Community Guests

Bay Area Brony Spectacular

A My Little Pony Fan-run Convention
April 19 - April 22, 2019

"Folks, Here's your 2019 BABSCon Community Guest Line-up."

Each year we bring in artists, animators, crafters, game makers, and YouTubers from best parts of the fandom and give them the spotlight at BABSCon. From panels and special events to games and sneak peaks, our Community Guests add a whole new level of awesome to BABS.

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Dana Simpson

Dana Simpson, also known as Marigold Heavenly Nostrils first caught the eyes of devoted comics readers with the internet strip Ozy and Millie. After winning the 2009 Comic Strip Superstar contest, she developed the strip Phoebe and Her Unicorn (originally known as Heavenly Nostrils), which is now syndicated in over 200 newspapers worldwide. Twitter Website Facebook Tumblr 

The Brony Chef

Professional chef, that creates My Little Pony inspired recipes, and also bring to life the recipes from the show. You know that goofy looking chef. This year he brings a rarity of exquisite meals to BABSCon and a Pinkie Pie share of fun and great humor! Twitter @TheBronyChef YouTube, Facebook


Maddymoiselle is a passionate cosplayer and actress who has been sharing her love of cosplay with the community for five years! Maddy feels so very fortunate to have been able to travel across the country as a community guest to perform at different pony conventions - you may recognise her as Bronycon’s Grand Galloping Gala Princess Cadence, as Everfree Northwest’s con-official Sunset Shimmer, as High Roller Ponycon’s mascot, Royal Flush, or as a variety of other crazy characters in many different panels at different cons! Being a self-taught seamstress, makeup artist, and wig stylist, Maddy strives to encourage her fellow pony fans to break out of their comfort zones and try cosplay through her educational cosplay and wig panels, alongside her fun in-character improv panels! When Maddy isn’t busy working on costumes she loves to take too many selfies, play Dungeons & Dragons, and cry over cute animals. To find out more about Maddymoiselle, check her out on her Patreon, her Instagram @maddy.moiselle, and her Twitter @Maddy_moiselle


A (not so) mild-mannered techie by day, technicolor pony diva by night; Mieu brings her five years of experience in cosplay to BABSCon. Besides learning and trading knowledge and new
skills with other aspiring makers, Mieu's favorite thing about convention life is making memories and magic with a side order of shenanigans. She can't wait to meet her fellow weirdos at BABS
this year, whether you join her for a set of educational and entertaining panels, or just swing by and talk shop! To see what mischief she's making, follow her on Twitter, Facebook, or
Instagram: @MieuCosplay


Sarahndipity, a bubbly mermaid at heart, is a multi-genre and award-winning cosplayer, a makeup artist, and a licensed cosmetologist who has shared her passions within the MLP community for over seven years. Her cosplay accolades include a Best Novice Award for her Nightmare Moon cosplay, a Judge’s Award for her Princess Luna cosplay, and participating in Bronycon’s Grand Galloping Gala for six years. She has had the honor of guesting at MLP conventions across the U.S. to share her love and knowledge of costuming, makeup, and acting. While Pinkie Pie is her staple, she has created many other pony costumes, including Aria Blaze, Starlight Glimmer, Queen Chrysalis, and more! She strives to use her education and experience to encourage others to try cosplaying, offering informative cosplay panels and answering cosplay-related questions on her social media platforms whenever she can. You can find more of her work on Facebook, YouTube and Patreon under “Sarahndipity Cosplay”, her Instagram @sarahndipitycosplay, and Twitter @sarahndipity212!

Shelbeanie Cosplay

Shelby Sessler. Cosplayer.  Voice Actor. Part-time Princess. Lover of Small Animals.  Known for her versatility and general silliness, Shelby’s work is best known for her My Little Pony and Gravity Falls cosplays.  She is a member of the Real-Time Fandub team and loves to learn and try new vocal techniques. Shelby has a degree in Music from the University of South Carolina and has taught music professionally for 7 years, has been sewing for 16 years, and has been doing makeup professionally for 3 years.  She definitely knows what she is doing most of the time. And she is cool. Sometimes. In her off time she enjoys snuggling her Sugar Gliders, watching cartoons, and eating. You can follow her work on Facebook and Instagram under “Shelbeanie Cosplay” and “Shelbeaniecosplay” respectively.

