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Surprise! Elley-Ray Hennessy is Coming to the Final Nightmare Nights!

Nightmare Nights Day Zero is one day away, so it’s a good thing we’ve announced all of our guests and are ready to go… wait… stand by… we have one more guest announcement?! That’s right, we’re proud to announce Elley-Ray Hennessy as guest of honor to Nightmare Nights 2017!

Elley-Ray Hennessy is an award-winning, international dynamo of theatre, film, tv and radio! You’ve heard her as the voice of Mistmane in season 7 of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, but she has a decades-long career in acting. A friend to all things creative, Elley just finished shooting the new tv series The Carter Files playing author Charlotte Khyber; was recently nominated for the 2017 Dora Mavor Moore Awards for Best Actress for her performance of Margaret Thatcher in The Death of Mrs Gandhi; shot an 8-part mini series in Russia (which went to the  2017 Cannes Film Festival) called Insomnia; shot a feature film called Blood Honey which opened as part of The 2017 Toronto Film Festival; as well as recording the voice of Bubbles Beiderbaum for the upcoming Cat in the Hat Halloween Special with Martin Short; she also voiced the new animated feature film called Tabaluga playing Mythia the dragon; and is the narrator of a new television series called Guilty Rich.  Elley juried the 2017 Daytime Emmy’s for Best Voice and currently teaches voice at the University of Windsor (where she received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws for her contribution to Humanities and the Arts), Voiceworx, Theatre Ontario (whose board she sits on), Livingston Studios and MCS Studios as well as teaching and speaking internationally. Aside from her role as Mistmane in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Elley currently voices characters on The Bagel and Becky Show, The Wide World of Wandering Wenda, Little Charmers, Camp Lake Bottom and Cyber Chase to name but a few. She is publishing her second book of inspirations called Fly With Eagles after the first in the triptych called Butterfly Kisses, with Salt River Publishing. Elley believes in Magic!

Elley-Ray will be joining us on Sunday only for the voice acting panel, as well as autographs and photos. Our full schedule can be found on our website, including an iCal version that you can connect to your phone, which will be kept up to date with any schedule changes that may happen during the convention.

Elley-Ray Hennessy joins our massive guest list, including Lauren Faust, Andrea LibmanM. A. LarsonShannon Chan-KentG. M. BerrowTony FleecsNick ConfaloneJim “Big Jim” MillerDustykattAshley NicholsLochlan O’Neil, JaDeDJynX, and of course, Foalpapers! And while this is the final Nightmare Nights, we have put in our all to go out with a bang and put on the best pony convention we possibly can, and we’d love for you to join us. Badges are available on our registration website for purchase and will be throughout the weekend, and badges can also be purchased at the convention itself.

The whole staff at Nightmare Nights would like to thank the community for years of incredible support for our little convention. For more than half a decade we’ve worked hard to bring you a relaxed, fun, and safe event for all ages, and we hope we’ve lived up to expectations. In the process you’ve helped us raise over $60,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, with more to come at our auction on Saturday. In just a couple days we’ll send this ship off into the night, but until then, make sure you follow us on TwitterFacebook, and Tumblr (and turn on mobile notifications for your phone) for last minute updates! Thank you all so much, and we’ll see you soon in Addison!


Tony Fleecs Brings His Art to Nightmare Nights!

As any fan can tell you, the comics are a major part of the My Little Pony franchise, as are the people who bring it to us. That’s why we are so excited to invite the illustrator Tony Fleecs to Nightmare Nights!

Tony Fleecs is the illustrator of dozens of variant covers of the My Little Pony comics. Comic fans may recognize his other work on comics of Miraculous: Adventures of Ladybug and Cat NoirGrumpy CatBatman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures, and his own work Jeff Steinberg: Champion of Earth. His comics have been published by Random House, Image Comics, Silent Devil Productions, Boom!, IDW and Terminal Press. He lives and works in North Hollywood, CA. His mother says he is handsome.

Tony will be joining us at the final Nightmare Nights at our events, but also in our vendor hall! Joining him will be an incredible roster of over 40 vendors selling all kinds of merch, from posters to plushies, electronics to RPGs, and everything in between. So make sure you register for a badge, which will only be discounted for a couple more weeks! Our rooms are filling up fast, so if you need a place to stay, book your room soon and stay onsite at the con hotel! And we’re still always looking for volunteers, which will get you a free badge in exchange for a few hours of work each day, which is a great way to save some money for the vendor hall.

We’re only 7 weeks away from the convention, so make sure you follow all of our social media channels, like Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr (and turn on mobile notifications for your phone) for more updates!


