Monthly Archives: May 2019

Lauren Faust Confirmed for Final BronyCon

Greetings Nation,

Seeing how this will be the final year for BronyCon. We all had this feeling that they would go out with a bang and with the latest guest announcement I can honestly say they will. It gives me great joy to announce the creator of Friendship is Magic. Lauren Faust.

Every brony owes everything to this woman. She came up with the characters (Including Discord), various plots, written a handful of episodes, and even though her time with the show was short. Her legacy within the show lives on. I am so looking forward to meeting her. This show has made such an impact on so many lives just through story telling. She was even one of the Executive Directors of the documentary “Bronies: The Extremely Unexpected Adult Fans of My Little Pony” (Worth the Watch). I can’t wait to meet her.

Faust’s work on My Little Pony is only one aspect of the major impact she has had on animation. In her two decade plus long career, she has had the opportunity to work on multiple classic cartoons, some alongside her husband and fellow animation director Craig McKraken, including the early 2000’s version of “The Powerpuff Girls” where she served as a director, supervising director, writer, and as a storyboard artist. After “PPG” she worked a variety of roles on “Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends,” including developer, director, character designer, and animation director. Faust followed that by working as a developer, co-producer, director, writer, and character designer for “Wander Over Yonder.” She has also worked as an animator on the animated feature film and cult classic, “The Iron Giant.”

 

Currently, Faust’s serves as Executive Director of  “DC Super Hero Girls,” a action-adventure animated show she created that began as a web series and currently airs on Cartoon Network. The show is based on teenaged-versions of superheroes such as Supergirl, Wonder Woman, Batgirl, and others at Metropolis High School.

 

For more information about Faust and all of the other special agents coming to BronyCon this August, please visit https://bronycon.org/#guests.

 

To register for a badge, 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, Discord, and Telegram to be the first to hear our latest announcements.

 

About BronyCon: Based in Baltimore, MD, the 11th and final BronyCon event is scheduled for August 1-4, 2019 at the Baltimore Convention Center. The convention features special guests, diverse programming, and a multi-night music festival featuring live music from some of the greatest fandom musicians. For more information, check out bronycon.org.

 

Rebecca Shoichet Confirmed for Final BronyCon

Greetings Nation,

I am so Happy to announce that the voice of Sunset Shimmer & the singing voice for Twilight Sparkle Rebecca Shoichet has been Confirmed for the Final BronyCon.

I absolutely love her character. She has had one of the best story arcs in the series. Started out as a villain who wanted to rule over Equestria, was taken down, and has had a long and strenuous climb to reformation and redemption. Plus whenever Rebecca gets to do a song, she always gets some of the best lines. Some of my favorites are

  1. In These Pages you’ll last forever. (in Forgotten Friendship)
  2. Be the legend you are meant to be. (The Legend of EverFree)
  3. Like a Phoenix burning bright in the sky. (my past is not today)

Plus the first time I met her. I asked her if I could ask Sunset Shimmer a question. She spoke to me in character and I asked “Sunset” if you could take it all back. Would you? She said no. She got a lot of friends and learned a lot from what she did. It’s sweet to know she’s thought about her character as much as we all have.

This will be Rebecca’s first  appearance at BronyCon since 2014. She is most recently known for her multiple roles in “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic,” most prominently as the villain turned hero Sunset Shimmer, and is the singing voice for Twilight Sparkle. In addition, she has voiced other well-remembered characters such as Night Glider and Sugar Belle.

 

Rebecca’s voice acting career expands well beyond “MLP” as well. Some of her credits in animation include playing Wisteria in “Littlest Pet Shop,” Jane in “Tarzan and Jane,” Apple Dumpling in “Strawberry Shortcake,” and numerous characters in “Enchantimals: Finding Home.” In addition, she has also provided voices for characters in English-dubs of Japanese anime such as “Nana Osaki” and “Inuyasha.”

 

Outside of her studio work, Rebecca sings live with the bands Mimosa, Soulstream, and Side One. She has also toured with pop/rock artists Amanda Marshall and Tom Cochrane.

 

Interested individuals seeking more information about Rebecca and all other special agents coming this August to BronyCon can visit bronycon.org/guests.

 

To register for a badge, 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, Discord, and Telegram to be the first to hear our latest announcements.

 

About BronyCon: Based in Baltimore, MD, the 11th and final BronyCon event is scheduled for August 1-4, 2019 at the Baltimore Convention Center. The convention features special guests, diverse programming, and a multi-night music festival featuring live music from some of the greatest fandom musicians. For more information, check out bronycon.org.

Cipes & The People: Fire in the Sky

WHAT’S UP NATION!?,

This is the Concert Cruizer and i’m back with a brand new review for you. I recently went to Orlando MegaCon which is like the San Diego Comic Con of the state.  Met a lot of great performers, saw some amazing cosplays, and I got to meet the voice actor of Beast Boy. Greg Cipes.

Meeting him was a trip. He was always willing to talk in character, he lives in Florida, and he has a band. Once he told me this I swore I would look him up and give a review of their latest release. So here is my review of Cipes & The People: Fire in the Sky.

(please note. The links do no work. This was just the most blown up image I could find of his album)

Now for anybody is wondering…No Beast Boy does not appear on this album. Which I consider to be a good thing. That would have been a way too easy of a move to get listeners but, he kept this separate from his voice acting career. Music wise this is a Reggae record with hints of psychedelia and it achieves that sound by using digital elements and it works rather well. You can create whole new levels textures to that sound using digital effects.

The first song is the title track Fire in the Sky and it’s a really tight love song. I love the verity of sound in it. While the lyrics are bit repetitive (that is if the lyric sites i’m reading are accurate) you get so lost in the sound that you don’t really notice. My only problem with this song is there appears to be a guitar solo and then Greg starts to sing over making the solo hard to hear. And now I don’t know if this is suppose to be a solo, a bridge, or a breakdown. But, it’s still a good song.

Next up we have Peace Now and i’m afraid I didn’t like this song. While it’s a nice sentiment, my biggest problem is that it doesn’t feel like a song. It feels like an experiment. Like someone created a synth riff and randomly dropped in sound bites. There’s not many lyrics, there’s no chorus, and it doesn’t feel complete. It’s like one of those weird interludes on Linkin Park’s a Thousand Suns.

Now Rainbeau seems to be about love making but, it’s done in a way that’s way more classy and tasteful. And doesn’t come off sounding obnoxious. It’s a nice acoustic and electric guitar song but, one of the unique things is the percussion. It’s actually someone doing beat boxing. After that is the song Holiday. This song has a hip hop feel to it and has a very nice flow. He name drops things you can do during a Holiday in the chorus but, he the lyrics in the chorus are the same each time. I would change it up every time. It would be a good way to mix it up and show what else you can do.

Next we have Drinking Gold and i’m not sure if this was mixed properly. While listening to it through my head phones. The music was way louder than the vocals. Making them hard to hear. It actually sounded like the speakers were rattling. There’s a nice guitar solo but again, someone is talking over it. And finally we have I AM and I think this was a good song to end on. The mix is way better, no one talks over the guitar solo, and it just talks about being free from everything that’s going on in the world.

After listening to the whole record. I can honestly there are some songs I would come back to and living in a place like Florida. It does set a tropical/summer mood and I can easily see myself recommending this album to people. So with all of that said I give this album a 7.5 out of 10. Definitely check out and be sure to visit his website at www.gregcipes.com to pick up the record, buy some signed merch, and see where he will be appearing next. And until next time nation. STAY LOUD!