We here at Panels are BIG fans of Kate Beaton and there has been much squeeing from our collective ranks about her latest offering, a picture book called The Princess and The Pony. Featuring perennial favourite Fat Pony, who had appeared on Hark! A Vagrant previously, to say we have been excited about this book would be quite the understatement.
The book is quite frankly, delightful, telling the story of one Princess Pinecone who dreams of being a famous warrior on a worthy steed. Unfortunately her parents don’t quite get her birthday present right and she ends up with the utterly scrumptious but rather small Little Pony instead of the mighty Horse she had envisaged. What ensues is a story of friendship, loyalty, trust and unexpected surprises.
Kate Beaton recently recorded a ‘How to Draw Fat Pony’ tutorial (link at the end of this post) and so we Panelteers have taken it upon ourselves to draw a Delightfulness of Fat Ponies, a Romp of Fat Ponies, or perhaps even a Bevy of Fat Ponies, for your delectation and amusement.
So without further ado, may I present, Panels on Ponies 2015: The Not Quite Fifty Shades of Pony.
The keen-eyed amongst you will spot the reference to Homestar Runner’s Trogdor. Ali even gave us some lyrics for Pony the Burninator’s theme song.
Fat Pony was a Girl,
I mean, she was a Pony-Girl…
Or maybe she was a Dragon-Pony
–But she was still FAT PONY!
Prancing through the countryside,
Getting pet by the peasants
Getting pet by all the peoples
And eating their thatched-roof cottages!
And the Fat Pony comes in the NIIIIIIIIIIIIIGHT!!
(With thanks to Katie Schenkel)
My favourite bit about this is how some of us have started drawing lots of little ponies everywhere. I have been doodling him left, right and centre, Marcy and Katie turned to Fat Pony in moments of stress and Ali just had to draw her wondrous Unicorn Pony.
If you would like to join us and learn to draw Fat Pony, then you can find the tutorial here. Please share your ponies in the comments below, we’d love to see them!