We were proud to welcome the following VIPs to the Midwest Gaming Classic in 2018! Click on an industry below to filter by industry, and click on the VIPs themselves to learn more about who you might meet at the show!
Follow our Facebook page for guest announcements for 2019! We are expecting over 100 industry VIPs again this year, and will update this page to our 2019 list after we have announced our first 20 guests!
Don Bluth Studios, Disney, Silver Phoenix Entertainment*
Philo was an animator for games Dragon’s Lair and Space Ace, but is perhaps best known for other projects he helped animate – The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, The Rescuers Down Under, The Secret of NIMH, Happily Ever After, An American Tail, and special effects for Star Trek: The Motion Picture!
Brian Colin, the creator of the arcade game Rampage, will be at the Midwest Gaming Classic less than one week before the movie version of Rampage comes out! Brian is also the man behind arcade games Xenophobe, Arch Rivals and Pigskin 621, and the Sega Genesis game General Chaos! Brian is coming thanks to Galloping Ghost Arcade of Brookfield, Illinois, which has a selection of hundreds of arcade games to play every day of the year!
Left of Left Center*
Jason Compton is an actor with Left of Left Center theater company who portrayed Steve Jobs in Mike Daisey’s monologue The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs. We are excited to have Jason join us at the Midwest Gaming Classic to perform this monologue at the convention itself. The production was originally directed by Jake Penner for Left of Left Center theater company. Photo credit Benjamin Barlow.
Dirty Donny Gillies
Top Fuels, Snap-On, Vans, AMT, Fender, Dunlop, Stern Pinball, Midwest Gaming Classic
Deemed to be one of the most influential artists to invade the pop culture scenes of the punk, rock and metal underground, Dirty Donny has been spreading his art across all mediums for decades. First hired by Metallica, in the more than decade since he began he has designing art for Top Fuels Funny cars, skateboard shoes, guitars and guitar accessories, model kits and pinball machines for the likes of Snap-on, Vans, AMT, Fender, Dunlop, Stern Pinball, and now, the Midwest Gaming Classic!
EA Sports, Acclaim, Bally, Midway, Digital Dreams Entertainment
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.
EGM, Pixel Blast Arcade*
Writer, Arcade Operator
As former Tricks of the Trade editor for Electronic Gaming Monthly magazine, the name “Trickman” was well known for video game obsessed kids of the 1990s. Today, he is still a force in the industry as one of the co-owners of the Pixel Blast Arcade in Lisle, Illinois!
Charles D Moisant
Silver Phoenix Entertainment*
Creative Director*, Artist*
Charles is a comic book artist, writer, and the creative director of Silver Phoenix Entertainment. Publishing comic books since 1991, Charles’ current work includes Zombie Annihilation, Danni and Dayna in Dino World and Thunder World. He also works with many artists, printing their comic titles through Silver Phoenix Entertainment!
MSG Networks, ESPN
Announcer, Television Personality
Meet Arda Ocal at the Midwest Gaming Classic April 14 and 15 at the Wisconsin Center! Arda is a television personality and announcer who has worked for the WWE (under the stage name Kyle Edwards) and currently works for MSG Networks and ESPN! Arda is a lead voice for ESPN on their eSports coverage, as well as covering many other sports!