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18th Apr 2015, 6:00 AM in Fall Weather Friends
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Newbiespud 18th Apr 2015, 6:00 AM edit delete
27 hours of driving one way happened at this point, and I don't think my future self will have fully recovered from it. But I do have some excellent news to share.

They won't announce it for a few more days, probably, but I've been given as official a confirmation as it gets: I'm going to be a Community Guest at Everfree Northwest in Seattle! Comped badge, might sit on a panel somewhere, the works. It's a big first for me, and I have all of you to thank for it. This is gonna be nuts.

Notice: Guest comic submissions are open! Guidelines here. Deadline: February 20th.



Digo 18th Apr 2015, 6:05 AM edit delete reply
It is excellent news... except for those of us on the other side of the country that can't get there. :D

But still, congrats on getting made a guest at a convention thing! That's pretty rockin.
Specter 18th Apr 2015, 6:32 AM edit delete reply
Your on the east coast? Dang, and I thought it was frustrating that I live in Washington state, and have to live by the words, "So close, yet so far".

Oh well, at least I can wait for some news or something.
Digo 18th Apr 2015, 6:58 AM edit delete reply
I live in Orlando and the frustrating thing is that this is a big tourist city, with lots of nice convention centers. We get big names like Megacon, yet... no pony conventions!

My daughter and I want one here sooo bad. :)
Evilbob 18th Apr 2015, 8:23 AM edit delete reply
I know this may sound crazy... but if you manage to find the time off, you could always drive to a con near you?
For example... the Grand Brony Gala is in Tampa, FL in July 10-12, 2015?

You just gotta look and prep.
(pony conventions are seriously getting out of hand in terms of the sheer number of them...)
Digo 18th Apr 2015, 9:38 AM edit delete reply
The trouble is getting time off and funding for it. I got work, daughter has school, and we only have one far for the family so if my daughter and I go, the wife has no transportation other than the bus. It's not impossible, just a lot of work.
Evilbob 18th Apr 2015, 10:13 AM edit delete reply
July 10-12 is a weekend! Just take the Friday (July 10) off and make it a family trip! Bring your wife!

Another option, of course, is only going on the 11th and/or 12th. You can get one or two day passes as well!

That way, nobody needs to take a bus and you get a some quality fun family time together! The biggest factor is probably more funding than timing considering it sounds like you live within an hour's drive.
Digo 18th Apr 2015, 11:00 AM edit delete reply
*HeadDesk* I just remembered, I promised to attend a friend's wedding that weekend. And of course he lives out of town in the other direction.
Rokas 19th Apr 2015, 3:56 AM edit delete reply
Hah, I'm in Orlando, as well. Like you, I'm confused at the lack of pony here. Especially since we have that nice big convention center sitting there. (Seriously big. I work there, it's huge.)
Digo 19th Apr 2015, 10:14 AM edit delete reply
Yeah, my wife was at Megacon and I had to drive around there. It's easy to get lost and turned around several times. and the traffic... yikes.
Rokas 20th Apr 2015, 1:29 AM edit delete reply
Yeah, the traffic... *sigh* Lemme just say, that's all day shift's fault. I'll leave it at that.

And you think Megacon was big, the Plastics show (as in, the trade show for the plastics industry. ALL of it. Every freakin' nation that has a company that produces plastic anything and/or makes machinery for making plastic was there) we just had a couple of weeks ago filled the entire convention center. As in, every hall and meeting room of BOTH buildings. That's a sight to see.

Still would be nice if we had some pony here. I mean, they needn't get an entire hall, I'm sure they could just rent room 224. That's pretty darn big itself, easily could be a "main hall" for a smaller gathering, with some of the nearby meeting rooms set up for other spaces. If you ever come across someone wanting to do that here I can point them to someone in Sales & Marketing.
Mykin 18th Apr 2015, 7:27 AM edit delete reply
I'm stuck in Utah. I would go, but then I'd have to drive up there and I'm not sure I have the money to afford the tickets, get a hotel, food, etc. But then again, it is in a month so maybe if I save up I might be able to go. But then I also have to deal with my anxiety since there won't be any friendly faces there (that I personally know, I doubt anyone there would be a jerk) and I tend to keep my like of ponies to myself.

