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It's a couple weeks overdue, but I've been busy. Anyway, I went to the 12th annual My Little Pony Fair northwest of Chicago. This was a chance to experience a convention different from the Brony conventions since this is more geared towards the collectors and earlier generations of MLP. However, the fair has since opened its doors to the G4 crowd. As it turns out, in more ways than one.

First, Andrea Libman was one of the guests and it was a first for any of the shows themselves. MLP creator Bonnie Zacherle was there as was one of the designers in Susanne Riette-Keith. The Friday night before the Fair proper, there was a celebratory dinner and Hall of Fame induction. The HOF would induct two people associated with MLP and two ponies. Well, it appears the last couple years, the G1 inductees seemed to be the spiritual predecessors of the current theme of G4. With this year's theme being Cutie Mark Magic, the spiritual predecessors were the "Twice as Fancy" ponies from G1. Last year, "Rainbow Power" was the theme and the Rainbow Ponies from G1 were inducted. This is the third year they have done this, and Firefly was the first G1 inductee in 2013. 

Surprising here is that G4 already has three inductees on its own. Pinkie Pie was inducted in 2013, Rainbow Dash followed in 2014, and this year it was Fluttershy. Her voice actress also got inducted. Andrea Libman is the first performer from any of the shows to be inducted into the Hall. It did make for a most interesting night at the Hyatt Regency Schaumburg. 

Saturday and Sunday were mostly looking at what the Fair had to offer. The Hasbro panel, since they officially sponsor this Fair, has prepared questions with answers that 90% of which were answered with either "stay tuned," or "we can't reveal that at this time." In other words, the questions might have been a bit spoiler heavy. And yes, one person asked about Twilight without wings (ugh!). 

I got into the ticketed events such as "Tea with Bonnie" which provided great insight into the early days of MLP with guest Susanne Riette-Keith. Also, there was Sunday's private meet-and-greet with Andrea which I enjoyed. I kind of like these small settings better since I'm usually quiet and reserved, especially when at Main Hall panels at the other conventions. 

As for swag, I got more autographs, another photo with Andrea, some Series 3 cards, and Pinkie Pie as a chicken. Yes, the exclusive was at MLP Fair two weeks before San Diego Comic Con. This was my 10th convention and it was a unique experience, but one I enjoyed. It's also the venue for Whinny City Ponycon next April. My next convention will be BronyCon in August, followed by Ponyville Ciderfest (I couldn't say no to meeting Ashleigh Ball) the weekend before Thanksgiving. 

So that's where things are right now in terms of conventions. I'll talk about the show here a little later.

That's all for now. More later.

StatManDan
Well, Everfree Northwest has come and gone. I had a real fun time here and in Seattle as a whole. It's been three years since I last visited both. It was great to get back to Woodland Park Zoo, the neighborhood where my lived for 14 years (Ballard), Pioneer Square, and Pike Place Market. 

It is at Everfree Northwest 2015 where the most memories were made. It was great meeting all the show staff that were there:  Nicole Oliver, Ingrid Nilson, Tabitha St. Germain, Lee Tockar, Kelly Sheridan (in her maiden MLP con), M.A. Larson, Jayson Thiessen, "Big" Jim Miller, and John de Lancie. Plus, the bonus was meeting the creator of My Little Pony--Bonnie Zacherle.

I got autographs from everybody and got my photos taken with Ms. Zacherle and Jayson and "Big" Jim. There was the dinner with John de Lancie that was a real highlight as he visited each of the for tables at Spencer's. I had already been to his panel earlier in the day, and he was a real gentlemen to us Bronies as was Ms. Zacherle. The voice actors' panel was a real highlight as always as things get a bit crazy. There were also the community guests like DustyKatt and my fellow Twitter-mates such as Red Card and Marjan. It was great meeting them as well. 

This was my eighth convention and I tend to get emotional when Closing Ceremonies come and it's time to pack up and go home. I never tire of hearing about all the inner working of MLP. I never tire of the inspirational stories as a result of the show. I never tire of the zaniness in and around the convention. It's fun to see all the creative cosplays and fan art. Most of all, it's fun just being here. 

I'm thankful I have the capacity to do all of this. I'm thankful for the opportunity to meet celebrities and friends alike. I'm thankful and proud to be a fan of what I feel is one of the best Western Animated series out there. 

I will get to see many of these guests here again. I'll see Tabitha, Ingrid, and M.A. at MLP-MSP in Minneapolis in two weeks. I'll see Nicole Oliver and John de Lancie at BronyCon in Baltimore in August. I'll see Ms. Zacherle at the My Little Pony Fair in Chicago in late June. I hope to see Lee, Jayson, and "Big" Jim at a future con. 

A big thanks to everyone involved in the planning and putting together of Everfree Northwest for the fun weekend. Also, thanks to the guests of honor for entertaining us this weekend as well. I hope to return to Seattle next year for Everfree 2016. 

I'll conclude with this quote from disc jockey Tom Kent ([link]):

"Yesterday has been a dream. Tomorrow is only a vision, but today well-lived makes every tomorrow a vision of hope."

That's all for now. More later.

