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    Convention advice.

    I plan on checking out Heroes Con over in NC this weekend, but I've never had any interest in conventions until recently.

    Anyone got advice other than "guard your wallet" and "don't make eye contact with the cosplayers"? Or is that all I need to know?


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    Use deodorant x 100.
    That should be the #1 rule that everyone follows and no one seems to get.

    Also, have a meal plan, because convention food is typically way overpriced.

    Don't blow all your money in the first 20 minutes.

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    If you're going with a group of people, you should definitely specify a location to meet at at the end of the day when you all want to go home. Sometimes it can be too loud to hear your cell phone, and it's a real pain, if not impossible ,to track down lost friends in a huge crowd of people.

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    Booth babes are paid to be nice and flirty with you. Don't fall in love.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slash View Post
    Booth babes are paid to be nice and flirty with you.
    Wait, the American Gladiator "Fury" didn't really think my artwork was cool? But we're Myspace friends now...

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    Actual advice: If you decide to show your artwork around to people, don't get defensive, don't argue with their opinion, or make excuses for your work. Any work that you might be tempted to make excuses for, leave home. Listen, don't be afraid to ask for clarification, but also don't monopolize their time. It helps to have something you can leave behind with people you talk with.

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    And don't lick anything!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmalidore View Post
    And don't lick anything!
    Convention advice.

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    I can't imagine cosplayers getting upset over you staring at them, I mean if you're gonna dress up you should expect to get stared at.

    Anyway, shower the day before, wear deoderant, come prepared, put your phone on vibrate and ring, be wise with your cash, if you're going with other people have a place where you can all meet up both before and after the convention
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    About the cosplayers, it was just a joke. I find cosplaying just plain wierd.

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    Cosplayers more than likely get aroused when someone looks at their beautifully made costume.

    Looking at some of the posts you could take a gas mask to filter out all the sweaty smells.

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    If you're afraid of smell just bring some menthol ointment and rub a teensy weensy bit under your nose.

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    -inform yourself well on what is going on on consite (what you want to attend, etc) and be sure to be prepared to total plan change.
    -Be prepared to meet other mentalities and behaviours and... eh... live and wash-towel belief... dont force yourself to hug a dungbomb

    -Be open to other people but be sure where you draw your personal line. if people cross that line do not hesistate to talk to security (happens more often than you may think). Keep your calm

    - Have things you may need handy, if you are an artist the best contact is still via sketchbook (practical to ask "will you signt" or just attract people while sketching and make contact) and if interest is sparked, with a nice, handy portfolio (of your best, not your full collection) and some good contact cards/flyers. Dont push your work, but dont hide it either. As already said, many people= many opinions. This can be from people who critic your stuff until to the (IMO frustrating) people who are die-hard fanboys and everything that isnt their die-hard-fandoms stickmen is crap. Be prepared to meed drastic art opinions...

    -boobs sell... get used to it

    - have all the meds you might need handy, the ConCrud has no pity

    - if you wish to save money or you are touchy about food, have your own food ready. Keep the food handy and inform yourself if watercookers are allowed (which isnt always the case). Keep drinks at handy, dont spare the water. dont just drink coffee

    -try to be healthy before Con visit, eat vitamins, healthy food, drink enough and get enough sleep. You will be fit longer on consite and your hide will be thick enough for the Germ-Con.

    -find a balance in how much you bring and what bag you use when you wander around on consite. Remember, it isnt always as easy to reach your room again. Keep an eye on valuables. Good clothing/shoes and well balanced packing will make you last longer on Consite


    - if you dont know people, perhaps try asking in advance (even online) who else is going. You may be surprised how small the world is. Knowing someone at least a bit is always practical on a Con if you are first-timer

    -Dont hesistate to make contact with people(art and other works are the best option to do so), even if they're big artists and look like they'll eat you (they dont, unless you are tasty) even if its just by picking a card and later dropping a note (hey, I saw your pieces/suit at Xcon, awesome!)

    -be as honest as you'd wish other people to be honest with you, everyone loves to have honey smeared, but to much stinks.

    -be prepared, con visiting has strong ups and downs, one day you may be very happy because X saw your folio, the next hour you feel totally alone etc etc.


    -most important of all: HAVE FUN!
    a con is a totally other world, have fun while you are there


    (hope this helps, these are things I gathered from my last six years of Con-going)

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    For me, going to cons is always a networking opportunity... have handouts (postcards, business cards) and a portfolio you can show, because you may bump into the one person out there most in need of you and your skills, and nothing sucks more than being unprepared for that meeting. Also, be approachable and friendly - meet many people, and keep in touch with your contacts, they may be useful later.

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