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Born and raised in Texas since 1979. Cartoon enthusiast since childhood. Drawing fan since then too, though never learned any techniques, too interesting in drawing than learning how to. Wrestling fan since 1990. Heavy metal hard rock fan since 1991. Tried twice to learn guitar but gave up each time (I'm just too lazy and impatient to learn things like that -same problem I had with drawing). Bullied but survived middle school. Wrestled in High School. Signed up for the US Navy in senior year. Graduated in 1998. Went into the the Navy in 1999. Became a Christian while in the navy. Left navy in 2003. Went to community college in same year, graduated in 2005. Went to University Of North Texas, did one semester then dropped out. Best friend and brother by choice passed away in 2005. Became a fan of furry art in 2006, eventually being comfortable with the furry tag despite the negative stereotype from the yiff crowd. Went to automotive school in 2009. Failed in automotive career. Became a fan of MLP art in 2010 but refused to watch the show or accept the Brony tag. Went through various warehouse jobs until going into trucking school. Drove a truck for a while, but like the auto career, I screwed it up. Went into a depression and finally watched MLP. Fell in love with the show which helped me through those dark times. Now despite the negative stereotypes from the cloppers, I accept the Brony tag. Started my career at Amazon, hope things improve from there.
Used to have dreams of being a pro wrestler but genetics worked against me. Used to have dreams of singing in a metal band, but I barely have any social friends so have realized my dreams have to be set aside for reality. I still fantasize about how all those things could have happened, but not so much that I lose sight of reality. Once I can summon up the courage, I’ll start going to and singing at kareokee (sic) bars-don't like going to places like that by myself. Really don't know where I'm going and find it best to just concentrate on today. Praise God! Metal forever! Art forever!
Favorite visual artistGary SmithFavorite moviesLord Of The Rings, Star Wars TrilogyFavorite TV showsNight Court, Newsradio, Law & Order, MST3K, MLP FiM, Red Dwarf, many moreFavorite bands / musical artistsIron Maiden, Savatage, Judas Priest, Dio, Pretty Maids, Khymera, many moreFavorite booksThe Shannara Series, The Xanth Series, Sege A. Storms SeriesFavorite writersTerry Brooks
I know my watchers are few in numbers, but what the hay: I was watching Family Appriciation Day and remembered how adorable Bunny Bloom was and I collected some screenshots so I could draw one of them. Which should I draw? BTW, I will not be drawing Tiara
I live in Weatherford, TX which is to the west of Ft. Worth which is west of Dallas. This area combined as the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. There is only one MLP con in the area and it's Nightmare Nights. I found out about this three years ago when an artist I watch, jadedjynx.deviantart.com/ was talking about being there. Since she created my second favorite OC and the prettiest pony in the MLP universe, Jade, I wanted to attend and meet her and other artists and of course to witness the con experience. That weekend, my employer Amazon had my shift on mandatory overtime and I couldn't go. The next year I had a crummy job at DFW Airport and didn't have the money to do it. This year, I had the money but not the time to take off of work. I had planned on going next year. Sadly, I found out that this would be the last Nightmare Nights so I knew I had to at least go on Sunday. Of course there was the problem with getting my reviews done for the show. However, as luck would have it, the episodes were leaked and with a lot of work I was able to finish them Saturday.
I had my ticket and it was time to go. However, nervousness kicked in due to me not being good in crowds when I'm not with someone I know and meeting new people. Typing online back and forth is much easier than in meeting in person. I wondered if I should just forget the whole thing. Add to it that I only had about 5 hours of sleep due finishing my review the night before. However, I summoned up my courage and decided I at least have to meet the artists I know. I knew berrypawnch.deviantart.com/ and coltsteelstallion.deviantart.c… would be there so I sought them out. Unfortunately Coltsteelstallion was not a vendor so there was no real way to meet him since I don't know what he looks like and there were a lot of people there. Apart from that, I just hoped to find the ones I knew (and was following, that will come up later).
To relieve a bit of my nervousness, I wore my Operation Enduring Freedom hat. Because most people have respect for veterans. I also wore my motorcycle jacket because I always feel comfortable in that thing and it was still pretty cold that morning. I also wore my anime style Derpy shirt because it was my first MLP shirt, it's the only one I have licensed by Hasbro, and Derpy is my favorite canon pony. I also wore about 8 or so MLP dog tags.
Onto the convention!
I got there and after handing in my ticket I got my badge which I adorned with my username, Dallas Black. and got the program and bought a print of the convention:
I wanted a t-shirt but all they had were small (I'm too fat for that) and 4XL (I'm nowhere near that fat). That sucked but what are you going to do?
