Convention Bedtime Story #1

Once upon a time, I was an idiot. I was an incredibly nervous and shy cosplayer until after I took a class in acting at my university (nothing will break you of stage fright like a drag performance lip-synching to T.M. Revolution’s AQUALOVERS—for a grade). You know those cosplayers they talk about who don’t eat, don’t drink, and pass out backstage before the masquerade? I was almost that cosplayer every single time because I was too nervous to eat and the thought of convention food, as unappetizing as it already is, made me really queasy.

 But then, there was cantaloupe.

 Cantaloupe broke the spell. It was at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston for Oni-Con 2007, and I was dressed as Endrance from .hack//G.U. and doing my usual half passing-out thing around mid-afternoon, and both my sister and mamaesme weren’t having any of it.

 Or, as mamaesme put it, “You eat or your mom will kill me, and thus no more giggle time.” (You’d have to ask her as to what that exactly means.)

 After that, I somehow didn’t get struck by lightning, so I got used eating while in costume. But if you find convention food either entirely gross, a little too pricey, or you have dietary restrictions, consider either getting groceries beforehand or bringing along a cooler and going grocery shopping once you’re in the city. I’m a vegetarian, so I’m speaking from experience. No matter how, please eat.

 (Since then, I’ve gotten way too comfortable with being in costume. I’ve slept in hotel beds, sheets and all, in both of my Dissidia Kuja costumes. But that’s another story.)

Much love,



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My name is greyrondo. I've been a cosplayer since Fall 2006, and I've noticed that the best conversations I have with cosplayers usually involve the question, 'so how DID you do that?' So after studying costuming and making a closet's worth of costumes, that's what I'd like to help answer. Drop in and stay awhile whether you're a cosplayer or just a curious spectator; one of my musings is bound to be what you're looking for. If you have a question or something to say, leave a comment or contact me! I don't bite, I promise. View all posts by greyrondo

2 responses to “Convention Bedtime Story #1

  • bairdduvessa

    it makes sense, as an actor and former tuba player extraordinaire i’ve had to do similar things to keep me awake/alive during performances. i’d love to head those stories tho 😛

  • DugFinn

    Sadly, I’ve been in this position as well, but mine is due to lack of time to eat, hahaha. Ah, the wondrous time sucking abilities of running the console game rooms, heh.

    Finally, after surviving con after con without eating for three days on end and passing out Mon and needing possible intravenous nutritional intervention, I finally discovered avocados. They saved me!

    Now I travel to cons with bags of them! And then hide under tables while I eat them and revel in their glorious deliciousness! Nom, nom, nom!

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