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 ("Return of Harmony" can be read as a Gnostic parable about Lauren Faust leaving the show; "Hearth's Warming Eve" and "Family Appreciation Day" are basically the same story), question fan consensus (the actions of the Mane Six in "Mysterious Mare-Do-Well" are justified), or just have fun with ideas ("Read It and Weep" is analyzed as if it were an episode of an ongoing Daring Do TV series and Friendship Is Magic didn't exist). The online version of the project and places to buy the first book can be found in the links to the right.
My Little Po-Mo: Volume Two collects 25 essays from the project, covering the entire second season of the show. However, it is more than simply a collection of essays from the site; every one of those essays is being expanded and revised, and in addition I'm adding several new essays, including three essays commissioned by contributors to the Volume One Kickstarter and previously published to the site, plus several new, book-exclusive essays.
Since we're now just about at 90% funding, I can reveal the first stretch goal:
- $1200: All backers receive an exclusive essay on a topic chosen by the backers. In addition, all backers receive the backer-exclusive essay from Volume 1.
Risks and challenges
The risks for this project are small. The bulk of the book is already written and needs only copy editing and formatting, neither of which are likely to create significant delays; the drafting of the remainder should be entirely complete by the time the Kickstarter ends. 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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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