TrotCon Is Canceled for 2020 — Announcing TrotCon 2021

We’re just gonna cut to the chase. Our usual three-day TrotCon isn’t happening this year.

I know, I know. Some states, including Ohio, are slowly beginning reopening procedures amid the COVID-19 outbreak. We said that we would postpone to later in the year if we needed to. There are still seven-ish months left in the year, so why are you just canceling, etc.

Look, we want to have what was likely to be the biggest TrotCon ever as much as you do. It’s the reason we held off as long as we did before making an official decision.

But with many of you voicing concerns about being able to attend at all this year, plus the fact that we’re going to have attendees this year from across the world, let alone the country, we felt that it was the best decision to protect the health of all attendees to not have an event in July. I mean, have you been to our venue? We love the Crowne Plaza, but unlike some conventions, such as those held in convention centers, there isn’t nearly as much space in which you can move around. Fine enough for pandemic-less times, yes, but iffier when it comes to the measures we’d have to have in place to ensure our attendees’ health.

The nail in the coffin? Our VIP guests did not feel comfortable traveling to TrotCon in July. We want to give you what many of you paid for, and while we know some of you will come to TrotCon no matter the guest and programming situation, we also recognize that some of you are attending with the intent of meeting the people we’d already announced.

Could we have done an event later in the year, when, hopefully, restrictions are more lax? Totally. But it, once again, would not be the same event that we promised you.

As such, think of it this way: we’re picking up TrotCon 2020 and dropping it into 2021.

Next summer, July 16-18, 2021, we’ll be holding the next three-day TrotCon. Its theme will be circus/carnival, and we’re stoked to let you know that ALL of our previously announced community guests have said that they tentatively plan to return. For the record, that’s Foalpapers, RiffPonies, Fiaura the Tank Girl, Keeping Friendship Magic, Scope, Pixelkitties, Volrathxp, Alto Scribe, The Brony Critic and TJ Carson/Pirate Dash. Rawk.

We’re also continuing negotiations with our VIP guests, including some we hadn’t yet announced for 2020, for next year. That’s Tabitha St. Germain, Claire Corlett, M.A. Larson and Elley Ray, by the way. Some are confirmed, while others we’re still working out details with. We hope to have further announcements on ALL of these folks — plus those we haven’t yet announced — by June 9.

Why June 9? Well, that’s where refunds come in.

We realize that some of you will be no longer interested in attending TrotCon in 2021. And we get that. For reals. That’s why for the next four weeks, through the end of the day on June 9, we are offering full refunds to anyone who purchased a ticket for TrotCon 2020. This includes all sponsor badge tiers.

But in order to get a refund, you’ll need to do so by June 9, which is four weeks from today, May 12. After then, our usual refund policy will apply. That, in the majority of circumstances, will mean that refunds won’t be processed.

We do have other options for you, too! You’re more than welcome to — in fact, fingers crossed that ya do — roll over your TrotCon badge for 2020 to 2021. You’re even allowed to donate the cost of your badge to TrotCon to assist us with expenses from the cancellation, whether you plan on attending next year (note: you’ll need to purchase a new badge) or not.

Please note two things. One, if you cancel your badge for ’20 but then opt to purchase a new one for ’21, it will be at the current pre-reg price of $55, barring any sales, regardless of when you bought your badge (such as if you got yours at BronyCon 2019 for the $30 price).

Two, if you do opt to roll over your badge to ’21 OR donate the cost of your badge to the con, you’re gonna get something as thanks, likely picked up at the convention next year or mailed.

For more information on refunds, and to roll over your badge to 2021 or donate the cost, please visit this link.

As unfortunate as it is, this also means our hotel blocks at both the Crowne Plaza and the Ramada are going to be canceled. We were hoping we could roll them over to next year, but our hotel contacts told us this was not possible, mostly due to the change in year.

We know the Crowne Plaza in particular was a bit of a hot commodity this year, so we’re super sorry about that.