I then went to the vendor hall and using the program found berrypawnch.deviantart.com/ . Turns out (I found this out before the convention) he recently moved to Dallas so I was able to officially welcome him to the Lone Star State. I had been a fan of his for quite a while with his unique adorable (sometimes creepy-in a good way) style and even mentioned him in one of my favorite pony artists journals. He had always been a very cordial artist on DA, always replying to comments (very rare for a lot of artists I watch) and in person he was no different. He had some prints of some of my favorite pieces of his. Limited in money I had to narrow it down to these:
A funny and cute take on a famous motivational poster.
Derpy and Doctor Hooves, one of the few ships I approve of.
Parody posters of two games from my childhood. The first one Double Dragon I was actually pretty good at, the other, Castlemania I sucked at but the soundtrack was awesome and I was able to watch some people play it who were good at it. Both of course also based on MLP episodes
Another parody, this time of one of the most famous pieces of The Far Side's Gary Larson.
Next to him was the artist I originally wanted to meet several years ago jadedjynx.deviantart.com . She was very nice and I was able to let her know how much I love her OC Jade and her beautiful art (also mentioned in my favorite artist journals). I was also able to find out that the MIA comic, My Little Sterelis (one of the best fan comics out there and the one that introduced the lovely Jade) is not cancelled, just merely on hiatus). A while back, since I missed two years to go to NN, I bought a print she did of my lovely Queen which is framed and in my room (as I plan on with all the prints I bought that day). She didn't have any art of Jade but there was plenty of lovely work to chose from. I settled for these:
She has all the Mane 6 done like this just as lovely, but I had to go with my favorite of the 6, the ever adorable and in this piece, gorgeous Fluttershy!
She did have and OC of another artist and my favorite pony canon or not, the infamous Fluffle Puff with my lovely queen.
Those were two I knew would be there. However, I noticed something when I was meeting them. I saw some are I was VERY familiar with. The mind numbing adorable art was unmistakably the work of latecustomer.deviantart.com/ ! His unique and adorable style has been a favorite of mine in my early delving into the fandom (again mentioned in one of my favorite pony artist journals). He like Berry had been very cordial with me on DA and almost always replied to my comments and it was nice to finally meet him in person. My absolute favorite of his was a lovely but sad piece with AJ looking in the mirror seeming to wonder if she was pretty or not. However, that one wasn't there but I found a few I really like.
This has always been one of my favorites, it's so cute and funny! He always does a great job with the CMC but to me this is the cream of the crop!
Daffy's reaction to seeing Fluttershy is priceless! I can only wonder what Bugs will thing when he turns around. Also, Flutters is so fluttorable here!
He also let me get a free button and I went with Derpy (forgot to take a picture of it and it's in my car-if I go out to get it, one of my cats we keep put up at night would be let out.
Unfortunately, I forgot to have him sign these but I don't need to see his name to know it's his work.
Next to him (no surprise to me),another artist I mentioned in one of my favorite pony artist lists, was whitediamondsltd.deviantart.co… . Not surprising because both Late Customer and her are engaged (or married I'm not sure when the big day is/was). Two amazing artists in our amazing fandom managed to find each other, amazing! I had already congratulated him on DA but she doesn't hang around here anymore so this was the first time I was able to congratulate her in person. She does a lot of RariJack shipping and I've told her online I'm not a fan of that shipping but with her lovely art I always make an exception. The cool thing was, she even remembered me commenting on her art even though it was some time ago. Everyone I met was real nice, but she was incredibly so. A very charismatic lady indeed! I wish them all the luck in the world on their nuptials! I got a few nice prints of her art. She too let me choose a button and since the other two CMC were in a print (see below), I picked Scootaloo (Scutes as I like to call her). It wasn't displayed but she had it and was able to put it on the display afterwards.
AJ's hoof up against the screen and her expression is so adorable!
The two best pairs of sisters in Equestria!
There were a lot of great artists but I didn't know most of them except the renowned Assassin Monkey. However, I haven't gotten around to going through his (and many many other artists) gallery so I can put in a watch (I will try very hard to get to this task as my Art 2 Watch folder is getting almost unmanageable). Of course the other artists there that had great art are going to have to be added as well. If I had a large amount of money I would have bought stuff from all of them and met every single one of them. However with a limited amount of money I had to focus on those artists I have been watching for many years.
I also had to save my money for one more vending table. The one belonging to official IDW comic artist Tony Fleecs! I love the comics perhaps even more than the show and he is responsible for a large number of them (he might even tie Andy Price in the amount of MLP comics). I had to wait a little bit because he was held up in a Meet The Artists event but in the meantime I took a break and pondered what else I'd do.
