John Drake, left, 24, a graduate student from University of Pennsylvania, Edward Garbade, 19, Kevin Lemon, 21, and Michael McGinnis, 22, all CMU students, are heading to New York for a Brony convention. .
By Rob Wennemer Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
A group of mostly young Pittsburgh men often spend time at their weekly gatherings enthusiastically debating their favorite TV episodes and the most captivating ponies.
Ponies? Yes ponies.
They call themselves "bronies," a combination of "bro" and "pony," to describe the growing fanbase of predominantly male teens and young adults who fervently follow Hasbro Studios' animated television series "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic."
Like most bronies, Edward Garbade, John Drake, Kevin Lemon and Michael McGinnis proudly identify with the movement, even though the show was intended to capture the hearts of young girls.
Their reason: well, it's just a really good show.
So much so, that Mr. Garbade and Mr. Drake are heading to New Jersey this weekend with 4,000 other enthusiasts for BronyCon Summer 2012 -- the largest brony gathering in the world.