Guest Announcement #2

OK, friends! Guest announcement number two.

First of all: been a while, yes? Don’t worry, we’re still around — just a lot of behind-the-scenes work since our last announcement. We’ll be bothering you much, much more from here on out; you’ll be sick of us again before you know it!

One VIP and one community guest to reveal today. Y’all ready?

Let’s start with the former. Our guy has actually never been with us before, but he was… supposed to be. It’s complicated. TrotCon veterans (aka, anyone who’s been around since 2013) will remember that we announced him as a special guest, only to have an unfortunate semi-last-minute cancellation keep him from visiting Columbus — even though he ended up phoning in for a panel. So, you know, little victories.

Second time’s the charm, we hope: we’re happy to announce Lee Tockar for TrotCon 2017!

*ravenous applause*

Tockar’s a veteran of the scene, of course. He appeared in the first episode of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic as fan favorite Steven Magnet. You’ve since heard him in a number of smaller roles on the show, including Snips, Spot (one of the Diamond Dogs) an in a truly magnificent turn as Gummy in the 100th episode. We’re still reeling from the existential crises brought about by his monologue in that last one. Keeps us up at night.

As with pretty much any actor out there, Tockar has much more on his resume than My Little Pony. You might recognize him as the titular character in season one of George of the Jungle, as Roach in the current DHX production Supernoobs, Urp in YTV’s Nerds and Monsters, Yakkity Yak in Nickelodeon’s Yakkity Yak, plus much, much more. You could spend a day in his IMDB page.

Additionally, Tockar is the founder/CEO of FanBuilt Productions (which, if you attended in 2013, you’ll recall as the topic of his panel).

He’ll be in attendance at TrotCon 2017 to answer your burning questions about voice acting, working in television and film — the whole nine yards, y’all. Panels, meet-and-greets, autographs, you’re gonna be s-e-t.

Now… how about a community guest?

You might already know a little bit about them from some of our teasers of their work. Well, let’s make it official: we’re excited to have Harmony Studios at TrotCon 2017!

Harmony Studios, founded by Victor Vortex in 2014, is an animation collective creating videos for the MLP community, from shorts to PMVs and everything in between. In fact, they’re actually creating a bit of a special video for TrotCon, which you’ll see at the convention this year. You like our comic, drawn by convention artist AylaStarDragon, we’ve been putting up? Then you’re gonna love this, too. Trust us.

They’ll be on hand (on… hoof? After six years, you’d think we would’ve figured this out by now) for panels as well! If you want to learn a little bit about how to do your own animation, they’re gonna be a great resource.

Lee Tockar and Harmony Studios join Peter New as the guests announced so far for TrotCon 2017. And since we’re just a few days from being six months out from our 2017 date, you can bet we’re going to be ramping up our announcements going forward.

In the meantime: we’ve got applications for staff, musicians, vendors and panelists live on the site. There’s also badges to buy — and prices are gonna go up on Jan. 31, so if you want a weekend pass for $40, you should probably get to it soon.

TrotCon will be held July 14-16, 2017, at the Crowne Plaza Columbus North in Columbus, Ohio!

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.