So I know a week ago some of us were at Katsucon and some of us were not. Sadness. But we have all had those weekends when we just could not make it to the same con as our comprades. Those weekends when we look at photos and posts on social media and sigh wistfully. Or maybe angrily. And it could be for a whole host of reasons: work, money, time, transportation, etc.
But even if you can’t make the convention, here’s a list of some things you can do to get a little bit of that experience without attending the convention.
1)Have a get together with some friends who could not make the convention. Chances are, you are not the only one in your friend group who could not get to the convention. You could a host a get together for them. And maybe you can combine this with some of the other things on this list.
2) Watch some new anime or other show. Pick a few series, at least three that you have not watched before. Maybe try to make a point of at least one of them being something you would not ordinarily even think of watching. Watch two or three episodes from each series before binging them to really get that convention feel.
3)Go to an asian grocery store. I know a lot of people save asian and japanese snacks for conventions. It is like they wait for conventions to eat all of the Pocky and Hi-chew just for when they are at them. Which is actually a good plan to prevent OD-ing on them. But if you are missing out on a convention, grabbing a box of Pokcy or maybe some Yan-yan is a good plan to bring the convention a little close.
4) Plan for another convention. So maybe you did not get to go to the convention, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t another one that you can go to. Find a website like animecons.com or upcomingcons.com if you don’t know of any cons in your area. The closer a convention is, usually the easier it is to get to and the more affordable it is.
5)Make something. Very little is as uplifting as creating. And with conventions there is a host of things that can be made to help connect with conventions and fandoms. Make something that relates back to the conventions you are missing in some way. A food that you enjoy there, an accessory that show cases your fandom, a decal. This can be as simple or complex as you want. As simple as an iron-on transfer, to a model, all the way up to 3-D printing or a costume. A lot fandoms have cookbooks to which can be a fun way to experiment. Heavens know, we have.
6)Play a game. Play a new game or a favorite game. If you are into video games play a fun video game. If you are more into table top games have a marathon session of gaming.
7) Face time or skype with people at the convention. If you have friends who are attending the convention make a point of skyping or face timing with them. It’s a fun and fast way to enjoy the convention and will probably make your friend happy too.
We hope that these ideas help you the next time you have to miss a con. Let us know what you do in this situations or if some of these help you out!