I hated to just got there, meet the vendor artists and leave. I thought I owed it to fyre-flye.deviantart.com/ to meet her at the autograph signings and let her know how much the show created and the fandom that grew from it has meant to me and meet others who are responsible for the show's continuance. However, I realized I missed some of the best events from the previous days and again, my nervousness hadn't completely abated and I would probably be too nervous for the autograph signings. I was also super tired so I decided I wasn't going to hang around. However, first I had to meet Tony Fleecs.
tonyfleecs.deviantart.com/ hadn't come back yet so I went through some prints to see which ones I'd buy. Once I decided and he came back I had him sign them and let him know how much I love the comics. He was a cool guy and pretty funny too. Apart from a sketch book, I got these:
This one shows the Mane 7 (Spike included) with their most famous alternate counterparts (some from the show like Flutterbat, Pinkamenia, large Spike, and time travel Twilight and others from the comics like Outlaw Apple Jack and Nightmare Rarity). Coming out of one of the mirrors that leads to alternate universes. Based off of a story arc in the comics called Reflections (though the only counterparts shown here are in that comic are Outlaw Apple Jack and Pinkamenia).
This one shows a teaming up of the shows most famous antagonists (reformed and non). Very cool! However the only reason I got this one because with the other one this size you got a reduced price. That other one being:
This of course portraying the movie cast. This is the kind of poster (though in this case a print) of the movie I want! I have an offical poster of the movie with the Mane 6 as seaponies, but there is no Tempest, Captain Celaeno, or Grubber, Capper, or Storm King so I had to get this one. Good thing because they were running out of these.
So, while I didn't get to enjoy the full con experience, I got to meet some incredible artists and got out of my comfort zone for a bit (also left the house, something I rarely do on Sundays). I'm sad that I wasn't able to be there for the whole thing and won't ever have the chance to go to a con again. I'd have to win the lottery to be able to attend the other cons around the country. I could try and save some money but by the time I had enough, the fandom cons might be gone (if others decide to follow suit with Nightmare Nights). I'm also sad that I never had the dedication or passion for improving drawing ability in my youth and be one of those very vendors contributing great works to the fandom. I thought maybe my SoC reviews would have been better received or my fanfic could have reached more people or at least kept them reading but it wasn't meant to be. However, despite not being able to contribute great works, I'm happy to know many artists I watch have showed appreciation for my compliments of their art. Knowing that my moral support is appreciated by plenty of them means I contribute at least a small bit to the fandom. I'm also happy to finally meet online people in person and that other people did have the dedication and passion to become great artists.
Sad to see Nightmare Nights go away but happy to at least be there for a some of it!
Due to Twilight's OCD and her total dissmiss of Starlight's concerns, Starswirl and the Legends Of Equestria have been rescued from limbo. Unfortunately they are not alone as The Pony Of Shadows has been freed from his prison and is ready to reek havoc on the world. Twilight, you done bucked up! Let's see how she fixes this mess she put everypony in.
*He may be evil, but at least the guy has a sense of humor.
*Talk is cheap. Actions speak louder than words. Ponies that use brute force against others only respond to brute force returned on them.
*Twilight's like, "Shut up Starlight, you're embarrassing me!"
*I think he should maybe explain to her that you can't compromise with somepony(one) who wants to eliminate you. It's like the idiots that think we can work it out with North Korea (who wants to destroy South Korea) or Muslim extremists (who want to destroy all of western civilization).
*This is going to become ugly isn't it?
*Hope so, otherwise you will look silly defending them.
*Um, you gals aren't going to be put in Limbo as well right? Then you're simply trading one group of heroes in Limbo for another. Starlight's idea to talk to Shadow is starting to look like the better plan.
*I don't think she does. Just like with the spell that caused all this mess, I think her blind devotion to Starswirl is clouding her judgment.
*Dawwwww!!!!! That last part is the parting shot so I won't post it here.
Well that was a nice season finale! A bit over hyped though. The promo made it look like the previous cast of villains were going to show up but they just got a passing mention. The Pony Of Shadows was pretty badass and Starswirl came off as a giant ass. Good to see even a legend like himself was greatly flawed and in the end he came around and gave Twilight the due she's earned. Starlight had quite a big part in this but I'm ok with that. I've grown accustomed to her character since her transformation. I think this one holds my record of screenshots (this second part that is) at a whopping 337 (38 bonus and a parting shot)! This is probably due to my wanting this SoC to be the grandest one I've done (I also probalby posted more songs than any review before it). Was this a perfect season finale? No, it was really good and I give it 4/5 or 9/10 but it just wasn't as good as I hoped it would be. Then again, that's how this season was. To me it was the weakest season in some time and overall I give it 3/5 or 7/10. Some really great episodes (some of the best like AJ's parents story) but too many duds. I think they rushed this season in too fast. It needed about a month or more break. I think it would have been much more enjoyable and would have made doing my reviews easier.
