How To Survive A Comic Convention


With San Diego only days away, as a public service we at Pendragon’s Post would like to offer some survival tips to help you out and to get through this con a lot easier.

1 )  Shower and Use Deodorant: Cons are extremely crowded & it can get extremely warm in there, do your fellow con goers a favor and shower & use deodorant. I can’t stress this enough. Nothing is worse than a smelly fanboy.

2 ) Bring Bottled Water: Hydration is extremely important. Plus at what the conventions halls charge, it’s best to bring your own. I suggest either one of those camping plastic bottles or one of those aluminum bottles. Most of these halls have plenty of water fountains around, & it’s really easy just to fill it up when you’re running low.

3 ) Bring Snacks:You’re gonna get hungry, so bring some snacks with you. And again, the convention hall is going to try to charge you an arm & leg to eat something. I know I don’t like paying $8 for a small turkey sandwich. Personally I suggest something with protein in it like a energy bar.
4 ) Wear Comfortable Clothes and Shoes: Might as well be comfortable, seeing how you’re going to be on your feet all day. Though this is kind of null & void if you’re going in costume.

5 ) Use Deodorant

6) Spandex Is A Privilege, Not A Right: Look I understand that fans like to dress up like their favorite characters, but know your limitations. It’s just a fact that spandex doesn’t look good on everyone. And if you’re going in costume, please don’t half-ass it. Nothing is worse than seeing someone dressed in a Spider-Man mask and T-shirt, and considers it a costume.

7 ) Keep A List: I find it easier to keep a list of items I’m looking for. So when I’m thumbing through the bins I know what I want.

8 ) Keep Your Autograph Items Ready: There is nothing more annoying then waiting in line for an autograph, and the guy in front of you doesn’t have anything ready. Take the comics out of the bag & get them ready for signings.

9 ) Use Deodorant

10) Bring a Bag: Personally I find it easy to bring a backpack, with an extra collapsible bag for bought items & swag. Just makes it easier. I suggest bringing a poster tube, seeing how a lot of the swag are posters & you don’t want to get them messed up.

11 ) Mind Your Manners: It takes very little effort to say “Excuse me”. Try it.

12 ) Use Deodorant: Notice a trend here. This is something I just can’t stress enough.

13 ) Have a Good Time: Just enjoy yourself.

Brian Isaacs - Executive Editor / Publisher

About Brian Isaacs - Executive Editor / Publisher

An avid comic collector/reader for over 40 years and self-proclaimed professor of comicology, Brian original started up the site Pendragon's Post to share his voice. Well that voice has been shared, and evolved into The Fanboy Factor. Brian is an advocate for remembering comic roots, and that we don't forget what was created in the past, and encourage everyone to read it as well. When not swimming in geek culture, he can be seen corrupting..introducing his young son to comics, much to his wife's chagrin.