Tips on surviving a convention!
1. Wear comfortable shoes
You'll be walking a lot, so if you don't feel comfortable in the shoes you think look nice DON'T WEAR THEM.
2. Light clothing
Most Convention centers have air conditioning, but there are tens of thousands of people in one room, it won't be cold.
3. Bring a snack
Odds are you'll want to stay the whole day at the convention center. So, to prevent yourself from starving and therefore buying a $7 hot-dog, pack something like a PB&J sandwich. Its light, cheap, and tasty.
Most conventions are know for tons of swag. (*Swag: free stuff). While I believe most conventions will give you a swag bag, they are usually collectible, so use your own bag to keep that one safe and wear-free
Panels can be some of the most entertaining and informative parts of a convention, however they are very popular for this reason. Most times the person in front of the line for the next panel has been standing there for 2-3 hours. You need to plan (see next tip) ahead and keep time handy. Time is very important to know. Keep an eye on panel times and closing time for the convention (which for NYCC is 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM on Thus and Sun and 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM on Fri and Sat)
6. Plan your day
Very crucial tip to fully enjoying your day at NYCC and avoiding any regret and disappointment. Check the Panel Schedule! (will be posted in early Sep) See what time the panels you want to attend are and try to make it there at least an hour in advance. I know it may seem like a lot, but most times even that is late. The Exhibit Hall is the last thing to close, so don't worry about missing the RT booth, it will be there all day. Also certain booths have time sensitive events (see next tip). Having a plan makes the chaos of NYCC feel way more organized to you. Believe me, when you see everyone aimlessly wondering around and you have a certain destination that you have to make it too, you feel more confident.
7. Do research
While Panels are very cool and scheduled, booths also have planned events. For example, some booths have a person signing merchandise for an hour and only on one day, if that matters to you then you know that for that hour and about an hour before it, you have to be there. Also, comic conventions especially, attract a lot of attention in their city. Look around the neighborhood. Some movie, comics, and games have signings, events, giveaways, and more at locations surrounding the center. So take some time and look around. Again, having an idea before going into it is much better.
You may go into this thinking that you won't want anything, but believe me, you will want somethings. Especially things that you will not find anywhere else. Also, even if you already own something you can buy it again and get it signed by the staff (RT ). Also, if you crack or don't listen to tip 3, you can use money for food.
9. Stay Calm
Its a big place and there are lots of people there, but you have to stay calm. Hyperventilating because you don't know where you are isn't a solution. Just stay calm, have a map, and follow your plan. If you have structure, you will feel at home.
Places like this house many of the people you idolize (RT ) and if you stand there with a dumb look on your face it won't get you anything. Try to talk to them. Socialize with the people around you. If someone catches you chatting with bunch of other fans, they might notice you and want to talk to you. It works, I talk from experience.
11. Have a good time
Above all, you payed good money and are spending your time here, have a good time! Socialize, take pictures, collect as much as you can, just take it all in and you will enjoy yourself!
I will add more and edit with info as it comes, I hope you find this useful!
Post edited 6/18/12 4:57PM