We keep getting these press releases from the Summer conventions. Both sides of the border have announcements. Check them out.
So what’s really great about Vancouver? The mild weather and beautiful landscape? The diverse mixture of cultures? The kicking nightlife? Technically all of those things are true about this city, and more, but we’re also glad that it’s home to DHX Media, where shows like My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic are produced! And for that reason, BronyCAN is able to bring production staff from all parts of DHX to our show to share their experiences about creating the worldwide success that is My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and more! Joining our already fun roster of DHX staff, please welcome Rexis Liwanag, Christopher Leinonen, Stephanie Mahoney, and Katrina Hadley! Not only will they be at BronyCAN to chat, sketch, and have fun with the rest of the attendees, but they’ll be sharing their stories about what it’s like to work on a show like My Little Pony and how they got there!
Rexis Liwanag – Animation Director
Rexis Liwanag is an animation director at DHX Media, where he started as an animation revisionist on seasons 2 to 4 of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic before becoming one of the animation directors for season 5. Originally from Winnipeg, he studied classical animation at Sheridan College, and gained experience using Flash while working in London, UK as an animator on various projects. Other shows he has worked on include Ugly Americans and Packages from Planet X, but My Little Pony has so far been the most enjoyable project for him to be a part of. When he’s not making ponies move, he works on his own side projects, or pursues his second hobby of cooking. He also enjoys such things as anime and video games when he finds free time.
Christopher Leinonen – Layout/Posing Supervisor
Christopher has been making animation professionally since 2007, but started making animation with a very short stop-motion film made at an art camp the late 80s. He’s worked on every season of MLP except for season 3. A coworker recently described him as a “lifer.” He’s worked on a few other shows, including Kid vs. Kat and Packages from Planet X. He also participated in the Moon Animate, Make Up! collaboration. When not ponying (which isn’t that often, these days) he sometimes makes comics with the Cloudscape Comics Society (www.cloudscapecomics.com), a group of independent Vancouver comic artists. His work has been published in five of their annual anthologies, including the latest, Mega Fauna. This is his second year attending BronyCAN!
Stephanie Mahoney - Layout/ Posing Supervisor
Steph has been in the animation industry for 10 years. She’s had the privilege to work on shows such as Ruby Gloom, Kid vs Kat, Pound Puppies and of course My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. She has been at DHX media since 2008. Throughout her time on the past 5 seasons of MLP she has been an animator, poser, Key poser and a Layout/Posing supervisor. She has also worked as a Layout/ Posing supervisor on Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks.
Katrina Hadley - Storyboard Artist/ Storyboard Supervisor
Katrina Hadley has been working in the animation industry in Vancouver since 2005, primarily as a storyboard artist. In the past she’s worked on shows like Edgar and Ellen and the Monster High DVD movies. She first joined the MLP team as a board artist for Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks, and was lucky enough to be asked to draw the illustrations for the end title credits. She’s also done storyboard work for MLP season 5 and the Rainbow Rocks Encore web shorts. Katrina is currently storyboard supervisor for the upcoming Equestria Girls: Friendship Games DVD.
BRONYCON WELCOMES BACK VOICE ACTRESS CATHY WESELUCK
(BALTIMORE)—BronyCon is excited to announce its final guest of honor coming to BronyCon this Summer and it’s none other than the wonderful Cathy Weseluck!
Weseluck has voiced many characters in “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” including everyone’s favorite baby dragon Spike, Mayor Mare and Coco Pommel.
Other notable roles for Weseluck include the excitable bunny Butter Cream Sundae in “Littlest Pet Shop,” Cybersix (and Adrian) in the award-winning TMS/N.O.A. series "Cybersix," Dennis in “Kid Vs Kat,” Near in "Death Note," Young Trunks in "Dragonball Z," Dorothy Catalonia in “Gundam Wing” and Shampoo in "Ranma 1⁄2."
Outside of her extensive voice-over work, Weseluck’s noted accomplishments also include her work as a TV actor, instructor, consultant, guest speaker, casting director/director, associate producer, writer, composer, performer and photographer.
Visit BronyCon’s guest page to learn more about Weseluck’s career and other guests coming to Baltimore this Summer!
To register for this event, visit BronyCon’s registration page. Badges for BronyCon will cost more at the door, so don’t wait! Also make sure you are following BronyCon on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Google+ to be the first to hear our latest announcements.
About BronyCon: Based in Baltimore, Md., BronyCon is the premiere convention for My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic fans of all ages. Last year’s event drew more than 9,600 attendees from all seven continents. This year’s event, scheduled for Aug. 7-9, 2015 at the Baltimore Convention Center, is expected to trump that figure. The convention features special guests, diverse programming and a multi-night music festival. For more information, check out bronycon.org.