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/

by Darkly

John de Lancie comes to TrotCon!

November 10, 2015 in Guest Announcement, Programming by Darkly

In the four years since TrotCon became a thing, we’ve brought you a heaping helping of esteemed guests from the My Little Pony community, from our share of splendid community guests to fan-favorite official folks like M.A. Larson, Andrea Libman, Kelly Sheridan, Peter New, Dave Polsky, Brian Drummond, Brynna Drummond, Steffan Andrews and Heather Breckel.

And in 2016, we’re adding a new face to that list. Don’t worry, it’s one with whom you’re most familiar. You know, if you dig horns, a snaggletooth, yellow eyes and all that.

For TrotCon 2016, we’re bringing Discord himself, John de Lancie, to Columbus, Ohio!

Within the MLP fandom, you know de Lancie best for his turn as the sometimes-heinous, sometimes-snuggly, sometimes-villain Discord, who’s gone from Princess Celestia’s greatest foe (and a snazzy lawn ornament) to something like everyone’s favorite uncle who pops up a few times a year (see: season) to bejewel us with his presence, with a few practical jokes along the way.

Of course, there’s way more to de Lancie than Discord. The longtime actor first came to prominence as Q in multiple iterations of Star Trek, including eight episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation. He’s also lent his vocal talents to Invader Zim, The Angry Beavers and more, and has appeared in dozens of TV shows and films, along with multiple roles on stage.

You’ll have plenty of opportunities to meet de Lancie next July, whether it’s at autograph signing or during panels — the contents of which we’ll reveal soon, but trust us, you’re going to like these. He’ll also be available as part of some of our VIP events, which you — yes, you! — can attend as a higher-tier sponsor badge holder at TrotCon 2016.

That’s not all: We have a community guest announcement for you, too! Boy howdy!

We’ll be welcoming back TJ Carson, aka Pirate Dash, to TrotCon next year! Carson, who you’ll likely remember as a guest this year as well, is best known as the moderator of Ask Pirate Dash — and a rad artist, to boot. Find him at panels around the convention or even as part of our vendor hall with Pirate Dash’s Treasures. He joins our already-announced community guest, Pixelkitties!

Also, calling all artists! Wanna join Pirate Dash and Pixelkitties in selling your wares at TrotCon 2016? Artist Alley apps will be going up in January, so don’t fret, you’ll get your chance at an application soon! Our musician and panelist applications will be available by the end of this month, while staff applications are currently live on our site.

Oh, and one more thing: we’ll be having a VIP dinner for the Draconequus-tier sponsor badge holders. Our VIPs will be there. Will you? Just a SMALL amount of these badges are still available, so get crackin’, y’all.

Wanna join us? Badges are still available for 2016, with weekend passes running $40 through the end of January. We’ve also got plenty of sponsor badges for sale at various prices, tiers and perks.

TrotCon 2016, our fifth convention, will be held July 15-17, 2016, at the Crowne Plaza Columbus North in Columbus, Ohio.

by rpb3000

Crystal Fair!

September 23, 2015 in Other Conventions by rpb3000

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Friendship is Magic

As they say, meet me at the Crystal Fair! Peanut Bucker will once again be heading down to St. Louis to hang out with Ravs, Buckwiser, and Flying Spirit at the Crystal Fair! Come drop by Crystal Creations Room A (Conference Room B) to say hi, ask us any of your burning questions about TrotCon and/or Pixel Ponies Gaming, and maybe pre-register for next years’ Trot or pick up some sweet merch!

As if that’s not enticing enough, Starswirl Academy will not only be demo’ing their latest convention build of the game, but also be hosting a panel on the behind-the-scenes work of building a visual novel and general game development (Hi-Score says it’s a must-see!), some of your favorite fandom guests and musicians will be making an appearance (Hobbes Maxwell, The Shake Ups, Pirate Dash, and many more), and we hear that Lee Tockar (the voice of Steven Magnet, Gummy, Spot, and Snips, among others) will be signing autographs and giving brides-to-be anxiety attacks all weekend long. And that’s just the beginning!

Can’t afford to go? Why not volunteer? They’re still looking for help pretty much across the board. Volunteer enough hours of your time, get your badge reimbursed and get a glimpse at the inner workings of a convention. Pretty much win-win, we think.

We’re hype, and you should be too! Hope to see lots of you there!

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

Big Announcement: TrotCon 2016 and Beyond!

July 26, 2015 in Uncategorized by Darkly

So, it’s been a week since TrotCon 2015 ended. Crazy, right? We think so. Time is weird. A flat circle, even.

We had a downright amazing time with you guys this year. Like, for real — it ruled. And many of you responded in a similar way; after all, we increased our attendance numbers by a whole 20 percent this year, and we even ran out of our usual kids’ badges halfway through because so many little ones came out this year. That’s so cool. It was an absolute joy to put on this event for you and we’re glad the response for TrotCon 2015 was mostly positive. If you gave us a Rotten Tomatoes score, it seems like we’d at least hit the 90s, right? Take that, (fill in new Adam Sandler movie here)!

