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Another MLP Movie idea that popped up during work

So today at work, I had another brainstorm of an idea involving an Alternative MLP Universe.  The style is similar to Friendship is Magic, as well as the voice cast.  But many of the origin stories are a bit different, not to mention some of the layouts.  Here's how it goes. In this alternative world, Princess Twilight Sparkle once had a student of her own named Majesty, a young filly unicorn who once had an optimistic future.  But one day, something went wrong and Majesty cut ties with her former teacher. This left Twilight Sparkle devastated by her failure. Months later, Twilight and her friends Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Rarity, Applejack and Fluttershy were able to defeat Starlight Glimmer, a mare with a troubled past.  Twilight, seeing Majesty withing Starlight, took her in as her student in hopes of giving her a second chance. Though Twilight and her superiors Princess Celestia and Princess Luna were willing to give her a chance to prove she's changed, there are some ponies who won't forgive her for what she did, calling her an impostor, a Twilight Wannabe, and a Mary Sue.  This has left Starlight depressed, but there are some ponies that trust her in second chances.  Especially those who live in Ponyville.  Since then, Starlight has considered Ponyville her new home.  And she has a number of friends to help her out(Besides the Mane 6 and Spike): Trixie, BIg Macintosh, Sugar Belle, Double Diamond, Mr and Mrs Cake, Baby Lickety Split, and Derpy Hooves AKA Muffins. One day, Twilight's former student Majesty appeared out of nowhere, armed with a tiara called The Wrath of the Windigos.  With it, she channels her own rage and hate into a powerful magical weapon, using it to devastate the Equestrian Kingdom.  Twilight wants to stop her former pupil, but Celestia insists on having her new pupil Starlight Glimmer stop Majesty.  Twilight was reluctant because she didn't want her new pupil to fall to evil again, or for her to succumb to Majesty.  But in the end, she puts her trust in Celestia and allows Starlight to embark on this quest to stop Majesty.  Starlight's companions are Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Rarity, Applejack, Fluttershy and Sunset Shimmer.   Sunset serves as a big sister towards Starlight, helping her out and guiding her to her right path.  Since Starlight's reform, Sunset has been looking after her, and for a good reason.  Like Starlight, Sunset had a troubled past of her own.  She and her younger brother Sunburst grew up as street rats in Equestria, trying to forge to survive.  They were often mistreated by other Ponies as if they were unwelcomed guest.  It took Celestia's own intervention to save both and take them in as her own students. As Starlight and the others embark on their quest to stop Majesty, a young colt who is considered a fan of Twilight Sparkle wants to know why Majesty went evil.  A group of other Twilight fans don't seem to care, as they consider Majesty a traitor to Equestria, especially their leader.  Curious, this young colt embarks on his own investigation in Canterlot on what happened that day.  She was able to interview Twilight Sparkle and Princess Celestia on why Majesty went rogue.  Twilight's own assistant, Spike the Dragon, serves as a partner for the young colt in the investigation. His investigation turns up to the family of Majesty.  The young colt and Spike were able to talk with Majesty's mother and father.  Majesty sounded like the perfect filly growing up in Canterlot.  So why did she go rogue?  Turns out, some ponies were sending her nasty letters, calling her "Imposter,"  "Fake," "Twilight Wannabe," and even "Loser."  And it wasn't just the words.  The parents witnessed their own daughter being humiliated when someone purposefully dumped a bucket of rotten vegetables on Majesty long ago as a mean-spirited prank, causing her to flip out.  She was even taunted and humiliated by what sounds like the same ponies from the Twilight Sparkle Fan Club.  This made the Young Colt began to rethink his stance in that club. At Midnight Castle, Starlight, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Rarity, Applejack, Fluttershy and Sunset were able to do battle with Majesty.  Despite her age, Majesty was able to overpower all seven ponies with the Wrath of the Windigos Tiara.  As the seven are severly crippled from Majesty's resistance, the young filly plans on using the fully power of the tiara to devastate Canterlot City as revenge for the humiliation she went through many years ago.  Starlight and Sunset began to see a similarity between themselves and Majesty, and tried to reason with her, even bringing in their own past.  But Majesty was not listening.  She would stop at nothing to unleash all of her hatred towards Canterlot, and destroy the entire city. It was there that the sacred powers of harmony activated within all seven heroines.  Early ago, they were unable to use the powers of Harmony to bring down Majesty.  But Sunset's empathy and the spark in Starlight's heart were enough to power all seven ponies.  They use the Rainbow of Light to defeat Majesty and shatter her crown.  Even in defeat, Majesty was as defiant as ever, refusing to even consider a reform, only to accept her arrest by the Seven ponies.  Starlight and Sunset were only saddened by Majesty's own defiant stance. After a short quest, Starlight, Sunset, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Rarity, Applejack and Fluttershy return to Canterlot with Majesty in tow.  Majesty was put into a dungeon cell where she would await her own trial.  However, Princess Celestia portaled into the cell, wanting to know what really happened with Majesty.  She was willing to give Twilight's former student a second chance like how Twilight gave Starlight a second chance.  But Majesty refused to budge, even wondering why she would be given than when she's locked up.  Turns out, Celestia left the door unlocked, stating that Majesty could escape anytime she wanted, and start the whole cycle over if she desired.  But Majesty didn't even want to do so.  Without power, Majesty feels useless. But when Celestia brought up some parts of Majesty's past that caused her so much grief, the young filly broke down crying, admitting that all that heckling, all that taunting and tormenting by a group of trouble makers was what caused her to abandon her studies in friendship.  Celestia now had an idea, and it involved Starlight's own ceremony. That night, Starlight attended a ceremony with her friends, celebrating their victory over Majesty.  But as Starlight accepted the award from Princess Luna and Twilight, some former naysayers started seeing Starlight in a new light, at least giving Starlight some hope.  Then, without a second thought, a group of hecklers dumped a bucket of rotten vegetables on Starlight all just to humiliate her, and started to call her the same names that they called Majesty.  It was never about Starlight's past.  It was because Starlight was no Twilight Sparkle.  Devastated, Starlight ran off crying.  That alone angered Twilight, who called out those hecklers for being rude and insulting, even going as far as to blame them for Majesty's misfortunes.  In fact, she now knows that the group of Twilight fans were responsible not just for heckling Starlight, but also to Majesty as well.  When those same fans refuse to accept Starlight and even Majesty as students of Twilight, the Princess of Friendship throws down her crown and quits her status as Princess.  Princess Luna even scolds those very hecklers with some parts of the crowd becoming restless. The young colt who witnessed everything called out his own fan club for their selfishness.  The leader refused to accept any blame, stating that it was about keeping Twilight Sparkle pure.  But some members of the fan club began to see the errors of their own ways, especially after the leader dumps rotten produce on the young colt's head for his own amusement.  The young colt departs from the leader of the group, throwing away his Twilight Sparkle merchandise in shame.  Soon after, some fan club members also do the same, leaving the leader all alone. That night, Twilight Sparkle, Sunset Shimmer, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Rarity, APplejack, Fluttershy and Spike all went to comfort Starlight Glimmer after the humiliation she went through.  Not long after, Celestia, Luna and Majesty joined Starlight as well.  Majesty began to see the error of her ways and took pity on Starlight.  Starlight was able to cheer up and allowed Majesty to snuggle up to her.  Then the young colt arrives, ashamed at what his fan club did to Majesty and Starlight.  He even confesses that he actually had a crush on Majesty back then.  Some fan club members came to confess what they did and surrender, willing to pay the price for what they did.  But not the leader, who was angry over being ousted by the other fan club members. As punishment, the fan club members have to attend community service to make up for what they did.  Majesty, Starlight and the young colt volunteered to help out.  For Majesty, she chose to do community service to make up for what she did as a villain.  Twilight and Celestia are only glad that Majesty was able to return and mend their ways, though Starlight has volunteered to be Majesty's newest teacher.  As for the former leader of the fan club, he has to spend an entire year cleaning up Canterlot City as punishment for his crimes.   Starlight has become closer to the ponies of Equestria thanks to her second chance, and for helping save Majesty from herself.  For Twilight, she couldn't have been more proud of her pupils.  And for Celestia and Luna, they couldn't have been more proud of Twilight Sparkle.   Ideal voice cast Kelly Sheridan - Starlight Glimmer Tara Strong - Twilight Sparkle Nicole Oliver - Princess Celestia Tabitha St. Germain - Rarity, Princess Luna Andrea Libman - Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy Ashleigh Ball - Rainbow Dash, Applejack Rebecca Shoichet - Sunset Shimmer Cathy Weseluck - Spike the Dragon Lizzie Freeman - Majesty Veronica Taylor(Yes.  That Veronica Taylor) - The Young Colt Kazumi Evans - Majesty's Mother Ryan Reynolds - Majesty's Father Brian Davidson - Leader of the Twilight Fan Club

