One year ago I met a man who would become an incredibly dear friend to me. He took me by the hand and led me into a group of friends with open arms and almost immediately I felt as if I’d known them for years. He introduced me to the first alcoholic drink I ever enjoyed. He was the best ‘bodyguard’ I ever had. He helped me to realize that taking medication for my anxiety, depression, and PTSD wasn’t a sign of weakness. He introduced me to @techmomma and @kajeaynart who have quickly become some of my favorite people.
One year ago while we sat in the Trotcon lobby, he mentioned to me that he wanted to run a panel on alcoholic drinks but didn’t get the space. Rusty passed away in March and never got to have his chance to try again. Standing in the parking lot of the funeral home after his service, I thought about the conversation we had. So we decided to do it for him.
With help from @techmomma, @kajeaynart, and @piratedashmod we ran a panel where we raised money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and created a number of the original cocktail recipes that he was known for to give to those who donated the highest amount. The highest bid was $120 for a single drink based on @ask-wiggles 'a Coffee Talk. Rusty Nail was and remains an incredible force of good in this world, which is why I am proud to say that the Rusty Nail Memorial Happy Hour has raised over $1,300 USD that will be donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
So thank you all, those who donated and those who helped to spread the word. Raise your glasses tonight, be kind, do some good, and love with all your hearts.
Goodnight, Rusty’s dearest drinkers, and rest well.
Catch us at @trotcon this weekend for trivia, goofing off, and some good ol’ fashioned drinking! We’ll be auctioning off drinks created by Equestria’s premier and one of a kind bartender to raise funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation! All of the proceeds from the auction will be donated.
Thank you to everyone at Trotcon and beyond who helped make this happen! The original email might have been addressed to me, but I thought I’d make a couple key changes with some simple photoshoppy cantrips to honor everyone who took part in the event and preserve the privacy of our dear friend.
It started as an idea to honor Rusty Nail in a way that felt sincere to him and grew and fell together in a way that I couldn’t have expected. This little ‘Drink Auction’ of cocktails he created turned into two hours of nonstop fun. I went into this hoping at the very least to raise enough money to offset the cost of the ingredients for the auction and instead we all were floored by the amazing acts of generosity that the patrons of the Pony Keg offered. In the end, we raised $1,400 to donate to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation!
So once again, I’d like to thank everyone who helped here, both those who came to the event and some very special people who went above and beyond-
@ask-wiggles - For offering her art as an incentive to have others donate to the cause, many thanks friendo!
@black-onyx-star -For going completely out of his way during the first day of the con to shop for and donate a TON of ingredients for the panel AND for donating during the event. You rock dude!
Lee Tockar (Twitter- @leetockar) -The man himself! For not only coming to the panel, but for being an all around good dude, interacting with the livestream guests, donating to the cause, and doing a fantastic toast for our dearly departed.
THOSE GUYS AT THAT ONE TABLE YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE (Twitter- @BerryTube) -You all were the life of the party and I’m still not entirely convinced that you weren’t a group manifestation of the Greek god Dionysus on the mortal plane come to pay respects to a Premier Bartender because REALLY.
AND last but definitely not the least,
@techmomma - Rusty’s dearest, an excellent panel host, and someone who I’d put in my best friend category and cover in affection whenever it’s needed. Your hard work and dedication, not only as a friend and to this event, but to Rusty is really what made the sincerity of it true in every aspect.
@kajeaynart - Another dear bestie who I’ve come to love. An absolute joy to be around and another excellent panel host. From what I’ve heard, Church attendance has skyrocketed thanks to you because of your advice to those sinners during Quiplash. Y’all need Jesus.
@piratedashmod - For helping to secure the time and space for the panel, giving us time to speak during both the opening and closing ceremonies, for the transportation of delicious drink ingredients and your work in purchasing them, and of course, for being a good sport and host when the going got tough and the tough got roasted. Lots of laughs were had, and we wouldn’t have had them without you.
Plus, Batender for the night, Jay. You did Rusty’s recipes the justice they deserved and this event wouldn’t have been the same without you. Thank you so much for lending us your time and experience!
And definitely for all of those who donated during the panel and afterwards, one big giant THANK YOU to all of you! We’ll see you next year!
I am running a panel @trotcon So excited to see ya all in person!
Come and join me!
