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Well, here's the scoop-
Get used to it, because she's here to stay. And not just in the show.

We're introducing the updated version of season three's Twilight Sparkle into the comics as well.

We're asked about 5th person at our tables: "what do you think?" "Why did they do that?" "Are you gonna.." etc.
Since we work hand in hand with Hasbro, we never had any intention of NOT updating Twilight for the books as well.
And quite frankly... we are all about it! 

Neither Katie Cook nor myself understand the hatred going on for having Twilight become a princess. Katie has made an outstanding point- Twilight may be the only popular character to have EARNED her crown... she worked for it, suffered for it, and it was awarded. She didn't marry into it, wasn't born into it (Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Jasmine, etc etc). That gives little girls a character that WORKED FOR WHAT SHE EARNED. One helluva example I think. And for Katie, with a little girl and another on the way... that's a great thing to a parent.

Okay, so you aren't a parent or a little girl... still, WHY GRIPE? You've not even SEEN what's yet to come! It's something new and exciting! What, did Celestia really deposit this pony she had governed for years amongst a group of her equals to do nothing more than run an abandoned library??? 

On another note: a LOT of people have come out on twitter/deviant/facebook to apologize for the actions of some of the fan base that gave myself, Katie, and of all people my wife hell about issue 11. Either they didn't like how we portrayed Shining Armor or Cadance, or they didn't like the 80's setting, or they didn't like the parody of the Oingo Boingo lyrics. That's fine, nobody has to like everything we do.... really, it's okay to not like everything, we aren't offended by that. But sending personal emails and messages of anger cross the line of ANY fandom. 
Beyond that, the truly insulting thing was people messaging to declare that the book was poor because it contradicted popular or personal fan fictions. (yes it happened). 

Here's a note on my standing of fan fiction: I don't care. No, really. I don't. I don't read fan fiction. We do not want (and cannot have) it's influence on our books. 
Fan fiction is GREAT, awesome, outstanding... it's in EVERY fandom! BE CREATIVE! Write everything!!! But don't presume that because a fan theory is popular that it is in stone and overrides everything else. Let's also remember something EXTREMELY important- these are FICTIONAL cartoon marshmallow-peep pastel ponies that talk and bake cakes. Let's all calm down and take a breath. It's great that the fandom is so passionate, but let's draw the line at messaging comic (and show) creators with insults... finger pointing... demands... and threats. Be a grown up... it's a CARTOON. 

To those that sent apologies and praises, thank you very much! The fandom is very much held to us, and we've met some outstanding people (and particularly kids!). We'll continue to get absurd messages and even insults... part of the territory. Ain't stopping us. We're all going to continue to do our best to provide fun/adventure/lessons/silliness for all ages, with a dose of absurdity and (at least on my part) meaningless references and background goodies :) (Smile)  
Now let's all have FUN shall we?
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andy12678 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014
I stood up out of my chair to clap, thumbs up, fist bump, cabbage patch, and salute to this!
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rionka Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Andy, i just wanted to say here that i loved the 80's setting of the C+S story. I'm that oldschool nerd who favourited a whole story including all the hair, cassettes and keyboards... YOU RULE :) please go on.
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DynamoDazzle Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014
"You've not even SEEN what's yet to come! It's something new and exciting!"

I had my doubts, but you were right! Fantastic work on FiM #17, as always.
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Tamar-UK Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
People gave you crap about issue 11??? But I loved that! I thought it was awesome! I thought it was totally different from the show, and Twilight and Cadence's plotting together was hilariously witty. Nothing but love from me!
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trainguy112 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014
Well, Twilight can learn a spell that removes her wings until she needs them. That's how i think it.
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Arthur9078 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
.......touche. That was amazing about your thoughts on Alicorn Twilight and overall about resistance to change. I salute you, good sir. You pretty much said everything about my similar thoughts on the whole thing :clap: 
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ArtisticKamenRider Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I honestly don't get why so many fans are so obnoxious over things that happen in FAN Fiction that it should be in the Cartoons and Comics of My Little Pony. Sure if there are fan theories/idea that are popular and were used(Party of One is a possible one from Cupcakes)it's fine. Whatever the OFFICIAL Writers do for the episodes/issues, that's what the main story line will be.

