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Chris meets the cast of the Grand Galloping Gala show.

BronyCon 2019 was the final iteration of the annual convention for fans of My Little Pony. The convention took place between 1 and 4 August 2019 at the Baltimore Convention Center. Unfortunately for Chris, despite his best efforts to counter the inevitable, both his favorite animated series and his favorite convention would draw to a close in such a short timespan.

Most notably at this convention, Chris discovered Twilight Sparkle's Secret Shipfic Folder, a fan-made shipping card game. Once the convention was over, he would begin posting his own fan-made cards on Twitter – becoming the successor of his custom Pokémon cards and Yu-Gi-Oh! cards.

Funding

My Main Plan with Two Friends who HAD Reserved a room for us three, and had their passes; they fell off the Communications Map On Me!!!
After Sarah and Steve ghost him, Chris is back to begging[1]

Sarah and Steve had originally planned to share a room with Chris, but they pulled out, leaving Chris to appeal for $600 to cover costs.[1][2] On 14 July, some ween gave him the whole amount, and on 30 July, he confirmed on YouTube that he would attend the entire four days in his General BronyCon Announcement.

Cosplay

In July, Chris teased his attire for next month's BronyCon in two tweets.[3][4] Kiwi Farms soon deciphered that Chris would be cosplaying as Kris, the female selectable protagonist of the video game Pokémon Crystal. Considering Chris's usual hack jobs when it comes to hair dye, achieving such seaweed color would not prove too much of a challenge.

It should be noted that for the duration of the convention, Chris wore a metal wire on his forehead, shaped to resemble the Commodore logo, which represents his CPU Blue Heart alterego.

Day 1

In the early hours of 1 August, Chris made the journey to Baltimore, leaving at around 6:15 local time (EST) and arriving at around 10:45. The journey took Chris and Son-Chu about 4 hours and 30 minutes. At the convention itself, as a long time pledger of voice actor, Michelle Creber's Patreon, Chris joined her private Patreon party.[5]

Shoutout to a fan

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Chris: 3, 2, 1.

Cameraman: Yeah.

Chris: Hi, Jacob! This is Christine Chandler, coming to you live from [mispronounces] BronyCon. Here's to you being a good fan of mine. Cheers [raises mug to camera] with a home mug of sarsaparilla.

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Day 2

On Day 2, Chris dusted off his old unicorn cosplay, and met voice actor, Andrea Libman.

All Star 3.0

That morning, Kiwi Farms user Jasonfan89 captured some covert footage within the convention:

He's at some kinda arcade doesn't he play enough vyda at home?


[6]


He's playing some kinda Tetris game I overheard someone say he's kiklink it casue well...he is what did you expect from someone who's had 30 odd years of practice

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Sorry for the crappy pics I'm keeping a low profile

Also fuck no I didn't spend money on this fuck fest[7]

Eventually, they captured a video of Chris while Smash Mouth's All Star plays in the background. At first, Chris seems reluctant to join in with the singalong – perhaps, due to his previous association with the song; however, from 0:54 onwards, he can be heard singing:


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Birthday message

Chris recorded a birthday shoutout for the rapper, Billy the Fridge:


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Chris: You ready?

Cameraman: All right.

Chris: Hi, Billy. This is Christine Chandler, coming to you live from BronyCon. You be an awesome dude, and you have an awesome day. You're better off than [deepens voice] BillyWitchDoctor.com. He don't like... giant chicken. [laughs]


The video was later used in a YouTube Poop-style video, as part of Billy the Fridge's birthday livestream.[8]

From The Matrix to Silence of the Lambs Panel

On the evening of day 2, Chris attended the From The Matrix to Silence of the Lambs: Movies in Pony Voices panel,[9] which saw YouTube voice actors reenact famous movie scenes as MLP characters. Throughout the video, Chris is seen constantly fidgeting like a bored child:


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Grand Galloping Gala

That night, Chris attended the Grand Galloping Gala concert. In summary, the concert was a blend of dancing and Broadway style performances by a troupe of actors/cosplayers who play the main characters of the animated series. Concertgoers also witnessed a brony marriage proposal.[10]

Jasonfan89 chipped in once again:


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Following the concert, Chris participated in a photoshoot with the cast.

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Day 3

TF2 Analysis Anarchy Panel

On the Saturday morning, Chris attended the TF2 Analysis Anarchy panel—composed of several brony analysts who had blocked Chris back in January—where he witnessed Mad Munchkin being proposed to. Chris appears behind the man in the wheelchair, slightly to his left (the vibrant pink Night Star plushie is a giveaway). Notably, Chris can be heard trying to get the attention of the panel by making a childish quip at 0:17, and recurring high-pitched screams (especially 3:31) as the audience celebrates the newly-engaged couple:


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Chris later recapped the moment:

I was in the audience when that happened! Now I can say something about it! I congratulated the couple on the way out, and my screams were amongst those recorded there. Yay![13]

Pony Origins Panel

Creator meets creators.

