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BotCon 2012 Special Guests

PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2012 2:18 am
by El Duque
While they haven't been officially announced as special guests, it sounds like well known voice actors David Kaye and Garry Chalk will be attending BotCon 2012. From David Kaye to Garry Chalk via facebook:

See you in Dallas in April


BotCon 2012 of course takes place in Dallas, TX April 26 - 29.

Re: David Kaye and Garry Chalk Attending BotCon 2012?

PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2012 3:10 am
by cannonfodder4000
Hmm, I could see Garry Chalk being Metalhawk and David Kaye being Gigatron, at the script reading. :-?

Re: David Kaye and Garry Chalk Attending BotCon 2012?

PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2012 12:06 pm
by Sabrblade
Holy- :shock:

...smokes! :grin:

:KREMZEEK: :KREMZEEK: :KREMZEEK: :KREMZEEK: :KREMZEEK: :KREMZEEK:

cannonfodder4000 wrote:Hmm, I could see Garry Chalk being Metalhawk and David Kaye being Gigatron, at the script reading. :-?
No, reverse it. Kaye's TFA Optimus voice would be very fitting for Hawk, while Chalk can pull off a mean villain voice for Gigatron. 8)

Re: David Kaye and Garry Chalk Attending BotCon 2012?

PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2012 3:42 pm
by Delicon
If there is a script reading, that is. There have been what, two years where that took place?

I am excited, though. I've met David Kaye and he is a class act, although I have never met Gary Chalk.

Re: David Kaye and Garry Chalk Attending BotCon 2012?

PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2012 9:13 pm
by cannonfodder4000
Sabrblade wrote:
cannonfodder4000 wrote:Hmm, I could see Garry Chalk being Metalhawk and David Kaye being Gigatron, at the script reading. :-?
No, reverse it. Kaye's TFA Optimus voice would be very fitting for Hawk, while Chalk can pull off a mean villain voice for Gigatron. 8)


You maybe on to something here! :grin:

Re: David Kaye and Garry Chalk Attending BotCon 2012?

PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2012 11:53 pm
by Sabrblade
Delicon wrote:If there is a script reading, that is. There have been what, two years where that took place?
There were live script readings at BotCon/OTFCC in 1998, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, and two in 2011.

Re: David Kaye and Garry Chalk Attending BotCon 2012?

PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2012 7:44 am
by Delicon
Sabrblade wrote:
Delicon wrote:If there is a script reading, that is. There have been what, two years where that took place?
There were live script readings at BotCon/OTFCC in 1998, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, and two in 2011.


Thanks for the clarification. I've been going since 07 and only knew of the 08 and 11 readings. There's still no guarantee we get one this year, although it certainly wouldn't surprise me.

Re: David Kaye and Garry Chalk Attending BotCon 2012?

PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2012 10:41 am
by Sabrblade
Delicon wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:
Delicon wrote:If there is a script reading, that is. There have been what, two years where that took place?
There were live script readings at BotCon/OTFCC in 1998, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, and two in 2011.


Thanks for the clarification. I've been going since 07 and only knew of the 08 and 11 readings. There's still no guarantee we get one this year, although it certainly wouldn't surprise me.
Yeah, the 2011 ones surprised me. As did the fact that they did TWO that year. :shock:

Re: David Kaye and Garry Chalk Attending BotCon 2012?

PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 2012 6:16 pm
by El Duque
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BotCon has officially confirmed David Kaye and Garry Chalk as special guest for this year's convention. The cat was let out the bag a little early when Kaye left a message on Chalk's facebook page that mentioned seeing him in Dallas in April.

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Garry and David will be on hand all weekend, taking part in fan panels, autograph sessions and the meet and greet for Golden Ticket holders. You won't want to miss meeting these two Transformers legends!


Gemini Award winning GARRY CHALK has been a professional actor for 33 years. He has appeared in over a hundred movies and television shows, among them Cold Squad (6 years), Stargate SG1 (several seasons), The Outer Limits (several guest appearances), and many others. He is most recently appearing in AMC'S monster hit The Killing, which has been renewed for another season. In addition, he recently filmed an episode of the TV series, Psych.

Born in Southampton England, Chalk came to Canada at a very early age and found that he enjoyed performing. His first television appearance was in an episode of Saturday Kids Party with Ron Morriere as a singer in a Kiwanis boys choir when he was 12 years old. Since then, he has appeared in many feature films like The Watchmen, Deck the Halls, The Fly II, Battle in Seattle, and Sea Wolfe with Charles Bronson.

His voice over work in animation spans 30 years and over a thousand episodes of cartoons. You can hear his work on Beast Wars (Optimus Primal), Transformers: Armada, Energon and Cybertron (Optimus Prime), My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (Fido the Diamond Dog), G.I. Joe, Sonic the Hedgehog, Reboot, and many, many more. Most recently, he starred as Sky Marshall Wade in the new hit series, Voltron Force.

