So, at Intervention (a small convention in Rockville, MD) this weekend, I snuck my way onto the brony panel Saturday, where one of my copanelists related the tale of how DerpyCon came to be. The short version of the tale:
He was in a low-budget film set at a convention, and since they didn’t want to use the name of a real convention, he suggested calling it DerpyCon. After the film was shown at a couple of conventions, people started recognizing him as “the DerpyCon guy” and asking him where and when the convention was–they thought it was a real brony convention and wanted to go! As a joke, he played along… and a year later found himself in the early stages of organizing a real convention. DerpyCon currently only has a couple of staffers, no location, and no date except “some time in 2014 we hope,” but they’re actively recruiting staff and seeking funding, and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if they actually get a convention to happen.
Bronies: Reifying the imaginary since 2010.