Con survival guide: What to expect at your first pop culture convention

Oh hey, I don't just spend my time at ren faires, I also spend them geeking out at pop culture conventions. Because of course I do. If you've never been to a pop culture convention and are of the geekier persuasion, you might be missing out on some major fun. There are hundreds of pop culture conventions around the world that span from traditional comic book conventions to book conventions, anime conventions, and specialty conventions of all flavors. If you're heading to your own local convention for the first time, I've got some basics rules and tips to make it more enjoyable. Let's talk about pop culture convention tips for surviving your first con.

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How do you get into cosplay?

I'm a sucker for costuming and drooling over amazing cosplay pictures online. In October my local bike shop is having a "tweed ride" involving riding in period costumes, and I want to use this to give a try at cosplay (Victorian Mary Watson in her badass riding habit, for those who wonder). I don't have an inkling where to start. I can sew, but should I sew my whole costume? Alter some pieces of garment? Are there tacit rules for cosplaying? Is the devil really in the details?

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Pickles, pirates, and busty ladies: what to expect at a Renaissance fair

As a huge fantasy geek, dressing up in period costume, eating giant dill pickles on sticks, and watching sexy people joust is my happy place. I also wrongly assumed that everyone else in the world was attending their own local Ren fairs/fests and huzzah-ing along with me. But after posting a shot of my recently acquired new garb online, I came to find out how wrong I was. Fellow editor, Chris, started asking me all these questions and was worried she'd be ridiculed for her lack of knowledge of olde-y world-y things (spoiler: hell no!). We decided that I should write up a primer for preparing to embark on a geeky trip back in time. Here's what to expect at your first Renaissance fair.

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I shaved my head, and I feel beautiful

This past Halloween, I shaved my head for my costume.

It's something that I've thought of doing for years. A little bit daring, really easy to do, and wouldn't it be fun to see what my head looked like underneath the hair?