Friday, 15 August 2014

Freindship Report: Rock 'n' Roll!


Dear Readers,

Yesterday me and my mate Nath were called posers by two girls who think we're not real rockers. It didn't bother me, but I had to hold Nath back before he turned at least one of them into spaghetti sauce (you know, the lumpy kind). It probably didn't bother me on the sole basis that I didn't think they were real prostitutes, despite their attire. Anyway this post isn't about me getting insulted by two idiot teens, it's about stereotypes in general.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Celebrities in the Brony Fandom.

An article on the many ways, the lives of those in the spotlight are affected by the magic of friendship...

By Hayley Berry



"Celebrity" - what's first thing to come to mind when you hear that word?
Whatever the case may be and wherever you may stand when it comes to your view on the rich and famous, I can bet one thing's for sure - the last thing that comes to mind is their possible interest (or lack thereof) in the candy coloured pony fandom we've all grown to know and love.

For a number of pony lovers, without true, legitimate confirmation from the person themselves, there is no real way of telling whether an idol of theirs really does enjoy the show, as sometimes there can be misunderstandings surrounding a famous person's likelihood of being a part of the fandom. An example of this is Deadmau5 was suspected of being a Brony, when we was seen wearing a Fluttershy depicting shirt to a concert he was playing in island. This caused him to have to later explain to misled fans that he is not, in fact, a Brony.

The important, integral life lessons each of us learns from the day-to-day activities of our pony friends are all around us. To me, one of the most memorable and key things that we can take from them, is that the people who can take these lessons and apply them to their everyday lives, are not just those of us who consider ourselves the "regular" MLP fans but those we look up to as well. To me, upon announcing their love of the show we all have placed our hopes and hearts into, the people who give us the joy and happiness their chosen career field brings, be it music, film-making, writing etc. should only be seen as more of an asset to the way we choose to live, than they were before taking the big step of letting the world see this whole new side of them. It takes a huge bout of confidence and respect for the fandom, for anyone to feel ready to openly admit being a Brony/Pegasister to the world. The main reason for this being the risk of abuse, bullying and sometimes even neglect from those closest to us, as well as from people we've never met (and probably never will). So for a famous person to declare themselves as one of us must take an even greater amount leap of faith, for which my level of respect for such people is very high.

To conclude, my personal opinion on what we can all take away from the interconnecting worlds of celebrity and non-celebrity Bronies/Pegasisters, is that no matter what our personal status in the world may be, acceptance and tolerance of each and every one of us in the fandom is key to its happiness. Just because somepony may be under pressure to please those they are working for, because they're out there in the spotlight and need to make an impression, doesn't necessarily mean they should become a robot, so to speak and as such keep their love of something that may get them mocked or worse, abandoned by their fans or close ones to themselves. This is something we need to show the ones we look up to. Whether or not we are a fan of any particular famous pony fan out there, I believe we should conduct ourselves in such a way that lets them know they have no reason to be afraid of admitting what they like to the world, to anyone. After all, isn't that what kick-started their careers in the first place...?


There are a whole host of possible answers to this question.
For some, it is a title that shows status, poise and talent in the person's particular field or chosen pathway in life. For others, it is simply a label, placed upon a person to make them seem more "important" or "higher up" in life than the non-famous amongst us in this world.
Personally, my view on the term depends entirely on the person it's being used to describe. Are they somebody who has worked their way up from the bottom to be where they are, seen hard times and struggled through them best they could, with little to no help along the way?
Or are they somebody who happens to be lucky enough to be physically related to such a person, the results of which usually take the form of said relation being used as what most would call a tool, a tool to be used as a quick fix in the lands of celebrity stardom. Something a person feels no shame in using to get them where they want to be much more quickly.

What would you do, if you were to one day find out your idol was a Brony or Pegasister? Would it change the way you viewed them as a person, or would you simply not mind and carry on your life as normal?
There are a number of factors that could influence where you'd go from the point of finding out; who exactly is said idol, is being a Brony/Pegasister something you'd long suspected of them, or a complete surprise?
Should the latter be the situation, do you think you'd be able to handle it or would you be a little disappointed that the Brony family you've come to love after all these years is expanding so quickly? Would you see it as almost like your child, something you as the "parent" has held close to your heart for so long, but must now set free so that others may also experience the magic for themselves?

There were a number of fans who saw this news as disappointing to hear, but accepted it nonetheless.
Alongside these misunderstandings, however, there are also happier times when the famous are happy to openly accept and admit their love for the show, sharing it with the world without a care for what people may think.
A celebrity who fits nicely into this category is Anthony Bourdain, who once clearly stated that he is happy to sit and watch the show with his daughter.

Everypony doesn't have to agree with or even begin to like a person for their interest in our fandom, but respecting them and as such treating them as both an individual, and as a part of our family will be the first step towards changing the way we are seen in the public eye in general - if celebrities in the Brony fandom can one day be accepted, perhaps us non-celeb's will be too...






Saturday, 9 August 2014

Friendship Report: The Bad Week


Dear Readers,

This week I have learned that our own emotions reflect upon our friends' emotions. In this instance I have had a fairly bad week,  and I'm not the only one. Of course I was sad and down for a different reason than my good friend Ash, who joined me in this bad week, but it didn't take long for our emotions to reflect upon Nath and Zaina.

Friday, 1 August 2014

Friendship Report: Street Cred & the New Look


Dear Readers,

This week my good friend Ash learned a valuable lesson in friendship, in fact he learned two. Firstly he learned that he can't really choose his friends, sometimes they choose you. He also learned that it doesn't matter if hanging around with one friend ruins your "Street Cred" or whatever you prefer to call it, a friend is a friend no matter what.

