Crack open your history books and mark it down, everybody: 2013 is the year that the superhero genre finally gave up its stranglehold on the medium of comic books and was replaced by its new successor: Pony Comics. This week, we have seen the first step in the equestrian takeover as IDW has announced the creative team for My Little Pony: Friends Forever, a second ongoing series set to launch in January starring everyone's favorite friendship-based horses, starting with a story about Pinkie Pie and Applejack from the creative team of Alex de Campi and Carla Speed McNeil.
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If you weren't able to snag Kaite Cook and Andy Price's San Diego Comic-Con exclusive My Little Pony story this past summer, IDW's My Little Pony 2013 Annual—Spotlight should cure what ails you. The reprinted tale is only part of the appeal for fans, however, as Ted Anderson and Tony Fleecs are expanding The Hub's animated My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic world with a prequel story that ties into the recent Equestria Girls movie, where the famous ponies live as teenage humans in another realm. IDW's provided CA with a first-look, which you can check out after the cut.
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What with most of their appearances on the show thus far involving replacement by magical villains and sinister mind control, we don't know a whole lot about My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic's Shining Armor and Princess Cadance. Sure, we know that he's Twilight Sparkle's brother and she's Twilight Sparkle's old babysitter, because we all have a complex Twilight Sparkle Family Tree diagram up on our walls that we add to as needed (it's not just me, right?), but beyond that, nothing. Until now!
Like many of you, I used to wonder what friendship could be. This, I think, is a common problem among people who read comics, since we're usually told that friendship involves rescuing someone from a crashing helicopter or dressing in bright colors to distract a murder clown, and these just aren't situations that come up too often in real life.
Fortunately, thanks to My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, we now have a much better example to follow. Sometimes, for instance, friendship involves building a gazebo, which is exactly what Big Macintosh is up to in the current arc by Katie Cook and Andy Price. Sadly, it's not that easy. Check out a preview of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic #10 after the jump (plus an awesome Justice League #1-inspired cover featuring the show's "background ponies") to find out why!
Maybe the weirdest part of my job is that I am routinely called upon to write the phrase "cutie mark" in a professional capacity. Take this week, for instance, when the new issue of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic Micro-Series puts the focus on everyone's favorite gang of junior Equestrians, the Cutie Mark Crusaders! They're up to their usual antics of trying to find out what destiny awaits them when they grow up, but this time, they have made a new friend: A amorphous, gibbering horror that could be anything -- or everything!
Or maybe it's supposed to be cute. Click past the jump to see for yourself.
If you've spent any time on this site at all, you probably know that some of us are big fans of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. We've praised the work of Katie Cook and Andy Price on the series on multiple occasions, as well as provide annotations of the first story arc of the series. And now, thanks to IDW, we have a seven page preview of issue #9, featuring the return of Cook and Price after a four issue absence, and you can check it out after the cut.
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While Entertianment Earth will be selling plenty of its own exclusive items at San Diego Comic-Con 2013, EE booth #2343 will also be the place where fans can find a number of Toys "R" Us items. And by "a number," I mean exactly nine items. Batman '66 enthusiasts will have access to a 6" action figure scale Batmobile, Transformers fans will be able to pick up Masterpiece editions of Acid Storm and Soundwave, My Little Pony collectors can score Nightmare Moon and Rainbow Dash as Shadowbolt figures, Adventure Time viewers can grab a Lady Rainicorn plush complete with her and Jake's puppies, and zombie lovers can get The Walking Dead and World War Z figures. There's also going to be a Winx Club figure if you're into Winx'n.