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iGetting too old to fit into crowds at ...n/a    Readers' selection (2013-06-04)

I recently began remembering the first times I ever went to a con, it was back in 2000, I was 16 and was attending Comic Con San Diego for the first time.

I had lots of fun, hunting anime merchandise like posters, figures, plushies, whatever I could get my hands on, specially Sailor Moon stuff.

I began making it a personal tradition to go every year to the con, saving up all year just for that event, years pass by and anime began to disappear from ComicCon, since I was just going to get japanese animation stuff, the event for me became kinda lame because it was now focused on just Hollywood stuff. A friend of mine told me about Anime Expo in Los Angeles, so in 2005 I began to make my yearly trip to AX and left Comic Con almost for good.

Since then I have been looking forward to this event, but... 2005 to 2013... that's 8 years now... I was 21 when I started to attend... now I'm 29 soon to turn 30 in September, and I start to wonder if by the time I'm 35... I won't be looked like an otaku hag at these events.

Why do I ask? because for the last 2 years that I've gone and looked at kids (13-17) and see them making fool of themselves and still have fun, which I don't see it as being wrong or anything, that's what cons are for, having fun, but for example If I were to cosplay one of these days, I don't think I would look good making fun of myself at that age u.u or idk kids will look at me weird :(

I'm always alone with my boyfriend at the con and wished I had some friends, like the ones you see every year at the event and look forward to seeing each other, someone my age of course, I would have loved to have friends like that, going to panels, walking around the exhibit hall looking at stuff we like, maybe going to Little Tokyo at the end of the day for some food and drinks and so on and so forth.

For you otaku "veterans" how do you feel about your age regarding cons?

I will never stop going to AX or Comic Con, but I do start to feel outta place due to the age factor >_<


UPDATE ---------

Wow so many interesting and fun replies :D

I think all of you are right! cons ARE for having fun no mater what the age, I was thinking that maybe I was starting to feel outta place since I would only see a lot of teenagers and wishing I was still in that age to not feel so weird among young crowds, but it's good to know the perspective of a lot of people and that adults are not so looked upon as an "old otaku" specially in Anime Expo, I know comic con doesn't have that issue, hell, all you see are grown men and women dress up like comic book characters and movie costumes XD some of them are really creepy but most of them are awesome!

Well, if anyone does stop on by at AX this year, I would love to meet some peeps to roam around the place for a bit :D
It would be a breath of fresh air to be at a con and not be alone (my boyfriend and me) the more the merrier right?
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010 months agoJoniVeraJoniVera
Anime fandom has an intresting mix of age groups so to speak. I look ten years younger than I actually am, but prefer to volunteer. It's quite an experience and really makes one appreciate the hard work that makes these things happen.
My last major gig was for a horror expo and tons of parents brought their kids. Ironically very family friendly compared to the anime con.
010 months agoMaakieMaakie
For you otaku "veterans" how do you feel about your age regarding cons?

When I started to feel to "old" as a visitor for cons, I started with volunteering there. Eventually that grew in a few years to eventholder (lectures, workshops, panels) and now I'm an eventmanager for a convention.

So my tip for you: Maybe you and your boyfriend can look into volunteering?

I also met lots and lots of new people through volunteering and as visitors of my lectures. When I used to be a visitor myself I just walked around alone or with my boyfriend, now I have lots of people to hang out with! ^^ (If I have time...which I almost never have because of my busy schedule at cons!) xD
010 months agoReyhipReyhip
I'm in nearly the same boat as you girl. I'm turning 29 and in a few days will be a new father as well, but I plan to keep going to cons.

What you have to remember is a lot of these types of things like anime, video games, etc were all made by people that are a solid 20 years older than us and we're in the cusp of the group where it became really popular in the states. As long as you don't get weird with it (the 'Free Hugs' sign is a bit much at our age, though I have them at any age), just go with it.

I'm hoping my new boy/girl is into this stuff too, cuz if they want to do it, I plan to do family cosplay with them. I've seen some great stuff like a whole family doing Invader Zim, Portal, Pokemon, etc. Like I said, long as what you are doing is appropriate, it shouldn't be seen as weird. And anyone that would think it is isn't really a part of the con crowd anyways.
010 months agokilanikilani Sayaka Rank
SamtheRaven (10 months ago) #1543912How rude. By the way, if you're going to be a snob, you can at least have used grammar correctly and not use google translate.

Sorry but, you call him a snob and then tell him to have "at least used grammar correctly and not use google translate"??
010 months ago (10 months ago)SamtheRavenSamtheRaven
pen2pen (10 months ago) #1543828Hey, why are You lying to yourself.
30 is the age (mine's too, a bit of sad).
Nowadays You should visit Expos with your 12-years old child.
Don't have one? Go to orphanage, it's not so hard.
Stop collecting, stop cosplay, live a life.


How rude. By the way, if you're going to be a snob, you could at least have used grammar correctly and not use google translate.
010 months agopen2penpen2pen
SamtheRaven (10 months ago) #1542969Don't worry so much about it
Hey, why are You lying to yourself.
30 is the age (mine's too, a bit of sad).
Nowadays You should visit Expos with your 12-years old child.
Don't have one? Go to orphanage, it's not so hard.

Stop collecting, stop cosplay, live a life.
010 months ago (10 months ago)amaimonogatariamaimonogatari
I would totally love to hang out at AX with you! u w u
i'm not close to your age group though 'orz
and honestly, it doesn't matter how old you get!
I've seen elderly couples go to cons and eve cosplay ahaha
so don't worry!
&don't try too hard hang out with the younger con goers especially when they aren't close to your age group you know? sometimes, in my experience, they come off as really annoying or there just isn't much to talk about other than anime, compared to people closer to your age group
either way, if it clicks, it clicks!
010 months agodethbluddethblud
I've been surprised sometimes to find other folks around my age, or even older at the cons. During last year's Otakon I ended up conversing with a bunch of thirty-somethings in line for the Tenjin Hidetaka autographs.

Us "older" otaku still enjoy the cons and so should you.
010 months agonaisornaisor
This doesn't come from me, but I always like to say: "You don't stop playing because you got older, you got older because you stopped playing".
010 months agoSamtheRavenSamtheRaven
Don't worry so much about it, you're still a young woman. And besides, just got to live and let live. That doesn't mean you have to act like a "kid", just enjoy yourself.

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