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Bay Area Brony Spectacular

A My Little Pony Fan-run Convention
April 10 - April 12, 2020

BABSCon 2020 Gets Celestial with Nicole Oliver!

BABSCon 2020 Gets Celestial with Nicole Oliver!

She raises and sets the Sun. She sends ponies to the moon! She journeys to inner space when not hugging trees, and broadens the mind-space of all Ponyville’s fillies and colts. Actually, she doesn’t do any of these things, but the characters she voices do because she’s the radiant Nicole Oliver! And if anyone embodies the BABSCon 2020 spirit of “…AND BEYOND!” it’s her.

(Watch Nicole’s awesome intro video here!)

To fans of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and Equestria Girls, her sultry voice is instantly recognizable as Princess Celestia, while her talent and skill allow her to become beloved teacher Cheerilee and the nature-loving Tree Hugger, among others. She also starred as purple pooch Zoe Trent and so many more on Littlest Pet Shop, Sally & Miranda on Transformers: Energon, and lent her voice to a variety of characters in the Barbie and Ninjago franchises. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg!

Nicole joins the writer who sent Celestia and Luna ziplining in “Between Dark and Dawn,” Gail Simone, among our Guests of Honor. Needless to say, we’ve just gotten started, so watch for lots more announcements.

So don’t miss out! Go register now—and don’t forget to book your room—to join Nicole Oliver and all of us at BABSCon as we take you to the stars, AND BEYOND!

(Art by NoisyPaperDragon, Befish, and CuttleDreams)

BABSCon 2020 Blasts Off With Stellar Writer Gail Simone

BABSCon 2020 Blasts Off With Stellar Writer Gail Simone

(Watch this announcement, complete with ‘70s sci-fi TV theme funk, in video form!)

We’re starting off our Guest of Honor announcements for BABSCon 2020 with one supernova of a guest star. Of course, not all big guests on an animated show are voice actors…sometimes they’re writers. Writers like the amazing Gail Simone!

Gail wrote one of Season 9’s most beloved episodes, “Between Dark and Dawn,” which finally gave us the Celestia & Luna-centric story we’d always wanted. And, while she has other animated credits, including episodes of Justice League Unlimited and Batman: The Brave and the Bold, it’s in comics where Gail is known as a goddess.

After rattling enough comics industry cages with her Women in Refrigerators web site in the late '90s, Gail took up the pen herself to show them how it’s done. This resulted in runs ranging from merely “beloved” to downright definitive on little indie titles like Wonder Woman, Deadpool, Batgirl, Birds of Prey, Red Sonja, Secret Six, Plastic Man, Domino, Welcome to Tranquility, and so…many…more.

Additionally, Gail’s Twitter feed has been known to cure boredom, depression, snark-deficiency, and the desire to quit Twitter entirely.

So have a tin of crypto-ham, heat up that tea in the American style—with a kettle, unlike those beastly Brits with their microwaves—don’t let Gambit narc on you, register now, and book your room to come see Gail Simone and all our upcoming Guests of Honor at BABSCon…AND BEYOND!

(Art by Luximus, video by Alex Inman)

Announcing Our 2020 Charities!

Announcing Our 2020 Charities!

We are overjoyed to announce that we will be supporting The Game Academy and the Rainbow Community Center of Contra Costa County as our charities for the 2020 convention

This year, each charity will be bringing something unique to the con.

The Game Academy is an inclusive educational program for children 8 to 18 that uses tabletop and live action role-playing games to teach history, science, math, drama, English and life skills in a way that is engaging and fun. They’ll be bringing a plethora of tabletop RPGs for BABSCon attendees, both kids and adults, and teaching us all about how they use these games for education.

The Rainbow Community Center of Contra Costa County builds community and promotes well-being among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning (LGBTQ+) people and their allies, including and especially LGBTQ+ youth. They’ll be on site at BABSCon helping us learn about diversity, gender expression, exploration & identity, and general LGBTQ+ inclusiveness. (Also, did someone say, “Drag Queen Storytelling”?) RCC serves the more conservative, outlying portions of the Bay Area, often in the face of animosity, so let’s show them the love and acceptance that is BABSCon.

We couldn’t be prouder to help these wonderful local charities have a greater impact here in the SF Bay, so register now to come see them at BABSCon…but hey, you don’t wait until next April to check out and donate to these worthy causes!

The Game Academy on: The Web • Twitter • Facebook • Instagram
Rainbow Community Center on: The Web • Facebook • Instagram • YouTube

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