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Bay Area Brony Spectacular

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

Last-Minute Plot Twist: BABSCon Books Mike Vogel and Josh Haber!

Last-Minute Plot Twist: BABSCon Books Mike Vogel and Josh Haber!

Well, well, well…looks like we decided to make our last Guest of Honor announcement for BABSCon 2019 a juicy one! Two giants of MLP storytelling will be gracing us with their presence: Mike Vogel and Josh Haber.

Mike, once Hasbro’s VP of Development, had an epiphany during a visit to Burning Man that he wanted to be a creative again, so he joined the writing corps for My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and related titles in Season 6. Highlights include co-writing My Little Pony: The Movie; the episodes “A Hearth’s Warming Tail,” co-writing “Stranger Than Fan Fiction” with Josh Haber, “To Where and Back Again,” “School Daze,” and the “Best Gift Ever” special. And, oh yeah, he’s also written several MLP storybooks and is half of Ponyville Mysteries writing duo called Penumbra Quill with fellow Guest Nicole Dubuc.

Josh joined the MLP writing room in Season 4 and quickly rose through the ranks, becoming Story Editor (animation-speak for “showrunner”) in Season 6, also co-editing Seasons 7-8. Some of his best include “Castle Mane-ia,” “The Cutie Re-Mark,” “The Crystalling,” co-writing “To Where and Back Again” with Mike Vogel (what a team!), “Shadow Play,” “Road to Friendship,” part 2 of “School Raze,” and Equestria Girls: The Friendship Games. True story: BABSCon’s first event in 2014 was Josh’s pony con debut.

Mike & Josh round out a Guest of Honor list that also includes Maurice LaMarche, Tabitha St. Germain, Rebecca Shoichet, Kazumi Evans, Shannon Chan-Kent, Bill Newton, Nicole Dubuc, Bill Hohlfeld, Andy Price, Tony Fleecs, Agnes Garbowska, and Sara Richard. (Too many? NAH!)

You don’t want to miss all the fun with these amazing folks, so register now, grab a sponsor badge for even better access and cool swag & perks, book your hotel room (or check our Discord for room- and ride-shares), and prepare to party by the Bay!

(Art by TurnipBerry)

BABSCon 2019 Makes a Bright Move with Bill Newton

BABSCon 2019 Makes a Bright Move with Bill Newton

He’s one of the most dynamic recent additions to the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic voice cast. He’s one of the most popular new personalities on the pony con circuit. He’s charming. He’s sweet. He has the most delightful Aussie accent. And he’s making his triumphant return to BABSCon. He’s Bill Newton!

Known to MLP fans as Applejack’s dad, Bright Mac, grumpy changeling Pharynx, and the big bad Pony of Shadows, but Bill’s been making a splash since his debut in the voice acting industry. Some of his roles have included Toby in the Minecraft miniseries, Challenge of the Spooky Isles and Mystery of the Greek Isles, Zac the Sunrise on Beyblade Burst, Simon Puggerson on Littlest Pet Shop: A World of Our Own, and more. He’s also mighty entertaining when streaming on his Twitch channel and on Twitter.

Bill joins Guests of Honor, Maurice LaMarche, Tabitha St. Germain, Rebecca Shoichet, Kazumi Evans, Shannon Chan-Kent, Nicole Dubuc, Brian Hohlfeld, Andy Price, Tony Fleecs, Agnes Garbowska, and Sara Richard.

So register now—maybe get one of our remaining sponsor badges if you can for the optimal BABSCon experience—book your hotel room, and come play with us this April 19-22!

(Art by EifiChan)

BABSCon Draws a Royal Pair: Andy Price & Agnes Garbowska

BABSCon Draws a Royal Pair: Andy Price & Agnes Garbowska

Bet you didn’t think we could make our big picture any prettier. But if you thought that, you would be so very wrong, as two of IDW’s most exciting artists join us as our Guests of Honor this April. Andy Price is a perennial favorite at BABSCon, while it’s Agnes Garbowska’s first visit to our little shindig by the Bay.

Andy, the all-star original artist on the My Little Pony comics lines is making his triumphant return! In addition to working on every single My Little Pony comics property from IDW starting with the very first arc, Andy Price has also lent his creative talents to Archie Comics. Point of fact, he’s teamed up with fellow MLP Comic Creative Katie Cook for a brand new adventure starring Sabrina the Teenage Witch!

Agnes can only be called a newcomer to the world of MLP comics compared to Andy…she’s also provided the interior and cover art for a wide selection of issues in virtually every IDW MLP title. But she’s also worked on such diverse titles as DC Superhero Girls, Jem and the Holograms, and the tastiest spider-person of all: Spider-Ham. She’s done covers for far more comics, including Sonic the Hedgehog, Transformers, GI Joe, Powerpuff Girls, Samurai Jack, and Dexter’s Laboratory.

