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Posted 9/3/14 , edited 3/30/15
There is a lot of people who 20+ or even 30/40+ at anime and comic conventions. There is no age limit made by cons or by other otaku, the only people who say that some people are to old for conventions are just trolls.
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Posted 9/26/14 , edited 3/30/15
This came up while I was shooting the bull in the early morning hours of Saturday at Anime Weekend Atlanta while down in the smoking area (my wife and our friend were late sleepers and I was the one that rose before the sun) and I had mentioned that I'd be turning 52 a few days after we got back to the Chicago area and the general decision was that it was cool that an "old dude" like me was still chasing his geekdoms at my age.
My wife and I were looking at attending conventions until we could qualify as unofficial "con grandparents" when we were old and gray (though I'd started getting a head start on the gray part starting at 45) as well as "corrupting" our nieces and nephews into fandom.
Sadly fate had other plans and it looks like AWA 2013 was my last convention at 52.
One week after our return from AWA 2013 my wife of almost 151/2 years and best friend and con buddy collapsed on our bedroom floor at 4:44AM and despite having EMS on site within 10 minutes my wife slipped away from a sudden pulmonary embolism at 43 years of age.
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Posted 9/28/14 , edited 9/28/14
I would agree with much of the sentiment here.

I'm in my 30s, I still go to cons and I cosplay. In my case, though, it's only since I turned about 26 that I've had the money to go to events like this and have a good time.

Whilst 31 isn't exactly "old", if you were to divide the con-going public in the UK into two "brackets" of "older" and "younger", I think the line is at around 28. It does depend on the con, too. Some events like Ayacon (which has now ended permanently) did tend to attract more people in the older bracket.

Still, I see people of all ages at cons, and, crucially, I think the crowd is getting slightly older. As I mentioned, I'm in my 30s, so I'm old enough to remember when Japanese animation was something of an underground thing on VHS, which people didn't really know about. Anime fans today often joke about Yugioh or Pokemon, but those series are important because they're on TV and are a known quantity; the success of things like the English Dragonball Z dub has meant that most people at least have some idea what anime is.

What this means is that people of my age are somewhat few, as during our early teen years, anime was very hard to come by, but people that are around 25 today are much more numerous in the fandom, because anime became much more accessible. Ten years ago, those people would've been too young for most cons. This means I think the community's going to "age" slightly in the next 5 years, and has been doing so already.
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Posted 9/28/14 , edited 10/3/14
I'll stop going to cons when i am physically unable to manage it anymore. All my friends are around late 20's early 30's some are in their 40's and still go to cons. If you enjoy something and have a hobby then you should keep it up. The only thing being older changes at a con is you have a lot more money to spend on stuff and you can buy that super expensive limited edition figure you absolutely must have now because it's there XD
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Posted 10/1/14
My bf and I are totally looking forward to being that creepy old couple at cons.
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Posted 10/1/14 , edited 10/3/14
I will stop when I feel like I'm getting "too old" for it all.
Or when I lose interest in it....but I have no idea when that'll happen since I tend to get too excited for cons... ^^;;
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Posted 10/1/14 , edited 10/3/14
I'm looking forward to getting older because that would make it easier to do some of the cosplays of badass old guys.
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Posted 10/5/14 , edited 3/30/15
You can go no matter how old you get, I'm 21 and have no problems going, and I've dressed up and taken my 1 year old too. Conventions are for the fans, why does it matter how old the fans are?
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Posted 10/6/14
Honestly I'm not sure if age is what will prevent me from going to conventions, I think it will be how the con itself is ran will prevent me from going.
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Posted 10/6/14 , edited 3/30/15
I'll be 40 at the next con I go to. I can't wait! I think people should never stop going as long as it is something they want to do!
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Posted 10/6/14
I've just turned 26 and I still go to conventions. I don't think there's an age where you "should stop" going. At Anime Boston I saw some older couples with children even.

So don't worry about it. The great thing about conventions is that no one really cares about your age or background. They just want to talk about what they love and meet others who love it as well =)
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Posted 10/6/14
The world would have to fall apart before I stop going to cons. That said, I haven't gone to a convention in almost two years as I am cash-strapped right now, and where I live makes it really tough for me to attend Sakura-con without splurging for a hotel room.
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Posted 10/7/14 , edited 3/30/15
You stop going to anime convention whenever you stopped watching anime
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Posted 10/17/14
I think I would stop going for like... 13 years at the point that I have kids, and then when they're old enough pick up the habit again. Probably bring their friends along, you know.

Might do it earlier if they show interest earlier. (like no earlier than 9-10 though).

...and have a deep hearted conversation that "there will be weird things" and "don't be scared of it" and "you can dress up however you want".
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Posted 10/17/14 , edited 3/30/15
Went to my first con earlier this year and I'm over 40. Of course, I went under the pretense of chaperoning my daughter and her friends since it was their first anime convention as well. I had fun. Would enjoy doing it again but I'll have to think of a better excuse next year. I think they are going to figure out that a chaperon isn't needed since they'll be going with their school's Anime Club.

I didn't cosplay though. I was halfway thinking of dressing as Professor Stein from Soul Eater but decided not to. Left the cosplay up to the teenagers.
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