To cancel your reservation, the hotels are asking that you cancel the way you booked — so if you called to make one, please call. If you made one online, do so there. Or, ya know, just call in general if you want it done quickly.

When canceling your Crowne Plaza reservation by phone, please call 614-885-1885 and select option #2. When canceling reservations, please ask for TrotCon or reference the 3 letter code AJ2. Please try to do this by May 19, if possible.

If doing so with the Ramada, please call 614-890-8111 and reference TrotCon.

(And, hey, if you want to just go to the Crowne Plaza this July anyway and hang, keep your reservation. No one’s gonna stop ya. Just won’t be an event there. Just, like, let us know if that’s the case so we can make sure your reservation doesn’t get canceled by the hotel anyway.)

We will be reopening our Crowne Plaza hotel block when allowed to do so, which should be sometime in late summer or early fall. Note that we will give everyone a week’s notice in advance so that you can prepare to be online right when it opens, just in case demand is exceptional like it was for 2020. Should we again sell out the Crowne Plaza, we will move to the Ramada as our overflow hotel.

A couple more things here. Lots to unpack. Sorry for the essay.

You’ll note that all applications for panels, musicians and vendors had already closed for 2020. At this moment, we don’t plan to reopen applications for musicians and vendors. If you’re a vendor who’s already heard from us about having a table for 2020, consider that table still in place for ’21, if you want it. If you don’t, please get in contact with us ASAP, and your table fee will be refunded (unfortunately this will mean you don’t be able to get your spot back automatically; you’ll need to contact us if you want back on the waitlist). If you were on the waitlist, consider that still set as well, but give us a shout if you want to be removed.

As for musicians, we’ve already reached out to some of you. If we’ve done so, consider the offer for performing at TrotCon 2021 ALSO still open, tentatively, but for the time being, we’re keeping these on pause until we know a little more about 2021, such as our financials. If you’d like to rescind your application for, let us know.

Is there a possibility these applications — musician and vendor — might be reopened? Yes. But for now, we plan to go with what we already have, and that’ll likely only change if enough say they don’t plan to attend in 2021.

As for panel applications, we’re going to reopen those very briefly later this year, but if you’ve already applied for ’20, you’re set, no need to reapply. As before, if you want to rescind your application, please let us know.

Staff applications? Still open. We had planned to make further decisions on those in March, but once COVID-19 started spreading and the future of the con in July was in question, we held off on making any decisions. We’re going to stick to that until later this year. Community guest applications are in the same boat — still open, and we’ll reach out if we think there’s a doable match. (As before, consider your application open until we reach out — in both scenarios!)

Two more things! Firstly, we’re currently looking into the idea of doing an online event in late summer, no earlier than our original dates (July 17-19), similar to what Babscon did last weekend and what other online-only conventions have accomplished during quarantine. We’re ALSO open to the possibility of an in-person event later this year in Columbus that would allow us to get together on a smaller scale (a one- or two-day event), likely with no VIPs, should the global situation allow. More info on both of those as we have it.

Is that it? That might be it. But chances are you have some questions for us about which we haven’t even thought. If that’s the case, we invite you to contact us any way you know how — social media, email, Discord, wherever. We’ll get your question taken care of as soon as possible.

We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding here, and we apologize for any and all inconvenience. Again, if you wanna wash your hands of the whole thing, refunds are available. But we’ve got a lot of big plans for ’20 that are now being moved to ’21, and with more time, we think we can make next year even better than before. So we’re hoping you’ll stick with us!

Anyway, don’t come to TrotCon. Until next year.

Announcing 7 New Community Guests — Yeah, 7!

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We at TrotCon first want to say that we’ve heard your concerns regarding COVID-19 and its effects on live events across the world, including postponements and outright cancellations. While we remain optimistic that all will be fine come the weekend of July 17-19, we realize this a fluid situation and that things can change at a moment’s notice. We encourage anyone to follow this page on our website and to keep up with us on social media for any further announcements about TrotCon 2020 with regards to the coronavirus.

