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Conventional Wisdom

Conventional Wisdom

by Blitzkrieg1701
Ever wondered what goes on inside an anime convention, but are too afraid go anywhere near one yourself? Well, wonder no more! Conventional Wisdom is a comic that shows you what this strange, geeky world is really like, based ENTIRELY ON REAL LIFE! ...well, sort of.
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Conventional Wisdom

Ever wondered what goes on inside an anime convention, but are too afraid go anywhere near one yourself? Well, wonder no more! Conventional Wisdom is a comic that shows you what this strange, geeky world is really like, based ENTIRELY ON REAL LIFE! ...well, sort of.

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Sometimes things like Opening Ceremonies have a problem with the mics being too quite, or just not on entirely. That was not an issue this year, those were some HOT mics. I dunno if something was weird back at the controls, or if the people onstage couldn't hear themselves properly and thought they needed to be a lot louder than they really did, or what, but everybody's greetings were speaking-popingly loud this year. Then again, I shouldn't be TOO mean to the sound guys, because I'm pretty sure Kotono Mitsuishi would have burst an eardrum or two regardless. I think there were people in Ohio wondering why they heard Sailor Moon just now. Of course, anyone who remembers Excel Saga will be surprised by NONE of this...
@ Blitz: So, these guys should be between 15 to 19 by now. After all, they would have been, at youngest, 10 the first time you made them, and you just told us it was 5 years ago.

...Okay, you can keep them for 1 more year, then you need to update them to background adults and make new ones.
This probably needs a LOT of context if you haven't already been reading Conventional Wisdom for years and years. Back at Ichibancon 2014 I wanted to depict some first-time congoers in Baby's First Cosplay, so I looked around to see what the trendiest costume picks of the younger attendees were. I came away with Madoka Magica (or at least that Kyubey hat), Homestuck, and Doctor Who, and when those characters went over pretty well, those three costumes became something of a fixture around here. The problem was, well, you know how The Kids are with their fads and changing tastes and hula hoops and what have you. As time went on, I began to worry that these designs were getting too dated for the kids to represent The Younger Generation anymore. I actually did change their costumes up in 2016, but that was a decision that didn't stick. Still, I found myself wondering if it was time to change things up for real this time... and once again I find myself inclined to just leave things the way they are.

Incidentally, this was one of the few pages I actually managed to get drawn while I was at the con... and wound up having to completely redraw it anyway once I got home, because stuff I draw during the con almost always turns out like smelly garbage.
@ Blitz: Honestly, I suspect that the reason why you don't hear about him anymore is because everyone knows about him to the point at which commenting on him is considered superfluous. Kinda like a "He's there, everybody knows it, even me (who doesn't go to conventions), and everyone and their dog commented on his presence seven years ago, get on with your life".
Official numbers was 11K and change. So roughly the same attendance as the past few years. Attendance peaked at 14K when we had Rooster Teeth (and the RCC was a MADHOUSE as a result with all kinds of crazy protesters).

This year was pretty chill. I got into the photo suite when they weren't super crowded and I could navigate the convention with my daughter without too much trouble.
You know, I actually haven't seen anything about that one guy (of whom I ABSOLUTELY know) in a while. Not sure how to feel about that.
@ Blitz: Isn't it because there was less that happened to you that's comic worthy on Friday due to the relatively low attendance, and informing us about the attendance for all three days is bigger news than that one guy who's remarked to be at every convention who's always wearing a sailor-scout outfit? (You know the one, don't lie to me and tell me you don't)
To avoid giving anyone out there the misguided impression that I'm some sort of authority on literally anything ever, let me stress that the following is based entirely on personal observation and hearsay. I am neither well-connected nor dorky enough to have done any kind of research to find actual attendance numbers for this year. That said, the general consensus was that Friday was much more sparsely attended than usual, and that the culprit was Momocon occurring in Atlanta the same weekend. Overlapping dates is nothing new with cons, especially when that date's a holiday, but a lot of the time those cons are different enough and sufficiently distant from each other as to avoid eating into each other's attendance figures. If Animazement and Anime Boston are on the same weekend, for example, there's not THAT many people in New England who would have gone this far south anyway, so the numbers don't really chance. Raleigh and Atlanta are just close enough for that to be an issue, though, and on Friday a lot of people were fretting that the convention would suffer as a result.

Then Saturday happened.

