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TrotCon 2019

August 19, 2018 in Registration, Theme by Darkly

Attention Equestria! We’ve got an announcement to make!

~ drumroll ~

Dragon Adventures is proud to present: TrotCon 2019!
July 19th-21st, Crowne Plaza Columbus North!

Get your cogs and gears ready, because it’s steampunk time. Airships, steam engines, futuristic retro tech, so much brass! It’ll be a blast! Applications for vendors and artists, panelists, community guests, musicians, etc all open in mid-October. Get hype!

New this year: anyone who purchases the Draconequus-tier sponsor badge gets a comp’d hotel room from Thursday through Sunday. Food for thought, ye?

See you in the skies next July!

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Our Final 2018 Guest of Honor Announcement!

June 17, 2018 in Guest Announcement, Registration by Darkly

Well, here we are. Have you guessed our new guests? Time to find out if you were right!

TrotCon is proud to present:

Lauren Jackson and Kyle Rideout! You may know them better as the voices of Silverstream and Thorax!

Lauren comes to us from the beautiful Canadian city of Vancouver, which seems to be a literal magnet for excellent voice talent. She loves the beach, and Silverstream is a hippogriff, so swimming on down to TrotCon is a perfect match. It also happens to be her first guest appearance at a con, ever, so welcome her with open arms and show her how friendship is not only magic, but pure AWESOME!


Kyle also hails from Vancouver (see, VA magnet, I’m tellin’ ya…). In addition to Thorax, the changeling that changed everything, you may also know him as Vinnie in Littlest Pet Shop, among other varied roles in animation and even film (yeah, he knows Deadpool, what of it?). He’s ready to experience what TrotCon has to offer, so don’t disappoint!

Things are shaping up for some excellent fun beneath the waves! It’s getting so close! I’m so excited! Are you so excited? It’s gonna happen! Swim on down to TrotCon. Tons of fun for everyone!

In honor of this announcement Sponsor Badge registration has been extended until June 22nd and regular pre-registration has been extended until June 29th. 

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Second Guest for 2018!

January 21, 2018 in Guest Announcement, Registration by Darkly

We’re very excited about this guest because we’ve decided to continue the trend of guests we have never before seen at TrotCon. She’s a marvelous addition to the My Little Pony family and she’s eager to get out there to conventions. She voices a handful of changelings but her mane character is Mistmane! She’s one of the Pillars of Equestria and we are welcoming her to TrotCon 2018. She is the wonderful and talented Elley-Ray! Her soul is as beautiful as her character’s and we’re really looking forward to her bringing more beauty to our convention than we already have.

Here’s a fun game. She has a beautiful signature and she’d love to put it on your memorabilia. So, we propose, you find something she’s been besides My Little Pony, in addition to MLP, of course, and bring it to her to have that signed as well. She has numerous NUMEROUS credits to her name and it will be a blast to bring to her some of the work she’s done in the past! But, don’t forget, Mistmane is a Pillar and we’re likely to see more of her in future seasons so get her signature on your Mistmane possessions conveniently at TrotCon 2018!

We would also like to remind you the registration rate for a weekend badge will be going up to $55 starting on January 31st. Hurry up and get it at the $45 rate before its too late!

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Announcing our First Guest for 2018!

November 9, 2017 in Guest Announcement, Registration by Darkly

You know, we at TrotCon have been thinking a lot about magic lately. From the smallest levitation spell to the mightiest terrain altering princess lasers, all magic in Equestria is important and it comes in many forms.

We’ve taken a keen interest in one of the most unique practitioners of magic in all of Equestria, the beloved Zecora! She has been with us since season one episode nine, “Bridle Gossip”. With thinking about beloved characters, we can’t help but think of their beloved voice actors. That’s when we realized, we’ve never seen Brenda Crichlow!

So now, wait no longer, for the beloved and wonderful voice of Zecora is coming to TrotCon 2018! She will bring a bright and lovely personality to our humble convention. We look forward to seeing you there with us!



To celebrate our first guest announcement for 2018 use the code “1stVIP” to get 10% off badges until 15th! Our online store is also having  a sale: spend $12 or more to get 15% off your order.

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Applications and Hotel Rooms

September 30, 2017 in Hotel, Registration by Darkly

Good news for all of you who’ve been rearin’ and ready to go since the end of last year’s TrotCon to get your applications in for 2018 — EVERYTHING is now up and ready to go!

That’s right, everything! We’re talking panelist apps, musician apps, artist/vendor apps, staff apps! Anything and everything you could want to do at TrotCon 2018 is now yours for the taking.

