10 Dec, 2012

My Little Pony 101

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Midtown Bloggerinos! Raph here, with a little informative post. If you weren’t aware, Midtown Comics had a signing a little while back for the first issue of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic by IDW Publishing. We had a large group of people attend our signing at Downtown, and it was a huge success, we even had our own cover exclusive cover for it, but it occurs to me that not everyone is aware of the reason why this is so popular, so I thought I’d provide some illumination on the subject.

The original My Little Pony

Okay, so most people who know about My Little Pony probably know it from the original toy line from the 1980’s: cutesy ponies that had tea parties and did other pony things (I was a TMNT/Transformers guy myself)… Hasbro, the owner of the franchise, had started it’s own network, The Hub, and wanted to develop a cartoon for their My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic line, enter…

Lauren Faust, pictured above, who was brought on to develop the show. Ms. Faust had previously worked on Powerpuff Girls, and Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends. Faust decided to take a different direction with the show than the traditional MLP, where you “couldn’t tell one girl character from another and they just had endless tea parties, giggled over nothing and defeated villains by either sharing with them or crying–which miraculously inspired the villain to turn nice.” (source), considering her previous work, it makes sense that she would want to take the show in a new direction. So we get…

A show about the power of friendship, but also a show in which the characters have actual character development, have adventures that are more… adventurous, and learn lessons that are applicable to the real world. The show has caught on not just with young girls, but also with male fans, teenage and adult, which brings me to…

The line for our My Little Pony signing at Midtown Downtown

The Bronies. The male fans of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. It’s unironic, and it’s very real. There are grown men who like this cartoon. There are grown men who create images and fan art and memes based on this cartoon. My favorite happens to be “Ponies”, a take on the Kanye West “Power” Music Video… the accuracy to the original video is impressive. There’s been a lot of negative press in the news, and there’s plenty you can say about grown men who like a cartoon… but there are adult, female fans of Adventure Time, a cartoon designed for boys. I also happen to think My Little Pony is a good cartoon, and I will watch it and enjoy it… it’s a legitimately good show, and children of all ages get a kick out of it.

As they should: In this new “Era of Geek”, fans are allowed to unabashedly wave their geek flag, as surely as I screamed belligerently like Thor on the line for Avengers, or pretend I have a diseased throat when I watch Dark Knight Rises. If you enjoy something, enjoy it.

So that’s the very basic breakdown of what My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is and what Bronies are. There are pages upon pages of material on the internet for you to explore and discover the world of My Little Pony. Here at Midtown, we are offering exclusive covers for the My Little Pony comic:

Issue one features a huge fan favorite character from the show.

Issue Two features Doctor Whooves, a portmanteau of Doctor Who and Hooves and based on a famous Time Lord, one of the many MLP memes you can find on the interwebs.

Issue Three is another popular meme from 2012: Psy’s Gangnam style, with Spike (a baby dragon) as Psy and Rarity and Pinky Pie (two of the main characters, the Mane Six), as backup dancers.

Tell us what you think of the My Little Pony phenomenon in the comments section below.

10 Responses to “My Little Pony 101”

  1. Yes, G1 was all about rainbows and hearts.



    Rainbows over a moat filled with sharks leading to Castle Death-Doom and hearts on the cloak of the Stone-Hearted Sorceror who, as his name suggests, turns ponies into stone.

    MLP FIM is a great show, but I am really tired of this false dichotomy where people put MLP FIM on one side of an invisible line and everything previous on the other side and then pretend they’re radically different. The pilot episode of FIM was a retread of the pilot episode of G1, for crying out loud.

    Posted by LM on 12/13/09 December 29th, 2012 at 3:39 amReply

  2. Fluttershy is best pony.

    Posted by Ganondox on 12/13/09 December 13th, 2012 at 10:25 amReply

  3. I do love that D[edited] H[redacted] cover. I just wish we could say her name.

    Posted by Millstone on 12/13/09 December 13th, 2012 at 3:01 amReply

  4. i love the show and I’m also glad you guys at midtown are embracing the brony phenom with the awesome covers. keep the exclusice covers coming, they are really great.

    Posted by jason on 12/13/09 December 12th, 2012 at 10:22 pmReply

  5. Yeah. We get a lot of confusion and hate. I just don’t see why people cannot see past the gender stereotypes of society… I’m a seventeen year old guy, and I like MLP. So what? Why even bother hating? Just ignore us if you don’t like it. Thank you for a very kind and informed article! And may you continue to yell like Thor and grumble like Batman! Also… /)

    Posted by Muffins on 12/13/09 December 12th, 2012 at 8:10 pmReply

    • Hey, I like the show, I think it’s very good… and I see how bronies are portrayed as weirdos and freaks, and having been portrayed that way myself, I like to help out when I can!

      Posted by Raphael on 12/13/09 December 15th, 2012 at 8:40 pmReply

  6. Who are these people who claim the G1 show was about tea parties?
    The G1 show had more villains and dangers than G4. If you want tea parties, go look at the G3/G3.5 ponies. (Not that there is anything wrong with tea parties in the first place.)

    Posted by Lunawashere on 12/13/09 December 12th, 2012 at 8:05 pmReply

    • It was something I pulled from the article I cited. I apologize if I offended G1 fans, I’m not all that familiar with My Little Pony.

      Posted by Raphael on 12/13/09 December 15th, 2012 at 8:39 pmReply

  7. “My favorite happens to be ‘Ponies’, a take on the Kanye West ‘Power’ Music Video…”

    Link please? 😀

    MLP:FiM is awesome! I just wish I lived near a city with cool stuff like conventions and comic signings.

    Posted by lordelliott on 12/13/09 December 12th, 2012 at 7:49 pmReply

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