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28) Please stay aware of any disabled con-goers. They may need assistance getting through the crowds.Navigating crowds at a convention can be difficult no matter what your ability or health, but please keep an eye out for those who might get lost because they sit under the general sight-lines, or may get bumped or jostled unnecessarily because they aren’t moving as fast.  Please allow them first access to the elevators, and if you can help them make it through a difficult area, politely ask.Did you know that DragonCon actually has a full Wiki for their Disability Services?  Check it out!  http://dragonconds.wikia.com/wiki/Disability_Services_Guide_to_DragonCon_WikiAnd if you are cosplaying as a character who is disabled, please let people know that you are able to move.  For example, several of my friends have even put signs on the backs of borrowed wheelchairs for their Oracle and Charles Xavier cosplays:   "For me this chair is Cosplay, but for others their mobility devices are not. Please remember to be polite and let them on the elevators and escalators first" "Yes, I’m able bodied, but there are others here that aren’t — please let them on the elevators and escalators first".It’s easy to forget that everyone deserves to enjoy it in different ways, to the best of their abilities.  Don’t lose your humanity in the crazy.

28) Please stay aware of any disabled con-goers. They may need assistance getting through the crowds.

Navigating crowds at a convention can be difficult no matter what your ability or health, but please keep an eye out for those who might get lost because they sit under the general sight-lines, or may get bumped or jostled unnecessarily because they aren’t moving as fast.  Please allow them first access to the elevators, and if you can help them make it through a difficult area, politely ask.

Did you know that DragonCon actually has a full Wiki for their Disability Services?  Check it out!  http://dragonconds.wikia.com/wiki/Disability_Services_Guide_to_DragonCon_Wiki

And if you are cosplaying as a character who is disabled, please let people know that you are able to move.  For example, several of my friends have even put signs on the backs of borrowed wheelchairs for their Oracle and Charles Xavier cosplays:   

"For me this chair is Cosplay, but for others their mobility devices are not. Please remember to be polite and let them on the elevators and escalators first"

"Yes, I’m able bodied, but there are others here that aren’t — please let them on the elevators and escalators first".

It’s easy to forget that everyone deserves to enjoy it in different ways, to the best of their abilities.  Don’t lose your humanity in the crazy.

Rest stop somewhere in SC…over halfway there! #DragonCon

Rest stop somewhere in SC…over halfway there! #DragonCon

You knew it was coming….PEACHBUTT! #DragonCon #gaffney

You knew it was coming….PEACHBUTT! #DragonCon #gaffney

27) Always be aware of your surroundings, and where your friends are.This is just common sense stuff, but it bears repeating.  Just because you are at a convention filled with people who share the same interests, don’t assume that it’s a safe zone.  Like any large group of people, there will always be a mix of awesome people you adore, and others that you don’t know at all.  Whether you are male, female, or still deciding, PLEASE keep the following in mind.* If you are heading back to your hotel at night, don’t walk alone.  You can almost always find a friend to accompany you.* Be sure you know the safest routes.  Just because its’ the shortest route, it may not be the best idea to wander through the parking deck at 1am.* If you are partying with friends, keep an eye on each other.  If the plan is to come-as-a-group, leave-as-a-group, then do that.* I know a number of girls who have created “safe words” to let each other know if something is making them uncomfortable and they need an exit strategy.  “You know that thing?  That we said we’d do?  We gotta go do it now!”* Keep an eye on your valuables.  It’s hard to have pockets in spandex, so if you have a purse or backpack with your wallet and phone in it, know where it’s at.* There are almost always a few people around who don’t understand cosplayers and costuming, and will be loud and annoying about it.  Take it in stride, but if it gets out of hand, call hotel or con security.  That’s why they’re there.Here’s a great link to party safety: http://www.womenonguard.com/-strse-template/safety-dsh-tips/Page.bok#18  In general, don’t let your guard down because you’re at a convention. You don’t have to be paranoid, but just stay aware.  And geeks watch out for geeks.

27) Always be aware of your surroundings, and where your friends are.

