I was born just a little too late to be part of that generation that was continually burned by the misleading promises you'd get from the ads in comic books, and to be honest, I've always been a little saddened by that. Don't get me wrong, it's not that I want to be ripped off, but for decades, the disappointment that came from cardboard X-Ray Specs and $2.98 nuclear submarines was an important part of the medium. Also, I've always been curious about the secrets of dynamic tension.
Fortunately for me, I can live out the thrill of disappointment through a purple cartoon dragon that lives in a tree that is also a library with a pony (also purple) in this week's My Little PonyMicroseries#9! The story, focusing on Spike and brought to you by Rob Anderson and Agnes Garbowska, finds Twilight Sparkle's #1 assistant attempting to get a pet of his own by sending off for sea monkeys, with hilarity to ensue upon delivery. Check out a preview below!
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: FriendsForever, 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.
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.
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 isMagic'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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