Well, everyone, it's all over now. The 2015 Bronycon convention has come to an end. Although this was my first convention, this was truly one of the best I've been to. All the people I got to meet from various artists, to cosplayers, and a few members of the MLP team themselves, it's been a blast. I've also got myself a lot of merchandise such as plushies, prints, necklaces, and so much more. But I'll get to uploading those pics of who I saw and what I've got later.
I'll keep my experience as short as possible since I don't want to bore all of you.
Since I got my badge on Thursday night (No there was nothing else going on that night except early badge pickups) I got there early. I missed the opening ceremony, but I did finally get to meet my friend,
. We talked for a little bit before the vendor hall opened up and he went off to advertise.
I pretty much spent a good portion of my money on this day. I met some of my favorite artists such as
. Siden, and so many more. I did buy several prints from these artists, and now I just need to figure out what to do with them.
Mostly, I spent money on necklaces, a great messenger bag that was customized with a sweet Twilight logo, some badges, some cards, a few lunchboxes, plushies, and so much more. You'll see what I mean when I upload the pics later of the stuff I got.
By the end, I had spent a lot of money, but I have no regrets in getting the stuff. I loved everything I got and wouldn't take it back. I was able to even finally get a Pinkie Funko vinyl figure, but Princess Celestia was the one I aimed for, but missed because I was so busy looking around, I was too slow to get her. I will just have to look around online.
After that, I spent most of the evening at some panels like a G3 riff panel that was hilarious, and wandered around and looked at some of the cosplayers and took photos of them.
The only panel I attended was about whether the MLP comics were fanon or canon.
At the end of the day, I did meet
, but we sadly didn't get to talk to each other that long since I was very tired from my first day at a convention. Shortly afterwards, my brother and I left.
I didn't spend as much in the marketplace this time around. Instead, it was one panel after another. The first I went to was the John De Lancie panel. It was certainly crowded, but that's no surprise at all. Although I didn't get to ask him any questions, just seeing him live was good enough for me. It was very entertaining all around.
After some more looking around and shopping, it was time for the M.A. Larson panel. I was very lucky to be in a good place in line since the line itself went way out onto the convention balcony. I honestly don't get why Larson didn't get the big auditorium on the top floor since so many wanted to see him.
It was another fantastic panel with Larson bringing so much fun and energy. There were some great questions and some good gags going on like someone being handed Larson's Twilight wig and having to wear it for the rest of the panel.
Shortly after the panel, I got to shake Larson's hand, and I even got his autograph in his fist book, Pennyroyal Academy, and got to talk to him a little bit. When I told him I was a Sparity shipper, he was really happy about it, and does want to help get it back on track in the show. He was really fun to talk to, and if it weren't for a long line of people behind him, I would've talked to him more. He's a pleasant guy and was fun to talk to. He was happy to know I ship Sparity and urged me to continue shipping it. Hopefully, since it seems he supports it, maybe, just maybe, we can get some more Sparity moments.
After that, I tried to go to the Grand Galloping Gala. However, since I had no idea it was formal attire only, I got turned away. I don't recall the book ever saying formal attire only though. So I basically just left again.
The final and shortest day, I didn't attend any panels since they didn't seem to interest me. I mostly did some last minute shopping, but I didn't get that much. I was mostly watching my money since I needed some for the trip home. I did see
again, and we talked for a while about various things like future stories, other conventions, and some general talking with each other. We said our goodbyes, and went our separate ways afterwards.
I did go to the closing ceremony, and it was kind of a bit sad for me since it was the very end. No more seeing all the wackiness, the fun, and the excitement around here. It was still enjoyable, but I was sad to know that it was the end. As soon as the ceremony was over, I said some goodbyes to others, thanked the staff, and went back to my Aunt's place.
All that really happened was the trip back home from my aunt's place. I did get to see my relatives for a little bit, but because my uncle forced my aunt to go camping on the weekend of the convention, I didn't get to see them. I did see my cousins and my aunt, albeit only briefly, and talked to them for a bit before I drove my mom, who was there to see her sister, and brother back to Virginia in a 4-5 hour drive.
That's basically the gist of it, folks. I had a wonderful time, met some fantastic people, some of the friends I made here, and some of my favorite artists. My wallet may want to kill me for all the spending I did, but I don't care at all. I enjoyed myself and had a blast all around. While I wish I got a few more things and did some more stuff, I have no regrets in what I've done and how much fun I've had. It may have been my first convention, but this was certainly one of the best. Since the convention will be held in Baltimore next year, I may go for it again.
I'll show what I've got later and boy did I take a lot of photos. It'll take some time for all the pics to be up, but I will show you all who I met, such as cosplayers, and the stuff I got. For now though, it's time for me to unwind, relax, and get back to my story. Speaking of story, expect the second part of Diamond's Dusk to come very soon.
A special thank you to the staff for making this such a good con! I hope to be there next year!