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What Not to Do at a Convention

Sat Jan 21, 2012, 11:46 AM
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EDIT: Leaving for convention! :eager: Won't have much internet access until Sunday night.

Next week, I am heading off to Columbus, Ohio, to attend the Ohayocon anime convention. I am super excited! Are any of you guys going? I'd love to say hi.

I've been to 3 conventions thus far (on the seller side), and I've had a great time. I've experienced many pleasant and funny moments …as well as a few creepy and rude ones. I'd really like to share some of the funniest/weirdest/rudest moments with you, under guise of a list:

:star:What not to do at a convention:star:
–advice for browsers and buyers alike

:bulletblue: Do not keep your condoms in your wallet. There may come a time when you wish to purchase something, and out comes your condom, plopping right on top of the artist's prints. This was, hands down, the funniest thing that I ever witnessed at a convention. While I am really happy that you use protection, please keep it in a secure spot, to avoid any kind of embarrassment!

:bulletblue: Do not ask the artists out on a date. Especially if you've NEVER seen/spoken to them before. And if you get turned down, do not take photos of the artists. While it is a bit flattering, it is also very, very unsettling.

:bulletblue: If your preteen (who is old enough to make their own decisions at a safely-rated art show) absolutely loves a print, do not tell them (right in front of the artist) that it's not cheerful enough to buy. Buy your child the damn print, you oppressive bastard!

:bulletblue: Do not DESU-DESU at artists who clearly don't draw desu. Especially if you're a middle-aged man. It's seriously freaky.

:bulletblue: Do not eat your partner's face on the convention floor.

:bulletblue: If you're a middle-aged man with a massive beer belly, refrain from wearing teeny Sailor Moon tees (especially at a non-anime convention). Though, I must admit, this was hella entertaining.

:bulletblue: Do not put your shit on top of an artist's table (especially if this includes dirty backpacks or material bought from other artists).

:bulletblue: Do not walk up to an artist's table, explicitly telling the artist that you don't like their stuff (especially if you happen to be clenching a figurine of a scantily-clad anime bimbo between your teeth).

:bulletblue: Do not neglect personal hygiene; please shower!

:bulletblue: Do not hold photo-sessions right in front of artists' tables. While your costumes may be a wonder to behold, obscuring merchandise is quite inconsiderate.

These are some of my most memorable convention moments. Have you guys experienced anything unusually strange/funny/rude at a convention?

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StarSickCostumes Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Student Filmographer
claps loudly
it's really funny when people (mostly weebs) use "Desu" because it means "it is" so they're either sounding like yoda, or a complete idot
praise to you on this entire thing
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Super-Chi Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, that's hilarious! :XD: I actually did not know what "desu" meant.
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StarSickCostumes Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Student Filmographer
Ahah I only learned it because we have a japanese student at my school. c:
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BurningDaisyx Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
(Please note, I'm turning 12 pretty soon)
I went to my first con not to long ago, and it was quite fun.
But when I was asked to take pictures with 30 old men who were bigger than normal, I was alright. Untill they put their arm around me, I'm like
LOLNOPE
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Super-Chi Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yikes, that's a bit disturbing! Unfortunately, some of the guys at cons are creeps; some dude tried hitting on me by asking for my age.
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JesseDuRona Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Someone once picked my comic up off the table, read the ENTIRE thing, then put it back and left.
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Super-Chi Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ugh, that's such a douchebag thing to do! Luckily, nobody's done that to me so far...
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JesseDuRona Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah I never want to be a jerk about it, but it really is not a library! haha!
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Seena-Cha Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
i will keep this in mind for AN.
Thanks for the tip's Chi (:
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Super-Chi Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad to be of help! :)
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Earth-Bent Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
My friend Austin went to his first NDK last year, dressed like Roy Mustang.

He got held down by Edward Elric at a yaoi photo-shoot... His girlfriend wouldn't help him XD
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Super-Chi Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yikes... Quite scary. Lol, I'm not too familiar w/ Full Metal Alchemist or its characters, but I know some guys (like my boyfriend) are not fans of yaoi.
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Earth-Bent Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
XD!!!

I prefer Shonen Ai, I do believe it's called :3

Ed and Mustang are a popular ship in FMA... Probably cause they kinda hate eachother XD
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JadedVega Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
My friend said she saw this huge guy at Comic Con / Anime Festival New York last year who was dressed in a full-on Sailor Moon cosplay -- the half-shirt, skirt, boots, wig, and all.

She freaked when I read that one part about the huge beer belly to her and decided to share her nightmare with the world. :D
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Super-Chi Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, that's quite priceless... Slightly gross, but totally funny. :XD:
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JadedVega Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
There's a thin line between bravery and foolishness, lol
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Super-Chi Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, the perils of cosplaying!
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MoonlitCrescent Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
In case I haven't said it - have fun and don't spend ALL your monies :P
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pinklemonadepirate Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Student General Artist
Everything on that list was beautiful c': I totally want to go to a convention now. That second one
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Super-Chi Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You should go, it's totally worth the experience!
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BloodlustDetox Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
Aw, I feel rude now. I was wandering through the artist room at the last con and I literally had 5 seperate people stop me and ask for my photo. I got out of the way of the booth I was looking at, but the people who wanted my photo were all standing in the walkway and people couldn't get by, so I guess that's still a no no.
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MotherSilver Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
Well that wasn't your fault, you were at least considerate enough to get out of the way. It was the ones taking the photos that were being inconsiderate :)
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congutti Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
Aha, this is quite entertaining to see. I simply loved it when you said about "If you have a beer belly, don't wear teeny tiny Sailor tees." I would love to see a guy like that! Still, I wish I was near the Con, but it'll take a day or two to go there. Definetly faving this, though! :)
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ashnjohncomics Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
Seriously wish John and I were closer to Ohio. One of these days, we're gonna meet up with you at a con... or parish!
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:iconsuper-chi:
Super-Chi Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd love to meet you guys in person!! One day, one day...
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rin-666 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
One fine day I'll make it to a convention! This I vow!!!!
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:iconsuper-chi:
Super-Chi Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:) It's definitely worth it!
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RudeRainbowComics Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Student Artist
so uh... where do you live?
cuz if You go to any Conventions in Denver, I'd probably buy your entire table and hang everything on my wall. o3o
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Super-Chi Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I live in Canada... Sadly, Denver would be waaaaay to far for me to travel. Maybe if I had/made more money, I'd consider it.
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RudeRainbowComics Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Student Artist
damn....
Well, maybe one day, no?

It just sucks cuz there's so many artists I wanna buy from and I have no paypal. ;A;
I hate being not old enough to have the things you need.
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Super-Chi Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep, perhaps one day!

Yeah, the age restriction on Paypal sucks... Just to let you know though, if you ever absolutely want to purchase something from me, I also accept cash in an envelope. Some other artists do that too. :)
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RudeRainbowComics Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Student Artist
even if there' isn't an age restriction, I have no bank account. ;A:
Eh, If I even have money I don't absolutely need fo something else, I'll be sure to give it a try. :3

Times are harder now for me since my parents aren't giving me money for anything and I can't find a job. ;A; I'm determined, though.
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CatalystOfTheSoul Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Proof. I have to go to a convention. SOON. Promise not to be creepy. :)
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Super-Chi Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I have faith in your promise. :)
Conventions are lots of fun -they're totally worth it!
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CatalystOfTheSoul Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes~! someday. :)
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calmingeffects Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I'll be there! I will defiantly look for you I love your art
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Super-Chi Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay! :) See ya there.
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TEi-Has-Pants Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
Oh yeah, carry hand sanitizer with you at all times. One of the most unsung awkward moments comes in shaking other peoples' hands, and you only realize how bad it can be when the person you're shaking with has sweaty, oily palms.
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Super-Chi Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Lol, the hand sanitizer thing is good advice. However, I don't remember ever shaking hands with someone at a convention (I handle my prints and originals, so I want to keep my hands clean).
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TEi-Has-Pants Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
There are a whole score of stories I could share, but because I'm at work I have to be brief. Ergo, I'll share the rudest experience I've had at a con.

At AnimeFEST last year, there were a trio of furries dressed in full regalia wandering the dealer's room and two artist alleys. One was Renamon, the other two were generic animals. Now, my tolerance for furries is strenuous at best, but if they're not bothering me then I'll give a derisive sneer to their backs before going about my way. But these furries? They were not the "wander around, but keeping to themselves" types. No, they were carrying squeakers on them somewhere. Like, squeaking dog toys. Every footstep they took was a squeak. Every time they stopped to talk to someone, they'd squeak on end. You could hear this from across the damn dealer's room, and it's a BIG dealer's room. I was genuinely infuriated by them, and in hindsight I should have had con security do something about it. I know I wasn't the only one who was annoyed by it.

Okay, and one more: the creepiest con experience I had was watching a little girl wander around dressed as a zombie, complete with fresh "blood" seeping from her mouth. You could say hello or compliment her on her costume, but she'd keep shambling on without even looking at you. Not creepy in a sleazy way, yeah, but still damn creepy.
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Super-Chi Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I've never seen hardcore furries. I don't think I really want to (as I would find them a bit terrifying, just like Barney the dinosaur). The squeak thing seems really annoying... Some people are just stupid attention hoes.

The zombie girl thing is kinda cool (in a creepy sort of way). I'd rather see a cheery zombie child than an in-character one though. Also, some of the most adorable costumes I've seen were those of little kids (dressed as Pikachu, Spiderman, etc).
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MotherSilver Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
Actually I don't do furries, but I have heard somewhere that some furries put squeaky toys in their tails because people will tug on them without asking. It's more of an alert to let them know some one is messing with their costume. Although these guys sounded like they were just being obnoxious. :(
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TEi-Has-Pants Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012
I wouldn't have had a problem if that was the case. I'd be a little cheesed if somebody messed with my costume too, so cutting it off at the pass is an understandable countermeasure. But no - the guys I'm talking about were doing it because they could, and it bothered everybody.
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MotherSilver Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012
Yeah then I'd get annoyed too =_= It's understandable to do once or twice, just for amusement, but after a while the noise starts to get annoying on an extremely irritable level.
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MADCLARE Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012   General Artist
lol. Very informative. :D
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Super-Chi Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Lol, thanks!
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MoonlitCrescent Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
With that realistic guinea pig commission on hold, I was wondering if you would be interested in a different commission that could be considered a tad unusual..?
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Super-Chi Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sure -lol, depends what the commission is (you can send me a note :)). I absolutely have no time for gaming though, or doing anything outside of the drawing itself.
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MoonlitCrescent Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
Hahaha nooo, it's not game related or for that matter anything adult, it's just... a bit different from the sort of drawing you are used to :XD:

I'll elaborate some in a note, shall I? I've no idea how much you'll charge for it though :O
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Super-Chi Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sure, that sounds good! :) Lol, I'm quite intrigued...
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