Our theme for 2015!

July 11, 2014 in Theme by DarklyCute

“You see, Nightmare Moon, when those Elements are ignited by the… the spark, that resides in the heart of us all, it creates the sixth element: the element of… magic.”

Ever since the premiere of “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic,” magic has been one of the most important parts of the show — shoot, it’s in the title, after all.

But magic can mean many things, from the mystical things Twilight Sparkle and her fellow unicorns do every day to the extraordinary power of the show to unite people from across all walks of life — like at conventions, for instance — that can feel, well, magical.

For next year, we decided to zero in on that very aspect of My Little Pony. Presenting the theme for TrotCon 2015: magic.

While our theme for 2014, Renaissance, may be a little more finite, magic is broad enough that it can have its own subthemes. Halloween and the supernatural can be rooted in magic; hey, wanna cosplay as a ghost that’s simply #Way2Spooky? Do your thing!

It can even stretch in directions such as the Harry Potter films, so if you ever wanted to break out that Star Swirl the Bearded and Dumbledore crossover panel you’ve been bugging your friends about for the past two years, now you can. 10 points to Gryffindor.

As with past iterations of TrotCon, while we’re still a pony convention at heart, we’ll be opening the floor for any and all things, from the obvious Harry Potter to some of the less-obvious — like, say, Halloweentown. Someone had better do a Halloweentown panel. You heard it here first.

Stay tuned; we’re only getting started when it comes to TrotCon 2015. We’ll be revealing our location and dates as soon as we know more and are already getting to work on planning some of the awesome programming you’ll see next year.

What’s that, you say? TrotCon 2014 was only a few weeks ago? You already knew we had a problem — and convention-wise, we’re probably not alone.

Thank you for Attending TrotCon 2014!

July 1, 2014 in Thank You by DarklyCute

Thanks to everyone who came to TrotCon 2014! This year was an overwhelming success and we could not have done it without you. From the guests, to the panelists, the staff, the gophers, the artists, the musicians, the press, and of course the hotel staff, all of you were an integral part of making TrotCon the amazing weekend that it was. The haters are always gonna hate, but we will continue to show them that a dedicated team of pony crazy geeks can pull off something amazing for all of the fans out there. It’s kinda why we exist. Not for fame or profit, but to better connect you with the things that you love.

Will there be another TrotCon, you ask? Of course there will, we say! Check back routinely right here or follow us on all the various social media sites out there and stay tuned. The future is as bright as a rainbow.

- TrotCon 2014 Staff

Our Schedule is up!

June 8, 2014 in Programming by DarklyCute

Our schedule for the 2014 event is here! Check it out at the link below:

Schedule

Writer Guest Announcement!

May 18, 2014 in Guest Announcement, Registration by DarklyCute

There are many mystical creatures in this world, and TrotCon is proud to say that we have found one. Our search was long and arduous, but this last minute guest was worth the wait! The myths and legends are true, and we are bringing him straight to you, M.A. Larson! My Little Pony, Friendship is Magic has gone and entire season without this man of many words but his notoriety and fan adoration remain intact. And why shouldn’t it? M.A. Larson, even in his absence, has written more episodes in his time with the show than all but two other writers. Though his work with MLP is astounding, his talent doesn’t stop there. Larson has written for many shows including My Gym Partner’s a Monkey and subsequently from the same creators, Littlest Pet Shop, and even an episode of Gravity Falls. He doesn’t just get around on screen, either, M.A. Larson just finished a new book, Pennyroyal Academy. We encourage all to look it up. The book has dragons, witches, fairies and all other kinds of mythological ilk based in the paradigm of the Brother’s Grimm. 

So join us for Larson’s next MLP episode: “TrotCon: or the time wherein M.A. Larson made Peanut Bucker and everyone at TrotCon into Princesses!”

Don’t forgot pre-registration ends on May 31st at 11:59pm EST. Pre-registration is currently $40. You can also help support the convention by buying a Sponsor Tier badge! – http://trotcon2014.eventbrite.com

Musicians and Panels!

April 25, 2014 in Guest Announcement, Programming by DarklyCute

We at TrotCon hope your spring’s going great, because before you know it, it’ll be over — and we’ll be celebrating the end of the season and the beginning of summer with a big ol’ blowout at TrotCon.

As the sun sets on spring and ushers in summer, we’ll be having our own Summer Sun Celebration with a plethora of musical guests. Over not one, but two nights, we’ll be pleasing your ears with the sounds of some of the best of what the fandom has to offer, starting Friday night with our rock showcase. Hard rocker Cyril the Wolf will be our main headliner, with some delicious lead-up action from Survivors of the Siege, the Shakeups in Ponyville and Jeff Burgess. Afterward, we’ll be closing out the evening with a combo of musicians and rappers, including Nexgen and Aoshi.

As for Saturday night? It’s all rave, baby. For the second year in a row, Eurobeat Brony will play the hits for you fine folk, kicking the party into full gear with some of the fandom’s biggest songs. Around him is a smattering of electronic musicians all rearing and ready to get you dancing from early in the evening until late, late, late into the night. You’ll need a cold shower and some breakfast once this is over, because it’s gonna be morning.

At various points over the two days, we’ll have Illinois’ own pony music veteran 7th Element, Los Angeles up-and-comer DJ Garnika, hard-hitting duo Knife Pony, Columbus’ own SMOR3S and a flurry of others. In fact, how about we run down the whole list?

Come to TrotCon to see: Eurobeat Brony, Cyril the Wolf, 7th Element, Additive Subtractive, Aftermath, Aoshi, Chang31ing, DJ Garnika, DJ Lupo B, DJ Tetsuo, Green Tinted Goggles, Jeff Burgess and the Bad Mares, Knife Pony, LizardRock, Mogul Dash, Nexgen, PhillyPu, PonyFireStone, Purity 36.0, SMOR3S, Sonic Breakbeat, Survivors of the Siege, The Shakeups in Ponyville and YourEnigma.

But as the late and great Billy Mays might say, we’re not done!

We also have the first wave of our panel programming announced for TrotCon 2014. You’ll come for the big-name guests like Andrea Libman, Peter New and Heather Breckel, but stay for the extensive amount of programming we’ll offer around the clock from the moment the convention opens until the end of closing ceremonies.

Want to see Chelis, brony stand-up comedian extraordinaire? TrotCon’s got you covered. A panel on how messed up G1 My Little Pony could be? Again, you’re good. How the military and bronies can — and do — intersect? Of course! A plethora of fanfiction panels? Get those pens ready. Improv and episode transcript reading in crazy voices? We thought you’d never ask. We’ll even be featuring the wedding of our very own con-chair, Darkly Cute — and you’re invited! Check out a partial list of panels here, with more to come.

Sound like a good time? Then come on out to TrotCon, this June 20-22 at the Sheraton Columbus at Capitol Square in Columbus, Ohio, and help us celebrate this amazing fandom.