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18 Nov 2013 - 04:19109164
Cons 101
So I'm going to ComiCon in Birmingham this November 23rd, and it will be my second con. My first one was CamCon where I cosplayed as L from Death Note, I had a lot of fun, but it was all so confusing.

So, lets get to the point. I'm asking Your help, yes your, on how to survive cons! I will be cosplaying as Konan from Naruto Shippuden, and three or four of my friends will join me. They all will cosplay too, and all of them are guys, sooo yeah XD

So what's the crucial thing to do? I know I need a plan of all the events and some water and food. Do you have some more advice?


18 Nov 2013 - 13:29109167
Have you thought about whether you're changing there or travelling in costume? It's not uncommon for people to wait until they get there and then change in the toilets because of unwanted attention, or pieces of the costume that can get damaged (shoes in particular which like to suck up water and dirt) Sometimes I'll wear part of a costume and wear a coat over it, strip it off then put the rest on.

Always check if there's an area where you can dispose of any bags for the day. I know there is one at Birmingham but its always good to take note for future events. Telford doesn't offer this service so whatever you take then stays with you for the entire day if you go by train.

But the most important thing for me when in cosplay is comfort!
Test your cosplay before going. Walk around in it for a while to figure out the limitations/breakable areas or weaknesses and points where you might be able to make it more comfortable. The reason I say this is because shoes are the problem for me, more often than not. They can cause blisters, rubbing and just generally cause a lot of pain which can take the shine off the day. If there's a spot that rubs you can put some compede on the area which is affected before wearing, and that can help with the problem!

The rest is common sense really. Dont touch anyone's costume without asking. Ask for photos before taking them and just...dont act like a tool basically!

If there's any particular parts you're confused about dont be afraid to specify, we're more than happy to answer them for you


18 Nov 2013 - 14:50109168
If you're going with other people, arrange a meeting point for if you get split up. Or if you were going to split up anyway, the meeting point can be used incase something happens and you need to get back together again.


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18 Nov 2013 - 15:12109169
Take water with you. Most of the cons I've been to have charged over £2 a bottle. Cons get hot so you need to make sure you have drinks with you.


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18 Nov 2013 - 16:49109170
if there's anything you need for conventions of any kind is this

ID as without it you wont be getting into conventions


18 Nov 2013 - 18:06109171
Maybe not as important with your costume but I all ways take an emergency repair kit, the king of witch is duct tape! You can fix almost anything with it.


18 Nov 2013 - 22:56109175
Not essential but I would say figure out a few poses to do that suit your character for when people ask you for photographs. I can remember not having a clue what to do at my first con haha C:


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18 Nov 2013 - 23:15109176
Quote Chibinoodle:
Not essential but I would say figure out a few poses to do that suit your character for when people ask you for photographs. I can remember not having a clue what to do at my first con haha C:


True, True XD


18 Nov 2013 - 23:20109177
Quote Mothfox:
if there's anything you need for conventions of any kind is this

ID as without it you wont be getting into conventions


Oh sugar! Didn't think about that!


23 Nov 2013 - 19:24109258
Quote Cyat20:
Maybe not as important with your costume but I all ways take an emergency repair kit, the king of witch is duct tape! You can fix almost anything with it.


This! I don't think we've had a costume yet where we haven't had to whip out a needle and thread, super glue etc


24 Nov 2013 - 01:49109263
People have said most of the main things already but:

-keep yourself well fed and hydrated. I forget to do this a lot and then wonder why I feel sick and am full of rage.
-don't take sneaky photos of fellow cosplayers, just ask! For one, you'll get a much better shot of the cosplay and the cosplayer will have time to pose. Most cosplayers will say yes to a photo so try not to be afraid to ask!
-ask before hugging/touching parts of the costume. And don't be put out if they say no. Some people just don;t like hugging strangers.
-break in your shoes. Wear them around the house, maybe take a short walk in them. Just make sure you can put up with wearing them for a lot of the day!
-remove all make-up and/or paint at the end of the day. Your skin will love you for this!
-remember to wash and wear antiperspirant deodorant. Cons are busy and warm. Really freaking warm. Even if you're usually the most fragrant flower in the bunch, you will sweat. Keeping clean and wearing deodorant will keep you smelling and feeling fresh!
-try and get some decent sleep!
-emergency sewing kit. Including duct tape. Touch-up make up bag as well if required.
-if you're wearing body paint, seal it.

And of course, have fun!


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25 Nov 2013 - 23:05109302
If you drink all your hip flask and you still haven't gone into the events hall yet, maybe it's not a good idea to drink 2 bottles of wine afterwards.

But seriously, keep your hands to yourself and don't hug or jump on anybody without asking first.


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18 Dec 2013 - 15:51109686
Quote Sisceal:
People have said most of the main things already but:

-keep yourself well fed and hydrated. I forget to do this a lot and then wonder why I feel sick and am full of rage.


100% this! Last MCM Expo I felt so faint and anxious, then realised I'd been on my feet for hours with no food or water

Next time I will be bringing energy bars and my own water, as others have said the price of food and drink at most cons is overpriced to say the least.


18 Dec 2013 - 18:11109691
Make sure you eat a decent breakfast before heading out in costume, you will need the energy. On a couple of occasions I have gone without and nearly passed out half way through the morning.

Make sure you take someone with you who is willing to carry bits and pieces for you .i.e water and make up bag, repair kit for costume.

Be prepared to be stopped constantly for photos.

MOST OF ALL, ENJOY AND HAVE FUN!!


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19 Dec 2013 - 08:57109714
Quote sarah-khaleesi:
Make sure you eat a decent breakfast before heading out in costume, you will need the energy. On a couple of occasions I have gone without and nearly passed out half way through the morning.


This. Ohhhhh, definitely this. Especially if your cosplay incorporates a wig and/or multiple layers. I remember during MCM May 2013, I was really ill-prepared for the heat generated by wearing the Aeon cosplay I had. It didn't help that it was London in the early summer, either.

One trip back to the hotel room on the Saturday was punctuated by me in a slight daze the whole way because I was that drained out. So treat it almost like a survival expedition. Carry water and food/snacks with you in a backpack/other bag, preferably one you can easily carry around without it slipping/falling off/getting lost.

Early on the Saturday morning, I bought six half-litre bottles of some cheap Powerade-type stuff. They were all gone by the time the Expo closed for the day. Thankfully, they were like 50p each. Mileage may vary, of course, but it's far better to buy/bring too much than not enough.

You can quite easily put the bag down somewhere safe (or hand it to a friend and have them wait out of shot) if you're stopped for photos.



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