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Whinny City Ponycon Returns with “Old Chicago” theme

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Whinny City Ponycon is back in 2018 with the theme of Old Chicago. Below is the official tease:

From the organizers of Ponyville Ciderfest, Aquatifur, and Anime Milwaukee, Whinny City Pony Con is back for our third year! Chicagoland’s biggest My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic fan convention returns to the wonderful Hyatt Regency in Schaumburg, IL on April 13th – 15th, 2018!

Our theme for 2018 is “Old Chicago”, celebrating the best of the Roaring 20’s and Dirty 30’s. From Flappers and Jazz to Gangsters and Swing Dance, our event list this year will have plenty of new and fun attractions! We look forward to once again bringing the excitement of MLP:FIM and its fandom to Chicagoland for a fun filled weekend of ponies, friends, fun and entertainment!

The Hyatt Regency Schaumburg is near both I-290 and I-90 (Northwest of Downtown Chicago and O’Hare Airport) and across from Woodfield Mall.

Registration for all badges, applications for panel and community guests, and hotel reservations at $109.00/night are all open now.

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Tony Fleecs Brings His Art to Nightmare Nights

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As any fan can tell you, the comics are a major part of the My Little Pony franchise, as are the people who bring those comics to us. That’s why we are so excited to invite the comic illustrator Tony Fleecs to Nightmare Nights!

Tony Fleecs is the illustrator of dozens of variant covers of the My Little Pony comics. Comic fans may recognize his other work on comics of Miraculous: Adventures of Ladybug and Cat NoirGrumpy CatBatman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures, and his own work Jeff Steinberg: Champion of Earth. His comics have been published by Random House, Image Comics, Silent Devil Productions, Boom!, IDW and Terminal Press. He lives and works in North Hollywood, CA. His mother says he is handsome.

Tony will be joining us at the final Nightmare Nights at our events, but also in our vendor hall! Joining him will be an incredible roster of over 40 vendors selling all kinds of merch, from posters to plushies, electronics to RPGs, and everything in between. So make sure you register for a badge, which will only be discounted for a few more weeks! Our rooms are filling up fast, so if you need a place to stay, book your room soon and stay onsite at the con hotel! And we’re still looking for more volunteers, which will get you a free badge in exchange for a few hours of work each day, which is a great way to save some money for our amazing vendor hall.

We’re only 7 weeks away from the convention, so make sure you follow all of our social media channels, like TwitterFacebook, and Tumblr (and turn on mobile notifications for your phone) for more updates!

Nightmare Nights 2017 Charity Auction Includes Project: Harmonize, Art Book With Over 60 Artists

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If you haven’t heard the news, Nightmare Nights is coming to an end after 2017. So for our grand finale, we’ve got something special to share, coming to our Charity Auction.

Project: Harmonize is an 11×14 hardcover sketchbook featuring artists with all sorts of skill levels and personal styles, both fan-artists and seasoned professionals. This truly one of a kind item involves fantastic creators from all over the world creating something special together! What will be auctioned is the sketchbook itself, containing many original drawings. Not reproductions or reprints, but the originals, making this a truly priceless piece of My Little Pony fandom. And there are over 60 sketches already in the book, with more being added.

Project: Harmonize is being led by the artist and comic illustrator LeekFish, one of our 2016 Guests of Honor, and will be auctioned off at the Nightmare Nights Charity Auction. Our benefactor, for the fifth year in a row, is St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. benefitting children suffering from catastrophic illness and their families. We’ve raised over $40,000 for St. Jude since 2013, and we’re hoping to raise a whole lot more this year. More details for Project: Harmonize will be coming out over the next few weeks on social media, so check out the Twitter and Tumblr for the project!

We’ll have plenty of other items at our Charity Auction, which you can find out more information about on our Charity page. On site charity auction item donations can be made before noon on Saturday at Dealer Ops. Don’t forget to pick up your badge at a discounted rate until the convention to attend our Charity Auction, and reserve your room at the Crowne Plaza Addison using the code MLP for a discount. You can also volunteer to help a few hours each day in exchange for a free badge. And lastly, our panel submissions are still open for just one more week, until September 9th, so get those panels in before we lock down the schedule!

