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Going to Ohayocon?

January 27, 2015 in Other Conventions by Darkly

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Going to Ohayocon this coming weekend? We are! Quite a few of our staff will be at the con. If you find one of them be sure to get a flyer and a Peanut Bucker pin! The flyers have a 10% pre-reg badge discount code on them.

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Our Guest List Just Got Way More Colorful

January 20, 2015 in Guest Announcement by Darkly

Our next guest is someone those of you who have come to TrotCon in the past (let’s say the last two years, eh?) should know very, very well.

For the third year in a row, Heather Breckel will be coming to TrotCon!

Heather is best known in the My Little Pony fandom as the colorist on the IDW Publishing comic series that is quite beloved throughout the fandom. Additionally, she’s done the same for many of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series issues for IDW, as well as Godzilla: Half Century War and The Trip. Comic book fan? Yeah, you’ve probably seen her work. It’s rad.

Now, we’re not just bringing out Heather because she lives here in Columbus, of course. Every year, our attendees have ranked her among your favorites to see and meet at the convention, whether it’s at her Artist’s Alley table or at one of her panels. So, hey, why mess up a pretty great thing?

Heather will be on hand all weekend, so get your questions, comments and proposals for eternal friendship ready to go, because you’re only six months away from getting to see her, G.M. Berrow and many more at TrotCon 2015.

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A New Guest has Appeared!

December 31, 2014 in Guest Announcement by Darkly

Are you ready for some TrotCon guest announcements?

We can’t hear you!

No, really, we can’t hear you over how excited we are to be bringing G.M. Berrow to TrotCon for the very first time!

G.M. is the author of numerous tomes from the My Little Pony world, including multiple Friendship is Magic chapter books (“Twilight Sparkle and the Crystal Heart Spell” and “Rainbow Dash and the Daring Do Double Dare” among them) and even the Daring Do Adventure Collection — co-authored, naturally, with A.K. Yearling.

But not only that — she’s also a new addition to the MLP:FIM writing staff, with the fruits of her labor hitting your pretty little TV screens once season 5 rolls around.

In addition to her work in the world of pony, she’s also dabbled in “Law and Order: SVU,” “The Good Wife” and more.

G.M. will be coming to us from Brooklyn, New York, the raddest borough in New York City. Go say hi and tell her you’re excited to see her this July; she’s at @gmberrow on Twitter.

If you want to hang with her and many others at TrotCon 2015, now’s a superb time to book your visit. Weekend badges for TrotCon are $35 through Jan. 9, at which point they’ll bump up to $45. In the interest of saving $10, don’t delay! Of course, multiple tiers of sponsor badges — some of which will get you the chance to meet G.M. Berrow and our other VIPs — are available now.

It’s gonna be gooder than grits, y’all. And this is just the beginning.

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Community Guests and Musician Applications!

November 6, 2014 in Guest Announcement, Registration by Darkly

Want to hear something practically insane? It’s already been over four months since TrotCon 2014, and boy, do we miss all of you so.

So we decided: why not tide everyone over with our first guest announcement of 2014?

We’re proud to announce that TrotCon 2015 will feature Pixelkitties and TJ Carson, aka Pirate Dash, as guests of honor!

TrotCon 2015 marks the fourth time we’ve put on a My Little Pony convention in Columbus, Ohio, and Pixelkitties has been there since the beginning. If you’ve spent even just a day on a pony imageboard or browsing through the most delectable My Little Pony art, you’ve seen her work – we’ll bet a few bits on that. She’ll be here again to peddle her wares, from art and prints to other gratifying goodies, plus expect her to appear on a panel or two as well.

TJ Carson’s in his second year at TrotCon as a guest of honor. You’ll know him from Tumblr, as moderator of Ask Pirate Dash and Ask Mic Boom – so if you’re a Tumblrpon or want to know more about that community, he’s the dude to say, ‘Sup?’ to. He’ll be holding down some Tumblr- and pony-related programming all the weekend long.

Oh, and what’s that you say? You’re a musician? That’s pretty far out, cowboy, because we’re looking for any and all interested musicians for our 2015 music festivities! Last year we had dozens of artists performing over two nights, and we’re hoping to bring down the house again in 2015 – though not literally, because that might get messy. Interested in applying or know someone who’d be perfect for the job? Hit ’em up at http://trotcon.net/registration/music-app/ for more info.

And on that note, don’t forget panel, vendor and staff applications are currently up on our website! Apply there or email trot@trotcon.net for information on how to get up in front of people at TrotCon 2015.

Sound rad? Nice, really nice. We’ll be held July 17-19, 2015, at our new home of the Crowne Plaza Columbus North in Columbus, Ohio. Badges for the weekend currently run $35 through January, with multiple tiers of sponsor badges available as well over at our registration page – http://trotcon.net/registration/.

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TrotCon’s heading to St. Louis!

October 14, 2014 in Uncategorized by Darkly

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Catch us at Crystal Fair! We’ll be selling swag and you can score some discounted tickets while enjoying the fantastic sights, smells, and sounds of the best little pony convention in Missouri. We can’t wait to see you there!

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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!

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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.

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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

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Our Schedule is up!

June 8, 2014 in Programming by Darkly

Our schedule for the 2014 event is here! Check it out at the link below:

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Writer Guest Announcement!

May 18, 2014 in Guest Announcement, Registration by Darkly

There are many mystical creatures in this world, and TrotCon is proud to say that we have found one. Our search was long and arduous, but this last minute guest was worth the wait! The myths and legends are true, and we are bringing him straight to you, M.A. Larson! My Little Pony, Friendship is Magic has gone and entire season without this man of many words but his notoriety and fan adoration remain intact. And why shouldn’t it? M.A. Larson, even in his absence, has written more episodes in his time with the show than all but two other writers. Though his work with MLP is astounding, his talent doesn’t stop there. Larson has written for many shows including My Gym Partner’s a Monkey and subsequently from the same creators, Littlest Pet Shop, and even an episode of Gravity Falls. He doesn’t just get around on screen, either, M.A. Larson just finished a new book, Pennyroyal Academy. We encourage all to look it up. The book has dragons, witches, fairies and all other kinds of mythological ilk based in the paradigm of the Brother’s Grimm. 

So join us for Larson’s next MLP episode: “TrotCon: or the time wherein M.A. Larson made Peanut Bucker and everyone at TrotCon into Princesses!”

Don’t forgot pre-registration ends on May 31st at 11:59pm EST. Pre-registration is currently $40. You can also help support the convention by buying a Sponsor Tier badge! – http://trotcon2014.eventbrite.com