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Peter New is BABSCon’s New Hope

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In a world of voice actors, one man stands as a guiding force, a beacon in the star-filled sky, a new hope for us all. With the strength and steadfastness of an apple tree, he cries “Eeyup.” This Spring, BABSCon is pleased to welcome back the force that is Peter New!

Peter’s iconic “Eeyup” has brought such life and character to MLP:FiM’s wise Big Macintosh, who is he is arguably one of the most beloved male characters of the show.  But Peter New isn’t just a one “Eeyup” man. Many of the other stallions we meet are voiced by Peter as well, including Rarity’s and Pinkie Pie’s dads …plus Squizzard, the mighty squid wizard. Peter also had an amazing musical number in the episode “Filli Vanilli.” Lest anyone forget, one year Peter also arrived at BABSCon’s Saturday VA panel as the glorious Princess Big Mac.

In addition to his “apple” acting, Peter New is the speaking and singing voice of Sunil Nevis on Littlest Pet Shop, made on-screen appearances on shows such as Psych, Stargate SG-1, Dead Like Me, and Point Blank, and even had a Leo Award Nominated role as Donald Dirk in Sunflower Hour.

Peter New joins Tabitha St. Germain as a Guest of Honor at BABSCon 2017 and we have a lot more industry and community guests to announce! Register now at babscon.com.

Also, be on the lookout for amazing Black Friday deals starting Thanksgiving night. Here’s a hint: the code is BLACKFRIDAY20

BABSCon, the Bay Area Brony Spectacular, is the San Francisco Bay Area’s annual convention for fans of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and associated titles. Operating since 2014, BABSCon brings together some of the most talented actors, writers, and artists in the industry and fandom to meet and interact with attendees, and provides a family-friendly safe space for fans to learn about animation, buy and sell wares and art, support local charities, and make new friends that attend from all around the world.

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Opinion: From a Show ‘For Girls’ to ‘All-Inclusive’ Brand

(NOTE:  This opinions expressed in this article are mine and do not necessarily reflect those of DerpySquad, Spazz, Marimo, or Sprocket.)

When asked about potential challenges in marketing MLP as it is “limited” to the girls’ aisle at NYC Toy Fair 2016, Hasbro Brands President John Frascotti had this response:

“It’s all about “Friendship is Magic”, said Frascotti. “As we look at expanding that across audiences, what we find is that the brand has a credible authenticity. Last year in out licenses which we now call Consumer Products, [MLP] was one of our fastest growing opportunities in all types of aisles from apparel to consumables. As we look to expanding to Preschool and “Guardians of Harmony,” I don’t think we should think about Pony as being ‘limited’ to the girls’ aisle. In fact, we look at viewership in the United States, over 30% of viewership is actually boys.

“So the brand is evolving into an all-inclusive gender brand. And while it traditionally started as a girls’ brand, it really has the legs to go just about anywhere.”

 On Tuesday, Friendship is Magic Supervising Director “Big” Jim Miller tweeted an open letter after a tweet about the show being “for little girls”. Some interpreted the tweet as an admission of a “lack of effort” in what they believe to be a lackluster season in Season Six. My Season Six Review will come after “To Where and Back Again” airs on October 22nd in the US, but looking back at the grades I have given Season Six episodes, I have give three episodes an A+ (“Gauntlet of Fire”, “A Hearth’s Warming Tale”, and “The Times They Are A Changeling”). An additional 10 episodes were graded A or A- (so far). Compare that to a total of 12 episodes receiving A+, A, or A- in Season Five. Admittedly, I’m not the harshest reviewer of episodes, but that’s my opinion and I’m sticking to it.

I feel all of this is less an issue of the show being “for little girls” than “fans” who feel entitled and feel the show should cater to them exclusively. If these “fans” bothered to recall the moral to “Stranger Than Fan Fiction”, they would realize that different people can like the show for different reasons. Indeed, the target demographic for the show is girls aged 6-12 and still is today and there are simply some things that the show will not be allowed to do unlike shows such as Steven Universe or Star vs. the Forces of Evil. It is a testament that many people outside that demographic enjoy the show, inspired by the show, and even felt their lives were saved by the show. All of that perhaps led to Hasbro declaring MLP an “all-inclusive brand” earlier this year.