Thank you to all of our fans and attendees for being the best fans and attendees ever! We’re excited to send off Nightmare Nights with all of you. The con is less than two months away, so stay tuned for more information, and follow us on TwitterFacebook, and Tumblr (and turn on mobile notifications) for more updates!

HASCON Schedule Finalized

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Hasbro has finalized the schedule for HASCON which takes place September 8-10 at the Dunkin Donuts Center and the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, RI. The schedule for the whole convention can be seen at https://hascon.hasbro.com/schedule.

Specifically for My Little Pony, here are the following events:

Friday, September 8th:

The Voices of My Little Pony:  Friendship Is Magic, HASCON Main Stage, 3:30pm

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be the voice behind a pony? Straight from the pony’s mouth, learn about what it takes to bring iconic characters to life with just a script and a mic.

From Ponyville to Canterlot High — The History of Equestria Girls, HASCON Main Stage, 4:30pm

Join master storyteller, screenwriter and lyricist Meghan McCarthy as she shares the inspiration behind Equestria Girls and gives a peek at what adventures the Equestria Girls are going on next. Be the first to see the new product line and hear first hand from the Equestria designers as they share how they bring to life our Mane 7 ‘s unique personalities!

My Little Pony Designer Q & A, FANmily Stage Room, 5:30pm

Join members of the My Little Pony design team as they take you on a journey through four generations of pony product. Designers will answer questions, giving a behindthe- scenes look at how they have made their (cutie) mark on My Little Pony and proving that you’re never too old to play with ponies.

MY LITTLE PONY Mane Event6:30pm, Omni Hotel (*VIP or Add -On Ticket Purchase Required; Price $200.00)

Enter the world of Equestria for an unforgettable evening of entertainment! Join us for special guest appearances, a sit-down dinner and a first look at select 2018 My Little Pony toys. Head Storyteller, Meghan McCarthy will introduce a sneak preview of scenes from the upcoming My Little Pony: The Movie! Plus enter a raffle for a chance to win My Little Pony merchandise.

Each VIP attendee will receive a Super Fan My Little Pony gift bag including pre-signed autographs from multiple members of the Mane 6, Special Comic reprints for HASCON, a VIP event exclusive pin set and more.

Saturday, September 9th:

The Voices of My Little Pony:  Friendship Is Magic, Discovery Family Stage, 10:00am – Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be the voice behind a pony? Straight from the pony’s mouth, learn about what it takes to bring iconic characters to life with just a script and a mic.

The Making of My Little Pony: The Movie, HASCON Main Stage, 11:00am – Join master storyteller, screenwriter and lyricist Meghan McCarthy as she shares her experience in creating the first feature film for My Little Pony. Find out how the Mane 6 inspired her to discover the importance of teamwork and friendship along the way. Includes an exclusive sneak preview of the film!

First Look at My Little Pony Season 8!, FANmily Stage Room, 12:00pm – The adventures of the Mane 6 – Twilight Sparkle, Pinkie Pie, Rainbow Dash, Rarity, Fluttershy and Applejack – continue with the 8th season of the beloved My Little Pony series in 2018. Renowned storyteller, screenwriter and lyricist Meghan McCarthy will join fans to present the first look at the Season 8 premiere exclusively at HASCON!

My Little Pony Voice Talent Autograph Session, My Little Pony Brand Area, 1:00pm

Item Autograph Policy

Sunday, September 10th:

First Look at My Little Pony Season 8!, Discovery Family Stage, 11:00pm – The adventures of the Mane 6 – Twilight Sparkle, Pinkie Pie, Rainbow Dash, Rarity, Fluttershy and Applejack – continue with the 8th season of the beloved My Little Pony series in 2018. Renowned storyteller, screenwriter and lyricist Meghan McCarthy will join fans to present the first look at the Season 8 premiere exclusively at HASCON!