Coming to the Charity Auction is the Project: Harmonize Art Book

If you haven’t heard the news, Nightmare Nights is coming to an end after 2017. So for our grand finale, we’ve got something special to share, coming to our Charity Auction.

Project: Harmonize is an 11×14 hardcover sketchbook featuring artists with all sorts of skill levels and personal styles, both fan-artists and seasoned professionals. This truly one of a kind item involves fantastic creators from all over the world creating something special together! What will be auctioned is the sketchbook itself, containing many original drawings. Not reproductions or reprints, but the originals, making this a truly priceless piece of My Little Pony fandom. And there are over 60 sketches already in the book, with more being added.

Project: Harmonize is being led by the artist and comic illustrator LeekFish, one of our 2016 Guests of Honor, and will be auctioned off at the Nightmare Nights Charity Auction. Our benefactor, for the fifth year in a row, is St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. benefitting children suffering from catastrophic illness and their families. We’ve raised over $40,000 for St. Jude since 2013, and we’re hoping to raise a whole lot more this year. More details for Project: Harmonize will be coming out over the next few weeks on social media, so check out the Twitter and Tumblr for the project!

We’ll have plenty of other items at our Charity Auction, which you can find out more information about on our Charity page. On site charity auction item donations can be made before noon on Saturday at Dealer Ops. Don’t forget to pick up your badge at a discounted rate until the convention to attend our Charity Auction, and reserve your room at the Crowne Plaza Addison using the code MLP for a discount. You can also volunteer to help a few hours each day in exchange for a free badge. And lastly, our panel submissions are still open for just one more week, until September 9th, so get those panels in before we lock down the schedule!

Thank you to all of our fans and attendees for being the best fans and attendees ever! We’re excited to send off Nightmare Nights with all of you. The con is less than two months away, so stay tuned for more information, and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr (and turn on mobile notifications) for more updates!


An Announcement from our Con Chairs

Howdy, all,

Let’s get right to it:

This will be Nightmare Nights’ final year.

After long and serious discussion, we’ve decided that now is the perfect time to bring Nightmare Nights to a close. Yes, we’re still showing steady growth, both in attendance and revenue, and it’s been clear from the start that we had found something special that we wanted to hang onto, like a batpony discovering a crate of mangoes. We’re in great shape for 2017.

However, we’ve come to the conclusion that it would be best to end this adventure on a high note, rather than try to make it last forever and possibly tarnish the legacy of the best little ponycon in Texas.

For those who can’t make it this year, for those who’ve been hoping to attend in 2018, we’re sincerely sorry. All we can say is that if you can possibly make it, we’d love to have you along on our farewell tour. As always, badges and hotel rooms are available at a discounted rate on our website.

Thanks for making this our favorite con.

— Bob Carr and Jeremy Sewell


Welcoming Nick Confalone to Nightmare Nights

We are delighted to announce Nick Confalone as a guest of honor for Nightmare Nights 2017!  Nick joins writers M. A. Larson and G. M. Berrow and, as the only writer without initials for a first name, we are thrilled to have him joining us!

Nick Confalone has written for My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic from season 5 on, writing episodes like Party PoopedDungeons & Discords, and Rock Solid Friendship. Aside from his work on MLP, Nick has written for shows like Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil, Johnny Test, Littlest Pet Shop, Future-Worm!, and more. When he’s not writing animation shows, he’s remembering the glory days of Vine with 50 million loops of videos of his kids, and writing books about helicopters.

Meeting our guests of honor is always fun, but we need your help too! Panel applications are open from now until September 9, and we’re looking for all kinds of panels from every part of the fandom. Even if you’ve never been on a panel before, if you’ve got something to talk about or show off, we’ve got a platform for you, so submit those panels today! And if you’d like to volunteer to help out, our volunteer application is open as well. For a few hours of work each day, you get a free badge to attend, plus the satisfaction of helping out your community! We have a variety of different positions available, from security to operations to registration to AV, so check out that application!

Registration is open at a discounted rate until the convention, including our Sponsor badges, which are a great way to make your Nightmare Nights experience even better. Premium Sponsors will also be able to mingle with our Guests of Honor at a special cocktail party on Friday night, on top of other Sponsor badge perks like reserved panel seating and memorabilia. Our Premium Sponsor badges are almost sold out, so don’t wait! Once you’re registered, don’t forget to reserve your room at the Crowne Plaza Addison using the code MLP for a discount.

Thank you to all our attendees and fans for your continued support! There’s still more to come, so be sure to stay follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr feeds (and turn on mobile notifications for your phone) for more updates!