Andy & Agnes join Guests of Honor Maurice LaMarche, Tabitha St. Germain, Rebecca Shoichet,  Kazumi Evans, Shannon Chan-Kent, Nicole Dubuc, Brian Hohlfeld, Tony Fleecs, and Sara Richard.

With a guest list like that, you’re going to want to register now—maybe grab one of the remaining sponsor badges while they last—and book that hotel room. We might have so much fun that we (gasp!) color outside the lines!

(Art by Andy Price)

BABSCon Sings Sweet Harmony With Kazumi Evans and Shannon Chan-Kent

BABSCon Sings Sweet Harmony With Kazumi Evans and Shannon Chan-Kent

About the only way we could possibly have gotten BABSCon to sing any more sweetly than it already has this year was to invite two of the most melodious voices in all of My Little Pony…in their debut appearance at BABSCon, please welcome Kazumi Evans and Shannon Chan-Kent!

Bronies know Kazumi as the singing voice of Rarity and Luna, and the speaking (and singing!) voices of lead siren Adagio Dazzle in Equestria Girls – Rainbow Rocks, plus Octavia, Moondancer, and Roseluck. Animation fans will also recognize her as the voice of Skipper in the Barbie and Her Sisters series, Iris in LoliRock, and Amanda in Dr. Dimensionpants.

Shannon, meanwhile, is the singing voice of Ponyville’s party planner, Pinkie Pie, on My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, as well as the speaking voices of Silver Spoon and Smolder the dragon. In the recent Equestria Girls – Forgotten Friendship, she voiced the villainous Wallflower Blush. You might also know her as Misa Amane in the English dub of Death Note, both Biskit Twins in Littlest Pet Shop, and Trixie in Slugterra. She’s also appeared on screen in shows including The Crossing and the Freeform adaptation of Misfits.

Kazumi and Shannon join Tabitha St. Germain, Maurice LaMarche, Rebecca Shoichet (completing the trio of MLP’s “singing voice of…” VAs), Nicole Dubuc, Brian Hohlfeld, Tony Fleecs, and Sara Richard so far among our Guests of Honor.

So register now to make beautiful music with us this April 19-22, and book your hotel room. Don’t forget that our remaining sponsor-level packages will give you a truly premium experience, so snap them up while they last!

(Art by MidnightPremiere)

BABSCon Writes Its Own Ticket With Nicole Dubuc & Brian Hohlfeld

BABSCon Writes Its Own Ticket With Nicole Dubuc & Brian Hohlfeld

After all these actors and artists, we thought that perhaps people of letters might be just what this year’s con needed to add a touch of refinement to the proceedings. To that end, BABSCon 2019 is proud to announce the return of Nicole Dubuc and, in his first appearance at our con as a guest, Brian Hohlfeld.

Nicole, fresh from her triumphant tour of Nepal, where she met actual yaks, has been a writer (“Shadow Play,” “School Daze,” “School Raze,” etc.), story editor (Season 8) and executive producer (Season 8) for My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. But she is so much more than that…an early employee of Hasbro Studios, she wrote for Transformers: Prime, and developed Transformers: Rescue Bots for the studio. She’s written for a bewildering array of shows, including Star Wars Rebels, Kim Possible, Young Justice, and is developing The Rocketeer, debuting this fall. Her career has also included on-screen and voice roles going back to her childhood.

Brian, a new writer for MLP:FiM in Season 8, wrote the episodes “The Hearth’s Warming Club” and “Surf and/or Turf,” the latter of which was nominated for a Humanitas Prize! He’s written for TV and movies for decades, including the 1991 film He Said, She Said, starring Kevin Bacon, and The Heffalump Movie & Piglet’s Big Movie as part of Disney’s Winnie the Pooh franchise. He was the creator of My Friends Tigger and Pooh (from which the episode “Eeyore’s Sad Day” won a Humanitas Prize!), the co-developer of Transformers: Rescue Bots, and has been nominated for three Daytime Emmys and an Annie Award.

Nicole and Brian join Guests of Honor Maurice LaMarche, Tabitha St. Germain, Rebecca Shoichet, Tony Fleecs, and Sara Richard as they help the BABSCon staff try to make 2019 the best year yet.

So register now, grab a luxurious sponsor badge while they last, book your hotel room, watch for more announcements as the Month of Guests™ continues, and come have fun with us this April!

(Art by LostInTheTrees)

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