FanimeCon 2015 / Advice for a con noob?
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So, next week, I'll be flying back from NY just in time to frantically finish last-minute cosplay and then head off to FanimeCon. I don't know anyone else who's going to the con, so I thought I might as well ask here.

(...Anyone? Plz, I don't want to be alone. :P)

Any info about con experiences in general would be lovely to hear. Fanime will actually be my first real con, as the only other "con" I've been to was a small event at my college that attracted about 100 people (which is miniscule compared to Fanime's 25,000). I'm a bit lost about what to expect from such a large con, as well as my first time actually cosplaying, so tips or advice would be lovely. :thumbsup:

In case anyone actually is going to FanimeCon, my cosplay lineup is:

Misa Amane from Death Note
Petra Ral and/or Isabel Magnolia from Attack on Titan (I like the dead ones, sorry :B)
Chihiro from Spirited Away


For those who were wondering where I've been for the last few months, the answer is school. I'll probably post with more updates and plans regarding dA after FanimeCon, when things will finally settle down. Still, I know people have been trying to contact me about journal CSS, group stuff, etc., so if there's anything you need to talk to me about, I'll get to you if you reply here.

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Darn, thanks for the catch. :)
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Darn, I wish I could get a hold of SImply, turns out I am going to Fanime this year. It was a total last minute decision. That'll suck if we walk right past eachother and don't even know it. :P

This is why planning is always a good thing.
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Fanime was my first convention half a decade or more ago! I wasn't able to attend last year and can't join you this year, but I am excited for you. You'll have a blast! It's a very good feel/community at Fanime. From what I remember, it has been a comfortable/cozy environment. It's casual enough to be relaxing but has quite a deal going on so that you aren't bored and just crashing out in the hallways. (But of course, San Jose is a big city and Fanime is right in downtown, so stay safe! Wander into downtown for meals but otherwise ... are you staying in a nearby/main hotel for con?)

If you have a chance to hit the Fanime Swap Meet, I suggest that you take a look. Not every con has one! 

And I think that if you're looking for people to enjoy con with, try a cosplay gathering. It's a great way to meet people! I organized a Death Note one in my first year and then a chunk of us went to get dinner together afterwards. :)
Also, yuumeislifertheskydragon, and Eliteslayer are friendly! ES can be found hosting panels and cosplay gatherings, and Yuumei enjoys hanging out while tabling in Artist Alley. Slifer can be found doing a mix of all of those. (You might need to ask what Yuumei's and Slifer's AA table numbers are, though, to meet them.)  
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I would just say be respectful at all times, be nice even to the super overly excited people there but definitely dont take any kind of harassment or unwanted attention, that has been a big problem lately. Stay hydrated, and EAT!!! so many times people forget to eat i cant count how many times ive seen people pass out or throw up because of this it gets hot in those cons!!! for Otakon they always put on there "wear deodorant" and you think people would do that already but really it has been quite an issue especially in heat with people seeming to forget to put on deodorant or shower and it can really be quite overwhelming or sickening so just do your part and make sure to use proper hygiene. Keep track of your belongings carry as little as possible, i have this small pouch thing that is on a lanyard with my money and cards and it stays on my neck close to my body because people WILL steal your stuff if they can. and try to stay in groups if you can, i have heard horrible stories of some newcomers getting too friendly with the wrong people, being led to hotel rooms or off into random parts of a city and being taken advantage of and PLEASE PLEASE dont put yourself in those situations..... and most of all HAVE FUN!!!!! dont be afraid to ask for pictures of people, try to do it out of traffic areas and take pics with people too. CONS are a BLAST and have such great memories, be prepared at big cons to wait in LONG lines a lot and for people to be rude tho, just keep that in mind. I hope you have so much fun!!!!!<3 <3 <3 I hope this helps i used to go alone, and then with my husband and now i go with my 2 young kids as well, and it is just so much fun :3
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Well I'm not going, but several of my friends from work are going to Fanime. Damn now I wish I was going. I debated whether or not I wanted to hurrily register and all that but decide to pass it up given the short notice. I didn't go with my mates because at the time they had a full roster, then everyone dropped out.
If you really wanna be able to meet some people there, I can get you in touch with my friends.

I've been to San Diego Comic Con(2006), a local comic Con called Stockton Con(first two years) and a Lego convention called Bricks By the Bay. I have a little experience with major events.

Travel lightly. You might buy a bunch of stuff, don't carry a ton of stuff then pile it on what you already have. An empty backpack or tote bag is a good thing to carry. You never know what you might end up acquiring.

Always carry cash. A lot of booths and sellers don't do cards so always keep a good amount of cash, but not too much, cons can be hectic and you might end up giving someone a hundred instead of a 10 or something. I had that happen, but luckily they caught it and were honest about it. Smaller bills are good to since they often time give change with what ever they've got wadded up in their hands.

Personal space is not a thing. Big cons are crowded, you might find yourself in a wall to wall sweaty nerd pit. It happens just shuffle along as best you can.

