Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Things To Do When You Go To A Con

Long time no blog. I've just returned from DragonCon (well, two days ago) (it was lots of fun, by the way), and in light of it I thought I'd share a few tips for the new or inexperienced or stupid con-goer. So here you are, a few things to do at a con:

1. If you wear a costume, take safety pins. You'd much rather have them and not need them than need them and not have them if you have a costume mishap. Safety pins can make pretty much anything wearable enough that you don't have to go home for fear of being arrested.

2. Drink water and eat food. You need to stay hydrated and keep your energy up for the best experience. You don't want to pass out when standing in line to hear Mercedes Lackey read or ask William Shatner questions (or pay $70 for his autograph), or in a crowded room looking at wonderfully nerdy goods you can buy online at half the cost. There are multiple reasons for this. If they take you to the hospital, you will miss a good bit of the con. And there is the possibility they will cut your costume off, especially if it may be restricting your breathing. If you are a lady wearing a corset or a bodice, you will probably lose it (if you're a man wearing one, you should probably change). The chances of being kissed out of unconsciousness like Snow White by a strapping man in a Han Solo costume are slim. Plus passing out is not as romantic as it may seem (or so I've heard, as I've never passed out myself).

3. Get to panels as early as you can without missing other important stuff, especially if there are famous people involved. They can only let so many people in a room at a time, and lines form fast and early when TV and movie stars will be there.

4. Respect people, their costumes, and their personal space. They may look like your favorite character, but that doesn't mean you should tackle, hug, or kiss them without their permission. Their costume may be the best thing since Serenity, but that doesn't mean you should touch it. You don't know how sturdy it is, you don't want to ruin their day and their opinion of you by knocking the gears off their top hat, and they may feel about it the same way you feel about your kid brother handling the model you built of the Enterprise - before the paint dries.

That's all I have off the top of my head. Feel free to add to the list with a comment.