However, we did want to clear up something incredibly important, and we wanted to get it out there right off the bat: TrotCon 2016 will not be the final TrotCon.

We know, we know, we’re throwing you for a loop, aren’t we? We’re like that high school crush that tells you one thing and then can’t get their #feelings straight the next day. Call us flip-floppers, call us wishy-washy.

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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

WE’RE THIS WEEKEND

July 16, 2015 in Uncategorized by Darkly

We did it! We made it to TrotCon 2015! Far out, dudes!

Just a reminder that we’re selling badges at the door this weekend — $50 for the whole weekend, then $25 for Friday, $35 for Saturday and $20 for Sunday. All you gotta do is show up to registration, fill out your information and voila! Remember, ages 12 and under are free, too!

If you pre-registered, you can show up starting at 7 p.m. Thursday night to pick up your badge through midnight. After that, we’ll be opening registration at 7 a.m. Friday morning.

Still on the fence about coming out? Take a gander around our website for information about our guests, panels and much more. We’re super pumped about everything we’re offering in 2015 and we think you will be, too. Plenty of vendors, musicians… man, it’s gonna rule.

Follow us on social media this weekend (Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram) to join in on the fun, too!

Later, dudes and dudettes. Hope to see you soon.

by Darkly

TrotCon 2015 Schedule!

July 2, 2015 in Programming by Darkly

Our schedule for this years convention is now live! So go check it out!!

TrotCon 2015 Schedule

The autograph schedule and prices will be released next week.

by Darkly

Midnight Mares and Official TrotCon Plush

May 20, 2015 in Guest Announcement, Plush by Darkly

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So, check this out: C. Allan Gann, owner of Gann Memorials Custom Toys, is coming to TrotCon.

Unfamiliar with the name? Gann’s company has created some very, very cool plushes and custom toys over the years, working with other conventions like Bronycon, Ponycon NYC, Babscon and more—PLUS, he’s the creator of the Midnight Mares Brony-inspired original story, for which the trailer was premiered at Bronycon last year. That trailer ended up scoring half a million views on YouTube before being transferred to Gann’s personal account—check it out!

Heading to TrotCon 2015? If that’s the case, you’re gonna get the chance to sit in on Gann’s panel, where you’ll check out behind-the-scenes animatics and other never-before-seen footage from Midnight Mares prior to its release, while also snagging an exclusive Midnight Mares gift if you attend and are one of the first 100 in the door. You’ll also get the chance to ask questions and learn more about this super cool project!

Additionally, his team will be selling limited edition TrotCon plushies, as well as toys and accessories for Midnight Mares! Bring your cash, yo.

You don’t even have to wait for the convention to buy! You’ll be able to pre-order your exclusive TrotCon plushes today: it’s $15 for one, or you can buy both for $25. Pre-Order Here!!

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Cool stuff, everyone. We’re excited.

by Darkly

Musicians and Vendors for 2015

May 10, 2015 in Guest Announcement, Programming by Darkly

We’ve done quite a few VIP guest announcements lately, most of whom work on My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. Let’s change it up a bit, yeah?

Every year, we bring you some of our favorite vendors, artists and musicians from within the brony community out to TrotCon so they can do their, you know, thing — whether that’s sell you their lovely wares, draw you a pic of your OC suplexing Guy Fieri through a table, create lovely music for your listening pleasure, or maybe all three if they’re particularly ballin’.

This year is no different! Today, we’d like to announce the official lineup for our 2015 concert/rave, as well as the full list of vendors in our Artist Acres!

First, the music: get ready, because just like last year, we’ll be starting the tunes on Friday night with a mini show to get you warmed up. Then we’ll ramp things up Saturday, first with a set from our two full bands, then we’ll get back into rave mode for the rest of the evening.

Who’s playing? For the third year in a row, Odyssey Eurobeat, known to many of you as Eurobeat Brony, will be part of the festivities, and we’re also bringing out Chang31ing, Aftermath, Mogul Dash and Green Tinted Goggles, all of whom have been with us since the first TrotCon concert back in 2013. KnifePony, Steven A.D. and the Shake-Ups in Ponyville are also former TrotCon performers coming back for 2015.

In addition to them, we’ll have quite a few first-timers, among them BluNoseReindeer, The Wonderbolts, Notica, IvoryBrony, Starlight, StrachAttack, (The) R3ctifier and DJ pinkamenaX! Far out, dudes.

We’ve been slowly revealing the vendor list for 2015, but now the full list is available! You already knew about Pirate Dash’s Treasures, Chocolate Pony and Equestria Tarot, KefkaFloyd Prints & Art, Tsitra360 and the like–now, how about our newest, including Aleximus Prime’s Art, the New Gray Mare and many, many more? Get the full list over on our website, yeah?

Now we just need to get our panelist lineup in order, and then suddenly this is gonna be looking like a ready-to-go convention. We’re stoked. We hope you are, too.

Come hang at TrotCon 2015 at the Crowne Plaza Columbus North in Columbus, Ohio, from July 17-19! Badges are still available through next month, $45 for the full weekend, with sponsor badges also available.