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2019: The final year of MLP:FiM?

We have entered 2019, having come off of Season 8 and the Best Gift Ever special.  And judging by what's going on with Hasbro, it looks as if Season 9 will be the final year of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic(Unless Hasbro pulls a fast one and announces ether a 10th season, or goes all out with some new specials or a Youtube series).   It's been a long ride for me and the series.  I've enjoyed the entire cartoon, some of the merch(Including the famous MLP SDCC 2012 Derpy Hooves Figure.), interacting with the cast and crew, and even partaking in some of the best of the fandom(Including the SFM parts).  I may stick around in the future, just in case there is a MLP G5.  But if anything, it has been a blast with My Little pony: Friendship is Magic   P.S.  I need to buy the entire series on DVD this year.
 

A Live Action MLP Movie Idea of mine involving Princess Celestia

WIth the surprise reviews of the new Bumblebee Movie(Currently standing at 97% on Rotten Tomatoes), I actually thought about a Princess Celestia Live Action movie focused on the Princess of the Sun.  But unlike the source material, this is less saccharine and more serious.   The movie title will be called Celestia.  The characters are.... Princess Celestia(Ideal actor: Nicole Oliver) Princess Luna(Ideal Actor: Tabitha St Germain) Queen Chrysalis(Ideal Actor: Kathleen Barr) Thorax(Ideal Actor: Kyle Rideout) Pharynx(Ideal Actor: Bill Newton) Megan Williams(No idea on who should play her) Jack Williams(Ideal Actor: Hugh Jackman) Optimus Prime(Ideal Actor: Peter Cullen)   The story starts out in Equestria.  Princess Celestia is running away from a Changeling invasion by the request of her sister Princess Luna.  She is badly injured from the attacks by the Changeling Hive.  Deep within the forest, Celestia discovers a cavern that contains a mysterious portal.  Without a second thought, she jumps on in, hoping to evade her pursuers. She appears on Planet Earth, still as the Alicorn she started out as.  But her injuries have left her tired.  She struggles to get forward and decides to rest for a bit, hoping to heal up her wounds.  As she did, she met a human girl named Megan Williams.  Megan realized that Celestia was sentient like her, but was also badly hurt.  She helped Celestia get up and took her to her home, allowing her to rest in a nearby barn. Her father is Jack Williams, a veterinarian who also owns an Animal Sanctuary, looking after those who need it.  He barely talks with his daughter, and sometimes snaps at her in anger.  Despite his problems, he is not a bad man, nor does he even drink booze.  One day, Jack discovers Megan tending to Celestia.  At first, Jack was upset over Megan hiding this from him.  But his concern was more towards Celestia's well-being than to scolding his daughter.  With a little help, Jack was able to patch up Celestia and allow her to rest in his barn.  Though he criticized his daughter for not telling him about Celestia's presence, he began to understand why she kept her from him.   For a month, Jack and Megan looked after Celestia in hopes of nursing the Princess in exile back to full health.  It is discovered that long ago, Jack once had a wife named Amanda Williams(Who would be played by Nicole Oliver).  Months ago, Jack lost his wife to cancer, and despite making a promise to look after Megan, the loss of Amanda left Jack a broken man.  Through helping take care of Celestia for Megan, Jack admits that Celestia reminds him of his late wife. BAck in Equestria, Queen Chrysalis has managed to take over the kingdom.  But she is upset that she doesn't have Princess Celestia or Princess Luna as her captive.  When Thorax makes a suggestion to Chrysalis, the Changeling Queen grabs him by the tail and tosses him aside.  Later on, Thorax and his brother Pharynx discover a portal in the same area that Celestia disappeared into.  Thorax reported the findings to Chrysalis, only for the queen to instead commend his brother for the action and to simply ignore Thorax. Back on Earth, Jack and Megan show Celestia the Animal Sanctuary that they and the late Amanda built.  Its purpose was to allow animals who were harmed by man's own devices to have a place to call home.  It is there that Jack looks after them with help from Megan.  He also admits that some humans eat meat in addition to vegetables that equines like Celestia eats.  But Jack and Megan are vegetarians.  They invite Celestia inside and allow them to have a meal together.  It looked like Celestia was finding a new lease on life. But one night, Celestia had a nightmare of seeing her people being tormented by Chrysalis.  So the next morning, Celestia told Jack and Megan that she had to do a little soul searching and took off.  Jack wished her the best of luck before going back to look after the animals with Megan. Celestia found a spot nearby to reflect on the events that transpired.  As she did, she would meet up with another strange from another world: Optimus Prime, Leader of the Autobots.  The two would share a chat together on their own conflicts.  