For “fans” and “analysts” who feel the need to nitpick anything and everything on the show and go ballistic when it smashes their precious head canon, it really does come of as entitlement or being incapable of getting off their high horse (or really a certain other ungulate that I shall refrain from using on here) because the show is not Ben-Hur or Batman:  The Animated Series. It’s insulting.

It is especially insulting to believe that just because some TV shows have females are the main characters and is set in a universe that is predominately female and the primary target audience is female—they are automatically inferior to shows where a male is the central character and most if not all the females on the show are one-note. I’ve gone on record saying this show is one of the best of this decade—if not the best this decade.

On a side note, I’ve repeatedly spoken out against harassing show staff whether it is concerning this show or others. Frankly, I feel more people in the Pony Media and prominent members in the fandom should do the same. It’s far too easy to say “just ignore the trolls.” Sadly, some people continue to act like jerks go out of their way to be jerks towards show staff or the “horse famous” in the fandom. Conversely, everyone has their own way of dealing with this garbage. Unfortunately, there are times where ignoring them is simply not an option and that additional steps need to be taken root out such misbehavior.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is a show whose target audience is girls aged 6-12 that so happens to have a massive following outside that demographic. Girls deserve quality entertainment like “Big Jim” said and I still feel they and those who aren’t girls aged 6-12 are getting it through this show. To suggest that because the show is targeted towards the target audience in question somehow automatically makes it inferior, is an insult and is ridiculous.

StatManDan

PS:  Below is the full text of Big Jim’s note:

Origins of the MLP G4 Fandom: The Two Tribes

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For the record, the following rambling editorial is a recount of the very early days of the fandom.  I call it a rambling editorial as its over 3000 words and was written in a not so sober state.  While the spelling has been checked, there may be plenty of other mistakes lurking around that didn’t appear during my quick review of it.

This editorial covers the early days of the fandom, from its start on 10/10/10 with the show and the six months that followed.  These months of course were very critical to the development of the community, its when the stage was set.  While the title of the article sounds like fanfic, I discuss one topic of interest of mine with the community, namely the evolution of it all.

So in celebration, here is a boring essay on the early days of the fandom.

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StatManDan – PSA: Stop The Harassment (Towards Animation Crews)

A friendly reminder to keep your hands inside the bus.

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Nightmare Nights Invites Jay Fosgitt to his First My Little Pony Convention

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Our final guest of honor is a special one. We’re delighted to announce that Jay Fosgitt will be joining us at Nightmare Nights this October, his very first My Little Pony convention!

Jay Fosgitt is most known in our community as an illustrator on the My Little Pony IDW comics, most notably the Friends Forever series as an artist on issues #11, #18, #22, #24, and #28. But comic fans will surely recognize some of his other work. Jay was an artist on many comics, including Rocket Raccoon and GrootAdventure Time, and The Amazing World of Gumball. He’s done work for Ape Entertainment’s Dreamworks Animation Magazine, and was a writer and artist on Sesame Street, Little Green Men, and Dino Duck. Jay is also the creator of the comic book series Dead Duck: Rising from the Grave and Bodie Troll, which was nominated for best comic book in the 2014 Reuben Awards.

We’re delighted to bring this wonderful comic creator to Dallas for Nightmare Nights 2016, and we hope you get a chance to come as well! October is just a couple months away, so if you haven’t make sure to purchase your badge on our homepage, and reserve your room at our discounted room rate at the convention hotel. There’s still plenty of opportunities available for volunteers to help with all aspects of the convention, like operations, security, medical, AV, and more. And panelist applications are also open until September 9, so submit your panel concepts today!

Be sure to stay tuned here on our website, and on our TwitterFacebook, and Tumblr pages, and we hope to see in you October!

