USA Today has published an article on our community and the show and with it released a preview of the next episode, Magic Duel, as well as a few pages from the upcoming comic books.
For his article, Brian Truitt interviewed a number of people, including Katie Cook, Andy Price, and us of Bronies for Good.
As Price explains, “It is exactly this barrier that My Little Pony has broken: There is no division of pink girls over here, and blue boys over here. Its message is friendship and positive attitudes and equality, not sexism and stereotyped attitudes. It succeeds because it’s delivered with humor, a universal language not specific to any specific gender.”
These are just a few sound bites. Be sure to read the full piece!
Bronies, which has become a gender-neutral term, share artwork and foster friendships on a number of fan sites, they stage their own conventions and, in the case of the charitable organization Bronies for Good, promote kindness all over the world.
Founded in 2011, the group began by setting up blood drives and then went bigger, raising more than $60,000 this year for clinics, villages and orphanages in Africa and other projects “to help cultivate a culture of generosity and involvement among Bronies,” says member Martin Wilson of Monterey, Calif.
Patrick Traynor was a freshman at Arizona State when My Little Pony fandom hit a fever pitch last year, and “the whole idea seemed like a giant inside joke no one told you about,” he says. Then he heard how Bronies for Good raised funds for the Children’s Cancer Association and joined up.
“I thought to myself, ‘If a TV show can inspire these kids to do such a wonderful thing, how bad could it possibly be?’ I gave it a shot, and became hooked.”
Head over there to read and watch it. (You may want to use a Flash blocker to avoid the video preview if you don’t like spoilers.)
The 29 image preview of the comic shows mostly the variable covers to Issue #1, but also includes some unseen pages from the comic, and the Ghost Variant cover which has not been seen until now. Consider the pages spoilers if you’re saving yourself for the real deal, due out this Wednesday.
You can also find the video and the comic book preview after the break.