You’ve got your cosplay, you’ve chosen your convention but did you know there are some unwritten rules for convention going? A convention etiquette if you will.
I know that some of these rules will seem obvious, but you’d be surprised at how they can be easily broken.
These are just as important to new convention-goers as they are experienced ones.
- Hygiene. This is not just because no one wants to stand by someone stinky. It’s also for your own personal health. Con-Plague (which is catching a cold at a convention) is a real threat. By washing your hands, showering and otherwise taking care of yourself you’ll be better able to avoid the con-plague. You’ll also be thanked by your fellow convention-goers.
- Ask Permission. It’s only polite to ask permission. Cosplay does not equal consent. If you’d like a picture of a cosplayer just ask them. Cosplayers are all nice and when asked for a picture we are more than happy to accommodate. And if we say no? Just leave it at that.
- Be Polite. This is simple, be polite to your fellow convention-goers. More importantly, be polite to the convention staff and volunteers. The staff worked long hours to make the convention possible. Without the volunteers, the convention wouldn’t be as fun as it is. They do so much, thank them if you see them it’ll mean the world to them.
- Have fun! This is the most important rule. Be yourself, see some amazing cosplays, attend panels, play games and make friends. Conventions at their heart are fun so you should always make sure to have fun!
There are many other rules that you’ll find, some are generic, some are convention specific. The fun is learning.