Mr. Chalk continues to work in all areas of the entertainment world, from film, television, animation to theater.

For the past few years, Chalk has resumed his music career and performs at various venues in his hometown of Vancouver, Canada as a singer, guitarist, and piano player. But of all his creative pursuits, his greatest love is cartoons, and he says he will do voices in cartoons until the day he dies.

Garry thoroughly enjoys attending conventions and meeting the fans. He will often offer a musical performance at the conventions he attends, to the great pleasure of the attendees.


DAVID KAYE’S voice over career began with General Hawk in the DIC animation series, G.I. Joe in 1989. Working as an on air talent for radio station CKLG (LG73) quickly became less interesting as both on camera and behind the mic roles started taking up more time. Over the next decade and a half, David’s on camera burgeoned along with his voice career. On camera opportunities came in the form of guest roles on numerous TV series and movies such as the X-Files, Battlestar Galactica and Happy Gilmore with Adam Sandler.

Also during this time, David was being cast in some of the first, of what soon would be hundreds of, animation shows and video games. So many, in fact, this now became the main focus of his career and he’s never looked back.

David’s biggest moment was when he was cast as Megatron in 1996, in the hugely popular series Beast Wars (“Beasties” in Canada) that would go on to run for three seasons of “the most fun you could ever have!” says David. Thus began an almost twenty year relationship with the “Transformers” franchise, from his role as the “Decepticon” Megatron from the Armada series all the way up to 2007, when David “crossed over” to become the only actor in the history of the franchise to play the lead villain AND the lead hero when he was cast as Optimus Prime for Cartoon Network’s “Transformers: Animated.”

After twenty-plus years AWAY from the part that started it all, David found himself returning to the franchise where it all began… G.I. Joe! In the Renegades series, he could be heard as Scarlett’s father, and he also introduced every episode as the expo voice during the opening titles!

As the work keeps coming in, David’s voice can be heard in Insomniac’s “Ratchet & Clank” video game series as the loveable robot Clank. He's also been featured in “Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions? as “Mysterio,” “Nick Fury? and “Captain America” in “Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2,” “Missing Link? in “Monsters vs Aliens,” the game and many more.

David is now working on another highly popular series “Ben 10” as the lead villain, as well as working with the great JG Quintel on “Flap Jack” and “The Regular Show.”

With on-going commitments for movie trailers, network promos for ABC, Fox, CW and a host of radio and television affiliates and a lot of commercial work, the days get a little tight from time to time. So much so that he even has a unit that he can use to record from his car. “Don’t worry, I actually have to pull over,” he says.

The projects continue to line up and unfortunately, the days don’t get any longer. David says “You won’t ever hear me complain, though. I’m working with the coolest people on the planet and deeply love what I do… I have though put in a request in for a 28 hour day!”

Re: David Kaye and Garry Chalk Attending BotCon 2012?

PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 2012 6:36 pm
by Mkall
Oh God, Optimus Primal AND Megatron at the same convention?

This is going to be too good to pass up.

Re: David Kaye and Garry Chalk Attending BotCon 2012?

PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 2012 9:49 pm
by UltraPrimal
Yay! Official confirmation! Thanks for tell us something we already knew FunPub! >:oP

I noticed it says, "10th Anniversary of Armada", yet we have ZERO Armada characters in the boxset or in the rumored add-ons. The closes we've got is that backhanded Side Swipe homage in Treadbolt. :roll:

Re: David Kaye and Garry Chalk Attending BotCon 2012?

PostPosted: Wed Feb 29, 2012 9:36 am
by Delicon
Mkall wrote:Oh God, Optimus Primal AND Megatron at the same convention?

This is going to be too good to pass up.


You know, Chalk has done Optimus Prime more recently than he's done Primal, but that's the role people will always remember him for.

I'm looking forward to the 2 of them together, for sure.

Re: David Kaye and Garry Chalk Attending BotCon 2012?

PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2012 1:44 pm
by El Duque
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BotCon 2012 has announced their third special guest for this year's event, Dan Gilvezan, the voice of G1's Bumblebee.

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DAN GILVEZAN began his career in animation as Spider-Man/Peter Parker on NBC’s “Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends.” He went onto to perform lead characters in a great many action/adventure shows of the mid to late 80’s including: Slipstream on “GI Joe: A Real American Hero,” Dargon on “Dino-Riders,” Dirk Courage on “Spiral Zone,” as well as everybody’s favorite yellow Volkswagen, Bumblebee, on the “Transformers.” On the lighter side he voiced Cooler, the leader of the “Pound Puppies” for Hanna-Barbera, and the ever put upon Henry Mitchell in CBS’s “New Adventures of Dennis the Menace.”

