» Con Roundup: Bronies for Good, Galacon

As we creep ever closer to Galacon and Bronycon next weekend, the updates keep flowing fast and furious not only from Galacon (who have been busy finishing up plans for their Gala Evening), but also from Bronies for Good, who will be hosting a number of charity events at both conventions.

Galacon’s Gala Evening

Galacon has revealed more details about their Gala Evening event, which consists of two hours of classic formal dance in the Gala Ball, featuring contributions from AcousticBrony, followed by two hours of a dance party featuring the stylings of Thorinair and HMage of A State of Brony leading the way!

Seeds of Kindness 3

Meanwhile, Bronies for Good seeks to remind everyone of the many, many events they have planned for next weekend including:

  • Album Preorders for Seeds of Kindness 3: A Beautiful Heart, which will help to support a number of efforts in Uganda and Burundi for orphans and street children.
  • Letter Drive for Your Siblings, a drive to send letters to those children who benefitted from the drive to support Your Siblings during Seeds of Kindness 1.
  • Nurse Redheart’s Roundup Pledge Drive, a pledge drive for those who want to contribute as part of the Nurse Redheart’s Roundup blood drive which starts in September.
  • Charity Auction for CureSearch (BronyCon only), a charity organization fighting children’s cancer. 80% of all proceeds at the BronyCon charity auction will go to CureSearch.
  • Food Drive for Maryland Food Bank (BronyCon only)
  • FOB 5K Casey Cares Run (BronyCon only), in which FOB Equestria will be fielding a team for this charity run which seeks to help children with cancer. Any non-military brony may join in for an entry fee of only $35!

Details for both GalaCon and the Bronies for Good events lie below the cut.


» BronyCAN Celebrates Canada Day!

Continuing a streak of announcements from cons around the globe, BronyCAN has a number of announcements to commemorate Canada Day, including:

Full details lie behind the cut!


» Michelle Creber to Attend BUCK


The folks with the United Kingdom’s leading brony convention, BUCK, have announced that Michelle Creber, voice of Apple Bloom and singing voice of both Apple Bloom and Sweetie Belle, will be attending BUCK as a guest. Furthermore, she will be performing at the Saturday night Lunar Eclipse music concert, as well as collaborating with Acoustic Brony and The Living Tombstone at the Summer Sun Celebration, held Friday night.

As always, the press release is behind the cut.


» Bronycon Is Having a Fire… Sale!


Those of you who still haven’t made up your minds about going to BronyCon have one last chance to jump on a discounted price with BronyCon’s fire sale! Today and tomorrow only, BronyCon is offering a sale price of $65 for a three-day badge for the con, which will be held August 2-4 at the Baltimore Convention Center.

Keep in mind that BronyCon’s pre-registration ends July 15th, so if you’re still hemming in hawing, now is an excellent time to get a move on!

As always, the press release is behind the cut


» Sweet Apple Acres Con Changes Venue


Despite the groundswell of support for Sweet Apple Acres Con following their recent plea for assistance, SAAC now reports that they will unfortunately have to change venues to the Holiday Inn Vanderbilt near Vanderbilt University, as they were unable to secure enough hotel occupants to satisfy and hold event space at the Millennium Maxwell House as anticipated.

For those who still need to book reservations, Sweet Apple Acres Con has negotiated a special rate of $179 per night at the Marriott located next door to the Holiday Inn Vanderbilt.

As always, details below the cut.


» UPDATED: European Pony Convention Union Announces Summer Sun Celebration

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UPDATE: The European Pony Convention Union have updated the rules pertaining to this event, which no longer requires purchasing a pony to enter. The British Brony convention, BUCK, has also contributed a 20% Cooler Ticket as a prize for those reluctant to head over to the continent for GalaCon, BronyDays or Crystal Fair. Both the original and updated press releases are below.

Are you a European Brony? If so, GalaCon, BronyDays, and Crystal Fair, three European Brony conventions have recently announced a special surprise event in conjunction with the European Pony Convention Union, starting June 17th to commemorate the summer solstice, entitled the Summer Sun Celebration!

Interested Bronies who participate in the event stand the chance to win a special sponsor-level ticket to one of the three events and need only post a photo with a official My Little Pony toy they purchase (with receipt) their current My Little Pony collection between June 17th and June 23rd on the www.EuroBronies.org galleries by June 30th to win!

As always, details are below the cut…


Boston Comic-Con Postponed

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.

» Equestria LA announces guests, extends dates, reopens registration [UPDATED]

Equestria LA

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).

Additionally, Equestria LA has announced two additional guests: FiM writers Amy Keating Rogers (previously interviewed on TRS and featured in one of our previous Writer Appreciation Day articles), writer of “The Last Roundup” and “The Best Night Ever”, and Cindy Morrow, writer of “Winter Wrap-Up”, “Sisterhooves Social”, and “Hurricane Fluttershy” (among others). This will be Morrow’s first pony convention (Amy previously attended Bronycon 2012 and will be attending Canterlot Gardens at the end of this month).

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!


» Galacon 2013 Press note and Thankyou

The event organizers from Grand Galloping Gala Convention (Galacon) in Germany would like to thank all the attendees to last months event, they consider it a success and they have some news regarding next years convention. During the event they raised over 8,000 euros during a charity auction. Perrydotto, who MC’d the auction, will be posting a convention report for us sometime in the future.

You can read the full press release from them below:

» View from the Ground: BronyCon 2012

This article intends to take a step-by-step overview of BronyCon 2012 from the eyes of a reporter on the floor. It’s a review of all of the major events from start to finish. For more of a retrospective overview, be sure to read Emotions Running High by The Round Stable’s Headless Horse, and for the view of a vendor, check out KefkaFloyd’s The Artist’s Perspective.

I’m at the world-famous Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City, and I am lost as Hell. My bus ride there ended up being nearly 2 hours late, turning my time of arrival from 11 PM to 1 AM. While waiting for the 320 bus to Secaucus, NJ, a gentleman informs me that after 1 AM, they move that bus to a basement gate. I get down there to find the gate he mentioned was incorrect, and because this was a recent change in how they handle bus schedules, I can’t seem to get a straight answer on where I need to be. I start to lose my grasp on sanity, question whether I have the ability to reach this hotel, and reconsider the general thought process that had led a twenty-five year old dude to a My Little Pony convention in the first place. Was this some cosmic form of karma?

However, when all hope seemed lost, out of the corner of my eye I see an unlikely savior: a gentleman with Rainbow Dash on the center of his shirt, with the word “BRONY” written out above.

Suddenly, I know everything is going to be okay.