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.
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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!
My favorite part of Star Wars Day is playing with toys! Got pics of your collection? Post a link in the comments, I'd love to see your 3 1/2" figure adventures in a galaxy far, far away!
I have NOTHING but good things to say about the folks I’ve had the pleasure of talking to, hanging out with and calling my friends in the My Little Pony fan community. When it comes down to it, everyone is here because of one reason- they like the tiny horse cartoon. Bottom line. I’ve never run into a single instance of the legion creepy, pervy, fedora-wearing, neckbeard misogynist bullies that are claimed to populate every pony-friendly website and convention.
Quite the contrary, I’ve had a wonderful time every step of the way and I appreciate EVERYONE I’ve joined along the ride- bronies and nor/mlp/eople, artists and musicians , VAs and staff, men, women, kids and adults, the horse famous and the horse infamous. I don’t regret a single moment or knowing a single person.
Except maybe M.A. Larson. He owes me beers and until that alcoholic debt is paid, there can be no peace.
When you’re neck-deep in a community, it can be hard to see beyond the flaws and drama. But I can assure you, none of that is endemic to the My Little Pony fandom. Delve into the comments and community hubs for Supernatural, Game of Thrones, Atheism, Cigar aficionados, comic book geeks, fitness fanatics or Disney pin collecting whatever-they’re-calleds and you’ll find yourself in a wretched hive of drama, back-stabbing and over-inflated self worth to rival the most spaghetti-drenched Pony meetup. Humans don’t always play well with each other- in fact, it’s some kind of miracle that we’re NOT pummeling each other with sharp rocks at this very moment.
But out of all those communities and all the tens of thousands more, ours seems to do the best at maintaining itself. Yes, our community occasionally flares up with the drama of a thousand dying stars. But we always seem to come back to a place of equilibrium…eques….tra…la. There’s a horse pun in there somewhere.
I LIKE this community, I like the people in it. And when compared to the arguments and upheaval of, say, the Star Wars fandom right now? I’ll take Personal Tiny Ponies every time. Twilight gets wings? Pffft. At least she’s not voiced by Hayden Christensen and chock fulla midichlorians. We got it good around these parts.
if you like ponies, then AWESOME! I like them too! Welcome aboard. Draw some horses, write some fic, post on a message board, attend a convention. You’re weird? Hey, I’m weird too! You like it for different reasons than me? Cool! It’s a big goddamn tent.
Being a fan of something isn’t a point of pride- no more than successfully navigating your pants every morning (Go you, by the way!) But neither is it a source of shame. We are not defined by a cartoon we watch YOU are not defined by stereotype and caricature on Tumblr. Revel in the thing you love, find comfort and joy in it. Take the best from it, the part that speaks to you and don’t allow anyone to take that away. Most of all never let them make you feel lesser because of it.
I’m glad you’re here and it’s my great joy to call you my friend.
Based on the notes and messages I've been getting, folks seem concerned that I have been captured by the Illuminati and forced to fight in the underground thumb-wrestling circuit.
No worries my friends! The truth is far less exciting and, sadly, doesn't come with an awesome Champeenship Belt.
Babscon is coming up supah fast and while work has plot-blocked me from attending, I am making art for the entire cast and crew. That's over 20 VIPs. That's 20 unique pictures of ponies doing pony stuff for awesome people I admire and want to impress. Most of the requests came in the latter half of March so time has definitively NOT been on my side.
Over the past two weeks, when not in the office I've been locked away in my art tower making pones making pones and making pones.
Stress level high. Sleep level low. Ability to form coherent sendance ort wasddl flud.
So, rest assured I am neither missing nor Middleweight Thumb Wrestling Champeen of the NorthEast.
And, like you dear reader, I find that news a little disappointing.
Yesterday was a fantastic birthday filled with more wishes and art than I could have ever hoped for! Thank you EVERYBODY for taking the time out of your day to wish me well on DA, Twitter, Tumblr, and IRL! I feel tremendously thankful and blessed to count you all as friends. I wouldn't be here, doing this pony thing, without you all to accompany along the way.
It's the community and the joy of experiencing it all together that makes a fandom worthwhile. And I'm honored to be a part of this one!
Thank you all so much! You have ALL my love and appreciation!
March 5 is my actual, honest to goodness, true-to-life birthday! The sneaky Mr. Kitties has some kind of surprise party/event/ambush planned for me this weekend. But to celebrate the actual date of my birthaversary I plan to take tomorrow off and make the most of the day. Or, in this case, make the least of the day! I'm taking off work to eat tacos, drink beer, and sit on my butt for 24 solid hours of remembering why I was put on this earth: To utilize the power of gravity to hold down a sofa.
If you'd like to celebrate a bit with me, I plan to start the day off around 11 am EST with the two best-ever episodes of My Little Pony- Friendship is Magic! Over at my infrequently-used Livestream channel I'm going to show a great and powerful double feature of Boast Busters and Magic Duel! Feel free to stop by and say hello or just lurk quietly in the corner taking in the glory of best pony!
And if I haven't had a chance to thank you personally for the multitude of birthday wishes, I will soon! But until then, THANK YOU SO MUCH! I appreciate all the kind words to help me get through another year of being old and progressively less hip!