102 – “Matchmaker; School Spirit”
Written by Aaron Hammersley, Lane Lueras, Daron Nefcy, Dave Stone / Zeus Cervas, Aaron Hammersley
“Star offers to help her teacher Miss Skullnick with her love life; Star misunderstands Earth’s lingo.“
Good news to those who love art, comics, and helpfulness—Bound Together is off to the presses and will be in your hands in a few short weeks.
Bound Together is our original charity comic and art anthology, enjoyable for readers of all ages. Top quality artists in the fandom collaborated on this high-quality, full-color, and professionally printed book featuring 52 pages of pony comic stories and individual art pieces: KefkaFloyd (project director), Adlynh, Bakertoons, Centchi, Emberwisp, fxcellent, Jowybean, Leekfish, Muffinshire, Pasteur, Ponywise, Sofas And Quills, Spectralunicorn, Starry Night, and Steve Holt! While PixelKitties had to withdraw due to scheduling conflicts, she sends her earnest support for the project and we brought on additional artists like Emberwisp, Centchi, and fxcellent to help make the book even better.
Some artists have already posted samples of their contributions, which you can see here. That’s just a taste, as you can only see all of the comics and artwork by donating for the book.
True to its theme of teamwork and togetherness, all buyers are also collaborators on our joint effort to combat malaria. The revenue generated by Bound Together goes towards the Against Malaria Foundation’s outstanding prevention program. Each copy of Bound Together helps provide multiple insecticide-coated nets to thwart the spread of malaria.
In fact, the donations from preorders have already exceeded the printing costs, and the project is currently generating positive revenue for the charity. We have 30 remaining preorder slots, and all preorders will ship in April. We’d like to give a sincere thanks to everyone who preordered the book, as without your generous contributions this project would never have been printed. Couldn’t preorder? Don’t worry—the book will be available at various conventions across the globe. The book will debut at BABSCon, with other conventions such as BronyCon, TrotCon, GalaCon, Brony Fair, Czequestria, and more to come.
Already donated to the project? Please consider making an additional donation directly to our Seeds of Kindness fundraiser!
Fresh promo for the premiere of Disney’s upcoming show, Star vs The Forces of Evil. The show has already been renewed for a second season despite only airing the first two episodes as a sneak peek a few months ago. The first season will officially kick off March 30th on Disney XD with two fresh episodes, Match Maker and School Spirit. After that there are two more episodes listed in the Wikipedia article, Monster Arm and The Other Exchange Student.
Fifteen second promo after the page break.
Multiple promo videos behind the page break.
We’ve become such a huge community, bustling with generosity! But what is even more important is that we know that our generosity cannot be an end in itself. Generosity is only as good as the good it does for those we help.
And we can help tremendously if we do it right. It is big-hearted and bold to treat strangers like friends—it is also necessary. The millions of people in extreme poverty and at risk of malaria are strangers to most of us, but they are the people who need our help most and they are also the people we can help most effectively. Let us prove to them that this world is not too big and never cold!
The Against Malaria Foundation (AMF) has been making distance irrelevant for over a decade. With mere monetary donations, people from around the world can save the lives of those who would otherwise have succumbed to malaria. And because AMF is one of the most effective charities in the world, even small donations—$3 for a mosquito net—have a great impact. That is why we have dedicated Seeds of Kindness to fundraising for AMF.
This year GalaCon will dedicate their charity auction to the Seeds of Kindness fundraiser for the fourth successive year. A silent auction will allow potential buyers to bid on their coveted items throughout most of the convention, and a live auction will determine who gets the most valuable of items. Plus, on the Saturday of the convention they want to surprise you!
To donate in kind to the auction, please email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. They’ll be happy to give you all the instructions you’ll need and their shipping address. If you have any questions about your in-kind donations at the last GalaCon, you can reach ask them at the same address.
It’s gonna get a little weird, gonna get a little wild on Disney XD come March 30th. That’s when Star vs. the Forces of Evil returns with brand new episodes on Disney XD according to Nick and More and a Disney press release. However, if you do not wish to wait for March 30th, a pair of new episodes will be made available to verified users of WatchDisneyXD.com, the Disney XD app, and Disney XD on Demand on February 23rd.
Star will then join the Disney XD lineup at 8pm ET/7pm CT with a replay of the opening episodes (“Star Comes to Earth”/“Party with a Pony”) followed by a brand new pair of episodes. The show will apparently follow a 2 x 11 format meaning a pair of 11-minute episodes per show.
Star’s debut on Disney Channel on January 18th drew an estimated 2.325 million viewers. It did receive strong lead-ins from the two shows preceding it on that Sunday night: Austin and Ally (3.076M) and K.C. Undercover (3.509M).
Star Wars: Rebels has been ranging 500K-700K viewers on Disney XD over the last nine episodes. Gravity Falls has been ranging roughly 800K-1.1M per episode. Somewhere in between could be deemed very good numbers for Star when it comes to Disney XD starting on March 30th. We’ll see what the numbers are then.
[Derpy News Special Feature] Here’s a show created by Daron Nefcy (who has worked on Wander Over Yonder as a storyboard revisionist) about a princess (Star Butterfly) who moves to Earth from her fantasy dimension of Mewni to live with her new best-Earth-friend, Marco Diaz. Together they battle interdimensional villains as Star learns to wield her newly-bestowed magic wand. It also has ponies.
The show is set to start airing regularly later in 2015 on Disney XD.