At the Pony Origins panel, Chris came face-to-face with the true original creators, Bonnie Zacherle and Lauren Faust of the 80s cartoon and Friendship is Magic, respectively.[9][14]

Jasonfan89 reported in:

[The hosts] asked the guys who watches sailor Moon he raised both arms

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During the Q&A, Chris went on to ask Lauren Faust about whether she had planned to include Megan, one of the 80s human characters in the most recent iteration of the show:


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The following livestream clip captures the full response:


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Alternative footage: [1] [2]

Chris: Hi, Lauren. Hey y'all. All right, first. I just want to say: Thank you for all your shows. Aside from MLP, [rock on gesture] love The Powerpuff Girls!

[Applause]

Lauren Faust: Thank you.

Chris: And this'll lead into my question [?], beginning from G1. About like, you know, the human characters, especially Megan, and the relationship between the humans and the ponies. Uhh... Did you just think about wanting to do that originally for G4 in the earlier phases, or did it just kinda like–uhh, it was rejected initially, or [unintelligible] it all, and then later figured out for like, Equestria Girls?

Lauren Faust: You know, I... umm–Early on in the development process, I had considered that Hasbro might ask me to bring in Megan, because you know, working in the animation business, I was kind of anticipating like oh [jazz hands] "girls can't relate to horses, they need to have a person to talk to and relate to. So you need to have a person in the story." So, I was expecting them to do that. They never did. Like, not even once. But, I did have a little snippet of an idea to bring Megan in for like maybe a special or something like that. It was a very brief idea that might have just been like a one shot idea. But I didn't need it, so I didn't really flesh it out [chuckles].

Chris: Ah. Well, at least it brought–at least it all brought out in Equestria Girls. [very sincere] Thank you.

Lauren Faust: Sure.

[Applause]


Looking back on the event:

And now, with a piece of lovely quartz, Lauren Faust has a copy of Nightstar’s Book too. I asked her about G1 Megan and the symbolance/relationship between Equestrians/Ponyville Residents and Humans and Human-Types.[15]

Meeting Nicole Oliver

Chris meets Princess Celestia.

Later that day, Chris went to the meet and greet of voice actress, Nicole Oliver. For $30 worth of Tugboat, Chris received Oliver's autograph—done on one of his drawings—and they both posed for a photo together.[16][17]

Having failed to learn the lesson from the Tabitha St. Germain block, Chris shared his photo in a tweet tagging Nicole Oliver, which resulted in a surge of ween comments. This prompted the voice actress to voice her opinion against online harassment in a separate tweet; it is undeniable that she was alluding to Chris:

It has come to my attention that some of you are commenting on a picture I took with a fan. People are alleging this fan is responsible for certain behaviours. I do not CONDONE any disrespectful behaviour. Period. It has no association to me.

Peace & love everyone.

Xo ☀️[18]

One month later, Chris would convey as Magi-Chan that during their meeting, he reassured the voice actress that she would be bound to voicing one character for a little longer than she hoped:

And Celestia and Luna are a long way from retiring. As @CPU_CWCSonichu has personally told @mouthnoize at BronyCon, “The Reirement [sic] is not in.”[19]

In an August 2020 leak, it was revealed that Nicole Oliver eventually blocked Chris on Twitter.[20]

BronyPalooza

BronyPalooza was a recurring all-night concert, featuring several musicians of the brony community.[9] After enjoying Creber's Patreon party on the Thursday, Chris made an appearance during her Saturday BronyPalooza gig. Chris can be seen at regular intervals during the first two hours of the video, but is especially recognizable at 1:15:33, brandishing his Night Star plushie:


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A video with an alternative camera also shows Chris' plushie.[21]

While the concert was ongoing, Chris snapped some photos and shared them on Twitter:

@ChuuChuuRocket, Nightstar’s Jammie’ with #CreberBrown!

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It is unknown whether Chris remained at the concert after Creber's set ended.

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Day 4

On the final day of the convention, Chris met an old foe, and paid another $30 to meet voice actor, Rebecca Shoichet.

Dining with bronies

According to a user of 4chan's /mlp/ board, on the Sunday, they joined Chris to ride in Son-Chu and have dinner together:[23]

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I got to eat dinner on Sunday with Chris and rode in Barb's van
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Oh no, Barb wasn't there, Chris was driving.

