by Darkly

TrotCon Artist Contest!

August 5, 2018 in Contest, Theme by Darkly

We are looking for an official artist for TrotCon! Our wonderful artist is retiring to pursue her own creative ventures.

As our staff artist, you would create the artwork for our banners, posters, badges, and other promotional materials, including relevant drawings for our news and guest announcements. You will need to be able to fulfill art requests in a timely manner – though we’ll try not to overload you with too much work. Our theme for our 2019 event is Steampunk.

If interested, contact us at conchair@trotcon.net and provide a link to your gallery or samples of your work.

Once we narrow down the list, we will contact the finalists requesting a simple commission.

All finalists will also receive a free badge to the convention. And everyone who did apply but was not chosen as a finalist will receive a coupon for 40% off of a badge for TrotCon 2019.

The selected artist(s) will receive:
• Up to two tables in our Vendor Hall
• Spot in one of our staff hotel rooms for the weekend of TrotCon.
• Free printing for posters/prints of personal artwork to sell during TrotCon, up to 11×17
• Any posters or merchandise designed for TrotCon by the artist will also be split 50/50 in profit

Submissions need to be entered no later than 8-20-2018 at 11:59pm EST.

by Darkly

Announcing the Summer 2016 CN Media Contest with Canterlot Networks!

July 7, 2016 in Contest by Darkly

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!

by Darkly

Design Peanut Bucker’s Cosplay Contest

January 6, 2014 in Contest by Darkly

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.