Again, I don't have any hard numbers, just my own observations, but the crowds seemed to be up SUBSTANTIALLY the rest of the weekend. The way I figure it, competition with other conventions really only affects that hardcore niche who stay for the entire thing. All those people who only show up for Saturday? They were never gonna drive two states away to do that, so that portion of the attendance remained unaffected. In fact, from what I saw, the attendance on Sunday actually might have been GREATER than usual. It was certainly busier than I'm used to seeing at the tail end of the con. People were still in full cosplay and doing crazy stuff and actually speaking in more than a low, agonizing groan. Usually Sunday is just a bunch of disheveled zombies standing around waiting to check out of their hotels, THIS was amazing!

The moral: maybe don't decide whether a convention is a success or a failure at noon on the first day.

...also, I don't know why I'm talking about Sunday on page 3. This is rapidly turning into a very non-linear update.
Welcome to my entire life
I didn't feel old until I saw this. I feel like I need to go to bed and wake up and forget I ever learned this fact.
The forward linear progression of time continues to be my greatest foe in life... and not JUST in the sense that me getting sick for a week sort of robbed the previous page of most of its "oomph."

But yeah, I've been to more than twice as many Animazements in downtown Raleigh as I ever did back at the Sheraton Imperial, but the RCC is still "the new location" to me. It helps to remember that those first few Animazements were the first conventions I'd EVER attended, and were the only ones I'd go to all year. As you can imagine, that gave the Sheraton time to make a muuuuuch deeper impact on my psyche than the comparatively larger number of weekends at the RCC have managed. Heck, I wasn't even drawing this comic when AZ moved, and I STILL feel like I remember more about those early years than most of the ones I've extensively documented here.

And, also, there's the whole "getting older" thing. Can't leave that out.

But seriously, I'm pretty sure this is the first time Conventional Wisdom has managed to get some kind of content up within the same 24 hours of the convention wrapping up. HUZZAH! And if case you missed the blurb under the title page (or all during the MAGFest stuff), this is the new way the comic updates from now on. Instead of waiting weeks for me to finish a whole pile of pages and releasing them all at once, paging will be hitting the web one at a time as soon as they're done. So be sure to keep checking back here and make sure you don't miss anything! I don't even care that most of the con-going public probably isn't even back home and won't see this until tomorrow! That is UNIMPORTANT! IT'S AN UPDATE BONANZA! I need to go to sleep...
It's that time again, kiddies! We take a break from ConCONcon stuff (he said, as if it hadn't already been weeks and weeks since the last page) for an ACTUAL convention! As with MAGFest, I'll be posting pages one at a time as soon as they get done rather than waiting to unload them in one giant blast like I did in the past. So be sure to keep checking back here for new updates, or follow the multitudinous social media accounts for alerts as soon as the convention's over... or go ahead and follow right now if you want your feeds ABSOLUTELY SMOTHERED with silly pictures over the weekend! And who doesn't want that?

And, of course, if you like what you see, be sure to donate on Patreon and get some extra bonus comics as well!
This feels like a good place for me to dig up an old shirt design:
@ Actual "This Exact Guy" Types: I've heard horrible, horrible things about your actions on a personal level. If you want to be a better person with more control over your life, which is what I suspect causes you to act like this, you need to learn to not try to dominate everything and reject anything you don't like. Actions like that only serve to reduce how much control you can impart on your situation and make those who interact with you miserable. Which in turn reduces how much you can influence, and reduces how much control you have over your own life.
Tch. So rude. It's all you people who won't admit that I am completely right about everything and know better than you that are at fault, not me! Also, your taste in Everything sucks. Probably because you are not listening to me enough.
Sadly "This Exact Guy" really gets around, doesn't he? :(
@ Blitz: And I have the good sense of mind to avoid the ones of those that are actually bad. Seriously, with my pickiness, the worst forum I joined ended up with everyone leaving due to the author of the comic and universe the forum was based on being up himself. And the main reason why the forum had lived so long was due to the Forum Game being played that he had absolutely no interaction with. And, no, it's not my story to tell. Let's just say that that author's particular preference was fine, but inverting it resulted in "Ew, gross", despite the rest of the community that had grown around his comic being perfectly fine, and even supportive of those who fit into a minority, in relation to either way.

Basically, I'm saying that that forum probably died completely due to the Author fitting into the role of "This Exact Guy", and I am glad to have never have properly interacted with him for any decent amount of time.
Just substitute "panel" with "forum" or "thread" or "comment section" and the experience is pretty similar.
When "They" say that, "They" are (likely) referring to the panelists, or about people you can walk away from when you realize that they're being obnoxious blowhards. Having not actually been to a panel at a convention, I can't actually say in truth.