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10 Commandments of Comic Cons

Who's madder? (photo by Choad)
Who’s madder? (photo by Choad)

My wife and I attended the Wizard World Comic Con in Minneapolis this past weekend. It was a blast! However, we came unprepared. I’ve never attended a comic con before, so I wasn’t exactly sure what I was getting into. Here’s what I learned.


Ten Commandments of Attending a Comic Con

Homer must've been at Moe's (photo by Choad)
Homer must’ve been at Moe’s (photo by Choad)

I. Thou Shalt Let Thine Freak Geek Flag Fly

It’s a time and place for becoming your superhero. Or favorite villain (I saw a female Negan…so does that make her Naggin’?).

 

II. Thou Shalt Wear Comfortable Shoes

My back, feet, and hips still ache from just one day. One day! Wear shoes that are comfortable for walking and standing, because if you want a photo or autograph with a celebrity, you’re gonna stand waiting in line for a long time.

 

III. Thou Shalt Not Gawk

Comics usually portray women showing a lot of cleavage. Attendees will show more or less, depending on how they’re “equipped”. Don’t be creep. However…

 

IV. Thou Shalt Compliment Excellent Costumes

Go ahead and get a selfie with an attendee that obviously put a lot of time & money into their costume.

 

V. Thou Shalt Find Out If Your Favorite Celeb is Actually Showing Up

A celeb cancelling at the last second is unfortunately not uncommon. Jenna Coleman – who played Dr Who companion Clara Oswald – cancelled her appearance at the convention late Friday. To get a picture and/or autograph, you have to purchase a ticket. You get a refund if they cancel, but what a letdown if you buy a ticket and then they cancel. Speaking of tickets…

 

VI. Thou Shalt Know That You Have to Buy a Ticket To Get a Photo/Autograph

Turns out that’s how they make their money. Makes sense. We were unaware, and stood in line for John Barrowman (Captain Jack Harkness from Dr Who & Torchwood and Malcolm Merlyn on CW’s Arrow) for 45 minutes before getting asked for a ticket. Didn’t have one, got kicked out of line. Got close enough to take this picture:

John Barrowman at Wizard World Comic Con in Minneapolis (photo by Choad)
John Barrowman at Wizard World Comic Con in Minneapolis (photo by Choad)

But not a selfie with him. Same with Charlie Sheen.

Wild Tiger Blood Thing! Charlie Sheen at Wizard World Comic Con 2017 in Minneapolis (photo by Choad)
Wild Tiger Blood Thing! Charlie Sheen at Wizard World Comic Con 2017 in Minneapolis (photo by Choad)

 

VII. Thou Shalt Save Thine Money For Months Beforehand

These things are expensive. $100+ for a photo op with Peter Capaldi (the 12th Doctor from Dr. Who). That’s just for a picture with him! Never mind the other celebrities that were there. Each one costs money to meet, and that adds up quick. Let alone a ticket just to get inside!

 

VIII. Thou Shalt Wait To Buy Products You’re Not Getting Autographed Until You’re About to Leave

We bought some cool heat pad things, but we did that about halfway through the day. Carrying that stuff around while checking out the sites and waiting in line made my back hurt worse than it already did.

 

IX. Thou Shalt Get a Non-Picture/Autograph Souvenir

Support the company that’s putting this on! Check out all of the vendors, too. But map out how much you’re going to spend beforehand, and be able to resist the charm of hard-sellers.

 

X. Thou Shalt Enjoy Thineself

You’re there to have fun. So have fun! You might not get to meet everybody. You might run out of money before you get everything you want. Your favorite celebrity might cancel at the last second. But relax and enjoy the occasion. I had a blast, and will do it again…this time, though, I’m dressing up. How often does one get to dress up in over-the-top costumes?

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