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My Little Pony comic issue 1 early cover

An image released with the original announcement of the comic series.

The Friendship is Magic franchise extends to several comic books. Outside of the short strips published in My Little Pony magazines, there are three series of ongoing comics published by IDW Publishing. The first issue of the comic's main series was IDW's most successful book in 2012 and the company's top-selling book overall, placing 90th (61st by dollar value) overall for the year.[1] As of October 2013, the comics have sold over one million copies.[2] Other statistics can be found here.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic

Main article: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (comics)

The main series consists of original stories and story arcs set after the second season of the show:

My Little Pony Micro-Series

Main article: My Little Pony Micro-Series

The micro-series consists of single-issue stories, each focusing on a single character. The first six issues focus on the main six characters, and further issues focus on other characters. Issue #10 was released as the last issue.

My Little Pony: Friends Forever

Main article: My Little Pony: Friends Forever

Friends Forever is a new ongoing series that replaced the micro-series after it concluded its run. It started in January 2014, and consists of single-issue stories, each focusing on two characters (the first of which focuses on Applejack and Pinkie Pie).

My Little Pony: FIENDship is Magic

Main article: My Little Pony: FIENDship is Magic

FIENDship is Magic is a limited-run series of comics released throughout April 2015. Each issue focuses on the "secret origin" of one of the series' major antagonists, starting with King Sombra.

My Little Pony: Guardians of Harmony

Main article: My Little Pony: Guardians of Harmony (comics)

IDW Publishing is slated to publish "a new series of comic books"—reportedly "not a new series, just pack in comics"[5]—to tie in with Hasbro's Guardians of Harmony toyline in Fall 2016.[6]

Annual editions

Main article: My Little Pony Annual 2013

My Little Pony annual was released in October 30, 2013. It is written by Ted Anderson and Katie Cook, drawn by Tony Fleecs and Andy Price and colored by Tony Fleecs. It is 48 pages long and features two stories based on the My Little Pony Equestria Girls movie. The first story, entitled The Fall of Sunset Shimmer, is 8 pages long and was originally published in the 2013 San Diego Comic Con version of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Issue #9. It tells the origin of Sunset Shimmer. The main story is about the human versions of the mane six struggling as freshmen at Canterlot High.

Main article: My Little Pony Annual 2014

My Little Pony Annual 2014 was released on September 24, 2014. It is written by Ted Anderson and drawn and colored by Ben Bates. The official synopsis states "Check out the original Power Ponies in action! When Mane-iac assembles an all-star team of villains, the Power Ponies may be outmatched! It will take a familiar face from Equestria to even the odds! Get ready for super powered adventure like you’ve never seen it!"

Compilations

A 104-page trade paperback book which collects issues #1-4, entitled My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Volume 1, was released on May 28, 2013. Volume 2 of the series contains issues #5-8 and was released on September 24, 2013. Volume 3 contains issues #9-12 and was released on January 28, 2014. Volume 4 contains issues #13-16 and was released on May 20, 2014. Volume 5 contains issues #17-20 and was released on September 30, 2014. Volume 6 contains issues #21-24 and was released on January 20, 2015. Volume 7 contains issues #25-28 and was released on June 2, 2015. Volume 8 contains issues #29-33 and was released on October 20, 2015. Volume 9 contains issues #34-37 and was released on March 22, 2016. Volume 10 contains issues #38-42 and is scheduled for release on August 16, 2016.[7] Volume 11 contains issues #43-47 and is scheduled for release on January 10, 2017.[8]

A 152-page TPB entitled My Little Pony: Pony Tales Volume 1, collecting Micro-Series issues #1-6, was released on November 5, 2013. A translation was released in Japan on January 20, 2014.[9] Volume 2 contains issues #7-10 and was released on February 18, 2014.

IDW Limited will release a deluxe hardcover edition of the first four issues (including a cover gallery); these will be available in red, black, and blue labels, each with increasing exclusive content.[10]

My Little Pony Omnibus Volume 1, a compilation of the first twelve issues of the Friendship is Magic series of comics, was released on October 28, 2014. Volume 2, a compilation of Friendship is Magic Issues #13-24, was released on September 22, 2015. Volume 3, a compilation of Friendship is Magic Issues #25-37, was released on June 14, 2016.

My Little Pony: Adventures in Friendship Volume 1, a 76-page hardcover compilation of My Little Pony Micro-Series Issue #2, My Little Pony Micro-Series Issue #4, My Little Pony: Friends Forever Issue #6, and original artwork by Sara Richard, was released on December 16, 2014. Volume 2 contains My Little Pony Micro-Series Issue #5, My Little Pony Micro-Series Issue #6, and My Little Pony: Friends Forever Issue #1 and was released on March 13, 2015. Volume 3 contains My Little Pony Micro-Series Issue #8, My Little Pony Micro-Series Issue #9, and My Little Pony: Friends Forever Issue #3 and was released on August 4, 2015. Volume 4 contains My Little Pony: Friends Forever Issue #2, Issue #7, and Issue #20 and was released on November 19, 2015. Volume 5 contains My Little Pony Micro-Series Issue #1, My Little Pony: Friends Forever Issue #4, and My Little Pony: Friends Forever Issue #26 and was released on June 8, 2016.

A My Little Pony Equestria Girls trade paperback that includes the My Little Pony Annual 2013 and My Little Pony: Equestria Girls Holiday Special was released on January 13, 2016.