Shield Horse Cosplay

Shield Horse Cosplay, also known as Scott, has been a cosplayer since 2004 and has been a fan of My Little Pony since Friendship is Magic first debuted. He's also a passionate actor, LARPer, and lifelong gamer. You may have seen him at Bronycon's Grand Galloping Gala as
Doctor Whooves and Shining Armor, as well as the face of Big Mac and Shining Armor for different events at the convention. When not working on cosplay, you can find him playing multiple Dungeons & Dragons campaigns, teaming up with friends in Overwatch, or jet-setting
across the country to participate in “blockbuster-style” LARPs. He loves animals and currently has a small menagerie of his own at home. You can find more of his creative works on Youtube
under Wandering Wolf Adventures, on Twitter as @wanderingwolf83, and on Instagram as @wanderingwolfadventures and @shield_horse_cosplay.

Silver Quill

Before he became a comic writer and Youtuber reviewer, Silver Quill attended his first Brony convention courtesy of Babscon. Since then he began to gain an audience with short comics and his ongoing "A Princess' Tears" story. As his interest in the show deepened he began producing a video series titled "After the Fact", which has earned over 14,500 subscribers. Now a regular to contributor to Equestria Daily while maintaining both comics and videos, Silver is more involved in the Brony fandom than ever. He strives to take a closer look at characters, stories, and themes while adding a dash of humor. Twitter @MLPSilverQuill YouTube Patreon

Josh Scorcher

KABOOM! It's Josh Scorcher! The fiery joker has been doing YouTube for almost a decade, slowly building his audience while balancing a military career and then college. He is the co-creator of TF2 Analysis Anarchy and CO of FOBEquestria, a military brony organization, and the host and dungeon master of two Brony D&D campaigns: Welcome to the Show and Curse of Strahd. Twitter @JoshScorcher YouTube Patreon


ACRacebest is a mechanical engineer best known for his Youtube series “Bronies React”. He specializes in destroying cars, trying to be funny and wishing he had a burrito. With an accumulated 27 million views online, he continues to produce comedy sketches, vlogs, and more, while entertaining live audiences on multiple stages and venues. There’s also rumor that he’s fond of Zootopia. Keep an eye out during the convention as Race is known to vlog his adventures. YouTube Twitter FaceBook


Saberspark does animation analysis and reviews on YouTube. With an audience of almost 400,000 subscribers, Saber tries to provide fun and informative content to his viewers. He is also a cast member of “Hooves Line Is It Anyway?” and frequently appears on the popular series “Bronies React.” YouTube Twitter Patreon FaceBook

Fiaura the Tank Girl

Fiaura has voiced several online parodies, writes Fallout Equestria: Dead Tree the novel, and works on YouTube as a scientific analyst and streams games with her subscribers. Check her out or come up and talk to her at anytime, after she gets married here at Babscon. YouTube Patreon Twitter FaceBook



Who is this goofball? And why can’t people stop staring at that mustache?

Dusty's life is a manly checklist. The son of an auto worker (have you driven a Ford lately?), high school and college athlete (baseball, football), former bodyguard and ranch hand, trained Big Time wrestler, and Harley mechanic whose custom motorcycles have appeared on the cover of “Easyriders”. A pessimist would say “he can’t make up his mind”; an optimist would say “no single career is big enough for his mustache”.

And he watches a cartoon show intended for little girls. Well, what do you expect from the Manliest Brony in the World?

What’s with that? Well, aside from making him grin like someone who just found a twenty dollar bill in his underwear, it’s given him a chance to do what he does best: ham it up. Dusty is known primarily for his former show “Stay Brony My Friends”, his YouTube videos which have gone viral, and separating convention-goers from their money at charity auctions. Dusty fearlessly treads upon the crushed skulls of YouTube trolls and hack journalists as he destroys stereotypes. What he is most proud of, though, is his fans. The finest bronies in the world (his audience… that includes YOU, right?) have come together to raise over 50,000 dollars for a variety of charities. This has also piqued the curiosity of documentary filmmakers.

