BroNYcon, and New York gathering of the bronies, took place over the weekend of the 7th January.
The frist Bronycon, in June 2011, was a relatively small affair, with around 100 guests. This one, held at the Hotel Pennsylvania
, had 700, many of whom seemed to be faux-bewildered journalists.
The New York Post's "I talked to somebody dressed as what is apparently called a Pinkie Pie
" is a decent example. See also Fox News' Red-Eye feature
The con, along with the usual merch stalls, special guests (the voice actresses of four of the six core ponies and their enigmatic overpony, Princess Celestia, gave an hour-long panel discussion
(link to mp3) for the Bronyville podcast) and cosplay, featured live music from My Little Pony metal band Neighslayer
doing metal Sondheim at one remove) and a demo of Fighting is Magic
, an in-development pony-themed 2D beat-em-up.
The impact of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
has been seen elsewhere. At Maryland's MAGFest over the same weekend, Ellen McClain was asked to read out a letter from GLaDOS to Princess Celestia
, and last year's Comikaze saw cosplayers sexing up a group of ponies
For those seeking to understand the bronies better, the 2012 Brony Census
is now available. Meanwhile, the next BroNYcon
has announced that Lauren Faust, Executive Producer and former showrunner, will be guesting.
Bonus reel: Guest Ashleigh Ball, who provides the voices of Applejack and Rainbow Dash, sings "A Song About California
" in the Canadian indie band Hey Ocean.