On-camera appearances have included guest-starring roles on "Desperate Housewives," "Bones," “NYPD Blue,” “The Bernie Mac Show,” “Third Rock From the Sun,” “Diagnosis Murder,” “Sabrina, the Teenaged Witch,” Boston Legal and the cult favorite "She wolf of London/Love and Curses." He has lent his talents to hundreds of TV and radio commercials and is the author of the novel "Drowned in the Grenadine," and "Bumblebee & Me," a remembrance of his time working on the original Transformers television series.

Re: BotCon 2012 Special Guests

PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2012 1:57 pm
by Delicon
That's great news. This is the most excited I've been about a guest in a little while.

Re: BotCon 2012 Special Guests

PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2012 1:59 pm
by Sabrblade
Cool! Another great choice! :D

Re: BotCon 2012 Special Guests

PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2012 2:04 pm
by Prime Evil
Cool, I haven't had a reason to stand in the autograph line the past few botcons. (only because I already have autographs of the past guest) :grin:

Re: BotCon 2012 Special Guests

PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2012 2:08 pm
by Delicon
Sabrblade wrote:Cool! Another great choice! :D


Are you going this year? And if so, are you going to hang with us?

Re: BotCon 2012 Special Guests

PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2012 2:12 pm
by Sabrblade
Delicon wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:Cool! Another great choice! :D


Are you going this year? And if so, are you going to hang with us?
Yeah, I'm gonna try to. I went for both 2010 ans 2011, but I missed the Seibertron.com get-togethers of both years (though, I did get to meet a few members both years).

I'll be staying off site, though, since I couldn't afford the hotel prices (and so as to save more money for the trip and for toys ;) ). I'll just need to know the when and the where for the get-together.

Re: BotCon 2012 Special Guests

PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2012 2:16 pm
by Dynamax
...now I really wish they were coming back to Pasedena this year.

And to excerize my nerdiness, a correction. Dan Gilvezan voiced Questar in Dino Riders, there is no Dagren as far as I recall.

Sorry, Dino Riders was kind of one of those shows that stuck with me.

Re: BotCon 2012 Special Guests

PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2012 2:35 pm
by Delicon
Sabrblade wrote:
Delicon wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:Cool! Another great choice! :D


Are you going this year? And if so, are you going to hang with us?
Yeah, I'm gonna try to. I went for both 2010 ans 2011, but I missed the Seibertron.com get-togethers of both years (though, I did get to meet a few members both years).

I'll be staying off site, though, since I couldn't afford the hotel prices (and so as to save more money for the trip and for toys ;) ). I'll just need to know the when and the where for the get-together.


Well, if you went to BotCon 2010 we were easy to find, in part due to Ryan's awesome T-shirts.

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Drop me a PM or friend me on Facebook (James Lysoby) and I'll make sure you can connect with the rest of the gang.

Re: BotCon 2012 Special Guests

PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2012 5:09 pm
by Mkall
Good show! I attended his panel at TFCon a couple years back - he's a very cool speaker.

Re: BotCon 2012 Special Guests

PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2012 2:45 pm
by El Duque
BotCon 2012 has announced their next special guest, Buster Jones, the voice of G1 Blaster!

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Dan and Buster Jones will be on hand all weekend, taking part in fan panels, autograph sessions and the meet and greet for Golden Ticket holders. You won't want to miss meeting these G1 greats!


BUSTER JONES first role in animation was voicing the legendary Black Vulcan from "Challenge of the Superfriends." He would go on to voice Doc and Zap from the "G.I.Joe: A Real American Hero" series, Winston Zeddemore from the latter half of "The Real Ghostbusters" and of course the hippest Autobot around, Blaster from the "Transformers."

In addition to Animation work, Buster was also the host of Dick Clark's "Soul Unlimited" and has been involved in the music industry for five decades. This is Buster's first convention appearance and he is thrilled to meet all of the fans who have come to love the characters he voiced through his many years in the entertainment industry.

Re: BotCon 2012 Special Guests

PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2012 3:17 pm
by Autobot_Benz
That's awesome Blaster was one of my favorite G1 characters always talking in rhyme. :BOT:

Re: BotCon 2012 Special Guests

PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2012 3:35 pm
by Sabrblade
Autobot_Benz wrote:That's awesome Blaster was one of my favorite G1 characters always talking in rhyme. :BOT:
No he didn't. Maybe once or twice, but not all the time (like Wheelie did).

Re: BotCon 2012 Special Guests

PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2012 9:57 pm
by Rated X
I always had a strong connection to Blaster. During the hip hop golden era with Run DMC and the Beastie Boys, having an autobot boombox with a DJ persona was a great idea. It's nice to finally put a face to this iconic voice. :D