Tales From The Convention Crypt: Part 2

Tales From The Convention Crypt: Part 2

Nerd Conventions can get a bit wacky
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We're back with another round of stories from comic cons and anime conventions from around the country. What you will see is the testimony of con goers who prefer to remain annoymous, but also discuss some of their frightening experiences at conventions. What is suppose to be a safe space can sometimes feel like a burden, especially for women. This round of stories is a bit darker than the first but still need to be expressed.

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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 than 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 were 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 I 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 and creepy and then he said loud enough only so me and my friend could hear well I mean just saying 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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20 Fun Facts To Use When Introducing Yourself

As we embark on the semester, we are put on the spot in order to share interesting details about ourselves. This article discloses possible fun facts to tell others!
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After experiencing my first week of classes, I have learned that every student needs a handy-dandy list of fun facts about themselves to tell other people. Many professors use the first couple of classes to learn about their students, so you may need to think about who you are and how you want to introduce yourself to your professor and classmates. We all have that one go-to interesting fact about ourselves, but sometimes you just have to mix it up!

1. My favorite hobby is...

What do you do in your free time? Personally, I love to stay active! I am a competitive Latin dancer and enjoy teaching and taking Zumba classes, going to the gym, and hiking.

2. I love...

Is there something, someone, or somewhere that you love? What makes your heart ache? What do you miss when it's gone? I can say that I love my friends because I feel my most confident when I'm surrounded by those who love and support me.

3. I look up to...

Is there someone you adore? Who mesmerizes you? Who do you wish to learn from? After watching "A Ballerina's Tale," I discovered Misty Copeland. In 2015 she became the first African American ballet dancer to become the Female Principal Dancer at American Ballet Theatre. Her passion, grace, and strength continuously motivate me to better myself as an athlete and an individual.

4. This art speaks to me because...

Coco Chanel said, "In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different." This encourages me to always follow my heart no matter what. I will never follow society's standards and norms because they do not define me. Chanel's saying definitely influences my character and lifestyle.

5. A funny and/or embarrassing memory of me is...

When you make others laugh they want to spend time and make memories with you! Don't be afraid to embarrass yourself. You will come off as down to earth, easy-going, and loyal.

6. My siblings or lack thereof influenced me by...

I can go on and on about my brother, who is 10 years older than I. We have opposite personalities and despite the age gap, we're quite close.

7. My pet(s) are my life because...

Only sad people don't like hearing about furry creatures, even if your pets are slimy and slithering creatures all human beings enjoy hearing pet tales!

8. I'm afraid of...

Your personality can be revealed by your likes and dislikes, including the things that you fear. I am terrified of change and the unknown, hence, the future is an anxiety-inducing topic to discuss for me.

9. I am the way I am because...

What have you gone through in life that has shaped you into who you are today? Remember to be open minded and allow yourself to open up to your peers. You may be surprised by how others respond and/or what others have endured as well.

10. The most unusual item that can be found in your dorm...

This is a fun fact about yourself that can easily liven up an awkward conversation. Think about your quirks and differences! One item I have in my dorm is my teddy bear, Peter, whom I like to joke is my boyfriend.

11. My dream job is...

In college, "What's your major?" is a widespread question. Nonetheless, skip the boring statement of "I'm majoring in..." and go in depth on what your dream job is (hopefully your major factors in to this dream of yours).

12. My hidden talents are...

Angelina Jolie is a knife thrower. Kendall Jenner can produce bird noises. Amanda Seyfried can crochet and knit. Is there anything special you can do? Some people have rare and unique talents, maybe you can think of some hidden talents of your own!

13. My guilty pleasure is...

I will say it a million times: don't be shy when introducing yourself to new people! I'll start by divulging my guilty pleasure: Youtube's family vlogging channel, "OKBaby"!

Check them out: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvUCbnwzySKgbKiB_...



14. Some activities on my bucket list are...


This is an easy way to grab people's attention and find others with similar desires as you. Be an adventurer! Go out of your comfort zone!

15. Talk about your best friend...

How would your best friend describe you? What do you love to do with your best friend?

16. Talk about an accomplishment of yours...

You are incredible and have achieved so much! Reveal something that you are proud of — show off a little!

17. This one time at my job...

Bosses breathing down your neck. Curious coworkers asking personal questions. Cursing customers who never leave you alone. Your job can be filled with tons of hilarious situations that can easily entertain a crowd.

18. During the summer...

Any scars with stories? Any summer flings? Any lessons learned from the tanning too long? Now that summer is over, disclose memories that can leave positive impressions on others.

19. I volunteer at...

Do you do any community service? Share a funny moment while you were volunteering. What did you learn while there? Would you continue?

20. [blank] is meaningful to me because...



What do you appreciate in life? What brightens your day? What makes you fall in love? What does someone have to do to make you smile?

Finally, remember to be outgoing! Reveal that three-mile smile and open your arms to learning about others. Spread smiles, love, and happiness.

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If He Says 'You Make Me Want To Be A Better Person,' Remember It's NOT A Compliment

No one should be relying on another person to make them better people.

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A lot of us have been there; he smiles at you sweetly, gives you a look that could melt your heart, and you let yourself fall into the kindness.

He tells you, "you're such a good person; you make me want to be better."

Your heart is a flutter, you're drowning in the sickly sweetness of what you take as one of the nicest things someone has ever told you. It's so easy to read it as though it's an admirable thing for anyone to say, but the reality is, no one should be held liable for making you want to be a decent human being except yourself.

It's one thing for people to bring out the best in each other.

When you find your happy place in the company of the people you love most in life, that's one of the greatest things in the world. That example of the "bettering" of one another comes organically. But to only find a desire to be kinder, more selfless, more decent because another person is kind, selfless, and decent is putting way too much liability on the other person, and it means not taking responsibility for yourself.

By telling me that I'm the reason he wants to be a better person, he's putting me on a pedestal that I cannot possibly live up to all the time.

He's holding me liable for his desire to stop his negative behaviors rather than it coming from a true desire to be better. If being with me or around me is the only reason he's decided he needs to get his act together and start being a decent human being, I'm here to tell him that he should really reevaluate.

Because what happens when we break up?

What happens if we have a falling out for some reason or another, and I'm not longer in his life to "inspire" him to be better? His desire to be better disappears alongside me, because his desire never really came from his heart anyway. He go back to the same negative behavior that he had in the first place unless he came come to the realization that being a good person has to come from a real desire within.

I don't have the time to pander to people who can't take responsibility for their actions.

It shouldn't have to be my job to show anyone what being a decent human being looks like. His parents should have instilled that in him when they were raising him, and if not that, he should have been able to recognize elsewhere what kindness and decency looked like in other people so that he could emulate it himself. If he's a grown adult who says he didn't recognize what being good meant until he met you, that says more about him than it does about you.

The point of all of this is simple; it is an extremely important life lesson to learn that you are not responsible for anyone's actions and feelings except for your own.

You are not accountable for the decisions someone else makes, and that's the truth. No one is dating someone with the intent on raising him and teaching him how to behave or exist as a functionally member of society, and no one should have to.

I'm not saying it's a red flag to hear it. Often times it is said with good intentions and sometimes it is meant in the organic sort of way I mentioned before. But my advice if you're ever told this; think about it. Consider it a pink flag, one that makes you do some evaluating before you smile bigly and accept the comment as though it is a badge of honor.

Above all, hold people responsible for their own actions and don't let them make you feel responsible instead.

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