I guess what I'm saying is that we'll see what happens.
Digo 18th Apr 2015, 7:44 AM edit delete reply
It is a bit of a drive if you go it alone. And yeah, I can get anxiety too. Good luck, whatever you decide!
Evilbob 18th Apr 2015, 11:14 AM edit delete reply
@Mykin: Hey! No need to be anxious! Everybody there will like ponies (whether they're more open about it or not). After all, it IS a pony convention... For cons, people tend to find roommates to keep room costs down. If you want, PM me and I can add you on Skype. We gotta start somewhere with arranging a mob to well... mob Spud, right?
@Digo: Awwwwww... sad to hear that. Don't worry though. There's always next year. And I guess if you want, taking a look at another con slightly further away...
Digo 18th Apr 2015, 2:49 PM edit delete reply
There is always next year, you are right Although... if there is one in the Ft. Lauderdale area, I could totally bug my old man for crash space. He loves his granddaughter.
Mykin 18th Apr 2015, 6:41 PM edit delete reply
@Evilbob: I think being anxious is just an inevitable thing for me. I know I need to chill, I just haven't quite figured out how yet. Again, I've got a month though, so hopefully I'll be over it by then.

As for the offer...I'll keep it in mind. I actually need to get the days off first (I'm one of those silly people that have to work on weekends...every weekend actually), but when I do I'll take you up on that offer. I rarely, if ever, take days off so my chances are good.

Still not looking forward to the 11+ hours drive up there, though.
Razomyure 18th Apr 2015, 8:14 AM edit delete reply

I live in Georgia.

But yeah, congrats, man! That's awesome!
HonorableInsanity 18th Apr 2015, 1:23 PM edit delete reply
Other side of the country? I can beat you all on that when it comes to distance, I've got an ocean in the way. I'm not going to be going to a con in America unless I've got plans to meet up with friends there.

Still, congrats on that Spud.
ANW 18th Apr 2015, 6:06 AM edit delete reply
Think you can help these guys out?
Remember, Rarity already has a way in.
And the recognition for the other girls has to be done mostly by themselves.
The Old One 18th Apr 2015, 6:20 AM edit delete reply
I'm guessing that some "Thrillin' Heroics" are called for. Maybe something involving a snappy outfit. A mighty symbol for ponies to rally behind, and then...... The Big Reveal!

You know of whom I speak
Digo 18th Apr 2015, 6:29 AM edit delete reply
Could always stage your own disaster and then solve it. :D
Twilight 18th Apr 2015, 6:49 AM edit delete reply
After the whole lesson zero thing, they better not.
I mean what would happen when they figure out who caused it in the first place.
Digo 18th Apr 2015, 6:58 AM edit delete reply
Just have to leave no witnesses. ;)
Specter 18th Apr 2015, 6:40 AM edit delete reply
Pay an assassin (be sure to tell them your going to save your target's life, as it is a ploy) to take a shot at somepony important (might get lucky and it will be of the thieves guild), then when the assassin takes the shot, you jump in front of them, take the hit (time it so that way it doesn't kill you by mistake), and at some point when they ask what you want from them as a reward for saving their life, just ask for a ticket to the gala. If they ask why, just say "It's been my life long dream to attend the biggest equestrian social gathering ever".

... beyond that, just wing it.
Mykin 18th Apr 2015, 7:56 AM edit delete reply
A part of me keeps thinking they should make a rock band and quickly go on tour. Find some magical instruments that make them play as well as famous musicians and they're bound to become famous enough to get invited to the gala.

Then find out that the instruments are actually possessed by the spirits of those musicians and have them attempt to take over the bodies of our party while at the gala. Chaos ensues and...well, I'm getting a little ahead of myself here. Plan should still be solid enough though if they can pull it off fast enough.
Razomyure 18th Apr 2015, 8:17 AM edit delete reply
... You wouldn't happen to have read Soul Music (Sir Terry Pratchett), would you?