That being said: again, we’re still on as scheduled right now, and we’ve got some new community guest announcement for you today!

In fact, seven of them.

This one’s a doozy, so let’s get right to it.

First, the returning parties at TrotCon 2020! We’re excited to welcome back Foalpapers, Pixelkitties, TJ Carson/Pirate Dash, The Brony Critic and volrathxp as community guests!

You might know Pixelkitties best from our vendor hall most years, where she’s often holding down an incredibly popular booth full of all kinds of wonderful pieces of artwork, or perhaps at various panels, including her bottle share she ran with Charlie Worthley at TrotCon the past two years. Even if you’ve never made it to TrotCon, you know her art if you’ve, y’know, been on the Internet at all, and you’re probably fairly stoked to get to meet the person behind all this wonderful creativity over the years in this fandom.

TJ Carson has been the moderator for multiple Tumblr ask blogs over the years, including the Ask Pirate Dash blog, and is also known at TrotCon the last few years for hosting or co-hosting some of the most entertaining, often wacky and off-the-rails panels the whole weekend. He’s also a talented staff member of conventions such as BronyCon (RIP!).

The Brony Critic is a favorite here at TrotCon too, providing us year after year with analytical panels about My Little Pony and fanfiction-forward events about good practices in writing, critiquing and more. Want someone with a good ear for MLP theories? A voice actor who’s appeared in Fiaura the Tank Girl’s Fallout Equestria: Dead Tree audiobook? He’s your guy.

Our prodigal son Foalpapers returned to TrotCon last year after a multi-year absence, and he returns for 2020 to again offer his exemplary services as an emcee and panel host for Q&As, discussions, charity auctions and much more. He’s also one of the fandom’s foremost authorities in mythology, particularly of the Greek variety and its connections to MLP.

And finally, volrathxp, returning for his second round as a TrotCon community guest. Joe Dyer is a fanfiction writer and content creator based here in lovely Ohio, the writer of multiple Fallout: Equestria-based fanfics such as Starlight, Mending Hearts and Reclamation Day. Have a fanfic or book you wrote and want it self printed? Talk to him, or perhaps attend his panel on it if it’s on our schedule, wink wink.

As for newcomers, we’re stoked to welcome Scope and Alto Scribe to TrotCon 2020!

As long as you’re on Twitter, you know Scope, who’s probably directed a good ol’ >:/ or some snarky retort your way at some point. Badge of brony honor, let’s say. And yet, he’s one of the fandom’s beloved, most favorite people, whether he likes it or not. We’re thrilled to host him this year and to see what kind of shenanigans befall all of you as a result.

Alto Scribe is probably best known for hosting a variety of extremely fun and entertaining game shows at conventions over the years. You can bet you’ll see some of them here at TrotCon 2020, and you’ll be bound to see Alto pop up on a variety of other panels as well, perhaps some hosted by some of the other folks we’ve announced today!

WHEW. OK. That’s everyone.

For now. We’ve got more in the pipe, just gotta dot our Is, cross our Ts, etc. Stay tuned, and in the meantime, remember that we’ve got pre-reg badges at $55 through June, and our panel applications are up until late April.

Come hang with us!

Announcing Fiaura the Tank Girl, RiffPonies & Keeping Friendship Magic for TrotCon 2020

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We here at TrotCon already have a handful of super rad VIP guests coming to our 2020 convention about which we’re super excited, but plenty of you have been asking us about community guests we’re bringing to the con this year.

Well, wait no more, because our first round of community guests is comin’ at ya!

We’ll be rolling out our community guest announcements for 2020 over the next few months, but we wanted to start with some oldies and goodies, folks who’ve been coming to our convention for a few years now and are returning yet again with community guest status.

First and foremost, please welcome back Fiaura the Tank Girl to TrotCon 2020!

