Midnight Mares and Official TrotCon Plush

May 20, 2015 in Guest Announcement, Plush by DarklyCute

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So, check this out: C. Allan Gann, owner of Gann Memorials Custom Toys, is coming to TrotCon.

Unfamiliar with the name? Gann’s company has created some very, very cool plushes and custom toys over the years, working with other conventions like Bronycon, Ponycon NYC, Babscon and more—PLUS, he’s the creator of the Midnight Mares Brony-inspired original story, for which the trailer was premiered at Bronycon last year. That trailer ended up scoring half a million views on YouTube before being transferred to Gann’s personal account—check it out!

Heading to TrotCon 2015? If that’s the case, you’re gonna get the chance to sit in on Gann’s panel, where you’ll check out behind-the-scenes animatics and other never-before-seen footage from Midnight Mares prior to its release, while also snagging an exclusive Midnight Mares gift if you attend and are one of the first 100 in the door. You’ll also get the chance to ask questions and learn more about this super cool project!

Additionally, his team will be selling limited edition TrotCon plushies, as well as toys and accessories for Midnight Mares! Bring your cash, yo.

You don’t even have to wait for the convention to buy! You’ll be able to pre-order your exclusive TrotCon plushes today: it’s $15 for one, or you can buy both for $25. Pre-Order Here!!

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Cool stuff, everyone. We’re excited.

Musicians and Vendors for 2015

May 10, 2015 in Guest Announcement, Programming by DarklyCute

We’ve done quite a few VIP guest announcements lately, most of whom work on My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. Let’s change it up a bit, yeah?

Every year, we bring you some of our favorite vendors, artists and musicians from within the brony community out to TrotCon so they can do their, you know, thing — whether that’s sell you their lovely wares, draw you a pic of your OC suplexing Guy Fieri through a table, create lovely music for your listening pleasure, or maybe all three if they’re particularly ballin’.

This year is no different! Today, we’d like to announce the official lineup for our 2015 concert/rave, as well as the full list of vendors in our Artist Acres!

First, the music: get ready, because just like last year, we’ll be starting the tunes on Friday night with a mini show to get you warmed up. Then we’ll ramp things up Saturday, first with a set from our two full bands, then we’ll get back into rave mode for the rest of the evening.

Who’s playing? For the third year in a row, Odyssey Eurobeat, known to many of you as Eurobeat Brony, will be part of the festivities, and we’re also bringing out Chang31ing, Aftermath, Mogul Dash and Green Tinted Goggles, all of whom have been with us since the first TrotCon concert back in 2013. KnifePony, Steven A.D. and the Shake-Ups in Ponyville are also former TrotCon performers coming back for 2015.

In addition to them, we’ll have quite a few first-timers, among them BluNoseReindeer, The Wonderbolts, Notica, IvoryBrony, Starlight, StrachAttack, (The) R3ctifier and DJ pinkamenaX! Far out, dudes.

We’ve been slowly revealing the vendor list for 2015, but now the full list is available! You already knew about Pirate Dash’s Treasures, Chocolate Pony and Equestria Tarot, KefkaFloyd Prints & Art, Tsitra360 and the like–now, how about our newest, including Aleximus Prime’s Art, the New Gray Mare and many, many more? Get the full list over on our website, yeah?

Now we just need to get our panelist lineup in order, and then suddenly this is gonna be looking like a ready-to-go convention. We’re stoked. We hope you are, too.

Come hang at TrotCon 2015 at the Crowne Plaza Columbus North in Columbus, Ohio, from July 17-19! Badges are still available through next month, $45 for the full weekend, with sponsor badges also available.

Steffan Andrews!

May 4, 2015 in Guest Announcement, Registration by DarklyCute

Let’s have a little discussion about music in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.

We’re not talking brony musicians, though they’re some cool cats we’ll be announcing sometime VERY, very soon. Nor is Daniel Ingram part of the equation–but again, nice guy. Good songs.

Steffan Andrews? Yeah, that’s our man.

We’re bringing Steffan to TrotCon for the very first time this July in Columbus!

You’ll know him from the music department of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, helping create and orchestrate background music, scores and songs part of the show’s canon. That work scored him a Daytime Emmy for “May the Best Pet Win,” as well as Leo Awards for the score of “Magical Mystery Cure,” along with another nomination for “Pinkie Pride.”

Of course, that’s not all Andrews does. Steffan works in a similar role for Littlest Pet Shop, Pound Puppies and Martha Speaks as well, among other TV productions, and also scored the PlayStation, Wii and Xbox game “FaceBreaker.”

With Steffan in attendance, you’ll get an inside look at how some of your favorite songs and sounds of MLP are created, along with other behind-the-scenes tips and tricks to go along with our other already-announced guests from the show staff.