Fan Fiction is fantastic, but it isn't made to be part of the main/canon story line, it's the idea of how things would play out from that person's view.
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Ongaru Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013
I thought updating TS to an alicorn was inevitable, but haven't been keeping up with the comic news because I like to be surprised by each new issue. :)  I like how so far, she's not letting it get too much to her head.  Sure, she's a leader with a royal title, but she still doesn't view herself as being better than her friends, and she doesn't throw her title around.

Best of all, her Season 4 character development and her personality in the latest comic issues mesh perfectly--which isn't always that easy to do on a tight writing schedule.

I didn't say this at the DragonCon MLP event (which was awesome, btw) but I admire your talent!  You take Faust's pony designs

The G1 homages are great, too.  I grew up with G1 ponies, so it's fun to see them as part of Equestria's story.
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Emeowrald Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013

Hopefully this journal will also explain to you why there are many of us out there who do not support the new Princess thing. emeowrald.deviantart.com/journ…
And remember like you said not everyone has to like everything you do and we don't have to like every aspect of the franchise either. 
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shyq Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013
I was a bit worried at first, but now I'm perfectly fine with Princess Twilight. The new Season 4 episodes were great and from what I've read from various forums on different websites, most people are just fine with it as well.

There are no words to describe how much I like the comics by the way. And just so you know, issue 11 was funny, cute and interesting and I'm SO GLAD you guys took the risk and expanded the characters and backstory of Shining Armor and Cadance. Those who compared it to their preferred fanfiction just need to learn how to separate headcanon and canon and be able enjoy both.

PS: Keep taking risks, expanding the characters and adding details to the plot that arent in the show and ESPECIALLY keep contradicting the fanfiction! Fanfiction is supposed to be inspired by the canon, not the other way around and you are perfectly right about everything you wrote above.
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KarNYCLoAMR Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Professional Artist
Holy carp you guys gut hate mail for issue 11?!?! Excuse me while I faint in disbelief... that was some of the best stuff you two ever put out. I'm an 80s teen and I loved all the homage to the generation of John Hughes films, Prince & the Revolution, and big hair. 
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dempsey23 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013
I like the version of Twilight that's purple.
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MyLittlePrimo Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
Tee-hee.
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GorshmidtII Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Those getting in your case for contradicting fan-fiction and fanon are out of line. The same is true of the people who use personal attacks and anger as their weapons instead of constructive criticism. The people who want good quality, however, are very much in line.  People care enough about these candy-colored, cartoon, marshmallow, pastel ponies to demand their quality representation. These characters have become near and dear to people to the point where this fandom sprung up and stayed moving. They are beloved characters and they are very REAL to the people that love them. Sure they're fictional, but they are, as of now, a part of everyone in the fandom. A very REAL part. Their influence is that strong. Many of the people are being adults. The Rage-monster and Hate-mail sects are the ones being childish. The ones demanding quality are not.

As far as people being upset about Princess Twilight Alicorn goes: the implications are ghastly, she's been put on a pedestal above her friends, and no REAL changes, as we've been reassured by the show staff multiple times, are really going to be made, making the transformation not only pointless, but making it seem as nothing more than a cheap marketing ploy. People are angry because they think that such a dramatic change should have come at the end of the series, not the middle of it. It was poorly executed to boot, the episode blatantly disregarding established canon and character development for the sake of forcing the issue. That's plenty of reason to be angry about Twilicorn. Here's a fine article to help you understand the dissent: fav.me/d6f959g