He can be seen in “Thatch and Dial”, a Youtube series he is collaborating on with Andy Stein (Mandopony), as well at the Analyst Anarchy TF2 series with Dr. Wolf and friends.  His continued appearances on Bronies React, and new gig as multiple characters on the Fallout Equestria radio play by East Corp. Productions as well as in the animation “Allister and Melody by Luximus.

He co-stared in a student film called “Under” with an on screen roll. And completed his first book narrations in the “Portals of Infinity” series with book 3 “Of Temples and Trials”  and book 4 “The Sea of Grass” on both Audible and Ibooks.

Stay Brony, my Friends. Twitter YouTube

Lightning Bliss

Meet Lightning Bliss, the spunky, tiny, rainbow alicorn of the Brony Analysis Community, proud member of the Secret Rift Cafe as well as the Blue Team's "Heavy" and Lead Editor for Josh Scorcher's and DRWolf's TF2: Analysis Anarchy Series! When she's not reviewing or training on the battlefield, she's learning how to control her magic, work on her artwork and animation, or is up to silly shenanigans with her friends amongst the Brony Community! With her pet and guard dog Twink the rainbow monster watching over her, Lightning Bliss takes on the world, exploring new conventions and making new friends and meeting her fans! So keep an eye out for her, she would love to meet you all, but don’t call her cute! If you do, you risk getting zapped with rainbows or eaten by Twink! YouTube Twitter Patreon 


DaWillstanator (also known as Thespio) is a voice actor, singer and video producer from Los Angeles. Since 2012, he has expressed his love of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic in many different forms including comic dubs, song covers, and collaborating in several well-known fan-projects; such as Daughter of Discord, TF2: Analysis Anarchy, and The L-Train's metal opera "Fall of an Empire". He was also runner-up in The Voice: Equestria during BabsCon 2015, and has done professional background acting work in TV shows such as This Is Us, Code Black, and Law & Order: The Menendez Murders. Twitter YouTube Patreon 

Chocolate Pony

Chocolate Pony (SouthParkTaoist) is a fandom artist known for his academic panels on culture and history, tarot cards, card games such as Changeling and Horse Famous, and helping draw art for cons. Outside the fandom is a genetic major, historian of military education, comic artist, and published author with Arcadia Publishing and History Press. He is the artist behind BABSCon’s logo and mascot, Silver Span. Twitter 

Looney Turtle

Looney the turtle and Erik the human have been creating analysis/review videos since late 2013. Erik is the main voice of these videos, and his adorable little buddy Looney pops in to ask the tough questions. While their more well-known videos include “Why Can’t Bill Leave Gravity Falls?” “ Pink Diamond Was Never Shattered” and “FNAF 4 Mysteries Explained” this duo has also created a fair amount of pony related videos such as “Debunking destiny: Twilight’s kingdom” and “pinkie pie can’t read emotions” where they discuss the characters and the writing that goes into them. Erik was also a finalist for "The Voice: Equestria Season 4" at last years Babscon and is excited for another year of fun. YouTube Facebook Twitter 

Duster Dawnhorse

"Duster Dawnhorse is an artist and bad fanfiction reader. After discovering the classic bad fanfiction "My Immortal" in middle school, she has been a fan of the terrible art since. She first presented the Read It and Weep Bad Fanfiction Reading Panel at BABSCon 2014 and been a hit since. She has since brought it to every BABSCon, Equestria LA, Pacific Ponycon, Nightmare Nights Dallas, and will continue to bring terrible literature for other people to read to pony conventions until stopped." Twitter 

Railroad Bronies

Started in 2013, after thinking about how and what to do in order to contribute to the Brony Fandom, the Railroad Bronies (RRB) was started as a way to express our love for trains and MLP in the brony fandom. The Railroad Bronies over the years have branched out and have made many friends through out the brony fandom and across the world. The Railroad Bronies have been featured & mentioned in several different media/news articles, such as: Trains Magazine, LA Weekly, LALS Engine Booster & A Brony Tale. It is actually very surprising to find out how many train enthusiasts are within this community ours. From Rail fanning to model railroading, Live Steam & even the occasionally tomfoolery railroad brony skit, the RRB have gone on and had many adventures involving trains & MLP a like. The Railroad Bronies always love meeting new brony railroaders to talk to so come by and say hi. Also the Railroad Bronies have a big weakness for LENINADE (a soda pop either created by Pinkie Pie or Starlight Glimmer). Twitter Facebook YouTube  

