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CONNON SENSE: Convention Etiquette and Advice
I talked about how to get ready for a con, how to pack, and how to behave at a hotel in my last post, CONNON SENSE. In this post I’ll be talking about how to tackle the actual convention.
An amazing post for ALL HOMESTUCK COSPLAYERS TO READ!
Read before heading to a Convention.
Cons and Homestuck cosplayers, in my experience, have never gone hand in hand.
- If you don’t like an anime/manga/TV show/ fandom DO NOT BE RUDE. I get that some fandoms dont have that many fans, but when someone comes and downright insults you for liking something, you will not be happy.
- Don’t cause a scene. I’m saying this in particular because Homestuck is a growing fandom, and probably a lot of people will be cosplaying Homestuck at the next con you go to. When i was into APH, we had the same problem, and many cosplayers had to bee booted out of the con because of their obscene rudeness.
- Watch your language. As time goes on, cons open their arms to younger and younger kids; and they’re not always as used to hearing swear words. A group of people who sang the full “I’m Awesome” song in the main lobby at the top of their lungs were rightfully kicked out. Also, don’t prance around swearing like a pirate, because I know that I saw two adorable little 6 year old cosplayers at a con last year, whose dad was not so happy with some behavior.
- speaking of behavior, behave yourself. Cons dont have babysitting rooms so you’re going to have to look after yourself. Please, be kind and DO NOT START FIGHTS. That is like con suicide.
- DO. NOT. STEAL. My first year conning, my purse was open and everything I had spilled out. An older man saw this, picked them up and gave me everything back, including my wallet, which still had all the money in it. None of my stuff was lost, and I was very thankful and a lot more on guard for the rest of the con. I haven’t had to deal with stealing, but I’ve heard its’ a little bit of a big deal nowadays.
- People will not like Homestuck. Not everyone jumps for joy at it. Do not be rude, sassy, or snobby to anyone who dislikes Homestuck, even if they’re being a complete ass. Be the better person. It will make you look calmer, and smarter. And it will give Homestuck a much better name than stomping around and being a baby.
- Lastly, don’t make fun of others especially about their cosplay. Everyone has a first time cosplaying. I’ve conned a few times and have seen from the best, to the most simple, i-made-everything-at-home-in-a-week. People will do whatever they want for their cosplay, and you need to respect that. I like seeing different cosplays, and often get pictures of the very unique ones, even if they aren’t as good, to not only save as a picture reference, but to see them feel better about themselves. Every cosplay is amazing and wonderful. Please, please respect others and they will repsect you.
These aren’t your average con guidelines, I hope you know how to behave. Thank you for reading :)
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Dealing with younger homestucks (A rant by a 13 year old)
Hello, I am going to pitch in my 2 cents about con etiquette.
Now a lot of younger cosplayers get a bad rep about how they act BUT sometimes it isn’t always the kid. Sometimes the older person in the situation overreacts, but that isn’t always the case either.
Dear kids, BE RESPECTFUL OF YOUR ELDERS. You will want to refrain from running around and screaming. If you act mature, older people will treat you with respect.
Dear older people, don’t judge the child’s cosplay: they might be new. And a trick I learned is if you have a camera, ask them if you can take their picture cause it will make them feel really good about themselves. ALSO this is something I went through (not at a con but on omegle) IF A YOUNG CHILD HAS BRACES, DON’T JUDGE THEIR COSPLAY SKILLS OFF OF THE FACT THEY HAVE METAL APPLIANCES ON THEIR TEETH. I was and still am judged because of that. Also, don’t make fun of kids being escorted around by parents, because a lot of the time it is mandatory for younger kids to go to certain cons.
So you get the point but there is much more to cover but this is it without taking up the whole blog.
- kids, respect the older people (and vice versa)
- don’t judge kids (OR ANYONE) on their cosplay skills
- don’t judge them on things they don’t have control over (aka braces and stuff)
- EVERYONE, ACT MATURE.
