IDW Solicitations for September 2017

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Solicitations are now available for the month of September along with an advanced solicitation for October. Check out the details after the break.

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The episode begins with Pinkie Pie being invited (read: begging through 17 letters to Prince Rutherford) to the Yaks’ Yicksluberfest. Pinkie arrives as the Official Friendship Ambassador to the Yaks and is introduced to Yak traditions and Yakyakistan as a whole.

However, one of the customs, stomping, leads to an avalanche that buries the village. Pinkie offers to bring the rest of the Mane Six to help remove the snow, but Prince Rutherford says the Yaks don’t ask for help. They’ll wait until the snow melts.

After several failed attempts in convincing the Yaks that they need help, Pinkie brings the rest of the Mane Six anyway for a “covert friendship mission” to lift the snow. Prince Rutherford actually commends “Pink Pony” for helping the Yaks without asking and Pinkie gets her own set of Yak horns.

So yes, this is the Yaks’ version of “Applebuck Season,” and I think the lesson is somewhat lost on the Yaks here. The moral is that it’s OK to ask for help when you’re in over your head. It is not really be patient and wait for others to help you.

When we first saw the Yaks in “Party Pooped” they were the worst part of that episode, though Pinkie did well to carry it. Here, the Yaks are a little more tolerable and Pinkie again carries the episode very well.

There was some decent world-building as we are introduced to Yakyakistan and all the various yak huts which reads like the Department of Redundancy Department. The dialogue is also on song. It’s just that how the Yaks absorb the lesson is quite off note in this episode. So overall, it is an episode that Pinkie carries well despite the heavy weight of the Yaks.

GRADE:  B

StatManDan

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We’re thrilled to have author and screenwriter G. M. Berrow will be returning to Nightmare Nights 2017! This year marks her fourth appearance at Nightmare Nights, an academy record, and we’re excited to have her back to share her writing experiences and party with all of you this October!

The author of many of the My Little Pony chapter books, Gillian has started writing episodes of Friendship is Magic with the season five episode The One Where Pinkie Pie Knows and season seven’s Fluttershy Leans In. She’s spent many years ghostwriting for other children/young adult novels, as well as working in television production for shows like The Good Wife and Law & Order: SVU.

We’ve got plenty of announcements coming this summer, but any great convention needs help from all of you, too! Panel applications are open from now until September 9, and we’re looking for a diverse schedule packed full of talent from all across the fandom. Our vendor application is still open, but will be closing soon! Vendors can submit applications until Friday, June 30th (just shy of two weeks from now) to join our vendor hall. As always, we select vendors via a jury system to ensure that there are a wide range of items for our attendees and vendors. See the applications for more information, and contact us if you have any questions.

And of course, registration is open at a discounted rate until the convention, including our Sponsor badges, which are a great way to make your Nightmare Nights experience even more awesome. Premium Sponsors will be able to mingle with our Guests of Honor at a special cocktail party on Friday night, on top of other Sponsor badge perks like reserved panel seating and memorabilia. Once you’re registered, don’t forget to reserve your room at the Crowne Plaza Addison using the code MLP for a discount.

Thank you to all our attendees and fans for your continued support! We’ve got lots more announcements to come over the summer, so be sure to stay tuned to our Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr feeds (and turn on mobile notifications for your phone) for more updates!

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GalaCon is still seeking more in-kind donations to put on another two hours of charity auction extravaganza this summer – all for our carefully chosen beneficiary Animal Equality!

The convention will again dedicate its charity auction to the Seeds of Kindness fundraiser of Bronies for Good – it will be the fifth successive year the convention has supported us. A silent auction and a super speedy Saturday sale will allow potential buyers to bid on their coveted items throughout most of the convention, and the live auction on Sunday will determine who gets the most valuable ones.

If you have an idea for a valuable item you could contribute to the auction, then please make Fluttershy proud and donate it, because scores of animals will likely be spared from suffering thanks to your generosity!

Contributing an Item to the Charity Auction

To submit an item, please head over to GalaCon’s charity auction page and click “Charity Auction 2017 – Item Registration Form.”

Please fill in the form for every item, even if you plan on bringing it to the convention rather than mailing it. Having more time to plan the auction helps us handle the items more efficiently and sell more of them. Plus you will know whether your donation meets the requirements before you carry it to the convention. If you have any questions, please email GalaCon at donations@galacon.eu.

How the Auction Works

There are three auctions overall, the silent auction, a small charity auction on Saturday and – of course – the great charity auction on Sunday before the closing ceremony.

