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A Tale from NDK by MLP-Silver-Quill A Tale from NDK by MLP-Silver-Quill
The story you have just read is true. The likenesses have been changed to protect the Cosplayers.

I've been working on this since the end of September. An exhaustive effort, but I really wanted to share this story. It's nice to celebrate a positive event, even on a small scale.

I should note that the real bookmarks I bought don't look like those in this comic. You'll have to take my word that they look awesome. I really debated on what to do. Scanning or tracing them felt like art theft, and so I turned to the members of the MLP Vector Club for inspiration.

Thanks go to the following artists who helped make this possible:
Applejack by maxmontezuma
Derpy Hooves by Mihaaaa
Doctor Whooves/Time Turner by Silentmatten
Fluttershy by Flizzick
Pinkie Pie by Are-you-jealous
Princess Celestia by Santafer
Princess Luna also by Santafer
Rainbow Dash by BIGCCV
Rarity by MysteriousKaos
Twilight Sparkle by Yanoda

I also created background silhouettes of ponies using Vector Club works as a base. Thanks guys!

Gangam style is hard to draw. Fortunately, Shmarky knows how to pose dancing ponies.

And because I couldn't hope to draw a crowd the size of NDK's scope without going insane, I want to thank these artists for supplying silhouette vectors:
Silhouetttes by raspete
More Silhouettes by raspete
And other silhouettes by Dana_cz

By the way, if anyone happens to know a website for the bookmark artist, I'd love to give them some advertising.

You can see photos of the real NDK Cosplay crews at my friend's gallery.

Hope you enjoy!

Update: Even though this didn't make it on to Equestria Daily, I am still over-the-moon proud of this piece and grateful to all the commentators and people who faved this work. Some people have posted of this on Derpibooru and, which is pretty rare given that it features an OC. I really appreciate that people are eager to share this work and hopefully folks take away a positive message. Thanks a million!
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bh18 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014
Not even Discord finds the chaos of a con funny.
BlackHat6 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmm....It appears no one mentioned a something "mischievous" happening in Panel 2; SO I WILL, Quit staring at Sailor Moon YOU!! XD
gamexpert1990 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
That's a wonderful story. Awesome comic too, but I'm slightly biased: I love reference cramming, even if they sometimes get past me...
Sparkshot11 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014
Starscream is never going to leave Megatron alone after this.
cheesypower Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014
You mean the same Starscream who got his butt kicked by the pretty pony pegasus with a rainbow mane?
Sparkshot11 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014
Hm, good point.
animefanfic95 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
the gundom style alone was worth the fave, this is awesome
antibug5 Featured By Owner May 16, 2014
My Favorite was actually the Grey Kight with the Terminator Claws xD.
nikolaj1998 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
residenceofthedead Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
Sooooooooooooooooo much awesome in one post!
Tech-Flash Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
panel 14
LingeringFortune Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Alphonse :3
TheClassicThinker Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Naruto's justu was the best. xD
luciaxblades245 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter

Megatron??? :D
Sternguard Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
It's often the little things we treasure the most. One small act of kindness can change some one's day.
AlexKazhdan Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Snowflake going Super Saiyan. :XD:
princessraregem767 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Student
I know about 9 shows/ movies/ games in this picture 1. Doctor Who 2. Spirited Away 3. mlp 4. Sailor Moon 5. Minecraft 6. Dragon Ball z (the only one i dont like) 7. Pokemon 8. Iron Man 9. One Piece
IAmTheVeryBadArtist Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And Yu-Gi-Oh!
princessraregem767 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Student
i meant things i know and like (part from dragonball z)
sapiking Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
M... Megatron??? Bwahhahahahahha!!! I can't wait to see Optimus Prime's face when he see's this! :D
firebrony101 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013
now we know that Optimus is well and truly fucked now that megatron has rainbow dash and the others on his side 
samsamhim Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
that was pretty cool of whoever loved the Light and Apple Bloom panel
PhoenixFirewing Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
A very sweet comic ^^
Magmashift101 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
Phinbella02 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Student General Artist
Mlp moré death note is the best crossover ever
KillJoy-E123 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013
ha, gundam style
Kyo-comics Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Student General Artist
So sweet
RECoyote Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013
aaawwwww so nice
ziggrrauglurr Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
Just wanted to comment a little on your situation:

