Convention Etiquette; Tips to Help You and Fellow Con Goers To Enjoy The Con

Con Etiquette
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Hello students! Welcome to professor Viper’s first day of con etiquette class. Today we will be taught the do’s and don’ts of appropriate convention behavior and how to avoid angry cosplayers.

1.Hug
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We’re starting off with a biggie. Do not glomp. Under any circumstances. Glomping seems harmless but there are a multitude of reasons as to why it’s a bad idea. These reasons include but are not limited to:

  • The cosplayer has a very gently constructed cosplay item on them such as wings or armor that could be damaged or broken if someone glomps them.
  • They could be Haphephobic, meaning an extreme dislike/discomfort of someone touching them, to the point where they will scream or cry the same way someone would if a spider was touching them and they were arachnophobic.
  • They could have back issues where a surprise or ‘extreme’ hug like that would hurt them even more or cause them a lot of pain.
  • They (or you) could have unsealed body paint that could rub off onto your (or their) costume.
  • It could be considered sexual assault because it is usually not consented to beforehand and is meant to come off as a surprise, which quite a few people don’t take too kindly to.

Instead of glomping, try asking kindly for a hug. Don’t take it personally if they refuse.

2.Pictures/cosplayer etiquette.
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Taking pictures is fun and getting your picture taken is fun and shows of your hard work and likeness of a character, but it’s only fun if all parties consent.

  • Please ask permission first in order to take a picture of someone. DO NOT TAKE ‘CREEP SHOTS’, which consist of taking a picture of someone when they’re not paying attention and you don’t know them, taking pictures up their cosplay when on the escalator, and taking pictures if they explicitly state they do not want their picture taken.
  • Wait until a person is done eating to ask for a picture.
  • If the person is sitting down and taking a break, wait until they finish their break to ask for the picture or say ‘excuse me’ and ask if you may take the picture. Do not just take the picture.
  • If the person is on the phone, also wait until their call is over to ask for a picture.
  • If the person is crying or upset, do not ask for a picture.
  • If you want to offer a snack, be careful about the distance if it is messy or could get on someone because 1) it could stain their cosplay or 2) they could be severely allergic to said snack.
  • Please do not touch or grab their props without explicit permission from the owner, as they could be fragile or expensive or even dangerous if made with real steel.
  • It is okay to gush over their cosplay but try not to put yourself down in order to make them feel good about your cosplay, saying things like “You’re the best, everyone else can go home.” or “I’d never look as good as you” might seem like good compliments but cosplay is for fun and doesn’t need to be a competition.

3.Artist Alley etiquette

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Buying art and prints is always much fun but please be mindful of these rules to make sure that everyone has fun and is respectful of the artist.

  • Do not touch the art without permission
  • Do not tell the artist their prices are too high (as this is what the main source of young adult artist is and lowering their prices might be better for you but will seriously hurt their end income)
  • Try not to block the table or art with your body or costume parts (such as wings) as it prevents other possible customers to look at the art they might want to buy.
  • Do not hover around the table too much if you are not going to buy anything, simply tell the owner of the booth that they have great art and that you are still going to think it over, which gives you leeway to leave and be able to think about whether or not you want their art.
  • Give detailed specifications of what you want the artist to draw for you so that it comes out perfect when they finish and you will not have to ask for corrections to be made, making both you and the artist feel awkward.
  • Offer to bring them food or a drink if they are swamped with commissions as commission artists rarely get to leave their tables to explore the convention hall.
  • Talk to them! Commission artists, especially if they’re alone, might get bored during the convention when they can’t really leave their table, so strike up a conversation with them if they’re not too busy!

4.Vendors Hall
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  • Careful when touching an object if allowed; Remember, you break it, you buy it!
  • Have your money ready before you buy so the transaction can go smoothly and quickly.
  • Feel free to haggle by a few dollars, especially on Sunday as that is the day that vendors start to pack up and might be lenient and give you a great deal on something you’ve been eyeing all weekend!
  • If they refuse to haggle, don’t push it. You might be lucky at another booth.
  • If you already have a bag and the item is not very big, tell the seller you don’t need a bag so you can save yourself the weight and them the bag.
  • Feel free to make small talk to the vendors too if they’re not too busy.

That’s all the tips I have today!! I hope these tips guide you well during a convention! Class dismissed!!

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My Anime Convention Schedule -Yuzuki [2015-2016]

Hello again! Sorry it has been awhile. School is wrapping up, so I have been quite busy.

This is just a small post, just to give you a basis on what my year holds, and maybe you can check them out too!

A-Kon- June 5-7th, 2015; Dallas, Texas A-Kon this will be my first time, so I don’t have any details on it. I have information from other friends. I guess we will see!

SanJapan- July 31-August 2nd; San Antonio, Texas (San-Japan) San Antonio’s LARGEST anime convention. Amazing and Organized convention. It is a bit pricey, but it IS worth it. I do recommend the competition for cosplay, but it is very hard for first-timers.

Anime Overload- August 14-16th; Austin, Texas (Animeoverload) What can I say about this convention, it is my all time favorite! It is truly amazing for a first timer, and an all timer. They have special guests, such as cosplay personalities from the hit reality tv show on Sci-Fi- Heroes of Cosplay. I HIGHLY recommend going!

Ikkicon- January 1-3rd; Austin, Texas (IkkiconIkkicon is quite a large convention to ring in the new year. Lots of stuff to do and explore. This will also be my first time attending!

 

There you have it! That is pretty much the basis of my year schedule. Hopefully I will see some of you there!

Have a wonderful rest of your day, week, whatever, and long live cosplay.

 

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Pariahcon 2012: A Florida Convention

Bringing to you the latest news in convention news from sunny Florida.  The convention season is about to start in full swing around these coming summer months.  So I would like to bring to your attention a small up and coming convention in its 2nd year of bringing fun to us Florida anime/videogame fans.

Pariahcon is coming soon!  What is Pariah-con you may ask yourself?  Well that is what I am here for!  This is the second annual convention in Lakeland where all your videogame, anime, and other special interests are met.  The convention will be help on April 27-29.  Here you can meet fellow enthusiasts from all around Florida and make friends that share similar interests.  Not to mention see a lot of beautiful cosplays.  It would be great to have you all come to the convention.

There will be a combination costume contest and cosplay contest where you can see all of the great costumes people have made and the skits they have prepared.

Orange Anime, Florida’s best anime/videogame social site,  will also be in attendance putting on different panels for a lot of fun for all ages. Including Videogames Easter Eggs, Who Would Win Anime, Destiny Islands Game Show (a Kingdom Hearts Game Show), Pokemon Center, Dating Games, Supernatural Theatre, and many many more.

There will be a dance/rave on Saturday night, and a lounge where you can relax if things get a little too crazy.  Don’t forget your swimsuit because there will also be a pool party!  There will be cult movies, anime screenings to keep you entertained.  And an achievement system which has you searching the convention grounds looking for challenges to win prizes.

There will be a fully stocked game room with many gaming competitions.  A special Pokemon tournament will be taking place, among other fighting and shooting game competitions.  Some come show me your moves!

There are more and more and more events to be seen but you will just have to visit their site HERE to find more.  Or you can just attend to get the full experience.  Let us toast to the beginning of another fun convention season!

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