by Kevin

An Update on TrotCon 2021 and 2022

April 13, 2021 in Online Event, Programming, Registration by Kevin

(Art: JollyJolea)

Folks, we’ve got good news and bad news.

The good news is there’s going to be an IRL TrotCon in 2021. The bad? It won’t be in July.

Despite encouraging numbers across the world regarding COVID-19 vaccinations and the slow-but-steady reopening of business and gatherings both within Ohio and outside it, the core staff of TrotCon doesn’t feel we’d be able to put on the right show for our attendees over our original dates this July. 

After consulting with local authorities as well as our venue, it became clear that we would run the risk not only of having to turn away prospective attendees but would also be missing out on elements of our announced guest list due to continued travel restrictions.

With all that in mind, we’re making the difficult (seriously, trust us, this has been roooough) decision to postpone what was originally going to be TrotCon 2020 now to TrotCon 2022 (y’know, the circus theme). We’re returning once again at the Crowne Plaza Columbus North in Columbus, Ohio, on July 15-17, 2022.

More on how you can snag badges for that in a second.

Our original dates, July 16-18, 2021, will go online, much like we had to do in 2020. However, we don’t anticipate a three-day event like the last two times; it’ll be more of a mini event, with dates and more information announced soon. While this event will be free much like our other online cons, there will be sponsor badge options if you so choose.

Wanna come see us in Columbus this year, though? Listen up, then: we’ll be having TrotCon 2021 after all, this time from Dec. 17-19, 2021, at the Crowne Plaza Columbus North.

Not gonna beat around the bush here; this isn’t going to be as big of an event as what we’ve had planned for July for what’s coming up on two years now. We’re anticipating this to be a smaller convention than July 2022, with a different theme, a separate guest lineup, etc. We think it’s going to be a kickass time chock full of pent-up excitement from not getting to see one another in SO, so long, but it’s inherently going to be a separate event than what’s already been announced. If you attended TrotCon 2019, our guess is that it’ll be a little more in line with that. 

Please note: we’ll be looking to make the December IRL convention as safe as possible for all of our attendees. This is likely to include a mask requirement when not socially distanced. This could change depending on the global situation as we get closer to the con itself, but please note that by choosing to attend this event you are required to follow all safety protocol TrotCon and the venue choose to put in place. This could include proof of vaccinations should local government require it for events of our size.

The July 2022 event, meanwhile, will feature what we’re hoping to be our same already-announced lineup of VIP and community guests as we announced for 2020 and then 2021. Note, however, that it’s a fluid situation, so be sure to check our socials and website for the most recent changes.

To recap: mini online event July 16-18, 2021; new IRL event Dec. 17-19, 2021; TrotCon 2022 in July.

All right, now the point in the announcement where you figure out what this means for your badge, your vendor application, so on and so forth.

Already purchased a badge for TrotCon 2021? You have three options.

1) Roll over your badge to TrotCon 2022. Think of it as lifting it up and putting it down in next year, no strings attached. This will mean you will need to purchase a badge for the December IRL event if you choose to attend.

2) Roll over your badge to TrotCon 2021 this December. This will mean you will need to purchase a badge for TrotCon 2022 if you choose to attend.

3) Request a refund of your TrotCon 2021 badge. You will then need to purchase a new badge if you plan on attending either the December 2021 or July 2022 events.

The badge rollover/refund link can be found here. Any badges that aren’t touched before the deadline will be automatically rolled over to TrotCon 2022.

Did you get into TrotCon 2021’s vendor hall? You’re set for either a spot in the December 2021 hall or the July 2022 hall, your choice; our vendor lead will be in touch soon by email with more details on how to choose (please note that when you choose which event to be part of, you’ll have to reapply for the other). If you haven’t been contacted yet regarding a spot or didn’t apply, we’ll be opening applications for both the December 2021 and July 2022 events soon. The July 2021 online event will also have separate applications.

Musician? Panelist? In the interest of keeping things fresh (and because we hadn’t approved panels yet anyway even in 2020), we’re going to completely start over on the panel application front, so all panels will need to be applied for again. As for musicians, that original group for 2020 (and then 2021) is still set for July 2022 if they want in, and we’ll be opening separate applications for July 2021 (online) and December 2021 (IRL) soon. 

Some of you have been asking about room blocks — good news there. We’re putting the finishing touches on our hotel block for December 2021 now, and you’ll get ample notification beforehand of when said block is actually going live. July 2022 will follow a little later in the year — and again, you’ll get notified beforehand. 

Questions? Comments? Ideas? Gripes? We’re listening. Give us a shout via social media DM, get our attention in our Discord or email us at info@trotcon.net and we’ll get back to you ASAP.

