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The most horrific thing you experienced at a con

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oh gosh, travis willingham? I've watched a couple videos with him, his wife is laura bailey (who i really like). Makes me wonder if that whole circle of voice actors are jerks irl :(  

 

Really, he's married to her??? She's such a sweetie pie! But back when this happened, I'm really sure he was single as his jokes revolved around being a sexist bro and stuff.

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well this is nothing compared to others but:

there was an egg hunt at a con. some of the eggs were hidden on the staffs bodies(in their pockets etc) and so we removed the hat of a staff member. ik it was rude n stupid but keep in mind we were 12 years old

and then i got to hear that the hat staff member had talked very rudely about me and my friend to every other staff member and some cosplayers... 

not fun...

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This isn't creepy or bad, but it's been on my mind ever since it happened...

but I had someone take a photo of my cosplay and they used it for promotion for a brony convention....

and my cosplay had absolutely nothing to do with My Little Pony...it was Hiro Hamada....aka Big Hero 6.

So that was certainly...surprising? Not sure how to put it, but I did not expect it. Wish I remembered the name so I could go see if it's still being used for promotion. 

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I've only ever gone to one con, and that was anime expo. AND it was only for a day, so I can't really say much... It definitely wasn't an environment I was used to.

I've only seen pictures of it, so I just assumed it's all staged, but girls actually walk around with really short skirts so they can flash their underwear? I was just walking up the stairs and this girl in front of me was wearing a pink school girl costume and her underwear was just right in front of me... I was so surprised tbh, and I couldn't look away because it was so crowded on the stairs.

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I went to one con when I was 18 (I'm 26 so we're talking aeons ago now), which was MCM in London. I didn't have a horrifying experience because it was mainly to test the water/see if I would cosplay the next time around, but I have never been to a con since then as I found the whole thing to be quite disappointing.

I enjoyed anime when I was a teenager and I still enjoy some of it now, so I thought I would go to a con and see what it was like, maybe meet other like-minded people with similar interests. But I find when dealing with people who identify as Otaku or Nerd or whatever, it's never me just sharing my interests; it's like trying to join an elite club that I'm obviously not qualified for.

Everyone seemed to be dressed as someone from Naruto (never seen it and never intend to), so I was automatically feeling like I was missing out on something. I don't know whether it's the nature of anime fans in general to be a little socially awkward, but I felt like some of their behaviour was bordering on rude. People would budge you out of the way at stalls without apologising. There were all these women squeaking and jumping around and acting all kawaii desu, which wore thin about an hour into the first day. Also the sheer amount of people in the venue was quite overwhelming. Like the ExCel centre is big but it's not huge (I think the Birmingham NEC is bigger), so it was just two days of squeezing through crowds of sweaty cosplayers with no manners to get to the one table that had anything remotely worth purchasing (for me it was CLAMP artbooks). I don't know whether it was just me being self-conscious or what, but I just felt like I'd rocked up expecting to find people like me, only to be left feeling like the odd one out.

I spent most of the day eating noodles at the Chinese stall, commenting on how out of all the so-called "Otaku" there I was the only one using chopsticks (#weeb). :alpacawink:

To this day I don't discuss my interests with anyone other than my boyfriend. I would like to go back to MCM next year because I feel like I'm a bit more mature now and generally don't give a hoot what others think about me. Sometimes they host the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game Championship Series at the same time so I was hoping to actually go for that and duck in to MCM while I'm there. I don't know. 

 

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I live in a very small town for one, but I went to a con as hanyuu from higurashi. It was my first con, and I was supposed to be going to a larger one (in a larger city) but my "friends" ditched me. So here I was. My galpal was solid snake. We had fun, looked at the 6 booths in the rec center, got some over priced food. I got wind my ex boyfriend at the time, who loved to start drama (even more than my drama lovin' ass for real) so I decided to boogie on out.

i went outside and was hanging out, waiting for my mom to get me. La-di-da. I was admiring the kids zone area when I hear someone say "Are you familiar with the fans of Sailor moon, other wise known as moonies?"

Sailor moon crystal had recently been announced so I guess it was a hot topic.

But I turned around and there's this dude. Creepy. Sailor moon shirt, thick & lucious fanny pack, papers in hand. Papers for what, you may ask? A 4 page petition about (and I'm not 100% sure on it still, despite being told about it about 4 times) some media company not allowing an uncut version of sailor moon crystal in to Canada. 

Basically I spent 20 minutes getting schooled about sailor moon, which is fine. But then the dude started to make passes at me, really gross ones (Hanyuu wears a priestess outfit and he was making comments about that) as well as saying how great I'd look in a sailor outfit. Security came a saved me. But it was still weird.

i'm going to the same con this year as Dana Scully, so i'm wondering if I'll see this person again (it's been ~4 years). 

