i can’t believe that tomorrow is the 1st of halloween
Anonymous asked: I hope this doesn't sound creepy but I'm going to chicon this year and this is my first convention can you give me some pointers?? [yes I am preparing 9 months in advance]
This is a question I got from a wonderful Anon (it’s not creepy at all, it is a great question) and I thought this would be useful information for anyone so I tried to give as much detail as possible. Anon, if you have any more questions or want me to go into more detail about something feel free to message me off anon so we can discuss privately. IF YOU WANT! NO PRESSURE!! When I got my tickets last year I was so nervous and I found someone to ask question to as well!
IF ANYONE HAS ANY MORE QUESTIONS THAT I DID NOT COVER FEEL FREE TO MESSAGE ME AND I WILL ANSWER THE BEST I CAN.
Now things work a little differently depending on what pass you have. I know gold (maybe silver) registers on Thursday night before the convention. I have preferred passes for all three days and they register Friday morning. (You can however register at any time during the convention if you come later). Make sure you print out all your tickets beforehand because you will need them. Some will be traded in for official tickets or bracelets while others are fine in the printed paper format. I would highly suggest buying photo ops for Jared, Jensen, or Misha as soon as possible because these go very quickly. However, if you want a package deal with all of them, those are released closer to the event. If you are only attending one day, make sure you have admittance passes for the days that you have photo ops or autographs because you won’t be able to get in otherwise.
IMPORTANT: The schedule for the convention will be released the week before and has all the times of the photo ops, panels, autograph sessions, etc. I highly suggest printing this out and taking it with to the convention.
I suggest taking a small bag or purse that you can carry around easily to hold your stuff. There are places to put your stuff during photo ops so you don’t need to worry about it being in the picture. Now, the convention does provide lunch (at a price) if you like sandwiches. Otherwise, you can bring your own and leave it in your car or walk to the McDonalds that is not far from the hotel. I would not suggest driving anywhere unless you want to pay parking twice (if you are staying at the hotel I’m not sure how the parking works for guests). There is plenty of downtime to get lunch.
I would suggest getting to the convention early for registration. The line can be very long but it goes by pretty fast. The vender’s area is a great place to look around and get stuff. I was really surprised how cheap the venders stuff was at the convention. I got 2 t-shirts for just $10 each. Way less than what I was expecting.
If you have autograph tickets you have two options for the celebrities to sign. First, you can bring something from home to sign. This can be something you made or anything really. I’ve seen people bring paintings, drawings, monopoly boards. It really is a free for all (within reason). If you’re thinking of bringing something but it is too big or awkward to carry around- DON’T WORRY. You can leave it in your car and when autograph sessions start just run out and grab it. You’ll have plenty of time. Second, if you don’t want to bring something the vender’s area has plenty of pictures to choose from for each celebrity to sign and they don’t cost too much either. Warning: Autographs are usually done at the end of the day for most celebrities and it will probably run late so be prepared to stay late.
Some panels are done at the same time as photo ops. Just be prepared if you have a photo op and a panel at the same time you should go to the photo op first. This doesn’t happen too often though. The panels are great and many times the actors will come farther back in the audience so if your seats are pretty far back don’t worry too much. You can come and go in panels but if your seat is in the middle of a row it is pretty awkward to get out in the middle of a panel
The photo ops fly by very quickly. If you have a photo op make sure you don’t show up to late. If the line goes down to the last person the op is over and if you show up late then you might miss it. In the ops, you can pretty much ask for any kind of pose (the actors can refuse obviously but they usually go with it) Also, if you are there with a friend and you want a photo with a celeb you can split the cost because 2 people can be in the photo op with just 1 ticket.
Some of the celebrities like to walk around the convention. TRY NOT TO HYPERVENTILATE. Last year, I was walking around with my friend and I turned around and Richard Speight Jr. was standing right in front of me. I’m pretty sure I stopped breathing. We also ran into Mark Pellegrino and Matt Cohen hanging around in the general area. Last year, Osric was almost always out and about with the fans.
Random Personal Experience:
Keep an eye on your personal stuff. Don’t get me wrong most of the convention goers are not going to steal your stuff. However, I know from experience that you can lose your stuff. Last year I bought a $200 camera specifically for the convention. Everything was great but on Sunday I lost my camera somewhere. I didn’t notice until I was over two hours away from the hotel. Luckily, I called a few days later and they had found it. The hotel was going to charge me for shipping it back to me but Creation Entertainment covered the charge for me. They really do have great customer service.
I GUARANTEE THIS WILL BE THE BEST WEEKEND OF YOUR LIFE. It definitely was for me and after it was over you may go into a short term depression, but TRUST ME it is worth it.
THANKS FOR THE QUESTION ANON!!!