I volunteer at conventions. If you commit enough hours, you can often get your registration fee refunded or applied to the next year. My footprint typically goes from Richmond, VA, through the D.C. area, to Pittsburgh.
I maintain a tracker in Google docs that’s a little more personalized than AnimeCons, often has stuff the site isn’t tracking… Let me know if you might be interested.
Share what kind of tips and questions you might have.
That’s awesome. I just went to my first convention a few weeks again, anime USA. I volunteered for logistics and moved a bunch of stuff. Unfortunately the last I was to volunteer I had a family emergency. I track the conventions on animecons.com
Hi, @SquallMano ! I have moved your Topic to a brand new Conventions category
Feel free to branch out and create many Topics on anything other Otakus might find useful, you can create a Topic for each convention and share your tips depending on the con. I am so excited to hear about all your awesome experiences! -Liz
Speaking as a customer, make sure you’ve got plenty of business cards or your contact info available for a picture. My available funds go mainly to food (kinda helps to survive) and autographs, but I can get business info so I can get birthday and Christmas presents throughout the year when I do have the funds.
Being from out of the area, I saw a lot of people messaging for places to eat outside the venue. There’s almost always a Facebook Group or Discord where people answer suggestions for food, budget, and distance.