It’s that time of year again, guys! Convention season!
With C2E2 happening this weekend: April 24-26th, Anime Central on May 15-17th, and Anime Midwest on July 3-5th, there are a lot of cons going on to be excited about!
Conventions are a blast. They’re a great way to meet up with friends and make new ones who love the same thing you do. It’s an extremely surreal experience being around 10-30 thousand people (depending on the con) and knowing they all like the same things you do.
However, this surreality can make people forget they are out in the real world. You should still act like a fellow human being.It’s a good thing to be excited, but don’t let it override your common sense and get (too) carried away.
Here are some tips for having the best con ever!
1. Always ask a cosplayer for a photo.
Don’t be the creeper with a camera and take photos without permission. You may think you’re being sneaky. You’re not. We see you and it’s uncomfortable. Just ask! You will get a better photo and make someone feel respected. Most cosplayers will be happy to oblige and if they aren’t, well that’s okay too! Some people have stuff they need to get to in a hurry and don’t have time for a photo. Remember, underneath their outfit, they are still human too.
2. Don’t touch anyone without their permission
This may seem like common sense, but you would be surprised! After going to several conventions per year for nearly a decade, it’s something that definitely needs to be said. People have a tendency to get overwhelmed by all the excitement and forget themselves. Always ask for permission regardless if you’d like a hug or want to see something on their cosplay. Respected congoers make happy congoers!
Also, do people still glomp? Is glomping a thing? If it is, don’t do it! You could really hurt someone or damage their cosplay. A glomp is pretty much the equivalent to a tackle-hug. You run at someone and tackle them to the ground through hugging. Doesn’t sound fun for the other person, huh? Trust me, it isn’t! If you want a hug because you just love the character or they just seem so cool, ask. Plenty of people are pretty open to it and are willing if you ask.
3. Remember to get plenty of sleep! And eat!
At the moment, you may feel invincible. I CAN DO EVERYTHING. WHO NEEDS SLEEP. SLEEP IS FOR THE WEAK. That? That’s the opposite of what I mean! Sleep is super important, especially at a convention. Your full 8 hours is recommended but try to get at minimum 6. Your body will thank you and you will be able to face the entire weekend roaring and ready to go!
Same goes for eating. You need 3 meals a day, I don’t care if you bring food, buy food from the convention center, or walk down to the McDonald’s that’s a mile away. EAT. (no one likes a skinny Santa)
4. And CLEAN YO’SELF!
Cons (especially bigger ones like c2e2 and ACEN) have A LOT of people. Now imagine if none of those people showered for the duration of the weekend. Gross, right? Remember to fit bathing into your con schedule! Everyone’s noses will thank you.
5.Don’t be afraid to talk to convention staff / security.
They are there to make sure everyone is safe and having a good time. If someone is bothering you, don’t feel nervous to tell staff! It’s what they are there for!
6. Just be Polite
Last but not least, don’t be a jerk. If you follow this one rule, your weekend will be a great one. If it seems like a jerky thing to do or say, don’t do it! Even if you really don’t approve of someone’s ship for your all time favorite fandom, it’s okay (I don’t care how weird it is!). You can respect their viewpoint without changing your own. It’s really that simple!
With all that said, have a great time! Conventions are so much fun that it’s a shame they only happen a few times a year.
For more information about upcoming Illinois cons, visit the following sites: