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Brony Advice is both an active collaboration with artists and an advice column, in the simplest of terms: I want you to send me notes if you have any problems, secrets or comments on the pony fandom of any nature. It doesn't matter how embarrassing, offensive or vicious they might be - if you want someone to comment on them in a rational way, send them over. Maybe there's something within the fandom that you particularly despise, or perhaps you're feeling sad and need to hear some friendly advice? Whatever the motive, send me a note with your comment or question.

I'll then respond with advice and commentary and post the answers up in future installments. Users will remain anonymous, so you don't need to worry about your feelings and thoughts getting out onto DeviantArt. You may find that some of the things that you've personally been feeling will be addressed.

Feel free to note me if you would like your questions and observations to be answered in an upcoming edition. Every edition will be engaging with three issues. The above three featured today were submitted by anonymous deviants.

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:iconiqmazembrosky:
iqmazembrosky Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice
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:iconfireshobat:
FireShobat Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
Beautiful *-*
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SplashyLove Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Student General Artist
I need help
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Bonsai-Tree009 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Funny that I would come back to this just to inform you that iTunes is actually responsible for Derpy's censorship in which they feared that Derpy/Ditzy Doo would offend some people. iTunes' policies also had a part in this. So it was definitely NOT soccer moms.
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:iconcuddlepug:
Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
Is this news?

What's 'soccer'?
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:iconbonsai-tree009:
Bonsai-Tree009 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconfryragefaceplz: I'm not sure if you're being serious or just kidding around.
Sure, this may not be the most reliable source for you, but it was kind of the only thing I could find very quickly. This video is also a couple of weeks old. I think it's odd that new information randomly comes out after things cool down weeks or months after such controversies arise.
By the way, soccer is a sport played globally.

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:iconcuddlepug:
Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
I'm not sure why you're telling me. Did I come up with some other reason or something?
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:iconbonsai-tree009:
Bonsai-Tree009 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I know I'm repeating myself, but I just thought I should keep you updated on the facts relating to Derpy's censorship. And do you still strongly stand by your opinion about Derpy/Ditzy Doo? Any current second opinions?
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:iconcuddlepug:
Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
Uh, what was my opinion?
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:iconbonsai-tree009:
Bonsai-Tree009 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
If I remember correctly, you said that Derpy is more trouble than she's worth if the show staff continues to have her in the show. Do you still think she is dangerous?
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:iconcuddlepug:
Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
How dangerous can a cartoon be?
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SuperKamiNappa9001 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just recently I found out there was a whole community of brony haters. at this moment I was crushed. most my friends have tons of people to hang with and they fit in just fine, but I feel that this might be the new Justin bieber hating thing. not only that, I really like this show, and respect most things about it, but I feel that my parents don't like me as much now that they've found out im a brony. What should I do about these things?
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:iconpieceofkawaiipie:
PieceOfKawaiiPie Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
WELP derpys back. WIN!
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:iconpieceofkawaiipie:
PieceOfKawaiiPie Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
But seriously, I really love your advice posts! They seem to answer my questions every time!
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DarkCrusader28 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013
132)For me, the sad part is the "fan dumb" acting like they could foresee the future and claiming RUINED FOREVER even before the episode aired.

At least the big majority of the fandom either liked alicorn twilight or at least are giving the writers a chance.
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SilentAsShadows Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh whoops, I just noticed these were drawn by another artist, my mistake, I'll head off to their page haha!
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SilentAsShadows Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love how the colors mesh in this one, it's really pretty!
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AndytheB-Artist Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist
Excuse me, but there have been a number of fan alienating events recently. The shutdown of Fighting is Magic (techincally, it wasn't shut down, but it won't be able to use any actual characters), the Twilicorn controversy, Equestria Girls. Due to the aformentioned events, is there a mass exodus from the fandom right now? If so, will it become the internet's equivalent of Disco (extremely popular for a few years, then hated by everyone who mentions it for a good decade after the collapse due to its ubiquity)?

