Trotcon 2013

Said goodbye to everyone this morning, did fine. Dropped Amanda off at the airport, and got choked up in the car as I drove off. It just kinda hit me then that Trotcon was pretty much over (and listening to Florence + Machine likely wasn’t helping).

Trotcon Goodies:

  • Filly Applejack plushie
  • Buttons from Amanda, Dream, Rai, JJ, Pixelkitties, and other artists
  • Keychain, tarot cards, and a Baltimore/Bronycon map from Chocolatepony (totally going to use the map in August)
  • Keychain from Master Tortilla
  • A Redheart commission, a miniprint, and a bookmark from Aspendragon
  • A Redheart commission from Rai
  • A Redheart commission from JJ
  • Celestia print from Valcron/Dreatos
  • Doodle from Pirate Dash
  • OC commission from Amanda (you can just give it to me whenever)

Ended up with a lot more stuff than I thought I would get, but on to the more personal stuff.

Pirate Dash: Your driving, quite frankly, terrifies me, and I don’t really understand why you like golf so much, but you’re a good guy. We just need to get you an actual Dash plushie now.

Chocolatepony: Definitely want the other half of your tarot card deck, so I’ll pick that up for Bronycon. Wish you could have stayed around longer and played some more Cards Against Humanity with us, or gone to see the movie with us. Remind me to ask you for advice on Baltimore once Bronycon rolls around.

WillDrawForFood1: ur a fgt. Also set an alarm clock next time. Showing up at Wendy’s with everyone else in order to surprise you was one of the highlights of the con (seriously, the look on your face was priceless), and I didn’t know someone could eat an entire bucket of popcorn that quickly. You never cease to amaze, it would seem.

Rusty Nail: I really don’t know how or why you know so much about almost anything in existence, but I do appreciate your rather extensive knowledge of booze. Thanks for the beer and medical talks, and maybe we’ll bump into each other at another con some day.

Raikissu: You were a lot shorter than I was expecting. A lot. What you lack in size, though, you make up for in generosity and kindness. You’re such a sweetheart, and it’s almost sickening. Same goes for your sister. Really glad to have met you two.

Dream: DRAM. I’ll be honest, I didn’t really know what to expect from you (even after all those skype chats and calls), but it was still really great to meet you, and I’m looking forward to hanging out with you again at Bronycon. Also you’re a butt.

Amanda: It was really, really great to see you again after we first met up in September of last year, and when we were doing our little toasts yesterday before Chocolatepony left, it was nice to know that I was one of the people who helped turn your Trotcon experience into something positive (and even memorable). Remind me to never end up on an island with you, though – I need to work on my own counter-strategy for that.

And now, I am going to bed. I’m running on 5 hours of sleep, and driving Amanda back to the airport was a bit of a struggle (especially because she could sleep and I couldn’t, FFFFFF).

Talk to you guys in a few hours.


Folks have been asking for size information on the book boxes, so here’s a quick rundown on just how big they are plus some pics with reference items.  I’ve still not settled on prices yet, I’m afraid. 

All sizes are in inches, Width, Height, Depth.  The first size is for the box as a whole, the second just for the inner box part.

Note that the gold bits aren’t quite as shiny in these pics.  They’re all covered in a protective plastic layer, but underneath they’re shiny shiny!

Large Box- 

    Outter Dimensions- 10.5" x 14" x 3.75"

    Inner Dimensions-   9.5" x 13" x 3"

Medium Box- 

    Outter Dimensions- 8.5" x 12" x 3"

    Inner Dimensions-   7.5" x 10.75" x 2.5"

Small Box- 

    Outter Dimensions- 6.5" x 9.75" x 2.5"

    Inner Dimensions-   5.5" x 8.5" x 1.75"

I used some regular, brushable-size ponies, a comic book, Blind Bag box and trading cards for scale. 

Note that the gold bits aren’t quite as shiny in these pics.  They’re all covered in a protective plastic layer, but underneath they’re shiny shiny!

All three sizes nest inside each other.  You can put all kinds of things inside!

Finally, for those who missed the update on the Box deviation page, I’m going to try and offer a set or two between Trotcon and Bronycon, prolly sometime in July.  I’ll make a post about it once I’ve got them ready to ship.  I AM willing to ship worlwide, but be aware that postal rates in the US are kind of nuts right now, so it’s probably going to be a bit pricey sending them outside the continental US.  

Hope these help!  Thanks everyone for all the really great feedback and interest in the books!

