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
Thanks go to the following artists who helped make this possible:Applejack by maxmontezumaDerpy Hooves by MihaaaaDoctor Whooves/Time Turner by Silentmatten Fluttershy by FlizzickPinkie Pie by Are-you-jealousPrincess Celestia by SantaferPrincess Luna also by SantaferRainbow Dash by BIGCCVRarity by MysteriousKaosTwilight 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 raspeteMore Silhouettes by raspeteAnd 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 KnowYourMeme.com, 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!