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It’s that time again! Midwest Brony Fest, taking place in the beautiful heart of America, Kansas City, is only a few months away and we are gearing up for our best event yet! We have acquired the beautiful, state of the art venue, Overland Park Convention Center with over 14,000 square foot of convention space just for MWBF.

We are incredibly excited for our amazing guest list. This year we are welcoming Andrea Libman, voice of Fluttershy and Pinkie Pie along with Kazumi Evans who offers her beautiful singing voice as Rarity and Luna. She also plays the lead of The Dazzlings in Rainbow Rocks, Adagio Dazzle.

Cutting the breaks on the hype train this year are the amazing people behind the fandoms number one electronic music and live DJ station, PonyvilleFM. We have DJs, admin, and owners visiting us from all over the country, including Sleepypony, station owner, making the long trip across the pond from England just to join us. They will be running a panel and helping put on LOUDER, our premiere concert run by some of the best AV staff the fandom has to offer. They are also offering a 10% discount on all pre-registration through the end of Febuary. Along with the 10% discount they are also offering a limited edition sandstone figurine of their adorably sassy mascot, Aerial Soundwaves.

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This year we also have our bass cannon locked and loaded and ready for mind blowing bass. Jessi “Nowacking” Nowack will be visiting us to showcase some of her amazing talents and answer any questions you might have about her work within the MLP fandom.

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Midwest Brony Fest has always been a proud supporter of all the work individuals put into this fandom, be it music, artwork, voice work, animation, or cosplay. This year we are happy to bring back Emily Jones, host of Pegasisters Live, and The Brony Chef, who has been bringing amazing new recipes to his followers for some time and will be releasing a brand new cook book just for Midwest Brony Fest.

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Premiering last year was the amazing show put on by Midwest Brony Fest, “LOUDER”. For 2015 we have had over 30 applications ranging from the well known to the underground of the best musical acts in the fandom. We are working hard to bring you another year of quality music on a sound system worthy of the name, “LOUDER”.

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Speaking of “louder” it doesn’t get much louder than another guest of ours, Solrac, known pretty much just for yelling at stuff. If you aren’t familiar with why this is a fun guy to be around, watch this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvNLjOuYSFQ

This is all just the tip of the iceberg! We’ll also have a killer game room, over 20 vendors selling the best MLP goods and a live tesla coil playing your favorite tunes from the show.

If you are interested in attending MWBF15 or are already planning on attending head over to www.mwbfkc.net/registration to register for your badge. Preregistering is the best way to support our convention and keep our doors open. Without preregisters we can’t put on what we feel is one of the best fan based conventions around. So please support us by preregistering and use code “PVFM10” to get your 10% discount along with the Aerial Soundwaves sandstone figure! Hope to see you all in may!

Friends, life isn’t all about My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.

OK, so maybe it is for some of you—and it’s certainly our main focus here at TrotCon, too. But one of our two new guests at TrotCon 2015 has quite the impressive resume outside of ponies, so much so that we simply couldn’t resist having him out.

In 2015, we’ll be having Brian Drummond, a man of many voices, at TrotCon!

You may best know Brian for his work as Vegeta in the Ocean Studios English dub of Dragon Ball Z, along with tons of other prominent anime roles, including Ryuk in Death Note, Renkotsu in InuYasha and Zechs Merquise in Gundam Wing. For real, dude gets around.

But that’s not all! Brian has lent his voice to quite the rundown of characters in MLP:FiM, most prominent among them Carrot Cake (or Mr. Cake, if you will) and Filthy Rich, along with a score of other roles like Ahuizotl and even Dr. Hooves in an early episode. He also threw it down as Spike in pre-FiM content The Princess Promenade, Crystal Princess: The Runaway Rainbow and My Little Pony Live: The World’s Biggest Tea Party. Where you at, G3 fans?!

As for our other guest? Let’s keep it in the family, shall we?

We’ll also be bringing Brynna Drummond to TrotCon 2015! You’ll know her as lil ol’ Babs Seed from the Apple family, the fourth member of the Cutie Mark Crusaders. Get ready to sing the song. The “Babs Seed” song. It’s gonna happen.

It’s gonna happen hard.

Fancy a visit with the Drummonds? Come on down to TrotCon 2015, held July 17-19 at the Crowne Plaza Columbus North. Badges are currently $45 for the whole weekend—and guess what? We’re not done announcing guests. No, sir/madam.

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Midwest Brony Fest is honored to announce that PonyvilleFM, the number one fandom station for electronic music and live DJs is a proud supporter of Midwest Brony Fest 2015.
Their continued support over the last four years of fandom art, music, and general creativity has proved to be of much value to our community. We couldn’t be happier to have their support for MWBF15.

Along with supporting our convention, including the fandom’s premiere concert, LOUDER, they are offering 10% off any tier registration along with a sandstone figure of their adorable mascot Aerial Soundwaves, the only DJ pony to rival Vinyl Scratch in the Equestrian rave scene.