We wrote this last year when we announced the postponement, and we think it still holds true (dates have been changed, lol): 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 ’21 that are now being moved to ’22, and with more time, we think we can make next year even better than before. So we’re hoping you’ll stick with us!

by Kevin

Jesse Inocalla Is Our 12th Guest of TrotCon Online: Snow Day

November 27, 2020 in Guest Announcement, Online Event by Kevin

(Art: Amodwithoutamark)

We’ve got just one more VIP guest announcement for you for next weekend’s TrotCon Online 2: Snow Day.

Please welcome guest No. 12: Jesse Inocalla!

In the MLP universe, you’ll know Inocalla as the voice of Sans Smirk in the final season of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.

Some of his other roles include Soren in Netflix’s The Dragon Prince (patiently awaiting that new season!), plus spots in Legends of Chima, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and more.

Jesse joins our positively stacked guest list (at least certainly by our standards!) that also includes Elley-Ray, Giles Panton, Devyn Dalton, Asia Mattu, Alison Wandzura, Meaghan Hommy, Cole Howard, Caitlyn Bairstow, Ian Hanlin, Katrina Salisbury and Brian Doe!

Whew. Deep breath.

You can come see all 12(!) of these awesome guests — plus an assortment of community guests, musicians, vendors, panelists and more — at TrotCon Online next weekend, starting Dec. 4 and going through Dec. 6.

Our online store is now available, meaning you can snag autographs and Zoom calls with our VIPs if you so desire. Of course, you can also get the above and more by signing up as a sponsor for the event, which you can do on our RSVP page.

This very well might be our last announcement of TrotCon Online 2: Snow Day! If so, we’ll see all of you in one week.

by Kevin

Announcing Ian Hanlin & Caitlyn Bairstow for TrotCon Online 2: Snow Day

November 23, 2020 in Guest Announcement, Online Event by Kevin

 

(art: Twisted Sketch)

Two announcements in two days? We’re on fire! Even though our theme is, uh, snow. Yeah. Campfire. Something. Whatever.

Today we’ve got our next-to-last VIP announcement of TrotCon Online 2: Snow Day — we’re happy to bring you Ian Hanlin and Caitlyn Bairstow on Dec. 4-6!

Hanlin is best known to the My Little Pony community as the voice of Sunburst, and his other roles include Lego Jurassic World: Legend of Isla NubbarLittlest Pet Shop: A World of Our Own and much more.

Meanwhile, Bairstow, Blue Bobbin in MLP:FIM, has also appeared in a variety of shows including Mega Man: Fully ChargedTobot Athlon and Spy Kids: Mission Critical.

Ian and Caitlyn join a jam-packed guest list that already includes Asia Mattu, Meaghan Hommy, Elley-Ray, Brian Doe, Cole Howard, Alison Wandzura, Katrina Salisbury, Devyn Dalton and Giles Panton.

And we’ve got one more coming, too! Get stoked.

Once that guest is announced, we’ll open up autograph vouchers/Zoom call purchases to all attendees, something you can already do now as part of our sponsor badge packages. You can snag those on our RSVP page, where anyone can pre-register — in fact, we’d love you to if you’re planning to attend Dec. 4-6; it’ll help us get a headcount for the event.

More really soon, folks! See you in less than two weeks!

by Kevin

TrotCon Online 2 Community Guest Round-Up, the Sequel: Foal Papers, Fiaura & The Brony Critic

November 22, 2020 in Guest Announcement, Online Event by Kevin

Art: Amodwithoutamark Productions

The second round of our community guest announcements for TrotCon Online 2: Snow Day is here, and previous attendees of TrotCon should definitely know these folks.

Foal Papers, Fiaura the Tank Girl and The Brony Critic will be attending TrotCon Online 2!

(First of all, can we all recognize how cute this announcement art from Amodwithoutamark is? Omg. Gonna go make a gingerbread house, stat.)

Foal Papers, whose TrotCon story goes allllll the way back to the first IRL event in 2012 (he’s as crazy as we are!), is a wonderful emcee and host who you’ll often find leading discussions with our VIP guests, helming charity auctions and occasionally running panels himself. He’s also a keeper of the PonyCons spreadsheet that’s surely been a wealth of historical information for many of us over the years in the convention scene, and he was one of the instrumental folks in setting up support for vendors and others affected by the COVID-19 pandemic back when it began.

Fiaura the Tank Girl, who you’ll also find in our vendor hall, is back at TrotCon with a variety of panels that analyze fandoms such as My Little Pony from a scientific vantage point and also delve into the popular Fallout: Equestria subgenre of the fandom. At this event in particular, look forward to more FO:E content, plus some programming for fans of tabletop gaming and even a look at ponies and the holidays — perfect for our theme, yeah?

Finally, The Brony Critic, another longtime TrotCon attendee, returns to our community guest roster; this time he’s teaming up for a look at the villains of Equestria, but at IRL events you can also expect some fanfiction-forward programming, if ya dig that. (He, plus Foal Papers, Fiaura and many more, are also community guests at our next TrotCon IRL event, whenever that is! Fingers crossed for July 2021. Wear a dang mask.)

