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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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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

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

Official TrotCon 2017 Comic: Chapter 2

January 16, 2017 in comic, Theme by Darkly

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Official TrotCon 2017 Comic: Chapter 1

August 31, 2016 in Theme by Darkly

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Solar Empire or Lunar Republic

February 19, 2016 in Theme by Darkly

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OK, reminder: Solar Empire. Lunar Republic. Remember? Those are the two factions you’ll be able to join for TrotCon 2016, pledging your undying love to either Princess Celestia or Princess Luna. You’ll be able to score points for your faction, do battle against your worthy foes (well, you know, within reason) and help the pony community decide, once and for all, which is best.

We’re pumped, y’all. In fact, we’re so pumped — or stoked, or psyched, or whatever you want to call it — that we wanted to share with you some awesome art for our factions, including the official logos for the Solar Empire and Lunar Republic!

Cool stuff, right? While at TrotCon 2016, you’ll have the opportunity to purchase the logos of the factions to which you’ve sworn allegiance, so that anyone in your general direction will be able to tell just which princess you think is best princess.

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By the way, that rad art up top? Courtesy of our wonderful, amazing, wickedly talented convention artist AylaStarDragon. You’ll be able to purchase many things from her at the convention this year, and we highly recommend you do so.

So, spill it: who do you support? We’re only five months from TrotCon 2016, so it’s time to start solidifying your loyalties.

Pre-reg for 2016 is still available! Right now, we’re offering weekend passes for $50, with sponsor badges available at various tiers. All applications for 2016 are also up on our site, including forms for staff, panelists, musicians, artists and press.

We’re gearing up for a good time this summer. Hope you’re there to experience it with us.

by Darkly

SPACE!!! and Pixelkitties!

August 10, 2015 in Guest Announcement, Registration, Theme by Darkly

Hey, friends. Got some information for you. You probably know some of it, but not everything. Listen up. Turn off that new Dr. Dre album for like two seconds.

It’s been almost a month since TrotCon 2015 ended — thanks again for coming, you guys are the best — and we’re already gearing up for 2016. We’ve got a venue to talk to, potential guests to call, badges to sell, applications to take very soon… yeah, it’s already getting busy on the old homestead.

Let’s start with what most of you already know: our theme. If you’ve been on our website or seen our social media in the last 24 hours, you’ve already seen the switchover from magic (which we’ll miss! A lot!). What’s this year’s, you ask, as though the posted art wasn’t a dead giveaway?

How’s space sound? Sound good? Aside from the whole no-one-can-hear-you-scream think, that is.

So in 2016, the official theme of TrotCon will be space, as we announced at this year’s closing ceremonies! As with past years, the theme is 100 percent not mandatory; instead, it’s a fun thing for us to consider when we’re planning events and decor, and for you to factor in when you create your cosplays. Get thinking, by the way! 11 months to go!

What we’re possibly most excited about the space theme just has to be how we’re splitting all of you up for 2016, like we did in 2015 with the different houses pertaining to the princesses (Lunaris, Solaris, Eros and Umbra!). This year, there are but two: the Lunar Republic (Luna!) and the Solar Empire (that’ll be Celestia, y’all). Choose wisely your allegiances. They’re gonna mean a lot at this year’s con. More than they ever did in 2015.

Oh, as for the thing you didn’t already know: we have our first guest!
Remember when Pixelkitties, one of the fandom’s most respected artists who came out to TrotCon in 2012, 2013 and 2014, was announced for 2015 but had to cancel? Well, we hoped we could snag her again for 2016 — and guess what? It’s happening. She’s happening! Pixelkitties will head out to TrotCon 2016 not just as a vendor but also as one of our fandom guests. You’ll be able to purchase some of her amazing wares — art, sure, but there’s so much more! — as well as find her around the convention and on a panel or two. Maybe you’ll get into a 30-minute exchange about craft beer, too. It could happen, only on The Hub! (Disclaimer: It can’t happen on The Hub anymore. RIP.)

One last thing: applications for vendors, musicians, panelists and staff are not up yet. But they’re going to be! We’ll let you know when, but they’ll be available in early September at the very latest.
And that’s just the beginning, y’all. More fandom guests. More VIPs. More EVERYTHING! It’s gonna rock.
Sound like fun? Pre-registration for 2016 is now open, with $30 weekend passes available through Sept. 21. That’s three days of pony fun for less money than it’ll be if you buy at the door, even if you buy for only Saturday! Food for thought, eh?

Also, we have a newsletter now. Sign up at http://tinyletter.com/trotcon. You know you wanna.

by Darkly

TrotCon 2015 Dates and Location

September 21, 2014 in Hotel, Registration, Theme by Darkly

TrotCon is moving!

