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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Coincidentally, I was just at a commuter con myself (Sci-Fi Valley Con in Altoona, PA, if anyone cares)!
My friend picking me up to go to the AirBnB pulled up to the curb just as it started downpouring. Felt bad for everyone in line outside.
That'd be doubly amazing, since even I don't seem to have my own schedule down anymore.
I'm starting to wonder about myself.
I don't follow anything on social media, yet somehow I always happen to log into smackjeeves right when this comic updates. Perhaps my subconscious has learned your update "schedule"?
I kept expecting a batarang through the windshield on the way back home that night.

Okay, so that's all the Animazement pages I've got finished right now, but is it NOT the end of the 2017 comics by any means. There's still a BUNCH more stuff in the works for both here and Patreon. It's nowhere near as much as I had for MAGFest, thankfully, but it's still enough that waiting until everything was finished just would have been to long. I mean, we're already waaaay deeper into June than I would have liked, I needed to give ya'll SOMETHING.

So, I hope you all enjoyed this first taste of Animazement 2017! Keep an eye on the Facebook page, the tumblr, and my Twitter for updates on when the next batch of comics goes live!
Considering how well some of these panels have gone in the past, complaining about having extra time to show more stuff is probably the pettiest thing we could ever do.

I never claimed to not be petty. Not once.
There's a reason this panel is more video clips than host talking... and it's mostly because nobody actually CARES about us hosts talking and just wants to hear some cool music. But our mutual absent-minded moments help too.

Actually, this is kind of scary, because when I was tipping up the playlist for the Shoujo Rock Heaven pages, I kept Googling bands & songs to double check spelling stuff... and kept getting previous Shoujo Rock Heaven posts as the primary results. Sweet merciful heavens, are we actually considered an AUTHORITY on this stuff now? That's terrifying.
Oh, so THAT'S why Yoink wasn't around to say anything about the first page. She was busy digging up the page that THIS one rips off.

And don't worry, I won't bore bore you all with another explanation of the whole no more Artist Alley thing. I think that dead horse has been thoroughly beaten by this point.

But yeah, it WAS pretty darn nice not having to plan my weekend around breaks from a table for once. I could get used to this disgustingly quick.
I mean, I get it. Of all the things conventions need to be able to regulate at a glance, Person Who's Authorized To Be Sitting Behind That Table Right Now is pretty low on the list. And the more changes you make to the badge, the more badge checkers have to keep track of, which bogs everything down. Plus there's the cost of actually making all that extra stuff, which shouldn't be spent on something you don't actually need.

...though I must add that it ended up being one of the ONLY Digimon cosplay pics I managed to take all weekend. Not that there weren't other Digimon cosplayers around, numbers were actually up a bit from last year. Unfortunately, I only ever managed to spot them either when asking for a picture wouldn't be appropriate, or when it was just too crowded for that to even be possible. And believe you me, the latter happened a LOT by Saturday...
No, seriously, this was the fastest I've EVER gotten my badge at a con. That is, it was the fastest the actual check in/pick up process I've ever seen. I don't think I was even at that table for a full 60 seconds. That's WILD.

Also, I'm still pointlessly impressed by technology in even its most trivial forms.
This is actually just the tail end of a much longer ice-fetching saga that involved discovering that particular floor's ice machine had been rather sloppily removed, that the stairs to the next floor involved an awkward trip outside the building, AND a pretty hilarious spilling of the ice right after returning to the room... most of which I wasn't actually present for, though. I'm okay with depicting completely fictional characters in situations I wasn't there to see (hi, Those Three Kids!) but I try to avoid that sort of thing where real people are concerned.

Also, the cart belongs to the HOTEL, not any individual guest. WE STOLE NOTHING.
...and I have the gall to try and make money off my ability to say funny things. (That IS a real street across from the Convention Center, though).

But yeah, it was SUPER windy for most of the weekend. Thankfully, all the wind and clouds only erupted into full blown rain once... right in the middle of everybody lining up for Pre-Reg check in Thursday evening. That's... really impressive timing, actually. Way to tick off the storm gods, people.
Yoink should really be butting in here to point out that using con luggage for camping and rosting Pocky on an open fire is not a very original idea.

But yeah, this was the first time in a WHILE I did the whole Sleeping at Home thing for a con ...and the first time EVER for Animazement, despite it being less than an hour from my house all these years. You'd think I'd have realized that was an avoidable expense a lot sooner.
MLP is for little girls? Since when?
OOOooooh, if it was a cover of somebody else's song, that WOULD explain my Google-fu was failing.
Wait, you mean "Cat Party" by Koo Koo Kanga Roo? "We are gonna have a cat party" etc.?

(Only reason I know this group is because we once saw them open for The Aquabats! on one of their rare East Coast appearances. Since then, my household has made two music videos with kids' shows set to their music...)
Remind me which comic this is again?

Because that sounds like the kind of directions Trigger would give.
It's also available in Pennsylvania, although I'm not sure about the sweetener (being Diabetic, I tend to only buy the diet version).
They also don't sell Middleswarth potato chips in the Maryland area, so I always bring some when I visit my sister...
And we appreciate it! Gotta get my Cheerwine fix somehow!