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

Pre-registration is now closed! See you in July!

June 28, 2016 in Hotel, Programming by Darkly

You heard that right: after nine months of pre-registration, we’ve closed badge sales for the time being. The response this year? Astounding. From those of you purchasing simple weekend passes to our wonderful sponsor badge buyers, you continue to keep TrotCon alive and well, and we thank you from the bottom of our pony-lovin’ hearts.

If you missed out on pre-registration for 2016, don’t fret! We’ll still have plenty of badges available for this year’s event — you’ll just need to purchase at the door. Come out on one of our three days — July 15-17 — and head on over to our registration area, where we’ll hook you up with a badge. This year, three-day passes will be available for $55 each, while single-day badges will be sold as well — $30 for Friday, $40 for Saturday and $20 for Sunday! And as a reminder, children 12 and under get in free with the purchase of an adult badge.

We still have a few more dates for you to keep in mind before Thursday night, July 14, when we open badge pickup for those who purchase pre-registration badges. First, if you want to snag a hotel room at the discounted rate of $95 at the Crowne Plaza Columbus North, you have until June 30 to do so! Hit up our venue page for more info.

Also, if you head over to our Eventbrite page, you’ll find that we still have autograph vouchers and poetry event tickets available for John de Lancie. Vouchers for autographs for Mr. de Lancie are $30 this year, while the poetry event is $20. It’s pretty much our only ticketed event for 2016; all other events are free with the purchase of a badge!

Our schedule of those events will be going live sometime this week. Stay tuned!

See y’all in a few weeks! It’s getting so close!

by Darkly

sweep sweep sweep sweep sweep sweep sweep sweep sweep

June 3, 2016 in Programming by Darkly

Since 2013, we at TrotCon have been giving our wonderful, wonderful attendees a big ol’ concert blowout that includes some of the brony community’s best musicians, from party-starting DJs to tempo-driving rock bands.

So, what about 2016? More of the same, right?

Yeah. Duh. C’mon.

We’re incredibly excited to announce our lineup for our 2016 concert, which will be held Saturday night, July 16, of the convention, beginning at 8 p.m. and stretching into the night. Along the way, 11 different acts will be on hand to keep the hype going all night long. To be frank, someone’s probably going to remix Twilight’s “Sweep” song into a set. It’s really just a matter of time. SRY, HATERZ.

OK, so, the lineup.

Two of our musicians have been with us since 2013, and for some reason, they keep coming back. You know ’em, you love ’em — Chang31ing and GTGoggles, oh my god, they’re back again.

They’re not the only returning performers, either. StrachAttack? Here. IvoryBrony? Obviously. DJ PinkamenaX? Verily. Notica? C’mon, of course. Steven, A.D. and Jeff Burgess? Yeah, and they’re doing a battle set. A BATTLE SET. It’s going to get weirdly competitive all up in here.

There are always bound to be n00bz, and this year, we have four. Crusader, end_of_file and PonyFireStone are names you’ll undoubtedly know from other pony conventions across the world, and we’re also excited to have the pony con debut of Ohio’s own Nimble Forc3!

It’s finally out there. That’s our lineup. Ugh, yes, so much yes.

You’ll be able to see all these awesome folks perform Saturday night beginning at 8 p.m.! A few are also hosting their own panels around the convention, while the whole group will meet up for the usual musicians panel on Sunday.

Come see ’em. Come see us. Come to TrotCon. July 15-17, Crowne Plaza Columbus North, Columbus, Ohio.

by Darkly

G.M. Berrow Is Coming Back to TrotCon (And We’ve Got More Community Guests, Too!)

May 31, 2016 in Guest Announcement by Darkly

For our fifth VIP guest announcement for TrotCon 2016, let’s bring back a return visitor to Columbus, Ohio.

You’ll know her from wearing multiple hats around the My Little Pony universe, and we’re pleased as punch to have her back: please welcome GM Berrow to TrotCon 2016!

Berrow perhaps first became known to folks in the fandom as the author of the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic chapter books published by Little, Brown and Co., including “Twilght Sparkle and the Crystal Heart Spell,” “Princess Luna and the Festival of the Winter Moon” and much more. She has since transitioned into writing for the Friendship Is Magic TV series beginning with season five.

In addition to her work with My Little Pony, Berrow has also ghostwritten for multiple book series generally of the young adult/children’s variety, and has worked as part of the crew on TV shows such as Law & Order: SVU and The Good Wife.

She’ll be making her second appearance at TrotCon; we also welcomed her in 2015, and y’all said you had a blast hanging out with her, so, you know, why mess with a good thing?

OK, so let’s run down the list now… GM Berrow, John de Lancie, Thom Zahler, Heather Breckel and Ingrid Nilson. Miss anyone? No? OK, cool.

Oh, right, except for our amazing community guests, which is already a fairly stacked lineup in our modest opinion, including Pixelkitties, TJ Carson, ILoveKimPossibleALot, ChocoPony and Wiggles. Woo!

Eh, what the heck, let’s add three more.

First, a double feature: welcomke Jitterbug Jive/BaldDumboRat and Jestre DeRama to TrotCon 2016!

