Pre-registration is now closed! See you in July!

June 28, 2016 in Hotel, Programming by Kevin Trotcon

You heard that right: after nine months of pre-registration, we’ve closed badge sales for the time being. The response this year? Astounding. From those of you purchasing simple weekend passes to our wonderful sponsor badge buyers, you continue to keep TrotCon alive and well, and we thank you from the bottom of our pony-lovin’ hearts.

If you missed out on pre-registration for 2016, don’t fret! We’ll still have plenty of badges available for this year’s event — you’ll just need to purchase at the door. Come out on one of our three days — July 15-17 — and head on over to our registration area, where we’ll hook you up with a badge. This year, three-day passes will be available for $55 each, while single-day badges will be sold as well — $30 for Friday, $40 for Saturday and $20 for Sunday! And as a reminder, children 12 and under get in free with the purchase of an adult badge.

We still have a few more dates for you to keep in mind before Thursday night, July 14, when we open badge pickup for those who purchase pre-registration badges. First, if you want to snag a hotel room at the discounted rate of $95 at the Crowne Plaza Columbus North, you have until June 30 to do so! Hit up our venue page for more info.

Also, if you head over to our Eventbrite page, you’ll find that we still have autograph vouchers and poetry event tickets available for John de Lancie. Vouchers for autographs for Mr. de Lancie are $30 this year, while the poetry event is $20. It’s pretty much our only ticketed event for 2016; all other events are free with the purchase of a badge!

Our schedule of those events will be going live sometime this week. Stay tuned!

See y’all in a few weeks! It’s getting so close!

sweep sweep sweep sweep sweep sweep sweep sweep sweep

June 3, 2016 in Programming by Kevin Trotcon

Since 2013, we at TrotCon have been giving our wonderful, wonderful attendees a big ol’ concert blowout that includes some of the brony community’s best musicians, from party-starting DJs to tempo-driving rock bands.

So, what about 2016? More of the same, right?

Yeah. Duh. C’mon.

We’re incredibly excited to announce our lineup for our 2016 concert, which will be held Saturday night, July 16, of the convention, beginning at 8 p.m. and stretching into the night. Along the way, 11 different acts will be on hand to keep the hype going all night long. To be frank, someone’s probably going to remix Twilight’s “Sweep” song into a set. It’s really just a matter of time. SRY, HATERZ.

OK, so, the lineup.

Two of our musicians have been with us since 2013, and for some reason, they keep coming back. You know ’em, you love ’em — Chang31ing and GTGoggles, oh my god, they’re back again.

They’re not the only returning performers, either. StrachAttack? Here. IvoryBrony? Obviously. DJ PinkamenaX? Verily. Notica? C’mon, of course. Steven, A.D. and Jeff Burgess? Yeah, and they’re doing a battle set. A BATTLE SET. It’s going to get weirdly competitive all up in here.

There are always bound to be n00bz, and this year, we have four. Crusader, end_of_file and PonyFireStone are names you’ll undoubtedly know from other pony conventions across the world, and we’re also excited to have the pony con debut of Ohio’s own Nimble Forc3!

It’s finally out there. That’s our lineup. Ugh, yes, so much yes.

You’ll be able to see all these awesome folks perform Saturday night beginning at 8 p.m.! A few are also hosting their own panels around the convention, while the whole group will meet up for the usual musicians panel on Sunday.

Come see ’em. Come see us. Come to TrotCon. July 15-17, Crowne Plaza Columbus North, Columbus, Ohio.

G.M. Berrow Is Coming Back to TrotCon (And We’ve Got More Community Guests, Too!)

May 31, 2016 in Guest Announcement by Kevin Trotcon

For our fifth VIP guest announcement for TrotCon 2016, let’s bring back a return visitor to Columbus, Ohio.

You’ll know her from wearing multiple hats around the My Little Pony universe, and we’re pleased as punch to have her back: please welcome GM Berrow to TrotCon 2016!

Berrow perhaps first became known to folks in the fandom as the author of the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic chapter books published by Little, Brown and Co., including “Twilght Sparkle and the Crystal Heart Spell,” “Princess Luna and the Festival of the Winter Moon” and much more. She has since transitioned into writing for the Friendship Is Magic TV series beginning with season five.

In addition to her work with My Little Pony, Berrow has also ghostwritten for multiple book series generally of the young adult/children’s variety, and has worked as part of the crew on TV shows such as Law & Order: SVU and The Good Wife.

She’ll be making her second appearance at TrotCon; we also welcomed her in 2015, and y’all said you had a blast hanging out with her, so, you know, why mess with a good thing?

OK, so let’s run down the list now… GM Berrow, John de Lancie, Thom Zahler, Heather Breckel and Ingrid Nilson. Miss anyone? No? OK, cool.

Oh, right, except for our amazing community guests, which is already a fairly stacked lineup in our modest opinion, including Pixelkitties, TJ Carson, ILoveKimPossibleALot, ChocoPony and Wiggles. Woo!

Eh, what the heck, let’s add three more.

First, a double feature: welcomke Jitterbug Jive/BaldDumboRat and Jestre DeRama to TrotCon 2016!

Jitterbug Jive is the creator of the Lovestruck Derpy and Discord Whooves Tumblrs, and has been the fan voice of Derpy Hooves in multiple videos, including the popular Doctor Whooves and Assistant series. Panels? Check. Artist table? Also check. And he’ll be doing it all with Jestre DeRama, who voices The Doctor in the Doctor Whooves and Assistant series and has his own list of awesome blogs, including BubbleBerryAnswers, AskMadDoctorWhooves and more.

Additionally, we’re excited to have back TheBronyCritic. The Ohio native returns to TrotCon for a fourth time, bringing along his brand of My Little Pony episode reviews, audioplays, fanfic writing and much more. This is always a favorite of ours, so you’ll want to come out and see what’s up.

Whew. OK. Four guest announcements in one day. Think we’ll call it quits.

Before we leave: remember, pre-reg badges close June 25! This is your last chance to snag our $50 weekend passes; they’ll be more at the door. This is also your final opportunity to get one of our sponsor badges; those will be closed come June 15. Help support TrotCon, get cool stuff in return. We even have one more of our highest tier, the draconequus badge, left, so, hey, get on that.