Announcing Heather Breckel! And Our Vendor Hall Map!

We’re a month and a half away from TrotCon 2017, so let’s kick out final stretch of announcements into full gear, shall we?

We’ll start with an oldie but a goodie, someone you’ll certainly know if you’ve been coming to TrotCon the last few years.

That’s right, Heather Breckel is back at TrotCon!

Breckel is of course best known on our end as the colorist for the IDW Publishing comic series for My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic that’s been a perfect complement to the TV show through its existence. You read one of the comics? Chances are you laid your eyes on some of her work. And loved it. Duh.

Beyond that, Breckel (a Columbus, Ohio, native too! Imagine that!) has worked in similar capacities across other titles, including IDW’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series and Godzilla: Half Century War, Image Comics’ Peter Panzerfaust, Dark Horse Comics’ Number 13, plus some of her personal projects, like Angie Ruins Fire Emblem.

She’ll be back for panels this year as well as spending time in our vendor hall.

Wait, vendor hall. We gotta announce who’s in that still, right?

OK, let’s.

We’ve got 56 tables of TrotCon-y goodness this year, same pony place, same pony time. Both the vendor listing AND map is now available on our website, with further additions and subtractions possible depending on… eh, y’know, the usual.

Point is, chances are about 95 percent of this is going to stay exactly the same by the time TrotCon rolls around this July.

In addition to Heather Breckel and a few of our community guests (along with some fellow conventions! Hi, fellow conventions!), you’ll find many of the awesome vendors that usually adorn TrotCon’s vendor hall (some of whom have been around since we started up in 2012), along with new faces.

Go on. Check it out. Figure out what you’re gonna buy this year. You know you wanna.

More announcements on the way, y’all! Including musicians and our final round of community guests.

Dig. It.

Remember, folks, pre-registering for TrotCon is 1) hella easy, and 2) almost closed for the year! On June 14, sponsor badges are closed for 2017, and regular weekend passes ($50) stay available until June 20. After that point, you’ll only be able to purchase a badge at the door. Don’t miss out!

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