Guest Announcement: Peter New

What’s up, wonderful folks who attend (or are thinking about attending) TrotCon? You want a guest announcement?

Yep, it’s been just short of two months since TrotCon 2016 ended (and, as of today, 10 months until TrotCon 2017), so we’re rearin’ and ready to go with the release of some more of our 2017 plans, including our first VIP guest.

Look, we’re not reinventing the wheel with this one. Y’all know him well; he’s been with us two times before this, including as one of our first show-specific My Little Pony guests ever.

Please welcome Peter New to TrotCon 2017!

Pony fans will know New as the voice of Big Macintosh, Applejack’s brother of few words but, let’s face it, quite a bit of love from fans of the show. And why not? He’s supplied some of the funniest lines and moments on the show that we’ve seen, and it’s always a blast when he pops up on screen, in print, or elsewhere.

He also voiced Doctor Whooves in the 100th episode, which was, in a word, glorious.

Of course, voicing Big Mac every so often isn’t New’s only claim to fame. You know him as Sunil from Littlest Pet Shop, as well as his roles in films such as Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Scooby-Doo 2: monsters Unleashed, Agent Cody Banks and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, plus roles on TV shows like Psych, Smallville, Stargate SG-1 and more.

New will, as our VIPs tend to be, be available for multiple panels throughout the weekend, as well as autographs, photos and, we’ll assume, high fives in the halls. Or maybe not. Eh, ask first.

He’s just the first of many guest announcements to come before next July. Keep an eye out, y’all!

ALSO, we’ve officially opened our hotel block for 2017. Snag a room at the Crowne Plaza Columbus North, our hotel and location for the third year in a row, for $99 a night. If you’ve got the cash for it, we highly recommend doing so if you’re coming from out of town (or, heck, if you’re in town and just don’t wanna leave!); it’s the best way to be close to the pony-fueled action 24/7, especially since we’re open every hour of the day starting Fridays.

Finally: if you’re looking for applications for next year, be it for vendors, panels, musicians or staff, keep an eye on our social media accounts over the next few weeks; we’ll be rolling them out as early as next week. Yas, queen!

Head on out to TrotCon 2017, our sixth year, happening July 14-16, 2017, at the Crowne Plaza Columbus North in Columbus, Ohio! Badges are currently $40 for the weekend through the end of January, with sponsor badges also available at multiple rates.

Official TrotCon 2017 Comic: Chapter 1

Announcing TrotCon 2017 — July 14-16, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio

We told you this wouldn’t take long.

It’s been a little over a week since TrotCon 2016 ended and only a couple days since our big wrap-up post where we told you that we’d be announcing our plans for 2017 very soon. To tell the truth? We already knew pretty much everything then — the date, location, theme, all that. Just needed the ink to dry before we moved further.

Well, consider the i’s dotted, t’s crossed, toasters still lost in some black hole somewhere. Let’s talk about 2017.

If any of you who attended TrotCon 2016 have our con book handy, please feel free to check out the back cover of it. Eh, or better yet, click here on this tweet from the Friday of this year’s con.

Uh, OK, everything’s looking a little… hm. Definitely looks like whatever civilization our ol’ pal Peanut Bucker stumbled upon has seen better days, that’s for dang sure. Looks like someone had a… falling out.

Hehe. Haha. Whoo boy.

We won’t delay it any longer: TrotCon 2017 will be happening July 14-16 at the Crowne Plaza Columbus North in Columbus, Ohio, and our theme for 2017 is “post-apocalyptic.”

Yeah, yeah, all of the Fallout fans out there are probably going nuts right now. And with good reason! Not only is the Fallout video game series one of the most beloved of all time, but the My Little Pony fandom also has its own opus in Fallout: Equestria. It’s a match made in brony heaven, y’all.

But of course, that’s not all we’re going for with this year’s theme, much like how with last year’s space theme, there was some different Star Wars/Star Trek/Aliens vibes going on, but they certainly weren’t limitations on what you could plan for the year. Along with other great post-apocalyptic-flavored media such as Mad Max, The Walking Dead and much more, we of course encourage all of you out there to play with the theme in the best way you see fit. Major points for creativity!

You know we wouldn’t get through another year without factions, though. Last year, we pitted the Solar Empire versus the Lunar Republic. This year, we’re adding a third to the mix. You’ll have a choice, upon pre-registration, of being either a Raider, a Steel Ranger or a Stable Dweller. Yep, we made it even tougher to choose a side this year. Maybe it won’t be a runaway victory for one side this year, eh?