Lauren Faust to Bring Her Magic to Nightmare Nights 2017

We promised that our fifth Nightmare Nights was going to be the biggest and most exciting yet, and so we are beyond proud to announce that Lauren Faust, the creator of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, will be attending Nightmare Nights 2017!

Lauren Faust was the showrunner for My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, developing it and taking it to production, but has a long history in children’s animation before that. As an animator, she worked on Cats Don’t Dance, The Magic Sword: Quest for CamelotThe Iron Giant, and Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends. She gave The Powerpuff Girls life as animation director, contributing to dozens of its episodes and making it a landmark animated series. After Friendship is Magic, Lauren helped to create Super Best Friends Forever, write and produce Wander Over Yonder, and design the characters behind the video game Them’s Fightin’ Herds. She’s currently working on DC Super Hero Girls, and is an inspiration to girls and young animators everywhere.

Lauren joins our array of wonderful guests for Nightmare Nights this year, and all that’s missing is you! Head over to our registration site and get your badge for Nightmare Nights 2017 today! And don’t forget to consider our Sponsor badges, which get you great perks like reserved panel seating in the front. And our Premium Sponsor badges even get the opportunity to mingle with all of our Guests of Honor at a special cocktail party event on Friday night, but these badges are running low, so don’t wait to pick one up!

Don’t forget, we need your help to make the convention the best it can be! Panel applications are open from now until September 9, and we want to show off all the incredible stuff our fandom can do, so get those panel ideas submitted! And if you’d like to volunteer to help out at the convention, our volunteer application is open as well. We have a variety of different positions available, from security to operations to registration to AV. For a few hours of work each day, it’s a great way to contribute back to the pony community, while also getting a free badge to attend!

Believe it or not, we still have more awesome announcements to come, so be sure to stay tuned to our Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr feeds (and turn on mobile notifications for your phone) for more updates, and we’ll see you in Dallas in October!


M. A. Larson Returns for the Fourth Time to Nightmare Nights 2017

Our next Guest of Honor needs no introduction. Noted walking signature machine, occasional episode writer, and novel author M. A. Larson will be returning to Nightmare Nights for the fourth time! He joins fellow writer G. M. Berrow as one of the only Guests of Honor to attend four times. We’re so excited to welcome M. A. Larson back, as I assume are the hotel bartenders.

M. A. Larson has written for My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic since the start of the show, responsible for episodes like Swarm of the CenturySonic RainboomLuna Eclipsed, and that one where Twilight Sparkle got wings. He took over as story editor for the first half of season 5. He’s also written extensively for Littlest Pet Shop, and contributed to other shows such as Gravity Falls and My Gym Partner’s a Monkey. Mitch is currently finishing work on The Warrior Princess of Pennyroyal Academy, the third novel in his Pennyroyal Academy book series. You can find him anywhere there’s an empty surface for his signature, or yelling at Foal Papers on Twitter.

So what are you waiting for? Head over to our registration site and get your badge for Nightmare Nights 2017 today! Our Sponsor-level badges include some great perks like reserved panel seating, and our Premium Sponsor badges even get the opportunity to mingle with all of our Guests of Honor at a special cocktail party event on Friday night! It’s a great way to meet all your favorites in an open setting, and it’s only available for Premium Sponsors and higher, so make sure to check that out!

Don’t forget, we need your help to make the convention the best it can be! Panel applications are open from now until September 9, and we want to show off all the incredible stuff our fandom can do, so get those panel ideas submitted! Our vendor application has just closed, and we will be notifying vendors shortly. As always, we select vendors via a jury system to ensure that there are a wide range of items for our attendees and vendors.

We’ve got lots more announcements to come over the summer, so be sure to stay tuned to our Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr feeds (and turn on mobile notifications for your phone) for more updates, and we’ll see you in Dallas in October!


G. M. Berrow Returns to Nightmare Nights 2017

We’re thrilled to have author and screenwriter G. M. Berrow returning to Nightmare Nights 2017! This year marks her fourth appearance at Nightmare Nights, an academy record, and we’re excited to have her back to share her writing experiences and party with all of you this October!

The author of many of the My Little Pony chapter books, Gillian has started writing episodes of Friendship is Magic with the season five episode The One Where Pinkie Pie Knows and season seven’s Fluttershy Leans In. She’s spent many years ghostwriting for other children/young adult novels, as well as working in television production for shows like The Good Wife and Law & Order: SVU.

We’ve got plenty of announcements coming this summer, but any great convention needs help from all of you, too! Panel applications are open from now until September 9, and we’re looking for a diverse schedule packed full of talent from all across the fandom. Our vendor application is still open, but will be closing soon! Vendors can submit applications until Friday, June 30th (just shy of two weeks from now) to join our vendor hall. As always, we select vendors via a jury system to ensure that there are a wide range of items for our attendees and vendors. See the applications for more information, and contact us if you have any questions.