Also, sorry about the rotation, something fucked up when I posted. But yeah, this is Barb's van because the old car got totaled or something

Well, we went to a burger joint and ate burgers. Chris showed us the Sonichu binder and some new age Crystal and we just chilled and talked. I said to drive safe because he headed home afterwards, but apparently there was a fender bender or some shit. It was actually really interesting.
By no means, but he was very calm and in a good mental state this year at the con. Last year he was talking about the dimensional merge a lot, but a lot of the crazy shit that happens with Chris is the machinations of trolls. Still kind of out there, but I'm happy he was having a good time. I'm not gonna whiteknight him, he's done some pretty bad stuff in the past and the autism is no excuse, but it was an interesting experience to meet such an internet legend. Hopefully he keeps himself out of trouble.

The /mlp/ user found his post on Kiwi Farms and elaborated on the experience:[24]

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Alright, so we went to a burger place for dinner, recommend to Chris by someone. Chris didn't smell, or at the very least I was drunk enough not to notice (definitely not nearly as bad as some other people at the con though, she was tolerable). At dinner, Chris talked a lot about Sonichu and a crystal she had, seems like it was some new age beliefs about magic in the crystals or something. We made small talk about the con, and I was talking with several people. One of the guys at the table ordered his burger with ghost pepper cheese, and Chris mentioned something about it, maybe having eaten it before. It was an interesting experience and overall Chris seemed pretty alright during it. I told her to drive safe before we parted our ways, but I guess that didn't work out. I'm not here to talk mad shit or anything, but my brother is pretty interested in Chris chan despite being a normie so I figured I'd get some pictures and I got more than I really bargained for.
He was prompted to speak about Sonichu at the table, and was showing us the binder he brought around. I believe he talked about some of the lore, but I really am not as familiar with it as I used to be. @Jaiman might be a better source on it, since he was there as well and probably could go into more detail.
One thing that did slightly concern me a bit was that on the ride back to the con center was Chris was hatching eggs on Pokemon Go on both phones on the center console while at stoplights. I knew a guy who used to do that and IMO it can lead to distracted driving. Hopefully that is not something that happens normally with Chris.

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Souvenirs and autographs

On 6 August, Chris posted a thread on Twitter, showing off his haul from BronyCon.[25] To say that Chris bought a lot of merchandise would be a severe understatement:

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  • A literal quill from Silver Quill
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  • Various buttons
  • Various CDs from brony musicians
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  • Sailor and Mona Pia plushies
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  • Twilights poster
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  • More prints
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  • More plushies
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  • Midnight Mares poster
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  • Various prints of characters
  • Rainbow Dash toy
  • MLP guitar picks
  • MLP blind bag toy

Aftermath

In closing, since his first attendance in 2017, BronyCon has left an overall positive impact on Chris. The conventions were one of the few places where mindsets such as his are normalized, as their target audiences are typically a melting pot of like-minded people. BronyCon was a setting which provided a brief escape from his various problems back in Ruckersville, and being a troll-free safe space, has also allowed Chris to filter the positive attention he receives from fans; Chris claimed that in 2019, he was approached by "200 awesome and kind individuals."[26]

Friendship is Magic ends

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Chris isn't pleased.

BronyCon has been the catalyst in several noteworthy events in the late 2010s: The 2017 convention gave Chris the much-needed motivation to commence work on his next issue of Sonichu; albeit, it was a MLP fanfiction which happened to be part of his comic book canon. After BronyCon 2018, he began engaging with members of the brony analyst community—several of which were present at Baltimore—which ultimately led to the Twitter Block saga and his Soft Exile on social media.

Returning his homelife after BronyCon 2019, Chris resumed his My Little Pony protest campaign and demanded Hasbro for a renewal of the series to at least Season 14. On 12 October 2019, the finale of Friendship of Magic aired, leaving Chris in vehement denial. As of November 2019, he refused to watch it, and instead chose to send a barrage of ranting tweets to both Hasbro and anybody mentioning it. Despite other media picking up where the show left off, including My Little Pony: Pony Life (which is essentially G4.5 of the franchise) and the IDW comic series,[27][28] Chris refuses to acknowledge these as any form of canon because it doesn't conform to his existing fantasy world. As of July 2020, Pony Life has aired to lukewarm reviews, but Chris remains committed to his boycott.

