The past month or so has been chaos and in that boiling, roiling crucible of busy-ness I forgot to update my journal here on DA.
It's been a good news/bad news kind of month, so let's start with the good news. SUPER good news! My company is splitting off into two parts and as of the end of February I will be Design Lead for the larger of the two halves! That means more money, less time, more prestige and less sanity. It seems like a pretty good deal.
The bad news is that part of taking this new role is forgoing vaykay and any significant off-time for the next eight months to a year. That, unfortunately, means no pony conventions.
That's the bad, terrible, not-very-good news.
While convention season hasn't started, I already feel sad that I'm missing out on the friends and fun and crazy-yet-fun routine of the past four years. I'm sad I won't get to see old friends and meet new ones this year. I'm sad that it feels like missing out on the cons is missing out on a huge part of what keeps this community together.
But, conversely, it would be foolish to choose the world of horses over the world of being a grown up who makes money and has mortgages to think about! Also I have toy/beer/video game/borderline illegal science hobbies to support!
I'm sorry to folks who were expecting to see me around the cons this year. Chin up though! The moratorium on free time is only for this year so hopefully, assuming the pony fandom isn't a smoldering post-apocalyptic ruin by then, I'll be back to traveling the world for horses again in 2016.
Also, if for some reason you want to still get things like keys and book boxes from me, I'll be posting more stuff to my Etsy page over this year! As soon as I have the time. Which is...well, theoretically I'll have free time at some point...
Anyhoo, have a great time at the conventions this year! Drink too much, stand in too many lines and buy too much cool merch for me! Especially the drinking part. In fact, exclusively the drinking part!
Take care all! I'll keep updating here as much as possible. Also, I'm still annoyingly active over on twitter so you can find me there almost literally 24/7.
Thanks everyone for keeping up with my adventures. Here's to more in the future, just, a slightly further-in-the-future...future!
Somehow I used asset parts that weren't mine for Sunset Shimmer in this image. They belong to a fantastic vector artist on DA, TheShadowStone I don't know how I ended up with her Sunset vector in my assets folder, but it did and I inadvertently used it.
I feel sick and I'm disappointed that I could make such an error- not in a personal sense because I really am an idiot more often than not. But I am sorry that the artist had to feel the frustration and disappointment of having their work used without credit or permission. I screwed up big time and I'm tremendously sorry.
Here is The Shadow Stone's original work on Sunset.
Her gallery is filled with beautiful vectors and show assets. I am grateful to her for letting me know what happened and working with me to fix it. I apologize to her and to everyone who fav'd or used the image. I'll update it with a proper version soon, but for now I wanted to make sure credit was given where it was due.
I've had my work stolen more times than I care to count. I know how frustrating and invasive it feels and I'm sorry The Shadow Stone went through that because of my mistake.
Thanks for reading, everyone.
EDIT- You're welcome to be a jerk to me all you want. But DO NOT harass other commenters or artists in my house.
Despite a rainy, warm and generally gloomy-looking few days here at our Maryland home, I just woke up to snow this Christmas morning! It's a tiny-itty-bitty kind of miracle but seeing those snow-kissed trees means so much to me.
I hope each and every one of my friends and fellow pony fans finds a little bit of wonder under the tree (or on the tree!) this morning. I mean it when I say that all the amazing things that I've experienced in this fandom are less a product of my will and more a gift from all of you. You encourage me, inspire me. You make me laugh and cheer and sometimes cry. You exemplify so much talent and goodwill and make me proud to call so many of you my friends.
Thank you for being awesome, for being excellent to one another and to me.
Merry Christmas, everyone.
May your eggnog flow and the strings of lights faithfully glow.
Be well and know that being your friend mean the world to me.
PS- Don't forget to watch Die Hard, the greatest holidays classic of them all!
The last batch of keys and boxes I posted to Etsy didn't even last long enough for me to post on DA or Twitter!
Available now over at my Etsy Store are my fan project Harmony Keys and the Magic Blue Harmony Box of Rainbow Power...and stuff.