And of course, registration is open at a discounted rate until the convention, including our Sponsor badges, which are a great way to make your Nightmare Nights experience even more awesome. Premium Sponsors will be able to mingle with our Guests of Honor at a special cocktail party on Friday night, on top of other Sponsor badge perks like reserved panel seating and memorabilia. Once you’re registered, don’t forget to reserve your room at the Crowne Plaza Addison using the code MLP for a discount.

Thank you to all our attendees and fans for your continued support! We’ve got lots more announcements to come over the summer, so be sure to stay tuned to our Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr feeds (and turn on mobile notifications for your phone) for more updates!


Nightmare Nights 2017 is On!

We’re proud to announce that Nightmare Nights is back for year 5! This October 27th through the 29th, we’ll be taking over the Crowne Plaza Addison for another weekend of magical ponies for the 5th year in a row, and registration is now open. This year, Nightmare Nights will be better than ever, and here are some of the wonderful people who will be joining us as Guests of Honor!

Our first Guest of Honor, returning from her first visit in 2013, is Andrea Libman! You know her as the voice of Pinkie Pie and Fluttershy, but you’ve undoubtedly heard her voice in other places. Andrea is a Leo-nominated actress who has worked as a voice over actor for more than twenty years. She has had roles on numerous animated TV series, including the title role of Madeline in Madeline and The New Adventures of Madeline, Emmy in DragonTales, young AndrAIa in Reboot, and Cathy in Monster Buster Club. Recently, she’s voiced the characters of Lemon Meringue, and Pupcake and Princess Berrykin in Strawberry Shortcake’s Berry Bitty Adventures. Upcoming projects include Maya the Bee and Pac-Man: The Adventure Begins. Andrea teaches and plays the piano and enjoys running, skiing and snowboarding, yoga and volunteer work. She holds her Bachelor of Applied Science in Civil Engineering from the University of British Columbia.

Another Guest of Honor returning from our first year is Jim ‘Big Jim’ Miller! Jim is a storyboard artist, cartoonist, director and improviser living in Vancouver, BC, Canada. He has worked primarily as a storyboard artist, most notably for 10 years at A.K.A. Cartoon Inc. on Cartoon Network’s Ed, Edd n’ Eddy, where he was a part of all 5 seasons, the 3 holiday specials and the TV movie. He has also done storyboard work on Kid Vs. Kat, Capcom’s Dead Rising 3, and My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. After starting on MLP, he has since moved on to storyboard supervising seasons 2 and 3 of that series, as well as the Equestria Girls movie. Season 4 of MLP saw Jim promoted to co-director. You can also see his work on the comic strip ‘Mystery: Solved!’ available bi-monthly in Skeptical Inquirer magazine.

Our third Guest of Honor, joining us for the very first time, is Shannon Chan-Kent! From My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Shannon is the voice of Silver Spoon and the singing voice of Pinkie Pie. She’s also the voice of Whittany and Brittany Biskit and Youngmee Song on Littlest Pet Shop, the speaking voice of Cherry Jam in Strawberry Shortcake’s Berry Bitty Adventures, the voice of Joy Pepper in Superbook, the voice of Chief in Pucca, the English voice of Misa Amane in Death Note, and Janet in Spectacular!. In addition to her voice acting career, she is also an opera singer (Soprano), having graduated with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Opera at the University of British Columbia. Shannon has performed with the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra as well as with local theater productions.

Of course, no convention runs itself, and we need your help! Panel applications are open from now until September 9. Every year we try to bring in as much of the wonderful talent of this community that we can, so please send us your applications! If you’ve got stuff to sell, our vendor application is open as well! Vendors can submit applications until June 30th to join our vendor hall. Nightmare Nights will be selecting vendors by a jury system, as we did last year, to ensure that there are a wide range of items for our attendees and vendors. See the applications for more information.

And most importantly, we need you to join us this October for the best Nightmare Nights yet! Registration is now open for all badges at a discounted rate until the convention, including our Sponsor badges, which are a great way to make your Nightmare Nights experience even more awesome. Our Celestial and Premium sponsor badges are in high demand every year, so don’t wait! Once you’re registered, reserve your room at the Crowne Plaza Addison using the code MLP for a discount.

Thank you to all our attendees and fans for your continued support over the years! We’ll have more announcements coming shortly, so be sure to stay tuned to our Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr feeds (and turn on mobile notifications for your phone) for more updates!

UPDATE: We’re having some website troubles at the moment, but you can register directly at Eventzilla. Sorry for the trouble!