Tonight is the big night everyone! When I took over the Roundups going on two years ago I had no idea we would come this far or that I'd still be around for that matter. I'm very glad to say that things are still going strong both in the fandom and here at EqD and we have you all to thank for that! Will we see a Roundup #2000? At the rate the fandom is going we just might.
As for tonight's banner, we owe this cute little thing to Serenawyr! See how many blog ponies you can recognize! Now onto the news.
[Slice of Life]
Description: A few weeks after Scootaloo's camping trip, and her experience with those nightmares, Luna's concern for the filly still persists. Intent on making sure that Scootaloo is alright, she goes to visit her one morning.
(This takes place just after Sleepless in Ponyville)
(No icky pedo-junk in here.)
"Good Morning, Scootaloo"
Additional Tags: Many Good Mornings for Scootaloo
Cosplaying has become a huge thing in the fandom and Everfree Northwest has a bunch of events and contests to celebrate this creative side of the fandom.
Check on after the break for the full press release on how you can participate.
Toywiz has tossed up pre-orders for both of the Jumbo sized Aurora plushies that are expected some time in July. These guys clock in at 26 inches tall according to the description, but the price matches that at a whopping $100. If money isn't an issue and you desperately need life size ponies for whatever you plan to do with them, have some links:
Ahuizotl wants YOU!
With the Summer convention season upon us the My Little Pony CCG could use some more helping hooves! Between showing how the game works to brand new players and helping to judge MLP: CCG events, there's plenty to be done.
And plenty to be earned! All volunteers receive Enterplay credit for their help, and the most dedicated volunteers at each event are always rewarded above and beyond the credit, like perhaps with that very rare promo card pictured above? And sometimes more!
If you'll be heading to TrotCon, Everfree Northwest, Fiesta Equestria, MLP Fair, San Diego Comic Con, BronyCon, or Gen Con, and you'd like to help out by volunteering as a demoer or judge, please go to this survey!
Thank you! And if you're interested in helping out at TrotCon, please fill out the form ASAP!
Artist Spotlight: Starrypon / Blindcoyote / Muffinexplosion / AnticularPony / Nayshi-Erol / Lachasseauxhibouxby Calpain
Heya gang! Are you ready for a dose of art today? I know it's been awhile since the last spotlight so today we've got six artists for you all to check out! I'm also hoping that after convention season that these will be coming more frequently so stay tuned (I know, I've said that how many times now?).
Typography and PMVs! Use old episodes to make new things, it's perfect.
We have three today. Get them all below!
1.) PMV - Lightbringer
2.) [PMV Collab] - Sunshine
3.) My Little Pony: "Babs Seed" Kinetic Typography
Included in that investor report earlier that hinted at a Fall release for season five, we have a full synopsis of Rainbow Rocks to go with it, clarifying exactly what we can expect to see in the movie, along with the guaranteed villain. Head on down below the break for it!
Author: Snake Staff
Description: Equestria is dead. The sun and moon have stopped, and the planet is in ruins. The xenos that built the civilization are gone, their works in ruins. Investigating the planet, Interrogator Kylara makes a surprising discovery, one that might hold the key to what happened to this once-fair land - and what might be done to stop it.The Dark Ones
Of Xenos and War (New Sequel Part 17-18!)
Twilight meets the Imperial Inquisition
As Hasbro heads off to the Las Vegas International Licensing Expo some news about their brands has been released, in particular MLP:FiM! According to the Wall Street Journal, which published a press release from Hasbro, we can expect Season 5 to return this fall. A lot better than the speculated date of 2015 at the latest, eh? Hopefully this date is the real deal and it doesn't get pushed back.
Other tidbits include that MLP represents a $650 million market in 2013 across all consumer products and that EqG was the top selling Fashion Themed Doll for Christmas according to retail tracker NPD.
You can find the article in full here! Thanks to everyone for sending this in.
(Also at Marketwatch)
Exact Quote from the presser:
"The series will kick off its fifth season this fall in the US"
Update: Looking into the change in the press release. The official source has been swapped to 2015 for whatever reason.
Stay Brony My Friends is back once again with what they do best: another charity drive! The last one they held for an epilepsy charity chosen by Amy Keating Rogers breached $1000. Well done everyone! As for their latest charity effort the lovely singing voice of Rarity and Luna, Kazumi Evans, has chosen the Alzheimer's Association as her sponsored organization.
As a former Alzheimer's Disease researcher I have to say that every dollar helps so jump after the break for full details on how you can contribute! Not only that, but there are some great giveaway items available again for donations so check those out as well.
[Slice of Life]
Author: Servant Phoenix
Description: Fluttershy has always wanted to give more of her kindness towards ponies. However, her shyness impedes her speaking, which makes her hard to express herself. After asking for her help, Pinkie Pie teaches Fluttershy to communicate with physical interactions instead, like hugs.
It works so well that Fluttershy decides to hug every pony in Ponyville.
Additional Tags: Lots of cute hugs