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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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It's coming, there's no stopping it! I dunno much Christmas-y stuff I'll have time to crank out on Conventional Wisdom over the next month or so, but you'd better believe Far Out There's gonna be festive as CRAP all December. Plus, there's a LOT of Patreon content that's inching ever closer to completion and will end up being unintended Christmas presents, not the least of which bent the extra AWA 2017 comics!

...but yeah, for all my documented over-enthusiasm for holiday stuff, even I try pretty darn hard to avoid letting it creep too far into November nonsense. SCREW that starting it up the second Halloween ends stuff, man. Granted, that's one of the reasons why I always end up starting the Far Out There Christmas comics waaaay too late, so maybe I should ease up on that stance at least a little bit...
look at the bright side
at least it turned out good for the people you saved in the alternate parallel world, right?
now you've jinxed it.
(also, of course the photo of the vampire appears in the mirror. the photo isn't a vampire! that's like asking if the photo would turn to dust if you put it in sunlight. just to be sure, though, I tried it with a real photo of a vampire. no effect.)
y'know, I've noticed that Scribbles doesn't seem to have aged at all since we first saw him years ago. Just sayin'.
Merchants Room
I remember when Comic Con was about... you know, comics!

What am I saying? No I don't.
Or how about THIS: if vampires CAN appear in photos, and you held that photo in front of the mirror, would the photo of the vampire appear in the reflection?
Oh, upcoming conventions are the realest of all vague concepts!
...and seeing as how I've ALREADY posted the next Konosuba page this very evening, the wait might not be as long as you think! :D
And once KonoSuba is (eventually) done, it'll be my request of One Week Friends!
Even limited to mirrors, there's still the interesting case of SLR (and DSLR) cameras. They have a mirror that redirects the view from the lens up to the viewfinder that flips out of the way when you take a picture. Thus you couldn't see vampires through the viewfinder, but they would show up in the actual photo. Spooky!

Also, if cameras couldn't 'see' vampires, would that also affect people with glasses?
@alt text: Don't forget how often you're menaced by giant representations of upcoming conventions!
So, yeah, THIS was a thing I came back home to. If you follow me on social media in any way, you heard all about it. It's not the ONLY reason these comics didn't get done sooner, but it definitely helped destroy the head start I got drawing comics during the con. And, just for the record, I never actually did get the computer "fixed", it just kind of stopped being broken. why not becoming a Patreon backer so I can afford to buy myself a new one? What you thought a pair of pants was the only thing I need help affording? Remember: I haven't done an Artist Alley table all year. Patreon is the ONLY steady income I have at the moment (no, the ad down at the bottom of the site doesn't count, what little change I "make" off that goes straight into buying ads on OTHER sites). And lest you forget, THERE'S STILL MORE AWA COMICS ON THE WAY! If you so much as donate one single dollar a month, you'll have first access to a second batch of AWA comics done specially for Patreon, not to mention "weekly" (ha) comics about whatever anime +$5 backers have told me to watch at the moment (right now, I'm working my way through Konosuba) Remember, this was my LAST con for 2017, so if you want a full steady diet of Conventional Wisdom to last you until MAGFest, you're gonna need some healthy doses of Patreon!
MAN this would have been a lot funnier if I'd actually managed to get all these comics up on Halloween. I really, sincerely tried, guys! Honest!

Also, now that I think about it, there probably ARE modern vampire stories where they don't turn up in pictures either... but the handful of vampire things I actually like are all period pieces, so mirrors are the only thing that ever comes into play.
This really weirded me out. Not that panel rooms being stuffy is anything new (or anomalous temperatures at AWA in general, for that matter) but it's usually the tiny little rooms where it's bad. But this was one of the big ballrooms, the kind that would be Main Events at a smaller con. Those are usually so well air conditioned that they're unpleasantly COLD, not hot and muggy. So what the crap?

Also, because it was the same guys, I will now take this excuse to link to one of my favorite comics ever.
Look, body pillow, if this is the worst thing that happens to you this weekend, you're the luckiest pillow at the con.

And yeah, this sort of thing is one of the downsides to my habit of crashing on the floor, but I still insist it's worth it to be out of the way the rest of the time.
Okay, so this was my first year actually staying at the Renaissance instead of one of the other hotels, and I can tell you this right off the bat: their key cards kinda suck. By Sunday, I think we had TWO cards left that still worked. I an shrug off a single card failure as somebody not thinking and leaving their card next to their phone all day, but EVERYBODY'S cards were spotty right from the start, usually taking two or three tries even when they DID work.

That was yet another reason why I was so terrified at the thought of my phone being dead. I knew if my card DID quit working, I'd kinda really need to be able to get in tough with somebody who had a working one. AWA 2017 was NOT going to be the year where I pulled another Ichibancon.
Okay, so AWA has this pink-haired moe girl mascot that they lobe plastering all over everything. I know, a lot of cons have mascots, but AWA REEEAAALLY like putting her EEEEEEEEEEEVERYWHERE. And this year they outdid themselves with this GIANT picture of her gazing in through the hotel skylight. It was... disconcerting the first time you noticed it.

And if you're wondering why I'm not making the obvious Attack on Titan reference here... well, I already did. Twice.
Man, AWA is turning to the con that just hates technology. My LAST phone's battery up and died at AWA, and now it's looking like the current one is on the way out due to power problems that began at the con. And this was just the first of SEVERAL technological disasters I had to deal with over the course of the weekend, though it was definitely the most traumatic. That ten minutes of so of fearing I'd have to spend the entire drive back up to Raleigh listening to nothing but *shudder* THE RADIO were absolute torture.

What's especially weird is I HAVE had something similar (but more short-lived) happen before... but only in extreme cold.
I tell a BIT of a lie here, because I screwed up and took pictures in the wrong stairwell. The actual stairs where this happened had painted white floors, not bare cement, and the PAINT is what flaked off onto Servo's head. That's a lot more understandable than solid cement cracking. But STILL, I've heard enough horror stories of other people's Servo domes cracking at cons to be pretty darn impressed at how hearty mine is. Even more props to the original creators!

Anyway, it's my own fault for repeatedly unscrewing the dome to take stupid pictures.