If you want more information on the rise and fall of Disco, look here. [link]
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:iconcuddlepug:
Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
All that shit is really old news, btw.
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:iconandytheb-artist:
AndytheB-Artist Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist
All the same, what was the fanbase population like before and after those events. Also, is the decline still going on? I don't want to join a fanbase just as it's dying.
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DarkCrusader28 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013
Don`t fear,the fanbase is still alive and strong for I can see, or at least that was what I read on TVtropes.
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DisneyMaster Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
While I do agree what you said about Twilicorn is good advice, it still doesn't help me at all. Maybe I am obsessing too much over this, but is that really so wrong? Is it so wrong to have a different opinion from what other people think? Is ti so wrong to think that this is a bad direction for the show to go in? I just want the pain to go away. :depressed:
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:iconvilotshadowhunter:
VilotShadowHunter Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
question... why do people obsess over a show thats for 2 year olds?
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:iconxdescending-passionx:
Probably the same sort of reason that you obsess over neon wolves :D
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:iconvilotshadowhunter:
VilotShadowHunter Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
sense when are my wolves NEON? and i dont OBSESS i happen to like the animal so i draw it. however i dont just like wolves i like other animals too, cats, birds, and even rats! but i love all animals equally even if i dont draw them all. but at least i dont draw the same dang think over and over like some people... at first their art is good and it has variety but then its just like, ponies, ponies, ponies, ponies, ponies, ponies, ponies... and the list goes on. so dont complain about my art, at least i dont draw porn.
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:iconxdescending-passionx:
You seem to have a chip on your shoulder :D I didn't even mention porn.
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:iconvilotshadowhunter:
VilotShadowHunter Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
i said at least i dont draw porn, read it over and over, it may have nothing to do with what you said but im saing AT LEAST i dont. so which would you rather have me draw. honsetly if you say porn i WONT but i just would like to hear your oppinion on this.
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:iconxdescending-passionx:
I would rather you draw whatever you like to draw and enjoy drawing xD
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:iconvilotshadowhunter:
VilotShadowHunter Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
ok then i dont see why we have a problem with my so called "neon wolves" XD
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:iconxdescending-passionx:
I didn't say there was a problem xD I didn't insult your art at all I just said people probably like MLP for the same reason you like wolves :D
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The-Necromancer Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
131: :iconderpy-hooves::iconsaysplz: Long live the muffin, the muffin is dead. I am the muffin! ('nuff said.)

132: :iconthe-necromancer::iconsaysplz: I, for one, welcome our new princess overlord.

133: :iconpinkiepieplz::iconsaysplz: FORTY BITS?!! THATS CRAZY!!!
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:icondracozombie:
Dracozombie Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Student Writer
You've hit the nail on the head regarding the beefs I have with the brony community at times. I, personally, was looking forward to Twilight becoming an alicorn because I thought it was cool, and the show hasn't given us much reason for us to assume they'd screw it up. You're right, we need to let the show run its course and if it goes in a direction we don't like, it's a simple affair to just not deal with it--but of course, they won't do that because they'll keep fighting and complaining under the assumption their whining will accomplish anything besides make noise that gives us an even worse name than we already have.

I don't give a crap about any of the side characters--Derpy, Bon Bon, Octavia, Vinyl Scratch, who cares? They're insignificant background characters people have formed an attachment to for... some reason. I only got amazed at Derpy speaking in Last Roundup because it was the biggest proof the show's creators listen to us and care, but it's not our show. We don't have any real power and we should stop thinking we do just because there are a lot of us. Whenever they're proven otherwise, they get pissed off and make drama out of it. I think more non-bronies out there should read this as proof there are plenty of sane bronies, and they're annoyed by the amount of stupidity that perpetrates our community.
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:iconmirakhall:
MiraKHall Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
They're no different from the furry fandom, IMHO; they're just s 'reactionary' as all get-out.
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:iconfirefanatic:
firefanatic Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haven't seen much of it, but I feel you're correct.
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:iconmirakhall:
MiraKHall Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, but I rather be a proud furry with thick skin any day instead of just a brony; I love animal characters too much to stick to just one fandom.
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firefanatic Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I thought about drawing them, I even have one or two pictures(unfinished) on my files, but I guess I'm too reputation stingy, especially considering being a brony makes me on shaky ground already.