OK, next on the agenda: badges. They’re officially for sale! As with previous years, we’re breaking up pre-registration into multiple tiers. Purchase between now and Sept. 9 and you’ll be able to snag a weekend (Friday-Sunday) pass for $30. After that? They’ll be $40 until Jan. 31, and then $50 through June 20, when pre-reg closes for the year. At-door registration will be $60 — twice as much as it is right now, in case you needed more of a reason to purchase earlier rather than later.

As usual, we’ll also have multiple sponsor badge tiers, running from the $100 earth pony tier to the $2,000, limited-edition draconequus tier. Same idea as last year, really. For more information on what comes with each sponsor tier, our website has all the details.

And of course, single-day passes will be available at the door, as they have been in previous years. Same prices, too: $30 for Friday, $40 for Saturday and $20 for Sunday.

Hm… let’s see, anything else? Oh, RIGHT, duh: our con store is officially back up and running, with pins, plushes and more from 2016 and even before then now available. Snag ’em before they’re gone forever (or until we inevitably give some out at a raffle, whichever comes first).

That’s all for now, but don’t think you won’t be hearing from us for a while. We’re already neck deep into planning for 2017, and we’ve been talking to a few potential guests. When we have some official announcements to make — and we think that won’t be too long from now — we’ll be whispering into your ear yet again. You like it, don’t you? Yeah, you do.

In the meantime, you should definitely follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and Snapchat (username TrotCon), as well as join our Discord server.

Talk soon! <3

Thanks for coming to TrotCon 2016!

TrotCon’s in the books, y’all. Crazy to think that a week ago we were setting up for 2016, about to get pre-registration pickup ready, generally preparing to have a heck of a good time.

And you know what? We did.

Like, seriously, we’re not just saying that. On the whole, this is probably the most fun we as staff have ever had bringing super happy pony fun times to the masses. Setbacks? Minimal. Disorganization? Eh, we had a few hiccups, but things went smoothly. Shoot, despite a few last-minute cancellations on the panelist front, not to mention one of our VIP guests having to shorten her stay by a day, everything went strangely fine. We’re still sitting here in awe thinking about it.

Hey, after five years, guess it was bound to happen, right?

So here’s the rundown, pones: TrotCon happened over July 15-17 this year, with it being our second time at the Crowne Plaza Columbus North here in Columbus, Ohio. Between five VIPs, six community guests, scores of panels happening all through the night, 60 vendors and 10 musicians, we managed an overall attendance of 950 people (yes, yes, slightly different from the number announced at closing ceremonies. Long story short, make sure you’re counting all your badge categories, mkay? Aight.).

Down from last year? Yeah, but we expected it, with BronyCon, the largest brony convention and one of the best to ever do it, smack dab a weekend before us. How could we not figure a good chunk of folks were gonna do just one? — after all, that’s what many of you told us, with the promise to come back next year if the fates aligned. Many of you continued to express that sentiment throughout the weekend and even so far this week.

Good thing, too — because we’re coming back next year!

No, we can’t announce the dates yet. Contracts and all that ish, y’all, we swear. We do have a date and location, though, so fret ya not. Once the ink is dry, we’ll be announcing our dates for 2017 and tossin’ up that good ol’ registration link for pre-registration badges. And here’s a little hint: if you’ve been coming the last two years to TrotCon, you can probably already narrow it down to one of the weekends, if not the specific weekend we’ll be trotting back to Columbus. Coltumbus? We really should start using that pun again.

Really quick, before we call 2016 a wrap: some thanks are in order — to our wonderful staff and the gophers who helped out at-con this year, for your immeasurable contributions before the convention and at it, and for keeping everything running every hour between 7 a.m. Friday and 6 p.m. Sunday; to our musicians, who threw down one of the best concerts we’ve seen at a con, no doubt; to everyone who ran or participated in a panel, because we wouldn’t be able to have rad things for people to do at the con without you; to the vendors and artists who took time out of their weekend to fill up our artist’s alley and give our guests a varied roster of different things to admire and purchase — you all should be proud of the work you’ve done.

Oh, and of course, to all our attendees: thanks for still coming out after all these years. We’re sad we only get to see you once a year, but we thank you for making it one of the best weekends of our lives when we do.

Now, as for next year: we already have a theme picked out, which we’ll announce once we officially reveal our dates, venue and the like for 2017. Spoiler, though? There’s a very big hint in our con book from 2016. You should read it. Cover to cover. Just sayin’.

