As just announced on their Facebook page, Boston Comic-Con has been postponed indefinitely due to the extenuating circumstances caused by the city-wide lockdown related to the manhunt for Boston Marathon Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Comic-Con has announced that they plan to honor all pre-purchased tickets on their new date, and will issue refunds to those who are unable to make it.
Due to the sudden announcement of this postponement, there is no word as yet as to whether or not Andy Price will attend the rescheduled con or whether or not the exclusive Ponies comic issue will still be offered. We at The Round Stable will provide more updates as we learn more.
The folks over at Las Pegasus Unicon want to remind everyone that there’s just one day left to head on out and enjoy the con! Our very own KefkaFloyd is still out there in the vendor room for the last day; make sure to check us out while you can! (he’s just behind the sliding wall!)
Las Pegasus is also taking donations of any size on Paypal to help make up for what they have termed an “overextension of funds” for which any amount bronies can donate would be most appreciated!
Las Pegasus’s full press release lies, as always, behind the cut.
Last weekend, the makers of the fangame MLP:Online announced that they had been sent a cease and desist letter from Hasbro and had chosen to shut down production of the game. This sudden news has met with significant disappointment from the Brony community, especially given the comparatively blind eye that had been turned to other popular fan-games under production, like Fighting is Magic or My Little Investigations.
Was Hasbro finally turning on the fan-community it had helped to foster over the past two years by not strictly enforcing copyrights? Not exactly. MLP:Online spokesperson ToastyJustice, who had announced the closure of MLP:Online, made a point of mentioning that it was not copyright that had brought down the project, but trademarks. This is an important distinction, one which has ramifications for both Hasbro and fans alike.
Given the differences between copyright and trademark law, can we perhaps better understand what activities are more or less likely to earn Hasbro’s ire? Is this recent attack based on trademark law likely to prove to be the bane of the fandom? To learn more, read on…
Due to the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy earlier this week, The Hub has postponed their Playdate Premiere Party previously scheduled for November 3rd [tomorrow], previously reported here. According to The Hub representative Dupe Bosu, The Hub is currently “in the process of determining the feasibility of rescheduling [the event], as we feel that it’s most appropriate for the people throughout the region to focus on safety and the recovery efforts.”
As the event precedes the debut by only one week, however, it is unclear if The Hub will have time to schedule the event before the premiere. Should the event be rescheduled, however, it will remain a private, invitation-only event, as mentioned previously. We at The Round Stable will do our best to keep you informed as we learn more. ■
The Hub put out a list of their upcoming special programming for November this morning containing dates, times, and synopses of new episodes and specials airing on The Hub this month, including a synopsis for episode 4, airing November 24, “One Bad Apple”. The synopses also include an expanded synopsis for Episode 3, “Too Many Pinkie Pies”. As always, the synopses are below the cut. [READ MORE]
Equestria Daily has been getting a few interesting product leaks over the past few days which paint a rather interesting picture of the future of pony.
My Little Pony: the Elements of Harmony: The Friendship Is Magic Official Handbook
The first announcement was the find of a book entitled My Little Pony: The Elements of Harmony: The Friendship is Magic Official Handbook on Barnes and Noble and Amazon. The book, published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, is currently set for publication on April 2, 2013 and, despite the name of the publisher, is ostensibly targeted for readers between the ages of 12 to 18. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers is an imprint of the Hachette Book Group and is the publisher of children’s books including Tintin, Arthur, Muppets books.
Following behind the break is speculation about other plans. If you don’t want to read, then don’t. Otherwise, read more!
Seems that Equestria LA have been busy beavers ever since they sold out of tickets on August 24. This evening we received a rather lengthy press release from Equestria LA’s press relations team which contained a number of updates from the con staff. Perhaps most notably, for those bronies who failed to register before the event sold out, Equestria LA has extended their dates to two full days: November 3-4, 2012. As a result, Equestria LA has reopened registration (along with a general revision of their registration policy) and has reserved a block of rooms at a special rate for congoers at the Hilton Anaheim near the Anaheim Convention Center where the con will be held (for details on this, please look below the cut).
Finally, for those of you too far away to head out there on your own, The Round Stable (co-)editor-in-chief KefkaFloyd will be attending EQLA and will be sure to report on the con when he returns!
[UPDATE] The EQLA crew wants to mention the following with regards to hotel rooms:
We sent out a link for our hotel room blocks last night. Currently, the link we were given works for the main night of our show, November 3. We’re working with the hotel to add additional nights at our convention rate to our reservation website as they become available. We’re also working to add additional nights without our convention rate to our reservation link for easier booking. In the meantime, you can secure additional dates surrounding our show by calling the Anaheim Hilton directly and mentioning Equestria LA.
As always, the nitty-gritty details of the press release sit below the cut!
Exciting news fellow pony fans! IRC user Chronos30 just pointed us at an exclusive product on Amazon.com: a full Season 1 boxset of My Little Pony Friendship is Magic in DVD region 1. Fans have been waiting for such a product for quite some time (ever since the first DVD was announced late last year), and with the box sets in other countries, many fans have been disappointed that there had been no announcement of a similar set in America and Canada up until now. So it is very good news to see that such a set is now on the horizon! The box set will retail for $34.99, although Amazon currently lists it for 30% off at $24.49.
UPDATE: An initial version of this story incorrectly announced the date as December 7th. The correct date is December 4th. Information about pricing has been added as well. In addition, although not listed on the Amazon listing, Equestria Daily reports that the box set will include audio commentary among its bonus features. Finally, a follow-up question to the Shout! Factory Twitter account reports that no Blu-Ray release of Season 1 is planned at this time. ■