I'll man up at some point. :P
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:iconrbdash47:
RBDash47 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
IIRC the documentary itself is about 1:45, not counting the credits at the end (total runtime of approx. 2 hours). The documentary BluRay/DVD combo pack also includes a couple of bonus mini-docs about cons in Europe. The interview BluRay/DVD combo pack has 3+ hours of interviews with Faust, de Lancie, and Strong.

I also think it's a bit unfair to compare the retail price of a limited production run release for a niche documentary with the street price of a wide-release popular TV show. Economies of scale are a thing. You also got quite a deal in your example; Season 1 of Boardwalk Empire on BluRay is currently going for $56 on Amazon, marked down from an MSRP of $80.

I think the documentary crew deserve credit where credit is due: they made a DRM-free copy available for download at half the price of the physical copy, they're releasing a four-disc region-free set for $40 that includes probably (don't know how long the European segments are) 6-7 hours of material, or you can a la carte your selection (convention documentaries or extended interviews) for cheaper. They are also trying to get the doc into film festivals and available through VOD services like Netflix, Amazon, etc.

It's possible they could have done a better or more efficient job, and I do believe the release could have been handled better (though apparently their hands were tied by Kickstarter for some of it), and they were extraordinarily, even foolishly optimistic about the piracy issue in a fandom that is literally built on and sustained by rampant piracy.

But they also didn't have to do any of it. de Lancie, in fact, didn't want to at first, didn't feel it was his place, but after seeing many mocking and negative portrayals of us in the media, was angered on our behalf, and tried to show the world that bronies are not in fact a bunch of freaks and perverts. I think that's worth something.

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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
Those are some solid points. The documentary I saw wasn't 1:45 in length, although perhaps I saw a shortened version? It would be interesting if that was the case. I'm almost positive the one I saw was 57 minutes, but I could be wrong. Fair enough that they include a couple of mini documentaries on the $40 disc as well, although I'm not convinced that still justifies the price.

Compare that $56 to the 18.25 Season 1 of Boardwalk Empire on Amazon.co.uk and you'll see that we do indeed get a better deal: [link]

I appreciate what you're saying about the multiple forms of physical disc you can buy of the documentary tailored to your level of interest, although I still find $13 for a digital download of the documentary to be flawed. The purpose of the documentary was to 'educate' people unfamiliar with the fandom, and those sorts of people aren't going to spend $13 on something, and a good amount of bronies, as you pointed out, are just going to pirate it. Getting it onto Netflix and so on would be a better move, as you point out.

I would disagree with your last point about the worth of the documentary, but I acknowledge that I missed out a few key points that you have flagged up.
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RBDash47 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I don't have my copy handy here; according to Wikipedia it has a runtime of 88 minutes, so, hum.

Wow! My impression was that everything along these lines was more expensive for you guys. I take some small solace in the fact that The Avengers (Assemble) BluRay isn't any cheaper for you.

I think folks looking at the Bronies documentary shopping page and assuming the producers are expecting non-bronies who have no idea what bronies are to purchase any of the items are a little confused. Those are there for us. The producers are trying to get it into film festivals, onto Netflix, etc, so that non-bronies run across it there.
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The-Syreth-Clan Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Uhh again the Twilight dilemma... guess what I know something that would make the fandom flip it's... you know what even more, pissing off the fans to the maximum level, but I won't say it.... I don't even want to think about it. Last two times I had an idea like that they became canon....
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Standard-Fiend Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is only the second of these that I've read but I'm now probably going to go back and read the other ones because you state things to plainly, honestly, and rationally and it's really refreshing to read.

I was a little miffed when the Derpy thing originally came up (or when I first heard about it anyway, I don't know that I was a fan yet when it first came up) but only because it showed a ridiculous double standard in the world of cartoons. Derpy was the first seemingly handicapped female character that I've ever seen in cartoons, but leading up to her was a trail a mile long of seemingly handicapped male characters, a lot of which were really popular because of their dopey antics and almost never, to my knowledge, censored.

Two examples from my childhood were Ed, from Ed, Edd, and Eddy, and Gir, from Invader Zim, but there were countless others. Both of those characters were not only obviously challenged, but were also main characters with active roles.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not emotionally attached to this character, I think her design is cute, and that it was awesome of Hasbro to try and put the character out in the spot light a bit for it's fans, I just don't like that people were so offended by this that they altered a whole episode, when there were other characters out there just like her that were left completely alone, possibly because they were male.
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Berlioz-II Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
1) I've never cared about Derpy either, and haven't missed seeing her in season 3 at all. I can understand the symbolic meaning a lot of people would assign to her, but getting all bent out of shape about her excision/return is too silly to bear.