On top of that, Twilight didn't really earn her wings. She got forced into a destiny chosen for her by Celestia, who very obviously brought the events that would make that destiny a reality. Who was blatantly foreshadowed to bring about such events. The show told us "SHE'S GONNA DO THAT!" at the end of "The Crystal Empire Part 2." Then she straight-up turned Twilight into an alicorn.  No good lessons here. Granted it was kind of Celestia, but Twilight certainly didn't earn anything. Twilight just fixed up a mistake she was set up to make. Twilight was pretty much an honorary member of the royal family. How could she not move up? I'm afraid that Katie did not make an outstanding point, as she did not know the series well enough to be accurate with it. I get that no one wants to feel that he/she is in the wrong about this, but points like that are, sadly, ignorant (i.e. lacking information).

"FUN" is nice and all but it doesn't represent quality, which is what people want. If you want to do better, be more concerned about telling a good story with the established lore and character development, don't just throw it all away for the sake of forcing situations to be plots, like "Magical Mystery Cure" did. If you do want fun, remember that a harder challenge is more satisfying. It is more enjoyable to craft something in-line with canon than it is to cobble a bunch of things together that contradict it and then getting frustrated when people call it out for what it is.

I do hope that his has helped you to see why people think the way they do in regards to ponies and the current situations regarding them.
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SiNgInFoOl Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013

I stood up out of my chair to clap, thumbs up, fist bump, cabbage patch, and salute to this!Clap 

YOU BE YOU MR. PRICE AND MRS. COOK

, AND THE REAL FANS WILL STICK AROUND!!!

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Alexstrazse Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Come now, Mr. Price. These are bronies we're talking about here. We literally complain about everything.
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NubianKitten Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013
Wow…some of these comments…

…wow…




…just…wow…

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DisneyMaster Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
One reason people don't like it is because it's executive meddling in it's purest form. Plus it gives a terrible, sexist, message to children. If you don't want people to send you hate mail. Then you should leave the series. I know I'll respect you for it.
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MillennialDan Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist
Well, I must say I don't care Alicorn Twilight in the least, and this hasn't really helped. There's a rather long list of reasons why it was implemented terribly in the show, but oh well. It's not like the opinion of us dissenting fans matters to anyone, obviously.
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Pyrofag Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013
You're an idiot, Andy. The most cringeworthy comment and worst attempt at ''inspiring'' people to stop sending hate mail I've ever seen this month.
You work for a toy company with no integrity and you're not even the best which IDW has to offer,  no shit you're gonna get hate mail, you drama whore. Come back with this cringeworthy attitude when you get hit by a brick and your house set on fire.  I can tell by the way you've typed this crappy speech that you're just jumping on the drama bandwagon for the fun, in other words you're a complete hypocrite which deserves hate.

Give any serious person what you've written here and they'll call you an artsy geek with no shame who doesn't know his place and which never experienced life.
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Alexstrazse Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Well aren't you just a little ray of sunshine.
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saltyoven Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
check the person's name before you comment, the only way to make the fact he's a troll more obvious is if his name was "senatorpooptickler"
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ellymango Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I'm still unsure over the new princess alicorn Twilight... I think it would have made a better finale for the overall show (ie, the last episode ever) and not the third season. 
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GodzillaKrueger Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I personally think it could've been handled better, but I like the idea.
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ellymango Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah, the whole episode started off relatively normally, then it just spiralled into something that seemed far too grand for its own good. The episode also felt rushed to me, as if it had so much more to explain about itself, but was cut short.
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GodzillaKrueger Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah, I also felt it had a bit too much singing. But Celestia's song was wonderful.
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ellymango Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
It was! Saying that, I quite liked all the songs, even though there were far too many. I think there was probably more singing than actual spoken dialogue...
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Bon-Bonaparte Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013
I'll admit to not being a huge fan of Alicorn Twilight.  I don't want to get to much into the reason here, but suffice to say that I feel that it threatens to disrupt the dynamics of the show (I don't buy the line it won't change her; it will, how is the question), and that I don't feel she earned it per se.  Why is she more worthy for it than her friends?  Twilight could not have accomplished any of what she did without her friends and yet she reaps all the rewards.  It rubs me the wrong way.