The Barcast

The Barcast is a user-submitted podcast, where guests are given questions by their viewers and fans, and the hosts attempt to make the guests miserable for two hours. The Barcast began some years ago as a crazy, unrefined chat group that brought in members of the fanfiction community to allow other members to bombard them with questions and requests. Milk, Flutterpriest, Anonpencil, Flammenwerfer, Engimatic Otaku, and Ravvij bring their viewers and guests an eccentric, eclectic, cacophony of entertainment sure to make anyone ask the question, "Am I drunk enough for this?". Apart from bringing a little more of your favorite creators to you, as well as reasons to drink, The Barcast helps to support a horse rescue charity in California called "Redwings Horse Sanctuary" and has even been able to sponsor an entire horse thanks to the generous contributions from their viewers! YouTube Twitter Patreon 

Minty Root

Minty Root is a Canadian fan animator, known for his work on Luna's Determination, Good Morning Baltimare and many more animated projects.
He's interested in cinematic storytelling, dramatic lighting and ambiance, but also cute little ponies. YouTube Twitter Patreon 


"A 3D animation hobbyist who loves cinematography. My passion in this fandom is to create music videos in the animation program known as Source Filmmaker. I am a graphic designer by day, but my free time is spent gaming, hanging out with friends, and of course, animating in Source Filmmaker. Fan projects I have worked on are Fallout Equestria: Untold Stories of the Wasteland as one of the animators for Episode 1 and the MLP Doors Series, with being the director for the 3rd installment.  YouTube Twitter 

Hoof Hearted

Hoof Hearted? They did, all the way back in 2014! This small group of friends from SoCal specializes in podcasts, interviews, reacts, parodies, and more. Since their inception, they’ve also hosted panels, sold artwork, interviewed show staff, worn many masks, and presented G.M. Berrow with off-brand boxes of cereal at brony conventions all across the country. Hoof Hearted has attended BABSCon every single year, and they couldn’t be more excited to be honored as community guests at their favorite con! (Their words, not ours!) Twitter Facebook YouTube

Baron Engel

Baron Engel has been a free-lance illustrator since the late 1980s. He’s done illustration work for books, magazines and comics; along with concept design for video games and preproduction art for film and television. He's been involved in various fandoms since 1989. However in 2011 he discovered Friendship is Magic, and he continues enjoy it and the fandom that supports it.

Today Baron along with his wife run a freelance art company called Smudgemarks and Engelwerks. His current interests include lucid dreaming, storytelling, history, aviation, 5th Edition D&D, military history, motor vehicles, cooking, reading, good coffee, fine spirits, and world-building. Twitter Patreon 

Enrique Guinea EG Studios

EG Studios is a skillful 2D animator and occasionally as a Brony analyst by reviewing episodes in a symbolic perspective. His style in animation is heavily influenced to classic hand drawn and helped in a few number of MLP collaboration Projects such as Doors 3. Twitter YouTube Patreon

David Silver

David Silver is the creator of Ponyfinder, the RPG that puts ponies and D&D back together as they were always meant to be. An avid writer of pony literature both in and outside the canon of the show, he's been attending BABSCon since the first and he's always happy to see you! Patreon YouTube Twitter 

Commentary is Magic

Commentary is Magic is thrilled to return to BABSCon 2019, bringing all the joy and excitement of the My Little Pony Collectible Card Game with them! Since 2015, CiM has focused on organizing and running livestreamed CCG tournaments (with commentary, of course!) and new player demos at conventions both pony-focused and otherwise. Additionally, their regular broadcasts on Twitch have helped to provide players of all skill levels with helpful tips and tricks, featured duels between community members, and deck ideas for a variety of playstyles. In the last year, Commentary is Magic has taken the lead on Organized Play for the game including organizing the 2018 Continental Championships and heralding the return of Store Championships and other globally-organized events.

BABSCon will always hold a special place in CiM’s heart, as it was the first pony-themed convention to feature the MLPCCG after its release. This year promises to keep the hype train rolling with constructed tournaments for both Core and Harmony formats, convention favorites like Team (Meme) Sealed and Nightmare, and a brand-new Cube event along with learn-to-play sessions, so come compete and join the fun! Twitter Facebook YouTube Patreon

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