Celestia has to deal with the confrontation of saving her people from Chrysalis, while Optimus still has to help protect his Autobots from the Decepticons.  The two realize they may have more in common than they realize. At Jack's house, Jack and Megan are confronted by agents of Sector 7, demanding the whereabouts of a rogue horse with wings.  Jack tried to deny any wrong doings.  But he realized that these aren't Sector 7 agents.   They're changelings, and Queen Chrysalis is leading the group.  Chrysalis orders her hive to tie up the father/daughter duo and use them for bait to lure out Celestia. At the same time, Celestia began to detect Chrysalis' presence and knew the Williams were in trouble.  Optimus encouraged Celestia to go rescue them, and mentions that this is her fight.  Celestia thanks Optimus and takes off for the Williams home. Back at the home, Chrysalis berates Thorax again, tossing him at Jack Williams and mentions how worthless he is regardless of his loyalty.  This makes Pharynx question his loyalty to Chrysalis.  But as the Changeling Queen mentions that no one will be able to save Jack or Megan, Celestia shows up just in time.  She uses her magic to free Jack and Megan from their bonds.   Chrysalis fights Celestia, hoping to use her as a means of causing all of Equestria to submit to her.  Jack and Megan fend off the Changeling swarm.  But to their surprise, Thorax and Pharynx takes sides with them and turn against their own brothers and sisters.  Phyarynx cares more about his brother Thorax than his Queen.  Thorax, burnt out by Queen Chrysalis' ultimate disapproval of him, decided to join his brother. The fight is taken outside where Celestia, Jack, Megan, Thorax and Pharynx battle Chrysalis and her hive.  But during the fight, Chrysalis creates a cloud of black smoke to surround everyone, and target Jack Williams.  Disguised as Jack's late wife Amanda, Chrysalis attempts to seduce Jack and take advantage of him missing his wife.  Jack was tempted at first.  But the choice of words by Chrysalis allowed Jack to snap out of it and finally put his past behind him.  Chrysalis changes back and attacks Jack, only to be countered by Celestia.  The Princess of the Sun held nothing back in fighting Chrysalis, with the rest of the hive knocked out of comission.  Jack, Megan, Thorax and  Pharynx would also help Celestia beat back Chrysalis. As Chrysalis was on the verge of losing and began to resort to dirty tricks, Princess Luna shows up out of nowhere, having followed Chrysalis to Earth.  Chrysalis recognizes Luna and begins to attack, only for the Princess of the Night to transform into Nightmare Moon  She uses a Nightmare attack to break Chrysalis' spirit and leave her in complete fear, thus ending her rule in Equestria.   Celestia was glad to reunite with her own sister Luna.  Luna admits that had something bad happened to her big sister, she would have went mad, and no force in Equestria or Earth would be able to stop.  The two would share a bond together with Jack sharing a bond with Megan, and Thorax with Pharynx. Later that day, Jack and Megan said good-bye to Celestia and Luna as they departed with the captured Chrysalis and her Changeling hive.  Celestia promises that Jack and Megan will be welcomed in Equestria.  But despite getting a pardon from Celestia, Thorax and Pharynx chose to stay behind, fearing that no pony in Equestria would appreciate a Changeling in their midst.  Jack and Megan hired them to help out with the Animal Sanctuary.  They even take up human forms to fit in.  Celestia and Luna return home to Equestria, hailed as heroes for stopping Chrysalis.  Though Celestia admits....she does miss her time on Earth, and hopes to return there again one day. The story ends with Optimus Prime narrating the new lease on life that Jack and Megan are now going through, and wishes them a bright future.

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MLP Character idea: Starscream and Slipstream

In case there can't be any Transformers in the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Universe, here are my ideas for two existing Decepticons   Starscream(Voice: ether Michael Dobson or Steve Blum) Slipstream(Voice: Tara Strong) Starscream and Slipstream are Hippogryphs, formerly from Mt. Aris and Seaquestria.  Once they served Queen Novo.  But when the Storm King invaded and sent the Hippogryphs to Seaquestria, Starscream and Slipstream saw a glimmer of high power within the Storm King, as they were disappointed in Queen Novo's desire to become strong.  WIthout a second thought, they took sides with the Storm King, to the shock of their brothers and sisters. But what shocked Queen Novo and the Hippogryphs, is that Starscream and Slipstream tried to betray the Storm King for their own gain.  The duo were ousted from the army of the Storm King and were left wandering the planet, desiring power for themselves.  As of that event, STarscream and Slipstream are no longer welcomed on Mt. Aris or Seaquestria, not just because they took sides with the Storm King, but their willingness to betray him just for power.