IDW – My Little Pony: Comics are Magic, Discovery Family Stage, 12:00pm – IDW has been publishing My Little Pony comics since 2012, and recently passed the major milestone of Issue #50. Come meet some of the creative team behind these beloved comics, and learn first-hand what goes into creating original stories about your favorite Pony friends. Bobby Curnow, MY LITTLE PONY series editor at IDW, and lead artist Andy Price, have been working on the comics since the very first issue. And Brenda Hickey, who is currently drawing the new MY LITTLE PONY: Legends of Magic series, joined the team not long after in 2013. Join us for behind the scenes stories of how My Little Pony comics come to life!

Andrea Libman and Cathy Weseluck will represent the show at HASCON while Bobby Curnow, Andy Price, and Brenda Hickey will represent the comics. Former story editor of Friendship is Magic and current Hasbro VP of Storyteller Meghan McCarthy will also be a guest as well MLP historian and collector Summer Hayes.

MLP has the second most panels at HASCON at nine excluding Dungeons and Dragons and Magic: the Gathering gaming sessions and VIP events behind Transformers which has 15 panels.

For you Littlest Pet Shop fans, a sneak preview of the new series set to debut in 2018 will take place on Saturday, September 9th, at 11:00am in the FANmily Stage Room.

Each brand will have a brand experience area. Below are the ones for MLP and LPS:

MY LITTLE PONY:

Welcome, everypony! Discover the magic of friendship with a behind-the-scenes look at the latest pony adventures in entertainment (can you say NEW MOVIE? Oh yeah!), character meet-and-greets, a ponification experience and much more!

Highlights include:

• Meet and mingle with the Mane 6 and Spike costumed characters
• Photo-ops with life-size movie ponies and scenes from My Little Pony: The Movie
• Get ponified like your favorite character at the Ponification Station
• Explore Equestria and take snaps, selfies, and pony pics
• Play the most pony-riffic My Little Pony apps and games
• Get a sneak peek of the latest MLP toys, along with rare treasures from the Hasbro Vault
• Visit Pinkie Pie’s Sugarcube Corner, an exclusive MLP-themed cafe

Plus, enjoy these My Little Pony panels and VIP/add-on experiences, including:

• The Making of My Little Pony: The Movie featuring Meghan McCarthy
• The Voices of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
• First Look at My Little Pony Season 8
• My Little Pony Designer Q&A
• My Little Pony Mane Event: Dinner (add-on or VIP ticket purchase required)

LITTLEST PET SHOP:

Visit the Littlest Pet Shop Brand Area for a purrfectly wonderful, pet-lovin’ good time!

• Get a sneak peek at Paw-Tucket, the brand new Littlest Pet Shop animated show

Selfie-time! Take some totally fun pix with loads of paw-some photo ops for you and your friends

• Check out the human-size hamster wheel
• Add your personal touch to the cool LPS Graffiti Wall
• Visit the Designer’s Den to design a pet of your own. We supply a white-model pet and you do the rest. Sign-up in the booth as space is   limited.

Times:

FRIDAY11:30am1:00pm2:30pm4:00pm5:30pm

SATURDAY & SUNDAY9:30am11:00am12:30pm2pm3:30pm5:00pm

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Nightmare Nights 2017 Announces Nick Confalone as Guest of Honor

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We are delighted to announce Nick Confalone as a guest of honor for Nightmare Nights 2017! Nick joins writers M. A. Larson and G. M. Berrow and, as the only writer without initials for a first name, we are thrilled to have him joining us!

Nick Confalone has written for My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic from season 5 on, writing episodes like Party Pooped, Dungeons & Discords, and Rock Solid Friendship. Aside from his work on MLP, Nick has written for shows like Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil, Johnny Test, Littlest Pet Shop, Future-Worm!, and more. When he’s not writing animation shows, he’s remembering the glory days of Vine with 50 million loops of videos of his kids, and writing books about helicopters.

Meeting our guests of honor is always fun, but we need your help too! Panel applications are open from now until September 9, and we’re looking for all kinds of panels from every part of the fandom. Even if you’ve never been on a panel before, if you’ve got something to talk about or show off, we’ve got a platform for you, so submit those panels today! And if you’d like to volunteer to help out, our volunteer application is open as well. For a few hours of work each day, you get a free badge to attend, plus the satisfaction of helping out your community! We have a variety of different positions available, from security to operations to registration to AV, so check out that application!