This is just common sense stuff, but it bears repeating.  Just because you are at a convention filled with people who share the same interests, don’t assume that it’s a safe zone.  Like any large group of people, there will always be a mix of awesome people you adore, and others that you don’t know at all.  Whether you are male, female, or still deciding, PLEASE keep the following in mind.

* If you are heading back to your hotel at night, don’t walk alone.  You can almost always find a friend to accompany you.

* Be sure you know the safest routes.  Just because its’ the shortest route, it may not be the best idea to wander through the parking deck at 1am.

* If you are partying with friends, keep an eye on each other.  If the plan is to come-as-a-group, leave-as-a-group, then do that.

* I know a number of girls who have created “safe words” to let each other know if something is making them uncomfortable and they need an exit strategy.  “You know that thing?  That we said we’d do?  We gotta go do it now!”

* Keep an eye on your valuables.  It’s hard to have pockets in spandex, so if you have a purse or backpack with your wallet and phone in it, know where it’s at.

* There are almost always a few people around who don’t understand cosplayers and costuming, and will be loud and annoying about it.  Take it in stride, but if it gets out of hand, call hotel or con security.  That’s why they’re there.

Here’s a great link to party safety: http://www.womenonguard.com/-strse-template/safety-dsh-tips/Page.bok#18  

In general, don’t let your guard down because you’re at a convention. You don’t have to be paranoid, but just stay aware.  And geeks watch out for geeks.

#TipTuesday - Think outside the box (or bag, in this case) While searching for zippered suit bags to keep costumes in, I found one of my best eBay scores ever: a roll of 500 misprinted hotel dry-cleaning bags.  Since most of my costumes hang on a garment rack (or two!) in my garage, these have been insanely handy for keeping dust and grossness off of the fabric, and helps me keep multiple pieces together under one “roof”. I just scribble on the exposed corner of the bag what the costume is, so I can find it later. There are heavier than most of the clear plastic bags you get at your own laundry, but even if they tear, I have so many on hand that it’s not a big deal. Plus, they make great dropcloths in a pinch! So think a bit outside the box when you search, and go deeper into the pages of results - you never know what you’ll find!

#TipTuesday - Think outside the box (or bag, in this case)

While searching for zippered suit bags to keep costumes in, I found one of my best eBay scores ever: a roll of 500 misprinted hotel dry-cleaning bags.

Since most of my costumes hang on a garment rack (or two!) in my garage, these have been insanely handy for keeping dust and grossness off of the fabric, and helps me keep multiple pieces together under one “roof”. I just scribble on the exposed corner of the bag what the costume is, so I can find it later. There are heavier than most of the clear plastic bags you get at your own laundry, but even if they tear, I have so many on hand that it’s not a big deal. Plus, they make great dropcloths in a pinch!

So think a bit outside the box when you search, and go deeper into the pages of results - you never know what you’ll find!

26) Review your photoshoot etiquette.  Don’t be a dick.If you’re involved in a coordinated shoot with other cosplayers, congrats!  Small scale group shoots are great ways to get amazing photos of your costume, and large universe shoots make you go WOW!  But there’s a lot of work that goes into these shoots, and if you do your part, everything will go smoothly!* Be on time. No one wants a shoot held up because they’re waiting for someone…everyone has something else on their schedule to head to afterwards.  Take into account how long it will take you to get into your costume, and then how long it will take you to get to the location.  Don’t forget that people will probably try to grab pix of you as you make your way to the shoot, so add extra time for that!* Know where the shoot is.  If you’ve never been there before, ask someone who has, or reach out to the organizer for specifics.* While it’s OK to bring a handler if you need one, it’s probably not OK to bring all of your friends, especially if it’s a small location.  Check in advance.* If there is a shoot going on already, or you’re waiting for a particular location to clear, don’t be an asshole and keep wandering into the frames.  Conversely, if you know a space is popular for shoots, be respectful of the amount of time you are there.* Pay attention to the shoot organizer.  They can see things you can’t when they’re setting up shots, and they WANT everyone to be seen.  So if they move you around, it’s not to be a jerk, it’s to get the best picture possible.* Pay attention to the photographer.  If they say they can’t see you because you are out of the frame shot or someone is blocking you, they know what they’re talking about.* NO HORSEPLAY.  If you are on a large set of stairs, or have a prop weapon, do NOT get stupid about it.  Every year I hear stories of people who slipped or got hurt because they were goofing around.  Why ruin your con or someone else’s con because of jackassery?  Don’t be that guy! (Deadpools, I’m lookin’ at you!)* If the shoot was invite-only, don’t horn in.  It’s just plain rude.  It’s not that the organizer hates your costume or isn’t being fair, but a lot of them have spent hours setting up the shots that they want based on the people who have committed.  If they know they have a 5’3” Captain America, they’re already figured out how to stage shots so he looks taller.  If the shoot is for a specific timeline or era, having a modern or movie version throws it all off.  They also may already have their Loki set, and they don’t need duplicates.  Most big shoots have a list posted of what’s allowed and what isn’t.  Review it.* There is almost always a lead photographer at a shoot.  This is the person that everyone will be going to in order to get the final results.  PLEASE don’t get in their way or block their shots!  If you’re interested in being a lead, get involved with the groups and their organizers in advance.Photoshoots are a great way to get an awesome picture of the costume that you worked really hard on.  Get those poses down and be ready, and it will be a great experience for everyone!