Both items come with tons of free buttons and prints by moi along with my eternal thanks!
If you've ever asked about buying my art thingies, but can't make it to conventions, now is your chance. Good luck, and thanks so much! <3
I have a few updates on things for those interested in being updated!
With the holidays coming up I'm TRYING to slow down a bit and enjoy being a normal person who doesn't have 2 full-time plus jobs (one is technically a hobby, but...well, let's be honest here.) I probably won't be able to take on any new projects or charity-type things for the next month or so. At least, I'm going to TRY not to. I'm working on some very cool officially ponied pony stuff along with half a dozen charity pieces, so I'm trying hard to draw a line in the sand. Er, snow.
I apologize in advance if you're all "OMG! We need horse picturess to benefit upper torso transplants for poor children!" and I'm all "ARGH! I want to, I REALLY do! I'm a terrible person! I'm sorry!" Of course, I say that now and I'll probably end up drawing Upper Torso Benefit art on Christmas Day.
Along with trying to take some time to do free-time related things, I'll be playing Dragon Age Inquisition on Twitch whenever i can spare a couple hours. If you'd like to watch me gather elf root and put the moves on Josephine, feel free to stop by- www.twitch.tv/pixel_kitties
Finally, as promised I will be putting up some things on Etsy for the Christmas Season. Look for keys, magic tree boxes, book boxes and some other stuff to pop up soon. Soonish. As soonish as possible! www.etsy.com/shop/pixelkitties
That's all for now! Thank you, everyone, for sticking with me for almost another full year! I'm happy you're still here and I haven't driven you off with all the talk of beer and ponies and beer ponies! Hope everyone is doing great, feeling fine and having fun!
Here is my current lineup of buttons we'll be bringing along. For this convention I've also added Pixel Pizzaz, Sonata Dusk and a new, happy Sunset Shimmer button. What I need from you is feedback on who else needs their own button! I'm mainly thinking Rainbow Rocks, but if there are any other regular-series characters you would be willing to pick up, throw those in as well.
Thanks for your help, and see you next weekend!
I'm off to Germany, from where hopefully I will return with a song in my heart and ridiculous amounts of fine beer in my belly! I just wanted to take a moment to thank EVERYONE for bearing with me, once again, as BronyCon and, this year, GalaCon put me into a tailspin of busy-ness. In addition, thank you for being such a great fandom and inspiring group of friends and fans. It means the world to me that I'm able to contribute in even a small way to the incredible tapestry of talent and togetherness that makes up the worldwide community of small horse affianados.
Lots of negative stereotypes have been tossed around about bronies and fans of My Little Pony. I am here to tell you, from almost four years of personal experience, they are all lies. I've never been a part of ANY fandom before, I've never had any interest in taking part in a community or interacting on a daily basis around one topic like this. Fandoms generally struck me as crazy and a bit terrifying and even cold. Lots of people with selfish interests, gathering around something they're commonly interested in for generally selfish reasons.
But my every experience at MLP conventions and with pony horse fans has done nothing but reinforce my faith in human people. Despite the oftentimes crushing echo-chamber of the internet, THANK YOU all for defying stereotypes and expectations. Thank you for being decent and kind and generous of your time, talent and efforts. And thank you for being my friends. Traveling down this road and back again. Your heart is true you're a pal and...well, you get the picture.
In short, thanks for another amazing year of being amazing fans of an amazing show. Don't let the haters get you down. Safe travels this weekend, whether you're headed to Baltimore or Ludwigsburg, and have the BEST weekend of friends and fun EVER.
What I've come up with is an exclusive Element of Trixie key as an addendum to the full set of Harmony Keys I'm bringing.
It'll be made in the same style, same size, same mirrored acrylic material, but with a supercharged dose of Best Pony. And, like all the keys, it'll fit in the keyholes of the Treasure Chest.
Let me know in the comments if this is something you'd be interested in!
By request, here's an exploitable version of Ye Olde Ball Pit of Sorrows. Put whatever you want inside for fun and $17k profit!