What I want to talk about is the 'Twilicorn hater' hate.  Many are sick and tired of 'Twilicorn hate' but I have actually seen very little of it, I have seen many more people attacking people who express doubt about the idea than people actually attacking the idea.  What people must understand is that the 'haters' are in a vulnerable state at the moment, they oppose it not because they like drama but because they fear what this will do to something that they love.  To attack and demonize them because they care deeply about the show does nothing to help the situation.  We are supposed to be a community built on love and tolerance, the fact that the 'haters' are still around shows that they are giving the show a chance, so why can't we give them a chance?
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FluttershyTheKitteh Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Agreed! People need to accept change! Alicorn Twilight was a great idea in my book :D
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Yoka-the-Changeling Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can not agree more. I really hope our fandom will mature over time.
Personally, I love the comic and I'm feeling it's getting better with every issue (and it's not just a nice phrase, I really do think so).
Keep on doing it and have fun.
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GodzillaKrueger Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Most of the people I've seen who disike Alicorn Twilight are halfwits that don't know about CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT.
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NaterRang Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Insulting people with a different opinion doesn't validate yours.
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GodzillaKrueger Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
That and I have a low tolerance for bullshit, if I think something is stupid, I will most likely say so. 
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MillennialDan Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist
Well what a coincidence. I think your comment is stupid, and now I have said so.
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GodzillaKrueger Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Do I really care? No.
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MillennialDan Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist
Cared enough to reply.
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GodzillaKrueger Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Naw, I'm just pointing out that I think it's hilarious you actually really legitimately think I honestly care about what you think of my opinion.  
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MillennialDan Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist
Oh look, another reply.
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GodzillaKrueger Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Keep in mind, most of the people I've seen rant about it are whiny fanboys. I said MOST not all, get it right. 
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NaterRang Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I could easy make the same statement about Twilicorn lovers and it would be just as valid an opinion as your own. I doubt you'd respond kindly to being called a halfwit, so maybe you could find a more civil way of expressing yourself. The problem has never been a difference of opinion, it's a lack of civility on BOTH sides that's caused so much contention. If you love Twilicorn, there's nothing wrong with that, but insulting the IQ of someone who doesn't agree with you doesn't strengthen your position.
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GodzillaKrueger Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I have a hard time taking a group of predominately immature whiners who give death threats to people like Andy Price all because they dislike the fact that a character got a pair of wings seriously. But oh well.
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NaterRang Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The honest truth is that if the position was reversed, and they said Twilight would never become an alicorn, people from the Twilicorn side would be sending nasty emails too. Doesn't make it right, but Twilicorn lovers aren't saints compared to the other side.

And there was no official reports of death threats.
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GodzillaKrueger Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Oh believe me, if they dislike it, there have probably been death threats somewhere. It is the internet.
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NaterRang Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Maybe, but saying a person HAS made death threats and saying they probably made death threats are two different things. 
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Nefairyious Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Honestly, I can't believe how riled up people can get over a cartoon meant to be educational and cute and fun for little girls. It does its job well as a kids' cartoon and introduces good female characters to a tv world full of stuff mostly geared toward boys. It's a great show for kids, my younger siblings love it, but seriously it is not worth obsessing over like this, people! It's a cartoon for kids! They want to make a character a princess! Big whoop!
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GodzillaKrueger Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I actually have a friend who thinks the show is sexist.:stare:
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Nefairyious Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
...Against guys? What? Really? That is just... I don't even. Its one of the most innocent things ever.
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GodzillaKrueger Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Saying that is like saying Star Wars is discriminatory towards women because the main characters are predominately male. 
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Voodoo-Tiki Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
Unlike, oh, say, 99% of the other shows out there? LOL
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