Pony UpForget DNC 2016: It’s Time for BronyConThe Daily Beast07.29.16Pony UpForget DNC 2016: It’s Time for BronyConNow that the political conventions are over, America can turn its attention to what really matters: mermen, fetish-cons, and Brony paradise.The Daily Beast07.29.16 5:00 AM ETCourtesy Arthur Drooker via GlitterartiLincoln PresentersEvery year, a group of men who impersonate Abraham Lincoln gather to tour historic Civil War sites and compare their renditions of Gettysburg Address. (All photos from 'Conventional Wisdom,' by Arthur Drooker, Glitterati Press, 2016). Courtesy Arthur Drooker via GlitterartiMerfestMaksim the Yellow Tailed Sea Witch suns himself at Merfest in Cary, North Carolina, 2015. Courtesy Arthur Drooker via GlitterartiFetishcon"Behind" the scenes at Fetishcon in—where else?—Tampa, Florida. Courtesy Arthur Drooker via GlitterartiBronyconBronies on parade at the world's largest gathering of My Little Pony lovers. This year's convention, which takes place the second week of August, will feature events such as Bronypalooza, Cosplay, and the Grand Galloping Gala. Get a room, ponies. Get a room. Courtesy Arthur Drooker via GlitterartiWorld Clown AssociationWhat could be more terrifying that a cluster of clowns at the annual World Clown Association? Courtesy Arthur Drooker via GlitterartiVentriloquistsVentriloquist Mr. D and his friend show off their taltents at the Vent Haven ConVENTion in Hebron, Kentucky, 2015. Courtesy Arthur Drooker via GlitterartiWorld Taxidermy ChampionshipsThe aptly-named "Dust to Dust" at the World Taxidermy (and Fish Carving!) Championships in 2013. Last year, the top award went to a particularly lifelike Rooster Pheasant. Courtesy Arthur Drooker via GlitterartiSanta's Drill TeamDown the road from Fetishcon, the Santa Drill Team shows off at its Santa Celebration in Tampa, Florida. Courtesy Arthur Drooker via GlitterartiMerfestWhat do you wear to a mermaid wedding? Your best tails. Courtesy Arthur Drooker via GlitterartiConventional Wisdom by Arthur Drooker is available for preorder on Amazon and is published August 22, 2016 by Glitterati Press.