by Darkly

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.

by Darkly

Thanks for coming to TrotCon 2016!

July 21, 2016 in Thank You by Darkly

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.

by Darkly

TrotCon’s This Weekend! Come on Out!

July 14, 2016 in Thank You by Darkly

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.

by Darkly

Thank you!

July 23, 2015 in Registration, Thank You by Darkly

First and foremost, thanks everyone for a fantastic 2015. We had a blast and we hope you did tooWe got, dare we say it, 20% BIGGER this year. This year, we had 1200 attendees, our best numbers ever. Obviously we can’t do that without you, so thanks for showing up and having a good time with us.

Can we do it next year? Let’s find out! Next year, we’ll be held July 15-17 at the Crowne Plaza Columbus North here in Columbus, Ohio. Y’know, in other words, virtually the same time, same place.

Registration’s already open for 2016! It will be $30 until August 31st. We also have the sponsor tiers available as well. The perks for those will be announced within the next month.

by Darkly

Thank you for Attending TrotCon 2014!

July 1, 2014 in Thank You by Darkly

Thanks to everyone who came to TrotCon 2014! This year was an overwhelming success and we could not have done it without you. From the guests, to the panelists, the staff, the gophers, the artists, the musicians, the press, and of course the hotel staff, all of you were an integral part of making TrotCon the amazing weekend that it was. The haters are always gonna hate, but we will continue to show them that a dedicated team of pony crazy geeks can pull off something amazing for all of the fans out there. It’s kinda why we exist. Not for fame or profit, but to better connect you with the things that you love.

Will there be another TrotCon, you ask? Of course there will, we say! Check back routinely right here or follow us on all the various social media sites out there and stay tuned. The future is as bright as a rainbow.

– TrotCon 2014 Staff