One thing that most bronies don’t think about is the amount of time and effort that they have put into the show and the fandom. Thinking logically about it, there would be far more free time in my day if I hadn’t filled it with ponies. This is a choice, not an obligation; perhaps all addicts say that about their problems, but I think that watching an educational, entertaining show for girls is ultimately a better decision of wasting time than slowly giving myself cancer, finding inebriated promiscuous women at questionable social events, or searching for solace in likewise illegal activities.
So, for the sake of argument, let’s say that ponies are not an addiction; that we can all kick them out of our lives at any time, there will be no residual effects, and life will go on as it normally does, sans the ponies. Now we’re getting to where there’s sacrifice—time freely devoted to a cause. Jroddie, as some of you may have noticed, has been posting a lot more articles recently; this isn’t because he likes season 4, however. He still hates the direction that the show is taking, convinced that matters have gotten progressively worse since Lauren Faust departed our fair show.
I agree with him: Things have gotten worse since Lauren Faust left. However, my beef isn’t with the show itself.
Imagine being a card game arms dealer, getting exclusive access to a new card game, and getting a lot of high expectations boxes filled with awesome merchandise, which you’re very skeptical about emptying.
Well, that’s what Black Diamond Games was thinking when they bought into the pre-release MLP CCG. As shown in this article, Gary Ray was pleasantly surprised that this new game, at release, was far more popular than a good number of card games that he’s bought into before. The nod at brony dedication is pretty heartwarming for this Christmas season, wouldn’t you say?
It is a sad day in pony. Tabitha St. Germain, slated to be attending the Bay Area Brony Spectacular, also known as BABScon, has regrettably announced that she will no longer be able to be there personally. BABScon has plenty of great attendees announced and the convention is still well worth attending, but losing Tabitha at a convention is one of the leading causes of depression, according to a survey I just took that consisted of a single person. Full press release is after the break.
So, we’ve seen this kind of article pop up many a time in the past. I won’t say that this one has a high amount of new ground to cover, but, in addition to having a mother’s positive perspective on specific aspects of the show, the interview with her daughter (choice excerpt pictured above) also covers what a little girl likes as well. All I really have to say is, with a website like Antenna Free TV, it took them long enough to give us an MLP article. I’d look to see if they’d done more, but I can’t find the search function.
One thing that I learned relatively quickly on the fanfiction scene is that there is verbiage specific to fanfiction that those who have never read it or been interested in it don’t know or understand. Terms like mary sue, shipping, and OTP (one true pairing, for shipping pairs, if you don’t know) are things that I’d never heard of prior to my first forays into this new and fascinating world of speculation and imagination.
Another of these terms that I came across is canon. In opposition to fanon, canon is what is considered as having actually happened, as far as storyline progression goes. In some shows, it is as if a reset button was pressed at the beginning of each episode, making previous episodes meaningless and making each new episode a standalone, with no references to past episodes and no additions to future episodes.
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic doesn’t have a reset button. Each episode has a lesson that’s actually learned by the characters which carries its teachings into future episodes, giving a sense of continuity and story. So, since these elements exist, this show has the textbook definition of canon.
Want a piece of pony history? Now’s your chance! GalaCon has a very special event going on concerning the first pony comic anthology–that is, the entire first story arc, known as The Return of Queen Chrysalis. This has been released as one big comic, complete with cover variants and everything. The above shown is not one of the comics that can be won, but the issues that can be won are even more exclusive!
Oh, did we mention that anyone can win them?
If you want a chance to win one of these special variant covers, all you need to do is e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Panini Ponies” and put the answer to this question:
What is Panini’s Twitter account?
into the message text. Winners will be announced on November 1st. There are 20 normal issues, five basic variants, and one special edition hardcover, of which only 55 were available initially at Comic Action, a European comic convention. The variant covers are only 333 strong as well… so sign up for your chance to win one of these special comics before Equestria Daily releases the horde!
EDIT: Looks like GalaCon wants us to include some fine print; it’s included below the break!
Because we all like to get hype! Looks like spoiler season has started over at The Hub with the first animatic picture since San Diego Comic Con. We don’t like displaying spoilers on our front page, so you can head below the break to observe the picture or head over here to check out their status post.
Dying to know what’s going down at the convention of comics? Well, we know! Omnigamer has sent us a few snapshots of how things are going with general merch at New York Comic Con. Head below the break for a little journey through his first day’s experience of ponies.
While the picture doesn’t exactly fit the theme of the article, I feel it’s fitting to the general theme well enough. This picture series isn’t considered blasphemous, is it?
So, on the reading list tonight, we have an honest critique from the Eidos blog section of evangelical website Patheos. Yes, we have a Christian website scrutinizing us now. However, this editorial does not focus on bronies or their interests; it focuses on the show for once! The writer does make some good points, but still has leaps and bounds to make to convince me that what I like isn’t the correct thing to like. I also strongly disagree with his opinions on animation… but I don’t see a comments section on the webpage. Ah well, maybe next time.
Apparently, some of the points made in this article were enough that they got yelled at on Facebook for a related post, so now there’s a disclaimer at the top for guys who like MLP and are non-pervy. For the rest of the guys, though–the r34 artists and other “unsavory” people by society’s standards–you better watch out. The article does make some good points, even going so far as to link to a NSFW tumblr, but also jumps onto the bandwagon with the claim of Equestria Girls being “sexualized.” The comparison at the bottom with Hugh Hefner is actually pretty entertaining and does make a point, except that the picture she chose is one of those that bronies in general don’t like or find very appealing, if the community discussion boards have anything to say about it (plus, I can’t really envision the Hef with anthro).