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#113) Three months ago...I went to brony meet-up in my local area. I won't say where it was so it won't look bad on other bronies from the area but there were about 17 people there. One was a guy and he and me got on really well at the meet-up. We decided to meet up a few more times just the two of us. We met up three times and everything was fine. I found out he smoked pot and drank a lot at the third meeting and said I didn't like it but he was okay with that and I didn't mind too much. Anyway after that we were talking through Skype like normal but he was kind of excited to meet up again and he said he loved me. He lives about an hour and


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ikittencakes Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
nice artwork!
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tillymb Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
nice...
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ZombieArt Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
ok so my 87 mustang has some trans problems and im to broke to pay a better mechanic than my self to fix it, and im to stubborn to not love and tolerate my car back to health what do i do? Brony asking a Brony
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MillenniumFalsehood Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
#116 I gotta say that I'm a big fan of bonding between siblings of any sort and any age spread. I don't have any sisters or brothers which share my passions, as I'm a sci-fi and animation geek and they're all into . . . well, pretty much anything else.

I do have some extended family that I treat as little brothers and sisters though, because they've always looked up to me and I naturally fell into the role.

So I really love reading that you bonded with your little sister over MLP. I recently bonded with my nephews over it, myself. They are 10 and 12, and though they were a bit wary of watching a girl's cartoon, after showing them the funnier episodes they really warmed up to it and didn't mind at all who it was aimed at. Of course, I already am a big hit with them because we share a love of Star Wars, so it was easier than if I had gone in cold. The bigger idea though is that it's a great feeling to bond with family over common interests, and certainly something to be encouraged, whether it's over MLP or any other thing.

#117 I like Cudpug's answer, so I thought I'd put a more in-universe spin on the question.

Could it be that in this universe the X chromosome is dominant? Perhaps in the deepest depths of their evolutionary chain the female proved to be more of an asset than the male of the species. This is true of real animal species. Some, like ants, are dominated by females because they provide for the group. Others do it because their reproductive rate is slow and so they need more females to keep the species going.

This may also be related to how love, harmony, joy, etc. seem to be real, tangible things. The female brain is more oriented toward emotion than the male brain, and if this is related to the aforementioned emotional states then the female would naturally be the dominant of the species because of the survival aspect of being more in tune with their emotions then males. It's an interesting thought experiment to wonder what would result from love and such being able to be made manifest in a physical and very real way, even to the point of being weaponized.

#118 Cudpug is very right about conventions being dominated by the uber-fans.

For us sci-fi geeks, similar events like ComiCon are the equivalent of Mecca. We make an annual pilgrimage to a faraway location to meet up with people just as crazy-obsessed as we are, and I'm sure it's the same with My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. People naturally want to socialize with like-minded individuals, and unless you're religious and go to church every Sunday, you have to find a venue to do this, and it's not always easy to find.

For some, it's as simple as finding a local watering hole to jaw with fellow sports fans. But for fandoms that are not quite as popular, even if they are becoming mainstream, it becomes necessary to seek out a common meeting ground, and in a country the size of this one you run into the problem of having to spend a lot of money on travel expenses alone to meet up with people. This naturally pares down the number of people attending said event to include mainly those who are so heavily invested in it that they feel it's worth the expense. The ones who are not as far into it typically live close enough to justify the trip.

