As a small preparation for Denver Comic Con this weekend, what I've learned from three years of going with family and friends.
  1. Bring a friend who's into the same nerdy stuff as you!
    Family tends to clump and aren't always as okay with wandering. Friends will make commentary and wrangle you into photo taking if you're too shy.
  2. Don't go in with specific expectations of anything.
    If you're open for anything, you might end up with a cute octopus and a banana crocodile, instead of being disappointed you didn't find that print.
  3. Bring a schedule of things to go to, but don't plan heavily.
    Sudden conga lines with deadpool are sometimes a lot more fun than panels.
  4. Scout a place to relax occasionally.
    Conventions are loud and overwhelming. Your feet WILL get tired. Find a quiet place for you and your friends to eat some snacks and have some water.
  5. Bring snacks!
    There's always food for purchase, but it's expensive. Don't bother. Eat something like string cheese until you have enough energy to wander elsewhere.
  6. If you see someone in a costume you think is cool, even if you don't recognize it, tell them you like it!
    It's always nice to get a compliment at a convention. Even better to get a picture taken. People mind being attacked with cameras, not politeness.
  7. Take lots of pictures.
    It's hard to retell or describe anything about a con. Don't get wrapped up in the photography, though. Enjoy the experience, catalog some of it.
  8. Lastly, make sure you're enjoying yourself!
    Conventions are for nerding out and having fun. If you're bored in the merchandise hall, maybe try a panel. Find a dance room and realize this is a party.