First time at AB/Going alone??

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First time at AB/Going alone??

Post by Gabbalot » Mon Mar 27, 2017 6:41 pm

This is probably a loooong shot, and because its so late in the game I doubt anyone will reply, but if anyone's out there: Is it a terrible idea to go to AB alone for my first time going to an event like this? I've always wanted to go to a con-like event, but I've never had any friends who were interested (actually, none of my friends in this state even know that I like anime...).

I'm pretty outgoing, though I've never been one to take chances like going to a huge event by myself. From what I've read in similar posts, people seem pretty nice, and several other members here have gone to AB alone and had a great time. My only concern is doing this for the first time, by myself.

If anyone else is in the same situation and might want to meet up, let me know! I haven't even bought a ticket and I've honestly just posted this on a whim, but I'm still open to meeting people if anyone's interested. I'd only be going on Saturday, but I'd be able to go for the whole day. For reference, my main interests right no are sports anime/manga (Yuri!!! On Ice, Haikyuu!! primarily), and Final Fantasy :)
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Re: First time at AB/Going alone??

Post by katiekira » Mon Mar 27, 2017 11:17 pm

If it's your very first con, I'll admit it can be slightly overwhelming compared to others only because AB is maybe the 5th largest anime con in the country. The first time I went with a group we got lost a few times, but theres a ton of people to guide you in the right directions to panels and events. Since then though I've gone to every AB on my own and I prefer it that way! You can plan your day so much better than if you tried to keep tabs on everyone you're with. I especially like cosplaying alone because people are more likely to want to take your picture when you're not caught in a group. Everyone's just really nice and there's a ton of people who go alone every year, so go for it.
(PS- Yuri on Ice and Final Fantasy are lit, I'm pretty sure there's a FF panel or two going on over the weekend)

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Re: First time at AB/Going alone??

Post by AnnaNeko » Tue Mar 28, 2017 11:18 am

If it's an event you're interested in, it's never a terrible idea to try going

Make some new friends, see new stuff, spazz over all the awesome cosplays!
why, yes, I have been goin to this con since day 1. Wanna brain-break on the age math?

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Re: First time at AB/Going alone??

Post by Master of NERV » Tue Mar 28, 2017 4:12 pm

Hi!

Absolutely nothing wrong with going to AB alone! There's nothing like being the master of your own destiny at a gathering like this.

Also, you may want review some of the other posts here from other folks asking the same question. You'll get a lot of insight.

But whatever else you do, please remember to stay hydrated and eat properly! It's no fun being wheeled out of the con on a stretcher after you've passed out (and they keep them around for just this purpose). That's not the kind of experience you're looking for, I'm sure! ;)
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Re: First time at AB/Going alone??

Post by yongsoo » Tue Mar 28, 2017 9:05 pm

i'm also going alone...maybe we should start a thread with random updates and meetups ? or maybe we can all wear something that says "i'm here by myself" (but not literally that..perhaps like a pin of some sort?)

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Re: First time at AB/Going alone??

Post by Gabbalot » Tue Mar 28, 2017 9:11 pm

Omg I never actually expected anyone to reply, thank you all so much! You're all so sweet :). I definitely feel like this is more doable now! I'd still need to plan getting my ticket/registering on Saturday morning, and then plan what events/panels to go to (obviously I'd so this before I arrive at the event), but this definitely doesn't seem as daunting now.
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Re: First time at AB/Going alone??

Post by Fyyre » Wed Mar 29, 2017 3:30 pm

This is also my first time going to a convention alone. You wont be the only freaked out loner 😊

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Re: First time at AB/Going alone??

Post by animefan » Wed Mar 29, 2017 5:05 pm

This is my 1st time this year
I tried to few times last year on Sunday but didn't make in was in Boston and one other time some years when was raining and mostly go by my self ,I don't mind it ,I do know a few people that going ,they working a booth ,iam older anime fan

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