GottaCon 2013 Panel Podcast – “Unusual” Fandoms: Bronies


GottaCon is an annual broad-spectrum gaming convention held the first weekend of February at Pearkes Arena in Victoria, British Columbia.

As already mentioned, I was the Special Events Coordinator for GottaCon 2013. Part of my role as Special Events Coordinator was to moderate the discussion panels.

The fifth and final panel was “Unusual” Fandoms: Bronies. It was held on February 3, 2013. Seated on the panel were Nicole Matthews, Tessa Burger, Alison Schuss, Philip Amor, and Ken Atkinson.

The panel outline read: Join us as we discuss an often misunderstood, and largely criticized, aspect of fandom: Bronies. What is a Brony and Pegasister? Why does a cartoon, often seen as something only for little girls, have such a strong fan base among men, with the average age of the male fan at 21-years-old? We will attempt to dispel some of the myths about Bronies, and try to create a conversation about how we, as a geek community, can better support this area of fandom.

Some of the questions asked during the panel were:

  • What is a Brony and a Pegasister?
  • What is your attraction to Friendship is Magic?
  • What are the most common myths you hear about Bronies?
  • What is the reality of the Brony community?
  • Ways you wish the overall geek community can better support Bronies.

The panel, including Q&A, is just under 1 hour and 45 minutes. The file size is 95.6 MB. The file type is mp3, 128 kbps, 44.1 kHz, stereo.

You can download the panel here (right click, save as).

Alternatively, you can stream it below.


I hope you enjoy!

And if you haven’t yet, listen to/ download the first discussion panel, The Influence of D&D here, the second discussion panel, So You Want To Be A Published Author here, the third discussion panel, Digital Rights Management: The Pros and Cons here, and the fourth discussion panel, GM Roundtable: Enhanced Story Telling here.


Jules Sherred is the parent of two teenage boys, freelance writer, web designer, author of Five Little Zombies and Fred, General Manager and radio personality at The Look 24/7, owner of the largest Star Trek community on Google+, Geeky Pleasures creator, geek support for Parsec Award winning The Minister of Chance, and more. On the Geeky Pleasures Radio Show, Jules has interviewed Wil Wheaton, Jonathan Coulton, Phil Plait, Sylvester McCoy, Richard Hatch, Paul and Storm, R.A. Salvatore, John Kovalic, and so many more. Jules' writing can also be found on Hugo Award winning SF Signal, GeekMom, United Federation of, Nerdy With Children, Star Wars vs Star Trek. Slowly, Jules is working on another book titled Nerd Love. You can follow Jules on Twitter @GeekyJules. Also, JULES LOVES STAR TREK.

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