After many years of speculation I received a nudge from a friend in regards to the My Little Pony craze turning into a huge following. I then was able to interview one of the founders and the PR representations on my anime podcast back then Anime UK Show (now Otaku Nation UK) and 2014 was the year I went.
BUCK is an international convention for the brony fandom, held in the United Kingdom since 2012 in Manchester Centrale, with an attendance of over 1,200! I am not a a brony and I have been 'ohhhh' and 'whaaaat?' at quite a bit before going to the event. I enjoy anime/games/manga/events so why is this any different? Three days of partying at the price of £45 a day or £80 for the weekend or more for the extras including limited edtion t shirt, poster and even the chance to dine with your pony heros !
My advice for any new con goers to Buck:
- Don't drive! Parking was extortionate and their were diversions due to Pride being on.
- Take train
- Free Wi-fi add people or message people while your there as a few people had signs and their were too many people to get lost in.
- Bring money, lots of rare merchandise was sold, handmade plushies snapped up on the friday night!
- Be nice, people were so friendly it was easy to make friends. If your shy sign up to the Fluttershy club to meet new people.
- Drink lots of water if your running around in fur suits !!!
It was fantastic to see the various cosplay's which ranged from fur suits to human versions, I even learnt a new word 'discord'. A lot of people dressed up as fan versions I myself went for a casual Fluttershy and met so many more in various styles I have to mention the Belly dancing Fluttershy and British gentleman versions caught my eye !
The one workshop I was recommended to go to by Pony enthusiast was ‘The Model Pony’ run by FrozenPyro a famous Sculptor / Modelmaker in the community who did a hands-on workshop where you can create a pony!
Working traditional materials such as clay and paint also regularly featured on Equestria Daily Artisan Craft compilations he brought a total of 20 skeletons to share amongst over a 100 attendees, he was surprised so many people turned up.
He showed us step by step with a camera for the people at the back to see him transform a lump of plasticine into an adorable pony. From a starting armature, through simple sculpting techniques to a finished figure; some people without skeletons had a stab at making chibi ponies that looked very adorable next to some well copied ones. We had popular characters to OC’s and discords.
The Cosplay masquerade sponsored by Anime League was a treat – we got to see a wide range of pony cosplays including full body suits from adults and children to detailed fan variations and even some non pony entries. Boris Johnson did a great skit ending on smashing his face into cake. A great Fluttershy entry reading poetry ending up to Twilight Sparkle’s study notes. Also had a Rainbow Dash sing an original song that morning whilst playing the guitar.
If your attention falls to other activities Anime League also provided a massive games room with lots of games to choose from with Halo, Street Fighter and more. Also their unlocked DDR machine which included Pony Mixes especially programmed for Buck so there was something for everyone to join.
Hope I've helped lift the curtain on Bronies and Buck and this encourages people to try different cons and please look out for my second article dedicated to top 5 stalls at BUCK 2014 and check out my photo album whixch I am adding more photos to gradually as I took over 300 photos. *Aisha Anime*
Buck 2014 Photos