Preview for Legends of Magic #4

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We have a preview for Legends of Magic #4, coming out on July 5th. Check it out after the break.

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The voice of a hundred ponies, Tabitha St. Germain, returns to Milwaukee!

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It’s a rarity to be disappointed with the flurry of guests at Ponyville Ciderfest. We always try to bring a variety of talent that moonlights as a wide range of your favorite My Little Pony characters.  But, no matter who we bring, they always take the cake!

We are proud to announce Tabitha St. Germain as our next Guest of Honor for Ponyville Oktoberfest 2017! Tabitha is best known as the voice of the fabulous fashionista Rarity on My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. She also provides the voice for Princess Luna, Granny Smith, Mrs. Cake, and many more. Tabitha has also voiced characters in previous generations of My Little Pony; including Minty and Thistle Whistle. Outside of My Little Pony, she is the voice of the comedic skunk Pepper Clark on Littlest Pet Shop, the talking dog Martha on Martha Speaks, a myriad of characters from various anime, and many, many more.

Tabitha is our third addition to our Guest of Honor lineup for this year’s Ponyville Oktoberfest, joining Nicole Oliver and Jay Fosgitt! A variety of badge options are available for you to choose from so you can come join us Milwaukee this fall from October 20-22.  Full weekend badges are available at the Early Bird price for $40, but that deal ends on June 30th!  Our Filly/Colt Weekend passes for kids 7-13 are only $20, and children under 6 are free!

Sponsor badges are still available too, and provide additional perks, such as tickets to the Sponsor Dinner and VIP Cocktail hour, plushies of our mascots Barley Tender and Caramel Malt, and autograph line priority. Celestial and Equestria sponsors also will get to participate in an EXCLUSIVE event with Tabitha! Prices for sponsor badges start at only $150 for the Spike Sponsor badge, and the perks get much better on the higher tiers!

Plus if you’re looking to provide content for the convention, panel, musician, and community guest applications are still open, and we’re also still looking for volunteers!

Come join Tabitha St. Germain and the rest of us in Milwaukee this October for magical friendship!

As so many of us do, Tabitha St. Germain began life as a happy jelly lump. She might not have been quite so happy if she had had eyes and could see that she was puce in hue—an unlovely colour, but she had no eyes. (See above re: jelly.) So: happy.  

Far off, in the seams of a dimension like our own in no article, (except that there is a rudimentary Twitter that consists of people yelling out of doors into a corridor and then slamming the doors shut), a being named Snoodlewod Jam Jam Thwiket, took note of Tabby’s dab of DNA coalescing on the earth. Though only a jelly, and an unsettling colour, it was clear that the thing was FULL OF NOISE. ‘I’m going in,’ said Snoodlewod Jam Jam Thwiket. For Snod. was a musician, and he recognized that a rare instrument was forming, a golden windbag: Tabitha.

If you think that origin story was daft, here’s some of Snoodlewod Jam Jam Thwiket’s oeuvre:
Super Mario Bros, Legend of Zelda, C.O.P.S, Beetlejuice, DragonBall Z Gundam Seed, Carebears, Deathnote,  Martha Speaks, Jimmy-Two Shoes, A buncha Barbie movies, league of super evil,)Nerds and Monsters, Littlest Pet Shop,  Packages From Planet X, Sabrina: Secrets of a Teenage Witch, Pac-man, Lollirocks, Pirate Express, Dinotrux,  Endangered Species, Kong, Nina’s World, Supernoobs and  other stuff.

In MLP: Rarity, Luna, Nightmare Moon, Granny Smith, Mrs. Cake, Photo Finish, Rarity’s Mom, Muffins, Suri Polomare, Pound Cake, Spa Pony, Flurryheart and others.

 Instrument also makes sauerkraut. Is no longer puce.

Tabitha was last at Ponyville Ciderfest in 2015. She joins Nicole Oliver and comic book artist Jay Fosgitt as announced guests–both of whom are new to Ciderfest. The last two Ciderfests have drawn over 1,100 attendees.

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The first of three Equestria Girls specials aired on Discovery Family, so let’s get to it. The Rainbooms are trying to raise money for repairs to the dock at Camp Everfree. They are still short of their goal after a car wash and time is running out. So Rarity suggests they enter a dance music video contest. Two problems ensue. The first is that they will need to use some of the funds raised already to buy costumes and equipment. The other is that the Crystal Prep girls (sans Indigo Zap) are also entering so they can hold their Spring Dance on a yacht—and they play to win. They also play to copy Rarity’s idea after she tells it to them which is a mash-up of dances you’d see on America’s Got Talent, So You Think You Can Dance?, or Dance Fever. (Had to put in that older reference lost on younger fans.)

