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Going to a con alone?
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Posted 11/10/13
I'm grateful for my friend. I'm just anxious about crowed places like Cons. I'm only going, because of my friend wanted to meet me there. I've been constantly told I'm awkward. I'm scared honestly.... eee
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Posted 11/17/13 , edited 11/17/13
Going with a friend is easier said than done in some cases. Take me for example, i'm the only anime fan that i know and my friends think it's weird that i watch anime. I really need to broaden my social circle haha

Anime isn't big over here so we don't have conventions
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Posted 11/26/13
Go and have fun, I really do not see the significance of going with someone or alone.
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Posted 11/27/13 , edited 11/27/13
Last time I went was 2009. I stopped going after that due to all the glares I got from parents for existing in the same space as their kids.

Was really unsettling. Maybe it was the beard and being fat?

If I ever go again, I surely won't be alone. I need backup to avoid the judgments.
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Posted 11/27/13
I went to Sakuracon alone 2 years ago. It was my first con, and I was certain I would meet people. But I didn't really. Despite having a good time and being surrounded by people I would likely get along with I still got lonely.
The truth is I don't know anybody to go with, and I would have felt super akward just trying to jump into groups or tag along with people I didn't already know.
had fun? yes. wish i hadn't been alone? yes.
Posted 11/28/13 , edited 11/28/13
Honestly dangerous thing to go to alone
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Posted 12/2/13
I went alone on a Sunday for a few hours once. All my friends I went with on Friday and Saturday were too bummed out for another day since we had to drive each day. I just spent more time looking for good merch.



Nyuboom wrote:
Honestly dangerous thing to go to alone


I guess that depends on your age and gender a bit. But I have heard some bad things happening at a few anime cons (I think something happened a few years back in my crappy home state of Maryland) , but they seem to be fairly rare occurrences. I would like to think that you are safer at an anime con than walking down the street by yourself to go to the grocery store or 7-11. I mean if something were to happen, there's at least a thousand other people like me who'd love to punch someone in the face for you.
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Posted 12/4/13
I've been to cons alone before, only because all my friends irl have moved on. It's not so bad.
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Posted 12/10/13
So, I'm 16 year old Floridian and I've been going to cons for about a year and a half now. I've been to seven conventions, and none have been terribly big. I've solo'ed every con but one.

Honestly, I'd say I enjoy soloing as much as I enjoy going with friends. When I solo, I get to see more guests and activities. I also tend to run myself ragged, but I feel much more "accomplished." I've actually even made a small circle of friends (about 10), and I usually see at least one of them at each con. Sometimes it gets a little lonely, but it's pretty easy to chat with anyone who's around (staff, artists, other attendees, etc). I don't think it's dangerous to go solo. There are so many people around, it's impossible for anyone to do anything to you. Just use common sense (don't be alone with ANYBODY) and you'll be fine.

To sum things up, don't be scared to go solo! Yeah, it's scary as heck the first time, but it's still a lot of fun! ^.^
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Posted 12/15/13
I really don't think it's a good idea to go to cons alone.

Sure you'll meet some good friends, but I think it's better to go in a group because it's a better experience.
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Posted 12/15/13
I've lost track of how many cons I've attended solo. Planning to attend Otakon 2024 solo and will probably end up solo at AX again (too many conflicting scheduled with friends leaves me no choice). But hey, I love traveling solo, so...
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Posted 12/16/13
I went to the DragonCon2013 with some friends, and spent most of my time with the new people I met. If you go alone, you'll without a doubt find plenty of people to hang out with and have a great time. If you are having trouble, find the nearest game room, play Werewolf. You can't help but to make friends when you play Werewolf.
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38 / M / 3rd rock from Sol
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Posted 12/28/13
The first time I went to MTAC in Nashville, I went with a friend of mine and we had a lot of fun. The problem was, she was really nervous because it was her first con, of any kind, and she really didn't interact with anyone other than me on day 1. The second day I kind of forced her to go with me to the bar/pool area (which for MTAC 11 was kind of the more socializing spot) to see if maybe she'd loosen up and talk to more people. To her credit she did loosen up for a little bit and managed to talk to a few cosplayers. By the morning of day 3 though, she was ready to go so I ended up missing out on the whole day. Boo! Anyway, the next time I went to MTAC was 13 and that was by myself because some simply didn't have the spare cash or they couldn't afford to take off from work. Not sure if it was because I didn't have to worry about any of my friends being nervous or whatever, but that was one of the best cons I've been to! I ran around like a chicken with its head cut off taking pitures and talking to whoever I happened to meet. Ended up making a lot of new friends that year and had more fun than I did at 11 with someone. Also, when you meet new people at a con a lot of the time you won't feel obligated to stick right by their side the whole time. Which will let you be able to run around and see everything you want, and as long as you're brave enough (I guess) to talk to people you'll have a blast and most likely make a lot new friends. I've gone to one other con by myself (AnimeCentral) and just like MTAC I had a ball and met a group of people that I ended up spending the entire con with! I guess it depends on how social you are and how well you handle being by yourself for certain things. Looks like I may be going to the upcoming MTAC solo as well but I'm almost looking forward to it even more. Just think of it as being the con-ninja!
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Posted 12/29/13
I went to my first con alone because I literally have zero friends

it was lonely yeah but I had a good time and I didn't have to worry about anybody else... I skipped it these past two years but I might go to the next one coming up!
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lewisl1 wrote:

Has anyone ever gone to a con by themselves, I think I might go to Sakura Con alone this year, so I can keep to my own schedule, without having to worry about anyone else. Does anyone have any stories or tips about going solo?


if you're a girl, I would suggest you to NEVER EVER go alone to an anime convention. there are a lot of creepy con guys there and they WILL start talking to you trying to flirt. however, if you're a guy I'd say you'll be fine although half of the fun is hanging out with your friends and talking to new people! sometimes they can even get you into events! (e.g.: at Oni Con 2013 I really wanted to get Greg Ayres' autograph but by the time I found the line, the staff told me that it was already too many people and so they told me I couldn't wait in the line anymore. so I went somewhere else for a while. I waited around 15 minutes and then went back and I saw someone standing by the door and so my friend and I started talking to him about cons and then I lightly brought up the Greg Ayres autograph session and if I could still go in seeing there was someone that just walked in. he had to go ask his advisor but in the end, I was allowed to get Greg Ayres' autograph because I talked to the staff people!)

for girls: Oni Con 2013 was the first time I was going without a parent/guardian since it was in a different city than where I lived. so I stuck VERY VERY close to my friends. I made sure to have at least 1 buddy with me at all times. but even if you're with a friend, guys WILL still hit on you. when me and my friend were walking across the front of the convention to go to the shopping center beside the convention center, some guys started barking at us and then some more guys on the balcony of the convention center tried calling out to us trying to flirt but we just ignored them. so girls, please be safe while you're at cons. it can be a very fun place but dangerous at the same time!
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