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The MLP Movie would have flopped regardless of reception.

THis is something that's been going on in my head recently with the My Little Pony movie.  And this is gonna be harsh, but I feel like I have to say this. This movie wouldn't have done well regardless of reception. Even if this movie got a 90% on Rotten Tomatoes, it still wouldn't do well in Box Office.  Sadly, I can bring up one prime example and it's a recent one: "Teen Titans Go to the Movies."  Despite its positive reception at 90% on Rotten Tomatoes, the movie only made back $11.5 Million at the Box Office(On a $10 million budget).  Even more so, it aired only in one theater room where I went to.  And the sad thing is that I actually enjoyed that movie as well(Not as much as Pony, but I still enjoyed it). Meanwhile, a film that doesn't have the reception as Teen Titans Go to the Movies(Hotel Transylvania 3) made a total of $284.2 million on a $80 million budget.  Even more so, it ranked higher over the weekend compared to Teen Titans Go to the Movies.  And even as someone who only sees Teen Titans Go as a guilty pleasure, I find this sad that this movie is overlooked compared to a sequel to a movie franchise that I felt was mediocre(Granted, I've seen the first one, and I got more of a meh attitude out of it). What does this all mean?  Right now, it does feel like there's a stigma against Non-CGI Movies.  My Little Pony the Movie, Teen Titans Go to the Movies, Kubo and the Two Strings, and even the Acclaimed Flop "Winnie the Pooh(2011)."  The only rarity to come out was Isle of Dogs, which did decent in theaters(I even saw it just to throw my support for the film).  Meanwhile, we have horrible films like the Emoji Movie doing well in theaters(8% on Rotten Tomatoes) last year, makign around $200 Million on an $60 million budget estimate, including marketing costs.  I refused to see that film, and I'm just startled on how well it did.  I don't get it.  And don't get me started on the Boss Baby.  Hell, don't bother bringing me up on the RT score, when the movie did really well at the box office. But this rant isn't something I want to just cover by letter.  I'm thinking about doing a rant about this on Youtube in the future.  Something that needs to be addressed: Why are CGI films still doing well(Especially some of the bad films), while non-cgi animated films are still struggling to make back their budget?  It's something I can't see to fathom, despite enjoying some of the good ones like last year's hit "Coco," or the Incredibles 2.

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Comic-COn Final Day: Short and Sweet

So we're keeping it short and sweet.   With help from my brother, I was able to get into Room 6A to attend two panels. The first one was the LEGO Ninjago panel.  The reason why I did this is to meet one of the actors: Kelly Metzger, who is Spitfire on My Little Pony.  But as I saw the cartoon, I was amazed on how far it came in terms of design and color palette.  If I can find this on a streaming service, I'm gonna dedicate myself to it. And the other one was the other Cartoon Voices panel.  As always, the VAs went nuts ripping Rapunzel apart.  It's these kinds of panels that make me come back to Comic-Con again.  As long as Mark Evanier hosts them, I'll be back for more. Anyway, that concludes it for this year's San Diego Comic-Con.  And as of now, I have no more conventions to go to for the rest of the year.  Unless something new pops up.  And no, I didn't buy anything today.

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Comic-Con Day 3: BATMAN DOES NOT EAT NACHOES

Some bad news.  Early ago, I failed to arrive at a Comic-Con panel mainly because of how long it took to get inside the Convention center.  So I had to spend some time exploring while I waited for my next panel: The Quick Draw panel.  Surprisingly, after I got in, more and more people came in to watch both that and the Cartoon Voices panel.  But I did go downstairs to the UCC Booth and got a Mickey Mouse Steamboat Willie figure set for myself, a Rick and Morty Pin set for my brother, along with 2 Dragon Ball Z figures for him. Anyway, for Quick Draw, Mark Evanier had his guests draw whatever they are assigned to, and they always come up with some wacky, kooky and funny drawings that give me a good chuckle.  Especially from Sergio Aragones.  He knows how to get a crowd riled up. And then there were the Cartoon Voices.  Every year, Mark Evanier brings in voice actors to showcase what they are capable of, and they do a cold read of a classic play.  Mainly Rapunzel.  And boy do they butcher Rapunzel like it was made to be sushi.  XP After that panel, I waited in line for a long time for the Batman: The Animated Series panel.  And in the end, the wait paid off.  They talked about Batman: The Animated Series coming to Blu-Ray on October 16th.  For anyone who doesn't know, Batman the Animated Series is regarded as one of the Best Superhero TV series, featuring the voices of Kevin Conroy as Batman, Loren Lester as Robin/Nightwing, and especially Mark Hamill as the Joker.  If you have never seen this movie before, I highly advised that you get it. After a long break, I make it to a Star Wars cosplay panel that focus on a variety of female cosplayers.  There were some really nice ones, and it comes regardless of one's gender.  They also went into topic about harassment.  I learned that one of the panelists lost her home in a fire.  So I gave her some of my artwork.  She thanked me by giving me a hug. Finally, there was Bronies in the Miltary.  For those who went to Pacific Ponycon in 2016 and 2017, the heads of those conventions have had a long history with serving in the military.  They talked about their experience on watching My Little Pony, but not without technical hiccups on the Powerpoint Presentation. Tomorrow marks my final day at Comic-Con.  It's doubtful that I'll be buying anything tomorrow.  

