State of the Fandom: New Meetup Group in GB on 4 Feb, Plus Updates

 

State of the Fandom: New Meetup Group in GB on 4 Feb, Plus Updates

 with Foal Duke

Yesterday we sat down with Mas, the current chair of UK Ponycon, for an update on a new meetup he has planned for the Yorkshire area.

Read after the jump for this and a few more updates and gossip. 

Disgraced Agatan Trying to Infiltrate Fandom After Sex Assault Allegations

Perfidious Albion: Disgraced Sex Assault Musician Trying to Infiltrate Community 

Fandom musician Agatan, at the centre of a sexual assault case in February at HarmonyCon in Dallas, has been found trying to infiltrate the fandom under the name Albion. In February, Agatan was accused by artist Gleamy Dreams of sexually assaulting her sister in the form of 'love bites' that the pair said were needlessly aggressive, and most importantly, she did not consent to. Now it appears he is back under the name Albion.

The photographs shown on Gleamy's twitter account, as above, show very serious bite marks that appear consistent with the teeth of an adult male. Bruising is present, indicating they were very close to breaking the skin. The incidents happened at various points over the weekend, including, it is alleged, inside the vendor hall. There are multiple photographs as evidence. The first is on the day after the attack. The other is a week later. Agatan stated that he didn't know she was unhappy with his advances, despite her statement that she physically resisted and even punched him.  She is physically much smaller and weaker. This is a photo of her arm, to give an indication.

Multiple allegations have been made, including from Drummershy, about past behaviour such as stalking. There is also an unrelated rape allegation as well, all available online on twitter.

Below is another screencap of inappropriate behaviour as he tried to coerce Gleamy and her partner Moontune.

To add further context, there were allegations that Agatan had fled the US before a trial was set. This can also be verified as true. This reporter has been provided evidence from a trusted and close source that confirms it. This reporter has also seen evidence that shows Agatan rebooked his flight to an earlier one at the last minute. These flights cost upwards of $500. This is something one only does in an emergency. I can also confirm that Irving Police arrived on the premises to speak to him. Agatan's behaviour generally at the convention seemed very unusual and standoffish, according to eyewitnesses, after the apparent time of the main incident. This reporter also noticed something unusual. His twitter has been inactive for several months. His twitter bio was changed to a hint at having 'nothing to lose'. Possibly implying he feels he has been cancelled. And most of all has not commented on the situation. There is clear evidence to suggest that Agatan sexually assaulted someone.

And in the past few weeks, another trusted source has come forward with further allegations that he is now trying to infiltrate the fandom again under the name Albion. This source has informed Horse News that Agatan has even tried to apply to more than one European convention as a musical act. Agatan even changed the name of his main Discord account to 'Nick', his first name. All signs point to an attempt to regain access to the community by lying low and minimizing the loss of his current contacts. 

Agatan, seen here with his mother Jenny.

This is insidious behaviour, and it appears that despite being effectively exiled from the United States under threat of arrest for missing a trial, he has not taken any actions to defend himself. If you have any further information on the matter, you can contact my twitter in strictest confidence @snapthepony. DMs are open.

 --Dr. Foal Duke.

Mare Fair's Charity for 2023

 Good evening, Anons!

I hope you’re as excited for Mare Fair as I am! The hip new convention on the block makes its debut on September 29 and runs through to October 1st.

The convention auction's proceeds will benefit the local charity Fallen Oak Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation. I wanted to know more about this charity and why Mare Fair chose them, so I interviewed their Charity lead. Check it out below!

Mare Fair 2023: A New Florida Con…What Could Go Wrong?

The folks over at Snowpity, Inc., who brought us the silver mare coins are at it again and have apparently announced an actual, real-life pony convention they're planning to run in Orlando, FL, this fall called Mare Fair.  This could be a really good thing or a really bad one, I'm hoping for the former.  But whatever happens, it should be fun to watch.  Their press release is re-printed after the break.

A previous headline for this article stated the con was run by /mlp/; this is not in fact the case, but rather it is run by people from /mlp/.  It is not a /mlp/ or 4chan convention.

The convention's OC being used to shamelessly shill the con


Thank Snowpity, You Can Finally Order a Silver Mare Coin

It's finally here! Looks like OP is getting ready to actually deliver on the commemorative silver coin designed by /mlp/ in the /mlpmg/ threads as ordering has officially been opened on Kickstarter. All you ponyfags who've been waiting to join the ranks of your fellow precious metal collectors can finally trade your increasingly worthless shekels for a coin made of 99.9% pure silver featuring mares. The campaign has already sold almost $35,000 worth of mare coins!

