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Only at a Convention

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San Diego ComicCon, MegaCon, and DragonCon are just around the corner, a long with many other conventions spread across the country. For a weekend, geeks flock from all over for unadulterated fictional fun at these events. And while attending them, I’ve found my mindset changes. I act in ways at conventions that I wouldn’t elsewhere. It’s weird and wonderful. Here are some things you might find yourself saying when you’re at one of these fan-centered events.

1. Elsewhere: “I’m not parking in the back forty to get into the supermarket. I’ll just do my shopping somewhere else.”
At a Convention: “I don’t care how far I have to park, nor how far I have to walk. I’m going to see Nathan Fillion if it’s the last thing I do!”

2. Elsewhere: “If I’m not comfortable in it, I’m not wearing it.”
At a Convention: “This costume may take two hours to get on and cause me to overheat… it may be hard to walk in and wearing these coloured contacts hurt my eyes, but I look epic and that’s all that matters.”

3. Elsewhere: “I never spend more than ten minutes on my makeup, except for maybe weddings… Maybe…”
At a Convention: *Spends almost three hours doing elaborate contouring and erasing eyebrows to look like L from Death Note.*

4. Elsewhere: *Passes by stranger. Says nothing.*
At a Convention: “Oh my gosh! That costume is amazing! Can I take a selfie with you?”

5. Elsewhere: “I maybe take two pictures a day and they’re usually of my cat.”
At a Convention: *Fills up memory card within the first two hours, frantically deletes bad photos while waiting in line to free up space for more because there’s an awesome Obi-Wan Kenobi cosplayer over there and must get 30 photos of him.*

6. Elsewhere: “I’m not waiting in this line to make this purchase. I’ll look for a shorter one.”
At a Convention: *Waits in line for two-and-a-half hours, no regrets.*

7. Elsewhere: “I am not sitting on the floor. It’s dirty and gross. Who knows what’s been on it?”
At a Convention: “YES! One patch of floor space! Now I can sit down!”

8. Elsewhere: “Ew. I’m not drinking tap water.”
At a Convention: “Thank God for bathroom tap water. Now I won’t dehydrate.”

9. Elsewhere: “That’s so cool.” *Remains composed so as not to embarrass self.*
At a Convention: “I JUST PASSED BY WIL WHEATON AT THE FOOD TRUCK. OMG OMG OMG.”

10. Elsewhere: “I don’t know you. Don’t touch me.”
At a Convention: “Brethren of the fandom! I embrace thee!”

Victoria Grace Howell

Victoria Grace Howell

Guest Writer at Area of Effect
Victoria Grace Howell is an award-winning writer of speculative fiction and an editor for Geeks Under Grace. When not typing away at her novels, she enjoys drawing her characters, blogging, Kung Fu, cosplaying, and a really good hot cup of tea.
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