BronyCon Summer 2012

The following is a press release from the staff of Bronycon, namely pointing out a change in power and reassurance that the convention will go on as planned. Behind the page break is the full press release, first a letter from Purple Tinker, head con chair and founder of the Bronycon meetups. The second is from Zebranky, long time member of the Bronycon staff and now head con chair.

From: Purple Tinker

Dear everypony,

I never anticipated being a convention chair. When I created BronyCon, it wasn’t because I’d always wanted to chair a con (I hadn’t); it was because someone needed to do it. At the time, I was the only one crazy enough to fill that role. For a while, it was good, but it rapidly became less of a fun addition to my life and more of a source of tremendous quantities of stress. Towards the end, I held on only out of my sense of obligation to the community– and, ultimately, out of terror for my own personal finances, which had become dangerously intertwined with the con’s. I became highly anxious and temperamental, and for that, I apologise. My Pinkamena side isn’t fun at all.

Although it’s sad to be leaving the driver’s seat, I mostly feel a tremendous sense of relief. Chairing BronyCon had ceased to be a net positive in my life. It wasn’t something I set out to do, and by the end, it was SOLELY hurting me. However, in my tenure as Con Chair, I’d surrounded myself with wonderful people– talented, capable, determined ponies, all with the passion to make BronyCon the best possible convention for the greatest possible number of people. I leave the convention in the hands of seasoned veteran staffers who know the system in and out, and who I foresee nothing but continued excellence from in their new roles.

I’ve turned over the convention to the new Con Chair, my long-time colleague Andrew Brockert, and am providing my full corpus of knowledge and contacts to him. I have no doubt whatsoever that he will succeed beyond my wildest expectations.

With my obligations as Con Chair now fulfilled, I am freed to pursue other projects, including restarting my work as an arcade joystick customiser and furthering my hobby of amateur photography. Additionally, I can pursue my dreams of emigrating to Canada. If anyone knows a firm in Toronto looking for a Web developer or systems administrator, do send them my way.

I know that I leave BronyCon in good hands, and that it will run more smoothly for my departure.

In the spirit of friendship,
Purple Tinker

From: Andrew/Zebranky

Hello, all!

I’m Andrew (aka Zebranky), the new convention chair for BronyCon, and I’d like to introduce myself to the congoers and the community at large. I’ve been involved with this convention since the original event last June, and I started and still co-organize the Boston meetups. I came into the first BroNYCon looking to do whatever I could to make it run better, and I carry that same spirit into this position.

Carrying forward the momentum that Purple Tinker has set in motion, our event this summer is poised for incredible success. We have an enormous venue: the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, New Jersey, just over the river from the heart of Manehattan. Our team has the skills and experience to do almost anything – I’ve loved working with them so far, and I’m beyond excited to see what we’ll do between now and the end of June.

I want to take this opportunity to update everyone on the status of our Guests of Honor, Mrs. Lauren Faust and Mr. John de Lancie. Right now, Hasbro is developing their policy to help handle the volume of appearance requests that those involved with the show are receiving. At the same time, we’re nailing down details with our announced guests. There’s nothing to be concerned about right now – we have every reason to believe that this will go as planned, and that we’ll be able to announce more special guests as we get closer to the con.

If you’re just hearing (or remembering) about us now, check us out at On behalf of everyone here, thank you for your continued interest and support, and we hope to see you this summer!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me directly at

All the best,

  • Anonymous

    Huh. So that anon in the /mlp/ thread was right. Anyways, this is probably for the best. Purple Tinker was on the verge of going insane (some would say she already had). That said, I think Bronycon in general may be getting to big for its own good.

    I’m interested to see how Everfree NW pans out.

    • Purple Tinker

      I’d gone insane long, long before I ever became involved in this fandom.

      • Alisha Gray

        Ponies help me temper the insanity. Brohoof! xD

  • Mike

    Well I’m glad to hear that Purple Tinker’s no longer stressing out so much. PT deserves that respite after doing such an amazing thing for the brony community.

    • Zorin

      Yes, lots of kudos to Purple Tinker for getting this going. Running a con is stressful work, and not everyone can handle it once the con gets big.

      I hope she enjoys a stress free retirement from convention chair duties, and that the con is a great success!

  • Anonamouse

    Purple Tinker was a poison to the community. Good riddance. Unfortunately, the remaining BronyCon staff is incompetent. Oh well. This will be their last con (if it even happens).

  • crazyredemu

    Purple Tinker was a *ucking pedo! Good riddance to bad rubbish!

  • Purple Tinker

    I don’t date anyone under 25, actually.

    • Anon

      Hey PT dont listen to the haters, I was at bronycon in January and it was awesome, u ran a great con and I can’twait til June.

      If u move to Canada I hope u still come to the con because it must really suck to miss out on a con u created!

      • A-z

        She wasn’t even at the con in January. She abandoned ship.

        • Purple Tinker

          Nope, I was there, working the reg desk until we reached fire code limits and we could reg no more. Then I turned things over to my staff and slept for the first time in 36 hours. It wasn’t a fun weekend.

          • A-z

            OK! So you were there for about an hour total, and left your staffers to deal with your mess. no wonder so many of them quit!

