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The first critical study of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic as a work of art. Essays on every episode of Season 1 and more!
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My Little Po-Mo is an ongoing project to create a critical study of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic one episode at a time. The point of the project is to celebrate, examine, and analyze the show and its characters from a postmodern perspective, but in an accessible, fun, fannish style. I make no pretense to objectivity, but the point of the project isn't to be objective. This is not a historical study of the making of the show or an episode guide; instead, each article tries to take a fresh look at an episode and either talk about something that other fans may not have noticed (How is "Dragonshy" like an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer?) or to question fan consensus ("Feeling Pinkie Keen" isn't really anti-atheist; the Cutie Mark Crusaders are actually a spot-on depiction of what most bronies were like as kids). The online version of the project can be found in the links to the right.

My Little Po-Mo: Volume One collects the first 26 essays from the project, covering the entire first season of the show. However, it is more than simply a collection of essays from the site; every one of those essays has been expanded and revised, and in addition I've added nine new essays, three revised versions of essays I wrote about Friendship Is Magic for other sites, and six essays exclusive to the book.

As of July 16, the project is 100% funded, and I can therefore announce the following stretch goals:

  • $950: I write a custom, Kickstarter-exclusive essay. I will send out a survey to all backers asking them to submit topics, then a second survey asking them to vote on the submitted topics, then finally a PDF of the essay. Unlocked!
  • $1200: I watch the legendarily bad Generation 3 episode "A Charming Birthday," which I have never seen, record my horrified reactions live, and put it up on YouTube.
  • $1200 Super-Special Bonus Secret Unlock: I record a reaction video for the Gen 3.5 "Over Two Rainbows" animation. 
  • $1400: I write episode analyses, in the style of my Friendship Is Magic analyses, on "A Charming Birthday" and "Over Two Rainbows."


Thank you all!

Risks and challenges

The risks for this project are small. The book is already written and needs only copy editing and formatting, neither of which are likely to create significant delays. I've already selected, met with, and retained the copy editor and cover designer, so assuming we reach the funding goals, the odds of the project not happening are extremely low.

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    Cutie Mark Crusader Level: A copy of the e-book in PDF format plus a hi-res digital copy of the front cover art.

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    Element of Harmony Level: I write an essay on why the pony of your choice (must have lines in two or more episodes) is best pony for publication to the blog and inclusion in a future volume of the book, plus all the rewards from the Pegacorn Level.

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