For full effect, yell "Free Palestine!" while photoshopping.
The monster weekend is coming!
July is already a week old and that means GalaCon in Ludwigsburg, Germany and the mighty, mighty BronyCon in Baltimore, Maryland will be here before we know it!
For those who don't know, I will be personally attending and vending at GalaCon the 2nd and 3rd of August in Ludwigsburg. My husband and sister will be on hand the same weekend, starting Friday August 1st and running through the second, operating the Pixelkitties table at Bronycon's vendor hall. That means twice the amount of goodies are having to made before the big weekend! Yikes!
For those wondering, both conventions will see us bringing the usual wide selection of goodies and stuff including prints, posters, buttons.
click for biggie-size
We'll also have the book boxes (both the harmony boxes AND the new Dark Alicorn versions)
(Prototype Alicorn Book. Still in Process.)
Complete sets of Harmony Keys and Skorpan Amulets
Harmony Tree Chests (still in process, this guy's just an early prototype)
and of course, FREE STICKERS ALWAYS!
We'll also have a couple other fancy new products that are still being worked out. It's a secret to everyone!
My husband will have the decorative bottles, including regular, lamp versions AND a special Maud's Rock Farm version with a real rock inside! Alas, I've no way to transport those across the pond. No worries though, I'll make sure and have some exclusive stuff on-hand for Euro-pony fans!
Whether you're heading to Maryland or Germany, I hope you'll have a chance to stop by our tables and say hello! I appreciate getting to connect with so many friends and fellow horse fans and, while selling stuff is great, I'm really just happy to be a part of the event and get to hang out with everyone!
For now, I have much to do and not nearly enough time! Hope everyone is well and hope to see you in less than a month...hoo boy!
You know how to tell if a convention went well? Everyone smiled, even on Sunday. Nothing caught on fire or exploded into shrapnel. And the drama footprint on Tumblr and Twitter is nonexistant. That was Trotcon 2014, three days of peace, love and horses!
Seriously though, I can't say enough good about Trotcon, the staff, or the attendees. Everyone was incredibly sweet and enthusiastic- the good vibrations were infectious and despite fatigue and lack of that strange, mythical state known as "sleep" it was hard not to grin from ear to ear for 72 hours.
Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who came to the convention and to everyone who stopped by my table. I really appreciate all the support, kindness and hugs. I apologize for the Harmony Keys selling out in a matter of minutes, but I promise we'll have double extra stock AND even more fancy new items on hand for Bronycon and Galacon in a little over a month.
Thank you to my fellow vendors for being amazing neighbors and to ROBCakeran53 who, as always, was there to help out, keep us fed and watered, and even change our sandboxes if necessasary. Thankfully that didn't become an issue!
Thanks to the incredibly receptive staff and organizers behind Trotcon. Darkly, DB and EVERYONE who sacrificed their weekend (and a few sanity checks) to keep things running smoothly for the rest of us.
Finally, thank you to the amazing guests! Sadly I was swamped when Peter New came by and didn't get to say hello. But it was great getting to see Andrea Libman, M.A. LarsonBat and the incredible and incredibly sweet angieness Also, a special thanks to community guest SilverSlinger who always has a beautiful table filled with such awesome shiny-shinies and my friend Psygriffio for the BEAUTIFUL guest banner he made for me! <3
I hope everyone who attended the convention in Columbus this weekend had just as wonderful a time! It was great spending time with you all and I look forward to doing it all again in 2015!
The Pinkie Pie Ocean Adventure Kit comes complete with-
- Snorkle/ Goggles set featuring Pinkie Pie for some reason.
