Elley Ray Is Back at TrotCon for a Third Straight Year

Art: Ruef

Well, look. We could totally spread out these guest announcements for 2020, yes. But we’re just too darn excited, you know?

It’s time for VIP announcement No. 3, following our previous reveals of M.A. Larson and Claire Corlett. While Claire is coming to TrotCon for the first time, our latest guest is, like Larson, a bit of a veteran.

No use beating around the bush any longer. Elley Ray is coming back to TrotCon.

Some of y’all are probably out here like, wait, disembodied TrotCon voice, wasn’t she already announced as coming back at TrotCon 2019’s closing ceremonies? Well, no, not exactly. While there were vague statements about how Elley herself was interested in basically living at TrotCon (which, hey, free coffee in the mornings) and how we’d love to have her any time she wanted to come back as long as all the stars aligned, neither side, y’know, signed any contracts or anything.

That’s changed! We can officially say that Elley is coming back. Prepare yourselves.

For the uninitiated, Elley Ray is a veteran actor whose credits on My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic include Mistmane and a pair of changeling characters in “To Change a Changeling.” Her other roles stretch all the way back to the mid-1980s, when she appeared in multiple episodes of The Care Bears Family, Garbage Pail Kids and Sylvanian Families, and her voice has also been featured in Babar, Monster Force, Redwall, Rolie Polie Olie and many, many more.

If you’ve been to TrotCon the past two years or have attended a convention at which Elley has been a guest, you already know the drill here. If not? Expect a whole bunch of positivity and fun, which practically radiates from Elley, whether you’re meeting her at one of her panels, at an autograph signing or simply in the hallways of TrotCon, where she’s often found when she doesn’t have a prior engagement.

Oh, and there will be balloons. Maybe a pinata. Heck, that was just last year; who knows what she has in store for 2020?

I guess we’ll find out in a little less than nine months, when she joins all of y’all at TrotCon 2020, where we currently have $45 weekend badges available through February, when the price goes up to $55. And remember, kids 12 and under get in free with the purchase of an adult badge!

We’ve Got Claire Corlett for TrotCon 2020!

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It’s not even been two weeks since our last guest announcement for TrotCon 2020, but we’re just too excited to wait any longer.

Guess what? Claire Corlett’s coming to TrotCon!

For the very first time in our nine-year history, we’ll have the voice of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic‘s Sweetie Belle gracing the TrotCon halls here in good ol’ Columbus, Ohio. She’ll also be our first core Cutie Mark Crusader to visit (though Brynna Drummond, the voice of Babs Seed, stopped by a few years back).

In addition to her work on MLP, you might also be familiar with Claire via the TV series Dinosaur Train (Tiny), Bob the Builder (Dizzy) and 3-2-1 Penguins! (Michelle), among other titles.

She’ll be on hand at TrotCon 2020 to sit in on some panels, sign autographs and maybe pop up here and there elsewhere — who knows?! Still lots to plan; TrotCon’s not for another nine-ish months, after all.

Claire’s our first voice actor to join the TrotCon 2020 VIP guest list and the second from the show’s staff past and present, following M.A. Larson, who we announced nearly two weeks ago.

Wanna come hang with both of them (plus more still to be announced)? Good, that’s what we like to hear. We’ve got $45 badges, which last you the full weekend (Friday-Sunday), through Feb. 1, at which point the price will bump up to $55.

MORE TO COME, FRIENDZ.

Please Welcome M.A. Larson to TrotCon 2020!

All right, it’s been two months since TrotCon 2019. Time for some guest announcements.

Well, just one guest announcement today. But, like, more are coming. We just didn’t wanna overload ya.

Anyway, we’ll cut to the chase and welcome M.A. Larson to TrotCon 2020!

That’s right, he’s back! After attending multiple TrotCons in the past, the former story editor for My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is making his first trip to the *checks notes* land of corn, beer and Schmidt’s sausages since 2017.

Of course, Larson departed FIM after season five, and since then, he’s been hard at work on his Pennyroyal Academy novel series (I bet you can buy his book[s] at TrotCon, what do y’all think?) and as part of the writing team for DC Super Hero Girls, reuniting him with one Lauren Faust. You might have heard of her.

As it is with all M.A. Larson TrotCon appearances, you’ll have the ability to say hi, get something (anything!) signed, attend panels featuring his insights into writing, animation and much more, and probably just generally get to hang out for a few minutes with him around the convention. Since TrotCon is, y’know, just that sort of place when it comes to VIPs, usually.