Talk soon. Really soon, probably. And thanks again.

TrotCon’s This Weekend! Come on Out!

Well, we did it again. TrotCon 2016 is upon us.

We’re really excited for this year. Like, too excited. John de Lancie’s coming. Ingrid Nilson’s coming. Heather Breckel. Thom Zahler. G.M. Berrow.

Community guests such as Pixelkitties, Wiggles, TJ Carson, ILoveKPaLot, ChocoPony and The Brony Critic.

A stacked musician lineup including Chang31ing, Crusader, Notica, DJ PinkamenaX, end_of_file, JesusKidz, PonyFireStone, GTGoggles, StrachAttack and IvoryBrony.

Tons of panels running all weekend starting Friday afternoon. 24 hours a day, baby. We don’t sleep until Sunday at 6 p.m.

A 60-table artist alley with one of the best selections of vendors, artists and more that we’ve ever had the privilege of assembling.

Agh, how could we NOT be excited?

So here’s the deal: TrotCon officially begins this Friday, July 15, with registration opening at 7 a.m. (However, if you pre-registered for 2016, you can stop by between 9 p.m. and midnight on Thursday night. Please do, in fact!) If you haven’t purchased a badge yet, that’s totally fine! We offer registration at the door, with Friday-Sunday passes at $55 (with kids 12 and under free with the purchase of an adult pass). We’ll also have single-day badges available for $30 for Friday, $40 for Saturday and $20 for Sunday.

Our full schedule for the weekend is here. Keep an eye on the online version, as it may be subject to change (though we’ll do our best to avoid such changes!). We also have a listing on the Guidebook app — download it, look for TrotCon. As a reminder, the Dr Whooves and Assistant panel is canceled, with a replacement to be announced at the con, and G.M. Berrow has unfortunately been moved to Saturday and Sunday only, meaning her panel spot on Friday has been taken over by Thom Zahler.

Any questions? Comments? Cause for discussion? Email us at info@trotcon.net, or shoot us a message on social media. We’re on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram and Snapchat (username Trotcon). We’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

Otherwise, we hope to see you at the convention this weekend. We think it’s gonna be a rip-roarin’ time, and we want you to be there with us. We open for business at 7 a.m. Friday for registration and close Sunday at 6 p.m. In between? Lots and lots of pony.

See you here.

Announcing the Summer 2016 CN Media Contest with Canterlot Networks!

Hey, homies. Exciting news.

We’ve partnered up with our friends at Canterlot Networks to host the first Summer CN Media Contest!

If you’re attending TrotCon 2016, you’ll be eligible to join the contest. If you’re passionate about making videos, or just interested in the prize, we encourage you to join!

The Summer 2016 CN Media Contest will be hosted on days 1 and 2 (July 15 and 16) of TrotCon 2016. The contest is promoting CN’s latest website, CanterStream, which is set to release by the end of this year. CanterStream aims to connect the brony community through livestreams, live chats and podcasts.

The theme of the contest is “The TrotCon Experience.” What you will have to do for the contest is vlog around the convention. Whether you have the coolest DSLR on the planet, or simply a smartphone, you can join. Simply film yourself and surroundings at TrotCon, describe what TrotCon is like to the world, upload the video/videos onto YouTube and share the link(s) of the video/videos on Twitter!

When you tweet the link to your video, be sure to include #CanterStream and #Summer2016CNMC so that we can enter your video into the contest!

Each video must be at least two minutes long. Every video you post obligates you to one entry into the contest, so the more videos you make, the more chances you get at winning! On July 17, North, the founder of Canterlot Networks, will pick the winner of the contest. The winner will be announced at the closing ceremony and on the TrotCon Twitter.

So, what exactly is the prize? The prize is a “media starter kit” that has been hand-picked by North. The media starter kit includes a 16GB Class 10 SanDisk SD card, a power bank and a Joby GripTight GorillaPod stand. This kit should be able to get you started on the road to horse fame!

To enter, tweet us at @TrotCon and @CanterlotNetwks with the following message:

I’d like to join the Summer 2016 CN Media Contest! @TrotCon @CanterlotNetwks #CanterStream #Summer2016CNMC

So, what are you waiting for? Show us what you’ve got!

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

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!

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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!)

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.

Welcome Thom Zahler, ILoveKPaLot & Wiggles to TrotCon 2016!

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.