So yeah, you're definitely going to run into the super-fans and might even "experience" a hug from a sweaty, costume-adorned brony.
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
It's cool that you had a chance to bond with your own family over the show.
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MillenniumFalsehood Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah, and it's also great that those boys were fairly open to the show. I didn't tell them what it was, and skipped over the title credits, but they still liked it and were glad I showed it to them.
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MexaMix Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
I just have a couple simple questions:
Everfree as in Everfree Northwest? It's not till July, why is there so much buzz about it right now?
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LivelovelifeEleni Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
My best friend is a brony, I do like watching the show with her at times and looking for Shining Armor <3
I am, fairly new to this though, but I pretty much am used to all the characters now!
And bonds, especially family bondings
are so beautiful.
Also, you sir, I love your responses.
I shall keep up to date! ^^^D
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DonavenVisser Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
I just have one really good question why do they post pornographic pictures of ponies like I have a YouTube channel I was looking for a picture of vinyl scratch and well i found what I was looking for and some rather disturbing images I know I could put safe search on but why like I damn near puked when I saw vinyl scratch with here legs spread and I think you know the rest
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HeroofTime2195 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Hey, I've noticed that you have not answered my question yet. But that's okay, since the situation has resolved itself, making any response you would have given me completely useless.
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
Sorry, bud - I have nearly 70 of these questions backed up. Glad your situations resolved itself.
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HeroofTime2195 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
That doesn't really surprise me. You've gotta be pretty popular, considering how many questions you get. I had a feeling it would resolve itself by the time you got to it, and it turns out I was right, lol. Thank you for considering it, though ^-^
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LateCustomer Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013   Digital Artist
Re: 118

I found most folks at Equestria LA to be rather friendly, if a bit socially awkward (not that I'm any better). I imagine Everfree will be no different.
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
I've heard mixed things from different conventions. Generally, I'm sure the people attending must have a good time, although I do imagine that they aren't for the faint-hearted.
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LateCustomer Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013   Digital Artist
So I was either very lucky or very oblivious. I'd believe either.
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TheWrongestTrousers Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
#116: This is something I can get behind. I usually am, still, a bit weirded out when a person, around my age, enjoys the show. Though, that's only for the fact of how loud the internet voices can be and I am terrified of them. But if it can help bond a brother and sister, then it shouldn't be a problem that you're all friends, now. (There are other exceptions, this isn't the only one.)

#117: The "My Little Pony" franchise is directed towards young girls. There ya have it.

#118: Be super wary of the very embarrassing people walking about. This may or may not be their first time outside. You'll know the look. Don't make eye contact.
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
Your answer to #118 is exactly the sort of critical wit that makes me giddy with child-like glee.
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TheWrongestTrousers Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I use as much wit as I possibly can. Usually revolves around the fact that I've recently seen myself in the mirror and the hate in my heart that I have for the person I see. Then I come onto here and post.
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
Do you have a portrait in the attic that gets progressively older while you retain your rugged, youthful appearance?
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TheWrongestTrousers Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Almost, except it isn't of me, it's a portrait of Steve from Blue's Clues.
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HeroofTime2195 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
lol
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Pirill-Poveniy Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
Well, this was an interesting breather from the usual set of NSFW questions you tend to answer.

For #117, a small observation I'd like to make is that in season 3 (and the Crystal Empire episodes specifically) I thought I noticed there was a much more even male/female ratio on the background ponies. While it doesn't affect the plot at all, it was an interesting thing to see. Maybe Ponyville is designed to be more female-heavy compared to other areas.
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
They do appear to be making more of an effort to use male ponies. The crystal ponies seemed to be quite evenly weighted, as you say.
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ijustloveit619 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
The first question in this is really touching good job on answering them :D
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ender1200 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
I have never been to a Brony convention myself (there are no such conventions in my country) but i have been to many sci-fi fantasy, gaming and anime conventions. Most conventions are blends of “normal” social meeting places were people go to be friendly, and "weird" unbarred enthusiasm. I can understand how can one be weirded out sometimes (hack, it happened to me), but all the weird stuff is, in the end, what leaves the best memories and stories to take from the Con.
You should also remember that a Convention is a sort of a festival for the fandom, so acting festive and showing more enthusiasm to the franchise than one normally do, are part of the point.