Heyoo!



Heyoo! After reading through George's article where he introduces himself, tells his story of how he came to be the brony writer we know and love, I have to say I was touched. It was some deep stuff. It also inspired me to write my own little thing.
So here's my own introduction! It won't be a weekly thing like he has planned, but I feel as though I should tell my own story too.

Saturday, 26 July 2014

First Peak at Season 5 Shown at SDCC!


Here it is, the part of SDCC we've all been waiting for (although I guess that'd be the queuing!), the first sneak peak at Season 5. Unlike last years which had a few clips of the animatics from various different Season 4 scenes, this year we have a full animatic section of what is likely the Season 5 opening episode. For the video and a bit of a closer look into the clip join us after the break.


Friday, 25 July 2014

Brohoof!


As you may remember, Bronies UK decided to add a few new authors to the blog, I am one of the four new authors. I did do a post last Friday about a brony in need, but I have to say that I don't really keep up with the My Little Pony news. So I'm going to do something slightly different, a pony column. So here's a nice introductory post to what I'm hoping will be a successful weekly column about the magic of friendship.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Voting Opens for Question at SDCC MLP Panel!



For the last few days the MLP Official Social Media pages have been collecting questions to be asked at the staff panel happening at SDCC this weekend. The following show staff we be appearing on that panel: Cathy Weseluck, Andrea Libman, Tara Strong, Jayson Thessien, Daniel Ingram and Meghan McCarthy. Though i'm sure they'll be answering a ton of questions from fans attending SDCC, only one will be chosen too be asked out of those suggested on the social media sites. Currently they're holding a vote to see which question out of four will be the one we choose to ask.

So go ahead and vote over on the Official MLP Facebook page. I'm going with B, because Discord and Celestia is clearly the OTP!

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Meghan McCarthy Teases Season 5! Feels Incoming!














Oh boy! Oh boy! 2015 can't come soon enough but Meghan McCarthy is already teasing us with some Season 5 info. I'm pretty sure we're all excited to see how Amy Keating Rogers is gonna touch our hearts again with this one. If her past episodes are anything to go by, we could be seeing some sad Pinkie. Awww.
What feels-y episodes do you guys want to see next season?

Friday, 18 July 2014

Ponyfinder: Griffons of Everglow Pre-orders now Available for the next two weeks



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Greetings Pony fans, it is I Kingofturves, here to bring off the wall news articles for all you fellow Bronies across the UK. So to start off I'm gonna talk about Griffons. "Griffons?" I hear you say, "What about Ponies! Where are the Ponies! Give me more Ponies!" Well patience my good friends and sit around around as I recount the news about Silver Games' latest successful Kickstarter project to be used in conjunction with their 'mane' role play gaming system; Ponyfinder.

BUCK/Mareplay Sponsorship Keyring Design Released!



Any of you guys getting the 20% cooler or even the Celestia tier tickets for BUCK next month? Well they've just posted the design for their keyrings that will be given to all holders of those ticket tiers. The keyring shows their logo but with the manticore replaced with Mareplay's OC, since these are sponsorship keyrings after all. Britty and Star Streamer are looking adorable!

These are exclusive by the way, so you'll only be able to grab one if you buy one of those ticket tiers, sadly they won't be available to purchase at the convention.

Fundraiser for a Brony in Need!

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A brony named Samuel Curd is in need of some assistance. As it turns out his brother has been diagnosed with cancer and is now trapped in Australia wanting to come back home to England.

This is where we come in, on Sunday the 20th of July he is doing a twelve-hour live stream in order to raise the money required to bring his brother home. He isn't asking for much, he only needs £650 ($1000 US) and will be accepting donations via Paypal.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Finally a Discord Toy! Sadly no Brushable Beard Action!


Sadly it's not a brushable. Come on, be honest you all would love to brush Discord's beard with one of the little brushes you get with the toys.

Funko are releasing a vinyl Discord figure. For anyone who's ever had their hooves on a vinyl figure they should know how amazing their quality is and how show-accurate they are. Obviously though never look under Twilight's Hair, there's just some secrets you never want to find out about. I know you can also get little Discords in the vinyl blind bags, but this is the first decent sized model to hit the high streets, or at least Hot Topic. I still can't get over how there isn't a Hot Topic in Manhattan, the closet is in Queens.

HUB to Marathon Pony in August



The Hub will be running a massive pony marathon on the 4th August, lasting for god-knows how long. Every single episode will be aired, which is now 91 episodes. This is just another reason why the Hub should come to the UK, however that'd be I'd need to get Sky TV again and I honestly can't watch another episode of Two and a Half Men ever again.

Instead, lets have our own marathon. If any of you guys attended Jingle's Marathon meet back when we only had 52 episodes to get though you'll know how crazy it's gonna be to watch all 91. But  it's certainly going to be worth it. Also watch Equestrian Girls while you're at it, and a few episodes of Johnny Bravo for the sake of it.

This is going to a great opportunity to see really how far we've came these past few years and of course is the perfect excuse to catch some episodes which you might have previously overlooked and forgot about.

Saturday, 12 July 2014

BronyScot Announces Rock Nessie and First Wave of Musicians!

Art By Amy Methven

Well we know you’ve all been waiting for it! Now announcing the most anticipated event at BronyScot, Rock Nessie! Taking place on the evening of the Saturday, the main hall of the Hilton will transform into a lively party where for the next couple of hours a fantastic selection of musicians from the fandom will perform.

Rock Nessie is the perfect place to let down your hair and celebrate all what it means to be brony to the beat of great music.