StatManDan

PS:  Random Observation:  Never met so many people from Montana in my life!
Actually, that's not true. I'm still running Windy City Soccer and I still write for Derpy News. I just haven't had time to write on here. So here are some random samples of stuff:

MLP SEASON FIVE:  So far, so good. Not a bad episode in the seven that we have seen so far. I may be a little lenient in my scoring of episodes, but I'm sticking by my reviews on Derpy News. 

THE 100TH EPISODE:  I'll be at MLP-MSP in Bloomington, MN the weekend of this historic episode. This will be time for the background ponies to shine. Let's see what happens. 

As for me, I hope to do something special on Derpy News to commemorate the event.

EVERFREE NW:  Before Minnesota, I'll be heading to Seattle for Everfree Northwest. Now that it's not on 4th of July weekend, I can go this year. Should be a fun time in Seattle!

WHINNY CITY AND BABSCON:  I already have two cons in 2016 set to go to. The new Whinny City Ponycon will take place at the same venue as this year's My Little Pony Con at the Hyatt Regency Schaumburg on April 1-3, 2016. Brought to you by the people who run Ponyville Ciderfest in Milwaukee.

Since BABSCon is not on Easter Weekend in 2016 (Easter Sunday is March 27th in 2016), I can go to San Francisco as well! This will be only my second time in Cali ever. The only previous time was in 2013 in Long Beach for a work-related convention. 

Of course, I am going to BronyCon in Baltimore this and likely next year.

That's all for now. More later.

StatManDan
The countdown is on! Season Five will start on the day before Easter and during BABScon in San Francisco. Thus, when the day comes, it will have been 329 days since "Twilight's Kingdom" aired. In case your were wondering:

Days between Season One finale and Season Two Premiere:  134 days (May 6th, 2011 to September 17th, 2011)
Days between Season Two finale and Season Three Premiere:  203 days (April 21st, 2012 to November 10th, 2012)
Days between Season Three finale and Season Four Premiere:  280 days (February 16th, 2013 to November 23rd, 2013)

All I'll say at this point is that the 100th episode of the series will indeed be the ninth of Season Five. At this point, if there are no breaks in the run, and assuming that one episode a week airs after the opening two-parter, that episode will air on May 23rd. 

Cutie Mark Magic is the theme of this season. According to Hasbro Studios Executive Director Brian Lenard, "Season 5 will really delve more into how the magic of cutie marks and friendship can impact those around you." Princess Twilight's mission, and by extension that of the remainder of the Mane Six and Spike, will be to spread the Magic of Friendship across Equestria. The mission starts on April 4th.

That's all for now. More later.

StatManDan
This just shows how far My Little Pony has come in almost five years:  
It's a couple weeks overdue, but I've been busy. Anyway, I went to the 12th annual My Little Pony Fair northwest of Chicago. This was a chance to experience a convention different from the Brony conventions since this is more geared towards the collectors and earlier generations of MLP. However, the fair has since opened its doors to the G4 crowd. As it turns out, in more ways than one.

First, Andrea Libman was one of the guests and it was a first for any of the shows themselves. MLP creator Bonnie Zacherle was there as was one of the designers in Susanne Riette-Keith. The Friday night before the Fair proper, there was a celebratory dinner and Hall of Fame induction. The HOF would induct two people associated with MLP and two ponies. Well, it appears the last couple years, the G1 inductees seemed to be the spiritual predecessors of the current theme of G4. With this year's theme being Cutie Mark Magic, the spiritual predecessors were the "Twice as Fancy" ponies from G1. Last year, "Rainbow Power" was the theme and the Rainbow Ponies from G1 were inducted. This is the third year they have done this, and Firefly was the first G1 inductee in 2013. 

Surprising here is that G4 already has three inductees on its own. Pinkie Pie was inducted in 2013, Rainbow Dash followed in 2014, and this year it was Fluttershy. Her voice actress also got inducted. Andrea Libman is the first performer from any of the shows to be inducted into the Hall. It did make for a most interesting night at the Hyatt Regency Schaumburg. 

Saturday and Sunday were mostly looking at what the Fair had to offer. The Hasbro panel, since they officially sponsor this Fair, has prepared questions with answers that 90% of which were answered with either "stay tuned," or "we can't reveal that at this time." In other words, the questions might have been a bit spoiler heavy. And yes, one person asked about Twilight without wings (ugh!). 

I got into the ticketed events such as "Tea with Bonnie" which provided great insight into the early days of MLP with guest Susanne Riette-Keith. Also, there was Sunday's private meet-and-greet with Andrea which I enjoyed. I kind of like these small settings better since I'm usually quiet and reserved, especially when at Main Hall panels at the other conventions. 

As for swag, I got more autographs, another photo with Andrea, some Series 3 cards, and Pinkie Pie as a chicken. Yes, the exclusive was at MLP Fair two weeks before San Diego Comic Con. This was my 10th convention and it was a unique experience, but one I enjoyed. It's also the venue for Whinny City Ponycon next April. My next convention will be BronyCon in August, followed by Ponyville Ciderfest (I couldn't say no to meeting Ashleigh Ball) the weekend before Thanksgiving. 

So that's where things are right now in terms of conventions. I'll talk about the show here a little later.

That's all for now. More later.

StatManDan

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