Name of panel “Run an MLP comic, along with other Mythological creatures!”
When and where: It is on Saturday around 11 am a description on what I will be talking about.
“Want to know what it is like to run an MLP web comic? What does Equestria look like from a donkey, dragon, gryphon, or zebra’s perspective? Can you run an MLP comic with the main character being a different creature besides a pony? CAN you tell an MLP story from a different creature’s perspective? If you asked any of these questions, then this is the place for you. Join me as I discuss my journey of developing and publishing the MLP web comic “Ask Rye Dimar Dragon” which is based around a dragon trying to to get the ponies to help him out in a war.”
A Vinyl Scratch with a little hip hop twist. She’s probably bumpin that Mura Masa shit, I know I was when I was drawing her.
I’m actually really happy with this one, hopefully y'all like it too. It’ll be a sticker for Trotcon and Bronycon as well, so I got you covered Vinyl fans.
Finished up my Nick Valentine print for Trotcon and Fandomfest this month! If you can’t make it to those but are interested in getting one once my shipment comes in, feel free to send me an IM and you can order one!
This is an update to my old Sweetie collage, this one has significantly more Sweetie Belle. The last one had 32 unique Sweeties, this one has 94. Godspeed if you try to count them all. This is actually only around half of the total Sweetie Belles I have lying around, but most of them are quite old so I didn’t think they looked too nice. Anyways, next time I update this thing I think I’ll stick to only the drawings of solo Sweetie Belle, as much as I like the peppering of Apple Bloom I can’t help but feel like it’d be a bit more Bobdude if it were only the Belle. Or maybe I should only have it be Sweetie and Bloom and no other horse? Which is more Bobdude? Bah.
This design will appear on some crazy big 60x80 inch plush fleece blankets for EFNW, trotcon, and bronycon. That’s right, *60x80*. The print file for this collage is a whopping 8.9 gigabytes, 432 million pixels. had to get me my 300 dots per inch. And yes I’m bringing back the plush fleece, regular fleece had a nice heavy build and it printed very well, but I had more than one person at BABS pass on em cause they didn’t like the material. If I had just washed them beforehand the starchy fresh printed feeling wouldn’t have been around but I didn’t have that kind of foresight… Bit nervous about these ones too, since they’re so big and they’re a special plush, they’re *not* cheap to print so I’m really taking a leap on this one.
Anyways, enjoy a fresh collage. More Sweetie Belles are always on the way!
Hello everyone, just dropping in a quick mod post to tell you all I’ll be at Trotcon this year. So if by chance anybody else besides some I already know are going (Already know Pirate Dash’s mod will be back again for example) there’s a chance you’ll catch me there.
I will be there for mostly one day (Once again Saturday) but unlike last time where I was only there for about 3-4 hours. I’ll have my own hotel room so I’ll be able to stay the night. I should arrive at just about anytime from I’m guessing noon or sometime after and then leave around Sunday morning.
I’ll leave a picture of myself and what I’ll probably be wearing to the con when I get there after the break.
When I went in 2015, Trotcon was an awesome time I don’t think I’ll ever forget. I hope to even have a greater time now that I’ll be there for much longer this time around. ^^
BIG RED HORSEEEEEEEEEE. xD Trotcon 2k17 is over for your friendly neighborhood muffin, since I work the last day D: Compiling my experiences and thoughts into one big post, woo. Ended up going alone, I usually have a Trotcon squad but one didn’t have money, one just didn’t show and never let me know, and one I am super concerned about as I have not heard from them in months, nothing on their social media in months, and their phone does not seem to be working? He was usually a top tier sponsor for the past few years so I have reasons to be legit concerned ;__; So yeah. But still had a good time even without my friends.
This year I did a cosplay filled with things I don’t normally wear (or had never worn before in my life) so was really really weird. I did RD, was supposed to be a RD/ Gyro Captain crossover but was ok with it being considered a classic pilot Wonderbolt RD as well. Not everyday you see me in a wig, tank top, a really tight jacket, and pants xD If anyone sees this and has pictures, let me know-since I did not have my squad I did not get any pictures of it for myself and would love to see them. I also obviously fursuited, did for a few hours Saturday. Did not bother suiting Friday due to how late things kicked off.
