Guests of Honor

Bay Area Brony Spectacular

A My Little Pony Fan-run Convention
April 14-16, 2017 - Hyatt Regency SFO
Burlingame, CA

The most fun Guests for the most fun con

Every year BABSCon gets industry Guests of Honor from all aspects of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic; from voice actors, writers, artists, directors, and staff. We also aim to bring artists and writers from the IDW MLP comic series. Like the Mirror Pool, this list of our Guests of Honor is just going to churn out more, so please subscribe to our social media link at the bottom of the page for the latest news on newly announced Guests of Honor.

Tabitha St. Germain

Tabitha St. Germain

As so many of us do, Tabitha St. Germain began life as a happy jelly lump. She might not have been quite so happy if she had had eyes and could see that she was puce in hue—an unlovely colour, but she had no eyes. (See above re: jelly.) So: happy.  

Far off, in the seams of a dimension like our own in no article, (except that there is a rudimentary Twitter that consists of people yelling out of doors into a corridor and then slamming the doors shut), a being named Snoodlewod Jam Jam Thwiket, took note of Tabby’s dab of DNA coalescing on the earth. Though only a jelly, and an unsettling colour, it was clear that the thing was FULL OF NOISE. ‘I’m going in,’ said Snoodlewod Jam Jam Thwiket. For Snod. was a musician, and he recognized that a rare instrument was forming, a golden windbag: Tabitha.

If you think that origin story was daft, here’s some of Snoodlewod Jam Jam Thwiket’s oeuvre:

Super Mario Bros, Legend of Zelda, C.O.P.S, Beetlejuice, Dragon Ball Z Gundam Seed, Care Bears, Death Note,  Martha Speaks, Jimmy Two Shoes, a buncha Barbie movies, League of Super Evil, Nerds and Monsters, Littlest Pet Shop,  Packages From Planet X, Sabrina: Secrets of a Teenage Witch, Pac-man, Lolirock, Pirate Express, Dinotrux,  Endangered Species, Kong, Nina’s World, Supernoobs and other stuff.

In MLP: Rarity, Luna, Nightmare Moon, Granny Smith, Mrs. Cake, Photo Finish, Rarity's Mom, Muffins (aka Derpy Hooves!), Suri Polomare, Pound Cake, Spa Pony, Flurry Heart and others.

Instrument also makes sauerkraut. Is no longer puce.

 

Ashleigh Ball

Ashleigh Ball

Ashleigh Ball does a little bit of everything, but she does it all brilliantly.

As an actress, she’s been the voice behind several popular animated characters, including both Rainbow Dash and Applejack on My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and Blythe Baxter on Littlest Pet Shop. Other credits include Lolirock, Voltron Force, Exchange Student Zero, and more.

As a musician, she is the lead vocalist and flautist for the Vancouver-based folk-pop phenomenon, Hey Ocean!, which is getting ready to release its fourth full-length album.

And, when the curious cultural phenomenon known as “bronies” found its way into Ashleigh’s life, she teamed up with documentarian Brent Hodge to put together the critically-acclaimed A Brony Tale.

 

Tara Strong

Tara Strong

If you’ve watched Western animation at all in the last 25-plus years, you’ve almost certainly heard the voice of Tara Strong. She’s the voice of your childhood, the queen of the bronies, and the sweetest “twoll” you would ever want to meet.

She’s voiced far too many animated characters to even possibly name them all here, but some highlights include Twilight Sparkle on My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Raven on Teen Titans and Teen Titants Go!, Bubbles on The Powerpuff Girls, Dil Pickles on Rugrats, Ben Tennison on Ben 10, both Princess Clara and Toot Braunstein on Drawn Together, and so SO many more

She’s no less recognizable in the real of video games, with roles such as both Barbara Gordon/Batgirl and Harley Quinn in various Batman titles, Juliet Starling in Lollipop Chainsaw, and Rikku in Final Fantasy X, among others.

Tara’s also a new member of the BABSCon 3-Timer’s club and the originator of our “The Voice: Equestria” contest during the first BABSCon in 2014!

Peter New

Peter New

Peter New is an actor, voice actor and writer. He has nearly 90 professional credits including: Electra Woman and Dyna Girl, Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow, Motive, Delete, Fringe, Mr Young, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Lost Treasure of the Grand Canyon, Psych, and Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed. He has voiced many cartoon characters, from ‘Evan’ in Barbie Thumbelina, to ‘Ian Vashti’ in Gundam00, to ‘Lunk’ in Powerpuff Girls Z. He’s most well known as 'Sunil' in Littlest Pet Shop, and ‘Big Macintosh’ in My Little Pony: Friendship  is Magic. Other voice credits include InuYasha, Warhammer 40000: Dawn of War, Superbook, Sushi Pack, Fantastic Four, Rekkit Rabbit, Martha Speaks, Dino Train, Goola City, and Need 4 Speed: Hot Pursuit.

Peter began acting with a sketch comedy troupe called The Legend of Bonefish. Look up ‘Whale Boy’ on YouTube. That’s him in the Orca costume. He has broad interests, from astronomy to photography, architecture to environment. He is a large pink bag of water.

Nick Confalone

Nick Confalone, cowboy

Nick Confalone is a TV animation writer in Los Angeles who has written for Disney, Cartoon Network, Discovery Family, Netflix, and PBS. He got his start in the industry as an assistant with Disney’s Shorty McShorts, a pilot program where he worked with—and learned from—an amazingly talented group of artists and writers (including MLP:FiM’s M.A. Larson). Years later, he found himself spending his days locked in a room with Meghan McCarthy making up stories for Disney’s Fish Hooks, where she said to him, “Hey, you’re pretty good at fish. Want to try ponies?” The rest…is history. His Favorite pony is ALL THE PONIES.

 

Mike Vogel

Mike Vogel

Mike Vogel  smashed his way onto the MLP Writing staff with the critically acclaimed “A Hearth’s Warming Tail!” After the successful holiday themed musical, he continued his solo writing efforts with “Spice Up Your Life” and “Every Little Thing She Does!” But he didn’t stop there! Joining forces Josh Haber he also penned “Stranger Than Fan Fiction” and the season 6 finale “To Where and Back Again!” In addition to writing for the show, Mike also wrote the book My Little Pony: Good Night, Baby Flurry Heart.