Bronies Invade Baltimore

BronyCon 2013 brings thousands of ‘My Little Pony’ lovers to Baltimore

Adult men who obsess over the cartoon ‘My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic’ will converge on the convention center

By Adam Gutekunst and Dustin Levy (The Baltimore Sun /, 8/31/2013)

Hundreds of “My Little Pony” collectibles cover Steve Lucia’s bedroom — plush toys, comic books, trading cards and T-shirts. It is a sea of pink and purple, a shrine to a TV show originally intended for young girls.

But Lucia is a 25-year-old man, an electrician who lives in a Pasadena duplex and has what he calls a “healthy obsession.”

“Being in the construction industry, there are guys who sit around and talk about women all day long,” Lucia said. “I go home and wrap myself in ponies.”

There are thousands of 20-somethings who share Lucia’s love of the TV show “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.” Called “bronies” (a mash-up of “bro” and “pony”), they not only collect official paraphernalia from the show but also create their own characters (called cosplay), art and even music.

This weekend, Lucia and some 6,000 other bronies from across the globe will head to the Baltimore Convention Center for BronyCon 2013, a celebration of brony culture.

Continue reading at The Baltimore Sun.

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