Edit: I always forget that he was knighted.
Mykin 18th Apr 2015, 8:21 AM edit delete reply
Nope. I have not read that story. I'll add it to the list, though.
Borg 18th Apr 2015, 1:07 PM edit delete reply
Add everything else by Pratchett while you're at it.
Razomyure 18th Apr 2015, 7:38 PM edit delete reply
Seconded. Dude was awesome.
Raxon 18th Apr 2015, 6:33 AM edit delete reply
Story time is about barnstorming sessions!

Tell a story about your experiences with stunt planes, in game or out!
Digo 18th Apr 2015, 7:00 AM edit delete reply
There was a fight once between a player and an alien on the wing of an A300 jetliner. While it was taxing on the runway. Said PC was only armed with a hot burrito. And cuss words.

He almost won! O.o
Specter 18th Apr 2015, 7:03 AM edit delete reply
A story of how I insulted the Equestrian air force, and how I got away with it (or, at least survived).

We played a "nicely" themed game of pony, in pretty much the world of GTA V, and the GM was rather accurate in "how things worked", despite the world was pony, and much larger. I took it upon myself (after a few mishaps of trying to roll to shoot a gun properly) to pick up the driving and flying skill (we could start with 2 skills or train 4 of them up to max).

... Several out of game days later...

Yeah, I pretty much had to save some of my more blood thirsty allies from prison, and made a bet with Spitfire that if could survive one hour against her best pilots, in an "aerial combat encounter" with live-fire rounds, then my buddies get set free. Little did I realize, my plane was going to be no match for theirs.

*Small three minute reenactment of what happened, but it took much longer, and in a different plane, and in some ravine*

Suffice to say, she at least figured out what I meant by "survive" after I flew by in a small, weaponless, plane. She was also rather honorable about the whole thing, despite my (suicidal) wording.

Sadly, I could not say if it was stunt plane or not, but it was used for performing stunts out of it, so I guess that counts?
Winged Cat 18th Apr 2015, 10:09 AM edit delete reply
I once wrote up a somewhat stubby flying wing spaceship. Originally this was for the Serenity (Cortex) system, but I never got to play the design until years later (at least 5, possibly over 10) for an Exalted/Heaven's Reach campaign. (The latter version is at if you're curious.)

My PC was the ship's pilot & owner. There was, of course, tight-space flying (traversing a wormhole between solar systems that had turned organic and alive - thus, traversing a lightyears-long snake at FTL), remote ops (just when the villains thought they'd caught the party, my PC leaped way up (magic-assisted jump) and landed on her ship, which had zoomed in out of nowhere just in time to catch her, after firing off a few shells artillery-style so they would land just as the bad guys were fetching their anti-ship weapons, distracting them while she picked up her allies and escaped), and all the usual things you'd expect of a Millennium Falcon/Serenity style PC ship.

I don't know if it counts, but said PC also had a collapsible flying spear that she used like a witch's broomstick. Given the stunts she was willing to put her home (the ship) through, let's just say her stunts with this thing started with "bring an A-10 to a tankfight" (another PC had what amounted to a hammerspace-capable tank), and flying over everyone's head at a busy starport in her introduction scene (no one else was using that airspace). Just about anywhere most PCs would be expected to run, she flew, often through confined and/or collapsing architecture (not infrequently collapsing in part because of her actions).
Winged Cat 19th Apr 2015, 1:23 AM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
Can't edit my previous post, but let's see if I can make that URL work as a link this time: here
Toric 18th Apr 2015, 11:19 AM edit delete reply
For a terrible run-through of a Ravenloft game, we randomly stumbled across the smoking wreck of a downed plane. Because of it's anachronism, we were given the description of an oddly shaped dragon's corpse, broken apart and made of something metallic. We found a survivor who was a modern day marine, able to scrap together some materials for body armor and craft himself a rudimentary gun. His name was Dan, and my character insisted we take him with us until we could find a way for him to get home (which his descriptions made no sense.)