Jitterbug Jive is the creator of the Lovestruck Derpy and Discord Whooves Tumblrs, and has been the fan voice of Derpy Hooves in multiple videos, including the popular Doctor Whooves and Assistant series. Panels? Check. Artist table? Also check. And he’ll be doing it all with Jestre DeRama, who voices The Doctor in the Doctor Whooves and Assistant series and has his own list of awesome blogs, including BubbleBerryAnswers, AskMadDoctorWhooves and more.

Additionally, we’re excited to have back TheBronyCritic. The Ohio native returns to TrotCon for a fourth time, bringing along his brand of My Little Pony episode reviews, audioplays, fanfic writing and much more. This is always a favorite of ours, so you’ll want to come out and see what’s up.

Whew. OK. Four guest announcements in one day. Think we’ll call it quits.

Before we leave: remember, pre-reg badges close June 25! This is your last chance to snag our $50 weekend passes; they’ll be more at the door. This is also your final opportunity to get one of our sponsor badges; those will be closed come June 15. Help support TrotCon, get cool stuff in return. We even have one more of our highest tier, the draconequus badge, left, so, hey, get on that.

by Darkly

Welcome Thom Zahler, ILoveKPaLot & Wiggles to TrotCon 2016!

May 17, 2016 in Guest Announcement by Darkly

We’ve kind of gotten into a bit of a habit for TrotCon 2016: with the exception of the wonderful Heather Breckel and a few of our community guests, the VIPs we’ve announced for this year’s convention are heading down to Columbus, Ohio, to take in some good ol’ fashioned pony conventioning for the very first time.

Our next guest is no exception to that admittedly loose trend. He’s never been to TrotCon before, though he’s by all accounts a veteran of the convention scene outside My Little Pony. Let’s change that, shall we?

Please welcome Thom Zahler to TrotCon 2016!

Like Heather Breckel, you’ll know Zahler predominantly from the comic publishing side of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. Since the IDW series began, he’s written and drawn for multiple volumes of the MLP comic series alongside such amazing folks as Katie Cook, Ted Anderson, Jeremy Whitley and many more.

Of course, that’s not all he’s known for. Zahler also has his own Love and Capes, a romantic superhero comic series that’s currently four volumes in, and is an accomplished letterer for comics, working on Claypool’s Deadbeats series, Stan Lee’s NHL Guardian Project and much more. He also recently debuted a new project, Long Distance. One of the characters is even based in Columbus. Boy howdy!

Previously, he attended Fiesta Equestria in Texas twice, making this his third pony convention. And we’re super pumped to have him!

For 2016, Zahler will be participating in multiple panels at TrotCon and will have his own table in our Artist’s Alley. Check out all of his work at his website!

Let’s tack on two more community guests, shall we? If you follow our social channels, you’re probably already aware of them, but let’s get ’em up on the website, shall we?

In 2016, we’ll also be welcoming ILoveKPaLot and Wiggles to TrotCon! You’ll know ILoveKPaLot especially from her superb My Little Reviews series and other videos, while Wiggles is the moderator of the Ask King Sombra Tumblr and has been the official cosplayer for Bronycon’s mascot Blank Canvas. NICE.

They join Heather Breckel, John de Lancie and Ingrid Nilson in our lineup of VIP guests for 2016, alongside community guests such as Pixelkitties, ChocoPony and TJ Carson.

Wanna come hang out? We’ve got TrotCon badges going on until June 25 — sponsor badges, weekend badges, you name ’em, they’re for sale and your purchases help us bring more awesome guests like Thom Zahler to you.

We’re also nearing the panel application deadline. May 20 is it; if you haven’t applied yet and want to, well, we’re getting kinda full, so get on that.

by Darkly

Maud Pie & ChocoPony Are Coming to TrotCon. How Exciting.

May 3, 2016 in Guest Announcement by Darkly

Our next VIP guest shares more than one distinction with John de Lancie, our already-announced MLP guest for TrotCon 2016.

First of all, both voice characters on My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. Which, you know, you probably could have already guessed.

The other similarity? Well, if you’ve been with us since 2012 (and if you have, mad props!), you know already that John de Lancie, best known for our purposes as the voice of Discord, has never visited TrotCon before now. Same goes, as it happens, for our next guest, too.

We’re incredibly excited to welcome Ingrid Nilson to TrotCon 2016!

Fans of MLP will recognize Nilson as the voice of Maud Pie, Pinkie Pie’s sister who’s appeared in multiple episodes since season 4. She also snagged the roles of Limestone and Marble Pie in the “Hearthbreakers” episode from last season.

Basically, if you want to get as many members of the Pie family under your roof at one time, she’s your gal!

Of course, Nilson has plenty of credits outside MLP. If you’re a fan of the Strawberry Shortcake TV and movie series, she’s voiced Raspberry Torte since 2009. She also appeared as Sloane in Barbie in Rock ‘N Royals, among many other titles. Singer and dancer, too. You’ll have a lot to talk about.

Throughout TrotCon, she’ll be on hand to visit panels, sign autographs and generally hang out. You know the drill by now.

