At the end of next month, I'm going to my very first convention! Albeit, it's a convention that I'm fairly certain that no one here has heard of, i.e Meta Con. I'm actually really really excited because obviously I've never been to one before, and in addition to that I'm slightly ashamed to admit that I'm going to be cosplaying and everything.
This is mostly the fault of a dear friend of mine, she's going to be manning an artist table and I want to support her so I'll probably just end up hanging around her and hiding under said table and stuff and also I guess I'll be hanging out with the homestuck cosplay group that has adopted/abducted me
So I was just kind of curious to see if anyone wanted to share convention stories, either good or bad or bizarre. :3
I come in three flavors; American English, British English, and casual swearing-laden drunken gibberish.
Uhhh... conventions. They're big, loud, and you walk alot? I've been to a few, and my favorite conventions are really small ones. You can really talk with people/other artists and that's what makes it fun. When you're just walking around in a giant convention with a bunch of sweaty cosplayers, and the only thing you can do is buy stuff, it's not so fun.
I recommend bringing a water bottle with you. Conventions love ripping people off over them.
I adore conventions. I either cosplay or wear ridiculous clothes and love it. I've been to big ones and to tiny ones (It was only its second year the first time I went to Tsukino Con!) and they're both great in their own ways. Big cons you get to see lots of cosplayers, which I love, and there's some really awesome panels by famous people. Little cons you get to talk with people and you're more likely to be noticed as a casual cosplayer, and there are awesome panels run by ridiculous people (Like Talking to Girls 101).
I'm going to my third con next month, ANIMEGACON, which boasts being the biggest con or something like that. It'll be my first big con.
My very first con was held in a comic book shop and was cut short because of a monsoon-induced power outage. Quite an unforgettable night, that was...
My second con was a slightly larger one in San Fransisco a few years ago. It was about... three times the size of my first one? It was in a hotel, but there weren't a lot of people there. Well, not as many as I expected. But there were lots of cute little shops and I even got my portrait done (for ten bucks... I still kinda regret not spending that $10 on a Fullmetal Alchemist piece of artwork by the same artist...)
The con I'm going to next month says it's gonna have a live concert the first night (the one thing I really want to go to because my favorite voice actor of all time in the history of my life is headlining it and I love him to death), a masked ball, cosplay contests, an American Idol like contest, a maid cafe, Elegant Gothic Lolita Tea (apparently there's a whole hidden community of EGL's in Vegas) and other stuff. I'm going mostly for the concert, cosplayers (I plan on cosplaying too, if I can get my outfits done in time) and to stalk the aforementioned voice actor/concert headliner.
but I basically go to cons so I can dress like a freak, talk strangely and have people understand me, and let my inner rabid/self-hating fangirl unleash her pent up wrath on the world and not get those 'Are you f%#king crazy?' looks.
I've been going to A-Kon for 4 years now, and I'm hoping to get some art into the auction room or maybe even get a table next year! My first couple of years I wore ridiculous cosplays and couldn't really do much because I kept getting stopped for pictures, but this year I dressed down (to a casual Eridan, lol) and went to a bunch of art and writing panels... Really surprising how much you can learn! Talking to the comic authors hosting the panels was fun too, and I got hooked on a couple new webcomics because of it. :) And the dealers room aaaaaaahhhh
If you go to a big con, though, you might want to print out a map of the hotel/convention center... I got lost my first year and it was quite the ordeal ._.