Each application is available above, under the registration tab if you want to apply for anything. We can always use a little more help on the staff end, and those other categories are literally what keeps us going — awesome programming, great music and superb art and trinkets to buy (or just, ya know, stand nearby and admire).

We’ve also got our hotel room block for 2018 available, so get right on that if you’re looking to stay at the Crowne Plaza Columbus North, our 2018 venue, among other attendees of TrotCon. We’re talking $99 a night. That’s cool, right? Nice. Click the venue tab above to get to the link provided to get the room rate!

Hm. Is that it? Think that’s it. Relatively short announcement, y’all! Now, uh, go. Fly. Be free. Apply for things at TrotCon. Come to TrotCon. Woo.

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TrotCon 2018

July 25, 2017 in comic, Registration, Thank You, Theme by Darkly

2017 was kind of the best.

Just a little over a week ago, we converged yet again on Columbus, Ohio, for the sixth year in a row. And y’all, it was killer. Over 900 attendees, a couple thousand dollars raised for charity, amazing panel programming from guests and non-guests alike, an exciting concert, a fire alarm (because of course), probably the best vendor hall we’ve ever been able to organize — like, what?! How does this keep happening?

Oh, that’s right. Because of y’all. This thing where, y’know, the attendees of TrotCon are the absolute best folks any of us could ask for. We got lucky, really. Goodness.

So, uh, let’s do it again.

If you attended the closing ceremonies of 2017, you’ll recall that not only did we announce that TrotCon 2018 was happening, we also revealed its theme: under the sea! Underwater! Seaponies! You know, that sort of thing. We’d say sky’s the limit, but that sort of defeats the idea of a convention themed around water, right?

Well, now we’re ready to officially announce that convention. TrotCon 2018 will be held July 20-22, 2018, at the Crowne Plaza Columbus North in Columbus, Ohio!

It’s true! In just under a year, we’ll be back at the same venue and same general time in the summer to give ya some more pony-centric programming that focuses on the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic TV show and its vibrant fandom alike. Do we know who will be coming yet as guests? Uh, well, no, but stay tuned. We’ve got ya covered soon.

But to commemorate the announcement of TrotCon 2018, we’re happy to reveal that pre-registration is now open!

Beginning now and running through Sept. 10, you can snag a weekend pass (Friday-Sunday) to TrotCon 2018 for just $35! We’ve also got our sponsor badges up and running, starting at earth tier ($100) through draconequus (a limited number as always, at $2,000!). As with last year, we also have a spirit badge option available on our website for anyone who can’t attend TrotCon but would still like to donate to our little convention (and get something in return!). And as always, kids 12 and under are TOTALLY FREE with the purchase of an adult badge!

You probably want to know the other pre-reg details, right? So, after the initial $35 weekend price, we’ll bump things up $10 to $45 between Sept. 11 and Jan. 31, followed by $55 from Feb. 1 to June 22. After that, just like 2017, weekend badges will be available at the door for $60, along with single-day passes for $30 (Friday), $40 (Saturday) and $20 (Sunday).

Oh, right, factions, too! Well, after what we thought was a highly successful year having three different factions for 2017 — Stable Dweller, Raider and Steel Ranger — we’re gonna stick with three yet again.

This time around: Sea Pony, Hippocampus, Kraken.

All right. Choose your destiny, yeah?

In the meantime, that just about does it! We wanted to get a-movin’ on 2018 as soon as we could, and that involves getting tickets available for y’all sooner rather than later. We’re also, of course, incredibly stoked to share the art for 2018 from AylaStarDragon, our official convention artist. Ain’t it great? *insert my longest ‘yeah boy’ ever*

Speaking of Ayla’s work, remember the comic from 2017? The one that was turned into an absolutely stellar animation by Harmony Studios? Well, she’s doing another. Keep an eye out.

Questions about 2018? Concerns about 2017? Just wanna talk? Drop us a line on social media or via info@trotcon.net! Otherwise, we’ll be back really soon to discuss some more things TrotCon-related, including our first guests for 2018!

Anyway, shoo-be-doo. And come to TrotCon. You get it by now.

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Community Guest Announcements!

June 9, 2017 in Guest Announcement, Programming, Registration by Darkly

Each year, TrotCon is chock full of some killer community guests who are doing some really cool things in the fandom, and 2017 is no different.

After all, we’ve already announced our share of special guests who you’ll be able to meet at TrotCon 2017, including Harmony Studios, ChocoPony, TheBronyCritic, TJ Carson and the folks of Pony 411. Business as usual, ya know?