Just remember that the Convention is a crouded place full of strangers, so stay safe.
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Knight-BIshop Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I spent three years ripping on bronies and I end up watching one single clip and now I watched 10 episodes. =( I have become everything I hated.
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ender1200 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
Man that's rough. :(
Welcome to the Herd then! :D
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Knight-BIshop Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
NOOOOOOO!
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x-Short-Hilt-x Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Well, see, that's just the thing. A lot of people tend to hate the show and its fans, but very few actually have ever SEEN it. (I will admit though, the first two episodes are nauseating compared to the rest of the series.) But, honestly, it's OKAY to like a show. Conforming to everyone else's opinions will only make you depressed and less sure of yourself.

I mean, I didn't get into it until later last year. Sure some fans are obnoxious, I'll be the first to admit, but you should never judge a show by its fans. Watching and judging for yourself is how things should really go - rather than hating the person right away for what they like.

As a woman, it's a little easier for people to say it's okay for me to like MLP - even though I'm hitting the ripe age of 20 this April. But for the guys, I can sympathize with them. Whenever I play, say, Gears of War online, people call me, "faggot, gay," and other things, but it's all because I sound like a girl or a prepubescent boy. It's somehow unheard of that women play games, too. It's generally hilarious when they realize I'm of the opposite gender. Most are apologetic but on the other hand, they're very sexist. So to my point on ponies, men are treated the same way.

Oops, didn't mean to turn this into a rant. I shortened it as much as I could. ;~;
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ender1200 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
Worse part is that the people who treat bronies the worse (the ones that call us gay and pedophiles) are the same sort of people treat woman bad in gaming servers.
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x-Short-Hilt-x Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
That was exactly what I said. xDD The third paragraph almost exactly. I didn't touch on the pedophile part, though. It's like, why can't we just get along and understand not everyone likes the same thing...?
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mortalshinobi Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
actually i believe the most predominant male is spike. big mac is only the most popular one. :)
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
Oh, you're right!
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mortalshinobi Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
yeah, i notice it since i'm a spike fan. :D
though as far as pony guys go, mac is the most common. no dragon girls we've seen yet. though i guess we'll see one in two weeks. :D
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BB-K Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
#117 is fun to answer. :) Well of course, the show was originally meant to target female audiences, but come to an unexpected surprise, we males like it too. Well, for me is due to lack of good cartoons anyway, not join for the sake of it. Anyway, Cudpug, you did your research well enough on why it has mostly females, well, that's fine by me. And at least FiM is balanced enough compare to the girly side of TV series such as Barbie, Sailormoon, the G3 era, etc.. Yeap, when I was young, I was more on the manly shows such as Race Cars (I'm no longer interested in those today), soccer like The Hurricanes, Dragonball, etc.. Today, I'm more open but still stay away from pure girly shows, although I'm into documentaries and science shows as of today too.

#118, despite I never been to a convention at all, but I can say that over there is going to be interesting if not exciting. Going to a convention can be fun sometimes.
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Thanks for the comment, bud. Documentaries are what I spend most of my time watching now.
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BB-K Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, I can't live on cartoons forever. So I want to learn something through science, Mythbusters is my favorite. Tried movies and sports, but they don't work out for me, Asian comedies are even worse for me as I'm more on English.
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doctordapples Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
This is probably the most normal set of questions you've ever received. And the first one is just plain adorable.
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Maybe the fandom is on the up?
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CoolGoat Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I don't think so, it will be too boring without any questions from pervs :3
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
Hah. I'm sure there will be more of those soon ;P
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Gariandos Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
For some reason, it's not showing the picture art, only a .pdf style file.
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Had to make the change to keep the image thumbnails 'full'. A new DA update neutered images attached to literature (go and look at previous entries and you'll see the images are now cut off). This way I get to keep the thumbnail complete, which is what the artists deserve.
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Gariandos Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, I see. I remember reading about that.
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BeltedYapper Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Does every entry have their own theme?
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
How so?
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Letrune Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Hi. May one ask for such advices too? :)
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Feel free to note me any questions.
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Letrune Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
Thank you, I just sent one.
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