I have Asperger’s Syndrome. People keep telling me they want me to write from my Apserger’s perspective to help other people on the spectrum. Well I have a lot more than that going on with me, including childhood PTSD (which may have been misdiagnosed ENTIRELY as ADHD) and… as a result I don’t personally see how my particular lens can help anyone else without such a vast brain juice cocktail. Nevertheless I was determined to give it a shot this year, and one of the few areas I feel equipped to deal with this is describing my convention experiences and lessons from them that I can impart to you. Sakuracon is less than 1 week away. So to help my fellow Aspies (if I managed to fix the errors from my voice dictation, my software is faulty) I’ve compiled my list of Deviantart posts about lessons I thought my ECCC 2018 experience could help Aspersgers attendees at Sakuracon.
Chapter 1: Cosplay and Social Conventions
Starting with Emerald City Comicon 2018. This is late because I work so much of the week, and I will be doing this topic by topic. So I will be posting more later, this is just ECCC 2018 topic no 1. Not everything in here is from personal experience. So let’s start with cosplay. Plenty of room for social lessons there. Cosplay is not consent, after all.
So I saw a woman over the weekend who strongly resemble the Black Canary and outfit and hair and what not, but was not in Cosplay. This is important, because when we ask you types are on a roll we do not always roll with the punches. 1) we were in the Dealer’s Hall. You do not move people around in the Dealer’s Hall. There is a steady stream and Flow of people constantly moving. And in that dealer’s hall traffic you hop from one current to another. You DO NOT swim against that current like a carp that wants to be a dragon, you do not move people through it, and even if you’re near a blank space to get some quick snap shots. See when someone is just dressed really cool what you should do in any convention situation. With some exceptions where you just don’t do it all. Is you take a singular full body shot and you move on. Instead I asked her to move into a corner just outside the current. And that got my shooting privileges revoked. Remember taking that shot is a privilege that someone else gives you. You are never entitled to take someone’s picture.
Also a social etiquette rule that we should also consider here. Just because some college rules apply to conventions like note taking during a panel and asking for permission use a voice recorder, does not mean that convention rules apply to a costume setting. It’s not just the ACT of dressing up and some kind of outfits that has to be considered. It’s also the setting where you do it. Costuming is typically an irregular part of society, whereas it is a more regular part of the experience in nerd culture.
And finally, just because it’s crunch time, con is closing, you’re in the zone and you just HAVE to get those last few pics… don’t make a drop in your conduct. Don’t call out to people, by their outfits or otherwise. Don’t forget these other points I’ve mentioned, when you’re in …admittedly the heat of the moment. And whatever else you’ve learned about social structure and courtesy from anywhere else in your life, that still applies. See more at https://fandomfoodie.deviantart.com/art/Cosplay-and-Social-conventions-735000050.
Chapter 2 Tight Corner Photography Rules to Remember
During the last Emerald City Comicon, I caught a LOT of BangBangNeko cosplay pics, especially of her Lady Death. Sadly not as much of her Twi’Lek Belly Dancer. There was something I had to reflect on since I stumbled onto her crowded late night shoot on Saturday. In these, YOU ARE NOT THE ONLY PHOTOGRAPHER. There are a lot of people you need to accommodate around you. They all have ideas and requests for the models, and some of those people are models who might want in. And that means you will have to wait for your input longer than a one on one, and you have to adjust to a lot of changes, and as the backpack in the above pic demonstrates you cannot cleanup, move or otherwise adjust the scene. Only your own view into it, meaning the position and settings of your own camera. See photos from this shoot and more at https://fandomfoodie.deviantart.com/art/My-Lady-736099689 and check out BangBang Neko at https://bangbangneko.deviantart.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/BangBangNeko/.
Chapter 3: Tardiness
I’m still adjusting to my new hours, so I’m thrown for a loop. Then I look up and it’s been 2 weeks. No excuses, I waited to long to post. I passed out the name of my brand to a lot of cosplayers to look for themselves online. I should have so much more up by now. So the lesson for my fellow Aspies is as follows: If shifts in schedule throw you, adjust in advance. In this case, I could have made time to make posts one in the evening and if possible another in the morning each day of the week 3 weeks leading up to con, so I could just keep it up when ECCC came and went. So by now EVERYONE who had a picture with me and didn’t leave me THEIR contact should have been able to find the pictures I took of them. Some of them expressed eagerness to do shoots with me later. If I cannot establish ties with them, I have only myself to blame. See again the timing of this article. And see more at https://fandomfoodie.deviantart.com/art/She-s-late-736157385
So, please let me know in the comments what you think. If you or anyone you know has Aspergers, or any syndrome similar in social situations, does this sound relevant?