Sep 5, 2011

PixelKitties Hall of Pony

Yes!  I want to be your friend!

Our first inductee into the Hall of Pony is a very beloved artist to the members of this blog.  It's none other than PixelKitties!  If you've ever read this blog did you even entertain the idea that it could be anyone else?
PixelKitties on deviantART

1.When/how did you discover MLP:FIM?
It was around March/April and I was posting quite a bit on the Bioware forums.  Dragon Age 2 had just come out and I was spending some amount of my free time debating the awesomeness of Femme Hawke, Merrill the blood mage, and the perfect storm of awesomeness that resulted from their in-game romance.

At some point, I noticed the various avatars of the forum regulars turning into pastel-colored ponies.  Anypony who frequents forums is well aware that random trends come and go, but in this case the pony virus continued to spread like wildfire.  Eventually, I decided to investigate and, as happens with most of us, within twenty four hours of initial exposure, I was full on Bronified!
Merrill from Dragon Age 2, always one of my companions.

2.Who is your favorite main cast character and why?
I can say un-ironically that there are elements (pun intended) of every single member of the mane cast that make them worthy of love and slavish fan favoritism.  It really is difficult to pick a favorite from episode to episode.  But generally, you always remember your first, and in my case I identified with Twilight Sparkle from the moment she appeared in Episode One.

Of course, just about every self-described geek can easily identify with Miss Sparkle and her bookish personality. I love that she’s smart, a little socially awkward, but enthusiastic and filled with excitement and wonder, whether taking part in the Running of the Leaves or just attempting to build a birdhouse.   And personally, making an exception for her somewhat heavy-handed depiction in Feeling Pinkie Keen, I love Twilight’s skepticism and rationalism.  Well, relatively speaking, since we are talking about a world filled with magical talking ponies…


3.Who is your favorite background character( this is anypony other than the main 6.  ie not Twilight, Fluttershy...)?
Out of every episode of season one, out of all the amazing characters- be that mane cast, background ponies, or one-off antagonists, Trixie just stayed with me from the instant she debuted on-screen.  I love her entire fabulously over-the-top showmanship and attitude.   Aesthetically, I love her design and coloration.  And in a world filled with nekkid ponies, she’s unique enough to wear a sweet hat AND a cloak!  But most of all, she has been set up for (I hope) a meaningful and believable character arc in Season Two.  Unlike other FIM villain-characters like Gilda and Prince Blueblood, Trixie does make the admittedly pathetic attempt to back up her boasts when confronted by the Ursa.  Clinging to that tiny detail, I would love to see her come back with a little better perspective and (slightly) humbled attitude following her debut in Boast Busters.

Good guys are all well and- uh, good!  Bad guys are fun.  But a bad guy who learns the error of her ways and becomes a force for good?  That’s pure gold, my friends.

I used to just think Trixie was I'm becoming obsessed with her.

4.Who would you follow Celestia or Luna?
Considering most of my comics are the labor of many sleepless nights, I am a full and devoted follower of all things Luna!  Personally, I think Celestia comes off as a bit TOO saccharine in the show.  I like the idea that behind that snow-white fur and floaty hair is a snooty jerk and a relentless taco thief.

On the subject of the Lunar Empire, I really hope the producers of the show develop Luna as a character in the new season.  If I had a singular criticism of the show, it would be that Luna just disappeared.  The writers went to such amazing levels of detail working in thematic and reoccurring elements like the gala, the dresses, Prince Blueblood, the sonic rainboom, etc.  The fact Luna is the major force behind the first two episodes and initially bringing the entire cast together, it’s a bit puzzling that she completely vanished from her debut onward.  So…yeah, more Luna, please!

Apparently my above question was redundant.

5.What would you tell someone who hasn't watched the show?
I would tell them that this is not your father’s (er…mother’s) My Little Pony.  This is a show that’s beautifully animated, culturally aware, and most of all entertaining.  Since the 80s generation grew up, producers of kid’s programming have been doing their best to cater to parents as well as the kids, with pop culture nods and ironic humor.  Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.  What sets Friendship is Magic apart is that there’s really nothing ironic about it.  It’s that rare show that is simply good on every level, whether you’re five or twenty-five or seventy-five.  It’s just so well done and has so much charisma and delightfully realized characterizations, I find it hard to believe anyone could NOT love it!

Those eyes...boring into my very's kind of creepy.

6.What are your influences when creating you art?
When I first started making pony art, I was simply tracing and creating vector images.  The bubblegum shapes and pastel colors of FIM were so outside the normal stuff I do that I felt a bit like a stranger in a strange land.  As time went on and I moved on to making my own drawings and comics, I endeavored to skew as close to the show itself as possible.  It was the highest compliment to hear my work looked like it came right out of the show.  Nowadays, people tell me my work has a particularly unique look, but I couldn't actually tell you just what that is.  I suppose as time has gone on I've integrated my own style (which, in art terms, simply means repetitive mistakes that are unique to me) into my attempts to re-create the show’s look.