- Pinkie/Twilight/Celestia Beach Towel
- Fiesta Extra parody soda bottle
- Rarity Parfume Shark Repellent Soap
- Complete set of Equestria Travel stickers featuring Ponyville, The Crystal Empire, Canterlot, Pax Griffon, Tartarus and The Moon
- Complete set of Harmony Keys and Amulet
- Five exclusive, can't-get-them-anywhere-else-or-buy-them-anywhere-or-even-trade-your-firstborn-for-them buttons featuring Surfing Shining Armor, Scuba Pinkie, Bikini Rarity, Shark Hunter Gummy and Great White Derpy
- A set of twelve 4x6 prints with pictures of happy cartoon horses
- A special collectors box (for people who collect boxes, apparently) to put it all in!
I'll see if I can't get the box signed by some famous folks for you too.
All of this for the low, low prices of whatever!
I'm leaving for Trotcon around noon tomorrow. Safe travels everyone and see you in Columbus!
Will Trotcon be awesome? No doubt! Will there be action, adventure, drama (with a small d) and fun? Totally! Will Prince Oberyn completely recover and make a surprise return on the Season Finale of Game of Thrones? That seems unlikely without some serious healing magic and possibly a bucket.
Hopefully you'll be attending and we'll get to hang out and swap stories of life on the great Equestrian Trail.
Over the next few days I'll be posting pictures of some of the junk I'll have taking up space in the vendor room! First, here are the small, post-card prints I'll be bringing to Columbus-
I'll also have 11x17 poster versions of select image-
Check back tomorrow when I'll have a compilation of all the buttons I'll be bringing. Also an 80s Robot Butler giveaway!
That's a lie. If I had an 80s Robot Butler I'd totally be keeping that for myself.
Hey everyone. I'm sorry to report I will not be attending MLP MSP in Minnesota this weekend. My husband had his wisdome teeth removed a week or so back and since then severe and painful after-effects have set in leaving us tethered to home and access to our dentist.
I feel terrible we're both dreadfully sorry. My deepest apologies to everyone working, volunteering and attending the convention. We tried our hardest to find some kind of work-around; flying in late, getting someone to keep an eye on Mr. Kitties while I hit the road to Minnesota. Unfortunately there things just didn't seem destined to work out.
I sent along a care package for the convention, so hopefully you'll see some items showing up in the auctions and such. I'm sad I won't get to spend the weekend hanging out with friends and talking horse pony over God's own elixer, beer.
I will DEFINITELY be at Trotcon in Columbus, OH in just a few weeks, even if we have to drag the dentist along with us.
Take care everyone! Again, I'm sorry for anyone who might be disappointed or let down. I appreciate your understanding and hope to see you all soon!
In truth, I have no idea what Book Horse does or does not support. Is she in favor of capital gains? Does the Treaty of Versailles expand upon the definition of freedom of religion? What is her stand on prohibition or the taxation of Irish immigrants as proposed by the Know-Nothing Party in 1856? Who knows? Obviously not the Know-Nothings, it’s right there in the name.
All I know is what Beer Horse thinks. And what she thinks is that she’s happiest when focused on the fan part of fandom.
I don’t have time, inclination or the patience to tell other people what to do or how to live their lives. Policing my own self is a full time job I don’t want to be anyone else’s moral gendarme. All I want is to be a good person and treat others with the same respect, understanding and kindness that I want to be treated with.
I don’t deal in stereotypes or broad generalizations or beating people over the head with the cudgel of my own personal beliefs. I have faced pain and suffering and discrimination and hurt and heartache in my life- just the same as anyone. I’ve done good things and bad, brave and cowardly, honorable and self-serving. I have been there, just the same as you. And because of that, more than anything else in this world, I believe in empathy and understanding, never condemnation. My past mistakes- and they are multitude- is today’s lesson and tomorrow’s regret. I dare not judge or begrudge others for their missteps along the way.
It's Taco Tuesday! Are you doing something you'll later regret? GREAT! Then you're doing it right! Gold Star!
Hello everyone! I hope you're all settling into the hiatus with the minimum of weeping, gnashing of teeth and/or rending of garments. The pony doldrums are officially upon us until at least January of next year, or until Rainbow Rocks is released this Fall if you're into that sort of thing (I am, but suspect I'm in the minority.) Thankfully we've also go the incredible IDW Comics series AND the release of the MLP CCG Canterlot Nights expansion!