No other guest announcements for y’all at the moment, but we do have something else to say!

For just a few more days, TrotCon 2020 badges are $35 for the entire weekend, July 17-19. After Oct. 1, they’ll bump up to $45 for three days, a price that will persist through Feb. 1.

So, hey, if you’re still on the fence about coming to TrotCon but don’t mind paying $35 now vs. more later, now’s definitely the time to book! Because they ain’t getting any cheaper.

 

Some News About Our TrotCon Hotel Block

Those of you who have been coming to TrotCon for a while now probably know that our lead-up to 2020 has been… a little odd, by our standards.

Let’s put it this way. We sold out of draconequus sponsor badges two weeks ago. We’ve already got over 200 pre-regs. Our dumb “Anyway, come to TrotCon” social media joke became a weird BronyCon meme. Life is weird, y’all.

But nothing’s surprised us more than the speed with which our hotel block continued to sell out at the Crowne Plaza Columbus North, our venue for the past five years. We added rooms. They sold out. Added more. Sold out. Hotel was like, wait, don’t y’all usually not sell out your block until, like, June? We nod, smile through the tears, etc.

Anyway. Here’s the deal, and this is where we’re gonna annoy some of y’all. The Crowne Plaza is officially sold out.

Does that mean you, a person without a reservation at the Crowne for TrotCon 2020, will not get one? No, not necessarily.

Does that mean you’re not gonna get a room that’s part of an official TrotCon block? Also no, not necessarily.

First, Crowne-related matters. We were able to buy out the other folks who had a room block there, save for about six rooms stemming from an airline contract for pilots and such (we’re about 20 minutes from the Columbus airport). HOWEVER, the rooms that we bought out are going to be saved for vendors who have not already gotten a room for 2020. We know some of you aren’t gonna dig that, and we get ya. But we wanted to make sure our vendors, who are going to be lugging a large amount of merchandise and such around all weekend in between the vendor hall and wherever they’re staying, are taken care of to the best of our ability, rather than making them stay at a neighboring hotel a car ride away.

Vendors: these will, obviously, only be available if you are selected for the 2020 hall. They will unfortunately be a few dollars more ($120 a night) because that’s the rate they were originally sold at before we bought them out, per the hotel. Obviously you are very much free to book any place to stay you want as a vendor, but know that this is an option if you have not yet had your lodging taken care of. Logistics there will be taken care of once you’re accepted for 2020.

The cool thing about all this is that because we have virtually the whole Crowne Plaza to ourselves, we’re gonna get some perks outta it that may involve stuff like longer pool hours. More on that soon.

For the rest of you: we have another block. It’s at the Ramada By Wyndham Columbus Polaris, which is approximately a five-minute drive from the Crowne Plaza (which, remember, has free parking). The block will be $103 a night, and you can grab it by calling this number — (614) 890-8111 —  and saying you’re with TrotCon.

We are currently in the stages of planning free transportation to and from the Crowne Plaza for Ramada guests. Some of this will be provided by the hotel, and we’re also looking into hiring a separate service ourselves. POINT IS, if you’re coming to TrotCon and won’t have a car, if you’re staying at the Ramada you will have a free option to make it to a TrotCon.

Important note: if you call the Ramada and they tell you the block for TrotCon is full, PLEASE contact us ASAP any way you know how (social media, Discord, whatever). We’ll have our main staff contact acting as a liaison with the hotel(s) look into it. Additionally, in the event that we reach our limit at the Ramada as well, we should be able to open another block at a separate hotel.

That being said, we know that a lot of y’all are gonna wanna just say, “to hell with all this,” and snag your own room somewhere else. We obviously welcome you to do that! While we’re not blessed location-wise with adjoining hotels one can walk to with ease from the Crowne Plaza, there are multiple hotels within a five-minute drive in the area. Ya have options.

We appreciate your patience as we move toward 2020, and we apologize for any inconvenience. 2020 is already shaping up to be a year unlike any other at TrotCon (except… maybe 2015, but even that may be different when all is said and done!), and luckily we have 11 more months to get all the logistics down. We’re also in some final talks with some VIP guests, so, hey, be on the lookout there, too.

Thanks for 2019 — and Welcome 2020!

It’s kinda crazy to think that a week ago, we were kicking off TrotCon 2019 in style with a bunch of special guests, plus all of our wonderful, wonderful attendees!

