With the power of friendship and the mutual adoration of a Hasbro franchise, Sac Brony Expo had a surprisingly huge turnout for its first run. Celebrating the hit animated series “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic,” Sac Brony Expo was a chance for Bronies (adult male fans of “My Little Pony”) or Pesasisters (adult female fans of the series) to learn a few things during “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” themed fan panels, listen to or sing some “My Little Pony” themed music, hang out with fellow Bronies and Pegasisters, and browse through the dealer room of vendors and artists who found all sorts of creative ways to create their own “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” artwork.
The student union of Sacramento State University where Sac Brony Expo was held on September 14th was teeming with various displays of “My Little Pony” fandom from people carrying purchased figurines or Bronies/Pegasisters wearing costume styled after various “Friendship is Magic” characters with corresponding wigs, Cutie Marks, and Pegasus wings. Campus regulars unfamiliar with Sac Brony Expo or the series in general certainly had a few confused looks and would ask nearby Bronies what was going on.
For an expo that was primarily fueled by fandom, Sac Brony Expo showed how Bronies loved the fan effort within the community. Vendors and artists were quick to sell their wares, the variety of fan panels dealing with blogs or fan animation had captive audiences, and almost everyone in the karaoke room were able to sing along to the canon and fan written songs from or about “Friendship is Magic.”
Whether attending alone, with fellow Bronies, or as a family, attendees of Sac Brony Expo found themselves in a friendly atmosphere among fellow fans—proving that friendship is magic.