They join previously announced community guests RiffPonies, Keeping Friendship Magic and Argembarger, all of whom will also be presenting some kickass panel content for you Dec. 4-6. We’ve started announcing some of it on our Twitter account, but the full schedule is coming very soon!

TrotCon Online 2: Snow Day starts in less than two weeks! While all applications are closed, you can pre-register here; pre-registration, like the event itself, is completely free, but it helps us get a headcount for Dec. 4-6, and you can also snag some sponsor badges and the like by following that link.

by Kevin

Our First Wave of TrotCon Online 2: Snow Day Community Guests Are Here

November 5, 2020 in Guest Announcement, Online Event by Kevin

(Art: Amodwithoutamark)

We’ll cut to the chase: we’ve got some community guests for TrotCon Online 2: Snow Day next month, and here some of ’em are.

We’re excited to announce that RiffPonies, Argembarger and Keeping Friendship Magic will be joining us Dec. 4-6!

Anyone who’s been around the block a few times with us here at TrotCon already know these folks. RiffPonies, made up of Thoth Penswell and Acesential, provide often hilarious panel content to the masses that include such trademarks as Riffing Rainbow and Equestria’s Next Top Artist (TL;DR, get ready for fuf), while Keeping Friendship Magic (Forward Progress and Nova Rose) are responsible for delving into the fandom via podcast content, informative talks and more. And Argembarger? He wrote Spiderses, technically introduced the fuf meme to the world and is a generally wonderful individual who happens to live nearby, so he keeps showing up to TrotCon.

Heck, sometimes they appear on each other’s panels. Definitely expect some of that, too.

RiffPonies and Keeping Friendship Magic join our already-announced guest lineup that includes Elley Ray, Giles Panton, Brian Doe, Katrina Salisbury, Cole Howard and Devyn Dalton.

And folks, we ain’t done!

What IS nearly done, however, is the window for musicians to apply to TrotCon Online 2: Snow Day; you’ve got just one week (end of day Nov. 12) to fill out an app. Do so here!

We’d also love if you pre-registered for the event — totally free, just helps us snag a headcount.

Talk soon!

by Kevin

Announcing TrotCon Online 2: Snow Day

September 20, 2020 in Online Event by Kevin

Oh, why not, let’s do another one.

We’d hoped we’d be able to see you all in person this year; perhaps even after TrotCon 2020 went fully online in July, we’d try for some sort of mini event if the national situation was looking better later in the year.

But it’s just not really looking like that’s going to be viable. So instead, we’re happy to announce that we’re coming back for a second online event — announcing TrotCon Online 2: Snow Day.

On the weekend of Dec. 4-6, we’ll be running a full three days of panels, music, games and other programming largely based around My Little Pony (but not JUST My Little Pony; we do branch out from time to time!). We’ll also feature a stacked list of vendors in our vendor hall who’ll have plenty of awesome wares and art that we hope will strike your fancy.

Speaking of, we now have applications available for both vendors and panels. You can find vendor apps here and panel apps here.

Musician? Hold tight. We’ve got ya covered soon.

That’s about all for now! If the applications above don’t pertain to you, just keep an eye out on our social media for the pre-reg form for the event, and tune in via our website and Discord on Dec. 4-6.

by Darkly

TrotCon Online! – July 17th-19th

July 12, 2020 in Online Event by Darkly

Join us next weekend for TrotCon Online!

We have a ton of online events planned! A bunch of VIP guests and Community guests, a full roster of musicians! And of course a ton of awesome vendors to buy from.

The event will be streamed on the TrotCon Online website and all of the chat action will happen in our discord server.

For more information about the event and a link to join the server check out http://trotcononline.net

by Darkly

TrotCon Online

June 12, 2020 in Online Event by Darkly

Okay Everyone, Big Announcement!

The chairs of PonyFest and TrotCon met last night to have a serious discussion about the joint event.

Both TrotCon and PonyFest Online have come to the conclusion that putting on an event of this magnitude requires a significant amount of time to be committed, and feel that this is too much to ask of PFO staff at this time. Some of the PonyFest staff needs this time to refresh and to engage in the ongoing civil discussions across the US and around the world.

What does that mean for the event? TrotCon Online will take place on the original dates on the TrotCon servers. Which are July 17th-19th, 2020.

What does this mean for you? If you want to be part of this awesome event, you’ll need to join us in the TrotCon discord. Once there you’ll find helpful TrotCon staffers, a growing community, and many of the PonyFest staffers you’ve come to know and love. We will have more information regarding the event streams and everything else in the coming weeks. For now, come join our discord and hangout.

Everyone from TrotCon and PonyFest is super appreciative of all the hard work everyone on both sides has done so far. THANK YOU!

We look forward to a long, bright future for both events.