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Bronycon is the worlds largest convention for and by fans of the animated TV series My Little Pony Friendship is Magic. (WTOPAlicia Lozano)
Bronycon is the world's largest convention for and by fans of the animated TV series "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic." (WTOP/Alicia Lozano)
It started out as a one day event in New York City with just 100 attendees. (WTOPAlicia Lozano)
It started out as a one day event in New York City with just 100 attendees. (WTOP/Alicia Lozano)
Bronycon has grown over the years to a weekend-long extravaganza drawing over 8,000 fans from every corner of the globe. (WTOPAlicia Lozano)
Bronycon has grown over the years to a weekend-long extravaganza drawing over 8,000 fans from every corner of the globe. (WTOP/Alicia Lozano)
Despite the sparkles, rainbows and ponies, the brony world is not easy to infiltrate. (WTOPAlicia Lozano)
Despite the sparkles, rainbows and ponies, the brony world is not easy to infiltrate. (WTOP/Alicia Lozano)
Shunned by mainstreamers and even other cosplayers, bronies tend to keep to themselves and can be distrustful of the uninitiated. (WTOPAlicia Lozano)
Shunned by mainstreamers and even other cosplayers, bronies tend to keep to themselves and can be distrustful of the uninitiated. (WTOP/Alicia Lozano)
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Lukas Reynold says he and his dad drove all the way from central New York for Bronycon. (WTOPAlicia Lozano)
Lukas Reynold says he and his dad drove all the way from central New York for Bronycon. (WTOP/Alicia Lozano)
Bronies, adult fans of the animated show about magical ponies that live in a world called Equestria, are relative newcomers to the already robust world of cosplay, or costume play. (WTOPAlicia Lozano)
Bronies, adult fans of the animated show about magical ponies that live in a world called Equestria, are relative newcomers to the already robust world of cosplay, or costume play. (WTOP/Alicia Lozano)
Bronies were once divided into male fans, bronies, and female fans, pagasisters. Apparently the latter never caught on. (WTOPAlicia Lozano)
Bronies were once divided into male fans, bronies, and female fans, pagasisters. Apparently the latter never caught on. (WTOP/Alicia Lozano)
Now, brony is a gender-neutral term to describe all fans of My Little Pony. It is unclear what an animal fan of the show, like this chihuahua, is called. (WTOPAlicia Lozano)
Now, brony is a gender-neutral term to describe all fans of "My Little Pony." It is unclear what an animal fan of the show, like this chihuahua, is called. (WTOP/Alicia Lozano)
Brony culture is specific to the current version of My Little Pony. (WTOPAlicia Lozano)
Brony culture is specific to the current version of "My Little Pony." (WTOP/Alicia Lozano)
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Most fans at the convention, including Button Man, have not seen the original 1983 series. (WTOPAlicia Lozano)
Most fans at the convention, including Button Man, have not seen the original 1983 series. (WTOP/Alicia Lozano)
Those who have, scoff that the old show is for kids, and say the revamped version is much smarter. (WTOPAlicia Lozano)
Those who have, scoff that the old show is for kids, and say the revamped version is much smarter. (WTOP/Alicia Lozano)
Bronies are slowly being accepted as the latest additions to the world of cosplay. (WTOPAlicia Lozano)
Bronies are slowly being accepted as the latest additions to the world of cosplay. (WTOP/Alicia Lozano)
The only difference is that bronies are much softer and more furry than many other characters. (WTOPAlicia Lozano)
The only difference is that bronies are much softer and more furry than many other characters. (WTOP/Alicia Lozano)
A Brony in a Fluttershy t-shirt poses for a portrait at AnimeUSA, September 2013. (Courtesy Maria Helena Carey)
A Brony in a Fluttershy t-shirt poses for a portrait at AnimeUSA, September 2013. (Courtesy Maria Helena Carey)
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Kate and Jay met at a Brony convention and will marry this September. This photo was taken at a DC Bronies meet-up, February 2014. (Courtesy Maria Helena Carey)
Kate and Jay met at a Brony convention and will marry this September. This photo was taken at a DC Bronies meet-up, February 2014. (Courtesy Maria Helena Carey)
Phil is dressed as Braeburn, a male character in the show. This portrait was taken at a meetup in February, 2014. (Courtesy Maria Helena Carey)
Phil is dressed as Braeburn, a male character in the show. This portrait was taken at a meetup in February, 2014. (Courtesy Maria Helena Carey)
Nicole is one of the organizers for the D.C. area Bronies Meetup group and loves making her own costumes. Here she is dressed as Applejack, one of the Mane Six. This portrait was taken at a meetup in February, 2014. (Courtesy Maria Helena Carey)
Nicole is one of the organizers for the D.C. area Bronies Meetup group and loves making her own costumes. Here she is dressed as Applejack, one of the Mane Six. This portrait was taken at a meetup in February, 2014. (Courtesy Maria Helena Carey)
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