No, that's not me in the center there, but an amazing simulation.
Right from the time I learned that the sixth BronyCon was being held in Baltimore and expressed an interest in attending, Nicky insisted on coming with me. Not because she's experienced a "pony epiphany" -- I'm still trying to sell her on the virtues of DuckTales and Kimba the White Lion (without much success). No, she was concerned about "how it would look" for me to be attending a convention devoted to a pop-culture phenomenon "meant for little girls" without a (grown) female companion at the very least. I gave her the whole spiel about the show's adult fan base (for some reason, I forgot to pull the Star Trek card and tell her of the role that John "Q/Discord" De Lancie has played in encouraging the fandom) and said that I wanted to attend for just one day, on Sunday when most of the youngsters would probably have gone home and most of the attendees would be adults. This seemed to satisfy her, so we purchased our one-day tix.
The comic-book panel took place in a gigantic room, which made the attendance seem smaller than it actually was. (Having attended San Diego on a number of occasions, I had a familiar feeling.) We sat mid-room and so didn't get any good pictures of the panelists themselves. I imagine that if you search on the Internet long enough, you'll find a copy or transcription of the panel. Not that all that much was revealed -- Andy Price and Katie Cook spent most of the time talking about how awesome it was to be working on the comic, about their working methods, and so forth. I was pleased to hear that Hasbro has been ruling over the MLP franchise, including the comics, with a relatively light hand; would that Disney had followed that policy consistently with its TV-animation properties. The creators also refuse to look at any of the massive mess of MLP fanfic, partly for legal reasons (not wanting to inadvertently steal others' original characters) but also because they prefer to extrapolate from the TV series itself. Maybe they'll look at some fic "when they've retired," which will hopefully not be for a long time.
We had made tentative plans to attend a second panel run by a guy who is doing a Ph.D. thesis on the whole "brony" phenomenon, but the comic-book panel ran a bit late, and the panel's (much smaller) room was packed when we got there. Judging by the pretentiousness of the subtitles on the first PowerPoint slide, it was probably all for the best that we adjourned downstairs to the vendors' room. I had planned to get some little figurines of the "Mane 6" to add to my extensive figurine collection, but the cheapest ones I could find started at $20 (!!). Most of the other collectibles on display were priced in a manner that helped me to understand why one of the panels earlier in the weekend was entitled "Brony on a Budget." You'd almost have to be on one, in self-defense if nothing else.
The rumor is that BronyCon 2014 will be held in "Baltimare" (yes, they did "officially" call it that) as well. Next time, I think that I might try to attend at least one additional day, perhaps to see some of the voice-actor panels and the like.