There is something about a convention that just makes me feel all giddy inside. ...I could have worded that better, but whatever. I have not been to many conventions... in fact I have only been to one convention (New York Comic-Con). But the point still stands; the 'something' about conventions, is how humbling of an experience it is. I went to NYCC last year, and it was one of the most fun experiences I've ever had. Every single thing in the Javits Center is just nerdy to the extreme: Games, comics, anime, plush dolls, pocky (mmm...), etc. But that is not the reason why I loved it so much. I loved it because it humbled me, it humbled me tremendously.
Obvious Fact: You are in a building filled to the brim with people dressed up like video game characters, cartoon characters, and anime douchebags, pretty much means you cannot be 'made fun of' for doing something weird. Going to a convention full of nerdy assholes allows you to leave your dignity at the door. Comic-Con (and many other conventions) is a place where you can just be yourself, because you are in a room full of like-minded people. It's a place where you can just open up and maybe show another side of yourself that you have never seen! It's part of the experience to just do something crazy and not feel like everyone is going to reprimand you for doing so.
I will be honest here: I got trolled at Comic-Con, I got trolled in real life, at Comic-Con, and it was hilarious. There was this kind of fat, kind of not, guy dressed as Ness (Of EarthBound fame) wearing a literal trollface mask. I won't go into detail about what had happened, since how I got troll wasn't even funny, but the guy gave me a nuggie (How the hell is that word spelled?) and we moved on with our day. It was extremely silly, but it really shows how some people just don't care
when they are at a convention. That man was wearing a trollface mask, was dressed as Ness, and gave some guy he didn't know a nuggie. If that doesn't make you feel right at home, I don't know what will. When you enter a convention, you just don't feel guilty for doing silly things.
Just don't, like, sexually harass a girl that's wearing skimpy clothing, or something. I'm not saying you are allowed to break the law. I'm just saying not to be too embarrassed to do silly things.
The most humbling thing about it is that you aren't so different after all. Let's face it, some of us live in our own little world, and wear various 'masks' while on the internet. We hide behind our opinions and feel entitled to things... because it's the internet. It's just what we do. We feel like we are the center of the universe at times, and that our opinions are distinct to us. But the truth is, there are so many people at various conventions that will be so similar to you, and that you will realize you aren't alone like you are when on the computer, you have people who have the exact feelings as you.
And you shouldn't be ashamed of that.
When you go to a convention like Comic-Con or something, you realize how many people are just like you. How many people are kind, and are just at Comic-Con to talk about video games and comics, damn it. It's something you can't really experience anywhere else.
You are all nerds just trying to have a good time. A very good time. And it's something you will NEVER experience anywhere else.
Sadly, I live on the east coast, so I will not be attending Pax Prime. That doesn't mean you shouldn't go and leave you dignity at the door as well. Just be yourself, and dance like a mad man. You can't look silly next to a man dressed like Spiderman! However, I will be attending NYCC again this year, for (hopefully) all three days. So look out for two guys dressed in fancy clothes and horse-head masks!
You won't regret it.
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