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02 Mar 2014 - 00:01111667
Is it fun to go to a convention without a costume?
Hi, I have never been to a comic convention before, I want to go to the London super comic con but I am scared it will be pointless and I will be left out, bored, if I don't have my own costume

Do people go without costumes and is it still fun ? or will it just be dull. I should mention I am going alone.

02 Mar 2014 - 01:07111674
There are way more non-costumed people at the larger events than cosplayers. I'm guessing at least some of them are having fun

Costuming is a enjoyable activity to do at a con, but there's no pressure to do it. I had fun for years before I started cosplaying.

02 Mar 2014 - 01:45111676
I'm sure you can still have fun with the perk of being comfortable! But I went to an event once not in cosplay, and to be honest with you I didn't enjoy it -as much- but that was because I wasn't used to attending events without costumes where others were. There weren't a lot of cosplayers at this particular event though so most of the worries about missing out sort of evaporated and I started to enjoy myself more.

Do whatever feels comfortable for you to do, there's no right or wrong way to do this.

02 Mar 2014 - 02:32111677
Oh yes, I've seen MANY non-cosplayers in cons before, and they seemed to enjoy it just as much! My first con, I was in a cosplay, I would've went without one, but I just thought I'd want to make this memorable for myself if I went in a cosplay (I was Konan from Naruto btw)

I guess the main reason people go without cosplay is because they don't own one, or it's because they don't want to be stopped and asked for a picture. Chances are that if you cosplay, atleas one or rwo will recognise you, and some just don't want that.

I'd say just go with what you're comfortable with! If you want to go without a cosplay, then don't. No one is pressuring you!

02 Mar 2014 - 10:51111684
There are always people at cons without costume. Some anime fans just aren't interested in the cosplay side- so you wouldn't feel alone. If you're worried about being bored I suggest making a plan of things you want to do- panels you want to attend or stalls you want to make sure to visit. You can always offer to photograph cosplayers too, something most will appreciate.

02 Mar 2014 - 13:21111688
It depends on what you're planning to do at the con, if you're going with friends, or alone, whether to look at merch, see the guests, go to the talks etc. If you know there will be lots of non-cosplay related things to enjoy then you won't even notice you're not in costume! However if you only go to cons for the cosplay social side then you might get a little bored and perhaps even frustrated by seeing everyone in costume having fun because they're in costume.

Personally for me it depends on the convention; anime cons I generally cosplay alot to as I find that I enjoy the cosplay/social aspect more, at cons like LFCC there's so much more that appeals to me outside of cosplaying I prefer to have a day there not in costume to be able to fully enjoy the event and be able to get the most out of it. So my advice think about the pros and cons of being in or out of costume to help your decision?

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02 Mar 2014 - 17:07111693
Voicing what others have already said, it depends what you want to do at the convention!!

For me I really enjoy doing photoshoots and so I love being in costume and am rarely in normal clothes except the evenings. But if you're more into panels and shopping then you can have a perfectly pleasant time without being in costume. You can also have an easier time taking photos when not in cosplay.

That being said, while I love being in costume. I decided it was too hot to wear mine for one day of Japan Expo last year and had the best time wandering about in my normal Summer gear because I was not hot and bothered like I was feeling the previous days! I got to walk about without my feet aching (I wear heels with all my cosplays) and was able to attend events without worrying about if my makeup was still okay or if my wig was still styled correctly. Sometimes it is the best feeling ever to be not in cosplay from time to time

06 Mar 2014 - 22:57111825
Thanks for the help, all of you! there are two panels I want to go too, so maybe the costume won't be an issue that much.

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