Yesterday I experienced my very first con. Conooga is a multi-fandom convention. That means one might see a group like mine, Toboe from Wolf's Rain with a bunch of TF2 mercenaries (both red and blue), and it might mean that Medic wants a picture with a Star Wars character. I had so much fun meeting all the people who were there. I learned a lot on this maiden cosplay voyage and thought it would be good to share some of the lessons I learned. Keep in mind that I went to a small con. Some of these may not apply to larger cons. Lesson number one: If you only have one day, make sure you know ahead of time how you want to spend it. Even at a small con, there are tons of places to go. I could have spent all day listening to panels, playing boardgames with fellow board game enthusiasts, spending money at all the vendors, or chased down all the characters I wanted pictures with. Mainly I chose the last two. Lesson two: the people gather where the vendors are. If you want to glomp and be glomped, go to where merchandise is being sold. By the way, even though the vendors are trying to sell their wares, they came here for the love of fandom as well. Even if you don't want to spend money, a lot of artists will appreciate your comments on their work. Lesson three: Don't be upset if nobody recognizes you. It's okay. Interest comes and goes in any game, anime,movie, or comic book. Maybe this wasn't a big year for your fandom. Then again, maybe your fanbase is small to begin with. Either way, if you don't get recognized, don't let it get you down. You might even get an opportunity to expand the fanbase by meeting people who ask questions about your costume.
I had such a blast yesterday and can't wait for next year. Who will I be cosplaying? If all goes well, Sojiro Seta. Don't know who that is? I encourage you all to go check out Rurouni Kenshin to find out. Shameless plug aside, I can't wait to begin working on a more challenging costume. Any advice on the making of hakama pants is welcome by the way.