Obituary: The Queen Has Died

Obituary: Queen Fausticorn Dies at 96 Centuries Old 

by Paige Turner, Royal Correspondent

 

Tribute piece by Anon

The Royal Canterlot press office has confirmed that Fausticorn, oldest living creature in the monarchy, and founder of the nation of Equestria, has passed away at ninety-six centuries old.

The Queen witnessed a tumultuous but very successful reign over her kingdom during her period on the throne, from the official founding after helping to banish the wendigoes to the opening of the borders that allowed all types of ponies to live and prosper in harmony. This also included the large influx of migrants during the first century of her reign from former Imperial territories and the Really Massive War, in which she spent service pulling an ambulance cart.

The entire nation of Equestria is in a state of mourning. She leaves behind a nation with rising costs of living on all sectors and increased racial tension partly due to the current war between the security forces of Mares' Co and the comedy campus town known as U Cryin', led by noted comedian Cheese Sandwich (real name Chaz Sandvichskyy).

The Trot"Con" Fallacy: Anyway, No Refunds

Brony conventions are finally heating up again!  COVID appears to be on the decline, and we're finally able to meet up with our horsefriends in person.  But as you're buying your tickets, remember to practice that old adage: caveat emptor.  One of the newest things conventions are doing is changing their terms of sale after you've bought your ticket (and possibly even after "refund windows" have expired) but before the event is held.  If you can't meet these new changes in their terms, their response is often a simple, "Guess you're fucked lol."

TrotCon — a popular fandom convention being held this July in Columbus, OH — is one of these conventions.  They recently modified their vaccination policy from requiring attendees be "fully vaccinated" to being "up-to-date," meaning a third shot is now required for most attendees.  This change was made after the last refund window closed, and people asking about it are being redirected to this excerpt from their COVID policy FAQ:

Post-Pandemic Convention Report 3: Ponycon Holland 2021. Part 1.

 A Dam Good Time with Dr. Foal Duke

Warning: this following post contains images of mayonnaise. 

Back in October, I was able to attend the first convention in the Netherlands since the end of Hearth's Warming Con. The convention itself was rather like its predecessor; quite simple and easygoing, without many over-complications. This made it flexible and was part of the reason they could reschedule from summer of 2020 to October of 2021. But how would the change in season and management affect the convention?

Well, it turns out that it wasn't affected too bad. Apart from the limitations one might expect from a first-time convention, such as new management being overcautious and laying on less events than they could get away with financially, the con was pretty plain sailing. Apart from the crowd's compulsion to shout 'big bong' every time somebody mentioned 'magic' or 'mayonnaise'. And the Dutch love mayonnaise. They keep jars in their pockets. It's the law. Read more after the jump.

You can read about the charity, Muziekids, here, and the con book is here.

 

Told you.

Post-Pandemic Convention Report 3: Ponycon Holland 2021. Part 2.

 Day 2: Sunday Events

6740 Euros raised for MuzieKids... Imalou Spills the Beans... Con to Return 1 & 2 Oct 2022

Day Two of Ponycon Holland was no less laid back than the first, and while events were a little more sparse, there was more flexibility for fans to enjoy the surrounding area. It was refreshing to see this one come together in spite of everything.

Note that for more convention reports, you can read them here.

"The chance which now seems lost may present itself at the last moment."
Jules Verne.


 

Frontline Dispatches: Triumphs and Atrocities - The Real Horrors Unmasked

Warning: the following article contains images and links that show war crimes.

Note: if you want to assist humans who are suffering in the crisis, here is a list of reputable charities to consider donating to.

Click here for previous coverage. 

In the past twenty four hours, comedian and entertainer Cheese Sandwich, mayor of Ewe-Crying, has announced that his security teams have managed to successfully retake not only the entirety of Cave, the central business district of the town, but resist attempts by Mares' Co forces to retake other areas over six times. The furthest they had reached into the neighborhood was the hedge behind the CAVE Comedy Club just to the Western end of the area, and have since been forced back.

This is partly due to an audacious defense, but also because Mares' Co forces have been pulling out of the entire locale and moving back to the Don'task neighborhood to refocus on taking the area, following negotiations on March 30th.