Convention Junction – June 21st, 2013

  • EQLA: Panel Recordings on YouTube
  • EPCU: Pony Photo Challenge
  • Everfree Northwest: Release of EFNW Album Road to Everfree
  • BronyCon: Precon Activities on August 1
  • Brony Fan Fair: Release of Visual Novel
  • Everfree Northwest: Art Announcement
  • Sweet Apple Acres Con: Changing Venues in Nashville
  • Everfree Northwest: Crystal Games Challenge Game Jam This Weekend

EQLA: Panel Recordings on YouTube

Hey everyone!

EQLA has one last announcement for the 2013 run. Our panel videos are starting to come out (FINALLY). We’ve got a few posted already and we know that a ton of people have been asking about them.

They can be found here:

Day 1: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkMAZkXmL0BPwPzZmVLGksqKgOW6eUshr

Day 2: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkMAZkXmL0BNIe5aJS-TGaDoJx7vIoMgH

EPCU: Pony Photo Challenge

Hello again, dear pony friends!

A few days ago, we at the European Pony Convention Union (EPCU) announced our special My Little Pony photo contest celebrating this year’s Summer Sun Celebration. Today, we’re back with more details and some very good news for you!

As it can sometimes be frustrating to find My Little Pony products in stores, our photo challenge is now open for anyone to participate! All it takes is a photo of your current My Little Pony collection! Also, BUCK has decided to join the fun by donating one of their “20% Cooler Tickets” as another prize to the event. Yay!

This gives you the chance to win one of these prizes:

– A BIZAAM Ticket to GalaCon
– A Fancy Ticket to BronyDays
– A Gold Sponsor Ticket to Crystal Fair
– A 20% Cooler Ticket to BUCK

And this is how you can participate:

– Get an account at eurobronies.org and upload a picture of your personal pony herd to the image gallery. There will be a special “Summer Sun Celebration” category.

– Include your desired convention ticket and a brief description of your photo in the image description of your upload.

– Your photo must be uploaded by June 30th at the latest.

– The winners will be picked by the staff members of the EPCU conventions.

Good luck!

All EPCU teams

Everfree Northwest: Release of EFNW Album Road to Everfree

Road to Everfree

Everfree Northwest is proud to introducing our first ever exclusive album: Road to Everfree! Each contributed song was created by a musician who will be performing live at this year’s Ponystock 2013, only at the Everfree Northwest convention. The album includes pieces from eleven standout musical artists such as Silva Hound, Cyril The Wolf, ThatSonOfAMitch, Mic The Microphone and more! All profits from the album are going toward aiding these musicians with their flight accommodations to the convention, so if you can, please give them a hand on their road to Everfree!

Bandcamp: http://everfreenorthwest.bandcamp.com/

BronyCon: Precon Activities on August 1

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Planning on getting into Baltimare a little early? Want to hang out and meet other bronies in a fun setting before getting your badge? Well we have two fun activities for you! On Aug. 1, there will be two events, one for all ages and one specifically for those 21 and over, taking place near the convention center specifically for BronyCon attendees! Both events are located in Fell’s Point which is a short walk away from the convention center, and an even shorter bus ride. You can also take the Charm City Circulator, Baltimore’s free shuttle service that runs every 10 minutes from 6:30 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, Friday 6:30 a.m. until midnight, Saturday 9:00 a.m. until midnight, and Sunday, 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.

Fell’s Point Dine Around (All Ages)

Join Charm City Food Tours for an evening of history and food as we dine around in Fell’s Point, Baltimore! This is an exclusive event for BronyCon attendees.

Fell’s Point, a small waterfront town originally established in the 1700s for its deep-water port, is now a destination in Baltimore for tourists as well as locals. With 120 bars and restaurants, Fell’s Point boasts the greatest concentration of dining and drinking establishments in Maryland.

On this guided walking tour, you’ll stroll through the quaint tree-lined and belgian block paved streets of Fell’s Point while learning about the rich history of the area. Along the way, you will stop at three of the top dining destinations, each with its own style and significance.