Really hoping I don't see too many moonies :/

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I have quite a few cringey experiences, but nothing quite tops my first con.
I was 17, it was a doozy. It was a first year con, so things were a bit of a mess. The thing that made it awful, was the 'friend' we decided to bring along (we really wanted to knock down the cost of our hotel room). We're talking prime weaboo here. The kind that screams across the room at strangers.

It started out okay, because she was incredibly sheltered. We're from a small town, so her impression of "the big city" we went to, was that it was a crime infested hellhole full of black people (yup, she's racist). So for a brief moment, she was humbled by the scale of everything. That didn't last long. The cherry on top of her shit cake, is that she would love to randomly sexually assault me, and other girls, and guys. Apparently screaming "boobies" before you do it, makes it okay. And "hurhur I'm just a big pervert." Just like her japanese animes. So wacky. She also loved to prance around our room naked, trying to get you to look at her. 
I was thankful I'm a light sleeper. That's how much she concerned me. :alpacaworry2:

Bleach was the big thing at this time, and she ran into this Kisuke cosplayer who smelled like feet. They banged. On. My. Fucking. Bed. (Thankfully I wasn't in the room.)

She forced us to listen to the shitty Bleach soundtrack on the way home (instrumental portions included, for two whole hours).
 
There was a portion of time after high school, where a friend of mine attempted to reach out to her, because they saw some hope for her. We all go through some awkward/shitty phases, high school especially. But.... no. This continued, and it does so to this day. I gave up on her the moment she got into an argument with me that women and disabled people don't deserve equal pay (this is supremely ironic considering she's a college dropout and her 'job' is doing random chores for her neighbors and family). And she wrote some shitty "whores deserve to be raped because of the way they dress" garbage on her facebook wall.
It made me realize all of the other shitty things she did to me, and the shitty things she's said about groups of people. So good riddance. 

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Tell me about it. One time I was wearing Lolita for Halloween (It's not celebrated everywhere in Australia, but I live in one of the places it is), and this lady started rubbing the hem of my dress, without asking. Compared to when I was wearing the same outfit to SMASH, where I let one of the Lolita's at a booth touch the hem, because she asked (and because she was kinda jealous because it was a branded dress that apparently sold out online, but I managed to get because reasons)

 

That reminds me of the time I was volunteering at Supanova and a lot of people kept asking me for pics and such, even though I wasn't in cosplay or anything but I had the volunteer shirt over a lolita dress. So many people just assumed it was a cosplay and I never went to SMASH, is it good? cause I keep hearing two different opinions.

Though, I had one incident when I was doing a Wolf cosplay from Payday 2 (EB expo) and I was struggling to put something down, someone bumped me and my mask fell and broke, I was devastated and they didn't even apologise... But the cool part was before that happened, a dude took a photo of me and my friends and we ended up being in a magazine.

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Stories like these make me kind of glad I was a fat ugly teenager in a really fucked up way. Never had to deal with mega creepers like some of the people you guys have.

I don't have anything particularly horrendous but my most recent con I was tabling as an artist and someone who commissioned me just straight up yelled at me. This story actually starts prior to the con since I had already completed his commission beforehand but he wanted to meet me at the con since he was only referred to me through another artist I know. 
A friend messaged me asking if she can refer a client since she's not comfortable doing full on fucking and I was known locally to be the most comfortable doing NSFW commissions. I tell her sure and later that night get an email from said client, I accept the commission and he asks if he can add me on facebook so we can contact each other more easily. 
By the way, just as a note to other artists, that's a huge fucking red flag. I'm an idiot and I let him add me and I regretted it so bad. 
We talk on fb messenger, mostly normal commission process, but at the end he asks if I can mentor him in art. 
"Uhh, I'm not sure what you mean by mentor but if you show me drawings I can give critique and stuff?"
"Awesome, when can you watch me draw?"
"I... What do you mean?"
"I need you to watch me draw."
"Uhh... I'm kinda busy right now since I have a con coming up let me get back to you"
Basically forget about it, the guy occasionally would message me and I would just defer him by saying I was busy and giving him bits of advice. 
Now the morning of day one I'm running late, I walk in about an hour late and as I'm setting up this guy scares the shit out of me by coming up right behind me, I was facing my table setting up, and just goes "I presume you're the one I seek?" I turn around and it's the fucking kid. He asks when he can come by my table so I can watch him draw. I don't even have my table set up yet so I told him to let me finish this stuff and I have to do button prep too so I probably will be busy all day. Just kinda mumbles and leaves and kept stopping by my table all day to ask if I was still busy. 
I'm getting irritated but whatever, I'm having fun. He does the same thing day two as well then finally around the mid afternoon he storms over, slams his hand on the table and just yells "I NEED YOU TO TELL ME WHAT YOU WANT ME TO DO"
Like everyone at the tables around me are staring, I'm fucking mortified and try to calm him down. Basically it boiled down to he wanted me to watch him draw line by line so I could immediately tell him where he messes up, I tell him that mentoring in art doesn't really work that way and he again yells "Well yeah I don't do a lot of things the normal way because I have aspergers" and just like... how do you even respond to that :alpacadone:
He said hi again the next day then tried to message me a couple more times about me mentoring him and I pretty much told him "for that level of attention and guidance you'll have to pay me" and he stopped asking. 

