Hey there, everypony! We’ve got some great news from Equestria: the My Little Pony Friendship is Magic comic book has been released! But we’ve got more than just a Party Canon planned for the happy event. A few of our most Fantastic Fanponies are going to talk about the comic and the Magic of Friendship. Put your hooves together for Ali Dash, Anika Pie, and Sigridjack.
My Little Pony Friendship is Magic was 20% cooler than all the other comics I read this week. No really. I smiled the whole time I was reading it! And then I read it again because I just loved it so. Katie Cook and Andy Price did a fantastic job of capturing the fun and adventurous tone of the cartoon. But most importantly, they made sure the comic was full of heart. That’s really what makes My Little Pony Friendship is Magic such a wonderful property, whether you’re a seven-year-old girl, or a 30-year-old dude. I’m really, really excited for the next issue. It’s gonna be SO. AWESOME.
There’s, a, a Jean Grey pony and a Batman pony in the crowd scene. There’s a Blues Brothers reference. There’s a Fantastic Four reference. There’s meta-textual self-awareness. There’s a purely delightful sense of fun with the medium of comics — working with and around frames, dealing with text, use of color and motion.
I am babbling, here, and I know it. I’m torn between trying to sell this comic to people who love comics but are side-eyeing My Little Pony, and trying to talk to people who already love the cartoon but are side-eyeing comics.
Both of you, just — take a deep breath and give this comic a shot. If you love comics, so does this comic. If you love My Little Pony and understand that Friendship is Magic, so does this comic. This is the most well-executed media tie-in comic I’ve ever seen.
Sigridjack is right: this comic excels in the details. The title “The Return of Queen Chrysalis” appears on the first page, but I didn’t notice that my first read-thru. I noticed that Sweetie Belle’s box was labeled “Jungle Crooz” — a joke that has about three layers and that was page one. The comic knows its audience. But Ali Dash is also right: the fan service doesn’t overshadow the story or the fun.
Anyways, because I didn’t notice the title (because Pinkie Pies are not observant except when we want to be), I was surprised when Chrysalis was the plot. Or the pony behind the plot. Or the not-pony-but-pony-like-villain behind the plot. Point is I was surprised and also pleased to see her! I loved the second season finale and the characters it introduced but we barely got to know them on screen. I was expecting the comic to be a watered down version of the show that I would probably ignore, but instead it’s a companion book that I’m excited to support!
Sigridjack, Doctor Whooves was in it TWICE! AND there’s a Katie Cook pony! TWICE! Also, I’m calling then the Blues Bronies because duh.
Anyway, back to Anika Pie’s thing about Queen Chrysalis and where this story’s going? Do you guys think we’ll get to see Shining Armor and Princess Cadence? OH! What about Princess Luna? Do you think the Cutie Mark Crusaders will FINALLY get their cutie marks?!! (Sheesh, I hope so ‘cause those fillies can be pretty annooooyiiiing sometimes). I want Rainbow Dash to do a Sonic RainBOOM!
I guess what I’m trying to say is, what would you like to see happen in the comics?
I want the comics to give us the depth the episodes don’t have time to dwell on. This issue? This story? PERFECT example. The comic can take the time to explore consequences, and how things affect other ponies, and what things mentioned in the show mean for Equestria.
Okay, first, I love Shining Armor. He is a pony made for me. I want him to show up, sure (and Cadence), but what I’d love is a little mini-comic about filly Twilight and her BBBFF. Second, Princess Luna is never ever used enough and I would read or watch a whole separate series about her…but she is also somepony I worry about the various creators not doing her the way I want her to be done, so maybe the cameos are better. Third, I seriously doubt the Cutie Mark Crusaders will get their cutie marks in the sideline comic rather than the show. I loved that Chrysalis and the text of the comic pointed out how annoying that quest, and their obsession with it, can be. That’s another example of the layering of humor I was talking about, and the meta-textual self-awareness Sigridjack mentioned. I, personally, like the CMC — and their nemesis Diamond Tiara! Mean Girls Pony Style! — but the blank flank plots get tiresome, yes.
What I want to see MOST is Pinkie Sense. And any other Pinkie-is-Spidey references (ex: Pinkie is hanging upside down for no reason whatsoever).
There seriously needs to be a team-up between Spider-Pinkie, the Mare Do Well, and Super Rainbow Dash. I would read the hooves off that comic!!
Should we gush about what an awesome job Katie Cook and Andy Price did with this book?
I totally love Cook’s web comic Gronk and she’s been pretty vocal about her love for My Little Pony Friendship is Magic on the interwebz. I know I was super excited when she was announced on the book. And she really did a fantastic job with these characters. She gets them inside and out and has each of their voices down perfectly. Plus she’s got a comics background, so the pacing and structure was really great for a comic. And man, that Andy Price knows how to draw a pony! He’s cartooning fits perfectly with the animation style of the show and his facial expressions are just priceless. There were a couple pages with like ALL OF THE PONIES and they look so fantastic and details. LURVE!
Cook and Price do something that has my utmost respect. At no point do they mock these ponies. There is love and affection and understanding, while at the same time recognition that this is … a comic book about ponies.
The writing is spot on, especially the in-and-out-jokes as I have mentioned twice already. As far as art, I agree with Ali that the larger scenes with everypony were wonderfully detailed. My only issue is personal and has nothing to do with the artist or his style — because these ponies are already art it bugs me that they don’t look the same. I know that’s a weird thing to say about comics but it was my gut reaction: “this is an artist’s interpretation of Pinkie Pie, not actually Pinkie Pie” and that took me out of the story sometimes.
OK! Lightning Round question: What’s your cutie mark? GO!
My Cutie Mark when I was twenty was a shield. Can your Cutie Mark change when you get older? PLEASE tell me it can! I would appreciate that!
If I received my Cutie Mark today, it would be a book.
Pom-poms. I was never an actual cheerleader for an actual team or school (none of the schools I went to really had any) but it’s always been my role in a group. Plus I’m loud, hyper, easily underestimated, and I never give up (never surrender).
I’mma go with a comic book. Or a curling stone. Or a cocktail. No, comics. Definitely comics.