From melt-in-your-mouth pit beef, to spanish-style tapas, you will have the opportunity to experience some of the very best cuisine Fell’s Point has to offer, prepared by top notch local chefs. The tour also includes a visit to the world’s first Grand Marnier bar, which will serve a surprising twist on a classic Baltimore dish in addition to an iconic Maryland dessert.

The tour begins at 3:30 p.m. and lasts approximately three hours. $42.00 includes the tour, specially prepared dishes and server gratuity at each restaurant. The tour consists of enough food that guests should not expect to eat dinner afterwards. Beverages, other than water, and guide gratuity are not included.

Pick up your tickets here!

Brony Bar Trot (21+)

Calling all Bronies! Trot on down to Fells Point on Aug. 1 to enjoy the first Brony Bar Trot! Starting at 5:00 p.m. You’ll hit the town with all your fellow Bronies to enjoy deep discounts on food and drinks at some of Fell’s Points best restaurants, pubs and bars. Your ticket price includes:

  • Three featured shooters (redeemable with purchase at participating bars)
  • Cover-free admission to all participating bars
  • Deep discounts on food and beverage
  • Guides stationed through the neighborhood to direct flow and answer questions
  • An epic evening with fellow bronies

Make your first night at BronyCon an epic one! Registration 5-11pm at Dogwatch Tavern. 709 S. Broadway, Baltimore, Md.

Pick up your tickets here! The first 50 people to use the promocode “presale” will get half off of their ticket.

Brony Fan Fair: Release of Visual Novel

Hey everypony! We’ve got a treat for you. An upcoming fan-made visual novel is in the works starring the pony mascots Rising Star and Heartland. Both characters are representatives of Brony Fan Fair, an upcoming convention in Austin, TX on September 13th-15th at the Holiday Inn Austin Midtown.

Lights in the Sky

Lights in the Sky is the story of Rising Star’s journey to find her cutie mark. As a farm filly, Rising Star tries hard to fulfill the responsibilities given to her by her older sister, Heartland. But an opportunity arises where she finds that her heart’s desire may rest outside the boundaries of the Star Fields family farm. Rising Star will be put to the test as she is forced to decide between adherence to her sister’s wishes or the yearning to follow her own dreams.

The first part of the novel will be available on June 25th, 2013 on the Brony Fan Fair website. Players will be able to play Rising Star’s exploration of the Manehatten Astronomical Society building, the first leg of her journey.

Lights in the Sky is a short-and-sweet creation of Peter Jiang, Chairman for Brony Fan Fair. The visual novel was a final project for the “Writing and Narration for Video Games” spring semester class at the University of Texas at Austin taught by Sheldon Pacotti (writer on Deus Ex) and is being developed for younger audiences. Pacotti comments: “…[A]s a work of interactive fiction — from what I’ve seen — it succeeds on every level. There is conflict, exploration, a sense of adventure, and the writing always stays safely in the established My Little Pony universe.”

Find us on our social networks!

Website: www.BronyFanFair.com

Facebook: http://Facebook.com/BronyFanFair

Twitter: http://twitter.com/bff_fan

Tumblr: bronyfanfair.tumblr.com

Everfree Northwest: Art Announcement

Everfree Northwest is bringing you some fantastic art panels and events this year! Some of the best community artists are just waiting to share their talents, skills, and experience with you! We have a wide range of different activities such as an arts and crafts area which will run all day and all night, an Art Show, and a wide range of artistic panels. In addition to all the great events we have planned, we also have a number of talented artists joining us this year. A few of the noteworthy artists planning on attending the convention include:
John Joseco, one of the most prevalent artists in the ponysphere.

Tsitra360, whose beautiful and realistic compositions are widely admired.

Cosmic Unicorn, a fantastic traditional painter and artist of last year’s Everfree conbook cover!

ChaoticBrony, master of artisan pony jewelry.

Hezaa, one of WeLoveFine’s official pony artists.

Cutie Corral, an expert maker of pony plushies.

GiantMosquito, the artist behind the popular tumblr blog Doctor Adorable.

