We’re so excited to welcome Brenda Crichlow back to Nightmare Nights! She was a guest of honor at the first Nightmare Nights all the way back in 2013, and we’re delighted she’ll be returning to Dallas this fall to spend some time with us.

Brenda has been involved in the community since season 1 in her role as Zecora, but her acting career is over two decades long, both behind the microphone and the camera. A graduate of the Studio 58 Theatre Arts program in Vancouver, Brenda has merited guest starring, series recurring and lead roles for film and television, voice-over, (Zecora on My Little Pony) radio hosting, and commercials. Some highlights include working alongside: Kyra Sedgwick (The Possession); Genie Francis and Ted McGinley (Notes From The Heart Healer); Harrison Ford (Firewall), Angela Bassett (The Lazarus Child), Linda Hamilton (Home for the Holidays); and in Vice with Michael Madsen and Mykelti Williamson.

Brenda’s passion and skill has led to work with children to adults as an onset acting coach for shows such as Spooky House starring Ben Kingsley and Mercedes Ruehl, Just Deal, Elf(James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, and Will Ferrell), and as a sub on Things we Lost in the Fire starring Halle Berry, Benicio Del Toro and David Duchovny. Currently, Brenda is one of two onset Dialect Coaches on a show she can’t name. But wait for it!

As a reminder, applications for vendors is now open until June 28th. Vendors will be selected via a jury system, not by first-come-first-serve, to ensure that there is a healthy variety for our vendors and attendees. But the deadline is only a week away, so if you’re still looking to vend at the convention, be sure to apply as soon as possible. Panelist applications are also open until September 9, so submit your panel concepts today!

And of course, what convention would be complete without a ruthless army of volunteers? Fill out our volunteer application if you’d like to help us out. Accepted volunteers will receive free entrance to the convention in exchange for a few hours of work every day. We need folks with a wide range of skills, including security, operations, AV, medical, gophers, helping out in our dealer’s den, and more. Helping at Nightmare Nights is a fun and rewarding way to help make the con a great place for everyone, so sign up now!

Nightmare Nights 2016 is shaping up to be our best year yet, and we still have more guests to announce! As always, you can register for Nightmare Nights at a discounted rate before the convention. And while our top tier sponsor badges are sold out, there’s still sponsor and premium sponsor badges available, so grab one before they’re gone. Be sure to stay tuned here on our website, and on our Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr pages, and we hope to see in you October!

Much like Littlest Pet Shop, Wander Over Yonder is destined to go out on a relative high. The pairing of “The Robomechabotatron” and “The Flower” drew an estimated 407,000 viewers on Disney XD on Monday night. It is the highest mark for the show since “The Waste of Time.”

The Season Two average now stands at 413,909 with just one episode to go. The series finale, “The End of the Galaxy” airs at 8pm ET/7pm CT on Disney XD on Monday night.

Ratings information for this report comes courtesy of Mitch Metcalf of Showbuzz Daily as measured by Nielsen Media Research.


IDW Solicitations for September 2016


Solicitations for the month of September are here. What are the stories for that month’s comics? Find out after the break.

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According to Entertainment Weekly, season 6 of Friendship is Magic is set to go up on Netflix on July 30th. Presumably only the first half of the season, as implied by “part 1” in the article. However, it raises the question if the original episode 609, The Fault In Our Cutie Marks, will be seen in this release as online distributions tend to follow production orders. As far as we currently know, it’s still included for DVD release.


222 – “The Robomechabotatron, The Flower”

Written by: Sam Riegel; Rachel Vine
Wander must convince Sylvia, Hater and Peepers to work together to control an ancient giant robot; Sylvia scours the destroyed galaxy to save a rare flower and cheer up Wander.

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Preview for Friends Forever #30

Friends Forever #30 cover by Tony Fleecs

Friends Forever #30 cover by Tony Fleecs

A preview for Friends Forever #30 has appeared on iTunes. Since the preview includes a double-page spread, two of the pages have been edited into one image by us. Even though this issue was included in July solicitations, iTunes currently has it listed to be released on June 29th. The date may change later on or it could be released early.


Check out the preview after the break.

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The Annecy International Animated Film Festival is an annual event held in Annecy, France since the 1960 and features a showcase of animated features, from shorts to full length features.  Genndy Tartakovsky, creator of Samurai Jack and Dexter’s Lab gave the world a first look via a few still images of the upcoming continuation of Samurai Jack.  The original series began in August of 2001 and concluded in September 2004 after 52 episodes.  It was announced last December that the series would be making its way back to television, not as a reboot like so many other series, but as a continuation headed by Tartakovsky.

While there isn’t a ton of details revealed from the Annecy festival, reports from various social media outlets say that it was revealed that the series would be 10 half hour episodes that together would form a 5 hour movie.  It was also said that the story would pick up roughly 50 years after the last episode.

While a definite date has not been established, Tartakovsky said that the series would be coming to Adult Swim’s Toonami “soon”.

If our three readers haven’t figured it out, we do plan on covering the show here on Derpy News.  For the past several months one of the blank show icons in our menu has had the very vague outline of Aku’s head (minus his actual head) embedded in it.  At some point we are hoping to review / revisit the original series.  So stay tuned.