Bronyville Episode 066 - Friendship’s Monkey Madness
Time : Saturday August 4th, Noon PST
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Welcome to Bronyville! This is Episode 66 recorded on August 4th, 2012. I am your host Apple Cider
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Dear Apple Cider, Chef Sandy, Starry Night and awesome guests:
I was thinking about Howard Stern's Bronycon coverage recently, and came to realize I had seen this all before. I've only been a part of one fandom before I discovered MLP, and that was pro wrestling.
In the ten years or so that I watched before I got tired of it, I noticed that media outlets were all too quick to throw marks (wrestling slang for fan) "under the bus", calling them things like "socially maladjusted", "quick to violence" and so on. This makes me wonder: if both a brony and a mark can receive bad press from a mainstream source that does not care to understand it, is this true for all fandoms? Are we really that singled out as a community?
I believe that we are not treated differently from any other fandom, since the insults that are slung at us have been thrown at marks, and at Sonic the Hedgehog fans, and at Trekkies, and the list goes on and on. Society seems to look down on the concept of fandoms in general, that obsessing over anything entertainment related is just wrong in their eyes.
I'd like to know what your thoughts are on all this, and whether or not you believe my theory on society to be true.
Keep on ponying on, guys.
P.S. Mayor Mare is best pony, but Twilight Sparkle is best singer.
Hello there Awesome Applecider, Charming Chef Sandy, Spectacular Starry Night, and Gracious Guest/s.
I am writing to you today after listening to episode 65, in which Applecider mentioned that he was part of a fanbase before moving to My Little Pony. I want to say that I also did move away from a fanbase which was somewhat prone to get caught on flames over the slightest thing, and that was (and maybe it still is) seen under a dark light. It wasn't until I took a step away from it that I realized the place I was. You see, I have always loved and tolerated everybody. Haters, non haters, fans of other stuff, I didn't make distinctions because all I saw was opinions. But this fanbase where I was didn't like to respect other people's opinions. But when I stepped into the Brony fandom I found a bunch of people who acted the same way I did, in a mature and thoughtful way. Yes, we may have our intolerant rants, and sometimes one or two parts of the fandom will catch fire, but it's nowhere near as bad as this other community. I just wanted to share this thought with you all...
...and make you a question of course!
I am the mod for an "Ask Pony" tumblr blog called "Ask Movie Slate". I know Starry has her own blog, and it's adorable, cool, neat, and great, but I wanted to know your opinion on this type of blogs, that can range from the innocent to the severely corrupted (and that's fine if you are into that sort of thing). Do you like them? Do you not like them? Do you have a favourite? Please, share it with us.
Thanks a lot for reading my email, lots of support and love from sunny Spain,
To Apple Cider, Chef Sandy, Starry Night, and Guests both Past and Present,
Gentlemen, I can't count the number of times that you and your guests, and you too Starry, have made my day. Once again you mentioned me on your show in episode 65 and once again I had to stop what I was doing and excitedly twirl around in my swivel chair triumphantly. With the end of my overseas tour coming up in only a few short months, I'm becoming more and more excited about the possibilities that being an instructor for the Boston University NROTC will bring (including listening to you fine folks on the livestream). If there's anything you need, anything at all, I'd be more than happy to provide support. I even have a few ship's coins that are yours if you want them.
A few things real quick. First, have a .gif (http://fobequestria.deviantart.com/favourites/51145868#/d4m290k) just because I can't stop watching it and thinking to myself: "Friendship, at 3,000 rounds per minute." Second, I'm sure the guys over at F.O.B. Equestria (http://www.fobequestria.com/), an EQD-style blog for military bronies, would appreciate a shout-out on the show. They are still growing and in need of more support. And finally, I recently had a commission done by an artist called Sunfur from the Seeds of Kindness charity drive. She did a fantastic job (http://sunfur.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d59ls8q) and I just wanted to try and get her a little more publicity.
And AC, as a fellow who is also approaching that terrifying bump in the road of life that is 30 years old next month, I understand your oldtimer self all too well. Get off my lawn, you darn kids!
Y'all keep being that voice of calm reason and clarity that you bring to an otherwise completely crazy fandom.
