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Posted 12/25/17 , edited 12/26/17
It's finally settled that I'll be going to Ichibancon 2018 next month. This would actually mark my very first anime convention, 2nd overall. Even though I'm going with a friend (whose's already been to Ichibancon at least once), I'm unsure of what to expect when I go, in terms of crowds/mobs, panels, parties, etc.

Anyone whose's gone to one before (regularly or nay): any advice on what to anticipate.
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Posted 12/26/17 , edited 12/26/17
Get a map and time table so you know what you want to see and when to see it, the more popular events might fill up quickly so go early, bring a bag/small backpack and pack + wear deodorant because if it's anything like the cons I've been to they're really hot and crowded and you don't want to be "that" guy sweating everywhere and spreading your stink to other goers, also bring a pen + paper if you want autographs, a cardboard tube if you want posters, cash if you want to buy merchandise, a phone charger external battery, plus maybe some snacks and drinks because it can be expensive and the lines long if you buy it there.
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Posted 5/20/18 , edited 5/20/18

Damien27 wrote:

Get a map and time table so you know what you want to see and when to see it, the more popular events might fill up quickly so go early, bring a bag/small backpack and pack + wear deodorant because if it's anything like the cons I've been to they're really hot and crowded and you don't want to be "that" guy sweating everywhere and spreading your stink to other goers, also bring a pen + paper if you want autographs, a cardboard tube if you want posters, cash if you want to buy merchandise, a phone charger external battery, plus maybe some snacks and drinks because it can be expensive and the lines long if you buy it there.


Hi Damien! I'll be attending my first Anime Con in two months time and I must say your points are very helpful. Glad I read about them. ^_^
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Posted 5/20/18 , edited 5/20/18
Sunglasses indoors for reasons you'll thank me for when the time comes.
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Plan on lines bring snacks and bottled water.
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Posted 6/19/18 , edited 6/19/18
Bring whatever you may want autographed. I just take the dvd inserts in page protectors. Most cons will provide sharpies for guests to use, but you would bring your own if you really wanted.
Have cash. Budgeting can be hard, but have an idea of what you want. Most cons list autograph prices (or a ball park), so you can have some idea of what you need to bring. Many vendors do take credit cards, but cash is still your best bet. If you like to buy lots of merch, then bring more. Also consider food prices, cons can be rather expensive for food and drinks (I bring lunch, snacks, and drinks, and only buy if I need to). I avoid buying anything the first time going through vendors/artists. Unless it is something you really want and you don't want ot risk someone else getting it, you can usually wait. It helps control spending and you tend to buy what you really want. If possible, take pics of the booth or item so you can remember where it is later. Try to stick to your budget as much as you can, $10 over might be ok, but $100 can be a lot for some people.
Plan for lines. Try to figure out when the con allows lines to start, many are 30 minutes before a panel or autograph session, but it can vary. Some panels will fill up quick, so try to get there early to avoid disappointment. Also see if they clear out panel rooms inbetween. If they do, be in line for it, but if they don't, you can go for a panel earlier and try to move up. Pretty much everything as a line, so remember that it is just part of a con.
Have a camera. You might find cosplays you like, some guests do photos at the table so you need a camera for that, and panels usually allow photos. Even if it's a good phone camera, it is nice to have something.
Phone charger or external battery is a must. Don't want to have your phone die on you at a bad time.

Remember to take care of yourself. Use the washroom as needed, eat and drink often. Shower daily and use deodorant (bring some to apply during the day too). Don't take things too seriously, cons are suppose to be fun.
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