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GalaCon is still seeking more in-kind donations to put on another two hours of charity auction extravaganza this summer – all for our carefully chosen beneficiary Animal Equality!

The convention will again dedicate its charity auction to the Seeds of Kindness fundraiser of Bronies for Good – it will be the fifth successive year the convention has supported us. A silent auction and a super speedy Saturday sale will allow potential buyers to bid on their coveted items throughout most of the convention, and the live auction on Sunday will determine who gets the most valuable ones.

If you have an idea for a valuable item you could contribute to the auction, then please make Fluttershy proud and donate it, because scores of animals will likely be spared from suffering thanks to your generosity!

Contributing an Item to the Charity Auction

To submit an item, please head over to GalaCon’s charity auction page and click “Charity Auction 2017 – Item Registration Form.”

Please fill in the form for every item, even if you plan on bringing it to the convention rather than mailing it. Having more time to plan the auction helps us handle the items more efficiently and sell more of them. Plus you will know whether your donation meets the requirements before you carry it to the convention. If you have any questions, please email GalaCon at [email protected].

How the Auction Works

There are three auctions overall, the silent auction, a small charity auction on Saturday and – of course – the great charity auction on Sunday before the closing ceremony.

The silent auction runs from Saturday until Sunday at around 1 p.m. A bunch of items are presented in the gallery, each of them marked with a number. You can place your bids on numbered bidding lists. After the end of the silent auction, some of the items – according to their value – are given into the two live auctions. All other items are sold to the highest bidder according to the bidding list. (There will be a special announcement on Sunday afternoon with more details and instructions.)

Note that you will now need a bidder card to participate. This streamlines the process, and allows us to identify the bidders more reliably and hand out sold items faster.

The concept of both live auctions is simple: items are presented on stage and you have the chance to place a bid by raising your hand. The item is sold at the highest bid. Make sure you do not miss the live auctions, even when you are not convinced by the items at the gallery. There are much more special and yet secret items that will neither be presented in the gallery nor in the catalog! For detailed information, please read our charity auction rules and information on the silent auction. They also inform you of registration and overall process of the silent auction.

If you have further questions, please contact [email protected].

About Bronies for Good

The show has taught us that a pony’s compassion is wide – it transcends country borders and races, and Fluttershy’s compassion has room for all species of critters, whether bear, squirrel, or chicken. We of Bronies for Good implement this message in the real world, where we run fundraising campaigns and rely on comparative research – such as that of GiveWell and Animal Charity Evaluators – to always find and support the best charities in the world.

About the Animal Equality

When animals are abused or suffer, Animal Equality is there to defend them. The international organization has offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Spain, Mexico, Venezuela, and India, from which it conducts investigations to bring to light cases of animal abuse and educate the public about them. Animal Charity Evaluators estimates that it saves multiple animals for every dollar donated and recommends it as one of the best animal charities in the world.

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711 – “Not Asking for Trouble”

Written by: May Chan
Pinkie Pie visits Prince Rutherford and the Yaks. While there, an avalanche falls on the entire rustic village of Yayakistan. Pinkie Pie suggests that she go to get other ponies to come help but the proud Prince and Yaks refuse.

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The map is calling again and this time, it is calling just Starlight Glimmer to Canterlot Castle—much to Twilight’s shock. It turns out that Celestia and Luna are not getting along as they are not appreciating what the other is doing. Things come to a head when Starlight impulsively switchings Celestia’s and Luna’s cutie marks.

With the spell due to last 24 hours, each agrees to take on the other’s duties for one day with Starlight observing, who is being observed via music box doll by Twilight (and her freak outs are not helping). Luna finds it much harder than she though to smile for most of the day at her subjects and help placate fears of timberwolves (which she doesn’t do well) and resolve differences between representatives of cities (which she does well after three hours).