Also it was a Pokemon porn commission and I found out at the con that he was only 17 so I was pretty pissed about that. 

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I've never had a really bad experience at a con, (maybe because the ones I go to aren't really that big or small), and overall I had pretty good experiences with them, but last year at Ichibancon, when the dealers room opened so many people went in that the staff had to close it. (because if any else went in, it would be a fire hazard). Instead of getting in line and waiting for their turns, a group of teenagers started getting in the middle of the hallway and causing a scene. I honestly felt bad for the staff there :alpacadone:

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thankfully enough i was never harassed at a con, but when i went to an anime con in my city 2 years ago (anime festival asia indonesia 2014), i was wearing my mako mankanshoku fight club uniform for the first time. i was very proud of my costume and i worked super hard! especially since i worked hard on the spikes and whatnot. but sadly, when i got to the con itself, it was fairly crowded and people didn't stop pushing around. the little details of my costume were getting squished and ripped off, and by midday, i got so sad i just took off my cosplay to avoid any further damage. :alpacaworry2:

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Many years ago, I went to a local con dressed as God Tier Jade Harley from Homestuck with some friends. Everything sailed smoothly until I walked up the stairs and caught the eyes of a group of Homestuck and Hetalia cosplayers. After they took my photo, a very angry Hungary cosplayer ran up to me, spouted something, and then proceeded to swing a frying pan at me. A huge, metal frying pan. My friend yanked me away and I barely dodged it, then we high tailed it out of there. Any time we had to go downstairs, my friends formed a wall around me and we bolted past the group. I was surprised that con security let her in with that thing. e_e

A few months later, I ran into someone from that group at my high school. I was dressed up as Jade again because it was Halloween. I'm waiting in the lunch line when I see a group of girls walking in my direction. I instantly recognized one of their faces as the homicidal Hungary from prior. This girl saw me, pointed her finger at me and shouted "F*** YOU! F*** YOU!" over and over. I screamed back at her "WHAT DID I DO?!" and her friends grabbed her and dragged her away while one of them ran up to me and apologized furiously. I wasn't too hurt about it, but it still weirded me out some. I haven't see that girl since then.

TLDR; Angry cosplayer almost hit me with a frying pan and then harassed me at my school.

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Not really horrific, more ridiculous.

Few years ago when I was with a cosplay group we decided to cosplay some characters from Pandora Hearts for a local convention. Some guy from another city apparently cornered one of the cosplayers I was with (we'll call her Ann) and started bragging about how his Pandora Hearts group is so much better and that they're gonna show us how it's done. We later found out some of the cosplayers didn't even wear wigs or had the right hair color/style for the characters. But a few months later Ann found that same guy and his cosplay friends bashing us on their city's convention forum for being inaccurate. One of my friends called them out and the other cosplay group said they were just "offering" constructive criticism and there was no bashing and that someone must be trolling. Considering none of them bothered to reach out to any of us with their "constructive criticism" I called BS.

I stopped interacting with any cosplayers from that city since most of them have some "holier than thou" attitudes. 

Edit: That guy also took photos of female cosplayers at my local con a few years ago and posted them on Facebook with ratings on how attractive/unattractive he thought they were.

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Getting random hugs without people asking, like suddenly getting hugged from the back ??? Also girls telling me and my boyfriend to 'make yaoi', getting touched without permision, and once I caught a man getting a picture of my ass.

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This was more so annoying than "worst thing"

but I got proposed to.

And gained a girlfriend who made me buy her crap. I'm a nice person (well, I used to be a nice person, now I'm an ass xD) so I did buy her stuff, but holy shit it was like I was babysitting the whole con. It didn't help she was special needs, I guess that is why I did her every wish. I get being autistic is thing, but use it for stuff isn't cool. I finally had to sit her down and tell her I wasn't into her, and that I never would be. She is still my friend because she needs friends in her life, but thank god she finally realized using your disability to get what you want is bad.

 

hmmm another thing that happened was.. 

I got super drunk and ended up in the wrong room. I thought I went to my hotel room, but I guess not lol. (Thank god I kinda-sh knew the people in that room)

Apparently I feel asleep and my buddy had dump water on my to wake me up. Good times.

 

 

 

My little sister is disabled and uses it to get things quite a lot (not as bad as that) which I tell her offf for, because it just makes people think even worse of disabled people.. yeah you need special care and stuff for that disability but your still a human being not your disability. If you just play on it like that to use others people won't want to be your friend (my little sister literally has zero friends, even online, but won't realise that it's because of her using people like that) :( 

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