» Unicon Las Pegasus panels interrupted by fire alarm[Update]

In what possibly may be a repeat of the Bronycon 2012 event, a fire alarm has gone off at Unicon Las Pegasus interrupting the Voice Actors panels and forcing attendees to evacuate the building.

The panel disrupted was ‘The Mane-iacs: Three Ponies, Three Princesses, and a Dragon’ featuring Andrea Libman, Cathy Weseluck, Nicole Oliver, Tabitha St. Germain and Tara Strong.


It seems the fire alarm was false, triggered by someone opening an alarmed firedoor. Sadly the VA panel will be cut short and only Nicole Oliver and Andrea Libman were able to continue a short session of questions after everybody was allowed back inside. Other events will continue was planned. You can watch Everfree Networks livestream of the convention here. Archives of the panels will be up on Youtube at a later date. 

» Michelle Creber to attend Animate! Miami Jan 18-20

Michelle Creber (Applebloom, singing voice of Sweetiebelle) will be joining Nicole Oliver (Celestia, Cheerilee), Andrew Libman (Fluttershy, Pinkie Pie) and Peter New (Big Macintosh) for the Animate! Miami convention from Janurary 18-20 in 2013.


You can find out loads more information in the full press release below.


» Peter New, Andrea Libman, and Nicole Oliver To Attend Animate! Miami 2013

Animate! Miami Logo

Good news for Florida fans who want to meet and greet with some pony voices: Andrea Libman, Peter New and Nicole Oliver will all be attending Animate! Miami in January 2013. Libman, voice of Fluttershy and Pinkie Pie will be joined by New (Big Macintosh) and Oliver (Princess Celestia, Cheerilee) down in sunny Florida to discuss the show and meet with fans. Animate! Miami is a general purpose anime and animation convention, and it looks like they’re banking heavily on the pony voice actors to help boost attendance. Animate! Miami will be held on January 18-20, 2013 at the Miami Airport Convention Center.

For the complete release from Animate! Miami, check behind the cut.


Daniel Ingram talks to About.com

Friendship Is Magic composer Daniel Ingram has sat down with Tori Mitchel from About.com’s Kids Cartoons section for a short interview about the current shows he works on. While the interview may not focus entirely on MLP it reveals a bit of personal information which is an interesting read.

TM: So do you have anyone you’d consider who isn’t in the cartoon world who has influenced your music style?

DI: For sure. I listen to a lot of bands, and there are some pretty obscure bands. Stuff I grew up with, I absolutely love the Beatles. I learned how to play every Beatles song. I learned every chord progression. I was also a big fan of Zepplin, and Jimi Hendrix, and a lot of music from that era, singer/songwriters from that era as well like Simon and Garfunkel and Fleetwood Mac. I guess a lot of that still influences my sense of melody and my craft of songwriting.

[Source: About.com via DerpyHooves News]

» Writer Appreciation Day 3: Cindy Morrow

This is the next installment of our Writer Appreciation Day series. Started with Amy Keating Rogers and Merriwether Williams, today’s installment continues with Cindy Morrow.

My Little Pony Friendship is Magic is, first and foremost, a comedy, and most of the audience is primarily there to get some good laughs from the adventures of our equine heroines. But anyone who has become a big fan of the program – certainly anyone who would be reading an analysis like this – knows the cast and crew aren’t content to stop there. Put simply, Friendship is Magic attempts to have real heart alongside its comedy: a sincere interest in how this magical world functions, empathy for its characters, and a sustained effort to involve the audience in this process.

Cindy Morrow is a skilled comedic writer, and has done plenty of memorable sequences in that vein. But when you look at her contributions to the program, it’s hard not to peg her biggest talent as being able to get at the very heart of the show. Read on to find out more.


» Lee Tockar Joins Board of Brony Thank You Fund

Brony Thank-You Fund

The Brony Thank You Fund is adding a new member to their board of directors, and it’s none other than FiM voice actor Lee Tockar. Tockar is the voice of Snips, Steven Magnet, and others on Friendship is Magic as well as other roles on television. Tockar brings experience in charitable organizations to the board, as well as his relationship with the show. The move looks to boost their latest charitable enterprise, the CalArts Scholarship Program.

For complete details, check behind the cut.


» Equestria LA Announces William Anderson

Equestria LA

Equestria LA is only three weeks away, and they’ve been firing the announcements in a rapid-fire volley. Today they’ve announced that William Anderson is their next guest of honor to attend the Orange County area convention. Anderson, known to pony fans for composing the background music for the show, is a prolific composer for television, composing theme songs and backing scores for many series, like Earthworm Jim and Iron Man.

Note that Anderson will only be in attendance on Sunday, November 4, so if you do not have a two-day or Sunday badge, you will miss him!

Equestria LA will be held on November 3-4, 2012 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA.

For the complete official release, check behind the cut.


» Lauren Faust to Attend Equestria LA

Equestria LA

The folks over at Equestria LA have a big bombshell—none other than Lauren Faust will be joining their ranks as a guest of honor! Faust, the creator of Friendship is Magic, will be in attendance on Saturday, November 3. Since the Saturday badges are all sold out, this means only people who have preregistered for Saturday will be able to see Ms. Faust.

EQLA will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California on November 3-4, 2012. For the complete release, check behind the cut.


» Interview: Meghan McCarthy at Canterlot Gardens 2012

Today we have a special video interview conducted by Fenster from last weekends Canterlot Gardens with Meghan McCarthy (Twitter @MMeghanMcCarthy) the Lead Story Editor for season 3 and writer of previous episodes such as “Dragonshy”, “Lesson Zero”, “Hearts and Hooves Day” and the two-parter “A Canterlot Wedding.”

Interview: Meghan McCarthy

If you prefer reading instead of watching a video, a full text transcript of the video is available beneath the cut.


» Chilling in Chicago: The Midwestria 2012 Con Report

Walking into Pheasant Run resort in St. Charles Illinois on a Friday morning in mid September, one would not expect anything too out of the ordinary. The site is host to a full 18 hole golf course, a beautiful hotel and a conference center. This weekend in particular, there were plans on hosting two wedding celebrations and a business retreat for a group of General Motors executives. Fairly normal when it comes to the types of events here. But there was one other event going on that weekend that none of the others would have expected: a My Little Pony convention, named Midwestria. Look beyond the cut to read about my experience there.