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Comic-Con Day 2: Bringing my father along

On day two, for the first time since 2001, I was accompanied by my own father to Comic-Con.  And yes, he was with me for every panel that I went to.   First off, I was able to acquire an Autograph panel.  But I also have a better prize: I got a VIP pass for the Hasbro Booth.  I'll explain after I talk about the MLP Panel. Anyway, we secured our seats at the MLP Panel.  They talked about the new Equestria Girls special coming up, the Best Gift Ever special coming in November, and the rest of Season 8, which will feature what's left for the School of Friendship(Which includes the return of Tirek.  I am squealing for his return) And I never imagine them getting a big-time guest star on My Little Pony.  But they got Rachel Bloom of all people.  In fact, she came to Comic-COn, and I got to meet her.(Check the images below)   Afterwards, I got to reunite with Tara, Andrea and Cathy.   I gave Andrea a special drawing of Chancellor NEighsay asking Pinkie "Are you pondering what I'm pondering?"   But after I got done with that, I was able to use the VIP pass to get into the Hasbro booth and I acquired the 2018 My Little Pony exclusive.  YES!  Now I don't have to rely on the Hasbro Website to get it. We then went upstairs to check out the new DC Superhero Girls series.  And it looks like a more interesting series compared to the previous one.  And yes, Lauren Faust is heading this project.  Dear Warner Bros: Please get Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill onto the series. Then we went to the LEGO DC Supervillains panel.  There was Fred Tatasciore, Tara Strong and yes...Kevin Conroy.  It's really interesting that they got both Kevin and Mark for this series in their respective roles: Batman and the Joker.  I'm thinking of getting the game in October.  And on a side note, I did get to ask a question in that panel.  And as a result, I Got a free LEGO DC Set.  Lucky me After we went down to the Hyatt to pick up a prize, we went back to Room 6A for a Mickey Mouse panel.  Bret Iwan(The Voice of Mickey) was there.  They talked about the past 90 years of Mickey Mouse, plus they showcased his appearance in Kingdom Hearts. Afterwards, we had one last break before going to see the Death of Superman.  It was a really fun film, and it showcased a more upbeat Man of Steel(Like the way I remember it), and of course, a Doomsday that worked so well.  There will be a sequel next year. That's it's for Day 2 of Comic-Con.  It was a long day, but it was worth it.  

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Comic-Con Day 1: It's Morphin Time

So here's day 1 of Comic-Con.  It started out having to wait in the hot sun to even get into the Convention Center(Yesterday, I just waited in line in the Sales Pavilion).  First thing I did was that I went to the Cyanide and Happiness Booth to meet with Austin St John: The original Mighty Morphin Power Ranger(Red, plus Zeo Ranger Gold).  Surprisingly, there was no line for him.  So while I waited, I did have a friendly chat with him, and he apparently is intrigued by the Nintendo Switch.  I gave him a drawing I did of his character Jason Lee Scott as an Alicornified Red Ranger(I'll show you all this image later on) Next up, I picked up an image from Jay Fosgitt of my characters Wanda and Abigail.  He did a great job of the drawing. Then came the Star Wars: The Clone Wars panel.  I got it prior to the previous panel ending, and while the cast and crew looked back at the last 10 years of Star Wars the Clone Wars, they announced that there will be new Clone Wars content on Disney.  SURPRISE! Then I was able to catch the Rise of the TMNT panel.  IT's a new Turtles series on Nickelodeon, with a new voice cast.  Eric Bauza returns as the voice of Master Splinter while Rob Paulsen will join in as a Voice Director(He will also voice a member of the foot clan with fellow VA Maurice LaMarche.  NARF!).  I was able to catch up with Rob and give him my new drawing. Then I caught up with Greg Cipes, who I had a Skype chat with on Memorial Day.  I gave him some new artwork of my own(Will show off later on), and he actually liked a paining I did of the Crystal Pier in Pacific Beach. Afterwards, I went down and checked out the Rocket League playoffs.  Note to self: Never eat a ton of popcorn, even if you got it for free.  I got pictures of myself with the Batmobiles, plus pics of the Jurassic Park Jeep Wrangler and the Delorean from Back to the Future. When I got back, I noticed that the Hasbro Booth was open season.  But here's the interesting part.  They were sold out of the MLP Toy for the day, while the Power of the Primes Optimus Primal toy was still widely available.  I was able to pick one up, plus a Bumblebee gift for a close friend. Finally, I checked out two panels.  The first one involved writing and tips.  It was more about simplicity, making sure the lines you write match the character, and failure will be in the future.  Nicole Dubuc was there, and I gave her one of the new drawings I did.  I ended the day with the adventures in voice acting panel.  Once again, I didn't get the shot to try out.   Anyway, that's it for day one.  Tomorrow, I'm taking my dad down to see the My Little Pony panel.

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Comic-Con Day 0: Exactly what it says on the label

It's not much of a preview night, but it will do in a pinch.  

First off, I went and got Jay Fosgitt to do a comission for me.  It will be done sometime tomorrow.  So before I go over to Petco Park to play Rocket League, I'm gonna go pick up my comission.

Second off, I went ahead and checked out the Hasbro booth.  They showcased a small amount of upcoming MLP toys, including the SDCC Exclusive, the Starswirl Twilight figure, the Starlight/Trixie statue, and the upcoming Best Gift Ever figure set(Gonna aim for the one with Shining Armor/Cadence/Flurry Heart).

And apparently, as Hasbro owns the rights to the POwer Rangers, they also showcased the White Ranger costume from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Season 2(Also from Gosei Sentai Dairanger).  They're doing a signing with Jason David Frank tomorrow, but time will not permit me to do so.  Besides, I've already met him in person.  There's another ranger who will be at Comic-Con tomorrow.  And his name...is Austin St. John.

Finally, I managed to play Smash Bros Ultimate.  It felt alot like Smash Bros 4, and I was able to play as Ganondorf and Ridley.  Sadly, I kept getting my butt handed to me.  The game is as wild as ever.

Tomorrow, we begin our trek with more Ranger, Star Wars, a meeting with a familiar face, and more.

