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How to prepare to attend an anime/sci fi convention.

Whether you have attended several conventions (I have been attending anime/sci fi cons for well over 20+ years) or this year will be the first time you’re attending one, these are a few tips for preparing to attend an anime/sci fi con based on my personal experiences.

  • Make note of the day or days of the convention. This one may seem pretty obvious. However, I’ve had several friends who has missed attending a con because he or she forgot what day or days the con was.
  • Pay attention to the posts on the cons social media pages and/or website. These posts usually contains information about the status of the convention, like registration fees, hotel reservations deadlines and so on. These are very important so check these posts often!!

  • Have a budget plan. Conventions can be costly, especially if you’re going solo. If you can room with some friends at hotel room or commute a short distance to a con, you can save yourself a lot of money.

  • If you’re going to cosplay (or crossplay) give yourself more time than you need to finish your costume on time. I recommend that if you need to buy materials online, try to get everything you need at least two months(or more) ahead in advance. Lately, there has been several delays on shipments from not only foreign countries, but items from here in the U.S. It’s always better to get your materials early than late. Also, the benefits of getting materials early is that, if the item doesn’t fit or work out for you, you can either get a refund or exchange for the item (depending on the company’s policy of course).

  • Bring some over the counter medication like Aleve and Pepto Bismol with you. Aleve is a NSAID, which is a pain reliever. This is good not only for cosplayers but even regular attendees. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve been in pain or discomfort from excessive walking or wearing cosplay shoes which, over time, gave me foot and other pains throughout my body. Pepto Bismol, Kao Pectate, or any other anti-diarrheal/anti-nausea is also recommended to bring to a con with you. The reason why is this: you eat or drink something at the con that your stomach doesn’t agree with. Instead of being stuck in the hotel room or a restroom for an hour (or hours depending on the severity), you take your anti-diarrheal medication which calms your stomach down. Now you can go back and attend your events as normal.

These are just a few recommendations I can think of right now. Are there some tips I missed that you can recommend on this list? Be sure to comment below.

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Staying healthy at anime cons this year (and possibly next year as well).

Image: Kakashi Hatake from Naruto.

Over the past few months, there has been a tremendous increase in the number of cases of Covid-19. The strain of the corona virus that is highly contagious now is the Delta variant. From, several conventions are postponing, canceling or going virtual in the next couple of months. While many anime cons are still planning to hold an in person convention (though this is very subject to change), here are some recommended advice you should consider before attending any anime (or large event) conventions:

  • Get fully vaccinated before the con. I know that there are cases out there were some people who were fully vaccinated still got sick with covid. However, from the stories I read, those infected people were able to recover quickly and had mostly mild symptons. Also, getting fully vaccinated gives other con goers (especially con staff) some relief knowing that you are being responsible for your health and the well being of everyone else.
  • Wear a face mask inside the con. Several cons now are making it mandatory that you wear a face mask inside the building. Outside however, you can take your mask off for photos or photoshoots. However, still practice social distancing and good hygiene.
  • If you are sick or feeling sick, check with the medical staff to see if it is okay for you to stay at the con. If the medical staff considers you a health risk and encourages you to go back home, then ask registration and/or other hotel or staff members for either a refund or to roll over your membership and/or hotel fees to the next con. Believe me, I’m pretty sure that your health is more important than a con. Also, a good con will allow you to roll over your membership and fees for the next con, considering the circumstances everyone is facing now.
  • Finally, if you feel uncomfortable going to any cons right now, then consider postponing until next year. I know that many of you (myself included) miss going to cons last year. However, the safety and health of everyone is very important now more than ever. Take care everyone and stay safe and healthy.

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The physical cancellation of one of my favorite anime conventions I’ve attended for the past 20+ years.

I’m sad to hear this news, but I expected that Anime Weekend Atlanta was going to be physically canceled this year. Due to the increased cases of Covid-19 and the impossibility of a large convention like Anime Weekend Atlanta to be completely Covid-19 compliant (practicing social distances, wearing masks, etc.) I personally think that physically canceling was a smart idea. However, even though the physical convention is not going to happen this year, I will definitely attend virtual AWA. Earlier this year, when Momocon went virtual, I watched some panels and events on twitch tv. I still had a lot of fun watching panels and events, and even chatted with one of the panelists. So, all is not very bad. Please be sure to check out virtual AWA this year. I’m pretty sure the staffers are going to have some really cool stuff for everyone to see.

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The benefits of virtual conventions.

2020 has been a very tough year. Covid-19 has made many sci-fi and anime convention either cancel, postpone to a future date or go virtual. While a virtual convention is nowhere as exciting as attending an actual one, there are a few benefits of attending one. Here are few benefits of attending virtual conventions that I personally believe in.

1. Virtual conventions are free to visit and attend. When one of my favorite conventions I have attended for the last few years, Momocon at the World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia went virtual this year, I, like many other congoers, was disappointed. However, checking out some of the panels and chatting with members of the convention and other congoers was a lot of fun. One panel I watched and chatted in the chat room was really fun. I actually talked with the host of the panel, and me and her was talking about japanese kit kats and even horror stories and urban legends.

2. You can host a panel from the comfort of your home. This one of my favorite benefits. For example, let’s say you can’t attend physically attend a convention but still want to be a panelists. With virtual conventions, you can still host your panel online from the comfort of your own home. Also, you have access to materials you might not be able to bring with you to an actual physical convention.

3. You can save yourself lots of money. Attending physical conventions can be expensive. I know from personal experience that the biggest expenses from physical conventions are hotel rooms and parking fees. If you can room with several friends, then the cost of the hotel room can be greatly reduced. However, usually people bail out of attending cons for several reasons. The less of your friends or roommates paying for the room, the more you will have to pay out of your pocket (or credit card). Parking fees can also add up real quickly, especially if you are attending a convention for several days. With a virtual convention, you have no parking fees to worry about.

4. You don’t have to worry about hygiene issues or getting sick from virtual conventions. I have attended physical anime and sci-fi conventions for over twenty plus years. There has been several times I have gotten sick from attending a physical convention, especially the late fall year conventions. Con crud is a real thing, and it’s no fun. With a virtual convention, you don’t have to deal with con funk and germs.

These are the few benefits I can think of about virtual convention off the top of my head now. I’m sure there are plenty more. I would love to hear your own opinions about what do you think are the benefits of virtual conventions. Hopefully 2021 will be a better and safer year for physically atttending anime and sci fi conventions.

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The (physical) cancellation of Dragoncon 2020.

This says it all: