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9th May 2020, 6:00 AM in Guest Arc: Equestria Girls
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Newbiespud 9th May 2020, 6:00 AM edit delete
Author: GreatDinn

Guest Author's Note: "Since we're near the end now, I want to tell a bit of a weird story.

So, when Equestria Girls came out, I was in high school. It had a limited theatrical run, and I wanted to see it because MLP had become my hyper-fixation at the time, but it was nowhere near my home town. So I found the nearest theater, and drove two and half hours to the middle of nowhere Texas to pay exorbitant prices for a ninety minute kids film. I didn't tell my parents, I lied and told them I was going out to my usual Magic the Gathering tournament. I never felt super comfortable telling them I liked MLP. My friend group...also, wasn't too big on it (though they didn't judge me for it), so I went alone. I almost got stranded because I couldn't find a gas station for half an hour. And as we're all aware, Equestria Girls is just fine as a movie. It's not really anything spectacular. It definitely didn't compare to the show at the time.

And despite all of that, that day is one of my fondest memories. I shared an experience with a bunch of strangers who loved the same thing I loved. I did something weird, and kinda stupid, and everything turned out all right. I watched a movie that was goofy and fun and resonated with me. I made friends, however briefly. Equestria Girls holds a really special place in my heart not for the quality of the film itself, but from all of the associated memories.

And that's something important, I think. We all have bad days. Sometimes they hit hard. But...if we can find the things we love with the right people, even a bad day can become a fond memory."

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albedoequals1 9th May 2020, 8:24 AM edit delete reply
I am kind of just neutral about EQG, which is really impressive considering. They started with a shaky premise, and then set the bulk of the story in a high school, the least interesting context possible for a movie.

But somehow it almost works. I can only attribute that to a very high standard of effort by all the staff, which is rare to see in something aimed at kids.
BackSet 9th May 2020, 9:04 AM edit delete reply
If there's one thing this arc has taught me, it's that Equestria Girls looks so much better in motion. I still get nightmares from Celestia's eyes.
Guest 9th May 2020, 9:41 AM edit delete reply
I do like the subtle language that they're not just exchanging words about what SHE did to THEM, but maybe about what she was doing to herself. Having to talk to friends about talking themselves into anxiety spirals is very under-represented.

Dang, I think the last time that happened, Pinkie was the GM...
Borg 9th May 2020, 9:56 AM edit delete reply
I almost saw Equestria Girls on the two -year anniversary of when I started watching the show. The movie was originally scheduled to run for one week in one theater near me, and that Saturday just happened to be both that anniversary and the logical day to see it. But at that time I wasn't in the habit of buying movie tickets before getting to the theater, and when we got there for our planned showing we found the movie was sold out for the whole day (which is why the run ended up getting extended another two weeks).

I didn't even notice that the attempt had been on the two-year anniversary of when I first watched the show until the next day. And then I regretted messing up that confluence.
Digo Dragon 9th May 2020, 11:57 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Nowhere, Texas should build some more gas stations.

My family knew I watched MLP. My daughter was into it too, so most assumed I got into it through watching it with her (was actually the opposite), but even though my family only thought me a little weird for liking the show, it was hard to let my friends know I was into it. Some of my gaming group friends knew and were okay with it, but only one friend was cool enough with it that I could discuss the show with him.

The odd thing is that he never watched the show. He read multiple pony fanfics, and liked a lot of the Luna artwork, but never watched the show and didn't care to. Still, he found some of the show's topics interesting and would get into discussions with me about the lessons and the characters. Was the only local person I knew that I could have conversations about pony with.
Lethologica 9th May 2020, 2:23 PM edit delete reply
This is basically me. I quit after two episodes, and this comic + fanart are my sole sources of pony content.
Digo Dragon 9th May 2020, 3:14 PM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
And I think that's perfectly fine. The fan content stands up well on its own to enjoy.
Brigid 11th May 2020, 8:46 AM Boys have it rough sometimes. edit delete reply
I think Dad's have it a little easier when it comes to liking little kid stuff, especially little girl stuff if they have daughters. If someone sees a guy with an MLP plushy or something, all he has to do is say "I have a daughter" and the other person figures his little princess was worried he'd get lonely or something.