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Time to head to Comic-Con

In at least an hour, I will be heading up to the San Diego Convention Center for the 49th Annual San Diego Comic-Con.  As such, I will be posting a journal of my events there.  I will also post these events on my Deviantart Page.   Note: My plans for tonight include Jay Fosgitt, finding a gift for a relative, and playing Super Smash Bros Ultimate.

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SMASH WATCH

For those of you who don't visit my Youtube Channel, I'm going to be doing these videos that talk about Smash Bros Ultimate.  What I will talk about the most are the newcomers to the series.     I did this video last week that talks about the initial characters that have been announced.  Which includes every character from the first four Smash Bros, plus newcomers Inkling, Daisy and Ridley. When a newcomer is announced, I will put up the words "UH-OH(Warning: New Challenger Approaches!!)!"  But if its a guest character, I'll have to think up some new and unique quote.  

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Today's Padres game at Petco Park: How to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat

So instead of attending the last day of Anime Conji, I wound up going to a Baseball game at Petco Park.  The match was the San Diego Padres(Our home team) vs the Cincinnati Reds.   The game started out with nether team making any runs, until the Reds got a Home Run in the 2nd Inning, making us a bit nervous.  Halfway through the game, the Reds were 2-0 after they got another score.  We were in trouble. And then the Padres finally decided to take it seriously.  Sooner or later, the bases were loaded, and they called upon Hunter Renfroe up to bat.  And sure enough, he hit a Home Run that lead to a Grand Slam.  We were up 4-2.  The 6th inning got us higher on the score to 5-2. During the 8th inning, the Reds scored once more.  But the Padres countered with a quick home run, getting up to 6-3.  ANd in the end, one last set of Outs were enough to cinch the win for the Padres. So all in all, I had a fun time at Petco Park.  I may do this again in the future.  Will I record it in this blog?  It's up to all of you if you want me to do so. Anyway, I think that's it.  No more conventions till next month.  And that would be Comic-Con.

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Anime Conji 2/2. It's all about the voice

A much longer day than yesterday.  Mainly because it went from 10AM to 6:15PM. Alot of the panels were focused on voice actors.  Mainly because they had Voice Actors(And Directors) as Guests: Kyle Hebert, Ezra Weisz, Lia Sargent and Morgan Berry.  All 4 had panels that talked about their job as Voice Actors, how to become one, and getting into the business.   One panel that stood out was the Lip Sync battle, where a number of guests decided to  lip sync certain songs, like a Heavy Metal version of Africa, various Michael Jackson songs, and Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody.  Craziness ensured. The only Non-VA panel I went to was all about the importance of Sound in TV Shows, Video Games and Cartoons.  IT was an interesting panel to check out.  Hosted by Audio Engineer Victor Frost.  He gave the 101 on what to do in creating sound to attract the audience, and what NOT to do. Oh yes.  I gotta bring up my purchases.  All I bought was a book based on different cartoon-ish poses, and two Funkos.  One(Whis from DRagon Ball Z) went to my brother.  The other (Dr Wily from Mega Man) went to me. As there is another day tomorrow, I will not be attending it.  As such, Anime Conji is over for me.  IT was a fun romp despite being smaller than Comic Fest.  I hope it returns next year in 2019(Maybe with Pacific Ponycon.  Maybe) Anyway, I have a Baseball game to attend tomorrow.  So I'm logging out for the night.

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Anime Conji 1/2. Wait. It's back?

So at first, I thought my next convention would be the big one: San Diego Comic-Con.  But surprise.  The Anime Conji is back.  After going on hiatus for two years, the Anime Convention came back to San Diego recently, and I have completed my first day there.   My first panel didn't start till 3PM.  It was about Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir(Currently available on Netflix).  It was hosted by voice actor Ezra Weisz, who serves as the Voice Director for the series.  But he was a bit over the top in his panel.  I may check the series out later on.  What do you guys think? My second panel was directly after his: An Intro to Voice Acting panel by Morgan Berry.  She has alot of talent under her belt like Marvel's Avengers Academy as Silver Sable, Amaterasu on the video game SMITE, Linda and an Underling on Hyperdemention Neptunia, and Madam Sharkley on One Piece to name a few.  A lot of her work is through FUnimation.  Her Youtube account is AnUnknownSongbird and her Twitter is @TheMorganBerry. And finally, after not seeing him since 2014, I reunited with Kyle Hebert with his own VA Panel.  If you don't know, Kyle is known as Adult Gohan, The Ox-King and the Announcer on Dragon Ball Z(And now Dragon Ball Super), Grandpa Garry on Be Cool SCooby Doo, the current voice of Big the Cat on the Sonic Series, and of course, Ryu on Street Fighter since IV and Smash Bros.  And he did say he wanted a random question.  I gave him one by showing him my GPD Win.  XP So tomorrow, I'll be doing a full day at the Anime COnji.  ANd I will make a purchase.  My aim is to buy a book about different anime-style poses for the more cartoon-ish style.  After that, that pretty much seals it for purchases there.  

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No Hasbro Comic-Con Exclusives?

Every year, by this time, Hasbro has announced most of its Comic-Con exclusive line up. Last year, Bronies were disappointed in a lack of Comic-Con exclusives.  But this year, something seems odd.  Hasbro has yet to announce a single Comic-Con Exclusive.  There are only two logical conclusions I can come up with. 1) Hasbro is biding its time to announce a single Comic-Con exclusive.  This is the scenario I'm hoping for: Hasbro is simply waiting till next month to talk about its 2018 Comic-Con exclusives.  Something related to Marvel, Star Wars, Transformers, Magic the Gathering,  Rumor has it that there will be a Vintage COllection of Star Wars Toys at Comic-Con http://www.jeditemplearchives.com/2018-02-17-will-vintage-collection-exclusive-sdcc-year/   2) Hasbro will not sell exclusives at Comic-Con.  This is the scenario I'm thinking may come true, that for the first time, Hasbro will not sell any exclusive toys at Comic-Con.  It doesn't make sense.  But then again, they may be battered by the recent Chapter 7 Bankruptcy of Toys R Us this year.  Worse case scenario is that they skip Comic-Con this year(Which means, no MLP Panel)   What's your thoughts?  Is Hasbro hiding something good?  Or is it lights out for Hasbro this year?