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 better. Premium Sponsors will also 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. Our Premium Sponsor badges are almost sold out, so don’t wait! 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! There’s still more to come, so be sure to stay follow us on TwitterFacebook, and Tumblr feeds (and turn on mobile notifications for your phone) for more updates!

Lauren Faust to Bring Her Magic to Nightmare Nights 2017

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We promised that our fifth Nightmare Nights was going to be the biggest and most exciting yet, and so we are beyond proud to announce that Lauren Faust, the creator of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, will be attending Nightmare Nights 2017!

Lauren Faust was the showrunner for My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, developing it and taking it to production, but has a long history in children’s animation before that. As an animator, she worked on Cats Don’t DanceThe Magic Sword: Quest for CamelotThe Iron Giant, and Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends. She gave The Powerpuff Girls life as animation director, contributing to dozens of its episodes and making it a landmark animated series. After Friendship is Magic, Lauren helped to create Super Best Friends Forever, write and produce Wander Over Yonder, and design the characters behind the video game Them’s Fightin’ Herds. She’s currently working on DC Super Hero Girls, and is an inspiration to girls and young animators everywhere.

Lauren joins our array of wonderful guests for Nightmare Nights this year, and all that’s missing is you! Head over to our registration site and get your badge for Nightmare Nights 2017 today! And don’t forget to consider our Sponsor badges, which get you great perks like reserved panel seating in the front. And our Premium Sponsor badges even get the opportunity to mingle with all of our Guests of Honor at a special cocktail party event on Friday night, but these badges are running low, so don’t wait to pick one up!

Don’t forget, we need your help to make the convention the best it can be! Panel applications are open from now until September 9, and we want to show off all the incredible stuff our fandom can do, so get those panel ideas submitted! And if you’d like to volunteer to help out at the convention, our volunteer application is open as well. We have a variety of different positions available, from security to operations to registration to AV. For a few hours of work each day, it’s a great way to contribute back to the pony community, while also getting a free badge to attend!

Believe it or not, we still have more awesome announcements to come, so be sure to stay tuned to our TwitterFacebook, and Tumblr feeds (and turn on mobile notifications for your phone) for more updates, and we’ll see you in Dallas in October!

M. A. Larson Returns for the Fourth Time to Nightmare Nights 2017

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Our next Guest of Honor needs no introduction. Noted walking signature machine, occasional episode writer, and novel author M. A. Larson will be returning to Nightmare Nights for the fourth time! He joins fellow writer G. M. Berrow as one of the only Guests of Honor to attend four times. We’re so excited to welcome M. A. Larson back, as I assume are the hotel bartenders.

M. A. Larson has written for My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic since the start of the show, responsible for episodes like Swarm of the CenturySonic RainboomLuna Eclipsed, and that one where Twilight Sparkle got wings. He took over as story editor for the first half of season 5. He’s also written extensively for Littlest Pet Shop, and contributed to other shows such as Gravity Falls and My Gym Partner’s a Monkey. Mitch is currently finishing work on The Warrior Princess of Pennyroyal Academy, the third novel in his Pennyroyal Academy book series. You can find him anywhere there’s an empty surface for his signature, or yelling at Foal Papers on Twitter.

So what are you waiting for? Head over to our registration site and get your badge for Nightmare Nights 2017 today! Our Sponsor-level badges include some great perks like reserved panel seating, and our Premium Sponsor badges even get the opportunity to mingle with all of our Guests of Honor at a special cocktail party event on Friday night! It’s a great way to meet all your favorites in an open setting, and it’s only available for Premium Sponsors and higher, so make sure to check that out!

Don’t forget, we need your help to make the convention the best it can be! Panel applications are open from now until September 9, and we want to show off all the incredible stuff our fandom can do, so get those panel ideas submitted! Our vendor application has just closed, and we will be notifying vendors shortly. As always, we select vendors via a jury system to ensure that there are a wide range of items for our attendees and vendors.

We’ve got lots more announcements to come over the summer, so be sure to stay tuned to our TwitterFacebook, and Tumblr feeds (and turn on mobile notifications for your phone) for more updates, and we’ll see you in Dallas in October!