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Posted 1/6/14

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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Posted 1/6/14
I've never gone to a con alone, but I did have one day where I ditched my friends to go to a panel early in the morning. I ended up meeting 2 new friends and they saved me a spot for the autograph part after! That was cool lol
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Posted 1/7/14
I'm not a loser so I wouldn't go alone. I would want to enjoy this awesome moment with someone.
I usually go with my sister but last year my butler came along. This year it's just me and the sis again.
I think this will be our 5th year going to AnimeBoston ;D
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Posted 1/10/14
Going to Katsucon 2014 by myself. I'll be rooming with people, but otherwise, solo...
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Yeah I STRONGLY suggest you don't go to a con alone. I just got back from Anime L.A. for the weekend and it was the worst experience in my entire life! l wasted time, money, health, and the only person that talked to me was a special guy dressed as Rainbow Dash. Which wasn't a bad thing but it was hard for me to understand him other than that I'd say he was the only bright side of going. If anyone else who went remembers that guy with the fox mask crying in the corner at the gift shop then that guy was me was me. There's way more plot to this, but I can't be bothered to tell it right now.

I'm never going to a convention ever again.
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I'll concede that women and girls shouldn't go alone, however I think a lot of fun can be had by solo con goers. I do want to add that, the smaller the con is, the harder it is going to be have fun. Having went to a smaller con this fall, the lack of variety in the schedule, makes your friends a valuable asset. There were a few times, I just went to the anime room or went back to my room because there wasn't anything appealing to do. At larger cons this shouldnt be an issue
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I've only gone to a con once, to youmacon, and that was with my closest male friend and his girlfriend. Met up with a few mutual friends there who rented a hotel room and we got sort of hammered. It was a pretty great time. I have separation anxiety so going by myself would upset me.
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I've been to cons alone. I kind of enjoy it as I can take my time, sit, watch people cosplay, attend ANY panel I want, watch any anime I want. I've actually been to quite a few cons alone, and I really don't mind. I always end up bumping into people I know anyway so if I'm lonely, I know there's people around to talk to
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leady_ wrote:

Going to Katsucon 2014 by myself. I'll be rooming with people, but otherwise, solo...


I am going to Katsucon also, but just tomorrow. This is my first convention on the East Coast. I am going with my brother, but if he goes off, I will be fending for myself at a con I know nothing about.
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I occasionally go to conventions with a friend or two, but most of the time it's entirely on my own. From travelling to accommodation to the con itself and usually I always cosplay. I meet up with good friends there for a small amount of time then go enjoy the day by myself as I just like having my space & not being rushed here there and everywhere as I used to deal with when I first started going to cons; relying on others to have a great time ruins it for me & becomes more stressful then it should. Plus I always meet lovely new people and befriend them when lurking about. It's an enjoyable experience for me, long as I get plenty of sleep that is lol...
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Posted 2/17/14
ill be attending otakon this year solo i dont like having to deal with every one elses likes and dislikes and meeting up at this time and this place and then waiting a half our because the aholes who wanted to meet up jumped in a random cosplay group and so on and so on i paid money to enjoy myself and to see and do what i want to do,if anyone i know decides to join me this year ill be sure to tell them just that.
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I occasionally go to conventions with a friend or two, but most of the time it's entirely on my own. From travelling to accommodation to the con itself and usually I always cosplay. I meet up with good friends there for a small amount of time then go enjoy the day by myself as I just like having my space & not being rushed here there and everywhere as I used to deal with when I first started going to cons; relying on others to have a great time ruins it for me & becomes more stressful then it should. Plus I always meet lovely new people and befriend them when lurking about. It's an enjoyable experience for me, long as I get plenty of sleep that is lol...


So glad to see someone with my experience! As I was reading through the first few pages of this thread, I saw that there were a lot of male-identified posters saying that going alone was cool. Well, I'm a female-identified poster and I, too, have to say that going alone is cool! It's just fine! Just be a responsible adult, be aware (as you would be elsewhere in life), and don't put yourself into a situation where you feel your awareness/ability to think straight can be compromised. Take extra precautions; if you don't feel safe walking from the con to your hotel at night, call your hotel and tell them to send a taxi for you. I think of it like this: which is of more value to you? Your money or your personal safety?

I'm ashamed to admit that I have to constantly battle with the cheapskate in me (lol), but I've no problem paying a little more to be in a location where I feel safer. Women can go alone, too. Just be careful--and this applies to men and women both! Single parties are always going to have the disadvantage; a particular gender/sex/race/age doesn't necessarily protect you from that.

But, honestly, I think there's upsides to going alone and going with a group. I've enjoyed the upsides of going alone enough to want to do it again. I'll let that be my answer. ^^ Best wishes, you guys!
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Posted 3/5/14
Yes, remember guys, be safe! Don't let yourself end up in a one-way, dark alley yaoi scene with another guy dressed up in a furry costume!

Unless that how you like it, I won't judge... >_>
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Posted 3/15/14
I wouldn't. I'd be too scared to be alone and not make any friends. XD
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Posted 3/16/14
I just got back from my Anime convention, I went alone mainly because I don't know anyone else who goes to these sort of things in my group of friends... I was fine though, i'm used to going to events solo, honestly wish I had the money and time to do some sort of cosplay. I notice alot here saying the in between hotel and convention center is one of the things they don't like, luckily I guess for mine the Hotel is on the Convention Center lot. (or next to it?) and they are connected by walkways. But I only lived 30 mins away from the convention center by driving so I didn't have to worry about any of that.
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