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The latest issue of the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Micro Series comic, issue #8 featuring Princess Celestia on the cover, includes a few familiar faces for Sailor Moon fans! Inside these pages are pony versions of Sailor Uranus, Sailor Neptune (pictured above), Sailor Saturn and Sailor Chibi Moon (pictured below) and Sailor Pluto (in the third photo).
The similar colours and hair styles aren’t the only similarity as these ponies also have very specific cutie marks which are the symbols of their respective planets and in Sailor Chibi Moon’s case a heart with moon in it which is similar but not identical to any single one of her transformation brooches.
In addition to these ponies we can also see the Moon Stick sitting on Princess Celestia’s night stand. The other item could be Sailor Neptune’s Deep Aqua Mirror but I’m unsure if this is an intentional reference or not.
Below I’ve included the full panels which include these references for context. The comic hit store shelves this past Wednesday so if you’re interested in picking it up your local comic book store may still have it in stock.
In just two weeks, August 22nd to the 25th, Fan Expo will be taking place in Toronto Canada. This Fan Expo Exclusive variant cover of the My Little Pony comic’s 10th issues features Twilight Sparkle, Pinkie Pie and Spike dressed as Mounties, members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. As a Canadian police force the Mounties are a symbol of Canada, which is where this convention is taking place. The choice of these three characters is not chance as Andrea Libman, the voice of Pinkie Pie and Fluttershy, Tara Strong, the voice of Twilight Sparkle, and Cathy Weseluck, the voice of Spike, will all be guests at Fan Expo this year!
The comic will cost $10 at the Fan Expo store. This cover art is done by Katie Cook. There will only be 1000 printings.
We’ve heard rumors about an Equestria Girls brand in the pipeline for some time now, but only now has an official statement been made. The New York Times got the scoop along with the trailer above. It looks like Equestria Girls will, in fact, be a movie that will have a limited release around the country. An eventual debut on The Hub is already assured. The movie will feature the Mane 6 ponies traveling to another realm/dimension where they take on human teenager forms and attend high school.
Plenty of merchandise and licensing deals have been made to support the movie including “toys, apparel, publishing and accessories. Multimedia components include an interactive Web site, content on YouTube and a partnership with Stardoll.com, a fashion Web site for girls” according to John A. Frascotti, Hasbro’s chief marketing officer. Megan MCarthy, head writer for MLP:FiM, is also the head writer for this feature. Not only that, but the voice actors are all back and the animation style is being kept as similar as possible to Friendship is Magic.
A press release has been sent out announcing Season Two of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic will be coming to DVD on May 14th. Sold exclusively through Amazon.com, the set will contain all 26 episodes. Retail price appears to be US$34.99. Bonus features are said to include, but is not limited to, sing-alongs and printable coloring sheets.
ICv2 has released comic sales data for the top 300 comics released in February 2013.
ICv2 has released comic sales data on the top 300 comics from December 2012. We have provided a little analysis for the My Little Pony comic sales. Join us after the jump for statistics, analysis and charts! Continue reading →
Here is a brief look at what IDW Publishing plans to ship in the month of June 2013. While the Micro-series and on-going books continue, we are being treated to a special edition “Color Me” book that not only makes a coloring book of the entire first issue but also includes all 48 covers from the first 4 issues of the on-going series!
We first reported on the Mane6 back in June of 2011. They had started work on an ambitious project called Fighting is Magic. It was a fighting game based around the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic characters and property. It gained such momentum and progress that it was even selected as one of the featured games at EVO, a very large fighting game conference.
To noone’s surprise, but everyone’s disappointment, Hasbro finally got around to sending the Mane6 a cease and desist letter, insisting that they stop using the My Little Pony intellectual property. Despite the Mane6′s best efforts, no compromises could be reached with Hasbro. Directly after the announcement there was a ray of light in the form of a tweet from Lauren Faust, the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic show creator.
@manesix want some original characters to make a new game with?
According to the site features include:
-Pre-loaded digital Mimory™
-Available in 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, & 128GB capacities
-Hi-speed USB 2.0
-2.5” tall by 1” wide
-One-year limited warranty
USB 3.0 is said to be coming soon.
Some of the extras included on the drives include wallpapers, icons, avatars, comics and some audio clips that are clearly not the offical voice actors, but close facsimiles. You can hear Rainbow Dash below:
ICv2 has released comic sales data on the top 300 comics from December 2012. We have provided a little analysis for the My Little Pony comic sales. Join us after the jump for statistics, analysis and charts!
Bronies: The Extremely Unexpected Adult Fans of My Little Pony, the documentary that takes a look at the world of Bronies, has finally been released! Anyone who preordered a digital copy through the Kickstarter should have gotten an e-mail with instructions on how to download it. If you weren’t part of that group you can still pick up a digital copy for $12.99 from Scrnland. The download is available in many formats and even the 1080p version can be downloaded in a matter of minutes if you have a fast Internet connection.
I had a chance to check out the movie earlier today. If you haven’t had a chance to watch it yet you can watch the trailer below. Keep reading for my review of the film.