Updated on 16 October, 2021
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is a television show aired on the Cartoon Network. It is an eight episode animated series created by the Hasbro Company. The main character is Pinkie Pie, a young Filly bee who lives with her family in the Equestrian town of Ponyville. Her friends consist of Rarity, Applejack, and Bon. The story follows the life of these four ponies in their quest to become the best Ponyville tugs.
IDW Publishing, an American independent comic book publisher that has been publishing tie-in comics to Hasbro products since 2021, started to publish monthly My Little Pony comic books starting in November 2021. This is the first new comic book series in five years. So far, the sales have been great, with over one million copies in circulation. In November's issue, Pinkie Pie and her friends go on a vacation, where they meet a grumpy old crow who helps them overcome a major hurdle in their quest for friendship. The cover of each issue is a two-page spreads with a main drawing from the comic and some behind-the-scenes artwork.
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic was originally released as a part of the IDW Publishing Diamond Selections series, which was released in July of 2021. It was four pages long, and featured Pinkie Pie in her element of good versus evil. The first few issues had some mild censorship, as a lot of violence was being used. As time went on, more explicit material was released, and the story became more mature. The final three issues in the series were released in late 2021, and featured a My Little Pony wedding, a My Little Pony Seduption, and a My Little Pony e-book release.
After the cancellation of the television show, Hasbro replaced the ponies with new toys, and four new ponies were introduced in January of 2021. The new ponies are part of the "New Standard Time" family, and have their own toyline after it concluded its run. The Friendship is Magic Holiday Special was the first official pony comic, and was released in january 2021. This special featured the characters meeting the friends they had as kids, and providing a look back at some of the history of the ponies. It also included a look at the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic movie, which came out in theaters shortly afterward. The Friendship is Magic holiday special was not released in print, but was featured on Hasbro's official My Little Pony Facebook page.
Hasbro's second comic book series is the My Little Pony: Equestrian Heroes. This series focuses on a group of ponies who are seen in the episodes of the television show. A special crossover episode featured in the second issue featured the My Little Pony Equestria Girls franchise. The comic books tie in to the television show in many ways, as certain events can be explained by looking at the events depicted in an episode. The first issue of this series is based around the wedding of Applejack and Roxy. Several other secondary characters from the My Little Pony universe appear throughout the comic, and are referred to by a number of different names.
Hasbro's third comic book is the My Little Pony: Elements of Magic. This series is not officially tied in to either the television show, or the Equestrian franchise, but it was made in response to the popular My Little Pony comic book series. Elements of Magic follows the story of Rainbow Dash and her friends as they explore the Everfree Forest. It was published in january of 2021, and was one of the best selling books of that year. An additional twelve issues were released over the course of the next year, followed by a further twelve in 2021.
Hasbro's fourth comic book is the My Little Pony: Hurricane Blizzard. The cover for this one-shot comic was inspired by the famous MLP opening. The story follows Rainbow Dash and her friends as they travel through a gigantic, polluted metropolis. Several other ponies from the My Little Pony universe also appear in this one-shot, including Pinkie Pie, Sunset Sparkle, and Twilight Sparkle. Hurricane Blizzard was released in late january of 2021. It was one of the best selling books of that year, and remained in the top ten for several months.
Hasbro released a final four My Little Pony comic in July of 2021. The four-issue limited-run series focused on the My Little Pony: Equestria Girls team. The ponies took a break from their normal travels when their friend Starlight Starseed goes missing. They quickly form a big search party to find out where she has gone.