On My Way (to My First Con)
It’s been a while now, but there was a time when I was a public schoolteacher. Some of the kids in my class, particularly the boys, knew that I was an anime fan. As classes let out one year, two of these boys asked if I could be a chaperone and drive them to a convention in Dallas. I was excited to go to a convention, but alas, that never happened (almost definitely for the better). I expected that sometime shortly after that, I’d go to my first con, but it never happened.
Eight years later, I’m headed to my first anime convention.
IKKiCON is Austin’s major anime convention (another is being held soon afterward in the suburb of Round Rock). I’m not going a long way to attend (it’s being held three blocks away from my workplace) and the staff I’ve spoken with have been very nice. Still, I’m a bit nervous (despite Hoshi’s advice otherwise). I may be the writer on this blog with the least con experience, with R86 attending his first this past year and Goldy staffing one in her area.
But mostly, I just feel really strange being a 30-year-old man in this type of setting, particularly in light of recent events and articles.
Luckily, I’m armed with a great set of tips on how to be a “model press attendee” and a list of goals (maybe the biggest of which is to spend very little money – must…save…money). Due to, well, life, I’ll also only be attending for the better part of just one day. Best to get my first taste in small portions, I suppose.
I’ll be heading out tomorrow and will let y’all know how it went. In the meantime, any suggestions, tips, or comments about attending cons might be helpful.
- IKKiCON VI Japanese Anime and Pop Culture Convention (worldculturesaustin.com)
- Otaku life: So you want to go to a con (geekout.blogs.cnn.com)