Boys and men who aren't fathers seem to have it a bit rougher. It's like there are things you're allowed to be interested in and things you aren't. I haven't run into that as much with women, for some reason. Yeah, I got a few weird looks when I suggested sci-fi as a genre for movie night at my dorm back in college, but otherwise it seems girls are allowed to like whatever without being judged. Why can't we have that for boys?
RuBoo 9th May 2020, 5:32 PM edit delete reply
I'm not a big fan of EQG, myself... Except for one part of it, the part where Shimmer reunites with Celestia. It's absolutely adorable, where the rest of EQG is... Uncanny Valley, maybe? I dunno, I just don't like it...
Philadelphus 9th May 2020, 6:08 PM edit delete reply
This comic's actually what introduced me to MLP, a few episodes into season 2, I think, before Newbiespud had even finished covering the pilot episodes. I hadn't really heard of MLP before (other than being vaguely aware it was a toy brand that existed), and was trawling TVTropes looking for more campaign comics to read and spotted this one. It got me interested, and eventually into watching the show. (Though for whatever reason, my interest kinda petered out after season 4, and I haven't got around to watching anything beyond the first episode of season 5 yet, and this comic remains my only source of continued engagement. Maybe I should get around to doing that while I'm cooped up inside…)
FanOfMostEverything 10th May 2020, 3:51 AM edit delete reply
A friend showed me some memes and videos, back in the misty days of yore when Season 1 was all the pony there was and you could see every episode on YouTube for free. I took him up on his recommendation and haven't looked back since.

EqG itself snagged me by offering a canon parallel universe. Didn't matter to me that it was a fairly generic high school setting (and it swiftly improved in later installments,) What mattered was that I had an excuse to write multiverse-scale stories without involving Magic: the Gathering.
Swest 10th May 2020, 7:41 AM (title - not sure but it would be a heart probably) edit delete reply
I totally get this. My dad and I used to watch and talk about the shows we watched, including Star Trek, but I had nobody else who liked anything I liked. I did have one friend who finally admitted she liked Star Trek, only to immediately start an argument over how to pronounce Odo's Actor's real name (Rene can't spell his last name) which I thought was ridiculous and petty. I have drove places on my own and gone to shows by myself because I assumed nobody would want to go with me, and really cherish those memories and friends I made along the way.

Point being, anything I like, I immediately assume nobody else likes it (partially confirmed by shows I like being canceled or food I like being taken off the shelves). I'm really grateful that I found MLP on Netflix, found Friendship is Dragons, and now can hang out with people who sometimes get my jokes or references, or sometimes talk about things I have watched and like. Friendship is Dragons at times, but Friendship is also Magic. :)

Thanks for the awesomeness. :) <3
Guest 10th May 2020, 5:24 PM edit delete reply
I was still in college when the MLP movie came out— not EQG, the pony one. I went to an evening showing, because that's when I was free, and because it took a while to walk to the theater. I saw a few families with kids walking out of the previous show, but my showing was completely empty.

It was awesome. I was totally free to geek out and yell at the screen and gasp and cheer, in the middle of a giant theater. For once while I was watching the show, I didn't have to worry about seeming "too excited" about a little girls show. I only wish I'd had a brony friend or two to share it with at the time.
Guest 10th May 2020, 10:58 PM edit delete reply
Comic title is a My Brother, My Brother and Me ref, yes?
GD 11th May 2020, 12:58 PM edit delete reply
Yes, and also a callback to some of the first comics in this arc. The McElroys make some wonderful stuff.
BackSet 11th May 2020, 6:30 AM edit delete reply
Since everyone is telling pony stories I figure I might as well too.

I got into MLP... I think it was around the time the second season had started airing. God, I must have been, like, 6 or 7.

Anyway, yeah, season 2 had just started and I happened to come across the season premiere for it. I don't know why. Maybe I was just channel surfing. So I watched that and after that it was something I just happened to watch. My sister was also there and she was young at the time and more or less in the quoteunquote "target audience" so she was hooked and I just "happened" to watch it when she watched it.

Eventually I started actively watching it of my own accord. My entire family was into it so I had someone to talk to about it (thank god for that) but none of my friends were. I tried to convince one of my friends to give it a shot but he was super against it (he was also one of those people who refused to watch The Princess Bride because of the title).

Eventually I lost interest around season 7 and now I'm one of those "fanwork only" fans.