Y’all ready to double that list, though?

Cool, because that’s exactly what’s about to happen.

With our final major community guest announcement push for 2017, we’d like to announce the following:

Fire Team Harmony! Y’all’ve seen them around TrotCon for a bit now as well as other pony conventions across the country, and this year we’re vaulting them up a notch to VIP status. Righteous, yeah? Check out these fandom-beloved cosplayers around the convention, say hi, even check ’em out at their own panels!

DaThings1! We’ve had Luke/DaThing1, purveyor of some of the best YouTube Poops this side of the Mississippi (or west of it… just anywhere, really). Well, he’s back again, and this time he’s got the third installment of the “Wow! It’s Made” series to show off, along with how-tos and other demonstrations. Get ready to laugh.

Joe Dyer! Ya boy is known as volrathxp on FIMfiction, where he wrote the popular fic ‘Fallout Equestria: Starlight’ (and since our theme is post-apocalyptic… well, ya know), among others. He’ll be on hand to discuss fan fiction, side fiction and much more. Writers, you’re gonna want to get in on his stuff.

Hobbes Maxwell! A longtime member of our vendor hall (where he’ll be again this year, naturally), Hobbes is on hand (hoof? Ugh, this horse pun stuff gets tiring after six year, y’all) for multiple panels and events, including some of our after-dark content in the wee hours of the morning. C’mon, ingest a Red Bull or two and stay up late. Worth. It.

WeimTime! A last-minute addition to our panel programming last year (so late, he wasn’t even in the conbook or online schedule), we’ve got WeimTime back this year and part of our community guest roster this time around. Learn from the owner of the highly successful YouTube channel and business of the same name, which is known for its animation as well as the Synthesia and WeimTime Plays online series, and take a trip down memory line with his Nostalgia Time panel.

Robin from My Little Robin! You know the dude from the My Little Robin: Reviewing Is Magic series? Yeah, we got the heck outta him for TrotCon 2017. He’ll be doing a live episode of the show as well as throwing a bit of a party commemorating four years of reviewing ponies on the internet. Aspiring reviewer? Good guy to check out.

We’re also excited to welcome back the Traveling Pony Museum, who’s been at every TrotCon since the beginning. Catch ’em in the vendor hall or in their own room with an assortment of awesome pony-related wares from the beginning of the fandom’s lifetime to now!

Whole lotta exclamation points up there. Hope y’all got that.

We’re also officially announcing our musician lineup for 2017! How about that?

If you follow us on Twitter, you’ve already seen this, but for those of you who don’t (ya should! @TrotCon), let’s get ya a list:

We’ve got Chang31ing and Goggles for the fifth (FIFTH!) year! MogulDash for a fourth! They’re all alongside multiple other performers who’ve been with us in the past, including PonyFireStone, IvoryBrony, end_of_file, R3CTIFIER and JESUSKIDZ. And then we’ve got our rookies: Luck Rock, Versal, DJ Rod, Fennec Faux and Iggy the Kidd.

13 musicians, folks. How can we contain ’em all? Oh, that’s right: by expanding to TWO NIGHTS of performances this year! We’ll be hosting a short, later-hours set on Friday to get you warmed up for the big event Saturday.

And then, y’know, the musician panel on Sunday, like usual. We are nothing if not creatures of habit.

Let’s see. One last thing.

Oh, right: our pre-registration for 2017 closes soon! In fact, sponsor badges for 2017 are over and done with on June 14, followed by weekend badges on June 20. After that point, you won’t be able to purchase a badge for 2017 until the con itself, at the door and for a larger price.

You really aren’t gonna want to miss out. This is important.

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Announcing: the Battle for Bottle-cap Canyon!

June 8, 2017 in Programming, Registration by Darkly

The truck driver pressed his hoof down on the gas pedal sending more nuclear power to the wheels. “I’ve gotta get all these caps to the bottling plant” he said to himself “If they can’t meet the quota for the new Peanut Bucker~Cola release, my head will roll.”

As the truck approached the bridge spanning a canyon, a bright light flashed in the distance, growing brighter than the sun within a millisecond! The driver covered his eyes as he was blinded by the mushrooming explosion, causing the truck to swerve over the bridge railing and fall into the canyon. “AAAAAAAAAAH, Buck me!” the driver exclaimed.

Had anyone been around, onlookers would have observed a smaller explosion in the base of the canyon… as the truck full of bottle caps burns in its own nuclear fire, sending the cargo all over the canyon floor.