Con food is expensive. I subsisted on Taco Bell and what ever was in my hotel room for the four days at BBTB. For SDCC our derpy little motel was in the same parking lot as a Denny's. If you're not opposed to eating fast food just for those days, it can be a quick cheap way to get something to eat. But like the others said, bringing food is good to. I did this with BBTB and it really helped. Its cheaper to buy food at the grocery store and take it with you to your hotel and just keep it there or in the fridge in your room. You can eat when you get up(early), grab something for lunch), and have another bite to eat when you get back(late at night)

Sleep isn't a thing either. I know from looking at the itinerary that events go on way late and start way early. I barely slept for BBTB cause we were up and going by 7AM and done by 2am the next day. You just don't really get sleep if you attending multiple days because Cons tend to try and squeeze every last bit of fun and debauchery out of those days. Even if the official con is done for the night, there's often things happening with participants outside of the official festivities.  That depends on you though. I know Sac Anime does things till like 2 AM officially to. Its nuts. That's why they say Rest up before the con. You're going to need to in order to fully enjoy your time there.

Always bring protection. This is for the more promiscuous people. Some people view Cons as a great opportunity to get laid, if that is even remotely within the realm of possibility, be prepared for that to. Shit happens late at night when you get a lot of lonely sexually frustrated and horny nerds in one place. :P

I think that's the main stuff. Its what I can think of off the top of my head. I hope you enjoy the con. I'm probably gonna try and go next year with my buddies. Maybe you can go then to and we could actually meet. That'd be cool. :)
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I was thinking of going to Stockton Con sometime (so maybe we can meet there)! Thanks for all the advice. I'm definitely going to have to work on the sleeping one. >.> I'm at the airport in NY waiting to fly back to CA, and I'm already sleep deprived from two weeks of finals.

Lol at that last one. :XD: Never really thought about people getting laid at Cons, but now I've heard enough from people to realize that parties and all that are a thing.
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That'd be cool. Though why would you go to Stockton Con if you're Living in NY now? Its not exactly worth coming back just for that. :P What sucks for me though is a Lego Convention I go to and this year I'm a theme coordinator for is held at the same time as Stockton Con. So I missed last year's and I'll be missing this year's to. :( Oh well Bricks By the Bay is more important to me, I just really wanted to support my Local con to.

Oh yeah. Its definitely a thing. Some people use it as a chance to get no strings sex, or some people just connect and end up getting married and having kids. It can get pretty crazy. :XD:
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Haha, I don't actually live in NY. I stay in the dorms, so I have to leave when school's over. I'll be in Tracy until around mid-August, when I fly back again.

Ah, shame they couldn't coordinate the conventions a bit more and put them on two different weekends. 

I saw a proposal at Fanime and heard about two others. :XD: I'm sort of wondering if people actually go as far as to get married at Fanime (if that's even possible). :P
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Oh I see. Well that's cool. Then we definitely have time to get together and meet up. I was kinda bummed when it took so long for you to reply, I figured you had already gone back to NY.

Yeah it does, but they're two unrelated events, and BBTB is definitely the priority. I had so much fun there last year, it honestly was the best experience of my life so far.

Oh really? That's cool. I told you crazy shit happens at cons. Now you'll believe me. :XD: And sure why couldn't someone get married at Fanime? All they'd need is an official priesty person or what ever legal junk is required. Can you imagine what a crazy cosplayed out wedding that'd be? :XD:
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That last one tho..... LOL im jk yea if i was single im sure i could prob see getting too excited over meeting my dream cosplays in person and getting too carried away lol so Bring protection if that is something you think is a possibility :3 lol
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You replied to me, dunno if you meant to but okay. Its there for people to read. :P

Cosplay or not, if I met a gal at a con(and am still single at that time) and she was down, definitely. I'm a guy I always have protection on me. Most sexually active guys do I think. At least the smart ones do. :P
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I did mean to lol I just never though about it before and I was like OMG! I'm married now but if I were single and ended up hooking up with someone more than likely it would have been at a convention of all places lol but I never really thought about it before ;) good job bringing that to light is all :)
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Oh okay, good. :) Same goes for me. I'm not really a one night stand kind of person. I'm not overly opposed to it, but I'd rather connect with someone meet them and continue getting to know them. I could definitely see that happening for me at a con to though since there's already that common bond to break the ice and talk about. Or maybe I just really wanna bang Yoko Lintner. :XD:
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LOL! man id be in so much more trouble at a convention than at like a bar or a club LOL xD dem anime boys are gorgeous :)
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:lol: Well I can't say I'd go nuts over all the anime babes. If I can't play with it, I'm not interested. And I doubt they'd be interested in me, there'd be plenty of Gorgeous Anime Boys(GAB's for short) that they'd rather talk to or get involved with. My only chance would be to end up in a conversation with someone and connect really well, and have one thing lead to another. :blush:
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Sounds cool, i hope you have fun! :hug:
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I sure will! :la: Much excite.
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JasonGalterioHobbyist Digital Artist
Having run a convention in the past... Always be on your guard and don't treat anyone like more than they are. In the environment it is easy to take a stranger to be a trusted friend.
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MedorikoStudent Writer
I love going to Cons.

Bring your food.

Make sure to check on the weapons and props policy.

Most of what has already been said. Have fun!
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ChrysisiProfessional General Artist
Everyone here pretty much nailed everything.
Don't forget to shower.
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I never realized that showering was so lacking at cons, but almost everyone I've talked to has stressed proper hygiene. :XD: 
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SavageFrogHobbyist General Artist
-Try to be as healthy as possible & sleep before you go.
-Take into account your transportation, where you're staying & places to eat.
-Go verify what the policy on prop weapons is if you're doing the AoT cosplay.
-Get in life early.
-Have cash on hand.
-Verify the schedule if you wanna hit any panels, etc.
-Have a tote or something that you can carry your stuff around in.
-Bring snacks & water.
-And a camera

*rambles on about gibberish*
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