Above you see a photo from San Diego Comic-Con 2007, and in particular Lauren Faust with husband Craig McCracken selling Galaxy Girls and Wander Over Yonder merch, respectively. A commenter on DeviantArt said that it was a “shirt/book/patch combo” that he sold. (By the way, that’s a comment on a very early piece of fanart.)
A little under two years later, Lauren wrote this interesting blog post with some images that probably also appear in the sketchbook. Craig’s website, now blank, can still be viewed on archive.org. In 2010, Cartoon Brew reported on both their projects, an article that I’ve often seen linked and cropping up in all sorts of searches.
It would take another two years, however, for me to first learn of Wander Over Yonder. Lauren Faust didn’t have a Twitter account at the time (in early 2012), but I was already following her on DeviantArt and reading her comments there as a part of pony reconnaissance and intelligence gathering. She must’ve mentioned Wander Over Yonder either there or in an interview (another possibility being that I read this this Bleeding Cool article and completely forgot about it again), so by the time she announced that they would preview the show at Comic-Con, I was very curious about it.
The preview didn’t reveal much in terms of plot and characters, but the show’s premise, as cited by Bleeding Cool, was certainly tantalizing enough.
Wander is an overly-optimistic intergalactic traveler who, along with his loyal but bullish steed, Sylvia, goes from planet to planet helping people to live free and have fun, all against the evil reign of Lord Hater and his army of Watchdogs.
One more year has has passed since, and Disney has actually put out a press release about the premiere on September 13 and the events leading up to it. (On the same website, you can also find a detailed description and a fact sheet among other things.) This release, of course, got republished by scores of outlets and swamped our news feed, so at this point, mere updates on the project are no longer as interesting as actual previews—to which I will dedicate another post.