Today’s featured content is from first time guest author, Metaright!
Works of fiction can find an audience in surprising places when the creators are determined to produce a quality product. This has led to the runaway popularity of Friendship is Magic, which owes the existence of its unexpected demographic of adults to its intelligent writing. Normally, two aspects of the writing that Friendship is Magic does particularly well—characterization and humor—go hand-in-hand, playing off each other as the humor is first produced from strong characterization, which in turn allows the characterization to grow.
However, the show is not foolproof in this regard. To demonstrate, I will be examining the hyperactive party pony herself, Pinkie Pie. Perhaps no other character is as divisive as Pinkie from a humor standpoint, and even the most loyal pony fans can have wildly different viewpoints about her. Why is Pinkie so special in this regard? Find out after the break.
First, BronyCAN is pleased to announce that Nicole Gauss, character designer from MLP:FiM will be attending their con as an honored guest.
Second, BronyDays in France has announced a series of fandom special guests. These include The Living Tombstone, Laser Pon3, and Yulnyh.
For the complete releases from each con, check behind the cut.
The last installment of IDW Publishing’s My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic comic series concluded on an epic cliffhanger. Facing down a twisted version of the Element of Generosity, the Mane Six and Princess Luna have to tangle with Nightmare Rarity, the new queen of nightmares. With Heather Nuhfer penning the story, Amy Mebberson crafting the art, Heather Breckel painting the colors, and Neil Uyetake setting the letters, the now-familiar second creative team is ready to show us just what the Nightmare Forces have in store.
Read more to find out.
DerpyCon South is pleased to announce its next guest of honor. Anneli Heed, the Swedish voice of Spitfire and others, will be attending DerpyCon South as an honored guest. But that’s not all—she’d like to perform fan-written songs on stage. To enter, you must write a song about Spitfire with a first-person role for Anneli to sing. The winner will get flown to the convention to perform the song live with Anneli.
DerpyCon South will be held at the Hilton Riverside in New Orleans, Louisiana on October 4-6, 2013. For the complete release and rules for the song contest, check behind the cut.
Fiesta Equestria, the fan convention taking place next month in Houston, Texas has announced that Michelle Creber, the voice of Applebloom will be attending the event from 28th-30th of June. She’ll also be performing onstage, opening for the band Hey Ocean!
For all the details please read the press release below:
It’s a Saturday morning, which means a few convention announcements have arrived.
BronyDays in France is pleased to announce two special guests. One is M.A. Larson, show writer, who will be making his first fan event trip to Europe! Larson, writer of episodes like Sonic Rainboom and Luna Eclipsed, will grace France with his presence. In addition, fan animator JanAnimations will be attending the convention as an honored guest. BronyDays is on October 26-27 in Montreuil, France.
Meanwhile, TrotCon has announced their list of musicians Eurobeat Brony, Sonic Breakbeat, DJ Lupo B, Sgt-Whip, Chang31ing, LizardRock, PhillyPu, GreenTintedGoggles, Mogul Dash, SMOR3S, and Steven, A.D. TrotCon will be held on June 14-16 in Columbus, Ohio.
For the complete releases from both cons, check behind the cut.
Good news for those attending BronyCon: Princess Celestia will be there! Nicole Oliver, the voice of Princess Celestia and Cheerilee, will be attending the largest pony fan gathering. This marks her third BronyCon, after attending the January and June events last year.
BronyCon will be held on August 2-4 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland.
For the complete release, check behind the cut.
Art by Katie Cook
Art by Andy Price
IDW has released their September solicitations, and that means we have new tidbits about upcoming comics, including the official announcement of a Cutie Mark Crusaders micro series comic.
Written by Katie Cook and drawn by Andy Price, #10 is the conclusion to the two-part story set forth in #9 featuring everyone’s silent stallion, Big Macintosh.
The trials and tribulations of Big Mac continue! His epic journey continues, as Big Mac must come face to face with some of the most unique citizens of Ponyville. DRAMA! REVELATIONS! DANCING! This one’s got it all!
Written by Ted Anderson and drawn by Ben Bates (the same team behind Micro #5),
On a hike through the woods the Cutie Mark Crusaders come across a creature unlike anything they’ve ever seen! When their new friend shows off an incredible ability, the Crusaders see an opportunity to earn their Cutie Marks! But their new friend is hiding an important secret that is sure to have a big impact on our tiny trio!
Both comics are slated for a September release. ■
Sunnier months and vacations are upon us, and that means that the pony fan convention scene is beginning in earnest. The first of the returning big-name cons to run this year is Equestria LA in Anaheim, California. Debuting a scant six months after the first EQLA, the 2013 edition aimed to get the jump on the rest of the con circuit and hold their event in the prime late spring/early summer months instead of at the end of the year. Was this the right plan, and how well did the convention go? Read on to find out.
Cover by Amy Mebberson
Today’s a big day for comics. MLP: FiM Issue #7 is now out, continuing the saga of nightmares! If you have it already, you can talk about it in our forum. If you have yet to buy it, you can find #7 at your favorite local comics shop, online retailers like Things From Another World, or from digital distributors like Comixology and iTunes.
In addition, the trade paperback collection of issues #1-#4 is now available today as well. You can procure it at your favorite local bookstore or Amazon