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Post Reply At What Age Would you stop Going to Conventions?
Posted 3/10/15

xxsonnyxx wrote:

Honestly, I stopped feeling comfortable at around 26-27. I work with teenagers, so I'm comfortable around them. But the anime convention culture can be worrisome as an adult male who works with teens. Not that there is anything wrong with cosplay, but.... perverts are around. If your in the same demographic as a perv, then you might be accused of being on yourself. Most often by parents/people who observe the con than congoers. All it takes is an accusation that something untoward happened, and your job/career is on the line. The accusations happen in absence of actual events more often than you think.

But if I get the chance to go to Otakon, then I am going. Because I'm a giant nerd who actually likes informational panels.


Lol thought you said girl nerd at first. Anyhow yea i totally agree with you, this day n age you have to be extremely careful in how you interact with kids. I used to do a lot of volunteer work and wanted to even go into working with kids. But after highschool I had a bad encounter with the kids i was doing a outdoor school thing with. Essentially a few of the girls at the time kept trying to go out with me and the likes and while i was flattered I wanted nothing to do with them and did everything to not have an incident. Thankfully they understood and nothing ever happened, but that left me with little desire to interact with kids as much. Now kids more than ever all they have to say is so in so touched me in a area where they shouldn't of and it opens up a world of trouble as my friend found out.

Anyhow with that said, i wouldn't let you working around teenagers affect your decision to do a convention.
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Posted 3/10/15

Anyhow with that said, i wouldn't let you working around teenagers affect your decision to do a convention.


I do NYCC each year, and I do Gencon most. It's cool, because I'm with people. NYCC is mostly other professionals, and women on top of that. Its a lot more comfortable, because they know me. They know I'm super spacy, and if I'm looking off into the distance its because I smell food.

Gencon isn't the same kind of con. Its older on average. Less cosplay, more D&D. There you are just trying to stave off the neckbeard assault on your senses.

I have plenty of cons to drop money on, but Otokon...
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Posted 3/12/15
Who cares how old you are? If you enjoy going to cons, then you should continue to go!
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Posted 3/22/15
I will be ending my time at cons at the age of 30 (Colossalcon will be my last). It's been a lot of fun but with my pending marriage and kids shortly after (hopefully) I just won't have the money to keep doing cons anymore. Maybe someday I'll come back but not for a while
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Posted 3/27/15 , edited 3/30/15
Just started going to Cons in the last 3 years. Last year my first Anime Con was...Anime Boston. I loved it! I will continue going until I either lose interest (doubtful) or physically can't go anymore. Enjoy whatever in life makes you happy. Don't let others opinions of you keep you from that enjoyment. FYI, I am 46 going on 16...lol
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Posted 3/30/15 , edited 3/30/15

Cabbitboy wrote: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.


Dude my condolences

kiddos- enjoy life and stop worrying about being "too old' to do something- life's too short )

<---------- never cosplayed, "raved", old enough to still own tapes and records and devices to play them on

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Posted 3/31/15
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Posted 3/31/15
Thanks Hotoddygal.
It's been rough but on the good graces of friends I've been able to attend a few local cons including the one that was our first con together when we were "just friends" back in 1993.
I've noticed the traditional (non anime) cons are sporting a lot more walkers,canes and wheelchairs than I remember back in the day but in true fen fashion those standards of aging have a geek flair.
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Posted 7/29/15 , edited 7/29/15
I've never been to a con but I'd love to go. I missed out on going to one a few months ago but when I saw the pictures posted on Facebook afterwards it struck me that I would have been 'that weird old guy' as the oldest person in the pictures was about 20. This has really put me off going to any other con (none of my friends are interested in anime) as I'd be going alone and I would just feel so uncomfortable and out of place. Weird, really, as I've been into anime for longer than anyone at that con had been alive.
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Posted 7/31/15
At the same age I'll wake up in the morning and scream out:

Wait...I'm XX years old now...I'm too old for this anime shit!
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Posted 8/1/15
Whenever you're not interested in anime, then you should probably stop going. Or don't. I'll probably go til I'm middle aged. Unless my kids are super nerdy, then I'll go with them.
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Posted 8/2/15 , edited 8/2/15
I still go now. Still would be going with my kids. Still would be taking my grandkids. And in the end would be wearing my Stormtrooper outfit to my grave.
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Posted 8/2/15
There are a lot of gross adults who check out the teen cosplayers, but I think that respectful fans should be able to go to cons at all ages. hell, my dad took me to a comic book convention.
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Posted 8/3/15 , edited 8/3/15
I'm in my late 30s and have no plans to quit anytime soon. Your age is only an issue if you let it be. With the exception of a few trolls, 99% of people who go to cons are like-minded and there to have fun, and they're very welcoming and inclusive. If someone gives me a hard time, I just laugh because they don't get it - like, you think I went to all this trouble so I could come here and hit on teenagers? Really? And if they think anime cons are about being cliquish and territorial, I kind of feel bad for them that they're missing out on the spirit of things.

I think going in costume does a lot to break down any barriers that might be there. It leaves no doubt about why you're there, and declares right up front that you don't give a ****. Lots of people will give mad respect to the old guy cosplaying. It can even be a help if you pick a character to match your age - I could probably be a better Auron or Zap Brannigan than most 19-year-olds could pull off. Kagamine Len, not so much.

One other thing that can make going to cons more enjoyable when you're older is that you tend to have more money. So things like parking or beer money or the price of concert tickets are not a huge concern, and you're not trying to hustle a cheap lunch or sharing a hotel room with 6 strangers and sleeping on the floor or anything like that. Plus you can be a bit more free about what you buy in the exhibit hall! Still no $600 figurines for me, though.
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Posted 8/4/15
i'm 32 and i just went to my first Anime Expo last month, i loved it and plan on going back. there were people of all ages there. Age really doesn't matter at all as long as you enjoy what the con is celebrating.
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