Wanna hear something funny, though? The whole time, while we were enjoying throwing our eighth My Little Pony convention, we couldn’t help but look toward the future.

Since before TrotCon 2019 even began last Friday, we’ve known precisely what we were gonna do for 2020, assuming the whole place didn’t burn down and left us unable to have a ninth convention. Our con chair in particular has been practically bursting at the seams waiting to tell you what’s in store.

But first things first: thanks to everyone who attended TrotCon 2019! 700 of you raised over $5,000 in charity donations, the latter a record for us here at TrotCon. Y’all find new ways to surprise us each year!

We’d also like to thank Katrina Salisbury, Elley Ray, Bill Newton, Heather Breckel and all our community guests, musicians, vendors and panelists for helping make TrotCon 2019 something people actually wanted to attend!

And finally, to our staff: hey, cool, your did your job. Congrats. Time to get on 2020.

If you were at our closing ceremonies, you’re already aware that for next year, we’ll be doing none other than a circus/carnival theme! We think the theme well suits all of the different personalities and strengths of our staff in terms of putting on a good show, and we hope you’re just as excited as we are for it.

TrotCon 2020 will be held July 17-19 at the usual spot, the Crowne Plaza Columbus North in Columbus, Ohio. Though not every single facet of 2020 is operational just yet (such as applications for staff, panelists and the like), we are happy to say that pre-registration is up and at the same prices as 2019. That means you can snag a $35 weekend badge RIGHT NOW — but only until Oct. 1! After that point, the price will go up $10.

Each sponsor badge tier is also available, and we’ve already had a few folks partake. Remember, some of these tiers — mainly draconequus — are fairly limited numbers-wise, so don’t delay if you’re thinking of bumping up to a sponsor tier.

That about covers it for now! If you’re going to be at BronyCon next weekend, you should stop by our table, where we’ll be slinging TrotCon merch, showing off our prize wheel and even dispensing a few buttons with a certain TrotCon catchphrase on it. You probably know the one.

Otherwise, keep an eye on this space! We’ve got a lot to share with you soon.

Announcing FoalPapers & Forward Progress for TrotCon 2019!

Hope you’re ready for one last community guest announcement! Because, uh, we have one, and this one’s a bit of a blast from the past.

That’s because FoalPapers is returning to TrotCon!

After hanging out with us as one of our handful of guests (community or otherwise!) in TrotCon 2012, he finally makes his return to TrotCon for 2019. We. Are. Stoked.

Since he joins us a little late in the game, you’re not going to be getting a FoalPapers-centric panel this year, though. Instead, he’ll be assisting on a variety of already-existing panels (check out our schedule for more info!), as well as appearing on various guest of honor panels as a moderator.

So you’ll be seeing him plenty. No worries.

Who is FoalPapers, by the way? Ever since 2011, he’s been in and around the MLP fandom, presenting panels and discussions based on things such as links between My Little Pony and Greek mythology at conventions and conferences, along with various appearances as a moderator and co-host of other events since brony conventions’ inceptions. He’s also partially responsible for the extremely helpful PonyCons spreadsheet that’s tracked each and every MLP con since MLP:FIM began (and some that existed before!), if you’re into record-keeping.

In addition to FoalPapers, we’d also love to announce that Forward Progress will be a community guest for the first time at TrotCon 2019!

Like FoalPapers, Forward Progress isn’t new to TrotCon, though 2019 marks his first time in the community guest realm here. He’s been presenting panels at TrotCon for multiple years now as the founder of the Keeping Friendship Magic project, exploring show analysis, mythology and much, much more.

He’ll have plenty of panels to run at TrotCon 2019 — busy pone and all — but he’ll also have a chance to appear as a special guest during other events, including programming from fellow community guests RiffPonies.

FoalPapers and Forward Progress join the already-announced Pixelkitties, RiffPonies, Fiaura the Tank Girl, TheBronyCritic, TJ Carson/Pirate Dash and Traveling Pony Museum as community guests for 2019! That’s EIGHT total guests to go along with our four guests of honor (Bill Newton, Heather Breckel, Katrina Salisbury and Elley Ray).

I guess that means it’s time for TrotCon.

One more quick announcement! We have the 2019 schedule available on the TrotCon.net website. Come on in and start planning your year, yeah?

TrotCon Musicians 2019

Hello, friends! Let’s talk about music.

You know that, right? Oh, of course you do. You’d have to be living under a rock (or just not a regular TrotCon attendee) to not already be aware of our yearly concert, which for the last two years has been expanded to a two-day affair.