He joins a VIP guest lineup we’re very, very excited about, including M.A. Larson, Heather Breckel, Kelly Sheridan, G.M. Berrow, Brian and Brynna Drummond, plus community talent like PirateDash, ChocoPony, Emily Jones and PonyToast!

They’ll all be at TrotCon 2015, to be held July 17-19 at the Crowne Plaza Columbus North in Columbus, Ohio. Join us for our fourth year! Badges are currently $45 for the weekend through June 15, with sponsor badges also available that include meet-and-greets with our VIP guests, special perks and prizes, plus much more!

QUIET! We have a new guest announcement…

April 11, 2015 in Guest Announcement by DarklyCute

Here’s what we were thinking after last week’s season 5 premiere of My Little Pony: OK, a lot of things. Many things. Perhaps too many to name in this space. Y’all have done most of the talking on social media anyway, so no need to get too into that anyway.

One thing we CAN reveal is that it gave us what we thought would be a GREAT new guest idea. Well, dudes, things worked out and we can now announce that Kelly Sheridan will be attending TrotCon 2015!

You’ll know Kelly from a whole score of things; after all, she’s been in the voice acting business for a long, long time. But most recently in our little world, she voiced Starlight Glimmer, the villain of the season 5 premiere “The Cutie Map.” That’s right: now you can ask her to do the “QUIET!” voice while you get an autograph if you so desire and as long as she’s down! Just… don’t make it happen because you literally need to be quiet. Don’t be that guy or gal, yo.

In addition to her work with MLP, Kelly has been the voice of Barbie in many of Mattel’s feature-length films starring the doll many of you may have had as a kid, plenty of anime English dub roles including Ukyo in ‘Ranma 1/2′ and Sango from ‘Inuyasha,’ the Scarlet Witch from ‘X-Men Evolution’ and much more. Starlight Glimmer also wasn’t her first foray into MLP: she voiced Melody in ‘My Little Pony Tales,’ Cotton Candy in multiple 2000s-era MLP creations and even Cheerilee in ‘My Little Pony: Meet the Ponies’ and ‘Twinkle Wish Adventure.’ Far out, right?

Sheridan is the newest addition to the TrotCon guest list, which includes the recently announced M.A. Larson plus G.M. Berrow, Brian Drummond, Brynna Drummond, Heather Breckel and plenty of awesome fandom/community guests. And are we done? Stay tuned, y’all.

TrotCon 2015 will be held July 17-19 at the Crowne Plaza Columbus North in Columbus, Ohio. Weekend badges are on sale until June for $45 with a $50 price at the door along with single-day passes. Our sponsor badges are still available as well, with chances to meet VIPs, get some rad goodies and more!

Welcome back M.A. Larson!

April 7, 2015 in Guest Announcement by DarklyCute

Every year, we try to bring in some new talent to the convention you’ve never seen before — after all, not all of us have the chance, time or money to travel cross-country to see different personalities at separate conventions. Already at TrotCon 2015, you can see Bryan and Brynna Drummond and G.M. Berrow — all making their TrotCon debuts.

On the other hand, there’s something to be said for fan favorites. And that’s just what our newest guest is: not just a fan favorite across the My Little Pony fandom, but someone who’s come to Columbus to hang with us before.

This July, we’re welcoming back M.A. Larson to TrotCon!

If you’re vaguely familiar with the fandom, Larson should need no introduction… but let’s pretend like everyone here is for a moment. Mitch Larson comes to us as the show’s main writers and as a story editor for season 5. In addition to penning the recent season 5 premiere “The Cutie Map,” he’s written some of the series’ beloved episodes, including “The Return of Harmony,” “The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000,” “Sonic Rainboom” and “Magical Mystery Cure,” among many more.

In addition to his MLP credits, Larson has been involved with the writing staff of Littlest Pet Shop, Gravity Falls, Kick Buttowski and Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends.

So chances are you haven’t only seen his work in MLP. Plenty to talk about, eh?

He joins Heather Breckel, another super rad guest we’ve already announced, as TrotCon alumni. Is it an exclusive club? We’re not sure. Maybe Peter New knows. Someone go ask Peter.

M.A. is far from our final guest announcement for 2015, either. Stay tuned, friends — more coming very, very soon.

In the meantime, get your tickets to hang out with M.A. Larson, Bryan Drummond, Brynna Drummond, Heather Breckel, G.M. Berrow and an assortment of community guests — plus the usual, probably coolest crowd (we’re talking about you, dear attendee! <3). Badges are $45 through June 15! After that, $50 at the door with single-day passes available at the con as well. Wanna meet M.A. and the others? Sponsor badges that include VIP perks are available, too!