06 Jun

Fan Convention Tutorials for n00bs: Limbo – Part 1

sewing*This section deals with the months leading up to attending a fan convention and mainly discusses shopping for gear and costume preparation.

Now that you have the really important stuff out of the way several months before the convention (such as booking a hotel, securing air travel if necessary, etc), there is a kind of down period where it seems like you’re waiting forever for the final 30-day countdown to start. You try to put it out of your head, but you can’t.

There are some things you can do in the meantime. For instance, keep in mind some of the things you might need for the convention and keep an eye out for sales when you go out shopping. Now I’m not really talking about food stuffs or even alcohol at this point, though it’d be tough to turn down a great price on your favorite booze. I’m really thinking more in terms of items such as coolers, bar gear (especially if you might be throwing a little shindig), and of course, costuming stuff. (article continues…)

Speaking of costumes, let’s talk about this for a bit. They’re great, aren’t they? It’s a lot of fun putting together a kick-ass costume that gets a lot of attention! Now, I don’t consider myself a major costume guru by any stretch. In fact, I’ll be writing a very detailed article about costuming later on after I interview some of the best. However, there are some basics that I know I can cover now to get you started.

First of all, don’t be an idiot and wait until the last second to start making costumes. I know that I’m harping on this whole “don’t wait until the last minute” thing but it’s the only sensible thing to do. Look, this whole fan convention thing is supposed to be fun, right? Right. So why would you want to work yourself into a tizzy 2 weeks before the con because you haven’t done anything yet?

I think you see my point.

Anyhow, whether you’re an old pro at making costumes or just starting, it’s best to work on them when you have time to do so. You’re a lot more likely to build the perfect costume(s) if you can do it at a reasonable pace, recognize problems as they pop up (this happens with almost any complicated costume or one you might be sewing yourself), and fix them without the pressure of a looming deadline. Trust me. There’s nothing more frustrating than working your butt off only to have a costume fall apart a day or two before con. It’s happened to me, my wife, and just about everyone I know who attends one or two conventions a year. It sucks! Don’t let it happen to you.

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-Scott “Scooter” McGowan

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