill and ask questions about the show and Mini Golf throughout the US!

Tim Kitzrow

Tim Kitzrow

Tim Kitzrow

Tim Kitzrow

EA Sports, Acclaim, Bally, Midway, Digital Dreams Entertainment

Voice Actor

With NBA Jam, which grossed over $2 BILLION to date, Kitzrow introduced the iconic phrase BOOMSHAKALAKA into the basketball lexicon and with it secured pop culture immortality. A Chicago based Voice Artist and NBA pop culture personality, Kitzrow is known to fans for his sensational sports commentary, earning industry awards for all four major sports leagues. Kitzrow has enjoyed a run as the signature voice of classic games like NBA Jam, NFL Blitz, NHL Hitz, Wayne Gretzky Hockey, MLB Slugfest, Big Hurt Baseball, and NCAA College Slam. He is the only talent in gaming to voice all four major sports leagues, the NBA, NFL, MLB, and NHL, as well as the NCAA. He is currently working on a re-launch of the beloved Mutant Football League series, as well as a number of book and creative projects.

Anthony Marquez

Anthony Marquez

Anthony Marquez

Anthony Marquez

Anthony Marquez is an American actor and martial artist. He is best known as Kung Lao in the Mortal Kombat video game series

Dan Meyer

Dan Meyer

Dan Meyer

Dan Meyer

Gold Standard Air Hockey*

Ambassador, Top Ranked Player

One of the top air hockey players in the world, Dan Meyer, is happy to teach players skills, run some fun tournaments, and share his love of the air hockey! Dan recently finished 5th in the World Championships, and is a two time Doubles World Champion.

Angela (Bright Eyes Cosplay) Neactin

Angela (Bright Eyes Cosplay) Neactin

Angela (Bright Eyes Cosplay) Neactin

Angela (Bright Eyes Cosplay) Neactin

1998 and 2000 were good years for Bright Eyes Cosplay – as in before she even knew what “Cosplay” was she had decided she wanted to dress up like Zelda from the Ocarina of Time and Princess Garnet aka Dagger from Final Fantasy 9 at the ages of 8 and 10, respectively. Things really picked up when she discovered Cosplay and started attending conventions year ’round in 2012 wearing and making costumes ranging from  the spectrum of video games, anime, comics, pop culture, and even Disney and Power Rangers. A fortuitous moment in 2015 landed her in the hot seat of hosting the Costume Contest at the Midwest Gaming Classic and she has been coming back every year to do so, as well as head the Cosplay Department which she is proud to say is made up of more than just herself now! She’s looking forward to another great year with great folks at the MGC 2020!

Paul E. Niemeyer

Paul E. Niemeyer

Paul E. Niemeyer

Paul E. Niemeyer

Paul’s artwork appears on dozens of games including TRON, Tapper, Satan’s Hollow, Spy Hunter, Wacko, Super PacMan, PacMan Plus, Professor PacMan, Demolition Man Pinball, and perhaps most notably, the Mortal Kombat logo!

Paul then worked on movie licenses like Jurassic Park 2, Men in Black, Star Trek 5, Star Wars Phantom Menace, Pirates of the Caribbean, and was an owner of Eagle Game Board Game company!

Daniel Pesina

Daniel Pesina

Daniel Pesina

Daniel Pesina

Midway

Actor

Daniel played Sub Zero, Scorpion, Reptile, Noob Saibot, Smoke and Johnny Cage in Mortal Kombat I and II. He also was one of the Foot Soldiers in Teenage Mutant Ninjas II!

Brian Quezada

Brian Quezada

Brian Quezada

Brian Quezada

Independent

Top Player

Brian Quezada has been playing competitive air hockey regularly for the
last decade, recently finishing 6th in the World Championships. Along with his teammate, Dan Meyer, Q is a two time doubles world champion. Brian enjoys discussing strategy and tips for air hockey with anyone who wants to learn.

