Posted By Kathleen David on October 9, 2013
Caroline has been going to conventions since she was three months old. In that time she had learned a lot about going to conventions. Now remember that she has only gone to conventions with her dad so her perspective is slightly skewed.
What I like best about convention is that I can be myself. I don’t have to hide the stuff that I like. I can wear costumes and not get strange looks if it is not Halloween. I can share my love of stuff with other kids and not get flack for it. I can talk to adults and know I am being listened to rather than dismissed because I am a kid and my opinion doesn’t really matter.
I like making art and selling it at conventions. I like talking to people about my art.
I like wandering the exhibit hall and seeing what I can see. It can be hard because I am a kid and I am not as tall as a lot of the adults. Also all the backpacks are at my eye level so I have to watch my head to make sure I don’t get taken out by them. I wish people would realize that they are wider that they think they are when they are wearing a backpack or bag. Also the rolling suitcases and carts can make it hard to get around. I am not happy when people cut in front of me when I am looking at something because I am a kid. I want to see things too.
I like meeting people who work in and on film and television. I got to talk to Lucy Lawless at DragonCon and gave her a copy of Fearless to read to her kids. I like meeting the voice actors who do the voices of characters I like to watch. I like meeting other artists and people to create things I like to read. Last year at NYCC I met Lincoln Pierce who is the creator of Big Nate. He was really cool. We talked about drawing emotions and how hard that is. I told him the Big Nate cartoon I wanted to draw.
Wearing comfortable shoes is a must for a convention because you do a lot of walking. If you can, figure out what you want to do before hand. It can be fun to find something new that you didn’t know about. I have found new authors and comics because of conventions. Enjoy talking to people. And be yourself.
Kath back. Hope that gives you a little insight into Caroline’s perception of conventions.
Peter’s table is B5 in the artist alley (should be easy to remember) stop by and say Hi! We will be there Saturday and Sunday.
I am grateful that Caroline enjoys going to conventions