Speaking of which, because of how much a chore it is to do these SoCs, this maybe the last one (which is why I went all out for this one). That depends on how long of a break we get this time. If they rush it like they did with this season, I don't think I will have the energy or patience to continue. Without all the fanart and ES Stories polls to attach my reviews to in the comments, my viewership has dropped by half. When ES did his polls and some of the other artists did episode pieces every week, I'd get about 100 views in a week. Since very few artists do it and ES hasn't done any polls lately, I've gotten maybe 60-70 views a week if that. I don't think most people understand how much work goes into these reviews. It takes literally 6-8 hours to watch a 20 minute cartoon, not to mention the 2-3 hours it takes to put them in journal form. That is a ton of work for an average 7-10 views a day.
If this is the last one, I want to thank all those who have supported my endeavors these past several seasons. I've had a lot of fun with most of these and any kind word thrown my way in reference to them has been greatly appreciated. If I don't continue with the reviews, I may still catch the occasional screenshot and throw in a funny comment from time to time. Once again, thank you to all who read these and I will leave with my bonus shots and the parting shot:
"Is that... a baby dragon? What have ponies come to?"
"Dammit, I forgot my little blue pills!!!!"
"That was close, I almost wet myself! Scratch that, I DID wet myself."
"He's so huge! In more ways than one!!!!!"
"No penis jokes while I'm around!!!!!"
"I agree! Nopony wants to hear about your shriveled, saggy old guy penis."
"Oh, I'm sure they're not THAT shriveled!"
"Besides, Starlight has many spells in her repertoire, I'm sure there's one that will fix that!"
"And if not, it's not like any mare would actually sleep with you."
"I wouldn't go that far, if you have a nice personality, I'm sure you can find somepony to sleep with you."
"Sorry young lady, I've never paid for it in my life."
"Darling, Rainbow Dash isn't a prostitute. Even if she was, you couldn't afford her."
"Did you know I actually have a Starswirl dakimakura?!"
"Pink one, you are quite attractive. Come to my room tonight and let's set this ship asail!
"These perverted sex jokes have got to stop!"
"Nope, not with me hugging your ass!!!! So squishy!!!!!!!!!"
"What a bad day. My idol hates me and these perverse jokes are non stop!!!!"
"This pretty little one tickles my fancy!"
"Talk to the hoof!"
"Twilight, are you ok? I'm sure the pervert will reel the sex jokes in now."
"Phbbpthbpt!!! Yeah, that'll happen!!!!!"
"I know, that sicko will never stop!"
Keep mocking me and I'll really give you two something to groan about!
"Wow, that is one anatomically correct statue!"
"See! This is why I hate coming to the city! Nothing but sex, sex, sex!!!!"
"What is that smell? Did you fart or does your castle always smell like crap?"
"It was Apple Jack, she just lets them rip!!!!"
Got nothing, just like this screenshot!
"Is this where where we're going to have our orgy?"
"I thought those orgy jokes ran their course in part 1 of the review?!!!"
"Little does he realize this pervert's orgy jokes NEVER end."
"It was you Twilight, I learned it from watching you!!!!"
"Everypony hates me nopony loves me, I'm going to eat some worms!"
"Your will be redeemed even if I have to whip it out of you!!!"
"I hate Mondays!!!!!"
"I read your clopfic about us Starswirl. While I'm flattered in how you described me, I've never actually been that flexible."
"You're not such a bad screw up as I initially thought!"
"That's the sweetest thing anypony ever said to me with the phrase 'screw up'!"
"Twilight! Not in public!!! Wait until tonight."
The final parting shot of the season and maybe of the entire SoC series:
Here we have reached the end of another season of MLP: FiM. This time a lot of planning had been put into it. A while back there was a story arch in the IDW comics where they came across a pony who was erasing Equestrian history because of a dark character in his family's past. The Mane 6 managed to set him right and the comic ended with a pony in an shop knocking over a barrel, spilling it's contents. He says to himself that he needs to clear some of that junk out. Among that junk in the barrel was a mysterious book. In our last episode Twilight and Sunburst bought a barrel of blind buys from the antique shop. That was the very same barrel and the last shot was of that secret, mysterious book. Comics may not necessarily be canon but it was nice to tie the comics to the season finale. I've read the synopsis for the finale so I know the basic premise so I am anticipating this one! However, it's going to take almost a week to watch it so I can have my review ready. I'm actually typing this on the Thursday before the last episode I just mentioned. On the bright side, I'm ahead of schedule and should have no problem making the con (Nightmare Nights) on the 27th while being able to put this into journal form the night before. As like last time, this will be broken into two parts with probably one intro (this one) for both. However, I have a song I want to attach to this review that ties in perfectly and if I can't find a natural place to enter it in the Stream Of Conscience typing, I will use it as a brief intro. So without further ado, here is Shadow Play Part 1!