John de Lancie comes to TrotCon!

November 10, 2015 in Guest Announcement, Programming by DarklyCute

In the four years since TrotCon became a thing, we’ve brought you a heaping helping of esteemed guests from the My Little Pony community, from our share of splendid community guests to fan-favorite official folks like M.A. Larson, Andrea Libman, Kelly Sheridan, Peter New, Dave Polsky, Brian Drummond, Brynna Drummond, Steffan Andrews and Heather Breckel.

And in 2016, we’re adding a new face to that list. Don’t worry, it’s one with whom you’re most familiar. You know, if you dig horns, a snaggletooth, yellow eyes and all that.

For TrotCon 2016, we’re bringing Discord himself, John de Lancie, to Columbus, Ohio!

Within the MLP fandom, you know de Lancie best for his turn as the sometimes-heinous, sometimes-snuggly, sometimes-villain Discord, who’s gone from Princess Celestia’s greatest foe (and a snazzy lawn ornament) to something like everyone’s favorite uncle who pops up a few times a year (see: season) to bejewel us with his presence, with a few practical jokes along the way.

Of course, there’s way more to de Lancie than Discord. The longtime actor first came to prominence as Q in multiple iterations of Star Trek, including eight episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation. He’s also lent his vocal talents to Invader Zim, The Angry Beavers and more, and has appeared in dozens of TV shows and films, along with multiple roles on stage.

You’ll have plenty of opportunities to meet de Lancie next July, whether it’s at autograph signing or during panels — the contents of which we’ll reveal soon, but trust us, you’re going to like these. He’ll also be available as part of some of our VIP events, which you — yes, you! — can attend as a higher-tier sponsor badge holder at TrotCon 2016.

That’s not all: We have a community guest announcement for you, too! Boy howdy!

We’ll be welcoming back TJ Carson, aka Pirate Dash, to TrotCon next year! Carson, who you’ll likely remember as a guest this year as well, is best known as the moderator of Ask Pirate Dash — and a rad artist, to boot. Find him at panels around the convention or even as part of our vendor hall with Pirate Dash’s Treasures. He joins our already-announced community guest, Pixelkitties!

Also, calling all artists! Wanna join Pirate Dash and Pixelkitties in selling your wares at TrotCon 2016? Artist Alley apps will be going up in January, so don’t fret, you’ll get your chance at an application soon! Our musician and panelist applications will be available by the end of this month, while staff applications are currently live on our site.

Oh, and one more thing: we’ll be having a VIP dinner for the Draconequus-tier sponsor badge holders. Our VIPs will be there. Will you? Just a SMALL amount of these badges are still available, so get crackin’, y’all.

Wanna join us? Badges are still available for 2016, with weekend passes running $40 through the end of January. We’ve also got plenty of sponsor badges for sale at various prices, tiers and perks.

TrotCon 2016, our fifth convention, will be held July 15-17, 2016, at the Crowne Plaza Columbus North in Columbus, Ohio.

Crystal Fair!

September 23, 2015 in Other Conventions by Cap'n Berrosuke

Friendship is Magic

Friendship is Magic

As they say, meet me at the Crystal Fair! Peanut Bucker will once again be heading down to St. Louis to hang out with Ravs, Buckwiser, and Flying Spirit at the Crystal Fair! Come drop by Crystal Creations Room A (Conference Room B) to say hi, ask us any of your burning questions about TrotCon and/or Pixel Ponies Gaming, and maybe pre-register for next years’ Trot or pick up some sweet merch!

As if that’s not enticing enough, Starswirl Academy will not only be demo’ing their latest convention build of the game, but also be hosting a panel on the behind-the-scenes work of building a visual novel and general game development (Hi-Score says it’s a must-see!), some of your favorite fandom guests and musicians will be making an appearance (Hobbes Maxwell, The Shake Ups, Pirate Dash, and many more), and we hear that Lee Tockar (the voice of Steven Magnet, Gummy, Spot, and Snips, among others) will be signing autographs and giving brides-to-be anxiety attacks all weekend long. And that’s just the beginning!

Can’t afford to go? Why not volunteer? They’re still looking for help pretty much across the board. Volunteer enough hours of your time, get your badge reimbursed and get a glimpse at the inner workings of a convention. Pretty much win-win, we think.

We’re hype, and you should be too! Hope to see lots of you there!

SPACE!!! and Pixelkitties!

August 10, 2015 in Guest Announcement, Registration, Theme by DarklyCute

Hey, friends. Got some information for you. You probably know some of it, but not everything. Listen up. Turn off that new Dr. Dre album for like two seconds.

It’s been almost a month since TrotCon 2015 ended — thanks again for coming, you guys are the best — and we’re already gearing up for 2016. We’ve got a venue to talk to, potential guests to call, badges to sell, applications to take very soon… yeah, it’s already getting busy on the old homestead.

Let’s start with what most of you already know: our theme. If you’ve been on our website or seen our social media in the last 24 hours, you’ve already seen the switchover from magic (which we’ll miss! A lot!). What’s this year’s, you ask, as though the posted art wasn’t a dead giveaway?

How’s space sound? Sound good? Aside from the whole no-one-can-hear-you-scream think, that is.

So in 2016, the official theme of TrotCon will be space, as we announced at this year’s closing ceremonies! As with past years, the theme is 100 percent not mandatory; instead, it’s a fun thing for us to consider when we’re planning events and decor, and for you to factor in when you create your cosplays. Get thinking, by the way! 11 months to go!

What we’re possibly most excited about the space theme just has to be how we’re splitting all of you up for 2016, like we did in 2015 with the different houses pertaining to the princesses (Lunaris, Solaris, Eros and Umbra!). This year, there are but two: the Lunar Republic (Luna!) and the Solar Empire (that’ll be Celestia, y’all). Choose wisely your allegiances. They’re gonna mean a lot at this year’s con. More than they ever did in 2015.

Oh, as for the thing you didn’t already know: we have our first guest!
Remember when Pixelkitties, one of the fandom’s most respected artists who came out to TrotCon in 2012, 2013 and 2014, was announced for 2015 but had to cancel? Well, we hoped we could snag her again for 2016 — and guess what? It’s happening. She’s happening! Pixelkitties will head out to TrotCon 2016 not just as a vendor but also as one of our fandom guests. You’ll be able to purchase some of her amazing wares — art, sure, but there’s so much more! — as well as find her around the convention and on a panel or two. Maybe you’ll get into a 30-minute exchange about craft beer, too. It could happen, only on The Hub! (Disclaimer: It can’t happen on The Hub anymore. RIP.)

One last thing: applications for vendors, musicians, panelists and staff are not up yet. But they’re going to be! We’ll let you know when, but they’ll be available in early September at the very latest.
And that’s just the beginning, y’all. More fandom guests. More VIPs. More EVERYTHING! It’s gonna rock.
Sound like fun? Pre-registration for 2016 is now open, with $30 weekend passes available through Sept. 21. That’s three days of pony fun for less money than it’ll be if you buy at the door, even if you buy for only Saturday! Food for thought, eh?

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