Voice Actors & Fandom Guests!

March 5, 2014 in Guest Announcement, Registration by DarklyCute

In 2013, TrotCon featured, for the first time in its relatively short life, VIP guests associated with the creation of “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” alongside our usual roster of community guests that we focused on exclusively in 2012.

We heard you loud and clear after last year: the hybrid of show staff and fandom guests was a major selling point. So this year, we’re upping the ante slightly — by bringing in our first ‘mane six’ voice actress.

We’re incredibly excited to welcome Andrea Libman to TrotCon 2014 this June. As the voice actress of Pinkie Pie and Fluttershy in “MLP,” Libman has made thousands of fans across the world with her wide range of different voices, she’s also appeared as Emmy in “DragonTales,” Madeline in “The New Adventures of Madeline” and multiple characters in “Strawberry Shortcake’s Berry Bitty Adventures.” Her talent earned her the Union of BC Performers’ award for best voice for her portrayal of Pinkie Pie and Fluttershy.

Who’s joining Andrea at TrotCon? We had him with us last year and just couldn’t imagine a TrotCon without him, so we’re bringing back Peter New in 2014. New is best known in the “MLP” fandom for his work as he-of-few-words, Big McIntosh, in addition to multiple smaller roles — Goldie Delicious and Rarity’s father, for instance. He also supplies the voice of everyone’s favorite mongoose from “Littlest Pet Shop,” Sunil Nevla, as well as live acting roles in “Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed,” “Agent Cody Banks” and “Diary of a Wimpy Kid.”

Both Andrea and Peter will sit in on panels during TrotCon 2014 and will be available for autograph signings as well. More appearances may be added as the convention nears.

That’s not all! In addition to our lovely voice actors, we have two brand new community guests to announce for this year’s convention.

After attending last year, we’re excited to bring back SilverSlinger, formerly ChaoticBrony, as a featured artist. Though the bulk of well-known vendors in the community draw or mold their art, SilverSlinger sets himself apart as an aficionado of sterling silver and other metals, creating out of these materials various pendants, pins, flasks and other forms of jewelry. In addition to selling his wares in our Artists’ Acres.

Finally, Animated James will be coming to Columbus to our convention for the first time. An amateur voice actor, animator, artist, musician and writer — what doesn’t he do?! Find out at TrotCon! — he’s created such works as Brony Polka, Sonic vs. MLP, Tails Reacts to What Does the Fox Say and much, much more. He’ll also be presenting multiple panels.

Weekend badge prices are currently $35 through March 9, after which they will rise to $40 through May.

Traveling Pony Museum & Bronies for Good!

January 31, 2014 in Guest Announcement by DarklyCute

The guest train keeps a-rollin’ at TrotCon before January ends, with two new fandom guests to confirm!

First, for the third year in a row, the Traveling Pony Museum will be returning to TrotCon this June. As the preeminent exhibit of various relics and pieces of artwork from the My Little Pony fandom, the TPM will again take its place at TrotCon with its own area of the convention halls, where various treasures will be on display for all to see during its convention tour this year.

We’re also welcoming Bronies for Good for the first time! Since its founding in 2010, the charitable organization has donated thousands of dollars to various charities around the world — including such past projects as the “Smile” charity album, Nurse Redheart’s Round-Up blood drive, Seeds of Kindness and much more.

Bronies for Good will be overseeing a charity auction at TrotCon 2014 as well. Refer below for some of the choice details of the auction.
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Musician Application Deadline Change

January 28, 2014 in Programming by DarklyCute

We had a great time at TrotCon 2013 with Eurobeat Brony, F3nning and many, many more taking our stage during Saturday night’s rave — so much so that, of course, we decided to do it all over again for 2014 — adding a night of music in the process.

However, even though we’ve increased the performance slots available at TrotCon, we’ve still hit our limit — and then some! — and we still have a little less than three months to go before our original musician application deadline of April 26. As a result, we are going to be closing musician applications for TrotCon 2014 a few months early.

