It’s that time of year when I visit a few comic conventions. Some people go for the comics, some for the celebrities, there is also many other activities like panel discussions, merchandise, and some attendees participating in cosplay.
Step one: Find a con! Pittsburgh has it’s own quarterly convention called Steel City Con. It’s a lot of pop culture, some comic books, and a good amount of mid to large celebrities. Because you are never stuck in line for very long it’s more difficult to meet others unless you are out going. WizardWorld Comic Con travels from city to city and is a bigger convention with bigger names. It costs a little more to get in but it does attack not only bigger celebrities along with names like Marvel, DC, and gaming companies with game competitions. If you want to go for the gold there is always New York City Comic Con or San Diego Comic Con International. Make sure you look at the cost of a weekend pass vs. a day pass because you might be able to save some big money even if you are just going two days. Also keep in mind at most conventions Sunday is kids day, so if you have kids there are more kid related activities on Sunday.
Step two: Plan you attack! Most conventions will have a schedule. Make sure you look at where and when activities are. If you think something is going to draw a crowd it doesn’t hurt to line up early. There are many fans so rooms can fill up quick. Autograph sessions can be the same way. I have waited hours is a celeb is running late or tied up in a panel or photo op. It’s ok and patience is your friend. Be open and friendly because you never know what kind of conversation or connection you might make.
Step three: Have fun and take it all in. From meeting people, finding out about evening events, checking out cool stuff, or taking in cosplay; it’s all about the experience. You can always window shop the tables. In fact I walk the entire floor twice to make sure I make the best use of my money. Sometimes I don’t even walk out with anything. Sometimes I walk out with a deal I never thought I would have found.
Don’t be afraid to go with a friend or bring a loved one. The experience will be a story to tell and is fun to share. My wife Carla came to her first convention this year. I think she’ll be going back and has stories to share with her friends.
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