Early this March, I was one of the organizers of the first Ponicon in our country (Argentina). The con went well, but it was slightly chaotic, I spent the whole day running solving small (and some not-so-small) issues. My own stand was left unattended several times, and some of the other organizers' stands too, since they were helping, presenting the charity auction or some time entertaining people. When the con ended and we started packing things up, I went around checking with the stand owners how it went... One thing several mentioned was that even when they left their posts for over an hour, nothing was missing, nor money nor merchandise. My stand had zero losses too. Being experienced in conventions I know that there is always an expected amount of "items lost"... it's a fact of life. This greatly and pleasantly surprised me... I like to believe that in some level the show has helped people to become better, to fight the dishonesty a little more, that it's really making better people of us all...


PS: Poni is Pony in Spanish, hence the con name.
Shamrock95 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
Aw, jeez. It's little stories like this that make me love my fellow man again.
SeraphimWolf49 Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Right in the feels. This just restored my faith in humanity.
TheBlaze22b Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Student General Artist
meh... humanity gonna wipe itself out i;ll probably be alive when it happenv
JETJK3 Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
Your very lucky not everyone in this world is nice, but good for you a good samaritan was there :-)
saori36 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013   General Artist
I'm so glad that you were able to get those back!!!

Were the bookmarks at the table with the pony badges?
MLP-Silver-Quill Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry to be so late in replying.

Yes, the bookmarks were at a table with badges. I snagged one cutie mark badge for each Mane character (except Spike, unfortunately) and a Luna, Celestia, and Big Mac badge.

They're the only pieces of MLP merchandise I own.
saori36 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013   General Artist
Awesome!! It's great to have something MLP.
N210 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
what a sweet story! Lovely bookmarks, and great for you! :D
I just love when people are nice enough to do something so simple like this.
With all the hate in the world, random acts of kindness are not underappreciated!
VictorReisSobreira Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
<--- dan vs FTW
Ireland893 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013
Ronofarr Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
Hey I actually went to a con called NDK in the great CO. I went as a sneaky guy (the first day. the others my legs hurt tooo dam much) if you did not see me than it worked! Sneaking is mutch more fun when you do it behind the Amnesia dudes.
CommanderEX Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
So many funny crossovers, I really like this art.
endergirl05 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
panel 1 has slenderman in it?
MLP-Silver-Quill Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It did it does. And Slenderman is awfully close to the other con attendees.

Everybody run!
AlexKazhdan Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's kind of funny to see Slenderman and No-Face together in one comic, in one panel. :)
endergirl05 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
it might be a cosplay(if i could i would make a dan vs toy out of pinkiepie and make mr mumbles out of clay and take a picture :3)
BoneSatellite Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
Panel 5: Fan-favorite characters my ass. I fucking hate stuff that features that many main characters but fails to include Spike. I would never buy such a lame set.
MLP-Silver-Quill Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have a hard time gauging the fandom's view of Spike. He does seem to get left out a lot.

I've found him pretty polarizing. The sole voice of reason in some episodes, but oddly selfish or bratty in others. My opinion of him really went up after his role with the Crystal Empire, but the two Spike-center episodes this season seemed to be out of character.

I will stress that the actual bookmark artwork is excellent and while it might not have your favorite character, it's still impressive.
BoneSatellite Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
Wow, didn't expect to get a reply so soon! :) Indeed, he's forgotten far too often. People have such a hard time remembering he's one of the most important characters in the show. It's about friendship, not ponies, and Spike is Twilight's closest friend.

Spike at Your Service confuses the hell outta me so much that I just tell myself it's an alternate universe episode. As for Sidekicks, I think it's plausible that he is still a very reasonable, level-headed guy, but fails to think logically when his greedy and gluttonous side is tempted. Everyone's got weaknesses, right?

I wouldn't say he's my favorite character, but he is definitely the one I relate to the most.
MLP-Silver-Quill Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'd love to see Spike and Shining Armor interact. Because in my eyes, Spike is a far better brother than Shining Armor. He's more supportive, more aware, and more vocal when Twilight goes off the right path. His scenes with Twilight in the crystal empire cemented that for me.

I'll get some thoughts going on giving Spike some spotlight.
BoneSatellite Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
Neat. I recently finished a very exciting fanfic by an excellent author who's view on those two in relation to Twilight is exactly as you describe it.
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