Oh my kryptonite, it’s that time again where everyone calls in sick to work to attend the Indiana Comic Con. Don’t act like you haven’t done it before… ICC is back and this year it’s bringing some big guns with top celebs and comic book artists.
Now if this is your first ICC, welcome. There’s a few things you’ll want to know before you go so you can con like a pro. I met with ICC (also TBCC) Co-Owner Stephen Solomon, the infamous Mickey Flint (Cosplayer and Steampunk fashion designer), Josh Duart (Cosplayer and costumer with a degree in fashion), Steve Fitch (Editor of Legendarium Media), and Kareem Ali (Comic book reviewer at The Hulking Reviewer) to find out the best tips for surviving ICC. Then of course there’s me, the Q&A expert. From Cosplay to Q&A’s, these are the deets on bringing your A game.
How to Survive a Comic Con like a Pro
For All You Cosplayers Out There
From Cosplay Pro Mickey Flint you can follow his fan page here
1. Bring extras!
Bring extra batteries, glue, makeup touch up always. You don’t want to be stuck in a situation where only 95% of you looks amazing and the other 5% of you is falling apart.
2. Make hidden pockets in all your cosplays
This is perfect for stashing said extras and some small items to snack on during the day. You’d be surprised how tired and hungry you can get from taking pictures all day.
3. Eat a BIG breakfast
And try to eat small non perishable snacks (see tip 2). This will keep you fueled and make your evening less of a crash and more of a party. Con food can get pricey and it’s not usually amazing. You may be better off getting a late lunch somewhere you actually want to spend your dinero.
4. Use alcohol based makeup
Cream or water based makeup rubs and gets messed up. The alcohol based makeup lasts for days and will not rub off on your cosplay.
5. Have business cards
You’ll want to network with other cosplayers. Always have something with your contact info to give out to fellow cosplayers and fans.
For All the Cosplay Spectators
6. BE PATIENT
Remember this is the picture YOU want to take, not the cosplayer. You may have to wait your turn. You can always pass them by if you don’t want to wait… but you know you want that pic with Chewbacca who you kidding!
7. Don’t ask for specific poses
And don’t take 5 minutes to take 50 photos. You’re not the only person who wants the picture. Be mindful of others who are waiting.
8. Be respectful of the other people
Don’t just walk in front of others taking pictures. You will see a lot of picture taking. Be mindful of where you’re walking.
From Cosplayer and costumer Josh Duart you can follow him here
9. Make plans with trusty friends
10. It’s okay to take a break
11. HAVE FUN
Comic Book Junkies
From Comic Blogger The Hulking Reviewer, Kareem Ali
12. Approach with respect
Artists can be there all day long and may be tired and may have dealt with an irritable fan already and they want to be able to enjoy themselves too.
13. Don’t be ashamed to show enthusiasm
Artists spend hours working on their craft and stories and it can feel good to have their work acknowledged and receive positive feedback. It may make them open up about certain story lines and characters because they know the fans care and as a result will be received well.
14. Be yourself
Ultimately it is about having a good time and one never knows what kind of impression one will make by being oneself. It is not necessary to pretend to know more or less just to impress. Besides any artist would love to have a new fan who appreciates their work.
From me yours truly, I hope you’re already following me
15. Don’t ask stupid questions (you know what I mean)
There’s nothing more annoying to a high paid celebrity than hearing questions about their underwear. Beyond the fact that it’s borderline inappropriate, it’s just bad form. Give them a good fan experience and ask them about their work, their plans, and what it takes to get where they are. They are far more likely to come back to future cons if they have fond memories of their fans.
16. Get in the Q&A line early!
If you are looking for good seats you’ll want to get in that line early. It’s best to buddy up so you can take breaks and do other things while waiting in line. When they open the mic line, get in that line asap so you can ask a question!
Celeb Autographs and Pictures
From Legendarium nerd news Editor Steve Fitch
17. Research the celeb!
Have a few questions ready for when it’s your turn to get a pic or autograph. Try and think of questions outside of the usual (million times asked that day) about the show or movie they are in – ie: About their charities, new baby, sports team, etc. This will likely engage them more. You only have a few seconds to “hook em”.
18. Know before you go!
Make sure if you’re on a budget you stick to it. There are loads of swag, great art and cool toys at ICC. Trust me, you’re going to want everything. Plan before hand how much mula you have to throw around and then do a walkthrough. Get an idea on what you want then make some executive decisions.
From ICC and TBCC Co-Owner Stephen Solomon
19. Plan ahead!
Sometimes it can be tough to see and do EVERYTHING at a large comic convention, so it pays to know what your priorities are. If you’re looking for a sketch from your favorite artist, get to that artist ASAP and get on his/her sketch list. If you really want an autograph or photo-op with an attending celebrity, get that right away! Make a shortlist of priorities.
20. Park smart
Unless you’re leggin’ it, you’ll need somewhere to park your wheels. Check out this map for Indiana Comic Con to find all of the nearby parking garages for the Indiana Convention Center.
21. Take advantage of your pre-registration!
If you pre-registered through Eventbrite, take advantage of some of the Will Call times that will be available. Lots of people think that just because they pre-registered means that they are immune from having to wait in a line. That’s of course a silly notion. If 20,000 pre-registered attendees all show up at the same time, you’ll be in a line sweetums. SO, get your Eventbrite printouts scanned and receive your credentials when there’s probably not going to be much of a line! Will Call is located outside Hall I at the corner of hallways, Capital and Hoosier. Here are the ICC Will Call hours:
Thursday, March 12th: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM (take advantage of this if you’re in the area!)
Friday, March 13th: 11:00 AM – close
Saturday, March 14th: 8:30 AM – close
Sunday, March 15th: 8:30 AM – close
22. Get your celebrity autograph & photo-ops tickets ASAP!
While you can purchase celebrity autographs and photo-ops tickets throughout the day (while supplies last), the ICC will feature some early bird offerings. Remember that these are cash only. Star Signing and Star Photo-Ops are in Hall I.
Friday, March 13th: 12:00 PM
Saturday, March 14th: 8:30 AM
Sunday, March 15th: 8:30 AM
23. Patience is a virtue (this comes up twice)!
Remember that the ICC is a LIVE event. That means that things are happening on the fly. Things can and will happen, unexpectedly. No plan is error-free. Weddings with 50 people have issues—imagine an event with 30,000 or more. So, just keep all of that in mind. Be kind and courteous, for we’re all friends here.
24. Don’t be a glutton
By all means, enjoy meeting your favorite artist, writer or celebrity. It is one of the many great things about attending the ICC. However, don’t monopolize their time unreasonably. Be aware of your surroundings and take notice if there is a line of attendees behind you waiting to meet the same person. If there is, please be considerate.
25. Cash is king
If you’re looking to do some spending in the vendor hall remember that folks like the greenbacks. Sure, a significant number of vendors these days can accept credit cards, but not all of them do. Don’t be afraid to haggle. Nothing says, “take my offer” like a fist full of dollars.
26. Wear comfortable shoes (a bonus just because I love you)
In a convention the size of the Indiana Comic Con, you’ll be doing a significant amount of walking. It’s amazing, but comfortable footwear can make a big difference in the condition of your footsies at the end of the day. Bring a backpack. If you’re going to be making purchases, you’ll probably want something to hall them around. Noting beats a good ol’ rucksack.
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