International Friendship Day 2016

The second half of MLP Season 6 is about to begin, and apparently today is known as “International Friendship Day“, a United Nation sanctioned day of celebration.  Oddly enough if you type it into Google, there is also another Friendship day coming up on August 2nd.  The reason I’m talking about this is because our friendly local public relations firm has asked us to spread the word, as Hasbro & My Little Pony will be “igniting a social media movement to empower fans to celebrate the magic of friendship through random acts, encouraging others to “friend it forward” in celebration of International Day of Friendship”.

We would love to invite you to get involved by performing an ‘Act of Friendship’ for someone and sharing your good deed with the My Little Pony community using #FriendshipisMagic and #FrienditForward. This could be as simple as bringing a coffee to your colleague or giving someone a new follow on Twitter! We also encourage you to use the special My Little Pony Snapchat filter, available on July 30th, to share your acts of friendship!

For each act shared using both hashtags, Hasbro will make a $1 donation to generationOn (up to $50,000) to keep the friend it forward movement going! In addition, the My Little Pony brand will be “friending it forward” to fans by offering online promotions on select merchandise and airing the mid-season premiere of My Little Pony Friendship is Magic on Saturday, July 30th at 11:30am EST on the Discovery Family Channel. To learn more about how My Little Pony is “friending it forward” to their fans, please click here or visit MyLittlePony.com.

Thanks, looking forward to seeing how Derpy News spreads the magic of friendship with My Little Pony!

As a site which basically does the opposite of what makes a website popular (namely having public personalities connected to the site and using social media), that is a tall order.  So much like your good old Grunkle Derpy, we’re going to do a little bit of bribery.

The same PR firm sent us some ‘promo’ material, which much to my surprise was the 2016 SDCC exclusive.  Features Discord on his throne with his glass of chocolate milk and his best pal Fluttershy in a nice decorative box that has blue LEDs built into it.  Lucky for you, I really do not collect MLP merchandise (except all things Derpy), so here is what we are going to do.

Go out and do something good for someone, if you do not already do so.  Its becoming a lesser thing in this increasingly insane world, so be careful, and share your experience so Hasbro will cough up a dollar using the hashtags #FriendshipIsMagic, #FriendItForward, and #DerpyNews on Twitter & Facebook.  Sometime between Sunday & Monday, what is left of our staff will vote on who did the best deed, and will reward them with the SDCC exclusive.  I’m sure at least one of our three readers will go for it.

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Babscon: 2017 Early Bird Memberships Now Over 20% Off!

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Lights! Camera! Action!

Golden Gates and Co. are coming next spring to deliver another amazing Bay Area Brony Spectacular in the fully refurbished SFO Hyatt Regency. With a production planned unlike any other BABSCon before, we’re sure to have a show stopping performance you’ll never forget.

So just before our first big announcement, we’re here to roll out the red carpet for you!

Starting now, and all the way through August you can grab any, and I mean any, tier membership for over 20% off! All our memberships are back and better than ever from our Canterlot Pony membership with a bag of goodies to our 2017 exclusive Producer Pony membership featuring an intimate meal with a Guest of Honor and the 2017 Golden Gates by Equestria Plush! Those gifts and a whole lot more, now over $500 off!

But hurry! These tickets to a show of a lifetime will be going fast at such deep discounts, especially our High Society membership featuring our annual Meet and Greet cocktail hour with our Guests of Honor. These prices end September 1st. Click here to register!

So don’t miss out and register today for BABSCon April 14-16, 2017, at the SFO Hyatt Regency, with show staff, comic creators, fandom celebrities, an enormous vendor hall, music, dancing, and more!

Looking to volunteer and attend BABSCon for free? Submit your volunteer application today and join Golden Gates and the family in putting together an amazing show! Many positions, including leads and managers are still waiting for that special candidate so apply today.

BABSCon, the Bay Area Brony Spectacular, is the San Francisco Bay Area’s annual convention for fans of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and associated titles. Operating since 2014, BABSCon brings together some of the most talented actors, writers, and artists in the industry and fandom to meet and interact with attendees, and provides a family-friendly safe space for fans to buy and sell wares and art, support local charities, and make new friends that attend from all around the world.

Email [email protected] for more information or check us out below:

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