26) Review your photoshoot etiquette.  Don’t be a dick.

If you’re involved in a coordinated shoot with other cosplayers, congrats!  Small scale group shoots are great ways to get amazing photos of your costume, and large universe shoots make you go WOW!  But there’s a lot of work that goes into these shoots, and if you do your part, everything will go smoothly!

* Be on time. No one wants a shoot held up because they’re waiting for someone…everyone has something else on their schedule to head to afterwards.  Take into account how long it will take you to get into your costume, and then how long it will take you to get to the location.  Don’t forget that people will probably try to grab pix of you as you make your way to the shoot, so add extra time for that!

* Know where the shoot is.  If you’ve never been there before, ask someone who has, or reach out to the organizer for specifics.

* While it’s OK to bring a handler if you need one, it’s probably not OK to bring all of your friends, especially if it’s a small location.  Check in advance.

* If there is a shoot going on already, or you’re waiting for a particular location to clear, don’t be an asshole and keep wandering into the frames.  Conversely, if you know a space is popular for shoots, be respectful of the amount of time you are there.

* Pay attention to the shoot organizer.  They can see things you can’t when they’re setting up shots, and they WANT everyone to be seen.  So if they move you around, it’s not to be a jerk, it’s to get the best picture possible.

* Pay attention to the photographer.  If they say they can’t see you because you are out of the frame shot or someone is blocking you, they know what they’re talking about.

* NO HORSEPLAY.  If you are on a large set of stairs, or have a prop weapon, do NOT get stupid about it.  Every year I hear stories of people who slipped or got hurt because they were goofing around.  Why ruin your con or someone else’s con because of jackassery?  Don’t be that guy! (Deadpools, I’m lookin’ at you!)

* If the shoot was invite-only, don’t horn in.  It’s just plain rude.  It’s not that the organizer hates your costume or isn’t being fair, but a lot of them have spent hours setting up the shots that they want based on the people who have committed.  If they know they have a 5’3” Captain America, they’re already figured out how to stage shots so he looks taller.  If the shoot is for a specific timeline or era, having a modern or movie version throws it all off.  They also may already have their Loki set, and they don’t need duplicates.  Most big shoots have a list posted of what’s allowed and what isn’t.  Review it.

* There is almost always a lead photographer at a shoot.  This is the person that everyone will be going to in order to get the final results.  PLEASE don’t get in their way or block their shots!  If you’re interested in being a lead, get involved with the groups and their organizers in advance.

Photoshoots are a great way to get an awesome picture of the costume that you worked really hard on.  Get those poses down and be ready, and it will be a great experience for everyone!

The most beautiful sight in the world, the week of #DragonCon…

The most beautiful sight in the world, the week of #DragonCon…

Dear toddler PJs…I’m sure you would have made a small poop-monster very happy, but I really needed a fun bag for #DragonCon…#notsorry

Dear toddler PJs…I’m sure you would have made a small poop-monster very happy, but I really needed a fun bag for #DragonCon…#notsorry

An Avenger is always ready! #DragonCon

An Avenger is always ready! #DragonCon