Your Ever Faithful Listener,
Greetings AC, Chef Sandy, and whichever awesome guests you've got on at the moment,
I was stuck with inspiration to start a project, which I am referring to as the Bronies on Vinyl project! Basically what i'm looking into is getting involved with a vinyl pressing service and making records with brony music on them! Problem is, I need to find out if there is a market for this sort of thing. I can't go and order 500 records and find out that nobody would be willing to buy them. Also, I don't know which artist I should work with for my first production run. To solve these problems, I wrote up a survey with a few questions to determine how many people would be interested in getting a record with brony music on it, as well as to gather suggestions to see which artist has the most interest. If there are enough people who would be willing to buy the record of a certain artist, I can safely order a large number of records. A more complete explanation is in the survey, and while I've worked with some friends to get it out on ponychan, the pony subreddit, and Equestria Daily, I would really appreciate it if you could drop a link to the survey in the show notes or something.
And if you read this on the show, i'll toss a question at you to discuss, because I also need some guidance regarding Everfree NW. I'm a huge fan of brony music, and according to the schedule for the con, the Ponystock concerts will overlap with the dance parties in the timeframe. I don't know where I want to go! What should I do?
The survey can be found here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LTCL66Q
If you can mention this on the show, I would be eternally grateful.
Your faithful listener,
Dearest Apple Cider, Chef Sandy, Starry Night and guest/guests (also M),
I fear my last email to you about showing MLP to my nephew has been a bit misunderstood. Probably my own word usage, but I did not mean to "convert" my nephew to Bronyism (maybe I shouldn't have used the terminology of a cult). I merely thought he would enjoy the show given his love for other geeky shows.
So when I asked about "joining the herd" horror stories, I meant have there been times when you thought a friend would enjoy the show and you showed it to them and got a negative reaction. Given how mature you guys are about the fandom (yes, even you AC), I'm guessing this situation is not that common.
Hopefully this week's question should make up for it. It wasn't until this past year that I learned how rabid the Sonic and Lion King fan communities are, especially on DeviantArt. I've known about Trekkies, Star Warriors, Ringers, Whovians, Harry Potheads and other such fan communities, but never saw Sonic and Lion King as having those.
Question: Have there been shows/movies/etc with rabid fan bases that you never imagined could exist (not unlike our own).
Hope this question is less confusing than the last one.
Post script: I'm not sure what happened last week, but Starry AND Cheffers were on the crazy train with AC. Part of me was concerned since there was no pony holding the reins of the show, but most of me was thinking "How can we do this EVERY week?" Just some food for thought.
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I'm going to start out by saying that this email will be more of a "feel-good" story than anything, with a relatively simple question at the end, so nothing you need to read on the show, but I just figured I'd update you, because updates are always fun.
Do you remember that friend of mine who wrote in using my email to remain anonymous a while back? You know, with the whole neutral take on Bronies in general?
Welp, it's happened. He's taken the plunge. After I convinced him to give your show a listen, we've been scheduling regular dates where we'd meet at his or my place to sit down and listen to your podcast, usually over a game of Civilization. Every time I've been talking to him about random things regarding the fandom and slowly broadening his horizons.
Now my friend hates fanfiction, he despises it and for good reasons, BUT! I finally managed to coax him into reading Fallout: Equestria. I kid you not when I say he plowed through it in a week, he is a massive Fallout fan... I thought him not wanting to shut up about ponies would be a good thing, but I am starting to get a little sick of hearing about just how amazing Fallout: Equestria is.
On the bright side, he's now begun other pony fanfiction projects and has agreed to marathon the entire MLP series with me this weekend, I think I've got him.
I guess the moral of the story is, take it slow, even the most adamantly neutral people will eventually fall... That sounded more dramatic than intended, but hey!
Finally my question - I know you two are gamers to an extent, have you ever considered scheduling "play-dates" (We're back in kindergarden now, I know) with your fans? Oh and have you had a chance to try out Valve's Dota 2 yet? That game is seriously addicting.
Keep on with the good show!
P.S. I'll throw some money your way at the next possible moment, you guys are great.
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And thank you for the awesome 67 reviews in the Canadian store too!
And thank you very much to DashFast for his two donations this week. Fluttershy has something to say about that - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ilruofX3Ghk
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Dear Princess Celestia,
I think I can’t take it anymore. Starry and this flipping monkey are driving me... BANANAS! It all started last Saturday when we had Klisk from Canterlot Gardens on the program. We talked about maps, more merchandise reviews, fics, about the convention... and then Starry just brought out this monkey and everything just went nuts! I’m sending the two of them to the zoo today in hopes they will make some friends and decide to stay there until they get this out of their system. Starry is such a strange pony sometimes.
PS – Show notes can be found on the following Google Doc.
Intro - Friendship Forever Mix by ChainAlgorithm on Youtube - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2V59MgGRHvo
Outro - Song: Picture Perfect Pony
Linky linky: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDdL4z5qfr4