I'm on my way back home from GalaCon, aboard another ICE 4 travelling to Kiel as ICE 1094 with remarkably few stopovers. I'll stay here at least until Hanover.
Yesterday's second PubCon leg was a blast, the "after-party party" if you want to. Of course the Towers was crowded again. They'd even run out of chicken burgers due to the appetites of hundreds of Bronies. (Only a minor nuisance; a disaster would be if they ran out of pitchers.) It's like the PubCon after GalaCon is even better than the one before GalaCon, probably because we've all just spent an epic weekend together.
You know, it's amazing how you can sit down with Bronies whom you've never met before and have an interesting and entertaining conversation (or a complete blast). One of the wonders of this fandom. Socialising is magic.
Speaking of epic, this is the right term to describe what was going on when Elley-Ray showed up late at night. I mean, other show guests seem to hide at their hotel or inside some VIP area unless it's signing session or their panel or they've got their own table. Only a few mingle with the fans, but I've never seen anyone mingle and interact with us like Elley-Ray did. She amassed crowds
of Bronies around her outside the Towers. You could only tell from her unicorn head balloon that she was in the middle of the crowd.
She had actually intended â€” believe it or not â€” to hug every last congoer. And we were 1,100+ even though GalaCon ran in parallel with BronyCon again. I'm still wondering why Jamis paid so much for a hug from her. But then again, it was for charity. And it seems to be his principle to win any and all hugs auctioned off at GalaCon. He's the Serial Huggerâ„¢ after all ever since he won two hugs from M.A. Larson in a row. (Speaking of Jamis, not only GalaCon 2019 is confirmed, but so is Czequestria 2019, probably only a few weeks after GalaCon 2019. I'll try my best to make it to both cons.)
I've met Elley-Ray again this morning at breakfast. And I was impressed about how many cons she wants to visit. By the way, at PubCon yesterday there was the vague idea to start a new con in France just so that Elley-Ray can come as a Guest of Honour. She totally would, but she can't if there's no con. Anyhow, I'm pretty sure I'll meet her again at some con. And it's worth looking forward to, she's just such a sweetheart.
The Ludwigsburger Kreiszeitung has produced pretty much the usual half-misinformed nonsense
. It's almost a wonder that they've neither misspelt "Brony" nor derided the Bronies as man-children or something like that. I've offered the two reporters my assistance when I met them, I've offered them to answer any questions they have, but why would they ask me about something they think they already know?
Oh, and it was impossible to get a single Ludwigsburger Kreiszeitung at the station. A bunch of Bronies had gone there early in the morning and bought them all. But I've managed to catch the online article and save it as PDF.