Dos and Don'ts at an Anime Convention by Trina Wilson - Musely
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Dos and Don'ts at an Anime Convention

posted in Travel
07/16/2014
  • Okay, let's start off with everything you need to bring to your first convention. And remember this list is for an overnight convention, not for a one day convention.

  • Of course, you have to bring a suitcase. Make sure it's big enough to hold everything. You don't want anything wrinkled or broken.
    Of course, you have to bring a suitcase. Make sure it's big enough to hold everything. You don't want anything wrinkled or broken.
  • Bring a change of clothes. This means at least four shirts, socks, shoes, undergarments, and two pairs of jeans. You might want to bring extra clothes besides these in case you spill something.
    Bring a change of clothes. This means at least four shirts, socks, shoes, undergarments, and two pairs of jeans. You might want to bring extra clothes besides these in case you spill something.
  • Hygienic necessities. This includes soap, perfume, shampoo, deodorant, anything else to make you smell pleasant while among the crowd, and a hairbrush. Please, please, please don't forget these. Convention body oder is not something you want to contribute to.
    Hygienic necessities. This includes soap, perfume, shampoo, deodorant, anything else to make you smell pleasant while among the crowd, and a hairbrush. Please, please, please don't forget these. Convention body oder is not something you want to contribute to.
  • Oral hygienic necessities. This means mouth wash, tooth brush, tooth paste, floss, mints, and anything to keep bad breath at bay. Bad breath kills. Stop the violence.
    Oral hygienic necessities. This means mouth wash, tooth brush, tooth paste, floss, mints, and anything to keep bad breath at bay. Bad breath kills. Stop the violence.
  • A camera. This is optional but if you want pictures of the awesomeness around you, bring one.
    A camera. This is optional but if you want pictures of the awesomeness around you, bring one.
  • A costume. This is also optional. Make sure to iron it before you wear it out and prepare to be asked for pictures. Don't forget to bring costume repairs like hairspray, tape, glue, or a needle and thread. You never know when a mishap could occur.
    A costume. This is also optional. Make sure to iron it before you wear it out and prepare to be asked for pictures. Don't forget to bring costume repairs like hairspray, tape, glue, or a needle and thread. You never know when a mishap could occur.
  • The Do's and Dont's

  • Do: Ask for pictures! Don't be afraid to ask cosplayers for a quick picture. It's something we cosplayers take as a compliment so you won't be bothering us if you ask.
    Do: Ask for pictures! Don't be afraid to ask cosplayers for a quick picture. It's something we cosplayers take as a compliment so you won't be bothering us if you ask.
  • Don't: Bother a cosplayer who's busy. Yes, it is okay to ask for pictures, but please, if we are talking with a vendor or already taking a picture, please be courteous and wait until we are finished.
    Don't: Bother a cosplayer who's busy. Yes, it is okay to ask for pictures, but please, if we are talking with a vendor or already taking a picture, please be courteous and wait until we are finished.
  • Do: Be kind to the vendors. They are here to provide you with the best merchandise they can offer, so be kind! Compliment their work and if you can afford it, pick something out and buy it from them. Of course, your not obligated to, but I'm sure they'd appreciate it!
    Do: Be kind to the vendors. They are here to provide you with the best merchandise they can offer, so be kind! Compliment their work and if you can afford it, pick something out and buy it from them. Of course, your not obligated to, but I'm sure they'd appreciate it!
  • Don't: Take up all the vendors time. If your going to buy something, buy something. If your going to compliment them, compliment them. But it's discourteous to continuously bother a vendor while people are waiting. Striking up a conversation is completely okay, but know when you need to end it.
    Don't: Take up all the vendors time. If your going to buy something, buy something. If your going to compliment them, compliment them. But it's discourteous to continuously bother a vendor while people are waiting. Striking up a conversation is completely okay, but know when you need to end it.
  • Do: Have fun at panels! Be light hearted and don't sit there with an unfeeling face just watching the panelists. You can laugh, cry, and joke with those around you, or even give the panelists a shout out! No one's here to judge you!
    Do: Have fun at panels! Be light hearted and don't sit there with an unfeeling face just watching the panelists. You can laugh, cry, and joke with those around you, or even give the panelists a shout out! No one's here to judge you!
  • Don't: Be obnoxious at panels. This is a panel. It is not all about you. Don't chat off someone's ear while watching a panel. This is extremely rude and can lead to unnecessary embarrassment later because the panelists have the right to have you removed from the room. What you have to say can wait.
    Don't: Be obnoxious at panels. This is a panel. It is not all about you. Don't chat off someone's ear while watching a panel. This is extremely rude and can lead to unnecessary embarrassment later because the panelists have the right to have you removed from the room. What you have to say can wait.
  • Do: Make friends! Conventions are events for people with similar interests to get together and just have fun! Trust me when I say that friendships formed at conventions can last a lifetime.
    Do: Make friends! Conventions are events for people with similar interests to get together and just have fun! Trust me when I say that friendships formed at conventions can last a lifetime.
  • Don't: Be a creep. We are here to talk about anime and comic books, not where we live and what our bra sizes are. Avoid making others feel uncomfortable by keeping the topic around similar interests and refrain from any sexual advances. This can get you removed from the convention or even banned.
    Don't: Be a creep. We are here to talk about anime and comic books, not where we live and what our bra sizes are. Avoid making others feel uncomfortable by keeping the topic around similar interests and refrain from any sexual advances. This can get you removed from the convention or even banned.
  • Don't: Be rude. This is obviously discourteous and can hurt others, and yourself if they decide to report you.
    Don't: Be rude. This is obviously discourteous and can hurt others, and yourself if they decide to report you.
  • Do: Have fun! Be goofy! Be silly! Take pictures! This is what your here for isn't it?
    Do: Have fun! Be goofy! Be silly! Take pictures! This is what your here for isn't it?

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