A Noob's Guide to C2E2
Ahhh Spring. While some think of Spring as flowers, pastels, warm weather, long days; us normal folks think of cosplay, comics, video games, and figurines. That’s right kids, C2E2 is back in Chicago and my inner geek is on super saiyan. Now, I went to the Wizard World Comic Con a few years back but this year it’s all about C2E2*. The convention did not disappoint. It was filled with like-minded creatures that wanted to flaunt their extensive gaming knowledge, discuss the latest graphic novels, parade around in their latest cosplay concoctions which every basic bitch in America dressed as Harley Quinn to show how cool they are. Like not even the comic book Harley Quinn either rather Suicide Squad Harley Quinn- it was deplorable and disgusting. ANYWHO, C2E2 was a great time. For those interested in venturing to a comic convention but unsure how to prepare, let me assist you. Here are some tips and tricks in preparing for a con so you don’t look like a noob.
The days leading up to the convention:
1) If this is an option, register your pass for perks, prizes, scavenger hunts, etc
2) In addition to #1, if you want to participate in any panel discussions, photo ops, or autographs, register in advance; trust me, it’ll make your life easier
3) Pack a survival kit, and by survival kit I mean a bookbag filled with snacks. My dad and I had a basic bag: gummy bears, trail mix, cookies, chips, and water. We also had hand sanitizer, Kleenex, aspirin, a portable charger, and our jackets
4) Because you’ll have your survival kit in tow, eat before you arrive to the con or you’ll spend an arm, leg, and have to sacrifice your first born for a slice of pizza
5) Wear comfortable clothes and shoes because you’re going to do A LOT of walking
6) Plan to take public trans. Listen, do NOT drive unless you absolutely must. Yeah everything is all gumdrops and rainbows when you arrive but leaving, good luck.
Whilst at the convention:
1) Don’t be an asshole. You will be dumped, people will stop in front of you to look at the artist’s work and booths, kids will dart in front of you without a care in the world- ‘tis life, get over it and continue to have an enjoyable time
2) Don’t feel pressured to buy anything. There is an overwhelming amount of merch at these conventions. You do not, I repeat, do not have to buy anything especially if your reason is to be able to say you purchased said merch at a con. No one cares.
3) Take a break. Remember those snacks you packed? Yeah, go find a random place to sit and indulge. Oh and drink the water; hydration is key
4) Above all, have a great f*cking time!
*Disclaimer- Wizard World > C2E2 but both are as equally an amazing time