Welcome Thom Zahler, ILoveKPaLot & Wiggles to TrotCon 2016!

May 17, 2016 in Guest Announcement by Kevin Trotcon

We’ve kind of gotten into a bit of a habit for TrotCon 2016: with the exception of the wonderful Heather Breckel and a few of our community guests, the VIPs we’ve announced for this year’s convention are heading down to Columbus, Ohio, to take in some good ol’ fashioned pony conventioning for the very first time.

Our next guest is no exception to that admittedly loose trend. He’s never been to TrotCon before, though he’s by all accounts a veteran of the convention scene outside My Little Pony. Let’s change that, shall we?

Please welcome Thom Zahler to TrotCon 2016!

Like Heather Breckel, you’ll know Zahler predominantly from the comic publishing side of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. Since the IDW series began, he’s written and drawn for multiple volumes of the MLP comic series alongside such amazing folks as Katie Cook, Ted Anderson, Jeremy Whitley and many more.

Of course, that’s not all he’s known for. Zahler also has his own Love and Capes, a romantic superhero comic series that’s currently four volumes in, and is an accomplished letterer for comics, working on Claypool’s Deadbeats series, Stan Lee’s NHL Guardian Project and much more. He also recently debuted a new project, Long Distance. One of the characters is even based in Columbus. Boy howdy!

Previously, he attended Fiesta Equestria in Texas twice, making this his third pony convention. And we’re super pumped to have him!

For 2016, Zahler will be participating in multiple panels at TrotCon and will have his own table in our Artist’s Alley. Check out all of his work at his website!

Let’s tack on two more community guests, shall we? If you follow our social channels, you’re probably already aware of them, but let’s get ’em up on the website, shall we?

In 2016, we’ll also be welcoming ILoveKPaLot and Wiggles to TrotCon! You’ll know ILoveKPaLot especially from her superb My Little Reviews series and other videos, while Wiggles is the moderator of the Ask King Sombra Tumblr and has been the official cosplayer for Bronycon’s mascot Blank Canvas. NICE.

They join Heather Breckel, John de Lancie and Ingrid Nilson in our lineup of VIP guests for 2016, alongside community guests such as Pixelkitties, ChocoPony and TJ Carson.

Wanna come hang out? We’ve got TrotCon badges going on until June 25 — sponsor badges, weekend badges, you name ’em, they’re for sale and your purchases help us bring more awesome guests like Thom Zahler to you.

We’re also nearing the panel application deadline. May 20 is it; if you haven’t applied yet and want to, well, we’re getting kinda full, so get on that.

Maud Pie & ChocoPony Are Coming to TrotCon. How Exciting.

May 3, 2016 in Guest Announcement by Kevin Trotcon

Our next VIP guest shares more than one distinction with John de Lancie, our already-announced MLP guest for TrotCon 2016.

First of all, both voice characters on My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. Which, you know, you probably could have already guessed.

The other similarity? Well, if you’ve been with us since 2012 (and if you have, mad props!), you know already that John de Lancie, best known for our purposes as the voice of Discord, has never visited TrotCon before now. Same goes, as it happens, for our next guest, too.

We’re incredibly excited to welcome Ingrid Nilson to TrotCon 2016!

Fans of MLP will recognize Nilson as the voice of Maud Pie, Pinkie Pie’s sister who’s appeared in multiple episodes since season 4. She also snagged the roles of Limestone and Marble Pie in the “Hearthbreakers” episode from last season.

Basically, if you want to get as many members of the Pie family under your roof at one time, she’s your gal!

Of course, Nilson has plenty of credits outside MLP. If you’re a fan of the Strawberry Shortcake TV and movie series, she’s voiced Raspberry Torte since 2009. She also appeared as Sloane in Barbie in Rock ‘N Royals, among many other titles. Singer and dancer, too. You’ll have a lot to talk about.

Throughout TrotCon, she’ll be on hand to visit panels, sign autographs and generally hang out. You know the drill by now.

ALSO, how about community guests? Already have a few announced, have PLENTY more coming down the pipe. But for today in particular, we’d like to give a shoutout to a returning special guest for TrotCon 2016, ChocoPony!

If you attended our 2015 convention, chances are you either met him or saw his work in our Artist Alley or even with the awesome limited edition coins given to some of our sponsor badge holders last year. If you didn’t get your hands on his fine crafts there or at the other conventions he’s popped up at over the last few months, well, now’s your chance. Tarot decks, card games, all kinds of goodies —  you’re gonna want to check him out.

Our two new guests will join John de Lancie, the always-wonderful Heather Breckel and other awesome return fandom guests Pixelkitties and TJ Carson at TrotCon 2016, and we’re not done yet. We should probably hurry it up, though. Con’s in like two and a half months.

What can you expect from us next? We’re currently finalizing our list of vendors and musicians for 2016, and our panelist applications are live until May 20. We’re also still accepting staff help for 2016. You should apply. You’re cool. We like you. Yes, even you.

Please welcome… Heather Breckel!

March 13, 2016 in Guest Announcement by Kevin Trotcon

If you’ve been coming to TrotCon for the last few years, you’ll know our next guest quite, quite well.

She’s had a hand in creating the finished product of some of the fantastic My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic comic books published by IDW — please welcome Heather Breckel to TrotCon 2016!

Heather’s been coming out to TrotCon since 2013, and she’s been a virtual no-brainer for us to have back ever since. First of all, she’s tremendous at her job — colorist for IDW’s MLP comics, meaning she holds down the important task of bringing all your favorite characters to life through magnificent color! Then, of course, being a resident of our home base of Columbus, Ohio, ain’t too shabby either.

You’ll have the chance to meet Heather and learn more about a slightly different MLP medium than that of the TV show, but remember, she’s no one-trick pony! Heather has also worked as a colorist for editions in the Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesGodzillaStar Wars and Peter Panzerfaust franchises, among many more, and she’s also a tremendous artist — she even has her own digital comic called Angie Ruins Fire Emblem!

Come shoot the breeze with Heather this summer. Talk about some ponies. Maybe some cats. You know you wanna.

ALSO: Calling all prospective vendors! Yeah, you, with the things to sell! Want to put a price tag on your wares and truck them off to TrotCon 2016? A friendly, but firm, reminder: in just over a month, registration for our artist alley will be closed for good! April 15 at 11:59 p.m. ET is the specific date and time.

So many of you have already put in applications, but if you haven’t already and have any sort of desire to come to Columbus in the dead of July, well, our door’s open! Because, you know, it’s really hot out, and we need the door open to get that outdoor breeze in. You understand, right? No, no, we don’t think it’s going to blow anything over. It might create a wind tunnel effect, but hey, the kids seem to be enjoying it.

Apply to vend at TrotCon 2016 here! Also, a reminder that panelist applications will close May 20, while musician applications end May 1.