While most fans are settling into a relaxed, pony-lite summer schedule, for quite a few of us the real work is about to begin! Convention season officially kicked off with Babscon last month. Thank you so much to everyone who tweeted me pics and updates about my various autograph cards. A very special super biggie sized thank you to my amazing friend Psygriffio who was kind enough to send me an audio file of thanks, well-wishes and taunts (Thanks, MA Larson!) from the staff and VAs in attendance. That was the highlight of an otherwise intense and relentless weekend at work.
And while we've got the Thanks Train rolling, THANK YOU and I mean monumental thank you to everyone who was kind enough to nominate and vote for me in the Goldie Awards at Babscon. I won two trophies; Best Digital Artist and Best Comic thanks to your votes and support! SQUEE! I didn't expect to win any awards...well maybe Most Useless Tweets or something. But two is...humbling. And I honestly don't have the words to express my gratitude to you all.
I've been involved in this community since nearly the beginning, starting way back in 2011. Since my first, godawful forays into MLP art, My motivation has simply been to express enthusiasm for Friendship is Magic. I never expected to have had the amazing opportunities and incredible support from this community of fans and friends. Thank you every comment, critique, fav, upvote, reblog, retweet, kind word, snarky remark, handshake, hug and dismissive hand-wave. I came here for the horses. I stayed for the friends.
Fancy Rainbow Keys of Rubber Chicken Obliteration +5! Everyone seems to want them and I'm going to do my best to make them available. A few people seem upset that I can't sell them online right now. Let me say I really am terribly sorry. I want- sincerely WANT everyone to have a set. Right now I have four conventions coming up almost right on the heels of each other- MLP MSP is in just two weeks followed immediately by Trotcon and then Bronycon and Galacon taking place the exact same weekend. The keys (and book boxes which I'm also working on) take time- time that is rapidly diminishing. There's also the matter of fan art and the sales of fan-content to consider. Convention crafts are one thing, but when you step things up to, say, having an online store, then you run the risk of raising the eyebrows and hackles of large corporate entities. Then you have no content and a sad, sad face.
Last year I made several book boxes available through my etsy page in the lead-up to Christmas and I may do the same thing year. I will also try to include the keys this year, ensuring everyone, whether at a convention or not, has a fair chance at them. Please know that I'm honestly not trying to ignore fans who can't make it to conventions. But I am forced to work with the time and resources I have immediate access to AND be mindful of the climate related to fan works and their availability online.
The other question is how much something like these keys would cost. That's still kind of up in the air. Set up is the biggest time-sink. Buying a laser engraver is the biggest money-sink. The material itself, while less expensive than metals, is fairly pricey when you're dealing with shiny, mirrored texture. I'm guessing a set of all six keys and the medallion/keychain would probably run between $20-$30. Not certain just yet.
I'm not the only one who has been inspired by and working hard on these keys! My friend SilverSlinger is one of the most talented people I know and his keys are made of real metal and are absolutely breathtaking to behold! He too is going to have them available at upcoming convention appearances and I cannot wait to behold them in person!
Check them out and be amazed!!!
And that's all for now! I have much to do with frighteningly little time to get it all done. Hope everyone else is having a kinder, gentler hiatus and that you're getting out to enjoy an honest-to-goodness springtime (at least here in Western PA!) Take care everyone, thank you again for everything, and hope to hang out with you soon, either online or at one of the upcoming pony conventions!
Twilight is relaxing before Princess-y heroics this weekend with a bottle of cider and a stack of comically oversized books. What are your plans for the My Little Pony Season 4 finale on Saturday? Who is think is behind all those creepy eyes and rainbow flashes hinted at throughout the season? What's inside that pesky box? Will Rainbow Dash finall win the attention of her secret crush Madame Le Flour? All will be revealed on Saturday.
For the moment I'm interested in your theories and speculation! Let me know what you think will happen on Saturday AND how you plan to spend the finale? Parties? Early morning cereal binges? I need details!