» BronyCon Q&A: M.A. Larson

As part of BronyCon 2013, press members were granted access to a “press conference” style Q&A session with various VIPs. The Round Stable was in attendance. For the first in this series, we present MA Larson!

Sitting in front of a group that could be deemed the fandom press, M.A. Larson is asked about BronyCon, and how it feels to be the center of attention at a convention like this. His answer reflects his attitude:

“It doesn’t make any sense.”


» Interview: Heather Nuhfer, MLP FiM Mainline Comics Writer

You might have heard a lot from Katie Cook and Andy Price, the creative team behind the first arc of the IDW Publishing mainline MLP comics series. But they’re not the only ones writing long form pony comic stories. While Katie and Andy regroup for issues 9-12, Issues 5-8 are being handled by a second creative team. For this arc, we’re graced with Amy Mebberson and Heather Nuhfer on art and writing, respectively. Heather has kindly agreed to talk to us, and we’ve got a shiny interview just for you!

Read more to find out Heather’s opinions on comics, ponies, and more!


» LasPegAssist Goes Live


As some of you know know, there was an incident at Las Pegasus Unicon this past weekend, a situation developed where the Guest of Honors (Voice Actors, Writers etc) were unable to be paid by the convention for their efforts in attending the event in Las Vegas. The Round Stable, along with many other websites, conventions, and fan charities have come together to help drive LasPegAssist, a site meant to coordinate the effort to make sure those who were denied comped rooms and charities that were shortchanged get their due.

Donations are sent directly to those in need and the back end is put together by the big players in the community like The Brony Thank-You Fund, Everfree Radio, Equestria Daily, Derpy Hooves News, Celestia Radio, ourselves at TRS, Bronies for Good, and more.

Below is a press release and donation drive to help other guests who were over-charged by the hotel when they were unable to pay a discounted convention rate. Many people were effected with unexpected charges to their accounts.


» Thanks, M.A. Larson! Fans Photoshop Reactions To Season Finale

You might have seen it come up on KnowYourMeme or other sites, and you’ve asked yourself, “Why are pony fans thanking M.A. Larson?” Larson, one of the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic scriptwriters, is the subject of numerous new animated GIFs, but why do they all seem so…sarcastic? Read on for the answer, and to learn what Larson thinks of it all.  [WARNING: SEASON FINALE SPOILERS AFTER THE CUT!]


» Interview: Cindy Morrow

Cindy Morrow is one of several writers who have contributed to the illustrious world of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Cindy’s credits stretch back to shows that a lot of us remember fondly, like Dexter’s Laboratory, The Powerpuff Girls, Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, and more. At Equestria LA, she was one of the guests of honor at the convention. While at the con we talked with Cindy about doing an interview, and Mrs. Morrow took some time from her busy schedule to chat with us about Friendship is Magic, her careeer, and more behind the cut.


» 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.


» Interviews: Charlotte Fullerton, Justin Chappelle at Midwestria

Today we have the last two interviews of guests from Midwestria.  Next up is Charlotte Fullerton who sat down to discuss her career path as a writer and what she’s done for pony. Fullerton is best known for writing episodes like “Sisterhooves Social,” “Suited for Success,” and “May The Best Pet Win.”

In addition, we have a bonus interview with the Midwestria con chair, Justin Chappelle.

Interview: Charlotte Fullerton
Interview: Justin Chappelle

For full text transcripts, check behind the cut.

» Interview: Amy Keating Rogers at Midwestria

This is the second of four interviews of guests from Midwestria that we’ll be posting in the next few days.  Next up is Amy Keating Rogers who spent some time talking with us about how she made her mark on My Little Pony and how it compares to her other writing experiences. Rogers is best known for writing episodes like “A Friend in Deed,” “The Last Roundup,” and “The Best Night Ever.”

If you prefer reading, a full text transcript of the interview is behind the break.


» Interview: M. A. Larson at Midwestria

This is the first of four interviews of guests from Midwestria that we’ll be posting in the next few days.  First up is M.A. Larson who spent some time talking with us about his first impressions for writing for the show, and various other behind the scenes tidbits. Larson is best known for writing episodes like “Swarm of the Century,” “The Return of Harmony,” and “Luna Eclipsed.”

For the full text transcript, check behind the cut.


» 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!