Dana Simpson, artist of the popular Ozy and Millie and Heavenly Nostrils comic strips and designer of Everfree’s mascot pony, Front Page, attending as a guest.
This is only a taste of all the wonderfully fantastic artists and artisans who will be coming to Everfree Northwest! You can see all of our artists and vendors on Everfree Northwest’s vendors page.
Events and Panels

Art Show

This year’s art show will feature a collection of exceptional pony artwork submitted by the community. Works will be on display throughout the convention, with some available for purchase or up for bidding! Find out how to enter your own work into the Art Show below in the “Art Show Submissions” section.
Cosplay Construction

Come learn how to cosplay as your favorite pony! Cosplay Construction will go over various methods for you to begin costume construction. Follow along as we go over both DIY and purchased costumes and the many different techniques to bring your pony costume to life. Learn to walk a mile in your favorite pony’s hooves!
Arts & Crafts Room

Feeling left out of all the costume fun? Twilight Sparkle gets to be alicorn royalty, why not you too? Make your very own of wings and/or horn, along with cutie mark, charms, pony cards, pony origami, and your very own paper bag pony puppet pal! Help us in building the greatest box fort/puppet theater this side of Equestria, and shenanigans will ensue. Add show characters or your original characters to our giant pony poster splash page. Come and get creative in the Everfree Arts & Crafts Room!
How to Commission

The industry for pony commissioned art is one that is rapidly growing. It has become increasingly common for fans to request drawings of their favorite ponies or even their OCs. This panel aims to teach artists, both new and experienced, how to do commissions. Learn how to run your commissions like a business and master the art of the deal.
Pony Drawing Tutorial Panel

Members of the subreddit r/mlpdrawingschool will be holding a workshop teaching budding pony artist how to draw our favorite pastel colored equines. A strong emphasis will be placed on personalized feedback and instruction, with multiple artists providing tips and critiques. Follow along as we start with the basics of drawing and end with your very own pony drawing created by you!
Art Show Submissions

“Everfree Northwest is currently accepting submissions from parties interested in being represented in our Everfree Northwest Art Show. The fee to reserve a space is currently $20 per panel or $15 per table. Access to our Print Booth is a benefit available to every selected artist for an additional fee. Our Print Booth allows artists to sell printed copies of the work they display at the Everfree Northwest Art Show. At this time, artists should specify whether they wish their art sold by silent auction or by a firm price. Interested parties should submit a copy of their work to ArtShow@everfreenw.com for consideration. Due to space limitations, we may not be able to accommodate every piece of art submitted. If your artwork is selected for submission, we will contact you directly. Any questions should also be directed to ArtShow@everfreenw.com

Keep up to date on all of Everfree Northwest’s news and announcements by following us on our website, Twitter, Facebook, and tumblr.

Planning on getting into Baltimare a little early? Want to hang out and meet other bronies in a fun setting before getting your badge? Well we have two fun activities for you! On Aug. 1, there will be two events, one for all ages and one specifically for those 21 and over, taking place near the convention center specifically for BronyCon attendees! Both events are located in Fell’s Point which is a short walk away from the convention center, and an even shorter bus ride. You can also take the Charm City Circulator, Baltimore’s free shuttle service that runs every 10 minutes from 6:30 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, Friday 6:30 a.m. until midnight, Saturday 9:00 a.m. until midnight, and Sunday, 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.

Fell’s Point Dine Around (All Ages)

Join Charm City Food Tours for an evening of history and food as we dine around in Fell’s Point, Baltimore! This is an exclusive event for BronyCon attendees.

Fell’s Point, a small waterfront town originally established in the 1700s for its deep-water port, is now a destination in Baltimore for tourists as well as locals. With 120 bars and restaurants, Fell’s Point boasts the greatest concentration of dining and drinking establishments in Maryland.

On this guided walking tour, you’ll stroll through the quaint tree-lined and belgian block paved streets of Fell’s Point while learning about the rich history of the area. Along the way, you will stop at three of the top dining destinations, each with its own style and significance.

