Posts Tagged ‘PAX Prime’

People go to great lengths to look good at conventions. At least, in the past few years. I am that way myself. I think I originally fell victim to being self conscious and trying to be the opposite of the stereotypical gamer/convention goer. You know, unwashed, sloppy and overweight. I am overweight but I don’t try to dress sloppy or go unwashed. I’ve taken it a step further though. I go out of my way to dress up nicely, even when I’m not in costume.

I’m not the only one either. Vloggerfair had a lot of guests but was smaller compared to PAX. I really noticed the difference here. Women were in full make up and dressed to the 9’s as they say.

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Me with Chris Pirillo @ Vlogger Fair

Clothes, Hair, and Make up have become more and more visible at conventions. I hope that they are doing it for themselves. I am doing it for myself these days. Although, at Vlogger fair I was partially doing it because my every movement was being taped! Dear gods. It was insane. I am still trying to think of a good way to sum it up.

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Here I am bleaching my hair the night before PAX Prime. I decided hair needed some work after Vlogger Fair. I eventually want to go purple and pink again but for now, this was a lot more work than I thought it would be. It was mess too. I am not a huge fan of the mess. I made a big deal this year about looking just right though.

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This is from the first day of PAX Prime 2015. I think I looked smashing and it helped people focus on the game I was teaching them. Dressing up really made people feel more comfortable talking to me about a game with sexy maids (Tanto Cuore). Looking good also made me feel more confident talking to hundreds of strangers over the next four days.

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I wasn’t the only one though. Whether you they were in cosplay or there for work, I noticed a lot of women just felt more comfortable being dressed up!

What does it mean? It’s a safe space for one. They don’t feel they have to dress down to be comfortable. It means that they feel that they can run around and be themselves.

That is a good sign with our culture. The last few years have been rough. There will always be some of the old guard that don’t realize Women are people.

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I think it’s also because a lot of the crowds are mixing now. It’s common place to have dances and formal dress events at Anime Conventions. More Anime fans are also going to comic book conventions and gaming conventions. The crowds are mixing and those norms are changing. I saw more suits at Kumoricon then I think I ever have at a convention. A lot of those attendees weren’t wearing them for a costume either.

Conventions are special events and people are starting to treat them that way. It’s kind of exciting.

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The end of convention season this year was a little different for me. I began volunteering with Japanime Games. They import, translate and distribute Tanto Cuore and Krosmaster Arena. I worked three conventions in a row for them; Vlogger Fair, PAX Prime and Kumoricon. This was exciting and exhausting at the same time. I arrived home from the third convention this past Monday and the next day I almost called into work. Not only was I exhausted, I was fighting off what we call “Con Crud.”

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This wasn’t the first time I’d helped out the company. Sakuracon, was the first this year, it was fun and rewarding. I spent the entire convention helping people learn Tanto Cuore. That’s the game I teach best. Krosmaster Arena is a game I love playing but don’t feel entirely comfortable with teaching. (Although, at Kumoricon, I stepped in plenty of times to help out.) At the start of these three conventions, I learned that I do know the base rules, but I get tongue tied. I also discovered something else, Post Convention Depression.

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The conventions are exciting! You meet a lot of people and most of them are there for the same reasons! It’s great bonding with people that think the same way you do! Conventions are also exhausting. You want to spend the whole weekend packing in as many experiences as possible. There is an adrenaline rush that comes from the entire experience.

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When I attend conventions, I eat too little, do too much and don’t sleep nearly enough. This all contributes to something called Post Convention Depression. The conventions are always fun, as much fun as I can possibly make it.

After the conventions, I have a hard time sleeping, feel exhausted, feel disconnected from my every day life and feel a general malaise. This is all part of PCD, or Post Convention Depression. I didn’t realize this was actually a thing till Kumoricon. There was a panel at Kumoricon about dealing with PCD. I unfortunately couldn’t make it to that panel, but it peaked my curiosity.

The number one advice people give for dealing with PCD is planning for your next convention. If you’re a cos-player, then you probably have a handle on this.

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The next piece of advice is hanging out with friends. In the past PAX Prime attendees in Seattle have had post convention game meet up. Seeing your friends, even your non-convention friends can help alleviate some of the gloom that comes from being in the real world.

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Make sure you get lots of rest after the convention. You didn’t sleep well, or didn’t sleep the in the same bed. That can affect you more than you know.

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In the immediate week following, make sure you get enough to eat and you re-hydrate. Drink lots of water and restrict your caffeine intake. During conventions it’s hard to get the right nutrition and enough water.

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They also advise that you should get exercise and take it easy at the same time. It’s good to stay active but also, don’t run yourself ragged.

All of this will help you recover after the convention and help you avoid… CON CRUD! ( Colds passed around by convention goers.) One year I got swine flu from PAX Prime. Other years, here and there I caught something respiratory after the conventions. This year, I managed to fight off whatever virus was passed around because I rested, ate well and made sure that I got the right foods after getting home.

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What am I planning for next?  Geek Girl Con and Brick Con, which are both in October.  Then we start the process all over again next year. Keep well.

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