Musicians and Panels!

April 25, 2014 in Guest Announcement, Programming by DarklyDragon

We at TrotCon hope your spring’s going great, because before you know it, it’ll be over — and we’ll be celebrating the end of the season and the beginning of summer with a big ol’ blowout at TrotCon.

As the sun sets on spring and ushers in summer, we’ll be having our own Summer Sun Celebration with a plethora of musical guests. Over not one, but two nights, we’ll be pleasing your ears with the sounds of some of the best of what the fandom has to offer, starting Friday night with our rock showcase. Hard rocker Cyril the Wolf will be our main headliner, with some delicious lead-up action from Survivors of the Siege, the Shakeups in Ponyville and Jeff Burgess. Afterward, we’ll be closing out the evening with a combo of musicians and rappers, including Nexgen and Aoshi.

As for Saturday night? It’s all rave, baby. For the second year in a row, Eurobeat Brony will play the hits for you fine folk, kicking the party into full gear with some of the fandom’s biggest songs. Around him is a smattering of electronic musicians all rearing and ready to get you dancing from early in the evening until late, late, late into the night. You’ll need a cold shower and some breakfast once this is over, because it’s gonna be morning.

At various points over the two days, we’ll have Illinois’ own pony music veteran 7th Element, Los Angeles up-and-comer DJ Garnika, hard-hitting duo Knife Pony, Columbus’ own SMOR3S and a flurry of others. In fact, how about we run down the whole list?

Come to TrotCon to see: Eurobeat Brony, Cyril the Wolf, 7th Element, Additive Subtractive, Aftermath, Aoshi, Chang31ing, DJ Garnika, DJ Lupo B, DJ Tetsuo, Green Tinted Goggles, Jeff Burgess and the Bad Mares, Knife Pony, LizardRock, Mogul Dash, Nexgen, PhillyPu, PonyFireStone, Purity 36.0, SMOR3S, Sonic Breakbeat, Survivors of the Siege, The Shakeups in Ponyville and YourEnigma.

But as the late and great Billy Mays might say, we’re not done!

We also have the first wave of our panel programming announced for TrotCon 2014. You’ll come for the big-name guests like Andrea Libman, Peter New and Heather Breckel, but stay for the extensive amount of programming we’ll offer around the clock from the moment the convention opens until the end of closing ceremonies.

Want to see Chelis, brony stand-up comedian extraordinaire? TrotCon’s got you covered. A panel on how messed up G1 My Little Pony could be? Again, you’re good. How the military and bronies can — and do — intersect? Of course! A plethora of fanfiction panels? Get those pens ready. Improv and episode transcript reading in crazy voices? We thought you’d never ask. We’ll even be featuring the wedding of our very own con-chair, Darkly Cute — and you’re invited! Check out a partial list of panels here, with more to come.

Sound like a good time? Then come on out to TrotCon, this June 20-22 at the Sheraton Columbus at Capitol Square in Columbus, Ohio, and help us celebrate this amazing fandom.

Voice Actors & Fandom Guests!

March 5, 2014 in Guest Announcement, Registration by DarklyDragon

In 2013, TrotCon featured, for the first time in its relatively short life, VIP guests associated with the creation of “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” alongside our usual roster of community guests that we focused on exclusively in 2012.

We heard you loud and clear after last year: the hybrid of show staff and fandom guests was a major selling point. So this year, we’re upping the ante slightly — by bringing in our first ‘mane six’ voice actress.

We’re incredibly excited to welcome Andrea Libman to TrotCon 2014 this June. As the voice actress of Pinkie Pie and Fluttershy in “MLP,” Libman has made thousands of fans across the world with her wide range of different voices, she’s also appeared as Emmy in “DragonTales,” Madeline in “The New Adventures of Madeline” and multiple characters in “Strawberry Shortcake’s Berry Bitty Adventures.” Her talent earned her the Union of BC Performers’ award for best voice for her portrayal of Pinkie Pie and Fluttershy.

Who’s joining Andrea at TrotCon? We had him with us last year and just couldn’t imagine a TrotCon without him, so we’re bringing back Peter New in 2014. New is best known in the “MLP” fandom for his work as he-of-few-words, Big McIntosh, in addition to multiple smaller roles — Goldie Delicious and Rarity’s father, for instance. He also supplies the voice of everyone’s favorite mongoose from “Littlest Pet Shop,” Sunil Nevla, as well as live acting roles in “Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed,” “Agent Cody Banks” and “Diary of a Wimpy Kid.”

Both Andrea and Peter will sit in on panels during TrotCon 2014 and will be available for autograph signings as well. More appearances may be added as the convention nears.

That’s not all! In addition to our lovely voice actors, we have two brand new community guests to announce for this year’s convention.

After attending last year, we’re excited to bring back SilverSlinger, formerly ChaoticBrony, as a featured artist. Though the bulk of well-known vendors in the community draw or mold their art, SilverSlinger sets himself apart as an aficionado of sterling silver and other metals, creating out of these materials various pendants, pins, flasks and other forms of jewelry. In addition to selling his wares in our Artists’ Acres.

Finally, Animated James will be coming to Columbus to our convention for the first time. An amateur voice actor, animator, artist, musician and writer — what doesn’t he do?! Find out at TrotCon! — he’s created such works as Brony Polka, Sonic vs. MLP, Tails Reacts to What Does the Fox Say and much, much more. He’ll also be presenting multiple panels.

Weekend badge prices are currently $35 through March 9, after which they will rise to $40 through May.