|If you squint hard enough, you can see the pasta already developing in the clouds a day before the con started.|
Just an FYI, I was there for all 3 days of the con and then some as a vendor, so expect the vendor section to be long. My waifu/ #1 boy toy Calpain was there as a community guest and can fill in the blanks that I wasn't present for, such as the VIP dinner. (Which, sadly enough, did not serve actual spaghetti. Missed opportunity, staff! :^)
|Oh what, this 'ol vendor booth? ...I-I'm not a whore, you're a whore!|
The Con Location Smelled / was Filthy
|Personally I thought the location was pretty neat, but holy shit did it lead to most of the con's problems.|
Ok, so right off the bat I can tell you that the con smelled fine. If anything, it smelled better then your average Summer con because it was too cold for people to start sweating. As for it being dirty, well... the vast majority of the public areas were perfectly fine. The theater had plenty of staff cleaning, cooking, and preparing drinking water all over the building. The main area I heard complaints about was the staff/VIP room upstairs where certain people could get snacks (such as soup). According to Calpain, the place wasn't dirty so much as really old and out of shape. The dust wasn't cleaned in unused areas of the room and the walls were peeling heavily. Unfortunately when Cal tried to take pictures, even when he said they were just of the walls, staff told him to stop.
The Location was Too Cold
|TLDR; The theater is historically old and that weekend hit record lows in NYC.|
|This snow was from Monday, and quite frankly as a Floridian I'm super butt hurt about waiting too long to go play in it.|
The Vendor Room Setup was Really Weird...
|Aaaaand this is the part where the article gets really photo heavy. Observe the sun room part of the vendor area.|
|While Andy Price did have just enough light to vend at night, it wasn't enough to draw with.|
|Those poor vendors... Remember, no photo filters here.|
|Area 3: The "There's ANOTHER vendor's room!?" Room|
|A lot of the multi-table vendors got put down here.|
|Chrysalis is second best waifu~ Sunset Shimmer is obviously first place!|
The Concerts were Too Loud
|Is that a rave stick in your pocket or is your dick just radioactive?|
Why was the Last Day of the Con Monday? LOL FAILED CON!1!
|His mom made his cosplay. You can tell he's 100% consensual about all this.|
|Why not get a V-Day mystery bag for your waifu? Oh, what's that, you two are actually out in NYC having lives? OK...|
The VIP Dinner was a Disaster
|Part of the room where the dinner was hosted, but with more tables set up.|
Let me start by saying I was not personally at this dinner. However, my boyfriend Calpain from Equestria Daily was as a community guest, and saw some shit go down. Then he told me about, and from there I procrastinated on making this article. So I'll give you guys the summarized version: This convention had a ton of special guests for attendees to interact with. Especially if they got a VIP ticket and even got the $150 VIP meal "deal". At the dinner, there were enough special guests to the point where one could be seated at each of the 14 tables. However, the two convention founders sat at one table together and decided to have both Lauren Faust and Bonnie Zacherle at their table since one of them is an older gen fan.
|While this story really only effects a table full of people, it's still kind of sad, so have a couch full of ponies!|
This, of course, led to one table having zero guests. I genuinely don't know why the con founders couldn't have just separated and each able to talk with the maker of their favorite pony generation at different tables. After all, they spent so much time together making the con happen. I guess at that point they had looked at their population numbers so far for the con and went "Ah fuck it! We're not going to hit our 3,000 goal, so let's just do what we want!" Mind you that's just my personal guess. Cal said that he heard their motivation for doing that was that they thought Bonnie wouldn't be a strong enough presence by herself, and WOW I hope she's not reading this right now because that's a bit insulting to say the least.
|Poor Bonnie! Here, have a table full of OCs this time, including a dark edgy one with a tortured past.|
So one table goes without a guest, and one of the people at the table starts crying because she paid a pricey $450 total for her and two family members to be at the dinner. Peter New walks over to her table, gets two other special guests to visit the table, and overall proved that he is a real human bean. Just try not to get too full of yourself if you're reading this, New. P-Please? By the way, at the end of the dinner (the entire venue being alcohol free that weekend didn't help the already incredibly average meal of meat and veggies) they made space in the middle for people to congregate and everyone got to talk to people around the room and get things signed. So if you're not super anti-social, yes you could talk to any of the guests you wanted to and even skip signature lines and fees. Cal even told me that if you wanted to you could probably get over $150 worth of signatures at that moment, making the meal an actual deal. I suppose whether it actually is or not is up to the individual... but it's still a better deal then having a skype call with Black Gryphon.
Overall, the Con was Full of Tasty Spaghetti! Curse Fulfilled for the Month!
|Pfft, a Lauren Faust panel? T-That doesn't make this con cool or anything, b-baka...|
Oh jeez, I feel like I'm about to tell you shits that ponies aren't real and you'll never get to hug your fictional waifu. I'm so sorry, but I need you to sit down so that we can talk about this one on one: Ponycon NYC, while it had some faults, was an overall OK con. Sure, it was overly ambitious, but according to the con founders they were going all or nothing this year. They hired a lot of special guests and ultimately the vast majority of attendees had a good time at what most people there would consider a yearly local convention.
|Just a side note here: DJ and Derpy sold TERRIBLY for many vendors at the con. Try not to overstock them this year.|
"BUT WAIT!" I can hear Purple Tinker shriek in the distance, "Even most people that went to LPU had a good time!" Yeah PT, that's true, but what made LPU such a disaster is that they couldn't pay for shit, leading to everyone getting kicked out and some people even having to pay bills that the con should have paid. This con seems like it was able to pay everyone just fine. Every event, including closing ceremonies, was able to run, and as far as I know none of the guests have complained about not being paid. So please keep your hate hard on to yourself Tinker. This is not the spaghetti you are looking for.
|It's ok to walk into the light this time.|
So yeah, this con wasn't really that spaghetti. Certainly not spaghetti enough to fulfill the February fandom curse. And since nothing else major really happened last month, and today is the first of March, HOLY SHIT THE CURSE IS BROKEN! We did it you guys, as a fandom drama site we did absolutely jack shit and it all paid off! Well... not literally, none of us actually get paid in anything but used Klondike Bars (courtesy of Chelis). But hey, isn't it nice to know that the fandom is basically dead during the winter season? I mean, it's not like breaking the curse will bring an end to the fandom this year or anything, that's just stupid! ...Right?
(I-If you want to go follow me on Twitter just so you can call me a faggot and then unfollow me I'm @ThePerlerPony. One last thing: I want to devote this article to Rari"friend", who made fun of me at a panel for not writing enough even though my PonyconNYC article came out before his. All this despite me getting seriously sick and binge playing the new Fire Emblem games. SUCK IT~)