We love Fiaura, a fact probably completely clear to those of you who’ve attended the last few years of TrotCon, since 2020 is simply her latest in a streak of appearances at the convention.

She’s behind a ton of community projects and pony-related content here in the fandom, including fanfiction, forays into the scientific aspects of My Little Pony, the subset of the fandom produced by Fallout: Equestria and much more. In fact, a new chapter of the Fallout: Equestria Dead Tree audio book will be premiering right here at TrotCon, so fans of that should get hella pumped.

We’re also excited to welcome back Forward Progress and the Keeping Friendship Magic team back to TrotCon.

A longtime panelist here at TrotCon, Forward Progress was promoted to community guest status for the first time in 2019, just in time for Forward Progress and girlfriend NovaRose to get engaged right on the TrotCon mane events stage. Good vibes all around last year, y’all!

For 2020, you can expect the same balance of informative and humorous panels and events from the Keeping Friendship Magic group. In fact, you might have even seen a sneak peek of a few of them during their 15-minute flash panels at the TrotCon booth at BronyCon 2019. We were, uh, the folks with the microphones probably clogging up the walkways on the right side against the wall of the venue. Oops.

Heck, you might even see Forward Progress teaming up with one Thoth Penswell for a few panels. Which reminds us…

We’re bringing RiffPonies back to TrotCon as well!

RiffPonies, the comedic duo of Thoth Penswell and Acesential, graced our stage(s) in 2019 with kazoo-fueled madness alongside their usual fare of trivia, talk shows, fanfic readings, riffing and more. You know them, you love them, and you’re going to get to see them again in 2020.

These are just three of our community guests for 2020 — and trust us when we say we’re not done. In fact, there are probably a few prospective guests reading this being all, “but wait, Kevin from TrotCon, you guys already reached out to us about being a guest! I sent you my OC reference. I SENT YOU MY OC REFERENCE.” Fear not, anonymous TrotCon 2020 community guest! We’re rolling out a few more of these announcements as we get closer to the convention; no need to toss ’em all out there at once.

So stay tuned, y’all! And if you’re a prospective community guest reading this who hasn’t yet applied, we’d love to hear from you; click the link for more!

Tabitha St. Germain’s Coming to TrotCon for the First Time!

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Remember 2014? That’s the last time TrotCon had a voice actor of one of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic‘s mane six, and boy, have y’all let us know that fact over the years. Ever since we had Andrea Libman this year, we’ve been getting requests each year for Andrea, Tara, Tabitha and/or Ashleigh alongside our usual guest roster — and trust us, we’ve been listening! It just never really worked out.

Uh, until now.

We’re super stoked to let you know that Tabitha St. Germain is coming to TrotCon 2020!

Fans of MLP simply have to know about St. Germain. After all, she’s the voice of Rarity, one of the show’s most popular characters and fashion extraordinaire, as well as a score of secondary ponies on the show, including Princess Luna, Granny Smith, Derpy, Bon Bon and more. Many more. Like, dozens more.

Of course, that’s not all (is it ever?)! Her credits also include voice roles as part of the Barbie franchise, Dinosaur Train, Littlest Pet Shop, the Polly Pocket franchise and much, much more, along with some live action acting roles.

Tabitha St. Germain joins Claire Corlett, M.A. Larson and Elley Ray as our currently announced guests for TrotCon 2020! Want more? Ya gotta pre-reg, folks! And our $45 weekend (Friday-Sunday) price goes until the end of this month, when it’ll be up to $55 until we close pre-reg for good for 2020.

We’ve got more coming down the pipe, too! But in the meantime, hit up our website, which has some important hotel information, all applications (except vendors/artist alley, which is closed for ’20), a link to our Discord server and more. Oh, and come see us at Ohayocon this weekend, too! Be our friend. We need friends. 🙁

Elley Ray Is Back at TrotCon for a Third Straight Year

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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.


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 website. Come on in and start planning your year, yeah?