People in gorgeous costumes surrounded me as I browsed the vending aisles at Everfree Northwest. My Little Pony bookmarks, paintings, keychains and more covered the vendor stands. A smile spread across my face at the sight of all the colorful equine merchandise.
People think that My Little Pony is for five year olds, but I was one of the youngest there. Most of the people at this convention were fourteen to seventeen years old. I used to also think that My Little Pony was for little kids, until my friend Susan showed me some of the Youtube videos. She explained that there is a lot more to My Little Pony than people think, and that there are different generations of the show. The newest generation is really for older kids; little kids can still watch it, but will not understand the true underlying meanings.
I was sad that Susan couldn’t come, because she lives so far away. She has never been to a My Little Pony convention before, and has always wanted to go. Her favorite comic artist was in the vendor room, and I talked with him about his comics and DeviantArt. He gave me the inside scoop about his new comics. I sent a message to Susan as soon as I got home afterwards. She was very excited!
There were long lines for autographs from the voice actors. Kids twelve and under, like me, were called foals, and thankfully we had a much shorter line for each voice actor. I chose to line up for three of my favorites. A guitarist entertained us with requested fan-made songs, as we waited. I recently broke a bone in my wrist, and instead of autographs on paper, I ended up with signatures and sayings on my cast.
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I asked my dad to bring me to my first ever convention. The ambience was happy and excited, and well-organized at the same time. In addition to teenage girls in role play costumes, I was surprised to see so many older boys and young men present. It wasn’t quite what I had imagined, but It sure was awesome!
Signing cast with John de Lancie
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