If you haven’t had the chance to listen to PonyvilleFM please head over to www.ponyvillefm.com to see what they offer and to see what is on air. They have an amazing staff of DJs and admin which will be visiting us here at Midwest Brony Fest including their station owner who will be making the long journey across the pond from England just for our convention.

The hype machine never stops, the brake lines are cut, and we are in full go mode! Don’t forget to head over to our registration page and pre-register for your badge using promo code “PVFM10” to get your discount and free Aerial Soundwaves figure!

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You might remember the Markey Mailer from the earlier days of the G4 community, and their interview with Peter New and Cathy Weseluck.  They have returned with an interview with MLP story writer Ed Valentine to talk about the episodes he wrote during Season 4.  We’ve snagged a few highlights, as the full article can be read over on the Markey Mailer.

Admittedly I never thought I would ever be interested in any form of ‘My Little Pony’.  Much like writer Ed Valentine, my exposure to the concept of ‘Ponies’ was largely based on the show and toys from the 80’s.  “When I heard the show was relaunching I remember joking with my friend at Nickelodeon when I was there,” he told me.  “I said guess what, they’re relaunching Pony.  Wouldn’t it be funny if I end up on that show?  Because honestly, I would not have thought that I would be writing for a show my little sister had pony dolls of.”

We then talked about the other episode he wrote for that season (‘Flight to the Finish’).  “I’m so proud of that episode,” he said.  “I was so honored to have been entrusted with that.”

The premise of the episode features the school children coming up with different ways to perform a show in the opening ceremonies of ‘The Equestria Games’, the equivalent to the Olympics in the series.  “The idea is that it was the kids, the little ones, gearing up for the Equestria Games,” Ed said, “trying to do something so that they could be part of it but not quite knowing how.”  One of the children named Scootaloo finds herself convinced that if she can’t fly her performance will not be as good as her classmates’.  Try as she might, she just can’t and she becomes frustrated and disappointed.

Markey Mailer – Having Hearts Strong as Horses – My Interview with Ed Valentine

Bryan Stockton resigns as Mattel CEO.

Mattel stock price vs. Hasbro stock price at certain times:

January 29th, 2013 (The day Princess Twilight was officially revealed):
MAT:  $37.26
HAS:  $37.22

June 28th, 2013:
MAT:  $45.31
HAS:  $44.83
The last day Mattel’s stock price was greater than Hasbro’s

November 22nd, 2013:
MAT:  $45.71
HAS:  $52.88
The day before Season 4 of MLP: FiM Premiers.

December 31st, 2013:
MAT:  $47.58
HAS:  $55.01

December 31, 2014:
MAT:  $30.95
HAS:  $54.99

January 26th, 2015:
MAT:  $26.64
HAS:  $54.85

Since January 29, 2013, Hasbro’s stock price has gone up 47.4% while Mattel’s has gone down 28.5% percent. To be fair, Hasbro’s stock price has been greater than Mattel’s more often than not since FiM began airing. Given that Mattel had long been the so-called toymaker for girls with Barbie, American Girl, and Monster High; but that advantage has been eroded by MLP, Equestria Girls, and Nerf Rebelle. Losing the Frozen contract doesn’t help. Hasbro has always the advantage with boys with Transformers and now with Marvel.

I’m sure there are other factors leading to this besides Princess Twilight, but I strongly feel MLP is part of the biggest.

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Take to the skies! A voyage with the Breezies to San Fransiscolt awaits you. BABSCon embarks on a journey to bring you Natasha Levinger, writer extraordinaire and fabulous flyer. Come join us as we soar through the clouds!

Joining My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic in Season 4, Natasha Levinger quickly made a splash with the episodes “Pinkie Apple Pie” and “It Ain’t Easy Being Breezy.” She also wrote the “A Case for the Bass” short for Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks. We can’t wait to see what she has in store for us in Season 5!

Natasha Levinger is available at the one and only BABSCon, April 3rd – 5th, for autographs, meet & greets, and insight into the world of television writing. Visit our Writer’s Panel for a peek into the professional realm, the creative process, and the techniques our talented writers employ to make My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic the show we know and love!

Natasha joins our spectacular lineup of Guests of Honor including Tara Strong, Andrea Libman, Cathy Weseluck, Peter New, Claire Corlett, Ian James Corlett, Brian Drummond, Brynna Drummond, Marÿke Hendrikse, Danny Ingram, Steffan Andrews, G.M. Berrow, Heather Breckel, Tony Fleecs, Heather Nuhfer, and Bobby Curnow—to bring you a bigger, better, badder BABSCon this April. So, ensure your chance to meet all of these amazing personalities by registering now at registration.babscon.com!

Also, don’t miss your chance to to apply for our “The Voice: Equestria” fan-VA competition! Applications are closing soon, so follow the instructions at babscon.com/post/the-voice-equestria-2.

The Bay Area Brony Spectacular (BABSCon) is the first convention devoted to My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic in the San Francisco Bay Area. In our first year, we became the second-largest MLP con anywhere, and we’re back for our second year April 3–5, 2015 at the SFO Hyatt Regency in Burlingame, CA. Contact info@babscon.com for more information!
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Use code DHN10 for 10% off registration!