From melt-in-your-mouth pit beef, to spanish-style tapas, you will have the opportunity to experience some of the very best cuisine Fell’s Point has to offer, prepared by top notch local chefs. The tour also includes a visit to the world’s first Grand Marnier bar, which will serve a surprising twist on a classic Baltimore dish in addition to an iconic Maryland dessert.

The tour begins at 3:30 p.m. and lasts approximately three hours. $42.00 includes the tour, specially prepared dishes and server gratuity at each restaurant. The tour consists of enough food that guests should not expect to eat dinner afterwards. Beverages, other than water, and guide gratuity are not included.

Pick up your tickets here!

Brony Bar Trot (21+)

Calling all Bronies! Trot on down to Fells Point on Aug. 1 to enjoy the first Brony Bar Trot! Starting at 5:00 p.m. You’ll hit the town with all your fellow Bronies to enjoy deep discounts on food and drinks at some of Fell’s Points best restaurants, pubs and bars. Your ticket price includes:

  • Three featured shooters (redeemable with purchase at participating bars)
  • Cover-free admission to all participating bars
  • Deep discounts on food and beverage
  • Guides stationed through the neighborhood to direct flow and answer questions
  • An epic evening with fellow bronies

Make your first night at BronyCon an epic one! Registration 5-11pm at Dogwatch Tavern. 709 S. Broadway, Baltimore, Md.

Pick up your tickets here! The first 50 people to use the promocode “presale” will get half off of their ticket.

Sweet Apple Acres Con: Changing Venues in Nashville

First of all, Sweet Apple Acres would like to thank everyone who tried to help them meet their minimum room attrition at Millennium Maxwell House. Unfortunately, Sweet Apple Acres was not able to get everything needed in order to hold the event space that Millennium Maxwell House had promised. However a new venue has been booked, and Sweet Apple Acres Con 2013 is now moving to the Holiday Inn Vanderbilt.

The Holiday Inn Vanderbilt is about four miles away from the Millennium Maxwell House hotel and right next to Vanderbilt’s campus. Rooms at the Holiday Inn are not guaranteed to be available, so rooms can be booked at the Marriott next door at a special rate of $179 per night. This special rate covers rooms booked between July 11-14 and can be booked by using the promo code “sweswea” or following this link. Availability will be limited, so book today!

If you had already booked a room at the Millennium Maxwell House under the old discounted rate and do not wish to change your reservations, this rate will still be honored by Millennium Maxwell House.

Event space at the Holiday Inn will be smaller than what was originally offered at Millennium Maxwell House, however, no guests will be dropped who have already been announced for Sweet Apple Acres Con. This means you will still get a chance to see guests like voice actors Michelle Creber, Lee Tockar and Michael Daingerfield as well as many content producers heralded in the fandom. In fact, Sweet Apple Acres is still not finished with their community guest lineup, so stay tuned for more exciting announcements that are soon to come.

To stay up to date on Sweet Apple Acres Con’s announcements, follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Everfree Northwest: Crystal Games Challenge Game Jam This Weekend

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The Gaming Colts cordially invites you to The Crystal Games Challenge this weekend, June 22nd-24th!

The Crystal Games Challenge is the first ever online game jam hosted by the Gaming Colts in partnership with Everfree Northwest and Bluescreen Bronies. Running 48 hours, from June 22nd at 12:00pm to June 24th at 12:00pm, the jam’s purpose is to inspire creativity and game creation. Here, developers can push their skill and ability to the limit to create a new game or prototype and show it off with their fellow developer’s creations. This is a chance for game creators, both new and established, to challenge themselves, flex their creative muscles, and showcase their talents and skill. All submissions will be showcased at Everfree NW on July 5-7, with the winners announced at the Bluescreen Bronies panel on July 6.

Registration is free and easy, and can be done at foundation.thegamingcolts.com/crystalgameschallenge. Don’t forget to view the game jam rules. Game developers of all skill levels and genre tastes are welcome, so hurry and sign up as a team or fly solo. The Crystal Games Challenge is about fun, friendship, and improving yourself. So come join the jam session and make a game!

To learn more about the Gaming Colts, please visit their website, Facebook, or Twitter.

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