Super Late Trotcon Swag Post

A wide angle shot to get in all the swag and splendor accumulated at the recently concluded Trotcon 2013.

A complimentary Official Bronycon Map from Chocolate Pony, being held open by most of the blindbag figures I obtained over the weekend. I could not pass up Zecora, Applebloom, T-1000 Rarity, THE GREAT AND POWERFUL TRIXIE, and all the stallions I could buy (Gonna try some painting!)

A GREAT AND POWERFUL CHUBBIE! Also One Bit, A Celestia Butt-Tattoo Lapel Pin, a Sweetie Belle Pin, an Applejack Pin, a Peanut Bucker pin, and a Derpy Chubbie Pin.

The Rusty Nail Annotated “Spirited Discussion Official Pony Drinks List” from the Trotcon Spirited Discussion Panel, a Gilda the Gryphon con-badge, and the front of the Trotcon handbook.

My Princess Celestia Flask (PRAISE THE SUN!), My Pre-Reg Pass, the back of the handbook, a Breaking Babs postcard from PixelKitties, and a gorgeous Derpy Keychain from Tortilla.

Catbutt and Surprise Blindbag figures; and the Third Place Trotcon 2013 Speedfiction winning entry “It Was a Beautiful Day in Ponyville” (Known to the judges panel as “That Ovipositor Submission”)

An absolutely breathtaking set of 11 of the Major Arcana, given to me by Chocolate Pony, for helping with his table, and for doing tarot readings for customers of his in Artists Acres.

Twilight and Smartie, in the style of Watterson; drawn by WillDrawForFood1, and an absolutely adorable Rusty Nail holding aloft a refreshing beverage by Raikissu. Also, a Trotcon Postcard by Pixelkitties.

Rusty Nail, drawn by John Joseco. Nothing more needs be said.

Until next time, y'all.


Convention Announcement!

Next weekend I will be on hiatus because of TrotCon! I’ll be manning a table with a friend or two and we’ll be selling plushies and prints! We should be straight ahead as you walk in the artist alley! Our booth is called “Niftey’s Nook”. Idk the table number right now, but it should be in the pamphlet you get when you walk in.

I can’t think of any more info to include right now, but I’ll include more later if I think of it! I’ll repost this Friday morning too!

New Guests from YouTube

Confound those ponies, they drive us to YouTube and YouTube video accessories! What mashups are to music, YouTube poops are to videos: varied, creative, sometimes serious and often silly, but most importantly, a good YTP is filled with plenty of ssuss. It can be hard to come by, but fortunately for all of you, two of the most prominent MLP poopers will be joining us this summer to provide more than enough ssuss for everyone: Unanimous Delivers and SgtScrubnoob!

About two years ago, Unanimous Delivers started posting some silly YouTube videos with ponies in them. Since then, he’s surpassed 10,000 subscribers. Even if you don’t know him, you likely have come across his work at some point. By far his most popular video is Night of Pony, which alone has topped a million views, but there’s plenty more where that came from! You might have also seen Pinkie Trigger, 1000 People Clicked on the Subscribe Button, or his Sonic Rainboom perspective video.

If you know Unanimous, you probably also know SgtScrubnoob, one of the more prolific poopers out there, with videos like Mega Mare, Apple Race, Rusty Bucket Neigh, and dozens of others. On top of that, he is also the creator of the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic article on Know Your Meme, which has amassed over eight million views. If you were introduced to this crazy fandom by that article, you (and millions of others) have him to thank!

Unanimous Delivers and SgtScrubnoob will be hosting some video-related panels, showing off some of their favorite YouTube poops and PMVs, and talking about what it takes to turn a video into a video.

Click on their subscribe buttons by accident: Unanimous Delivers and SgtScrubnoob

Now, if you’ll excuse us, we’d like to take a brief moment to reflect.

We, TrotCon’s staff, agree (unanimously, if you may) that 2011 was a fantastic year in many ways. It has been incredible to watch a few dozen fans of an up-and-coming cartoon turn into hundreds, and then tens of thousands, all in the span of a few months. Some people had their doubts that the fandom would last through the summer once the season ended. It not only lasted, but thrived, with every kind of fan content imaginable: art, fanfiction, music, videos, games, and much more.

Part of our goal with TrotCon is to try to celebrate and recreate that feeling in a sense. We’d like to bring back the excitement, creative energy, and so many wonders of watching this talented fandom emerge from such a humble beginning, so that those who weren’t around can experience it, and those who were there can remember and enjoy it all over again.