BABSCon

With the departure of BronyCon, Chris latched onto the next well-regarded convention in the USA, BABSCon. BABSCon is also a yearly convention; however, it is instead based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

By November 2019, Chris had organized tickets and accommodation to the event;[29]; however, in early 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic started, forcing BABSCon to cancel the event. In response, Chris declared that the coronavirus was totally not a big deal. Unable to cope with his disrupted calendar, in April, Chris "swapped bodies" with Sonichu to attend the convention in Dimension C-197.[30] The next month, "Sonichu" would attend the online equivalent.[31]

Should Chris make it to the 2021 BABSCon, this will mark the second time he has visited California.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 July 2019 social media posts#Chris will attend BronyCon, still needs cash
  2. https://kiwifarms.net/threads/chris-has-arrived-at-bronycon-2019-megathread.59139/post-5103999
  3. July 2019 social media posts#Chris leaves a mystery
  4. July 2019 social media posts#Chris Makes a Pokégear
  5. August 2019 social media posts#Chris settles in
  6. https://kiwifarms.net/threads/chris-has-arrived-at-bronycon-2019-megathread.59139/post-5102816
  7. https://kiwifarms.net/threads/chris-has-arrived-at-bronycon-2019-megathread.59139/post-5102889
  8. Chris' clip can be seen at 4:39 and is also addressed at 12:00.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 https://bronycon2019.sched.com
  10. 10.0 10.1 https://kiwifarms.net/threads/chris-has-arrived-at-bronycon-2019-megathread.59139/post-5105272
  11. https://kiwifarms.net/threads/chris-has-arrived-at-bronycon-2019-megathread.59139/post-5104425
  12. https://kiwifarms.net/threads/chris-has-arrived-at-bronycon-2019-megathread.59139/post-5106851
  13. August 2019 social media posts#Mad Munchkin wedding proposal
  14. 14.0 14.1 https://kiwifarms.net/threads/chris-has-arrived-at-bronycon-2019-megathread.59139/post-5108574
  15. 15.0 15.1 https://kiwifarms.net/threads/chris-has-arrived-at-bronycon-2019-megathread.59139/post-5119653
  16. According to the Con's schedule
  17. August 2019 social media posts#Chris meets Princess Celestia
  18. https://twitter.com/mouthnoize/status/1157832836675768320
  19. September 2019 social media posts#Chris spoke to VA about the Pony Protests
  20. File:NicoleOliverTwitter.jpg
  21. For example, at 1:05:01
  22. August 2019 social media posts#Chris parties with Night Star
  23. https://desuarchive.org/mlp/thread/34106350
  24. https://kiwifarms.net/threads/chris-has-arrived-at-bronycon-2019-megathread.59139/post-5139835
  25. August 2019 social media posts#Chris' BronyCon loot
  26. August 2019 social media posts#Chris is happy about how BronyCon went]]
  27. November 2019 social media posts#Not this GO! Crap
  28. October 2019 social media posts#Chris complains about the MLP comics
  29. Discord#BABScon_plans
  30. April 2020 social media posts#Chris body swaps with Sonichu to cope with missing BABScon
  31. May 2020 social media posts#BABScon is online

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The places of Chris's life

Chris's homes: 14 Branchland Court (Chris's room | Chris's kitchen | Work Room | 2014 house fire) | Cloverleaf Lakes Apartments | Surreywood Subdivision | Newberry Towne Subdivision | Rental House

Chris's education: Greene County Primary School | James Madison University | Providence Middle School | Nathanael Greene Elementary School | Manchester High School | Piedmont Virginia Community College (not to be confused with Private Villa of Corrupted Citizens)

Chris's churches: Grace Baptist Church | Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church

Chris's jobs: Cutco Cutlery | Wendy's | Books-a-million | Toys “R” Us | Sonichu Entertainment of America

Other attraction locations: University of Virginia | Charlottesville Fashion Square (Abercrombie & Fitch | Chick-fil-A | Pac Sun | Starbucks) | Wal-Mart (McDonald's) | Target | The GAMe PLACe | Impulse Gay Social-Club | Fridays After Five

Conventions: Anime Mid-Atlantic | BronyCon (2017 • 2018 • 2019) | MAGfest | OmegaCon | TooManyGames

Other places Chris has visited: Anytime Fitness | Best Buy | Burger King | Country Cookin | "Create-a-Crear Workshop" | Cville Pride | The End Games | GameStop | Golden Corral | McIntire Park | Region Ten | Snooky's Pawn Shop | Taco Bell


Cities of the World: Albemarle County (Advance Mills) | Charlottesville | Chesterfield County (Midlothian) | Greene County (Barboursville | Ruckersville | Stanardsville) | Harrisonburg | Richmond

Countries of the World: Australia | Australatina | England | Japan | Molvanîa | United States (California | District of Columbia | Maryland | Ohio | Pennsylvania | Virginia | Washington)

Extra-terrestrial locations: Dimensions | The Moon | The Sun



Map of Chris's World
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