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My own Speculation of the Season 8 Finale of My Little Pony(Spoilers)

I know, the Season 8 Finale won't be till sometime in October.  But I would like to speculate on how I think it may go down, considering that   a: Cozy Glow is slated to be the main antagonist b: Lord Tirek will return(Confirmed by his actor Mark Acheson), most likely to pull off the HijackedbyGanon trope c: And above all else:  Now, since the beginning of the year, I've been speculating on how this will all play out, and this is my personal theory.  Note: When the episode comes out, you may disregard this post, unless it somehow ends up being true.  

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Comic Fest Day 3: I don't need no Stinkin Ethics

As of today, the San Diego Comic Fest is once again over.   My only panels that I went to involved the following 1) Comic-Con in 1977: Back before I Was born, Comic-Con was a really cheap place to get into.  Cheaper than Comic Fest and especially cheaper than today's Comic-Con(Yeah.   I'm looking at you $300 Convention for four days).  IT wasn't as huge as today's Comic Con, but I heard there was plenty to do at the El Cortez Hotel.   I also heard that back in 1980, Comic-Con got in trouble because of its Programming booklet that contained a topless woman   2) Drawing in 30 minutes: The host of this panel demonstrated how to do quick drawings of a UFO, a Fish and a Dragon.  While he was overenthusiastic, it did help me with my drawing confidence(Especially with Whisper sketch)   3) Floyd Norman: Mark Evanier explores the life of former Disney and Hanna Barbera animator: Floyd Norman.  He's a regular at the Comic Fest(And Comic-Con) at the age of 80.  Some of his work includes Sleeping Beauty, the Jungle Book, Toy Story 2, Jabberjaw, the Super Friends, Garfield and Friends, Beverly Hills Teens and even Courage the Cowardly Dog.  He's really fond of modern technology like computers, tablets and the Wacom Cintiq, and he(Along with Mark) got to see some of my Political Artwork(He and Willie Ito aren't fond of Donald Trump)   With this, Comic Fest is now over for the year.  My purchases?  A set of documentaries involving Movie Monster stars like Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi(Signed by Sara Karloff), and a Vacuum Metallized LEGO Deadpool figure.   My next convention is confirmed to be the BIG ONE: San Diego COmic-Con.  As there will be a My Little Pony panel there, here's hoping that the crew brings in Maurice LaMarche for the panel.

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Comic Fest Day 2: I like thinking Big. You might as well think big.

Day 2 started after I completed today's episode of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.   I went over to the Political Cartoons int he Age of Trump panel.  Lalo Alcaraz was joined by David G. Brown, showcasing some of their political work.  I was able to give Lalo my political artwork(And I managed to complete another piece as well) and he actually liked it. After that, I went and saw some of the knights clash at each other similar to Comic-Con before having lunch. Later on, I went to a panel starring Sara Karloff, daughter of the late Boris "Frankenstein's Monster" Karloff, where she showcased her baby videos with her father, along with two interviews of the late Boris Karloff.  Managed to get a picture of her before the next panel. Which happens to be Frankenstein on trial.  What if the modern law were to try Frankenstein and his creation?  IT was a really interesting mock trial that details if the Creature can be tried as an adult, and what sort of crimes that Henry Frankenstein would be tried for because of his creation.  I later suggested to them to have a Batman-themed Mock Trial for next year, since it's also Batman's 80th Anniversary.  It must be good to be a Batman fan.   Tomorrow is the final day of the Fest.  I have a handful of panels to go to, and I'll finally make a purchase.  Most likely, it's gonna be a DVD based on the original Frankenstein.

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SD Comic Fest Day 1: I only have the best people

Today marks the first of three days at the small and simple San Diego Comic Fest, having returned back to its old home at the Town and Country Hotel and Convention center.  Most of the morning was spent doing some random drawing, but I was able to attend a few panels.  Examples include 1) Two Back-to-back panels involving Frankenstein(Including Previews and One Shot Specials) 2) A Spotlight on Lalo Alcaraz: A CArtoonist who's known for his political artwork, as well as his contributions on Disney and Pixar's Coco 3) John Semper: A writer from SPider-man the Animated Series and is also working on DC's Cyborg 4) The whole Comics-to-CArtoons panel, which also talk about Spider-Man and the X-MEn, as well as why Comics and Cartoons are two different beasts. Before my day ended, I wound up helping an elderly lady by opening a door for her.  She thanked me, and I later found out she was Sara Karloff, daughter of Boris Karloff.   Tomorrow is day 2, and there's an important panel at 10AM.

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MY time at Wondercon 2018

Last month, I didn't catch the Season premier of MLP: School Daze.(Well I did on the way up north)  The reason: I spent most of the day at Anaheim for the 2018 Wondercon.   THe plan there was to watch a movie called Batman Ninja.  The review is at  IT was a really fun Batman Movie and one of my personal favorites.  The movie featured voice actors like Roger Craig Smith, Will Friedle, Tara Strong, Fred Tatasciore, Yuri Lowenthal, Adam Croasdell, Grey Griffin, ERic Bauza, Tom Kenny and Tony Hale.  THe movie will come out on digital later this month and on physical next month.  Do yourselves a favor and go check it out if you're a fan of Batman.   Other than that, I toured the Convention halls and I was able to reunite with Power Rangers actor David Yost(Got him to sign a Justice League/Power RAngers comic, putting his name alongside Walter Jones, Jason David Frank and Kevin Conroy(Voice of Batman).  Before departing, I also spent some time buying a birthday present for a co-worker of mine: A Funko Pop Black Panther figure.  And before leaving, I managed to meet up with Sergio Aragones, and I got to buy his Groo comics from him.  And while he's a legendary comic artist, he's not one who uses digital mediums for his art(As someone who's done both Digital and Physical, I respect his decision).   Other than what I mentioned, most of my purchases involved Art Supplies(A new ARt Book, a set of Wax Blenders and some Soft Pastels) and a IDW SOnic the HEdgehog Comic.   Tomorrow, I'm heading to the Town and Country Hotel and Convention Center for the annual San Diego Comic Fest: An Oldskool Comic Con that's more subtle compared to the big one.