My Little Pony Friends Forever Omnibus Volume 1, a compilation of the first twelve issues of the Friends Forever series of comics, is scheduled for release on November 1, 2016.[11]

Other releases

IDW Limited released comicfolios for Twilight Sparkle and Rainbow Dash on April 15, 2013. Each comicfolio contains a variant cover comic book and lithograph in a hardcover portfolio; they are limited to 500 copies.[12] Comicfolios for Rarity and Fluttershy were released on May 7, followed by Applejack and Pinkie Pie editions that were released in July.[13]

A 72-page "Color Me" Treasury Edition was released on June 12, 2013, containing the first issue in black and white as well as "all forty-eight" covers for the first four issues.

My Little Pony: Digest-Size is to be released in trade paperback volumes, each 6x9 inches and containing 52 pages.[14]

My Little Pony Animated is a series of trade paperback books published by IDW Publishing intended for younger readers. The books consist of frames from the show with dialogue balloons (taken directly from the show scripts),[15] sound effects, etc.[16] Volume 1, entitled My Little Pony: The Magic Begins, is a 120-page adaptation of Friendship is Magic, part 1 and Friendship is Magic, part 2 and was released on August 27, 2013. Volume 2, entitled My Little Pony: When Cutie Calls, is a 120-page adaptation of Call of the Cutie and The Cutie Mark Chronicles and was released on January 8, 2014. Volume 3, entitled My Little Pony: The Return of Harmony, is a 130-page adaptation of The Return of Harmony Part 1 and The Return of Harmony Part 2 and was released on September 10, 2014. Volume 4, entitled My Little Pony: Pageants & Ponies, is a 120-page adaptation of Family Appreciation Day and Hearth's Warming Eve and was released on June 30, 2015. Volume 5, entitled My Little Pony: A Canterlot Wedding, is a 128-page adaptation of A Canterlot Wedding - Part 1 and A Canterlot Wedding - Part 2 and was released on January 12, 2016.

My Little Pony Cover Gallery, a compilation of 32 issue covers, was released on August 14, 2013.

Coinciding with Halloween 2013, IDW released a free "Halloween Edition" mini-comic of My Little Pony.

IDW also made a deal with Madefire to release motion book versions of the main series comics.[17]

A 48-page My Little Pony: Equestria Girls Holiday Special comic was released on December 17, 2014. The official synopsis states "It's holiday time at Canterlot High! Sunset Shimmer is still getting used to life on campus, and her new friends. When mean rumors start to circulate, all signs point to Sunset as the source. Will she be able to find the true meaning of the holidays and clear her name?"

My Little Pony: Art is Magic!, a 148-page collection of art by IDW artists, was released on November 26, 2015.

A 32-page My Little Pony Holiday Special comic was released on iTunes on December 2, 2015 and commercially on December 9, 2015. The official synopsis states "It's holiday time in Equestria and the ponies are ready to celebrate! Join the celebration in this special one shot that shows how different ponies enjoy the festivities!"

Art

The cover and page artists often release their own versions of the final cover designs and page art.

See also

Galleries

MLP Micro-Series Vol. 1 Cover

IDW comics image gallery
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic gallery
My Little Pony Micro-Series gallery
My Little Pony: Friends Forever gallery
My Little Pony: FIENDship is Magic gallery
My Little Pony: Guardians of Harmony gallery

References

  1. IDW’s "My Little Pony" Comic Becomes Best Selling in Company’s History (2013-01-11). Retrieved on 2013 April 2.
  2. MLP Comic Sells One Million Copies. Equestria Daily (2013-10-02). Retrieved on 2013 October 12.
  3. Brenda Hickey. Guess what’s coming to a comic store near you this November?. tumblr. Retrieved on 2013 September 27.
  4. Ted Anderson (2014-08-13). Annotations for My Little Pony issues 21-22 (Manehattan Mysteries). Tumblr. Retrieved on 2014 August 13.
  5. Bobby Curnow (2016-02-10). Bobby Curnow on Twitter: "@Marimo0Marimo As far as I know, not a new series, just pack in comics with the toys.". Twitter. Retrieved on 2016 February 10.
  6. Brian Truitt (2016-02-10). Exclusive: 'My Little Pony' debuts 'Harmony' line in fall. USATODAY.com. USA TODAY. Retrieved on 2016 February 10.
  7. My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Volume 10. Amazon. Retrieved on 2016 July 27.
  8. My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Volume 11. Amazon. Retrieved on 2016 July 27.
  9. English coverage and original article (Japanese).
  10. My Little Pony Deluxe Label Editions Coming Soon From IDW Limited. Non-Sport Update (2013-04-29). Retrieved on 2013 May 13.
  11. My Little Pony Friends Forever Omnibus Volume 3. Amazon. Retrieved on 2016 July 4.
  12. Introducing the comicfolio (2013-03-19). Retrieved on 2013 March 21.
  13. IDW Limited on Twitter (2013-05-02). Retrieved on 2013 May 11.
  14. IDW Publishing July 2013 Solicitations. Newsarama (2013-04-11). Retrieved on 2013 April 14.
  15. Hello from the My Little Pony editor! (Ask Question thread) (2013-04-19).
  16. Hello from the My Little Pony editor! (Ask Question thread) (2013-04-17).
  17. Madefire and Key Publishers Team Up to Bring Motion Book Experience to Popular Titles. Madefire. Retrieved on 2014 June 17.

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