ALSO, how about community guests? Already have a few announced, have PLENTY more coming down the pipe. But for today in particular, we’d like to give a shoutout to a returning special guest for TrotCon 2016, ChocoPony!

If you attended our 2015 convention, chances are you either met him or saw his work in our Artist Alley or even with the awesome limited edition coins given to some of our sponsor badge holders last year. If you didn’t get your hands on his fine crafts there or at the other conventions he’s popped up at over the last few months, well, now’s your chance. Tarot decks, card games, all kinds of goodies —  you’re gonna want to check him out.

Our two new guests will join John de Lancie, the always-wonderful Heather Breckel and other awesome return fandom guests Pixelkitties and TJ Carson at TrotCon 2016, and we’re not done yet. We should probably hurry it up, though. Con’s in like two and a half months.

What can you expect from us next? We’re currently finalizing our list of vendors and musicians for 2016, and our panelist applications are live until May 20. We’re also still accepting staff help for 2016. You should apply. You’re cool. We like you. Yes, even you.

by Darkly

Please welcome… Heather Breckel!

March 13, 2016 in Guest Announcement by Darkly

If you’ve been coming to TrotCon for the last few years, you’ll know our next guest quite, quite well.

She’s had a hand in creating the finished product of some of the fantastic My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic comic books published by IDW — please welcome Heather Breckel to TrotCon 2016!

Heather’s been coming out to TrotCon since 2013, and she’s been a virtual no-brainer for us to have back ever since. First of all, she’s tremendous at her job — colorist for IDW’s MLP comics, meaning she holds down the important task of bringing all your favorite characters to life through magnificent color! Then, of course, being a resident of our home base of Columbus, Ohio, ain’t too shabby either.

You’ll have the chance to meet Heather and learn more about a slightly different MLP medium than that of the TV show, but remember, she’s no one-trick pony! Heather has also worked as a colorist for editions in the Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesGodzillaStar Wars and Peter Panzerfaust franchises, among many more, and she’s also a tremendous artist — she even has her own digital comic called Angie Ruins Fire Emblem!

Come shoot the breeze with Heather this summer. Talk about some ponies. Maybe some cats. You know you wanna.

ALSO: Calling all prospective vendors! Yeah, you, with the things to sell! Want to put a price tag on your wares and truck them off to TrotCon 2016? A friendly, but firm, reminder: in just over a month, registration for our artist alley will be closed for good! April 15 at 11:59 p.m. ET is the specific date and time.

So many of you have already put in applications, but if you haven’t already and have any sort of desire to come to Columbus in the dead of July, well, our door’s open! Because, you know, it’s really hot out, and we need the door open to get that outdoor breeze in. You understand, right? No, no, we don’t think it’s going to blow anything over. It might create a wind tunnel effect, but hey, the kids seem to be enjoying it.

Apply to vend at TrotCon 2016 here! Also, a reminder that panelist applications will close May 20, while musician applications end May 1.

by Darkly

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

Special Event featuring John de Lancie

January 14, 2016 in Guest Announcement, Programming by Darkly

So, John de Lancie is coming to TrotCon. You might have heard about it. You might have heard of him. You might have heard of TrotCon. If not, hi, we’re TrotCon. And we have John de Lancie stopping by in July.

With an actor as prolific and multi-talented as de Lancie, who you might know best as the voice of Discord on My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic or Q on Star Trek, we simply had to do something fun with him aside from the usual panels you’ve come to expect — which is why we’re exceedingly excited to announce a special ticketed event during TrotCon 2016: “In Defense of Poetry” with John de Lancie.

What’s up with poetry and why is John de Lancie appearing at an event on it? Simple: he’s got an essay of the same name and he wants to share it with you. Afterward, he’s looking to have a discussion with attendees on poetry and the like, with John speaking to his own connections with learning to read, poetry and much, much more. He’ll even read a couple of other poems during the one-and-a-half-hour engagement.

This isn’t like normal events, and as such there will be a $20 charge to enter “In Defense of Poetry,” doable either on Eventbrite before the convention or at the door. However, tickets are included if you purchase an Alicorn- or Draconequus-tier sponsor badge. Haven’t gotten one of those? What are you waiting for?! It’s badges like these that help us to bring you more awesome pony content each year, like John de Lancie this year and such great folks as Andrea Libman, Kelly Sheridan, M.A. Larson, Peter New and much more in the past.

Oh, also, before we forget! Official prices for John de Lancie autograph vouchers are here. They’ll be $30 each, and you can also purchase on Eventbrite before the convention if you so choose.

We’ve got John de Lancie, a score of community guests including Pixelkitties and TJ Carson of Ask Pirate Dash, and we’re not done yet. Keep an eye on trotcon.net, y’all — we’re six months away and we’re pleased as punch to bring you another convention for the fifth time.

by Darkly

Artist Alley Application now Live!

January 3, 2016 in Registration by Darkly

Are you or someone you know an artist or vendor looking to sell at TrotCon 2016?

Perfect timing, y’all: our artist alley application is now live!

http://trotcon.net/registration/artist-app/