not to mention a little fiber to help deal with some of the less savory aspects of an all junk-food diet.Hand santizer – Cons are giant bubbling vats of disease, birthing new and evolutionarily superior bacteria that piss all over Ebola on the way to causing diseases… Nearly everyone I know who goes to conventions regularly speaks in hushed tones about “Con Crud”, that nebulous, protean disease that strikes professional and fan alike, laying dormant in your system until you get home… You can safely assume that just about everyone you encounter is an unwitting carrier of con-crud, so a liberal use of anti-bacterial hand-sanitizer will be the just the thing when you’re spending a long weekend in the writhing masses of the great unwashed. What’s the first thing you think of when you think of “sci-fi convention stereotypes” – besides hordes of people walking around in bad Klingon costumes?Now keep in mind: I said “making friends is the time to chat people up and make new connections; you’re not interfering with their work and you’re not inadvertently trapping them at their table. Now, before you start yelling at me for missing the point of fan conventions, allow me to explain.The con bar is where the action is; this is where the deals are really made, the friendships are forged and the scandalous hook-ups happen. Yes, conventions are places for geeks to come together and revel in their nerdery with neither fear nor shame.Don’t try to skirt this rule by cramming a Red Bull and Slim-Jim breakfast and dousing yourself in Axe to make up for the lack of soap and deodorant; it has been attempted before by better men than you and it didn’t work then either.Overdoing the cologne or body spray is almost as bad as the stale-sweat-and-feet stink that you’ll encounter at conventions.
Cons are like Nerd Spring Break – culminating with Nerdi Gras in San Diego – and they should be treated as such.
They’re there predominantly to market themselves and sell their products – even when the product is themselves.
Interacting with fans and/or making new friends is a secondary interest.
I also know that a lot of cons are de-facto 24 hour affairs – anime cons with their late-night video showings and midnight Hentai rooms, scifi/fantasy cons with their Steampunk costume balls and mini-raves, room parties, off-site events and booz-ups – and it’s easy to get caught up in the swing of what seems like a massive party that never seems to end.
But as much fun as you’re having, the cold hard truth is, if you get 5 hours of sleep, 2 meals and 1 shower per day.