          • Purple Tinker

            When I left the con, I’d been awake for around 24-36 hours, and working on the con, at the venue, for around 12-16 hours straight.

  • 8ftmetalhead

    You organised a massive event mostly by yourself, despite a few hiccups. It takes alot of guts to do that, yet none to sit and complain and bitch about it. And these people would bitch all the same if you didn’t do anything at all. Might have had problems but watching the videos from the last one it looked like it turned out pretty damn brilliantly in the end.

    Something to be proud of, I think.

    • Purple Tinker

      It wasn’t ‘mostly by myself’. There was a large staff of wonderful people.

  • Anonymous

    Wow, some people are fucked in the head. Ahh Bronies, so nice of you to show your true colors! Someone does something nice for you out of the goodness of their hearts – THEY MUST BE A PEDO/POISON TO THE COMMUNITY!

    Fuck ’em, Purple. (Except not literally, ew.) You’re fabulous, massive kudos for all of your hard work. I hope you enjoy your break – you’ve earned it!

  • Anonymous

    Sure is /b/ in here.

    Thanks for what you have done Purple Tinker.

  • Alisha Gray

    Um, wow. What’s with all the hate, /b/ronies? What happened to love and tolerate and all that jazz? Most people were taught ‘if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all’ at a very young age… perhaps you should take that to heart.

    • derpymatic

      yeah its kinda embarrassing… PT sorry for all the jerks up in here! i bid you adieu, and hope that the con can keep growing.

      • Anonymous

        She fought to have porn at Bronycon and had no problem with kids seeing it. The embarrassing thing is that we didn’t run her out of this fandom on a pole.

        • Purple Tinker

          I don’t see porn as evil. I see it as utterly harmless. But the rest of the country sees porn as evil, so I had to bow to their standards– and I did. When I left BronyCon, I left it as a PG-rated con, so pro-censorship people like yourself would be happy.

  • Andrew Brockert

    Yikes. Everypony, Purple Tinker has her flaws and her mistakes, just like any other person. Let’s be entirely clear: she put a staggering amount of work into creating and building this con, and it’s going to go on succeeding, in large part because of what she’s done.

    As to the remaining staff being incompetent, I won’t take that personally, but as a challenge. This con will be spectacular if I have anything to say about it — and oh, look, I do. Get back to me on July 2.

    • Kelly V

      Don’t defend a tyrant that is a clear danger to the community.

      Good luck with that train wreck!

      • Purple Tinker

        I made mistakes. I’m working on resolving them. It’s all I can do.

        • Alisha Gray

          Gotta say, I have to admire how maturely you’re handling all these attacks. I’d have been flipping my shit by now.

      • Anonymous

        Good luck with that crazy! It seems like you have a loooooooot of it to go around. Be sure to share with the rest of the class!

  • WikiBrony2

    Yet another masked movement to cover the fact that all is a monopoly with this. Bravo! Bravo!
    Are we on the third act or what?

    Of course that stepping down (by name) does not mean stepping down on money. After all, royalties and earnings will still go to Purple Tinker as if she would be running all as always. Now with the difference that she is not in charge “on title” to avoid “clues” of EverFreeNW and Traveling Pony Museum being a big fat monopoly run by the same folks as always. So all still remains as always but for some /mlp/ clever people this wont go unnoticed as we know the truth of the fact and about this “covering” act, a simple maskade to continue to monopolize the fandom. So congrats purple tinker you now own bronycon, lots of brony meetups, everfreenw and the traveling pony museum. Aside all the % you receive from the pony auctions, MLR albums and donation “projects”.
    Good thing that we on /mlp/ can track all movements from the $800 bugs spent for the bronycon to the art and merch monopoly on DA.
    Congrats on this, really, congrats, we never thought someone could take a fandom based on love and tolerance, and turn it into a solely Money driven business based on reputation and advertisement, instead of quality and fan made community.

    • Just for the record, Purple Tinker has -nothing- to do with EverfreeNW, that is a totally separate entity from Bronycon.

      • plaster

        at least this one had the nuts to post this without being completely anonymous

      • Anonymous

        TIME TO LAY OFF THE CRAZY JUICE, PAL! Your tinfoil cap might be screwed on a liiiiiiiiittle too tight, there! Don’t worry, if blood flow can still get to your brain, that doesn’t mean the alien brain-ticklers will be able to!

    • >not turning the fandom into a business

    • Purple Tinker

      Wow, this is the most hilarious thing I’ve read in a while. I don’t own ANY of the things you think I own.

    • Inky Notebook

      Actually, I own the Traveling Pony Museum and the museum is not affiliated with BroNYCon at all. Purple Tinker has made a generous donation to us but she is not staff nor has any position at the museum.

  • Inky Notebook

    Also to clarify, I’m not making ANY money off of the Traveling Pony Museum.

    I’m paying artists to have their work showcased within the community. All money donated goes to bringing more artists to the museum.


  • Purple Tinker

    For that matter, in the end, I didn’t make a cent off of BronyCon either. Every penny I made that didn’t go towards paying con expenses is going to go towards paying the tax burden for the con income. April is NOT gonna be a fun time.

    There’s a reason most conventions incorporate as not-for-profit corporations. It’s not profitable.