Andy Ries

Andy Ries

Andy Ries

Andy Ries

Wisconsin Ghostbusters, Wisconsin Star Cars

Replica Creator

Andy decided it was time to bust some heads, in a spiritual sense of course, he needed the right vehicle to do it in… so Andy created a replica of the iconic Ecto-1 from Ghostbusters and will be bringing it to the show to share! Ask Andy about the work that went into recreating one of the most recognizable movie cars, and how he feels about that car being the star of the new teaser trailer for the upcoming Ghostbusters movie!

Leida (Aya Cohen) Rosen

Leida (Aya Cohen) Rosen

Leida (Aya Cohen) Rosen

Leida (Aya Cohen) Rosen

Also known as Aya “CoCo” Cohen. Born and raised in Indonesia, she’s now a YouTube personality in the United States. She’s a mom, a doctor, a vlogger, a cosplayer, a model, an actress, a gamer, an artist, an aviation nerd, and military geek. She loves fashion and beauty treatment, especially skin and body treatment. She has a vision and a purpose of her life, to be an inspiration, do good and always be a good person.

She is always looking for new collaboration with new people who love doing cosplay!

Brian Schafer

Brian Schafer

Brian Schafer

Brian Schafer

OldhouseMedia Event Cars

Replica Creator, Photographer, Videographer

When it comes to incredible replica jeeps and island tour cruisers, something has survived… and Brian made it happen! Brian will be bringing both his JP16 Jeep (based on the movies) and Park Tour Cruiser 09 (based on the book / games) to share with everyone! Ask Brian about how he created these iconic vehicles

Brian Thompson

Brian Thompson

Brian Thompson

Brian Thompson

Play in SHAO KHAN’S SHOWDOWN at the Wisconsin Center! I Play Games is bringing actor BRIAN THOMPSON AKA Shao Khan from the 1997 movie Mortal Kombat: Annihilation to preside over an EPIC MK11 tournament with 32 players facing off in head-to-head action! Stop by the I Play Games area to sign up, and for photos and autograph opportunities with Brian!

Alumni

Below are some of our guests from past shows

 

 

 Arlo

Arlo

 Arlo

Arlo

Independent

Content Creator

Arlo is a Youtuber who strives to create a friendly, upbeat environment where discussion is greatly encouraged and bad puns run rampant. This includes reviews, opinion pieces, let’s plays, analyses, nostalgia talk, comedy bits, and anything else he feels like cooking up. Whether he’s offering a positive reaction or an honest criticism or a pained lament, lighthearted comedy is at the heart of everything Arlo does. His main focus is Nintendo, but he dabbles in PC gaming and other consoles as well.

Eric Bischoff

Eric Bischoff

Eric Bischoff

Eric Bischoff

2019

AWA, WCW, WWE, TNA, Bischoff-Hervey Entertainment, MX Digital

On Air Interviewer, Executive Vice President, WWE General Manager, Podcaster, Producer

As Executive Vice President of WCW, Eric Bischoff took WCW from a distant second to the leading wrestling company in the world for a time, while also serving as a major on screen character. After WCW folded, Eric shocked the world by agreeing to serve as the WWE RAW General Manager. Today, he records the popular 83weeks Podcast with Conrad Thompson about his time in the industry.

Ted DiBiase

Ted DiBiase

Ted DiBiase

Ted DiBiase

Mid-South Wrestling, NWA, All Japan Pro Wrestling, WCW, WWF/E

Wrestler, manager, color commenator

Often regarded as the greatest villain in pro wrestling, WWE Hall of Famer Ted DiBiase played the Million Dollar Man to great affect, headling Wrestlemania IV and the first SummerSlam! His character was also featured in numerous wrestling video games, and is fondly remembered to this day.

Ernie Hudson

Ernie Hudson

Ernie Hudson

Ernie Hudson

Perhaps best known for his role as Winston Zeddemore in the Ghostbusters series (including voice work for the video game and pinball machine!), Hudson has appeared in countless movies and shows, and is currently producing and starring in The Family Business on BET. Mr. Hudson is expected to join us on Saturday, April 13.