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Andy Price

Artist of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic

Andy Price is known for his illustrations of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic published by IDW. My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, is based on the popular children’s television show.

Price has also drawn comics for DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Innovation Comics, and the Rittenhouse Archives. Price is a graduate of the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art.

Comics Alliance asked Andy Price:

ComicsAlliance: Did you have any history with the My Little Pony franchise, before this current generation? What was your awareness of it?

AP: My only really real awareness was when the first generation came out, my niece played with the toys. And beyond it, that was really it. I’ve known about its presence. It’s been around for 33 years now. So I’ve known about it, but this is the first time I’ve interacted with it.

CA: How much can you and Katie really do in terms of story? You’ve been taking the characters into some complex plots — you go a little further than the show or other licensed comics go. It seems like you can really experiment with character combinations. You can tell stories like, “Celestia goes to an alternate universe and falls in love with an alternate universe villain.” What kind of freedom do you guys have in creating the stories you do?

AP: We’ve got a fair amount of freedom. Hasbro’s actually very good with us. When it comes to the comic book, they realize that there is a bit of a broader audience that it’s aimed at. I mean we aim for kids. Katie and I specifically work towards kids. But, we know that there’s a lot of older people out there reading it as well. And so, they give us a little bit more slack with the leash, as to broader concepts than you can do on the show. Especially than you can do in 22 minutes on a show.

One of the advantages that we have over the show is that we’re not restricted by budget. We’re not restricted by toy licensing, things like that. So, whereas, on the show, if they say, “Well we want to do this big plot. … Well we’ve only got 22 minutes to do it in,” then its got to be sheared down. We came up with the same idea, “We want to do this plot”; we’ve got four issues to do it in. So we get more play room.

And we work hard on staying in continuity with the show. We work with people on the show. They work with us to make sure that everything’s copacetic. Every once in a while, we pull something out where Hasbro is like, “What are you doing?” But even then they’re like, “Alright, let’s see where it goes.” I think the most recent arc, the ‘Reflections’ arc, scared them to death. But they were like, “Okay, okay, fine. But we’re scared. It’s scary.” But they were pretty happy.

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11:00 am

Katie Cook, Buster Moody, Andy Price, Worst Comic Podcast EVER!
Sunday May 22, 2016 :: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm