EDIT: Leaving for convention! 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:
What not to do at a convention
advice for browsers and buyers alike
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!
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.
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!
Do not DESU-DESU at artists who clearly don't draw desu. Especially if you're a middle-aged man. It's seriously freaky.
Do not eat your partner's face on the convention floor.
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.
Do not put your shit on top of an artist's table (especially if this includes dirty backpacks or material bought from other artists).
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).
Do not neglect personal hygiene; please shower!
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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