Fandom is Magic: South Florida Bronies Meet My Little Pony Stars at Animate! Miami
|Brandon shows his brony pride.|
We took to the convention floor and spoke to the self-professed bronies of South Florida, as well as the voice actors behind some of the beloved characters. Saddle up after the jump.
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Brandon, a brony who's a freelance video editor by trade, came upon the TV show after seeing references to bronies and My Little Pony in chat channels of popular online games such as Team Fortress 2. Curious, he did his research and watched his first episode, "Over a Barrel." He was hooked soon after. It takes more than simple viewing to make a brony, according to Brandon: "An occasional fan is an occasional fan. Bronies embrace the culture and contribute to the fandom, through fanfic and art." For Brandon, the show has much to offer, including humor and a nostalgic throwback to his animation-rich '90s childhood.
A running theme throughout this and future conversations was the uniqueness and development of the characters, as well as a personal identification with a particular pony's personality. At Animate! Miami's My Little Pony VIP party, we spoke with a couple of the personalities behind the ponies.
|Andrea Libman poses with her ponies.|
"There's this thing called 'bronies,' he said. Young guys. We didn't really believe him."