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Mod Note: Sorry if I changed any meanings too much, I wanted to make the post a bit more legible and point out a few healthy behaviors.
Okay, I didn’t really see this in the con etiquette tag. If I missed something about it, I’m sorry about this!
You need to remember a lot of people dislike physical contact and do not want surprise hugs. You need permission first. Keep glomping in glomping circles, and do not stick signs on people that say “Glomp Me” this is actually not aloud at most conventions.
And remember there are a lot of people under eighteen so be polite and appropriate with physical contact!
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About Airsoft Guns and Props
Most larger conventions and ones in certain metropolitan cities don’t allow the use of Airsoft guns as props, disassembled or not and regardless of if the orange tip is still present as they can be reassembled by the owner after the prop is approved.
About the airsoft gun submission
Many conventions do NOT allow airsoft guns, even if they aren’t loaded or fired. For example, I know for a fact that Anime Central does not allow airsoft guns period. Many conventions will not allow you to have gun props that look real enough that you can’t tell they are fake form at least 10 feet away. If your cosplay involves prop weapons, ALWAYS consult convention rules beforehand.
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Mod Note: My bad! I deleted the post, thank you for the info! Also, generally for the “10 feet away” rule an orange tip on the gun will suffice.
Terezi and Chalk; Just a bit of friendly advice:
I think if people intend to use the whole Terezi + chalk = drawing on public areas because it’s canon thing in cosplays, they should bring a sort of blanket that they can use for drawing instead of you know grafting which is kind of out of character for a super law obsessed character like Terezi when graffiti in most cases is illegal.
Mod Note: This also goes along with con etiquette. Guys, if you want to mark something with chalk, make sure it’s a public area, make sure it’s sfw, and clean up your mess once you’re done. Bring a towel or some water that you can rinse off the ground with after.
I was looking through this and I didn’t find anything really like this, but I figured I should say this;
I found a really good cane that’s the right colour and all that and I also looked into blind cane laws. It is legal for a non-blind person to carry a cane, however, you could get in a lot of trouble if you use it as if you were blind. I.e, you can’t wave it out on the sidewalk to cross the street or anything like that.
Just thought I’d say that.
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So at some point in the future, I want to attempt a Tavros cosplay, and had a few questions: -What would be a recommended horn size? And how would I make them light, yet so that they don't flop about or move? -Lacking sewing experience, is it still a better idea to make the armsocks, or just using the same sort of makeup as my face? -What would be the ettiquette for bringing something like a lance? I assume that's a bad idea? Should I maybe make a daggerlance? Thanks in advance for the help.
Alright, well my friend hit a golden spot at 8 inches long, 4 inches tall, and generally having the height half the length has worked for her. She used a pool noodle without the hole in the middle and wire to form her horn, then rolled out a thin sheet of Model Magic to cover it with and it worked great. Another way to make them light is to use pageofbreath’s horn tutorial, which uses insulation foam. Here’s part 1 and part 2.
For the armsocks, it’s really a give or take on what you feel like you can do and how much money you have. It’s going to be a lot more expensive to apply makeup to your arms over and over and have it look good than it would be to make one pair of armsocks. However, if money isn’t an object for you and you don’t think you can make armsocks, makeup is an accepted way of doing things.
Armsocks don’t take a ton of skill though. I do recommend those over makeup because they don’t peel or fade or look uneven, so if you want to try it out, go for it!
The etiquette for bringing something like a lance would be basically like bringing any sort of weapon prop to a con. You could need to keep it dull so weapons check will let you have it, first of all. When walking around, especially in crowded areas, always keep it pointed downwards, never forward or back. Don’t poke anyone with it without their permission, don’t run with it, don’t lift Kanaya’s skirt with it, etc. Basically think “is this a stupid/rude idea?” and if the answer is yes then don’t do it. But it’s a neat prop, and a great idea as long as you carry it and conduct yourself properly with it!