2) Again, it's always so silly for people to adamantly claim they'll leave only to... not. And indeed, the whole Twilight situation isn't even going to herald any change to the series as far as I can see. Her personality will still remain the same. She'll still stay with her friends. She may get more responsibility, but then again she's wielded a lot of responsibility even before that, so what's the difference? And any major change that would somehow come out of this is likely not going to happen either, like the dynamic between Twilight and her friends altering in some major way (can't see that happening), or my personal favourite, she gets steadily corrupted by her new position and turns into a villain at the end... t'would be an interesting direction, but will never fly in this series. So ultimately this is another "mountain out of a molehill" situation.

3) Actually, the standard price of the bluray is $50. The $40 is just an initial bargain price. But while the Lauren Faust interview does interest me as for possible insights into how she thought the series would have continued under her helm, or her overview plans in general that the trailer seems to promise would be there, I'm most certainly not paying any money for this doc (which I still haven't seen, either), let alone such a ridiculous amount. Really, €5 would be all I'd be willing to pay, and even that's a dicy move, only depending on the interview of one person since I doubt there's anything new I'd have to hear from Tara Strong that I haven't already, and John De Lancie's insights into bronies would likely be rather pointless. Sorry, they can just keep their blurays, thank you very much.
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
Goodness me, I wasn't aware it was an initial price only. I remember seeing $49.99 crossed out with a 'now only $39.99' slapped underneath, but I assumed that was to make you feel as if you're not getting quite so ripped off. $50 for a 60 minute film and a handful of interviews is daylight robbery. Even taking shipping into account, that price is absolutely outrageous for what you get in return.
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Berlioz-II Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
Yeah, the way I understand the standard practice is to give you a little discount as a perk if you buy quickly now, so as to when they hoist the price back to its real price, then you can pretend as if you actually got a great deal out of it. Which is, of course, an illusion, but I'm sure a lot of people buy into that like bottled water.
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
The more I read about this documentary (how the budget was handled; how the staff are reacting to bronies/piracy; the way the digital download was painfully organised; the quality of the documentary itself; the price) the more I can't help but wonder what the people in charge were even thinking. It seems to have been awfully managed based on evidence I've seen.
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:iconlatecustomer:
LateCustomer Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013   Digital Artist
131 - Derpy doesn't have to appear in every show, and I honestly don't think the show has any intention of getting rid of her (at least not entirely). If they DO ever let her fade away, we can't blame anyone but ourselves for making such a huge deal over her character, making threats and the like. It's as if our MLP community can't handle anything without blowing up or throwing a tantrum.

132 - Again, making a big deal out of nothing. Season 4 will have 26 episodes. Let's wait and see what the writers have done with this change Twilight's gone through. Change and growth can be good. Stagnation is bad.

133 - Geez... 40 dollars is a LOT of cash for a documentary, even with the extras. I thought the whole point of the documentary was to inform and maybe even recruit non-fans to the show and fandom. The makers of the documentary made their cash through the kickstarter, right? Why charge so much for it now?
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
When I was last on the site it had $49.99 crossed out, as if ' now only $39.99' was a bargain ;P
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TheWrongestTrousers Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
#131: I never understood why Derpy was/is such a big deal. I mean, as you said, in the end it's better to have her just disappear into the void. It caused a lot of problems the first time around, when she spoke, it's better to just to leave her be.

#132: Blah blah blah. I'm not going to talk about the fact that it's not going to do anything, unless the people behind the show suffer from some kind of collective block for however long they're going to make it or they up and quit and hand it over to someone else who has no idea what they're doing.

It's gonna be fine, as far as I can tell.

#133: I have no intention of watching it. I mean, I would be interested in the extra stuff, but not $40 interested.
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:iconcuddlepug:
Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
Just catch it on Youtube ;P
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:iconthewrongesttrousers:
TheWrongestTrousers Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Precisely! I'm a champion of internet.
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