As for non-pony influences, a lifetime of horror fandom certainly has played into a few of my comics.  I think a lot of my obsession with detail porn and throw-away jokes come from growing up and reading Mad Magazine’s movie parodies and Benn Dunn’s “amerimanga” Ninja High School comics.  Both of these featured tons of jokes within panels and little background references to other characters and media.

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The great outdoors always ends in tragedy.  That's why I stay barricaded indoors.  Nothing bad could ever happen indoors....right?

7.If you had one quote (from anything) that has really had an impact on you/ just a saying you really liked, what would it be?
It’s not MLP related (at least not directly) but in all my life, the one quote that has stuck by me is from Thomas Paine.  “The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.”

Now that I think about it, that would look pretty good on a poster with Twilight Sparkle.

8.What is the best pony blog you know?(Hint Hint, remember your doing this thing for Obsession Is Magic, but I do encourage you to be truthful.)
I came into the Friendship is Magic world pretty late in the game compared to most fans, but even so I’m shocked at the sheer number of blogs, tumbler sites, forums, YouTube channels, art journals and overwhelming pony EVERYTHING that has come out since my early days.  Obviously I’m a huge fan of Equestria Daily since Seth is kind enough to post all my comics.  But Obsession is Magic is the blog that tends to post exactly the same stuff that I’m looking at and interested in from moment to moment.  Seriously, it’s like you guys are inside my head sometimes!  Whether it’s movie reviews, specific pony art, or even your own great fics, I find your blog refreshingly on my own wavelength every time!

Well, except for that whole cupcakes thing…can’t bring myself to come anywhere near that fic!

<break in the interview>Woohoo! Now that's an endorsement.  I'm going to print that out and put in on my moms fridge.</break in the interview>

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"Well, except for that whole cupcakes thing…can’t bring myself to come anywhere near that fic!"
Huh...whatever you say PixelKitties...whatever you say.  

9.Just a little about yourself.
I’m afraid I’m much better at talking about the Great and Powerful Trixie than the Unassuming and Shy Pixelkitties.  I’m a girl, for one thing.  It’s simply amazing to me that nowadays the general assumption is that fans of My Little Pony are automatically guys!

I’m a graphic designer and concept artist who works in Pittsburgh at an art and design place doing art and design stuff!  Before ponies I wasn’t involved with any specific online fandoms.  It really took something special in FIM to inspire me to get out there and start contributing.  I had a Deviant Art site for two years before I ever posted a single piece of art, and that turned out to be the Dragon Age Merrill Pony pic.

Outside of ponies I’m a huge horror fan.  I also love all things Doctor Who.  When I have time, which is less and less often these days, I play video games (mainly shooters like Borderlands and Resistance or western-style RPGs like Fallout and Mass Effect,) collect comics (Garth Ennis’s The Boys, Batwoman, The Walking Dead) and, like dear Twilight,  I love reading and sometimes devour two or three books a week.  Uh, just not the actual Twilight books.  Also like Twilight Sparkle, I have standards.

Otherwise, I’m pretty boring.  I live a life, do some things, and love, love, love me some ponies!

I want that magazine!

PixelKittes an artist, pony lover, and an all around nice person.  PixelKitties you've meant the world to me with everything that you done.  I just want to say thank you so much, you've been more supportive than I could have ever hoped to deserve.  You are awesome!

 I swear, after reading those answer I think I've fallen in love. I can see it now, PixelKitties and I will be married and live a life of friendship and magic and ...... <the following 5,000 word love letter was removed for being extremely: creepy, pornographic, and illegal in most states.> ....and then the aliens will have no choice but to crown us as king and queen of the universe.  It's the only logical choice once you think about it  and not creepy at all.


  1. Awesome. Awesome interview, awesome artist. Oh and...

    I, for one, welcome our future Pixel Feline and Dust-man overlords.

  2. Guys, thank you thank you thank you so much for this! I don't feel like I deserve the kindness and awesome attention you've given my silly arts, but I can tell you that I appreciate it with all my heart!

    You gentlemen (er, gentleponies!) are the best, and I am so happy and proud to be a friend of one of the finest pony blogs out there! Thanks guys, with all sincerity, thank you!

  3. I'm glad that I still haven't done enough to drive you away yet. I was 100% sure when you first commented on our blog that it was just going to be a one time "I'll show compassion on these sad little people" type deal. But against all odds you kept on coming back for more. I still have trouble comprehending it.

    Anyway, thanks for going along with the "Your favorite site" question. This was set up to be a blatant self promotion, hence the not so subtle hint. Unfortunately your the only artist that's responded along the lines I was hoping for. One artist went on a rant against Equestria Daily, so I'll just take that as us being the default winner.

    P.S. I hope you don't think that I've been too creepy/stalkery whenever I've done anything relating to you. The last paragraph was a joke on me for being so enraptured with you and posting stuff about you so much.