BroNYcon rolls on to it's second and last day. Could Sunday ever hope to reach the highs of Saturday? Click the link to find out.
Should you ever run into a convention going old-timer, one of the things they'll share with you is the fact that convention time moves at least 10 times faster than real time. With the combination of Multiple Programming Tracks, Guest Handlin, Dealers Room and Artist Alley Commerce, Line Control and inner con workings the average con-goer never gets to see, there's no wonder why conventions sometimes feel like weeks compressed into several days, a feeling that I got reacquainted with during the 2nd and final day of BroNYcon.
Despite partying into the wee-hours of the morning, I ended up rising out of my bed at what would be considered an ungodly time. Looking back on it, that decision could be chalked up to one part determination, two parts craziness and four parts sheer adrenaline, which helped me to not give into the temptation of going back to sleep. After taking my sweet time to get ready, I put on my badge and made my way to the steps of the convention center where it immediately felt like the party from last night never really stopped.
With question, the biggest advantage of having a Press Pass at BroNYcon is that they allowed us to get inside the show floor early and partake in what goes into making the convention run smoothly. However, the most interesting preparations had to be the ones going on the Artist/Dealers' area, where each crew labored to make sure that their tables were in the most immaculate shape possible for the flood of Convention goers that were to arrive in less than an hour. As I stood back and watched, I began to grow an even greater respect for each of these people. Despite having vastly different talents, skills and gifts, the two things they had in common were both the passion for "My Little Pony" and their chosen trade. Being able to spend a few minutes with several of them during the weekend was one the highlights of my convention.
Before I knew it, 10 AM would roll around and the convention goers would start piling in. Out of nowhere, someone began to channel Daniel Bryan and start chanting "Yes", a chant that I had a hand in continuing for several minutes. After getting a few pictures of the crowd, I hurried to the main events hall and took in the writer's panel, a panel that I can never do a full report on, due to the fact that the panel ended in a blaze of glory.
Okay, hyperbole aside, the fact that a light fixture caught fire was definitely the perfect justification to not only end the panel early, but to evacuate the whole convention center. It was during this incident that I really got to see the best side of the Brony fandom. Not only did everyone evacuate the convention center in an orderly fashion, but cheered enthusiastically when the Fire Department came onto the scene. Overall, everything that could've gone right from such a snag did, and every convention-goer got a memory that'll be talked about for years to come.
After such a big event, the rest of the day might have paled in comparison news wise, but still had its moments, as I got to see the unveiling Ponies 2: The Anthology, administer interviews to members of the Artist Alley, and meet more amazing people that overall made this trip worthwhile. To top it all off, by the time I had decided to begin my trek back home to Brooklyn, a group of Convention goers stayed around the Big-Rig that had been parked outside the whole entire weekend to watch select episodes of the show that made this whole entire fandom and weekend possible. It was a fitting end to a very amazing weekend.
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Written or Contributed by: Linwood Earl Knight