Countless years later, tales about a canyon of riches came out of the wasteland, from the dying words of an old scavenger. No one has ever found it…Until now!

Three factions descend upon the canyon, all aiming to claim the hoard of caps. So grab your Nerf blaster, pony up with your team, and fight for the glory of Bottle-Cap Canyon!
That’s right everypony! It’s a Nerf war!

Scavenge the wasteland for bottle-caps to support your faction, but watch out, the other factions will try to stop you and claim the caps for themselves. Each team will have a base to keep their caps at, and the wasteland between bases will have containers hiding precious caps and more Nerf ammo.

The event has a $5 entry fee, but if you bring your own blaster, there is a discount! Ammunition is provided (standard darts only, no rival, disc, mega, or missile is available)

The event runs several times during the convention, including a sponsors only “Free session” on Friday! That’s right, if you are a sponsor, you get in for free!

Did we mention that ALL sponsor tiers also get a Nerf Blaster with their loot box? Well they do: The higher the tier, the better the blaster! What better way to try out your new Nerf blaster than hunting the wasteland for bottle-caps? Sponsor badges help the convention and come with all kinds of goodies, registration for sponsors ends on June the 14th, so you better hurry up!

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Presenting M.A. Larson

February 22, 2017 in Guest Announcement, Registration by Darkly

Peter New? Check. Lee Tockar? Check.

Hm. How about a third?

Yep, that sounds good, and we won’t delay the suspense any further than three paragraphs in: we’re happy to announce that M.A. Larson will be attending TrotCon 2017!

Look, if you’ve been to TrotCon in the past, chances are you know the guy. After all, he attended our 2014 and 2015 conventions, and when he didn’t show up for 2016, we heard ya loud and clear via email and on social media: you needed more M.A. Larson in your lives in July in Columbus, Ohio.

If you’ve been following along on My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic from the start, you know his name. Larson was one of the chief writers on the show for a few years, working his way up to the role of story editor for season five. He’s since left the show, but nonetheless maintains a strong presence at pony conventions all over the world (ours included!).

My Little Pony is far from his only entertainment credit. He’s written for Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, Gravity Falls, Littlest Pet Shop and more, and even has his own novel, Pennyroyal Academy, that you should definitely check out if you haven’t already, because it totally rules. 100 percent. We aren’t messing around with this recommendation, y’all. As it happens the second book in the series, The Shadow Cadets of Pennyroyal Academy, just came out earlier this month. Timing!

Larson will join Peter New and Lee Tockar as special guests at TrotCon 2017, and you’ll get to hear his thoughts on his book series, ponies and much more at multiple panels throughout the weekend, as well as get a chance to meet him and get an autograph or five. We know you want ’em, and we hear he’ll sign just about anything.

But hey, guess what? We’ve got more than just one guest announcement to do today.

Just some housekeeping stuff, but we think you’ll wanna hear: for the first time, we’re offering something we’re calling a Spirit Badge for TrotCon 2017. What’s it entail? Well, check it: you’re a fan of TrotCon, but you can’t make it out for this reason or that. Yeah, sad face. We’re bummed, too. But wait! What if we told you that you could still support your good ol’ Ohio pony con friends? Get a Spirit Badge, then, dummy!

For $40, you’ll be supporting TrotCon, helping us to put on some great programming and to snag even more guests of honor (because they ain’t cheap!), while also getting a few spoils for your troubles. They include: a con book, a limited-edition pin, a poster and a special Spirit Badge. We’ll shoot those goodies over to you via mail, you’ll open ’em up, it’ll be like Christmas in July or August or whenever it actually arrives. Donate more? We’ll throw in more goodies. They’ll be so good, you’ll wanna call them greaties. No? Terrible? Yeah, true, sorry, that was bad.

One last thing: if you want to pre-order merchandise for the convention in 2017 — shirts, pins, that sort of thing — then you can ALSO now do that on our Eventzilla page! Scroll down to Merchandise Pre-Order and do your thing.

That does it, then. Time to roll the hype train on out of the station. In the meantime, weekend badges (Friday-Sunday) for TrotCon 2017 are $50 through June 20, and kids 12 and under get in free with a regular badge purchase! We’ve also got sponsor badges available, in case you’re attending but want to toss some extra money our way to help us give you an even better time (and so you’ll get more stuff, which is the real prize). Applications for EVERYTHING — staff, musicians, artists, panels, you name it! — are now on the site as well!

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Guest Announcement #2

January 11, 2017 in Guest Announcement, Programming, Registration by Darkly

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!