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Tales From The Convention Crypt: Volume 1.

Tales From The Convention Crypt: Volume 1.

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We all have those strange convention experiences with strangers, creeps, fans, weirdos, and even staff. Sometimes they make for memorable and hilarious stories. Sometimes,  the stories are down right disturbing. Gathered from various groups of cosplayers, and comic/anime convention attendees, these stories unedited, and are sure embed themselves into your memory. 

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I don’t know if you can count this as a horror story but I had a woman from Japan once who came up to me crying her eyes out when I was cosplaying as Jin Kisaragi from BlazBlue. She cried so hard saying she loved Jin so much. When I spoke to her in Japanese, she cried even more. Feeling bad, I asked if I should give her a hug and I think she broke cuz she cried even more and fainted.

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Nekocon 2014. Now we all now people like to get wild with their drinking at cons, which is all well and fine unless you’re puking on my Shit. A friend of a friend was hanging in our hotel room and she passed out on my bed! So im already irritated cuz i can’t lay down cuz homegirl was sprawled. She finally comes back to life and stands to her feet. then she had this look on her face and I knew what was coming. Ol girl got puke on my bed sheets. We screaming at her to go to the bathroom and she pukes all the way there. So there’s a trail of puke leading to the bathroom and some how she got puke in someone’s suitcase ON THEIR COSPLAY and on someone who was sleeping on the ground. she made a mess in our bathroom too.

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While at Anime California 2015, I was wearing my Ryuko Senketsu Kisaragi cosplay for the first time. The bottoms to the costume are literally underwear. While wearing it…I got my period. I then had to run around the con, into restrooms looking for a pad/tampon dispenser. There weren’t any. I asked other girls if they had any…nobody did. I finally found a little store in the hotel and bought a packet of tampons. Luckily my cosplay was red! Oy hahaha

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Linecon. It is the worst. AX14. I got in line at 2:30, went home by 12. I think there is a video of someone starting from the very front and fast forwarding themselves all the way to the end of the line. Since then they have been improving on the lines and sending Premier badges through the mail.

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Otakon 2013 (maybe 2014?) Some dick threw firecrackers at my boyfriend’s feet (who was Cosplaying Master Chief) and they ended up hitting me instead. I was wearing Yoko Littner and sitting on the ground next to him, so I didn’t have much protection from it. Staff saw me sitting down and crying/upset and asked what happened, but they never caught the asshole.

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At Akon in 2006 my best friend and I were walking around and spotted a Fran cosplay from Final Fantasy 12. We got excited because we both loved Fran. The girl was not only in black face but talked down on my first cosplay saying black people shouldn’t cosplay because whites and Asians do it better. We just sat there and looked at each other. We decided that we were going to cosplay more and piss people off since we “clearly” can’t cosplay.

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Not really a con but it was Sakura Matsuri 2015. We cosplay there too. I was Lopunny. Mind you although I have a small frame I do have a slightly plump behind. Some scunt came up to me talking about I should use bounce on his “you know what.” I told him how about I use dizzy punch instead you f***ing snaggletooth creep!

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Forest City Comicon 2015. Got in , all was well. I hung out with one dude who is a good friend of mine. The day went well until a homestuck cosplayer ran up behind me and hugged me around the chest ,like, hands on my chest. Now, I was cosplaying prompto, so I had a binder on, and such, so there wasnt much to grope, but the part that really got me was when they let go and decided that it would be good to comment on this. ” Oh….I thought you were a girl???” I didnt speak a damn word cause if I had I feared she would say that oh, I am indeed a girl, when Im not and didnt want to be seen as one ever. So not only was I touched and scared a bit, but my gender identity was slammed as well.

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I was walking around the hallways and someone randomly whispered in my ear, “I would so rape you” and stared at me while walking away. Not much of a horror story, just made me confused and worried.

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Man tried to make out with me while I went up the escalator. Literally stuck his tongue out in my direction and tried to lean in and put it in my mouth.

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At Kamicon 2013 I went dressed as Momo Adachi from Peach Girl with a friend, she was white, who was dressed as a gothic lolita. I had made my cosplay from scratch and was really proud since it was my first real cosplay. As soon as I walked into the con I had one person immediately recognize me and take my picture, so I thought that I was going to have an awesome time taking pictures with my friend who was with me. Boy was I wrong. Every person after that who came up to us only wanted to take photos of my friend. It wouldn’t have been so bad if these people literally pushed me out of the photos and rolled their eyes at me. At one point we had sat down on the stairs near the main entrance when a woman approached us. She started asking questions about the con that my friend couldn’t answer. As soon as I started talking the woman said,”Look, I wasn’t talking to you. I was talking to her.” The way this woman said it I knew what she really wanted to say. At that point I broke down and became very angry. The whole time I was having people be rude to me, whisper nasty slurs, and avidly laugh as I walked by. I heard people talking about how I shouldn’t cosplay because I’m brown. That super upset me, especially because Momo is brown too! Darker than my skin color as a matter of fact! The experience I had upset me to the point that I have only cosplayed once since then. The second time I wore my Peach Girl cosplay wasn’t as bad,but I still had people not recognize me and accuse me of being a random weeb. This year is the first year in a long time that I will be making it a habit to go to cons IN cosplay.

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It was acen 2014 when I went to the rave on my own and decided to dance. This guy asked if I could dance with me and I said sure. We weren’t touching at first we were kinda just jumping around each other then the music slowed down just a bit and he grabbed me pulled me close and tried to finger me. I kicked his foot and left. I didn’t know what to do. Found out later he was Trying the same thing with other girls on the dance floor kid was like 18.

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I think it was sac anime summer of last year me and my friend we’re walking to the starlight ball and were almost going to be late so walking a little hurriedly and I was wearing a pretty blue loli dress I has just bought the previous day. While we were walking someone a really tall guy kinda blocked our way and he said something but I didn’t hear what he said so I didn’t know whether to say thank you or if he was telling me like something I was wearing fell off so I stopped and said oh I’m sorry what was that you said? And me mumbled again so I was kinda like Hm? And was about to leave because I got a better look at him and he looked kinda sketchy n creepy and then he said loud enough only so me and my friend could hear well I mean just sayin I bet you’d look sexy underneath all that crap you’re wearing yknow heh know what I mean? I was so surprised and froze for a minute until I think my friend either tugged on my sleeve or took my hand so we could continue our way to the ball and I said said NOPE GOODBYE a little louder than you would say to someone in front of you the only thing I could think was how rude! My dress was very pretty and anything but crap! And that that was really gross and creepy at the time didn’t know how to respond to/ handle a creepy situation like that. My friend was just telling me Jackie why’d you stop he was creepy.

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About Valerie Complex

Valerie Complex is a freelance writer, and professional nerd. As a lover of Japanese animation, and all things film, she is passionate about diversity across all entertainment mediums.

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