Celestia goes into the dream world and finds Starlight having a nightmare over what she has done and fears Nightmare Moon will return. She does in the dream, but also appearing is Celestia’s alter ego in Daybreaker. Luna’s also having a nightmare about the children whose fundraiser was ruined when Luna couldn’t keep her smile on forever. Both gaining an understanding of the other’s duties and making amends, Celestia, using Luna’s powers, defeats Daybreaker and they all return to the real world. Starlight is commended for being bold enough to do what she did—hence the map called her—and her mission is accomplished (though Twilight wants a full report).

Now, we’ve seen Starlight try to use magic to solve a problem to disastrous effect. Here, almost the same happens here, but the show does well that that impulse may actually be the appropriate method here. The map doesn’t call just anyone for a friendship problem. It sends the pony or ponies who it thinks is best equipped to handle it—even though the pony or ponies are unsure themselves. Starlight is filled with regret at times, but she was also the one most likely to be bold enough to do such a thing as switching cutie marks.

As for the Royal Sisters, we’ve seen hints that they don’t get along 100% of the time in “Slice of Life” and the comics, but here it is in full force. This was the kind of episode fans have wanted for a long time and they were not disappointed in the slightest.

Those in Canada who saw the episode on May 20th will attest to that as those who saw it on Discovery Family, today. It was a super episode that saw development for characters who have not had some in a long time. Twilight as a music box ballerina was hysterical as was Starlight’s reactions to it. The climax was also some of the best animation the show has had in the series.

Some will still have an issue that Starlight impulsively used magic again to solve a problem, and for awhile Starlight fears it has been for the worse once again, but this time it was the right call this time—which is perhaps why the map called just her. It’s another jewel in Season Seven’s crown.

GRADE:  A+

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A preview for the first issue of the My Little Pony: The Movie Prequel series is now available. The first issue will be released on June 28th. Check out the preview after the break.

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710 – “A Royal Problem”

Written by: Joanna Lewis, Kristine Songco
Starlight Glimmer is sent to solve a friendship problem between Princess Celestia and Princess Luna; when it’s clear that the problem is that the royal sisters don’t appreciate one another, Starlight impulsively switches their cutie marks!

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A preview for issue #55 of Friendship is Magic has popped up. The first part of this two part story, “Wings Over Yakyakistan”, will be released on June 21st. Check out the preview after the break.

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She knows what she likes, but she doesn’t know much about fashion. That’s Applejack in a nutshell in this episode. Rarity is holding a fashion contest at Carousel Boutique with the winner having his or her designs on display at the

Applejack is selected as one of the judges along with Hoity Toity and Photo Finish. Applejack was reluctant at first, but accepts because of her sense of practicality which straight away will not help her in judging fashion. We meet the contestants:  Lily Lace who loves drama in her fashion. Starstreak who is futuristic and avant-garde. And Inky Rose, a goth pegasus who looks a lot like a pony we met in “Canterlot Boutique”, but that pony was a

Applejack goes full Simon Cowell on their designs and the fashion show appears to be in tatters as a result of Applejack’s rather brutal honesty. Rarity then takes AJ to Strawberry Sunrise who gives her opinion about apples (she doesn’t like them). AJ soon learns the error of her ways, brings everybody back to save the show, and cops out by choosing all three ponies to make it a three-way tie.

There is a good lesson in that while it is right to be honest, it is sometimes wrong to be brutally so. That was Applejack here. As a result, the contestants’ feelings were hurt and so were those of Photo Finish and Hoity Toity when AJ says, “fashion is ridiculous”. AJ is more of a practical pony and that’s where the scene with Apple Bloom and her hat works with this episode. What also works very well was the comedy. Photo Finish is as hammy as ever while Pinkie Pie offers comedy relief as well. The guitar scene was hilarious as well.

There’s a lot that works here and with a good lesson included. It’s not a top tier episode, but honestly, it is another very good Season Seven episode where there’s yet to have been a bad one.

Fun Fact:  Strawberry Sunrise’s VA, Maggie Blue O’Hara voiced Sweetheart in My Little Pony Tales. She becomes the third of that show’s core seven VA’s to voice both Tales and FiM along with Kelly Sheridan (Melody on Tales) and Chiara Zanni (Bon-Bon). Cathy Weseluck was also part of the Tales crew, but as singing director.

GRADE:  A-

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