Well, OK, maybe not moving very much. We’re not going to be in another city or state, leaping across the country to lay claim to some other pony domain.

So, what’s happening? Simple: after ponying our hearts out for the last two years at the Sheraton at Capitol Square in downtown Columbus, Ohio, in June, we’ll be heading a few minutes north on I-71 to our home for 2015: the Crowne Plaza Columbus North!

What’s more? Instead of throwing it down in June, we’ll be held in July – July 17-19, 2015, to be exact – kind of like 2012, when we first started going insane and running a convention based on My Little Pony.

Whew. Now that we got that out of the way….

At our new home at the Crowne Plaza, we’ll be offering a discounted room rate of $95 to attendees! To do so, you must call 614-885-1885 to book and mention TrotCon. We know, we know – phone calls are hard. But you’ll manage; just think of how much fun you’ll be having at TrotCon this July while picking up that phone!

As of today, our vendor, panel and staff applications are now open as well on our website. Hit us up if you’d like to sell your super cool wares or present a panel on something you’re passionate about (hey, doesn’t have to be pony-related – really!), or if you’d like to help make TrotCon the very best event it can be in 2015. Experience running or helping conventions in the past? Awesome. None? Still awesome! Musician applications will be available soon as well.

We’d also love to introduce a new concept for TrotCon 2015. If you’re not already aware of our magic theme for next year, well, hey, our theme is magic! And going along with that, we’ll be taking a page from some book series we hear is OK called Harry Potter and introducing a cool new way to compete against your friends at TrotCon.

Here’s the idea: we’ll be separating all of you into different houses for TrotCon, a decision over which you’ll have some control – more on that very soon! You’ll have the opportunity to join whichever house you want – or be completely unsorted; live your life! – with a handy little quiz helping you on your way.

What are the houses? Check ’em out!

-Lunaris: Thy night hath glimmering descended, Those of Lunaris awake shall remain, Of Princess Luna they hath depended, Training in the forgotten and arcane!

-Solaris: Bright as the sun at midday, Those of Solaris shall avail, To Princess Celestia they will stay, Her faithful students will prevail!

-Umbra: Thru steady work and ample toil, Those of Umbra are not tragic, To Princess Twilight they are loyal, For they know that Friendship is Magic!

-Eros: Steeped in the dark magicks of yore, Those of Eros will never fall, Princess Cadance whispers the lore, The truth that love conquers all!

Yep, that’s right: rather than have you declare your favorite type of pony, you’ll be choosing your allegiance to one of the four princesses of Equestria. Choose wisely, mortal.

What will the houses entail? We have some ideas up our sleeve – check back as we get closer to the convention, won’t ya?

Does all this tickle your fancy? Sweet action, dude, because pre-registration for TrotCon 2015 is officially open! Pre-registration badge prices will run this year for $25 through $45, with sponsor badges of varying levels available as well!

Come on out and spend the kind of middle but also kind of toward the end of July with your fine pony friends at TrotCon!

by Darkly

Our theme for 2015!

July 11, 2014 in Theme by Darkly

“You see, Nightmare Moon, when those Elements are ignited by the… the spark, that resides in the heart of us all, it creates the sixth element: the element of… magic.”

Ever since the premiere of “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic,” magic has been one of the most important parts of the show — shoot, it’s in the title, after all.

But magic can mean many things, from the mystical things Twilight Sparkle and her fellow unicorns do every day to the extraordinary power of the show to unite people from across all walks of life — like at conventions, for instance — that can feel, well, magical.

For next year, we decided to zero in on that very aspect of My Little Pony. Presenting the theme for TrotCon 2015: magic.

While our theme for 2014, Renaissance, may be a little more finite, magic is broad enough that it can have its own subthemes. Halloween and the supernatural can be rooted in magic; hey, wanna cosplay as a ghost that’s simply #Way2Spooky? Do your thing!

It can even stretch in directions such as the Harry Potter films, so if you ever wanted to break out that Star Swirl the Bearded and Dumbledore crossover panel you’ve been bugging your friends about for the past two years, now you can. 10 points to Gryffindor.

As with past iterations of TrotCon, while we’re still a pony convention at heart, we’ll be opening the floor for any and all things, from the obvious Harry Potter to some of the less-obvious — like, say, Halloweentown. Someone had better do a Halloweentown panel. You heard it here first.

Stay tuned; we’re only getting started when it comes to TrotCon 2015. We’ll be revealing our location and dates as soon as we know more and are already getting to work on planning some of the awesome programming you’ll see next year.

What’s that, you say? TrotCon 2014 was only a few weeks ago? You already knew we had a problem — and convention-wise, we’re probably not alone.