Fangirls, I’m at the first of 2 conventions I’m going to this month, and I know New York Comic Con is coming up next month, so it’s time for a refresher on the importance of safety at conventions. It’s really important to be aware of your surroundings, along with being aware of yourself.
I find that one of the most important things to be aware of is the harassment policy of any convention you go to. I’m at SPX this weekend, and they released their policy last week. Harassment policies are important because they outline what to do if you are harassed by anyone at a convention, and who you have to contact in case you do get harassed. They also explain the ways the convention will react; expulsion from the convention, banning from the convention, etc.
The next thing I always remember is to be aware of myself. I did a bombshell Zatanna cosplay last year, and had to remember that when I needed to get something off of the ground, it was better to squat down. My costume was busty and small, so I was always making sure I was closed up and secured. I didn’t want to expose myself, especially when surrounded by thousands of strangers with cameras.
And finally I find it incredibly important to be aware of my surroundings. I had one person that a friend noticed “shooting from the hip” at me (taking pictures down low so people don’t notice). My friend pointed it out, and walked with me over to the dude to make him delete it. It’s important to know that other people will be looking at you in costume, regardless of what it is. And if you’re wearing a bulky costume, you need to be aware of what you could be hitting; you don’t want to run into people or harm tables of creators.
It stinks that we often need to be on the lookout for creeps, but it’s better to be prepared. I really wish people were courteous to others, and understood that asking for a picture is acceptable, touching usually isn’t. Almost everyone I’ve met from the cosplay community is friendly and helpful.
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