Trotcon started off rough. Due to miscommunication somehow? (this venue was planned to be at that location a year in advance and has been here for years, how that happens idk. Weird.) The con did not have access to all the rooms so there was basically nothing except non-VIP panels and autograph sessions until nearly 8 at night. Vendors, felt bad for them since they could not set up until very late, were not given much time to set up, and then had to stay open later to make up for it all. Because of that, I did not go to the con myself until later in the afternoon-can’t complain at the chance of taking a nap beforehand I guess lol. Still felt like we were jipped a whole day.
Opening ceremonies were fabulous, BIG RED HORSEEEEE in a super high pitched voice is now going to be the new Trotcon thing, Peter New is fantastic. M.A. Larson sat in the row behind me for the opening ceremonies which was cool. The con intro animation was really neat as well. Since they were behind schedule, they had to cut the raffle short but that’s ok. I then stayed for the Peter New + Lee Tockar panel, they were both drunk which led to very entertaining subjects which I will not mention on here due to being super inappropriate although some serious topics regarding anything from the LGBT aspect of voice changing to general VA topics were covered as well.
Day 2 was a whole lot smoother, everybody seemed a whole lot more relaxed and made for a fun environment. Attended a lot of panels, the fursuit meet, and did a mini parade with a few of the other suiters around the area. I only have the one photo of me with the RD suiter for now, hope some more surface. The highlight of the day was Twi’s head getting autographed by M.A. Larson! Story behind that:
was walking around in fursuit…this group of dudes called me over. (I recognize the guy who seemed to be the main leader of the group, he’s a popular fanfic writer if memory does not fail)
They said they had a autograph voucher and they had no idea what to do
with it so offered it to me to get an autograph. Long story
short, went in there, plopped Twi’s head on the table and explained how I got the voucher and asked for the head to get autographed. M.A. Larson flipped out, he was like “REALLY!?” and was way too excited over it. Hence
there are now a bunch of YESses on her head xD going to confuse so many
people in the future
should I so choose to continue wearing it, which as of now I will just because I have no other fursuit options and I don’t want to stop suiting for one little thing. So yes, my suit is now super official thanks to the dude who gave Twi wings and made all of us brony cry xD
Two of the photos were results from PirateDash’s Sketchy Friends panel. I wanted to kill some time, have not drawn in a long time so was like you know what, why not. Prompt #1 was draw pony/ponies with random garbage as armor, Prompt #2 was team up with someone and exchange prompts, and Prompt #3 was draw a pirate or ninja pony. It ended up being really relaxing and the person who sat with me was a loner herself and was fun to work and talk with. We exchanged our sketches for prompt #2 after the panel was over, so I got a cute Twily sketch out of it :) and a pink pencil I guess since PirateDash let us keep the pencils. Souvenirs, eh?
I think that’s it, other than minor things like Peter New walking by and saying hi to me twice-once while in cosplay and once while in fursuit. I nerd out over stupid stuff, I am a dork and I know it. x.x I also bought every Twi badge I saw except the waifu one…should I have went ahead and bought it for the heck of it? Who knows xD I look forward to attending again next year, there is no con like Trotcon even if I was alone and even if the con had issues starting off. BIG RED HORSEEEEEEEE.
Oh shit it’s a new blanket design for Bronycon. I wanted to get big mac, maud, and shining armor/cadence/flurry on this thing (because I should have them as stickers for bronycon), but the order has to go in now if I’m gonna get them in time. If I stick to this horse convention thing another summer I’ll add a whole bunch more of the other horses I’ve drawn to it, quite like my Sweetie collage. I’m hoping to turn it into something really cool but it’ll be a few hundred hours before that can happen. I uh, may or may not be trying to draw every vaguely important pony from the show. We’ll see. In the meantime though I think this looks pretty neat, got a little bit of something for everyone on it. This one will also be on wallscrolls, which will be a bobdude first for bronycon.
Anyways, enjoy a little collage of horses. Expect those new stickers I mentioned real soon
OH, one last thing, I won’t be taking preorders for blankets at bronycon this year. Due to this post-trotcon rush, I just couldn’t make them happen. However there is some good news, I found a new blanket printer so I’m printing more of them and they’ll sell for even cheaper. I’ll have ten of my Sweetie Collage and ten of this new design here. Hopefully they take off as well at bronycon as they did at everfree, those blanket sales take my mood from good to infallible every time one goes haha