The new deadline to submit musician applications will be Feb. 6 at 6 p.m. ET. — in other words, a week from this Thursday. After that, we’ll be closing submissions and beginning the simultaneously exciting and harrowing process of narrowing down our applicants to a nice, sound lineup. By closing applications early, we’re hopeful this will also allow a more convenient window of time for selected musicians to make travel arrangements to Columbus, Ohio, in June, if and when they are chosen.

All other applications — panelists, artists and staff — will remain with their original deadlines, unless otherwise specified in the future.

Want to apply to be a musician for TrotCon? Anyone can, whether you have some talent dropping the wubs, tickling the ivories or rocking the heck out of that kazoo. All we need is some basic information and a URL linking to a sample of your tunes — be it on Soundcloud, YouTube or otherwise. Check out the application here (http://trotcon.net/programming/music-app/).

First Guests of 2014

January 17, 2014 in Guest Announcement by DarklyCute

Straight out of TrotCon’s headquarters of Columbus, Ohio, Heather Breckel is part of the team behind some of the most beloved comics series in recent memory. She’ll be best known among bronies for her work as the official colorist of the My Little Pony comics from IDW Publishing, a position she also repped at TrotCon 2013. Turtle fans might also know her as the colorist on IDW’s current Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series, and her past credits include work on Peter Panzerfaust, Godzilla: Half Century War and more.

As host of BlogTalkRadio’s Canterlot Radio, Dennis Daniel — aka Mic Check — has helped drive his podcast toward the top of the pony podcast heap. Known for his personable fan interaction on Twitter in addition to Canterlot Radio’s impressive roster of past guests and interviews, Mic Check will bring his knowledge of podcasting — his show was recently ranked one of BlogTalkRadio’s top 300 shows — and ponies to his first appearance TrotCon via a number of informative panels. Don’t miss Canterlot Radio Wednesdays at 3 p.m. ET!

A relatively new Ohioan, PonyToast will be making his first trek to TrotCon this summer. Like Mic Check, PonyToast is one of the fandom’s top podcasters, hosting the long-running True Equestria Radio. But proving his stance as a jack of all trades when it comes to media, he also DJs at Fillydelphia Radio, is the Public Relations Director of Ponyville Radio and channels his inner Casey Kasem on the year-end Top 50 Pony Music Countdown each New Year’s Eve. Is there anything the guy doesn’t do? Ask him this June in Columbus!

Design Peanut Bucker’s Cosplay Contest

January 6, 2014 in Contest by DarklyCute

Calling all artists and designers — now’s your chance to have a hand in creating something special for TrotCon 2014!

Our theme this year is Renaissance, and as such, we’re hoping to see plenty of cosplays and costumes that fit in with this historical sensibility. For the last two years, our very own mascot, Peanut Bucker, has gotten in the cosplaying spirit, but she’s having a bit of trouble finding out what to wear this year! After all, it’s tough to research good Renaissance costumes on the computer when all you have is hooves to type, right?

So we’re throwing the duty of dressing Peanut Bucker over to our fans. We’re looking for a costume design for our lovely mascot, getting her decked out in the coolest of garb to show off when TrotCon takes Coltumbus this June. All we need is a drawing or design of your ideas for Peanut Bucker’s Renaissance costume (for a reference, try this or Google image search ‘Peanut Bucker’). Note that, as in the past, this will be worn by a human portraying a pony, so be sure your designs reflect that. Saddles might look cool on a real pony but a real one might wear our cosplayer down, for instance. Think of the back injuries. Click here for our super cool Peanut Bucker cosplayer from our first convention in 2012 as a potential reference, or perhaps this humanized version here.

What’s in it for you? Besides having your design featured on our Peanut Bucker cosplayer at the convention to the best of our ability to find the parts of the costume you designed, we’re throwing in a free weekend badge for TrotCon 2014. If you’ve already purchased such a badge, we’ll refund you to make it free — no problem! If you already have a badge but would like the free one to give to a friend, that’s also fine.

Sound interesting? Send your designs to trot@trotcon.net. We’ll be looking over the entries and picking a winner around the beginning of February, so get your designs in by Jan. 31 at 11:59 p.m. PT.