2019 is no different. Starting Friday night and going into the wee hours of Sunday morning, we at TrotCon will be bringing you some of the finest musicians the My Little Pony fandom has to offer. Well, some of the finest who applied, at least. Which is, let’s be real, a fantastic bunch.

Nah, nah, we’re not just talking ’em up without anything to show for it. Check this out.

We’ll kick things off with a variety of instrument-based performers looking to either make your ears bleed with rawk or to make you sing along to the #hits old and new.

We’ve got Luck Rock, of course. Y’all know Luck Rock. Alt rock, pop punk, catchy tunes. Dare ya not to sing along. It’s gonna go a little something like this.

Hard rock more your speed? Good thing L Train’s pulling into the station. Was gonna make an MTA joke here but remembered this is an Ohio con. Headbang with me, y’all.

Good, now keep that headbangin’ going. Because Brownie’s back. Brownie, after all, is eternal, whether they’re rocking out in the TrotCon hallways or on stage. Metal up yr flank.

Finally, get a load of MelodyBrony, who’s gonna bring a combination of hard and acoustic rock to the TrotCon stage. You’ll notice their page includes some featured names that may or may not be at our con, too. Hm. HMMM.

Once that’s all said and done, we’ll lay down our weary hands (and try to get the ringing outta our ears, probz) before the big show, as it were: the customary Saturday night rave.

And boy, what a rave it’ll be. If you’re a veteran attendee of TrotCon, you’re gonna see folks old and new here, all with one goal in mind: to make you dance. (And maybe other things? Find love? I dunno what the deal is this year. I just know there’ll be music.)

11 quality sets, y’all. Let’s dive in.

You know R3CTIFIER, purveyor of various EDM sundries. Their hardest set yet is promised, if you didn’t already have enough reason to show up. They even tossed up a TrotCon-exclusive track the other day! Ain’t that neat?

Next up, there’s JESUSKIDZ, who I think played, like, SOPHIE in their set one year? I think so? Did I dream it? Anyway, never a dull moment with this killer producer, whether it’s via remixes or original tracks. Listen to JESUSKIDZ. And SOPHIE.

PFS, or PonyFireStone, has been here before. Seen a thing or two. Played a lotta sawngs. Provided dat bass. Ain’t nothing changing this year. You should be stoked.

Wanna see what you’re getting into with Trot newcomer TPressleyJ? Check out this HarmonyCon set from earlier this year at their Coltchella. Let us pray to the gods of trap, riddim, dubstep and the like. Amen.

Let’s seeeee, who’s next? Nextmourn, that’s who. Hope ya like drum ‘n’ bass. Who am I kidding, of course you like drum ‘n’ bass. And Nevermourn’s got ya covered on that front. I mean, look, their TrotCon application literally had it in all caps under genre. And nothing else. Stick to ya guns.

Y’all hear that we got General Mumble & Koa? If you missed that news, then, uh, here! Surprise! Surprise? Below’s a lil taste of the electronic music similar to what they’ll be bringing to the TrotCon stage. We. Are. Stoked.

Some newb called Chang31ing’s coming. Has definitely never performed at TrotCon. Certainly not seven times in a row. So here’s a primer on this EDM artist you definitely don’t know. Guess we’ll let anyone with a box on their head show up these days.

PegasYs should be a fun one. I mean, I’d think so; we know a thing or two about this glitch hop/electronic artist, who’s coming back for yet another year at TrotCon. Let’s boogie.

Brilliant Venture’s video of last year’s TrotCon performance has serious production value, y’all. Take a gander below while you get ready for the 2019 set from this purveyor of total bangers.

DO NOT MAKE AN OSTERMAN JEWELERS STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART JOKE KEVIN DON’T DO IT THIS IS NOT A GOOD IDEA PLEASE JUST TALK ABOUT STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART, which is a rap/production collective whose flow, rhymes and beats are absolutely gonna lodge themselves into your brain and not let go all weekend long. Is this a prank? Are we being punk’d? Or did we really get this lucky to get them to perform?

Last but not least, D3RP1’s coming by to play y’all some dubstep, some trap, and everything in between. Water Horse is playing the set, too, making this ol’ thing two for the price of one.  Ain’t you lucky.

That’s it and that’s all, folks! A lineup with schedules is coming soon, but we wanted to get this out in the open. Because, uh, TrotCon’s in a month.

A. Month.

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