The girls try other ideas, though Applejack’s is something like a cooking show on CMT, Rainbow Dash foreshadows next week’s special, and Pinkie Pie….imagines as only she can. The Crystal Prep girls are also having problems. They have a dance routine (Rarity’s), but no song. Rarity offers the Rainbooms’ help on that in exchange for dance lessons from the Crystal Prep girls. The result is a well-animated musical number to go with the bonus track from the “Friendship Games” soundtrack. So both the dock gets the funds for repairs and the Crystal Prep girls get their dance on a yacht.

It’s a good special, though it borrows heavily from “Rarity Takes Manehattan” (albeit with no Coco Pommel) and the third act is a bit rushed here. I also have to fault the focus on a little bit. I mentioned the concepts, but there didn’t appear to be as much drive for the dance video until late given that they are trying to fund the repairs for the dock. Maybe that’s just me, though, so take what you will. The costumes were nice, though.

So, a plausible start for the first of these three specials, though a bit rough around the edges.

GRADE:  B

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Rarity convinces her friends to join a misic video competition; when the girls learn that Crystal Prep Academy is also interested in participating, then worry whether they’ll be able to pull it together and make a winning music video.

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IDW Solicitations for September 2017

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Solicitations are now available for the month of September along with an advanced solicitation for October. Check out the details after the break.

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The episode begins with Pinkie Pie being invited (read: begging through 17 letters to Prince Rutherford) to the Yaks’ Yicksluberfest. Pinkie arrives as the Official Friendship Ambassador to the Yaks and is introduced to Yak traditions and Yakyakistan as a whole.

However, one of the customs, stomping, leads to an avalanche that buries the village. Pinkie offers to bring the rest of the Mane Six to help remove the snow, but Prince Rutherford says the Yaks don’t ask for help. They’ll wait until the snow melts.

After several failed attempts in convincing the Yaks that they need help, Pinkie brings the rest of the Mane Six anyway for a “covert friendship mission” to lift the snow. Prince Rutherford actually commends “Pink Pony” for helping the Yaks without asking and Pinkie gets her own set of Yak horns.

So yes, this is the Yaks’ version of “Applebuck Season,” and I think the lesson is somewhat lost on the Yaks here. The moral is that it’s OK to ask for help when you’re in over your head. It is not really be patient and wait for others to help you.

When we first saw the Yaks in “Party Pooped” they were the worst part of that episode, though Pinkie did well to carry it. Here, the Yaks are a little more tolerable and Pinkie again carries the episode very well.

There was some decent world-building as we are introduced to Yakyakistan and all the various yak huts which reads like the Department of Redundancy Department. The dialogue is also on song. It’s just that how the Yaks absorb the lesson is quite off note in this episode. So overall, it is an episode that Pinkie carries well despite the heavy weight of the Yaks.

GRADE:  B

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We’re thrilled to have author and screenwriter G. M. Berrow will be returning to Nightmare Nights 2017! This year marks her fourth appearance at Nightmare Nights, an academy record, and we’re excited to have her back to share her writing experiences and party with all of you this October!

The author of many of the My Little Pony chapter books, Gillian has started writing episodes of Friendship is Magic with the season five episode The One Where Pinkie Pie Knows and season seven’s Fluttershy Leans In. She’s spent many years ghostwriting for other children/young adult novels, as well as working in television production for shows like The Good Wife and Law & Order: SVU.

We’ve got plenty of announcements coming this summer, but any great convention needs help from all of you, too! Panel applications are open from now until September 9, and we’re looking for a diverse schedule packed full of talent from all across the fandom. Our vendor application is still open, but will be closing soon! Vendors can submit applications until Friday, June 30th (just shy of two weeks from now) to join our vendor hall. As always, we select vendors via a jury system to ensure that there are a wide range of items for our attendees and vendors. See the applications for more information, and contact us if you have any questions.

And of course, registration is open at a discounted rate until the convention, including our Sponsor badges, which are a great way to make your Nightmare Nights experience even more awesome. Premium Sponsors will be able to mingle with our Guests of Honor at a special cocktail party on Friday night, on top of other Sponsor badge perks like reserved panel seating and memorabilia. Once you’re registered, don’t forget to reserve your room at the Crowne Plaza Addison using the code MLP for a discount.

Thank you to all our attendees and fans for your continued support! We’ve got lots more announcements to come over the summer, so be sure to stay tuned to our Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr feeds (and turn on mobile notifications for your phone) for more updates!