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Starscream as an Equestria Girls Villain

For those of you who don't follow Hasbro's other well-known IP the Transformers, it's a show about heroic Autobots battling against the evil Decepticons.  They possess the ability to transform into vehicles, weapons and beasts.  In this series, Starscream usually serve as Megatron's second-in-command, only to plot to overthrow his master and become the Leader of the Decepticons(This usually results in him getting the tables turned on by Megatron). However, during my day, I though "What if Starscream existed in the Equestria Girls universe not as Megatron's second-in-command, but as a student of Canterlot High?   Description: Starscream is a male human with Black shaggy hair and grey skin with a small goatee on the bottom of his chin..  His clothes includes a Red Jacket with White Sleeves, a Black and Yellow Shirt, Blue Pants and Black Boots. During Sunset Shimmer's days as the number one bully of Canterlot High, Starscream served as her second-in-command.  But one day, Starscream tried to overthrow her and become Canterlot High's number one bully.  IT backfired when Snips and Snails caught him off guard and he was ejected from the group.  Since then, he vowed revenge against Sunset Shimmer, only to have it taken away by the Twilight Sparkle of Equestria.  During the events of Rainbow Rocks, Starscream was jealous of Sunset's rejection by the other students of Canterlot High, accusing her of claiming all the glory for herself.  Sunset wrote off Starscream as delusional as did the rest of her new friends.  After Sunset Shimmer help defeat the Dazzlings and regained the trust of the school, Starscream took it upon himself to start building himself up as the number one bully of Canterlot High, though he came close to losing it due to the events of Forgotten Friendship. As he rose to power as the number one bully of Canterlot High, Starscream intimidated most students with fear even more so than what Sunset once did.  Many students are too afraid to report Starscream to Principal Celestia or Vice Principal Luna.  The seeker's spread of doubt across the students has given him a power even more so than Sunset Shimmer.  He now focuses his goal on humiliating Sunset Shimmer for revenge, and going as far as to take over all of Canterlot high.  The two that Starscream enjoys intimidating are Snips and Snails. IT is also revealed that Starscream has a rivalry in sports with Rainbow Dash.  The seeker always enjoys a good physical challenge and does whatever he takes to annoy the young Wondercolt.  Usually, this results in a heated contest between the two.  Sometimes Rainbow Dash prevails, and sometimes Starscream wins out. An ideal voice actor for this character would obviously go to Steve Blum, who previously voiced Starscream on Transformers Prime and Transfomers: Robots in Disguise.

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An Equestria Girls dream I had last night

HEre's how the dream went.   It started with Sunset Shimmer falling behind on her grades, and she begins to panic.  Under my avatar Danged Spell, I volunteer to tutor her in getting another A and redeeming herself in the eyes of the teachers at school.  But one day on the big test, something goes wrong and Sunset turns into her Demon form for no reason.  She even struggles to get control.  Twilight and her friends were able to break her loose.  But the school board demands that Sunset Shimmer be expelled, unless the Principal were to lose her job.  This causes Sunset to return back to Equestria in tears. As the Twilight of Earth and the others ponder a world without Sunset, I learn who was behind it: Cozy Glow: Super Intendent Neighsay's daughter and student of Canterlot High.  I try to help her, but she loses control and fires some sort of magical beam right at Principal Celestia and Vice Principal Luna, turning them into Daybreaker and Nightmare Moon.  They go at each other like hate was in their eyes. Without a second thought, Earth's Twilight contacted Sunset and convinced her to return to save the Principals.  Meanwhile, I try to comfort Cozy Glow and get her to stop attacking other uncontrollably.  When Sunset returns, she is overpowered by both corrupted principals, with the students and teachers of both Canterlot High and Crystal Prep getting battered down.  It takes Sunset and her friends all their magic to save both Principal Celestia and Vice Principal Luna from their nightmares. But as everyone celebrated, Super Intendent Neighsay came by, furious by the damage both Celestia and Luna did, and even more furious that Students and Teachers of both Canterlot High and Crystal prep got involved.  By his and the School Board's orders, every student(Including myself) of Canterlot High and Crystal Prep were expelled from the school system, every facility member fired, and both schools were shut down.  I called out the Super Intendent and even pointed to the neglect he caused his daughter, even going as far as to expel her, who apparently is ashamed at her father.  But Neighsay turned the other cheek as if he had lost his will to love. With both schools shut down, magic is now completely unchecked.

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The Fate of the Toys R Us MLP Movie Exclusives

As you all know, Toys R Us will begin its Liquidation sale starting tomorrow.  With it, marks the beginning of the end of the Toys R Us exclusive My Little Pony sets.  Which means if you're looking to get the following three MLP Friendship Festival sets Festival Foes set featuring Twilight Sparkle, Tempest Shadow and Spike(Got that) The PRincess Parade Pack featuring Princess Celestia, Princess Luna and Princess Cadance(Got that) And especially the expensive Friendship Festival Pony Party Pack featuring Rainbow Dash, Spitfire, Pinkie Pie, Maud Pie, Rarity, Ms. Pommel, Applejack, Big Mac, Fluttershy, DJ Pon-3, Twilight Sparkle and Derpy Hooves(And yes, I got that) Now is the time to do so.  Because judging by what happens to a Retail-exclusive MLP Set, they normally go up in price when they go out of stock(Especially if a Derpy is involved in the set.  Derpy figures are popular.).  So if you still haven't jumped on board with these three sets, you better do so before Toys R Us closes up shop for the last time.

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