The silent auction runs from Saturday until Sunday at around 1 p.m. A bunch of items are presented in the gallery, each of them marked with a number. You can place your bids on numbered bidding lists. After the end of the silent auction, some of the items – according to their value – are given into the two live auctions. All other items are sold to the highest bidder according to the bidding list. (There will be a special announcement on Sunday afternoon with more details and instructions.)

Note that you will now need a bidder card to participate. This streamlines the process, and allows us to identify the bidders more reliably and hand out sold items faster.

The concept of both live auctions is simple: items are presented on stage and you have the chance to place a bid by raising your hand. The item is sold at the highest bid. Make sure you do not miss the live auctions, even when you are not convinced by the items at the gallery. There are much more special and yet secret items that will neither be presented in the gallery nor in the catalog! For detailed information, please read our charity auction rules and information on the silent auction. They also inform you of registration and overall process of the silent auction.

If you have further questions, please contact donations@galacon.eu.

About Bronies for Good

The show has taught us that a pony’s compassion is wide – it transcends country borders and races, and Fluttershy’s compassion has room for all species of critters, whether bear, squirrel, or chicken. We of Bronies for Good implement this message in the real world, where we run fundraising campaigns and rely on comparative research – such as that of GiveWell and Animal Charity Evaluators – to always find and support the best charities in the world.

About the Animal Equality

When animals are abused or suffer, Animal Equality is there to defend them. The international organization has offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Spain, Mexico, Venezuela, and India, from which it conducts investigations to bring to light cases of animal abuse and educate the public about them. Animal Charity Evaluators estimates that it saves multiple animals for every dollar donated and recommends it as one of the best animal charities in the world.

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711 – “Not Asking for Trouble”

Written by: May Chan
Pinkie Pie visits Prince Rutherford and the Yaks. While there, an avalanche falls on the entire rustic village of Yayakistan. Pinkie Pie suggests that she go to get other ponies to come help but the proud Prince and Yaks refuse.

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The map is calling again and this time, it is calling just Starlight Glimmer to Canterlot Castle—much to Twilight’s shock. It turns out that Celestia and Luna are not getting along as they are not appreciating what the other is doing. Things come to a head when Starlight impulsively switchings Celestia’s and Luna’s cutie marks.

With the spell due to last 24 hours, each agrees to take on the other’s duties for one day with Starlight observing, who is being observed via music box doll by Twilight (and her freak outs are not helping). Luna finds it much harder than she though to smile for most of the day at her subjects and help placate fears of timberwolves (which she doesn’t do well) and resolve differences between representatives of cities (which she does well after three hours).

Celestia goes into the dream world and finds Starlight having a nightmare over what she has done and fears Nightmare Moon will return. She does in the dream, but also appearing is Celestia’s alter ego in Daybreaker. Luna’s also having a nightmare about the children whose fundraiser was ruined when Luna couldn’t keep her smile on forever. Both gaining an understanding of the other’s duties and making amends, Celestia, using Luna’s powers, defeats Daybreaker and they all return to the real world. Starlight is commended for being bold enough to do what she did—hence the map called her—and her mission is accomplished (though Twilight wants a full report).

Now, we’ve seen Starlight try to use magic to solve a problem to disastrous effect. Here, almost the same happens here, but the show does well that that impulse may actually be the appropriate method here. The map doesn’t call just anyone for a friendship problem. It sends the pony or ponies who it thinks is best equipped to handle it—even though the pony or ponies are unsure themselves. Starlight is filled with regret at times, but she was also the one most likely to be bold enough to do such a thing as switching cutie marks.

As for the Royal Sisters, we’ve seen hints that they don’t get along 100% of the time in “Slice of Life” and the comics, but here it is in full force. This was the kind of episode fans have wanted for a long time and they were not disappointed in the slightest.

Those in Canada who saw the episode on May 20th will attest to that as those who saw it on Discovery Family, today. It was a super episode that saw development for characters who have not had some in a long time. Twilight as a music box ballerina was hysterical as was Starlight’s reactions to it. The climax was also some of the best animation the show has had in the series.

Some will still have an issue that Starlight impulsively used magic again to solve a problem, and for awhile Starlight fears it has been for the worse once again, but this time it was the right call this time—which is perhaps why the map called just her. It’s another jewel in Season Seven’s crown.

GRADE:  A+

StatManDan

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A preview for the first issue of the My Little Pony: The Movie Prequel series is now available. The first issue will be released on June 28th. Check out the preview after the break.

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