Also, because my character was entirely speced for weather, lightning, etc. and had odd powers of energy storage, he was able to find one of the plane batteries and hook it up to himself like an actual battery, increasing his energy capacity for electric spells.
Evilbob 18th Apr 2015, 8:25 AM edit delete reply
You're going to Everfree?!!

Whoo hoo! Calling all comic readers! We need to flash-mob this guy!
Mykin 18th Apr 2015, 8:30 AM edit delete reply
I'm working on it! I'm working on it! >_<
Raxon 18th Apr 2015, 12:19 PM edit delete reply
Am I allowed to cosplay as Bulkshy?

Yes, I can cosplay as a ship. Can, and will.

Celestia have mercy on your souls.
Digo 18th Apr 2015, 2:50 PM edit delete reply
Shipping wasn't the first thing that came to mind reading "Bulkshy".
Raxon 18th Apr 2015, 5:37 PM edit delete reply
Bulk Biceps and Fluttershy. Two weak fliers with opposite personalities.

Also, I've found you out, Digo. I know your face!
Digo 19th Apr 2015, 10:15 AM edit delete reply
Curses! I've been found out! o.o
Digo 19th Apr 2015, 10:15 AM edit delete reply
Haha, exactly what I was thinking!
j-eagle12212012 18th Apr 2015, 9:04 AM edit delete reply
Spoiler free

Bloom and Gloom is by far the best CMC episode of the series so far in my opinion

You guys are gonna love it, it's that good
Raxon 18th Apr 2015, 12:15 PM edit delete reply
So in other words, it's almost a half decent CMC episode?

What? Dont look at me like that! Some of my best friends are blank flanks!
JEqual12212012 18th Apr 2015, 1:04 PM edit delete reply
Raxon you need to understand Equality prepare to be assimilated
Excalibur 18th Apr 2015, 7:15 PM edit delete reply
Fool! You can remove someone's talents and even strip them of their will. But one thing you can never equalize is my legend. Even if I were reduced to your level, my legend STILL dates back to the 12th century! That, and my dashing good looks.
Toric 18th Apr 2015, 7:17 PM edit delete reply
OBJECTION! I argue that it is instead an excellent Applebloom episode which equates to a half-decent CMC episode but is not the same because you don't have Scootaloo and Sweetie Belle absorbing as much of the episode's already detestable nature!
j-eagle12212012 18th Apr 2015, 7:41 PM edit delete reply
True it is an excelent applebloom episode but it features "All" the CMC and even though they don't ever "Cut" to Babs in Manehatten, she is mentioned. Plus Best princess makes an appearence and you should be over the moon for that.

I regret none of these bad puns and blatent clues ^_^
Raxon 18th Apr 2015, 10:05 PM edit delete reply
I loved the part where Cadence pulls Applebloom aside and explains why forcing someone to love you is wrong.
j-eagle12212012 19th Apr 2015, 3:59 AM edit delete reply
ewww "worst lesson ever"

But if Applebloom is anything like her sister she didn't learn anything cause she was right all along

The MunchKING 20th Apr 2015, 7:01 AM edit delete reply
The MunchKING
She only used a few shot glasses of the Potion for the Big Mac/Cherilee thing. That she had a whole pitcher left should have been foreshadowing.
Blyndpwn 18th Apr 2015, 9:24 AM edit delete reply
I've got this image of the DM with his/her head in his/her hands and moaning, "This is why I'm on this side of the DM screen."
Blyndpwn 18th Apr 2015, 9:25 AM edit delete reply
Image in my head, I meant to say. I have got to stop commenting after the 20 hour sleep deprivation mark.
Raxon 18th Apr 2015, 12:17 PM edit delete reply
Why, Blyndy! I didn't know you liked to get sleep depraved!
Blyndpwn 19th Apr 2015, 5:13 PM edit delete reply
I work nights. Technically, from my point of view, this comic updates in the late afternoon, and all the businesses in my area don't open until midnight.