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Hey guys, I have just got the tickets to a local con and will be wearing my batsuit for the first time there. I've never really done anything like this before and I was wondering if you guys had any advice/tips that could help me out ? feeling a little intimidated getting the train there in a batsuit too :embarassed

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Man, I wish I'd been smart enough to post a thread like this before my firt Con. Here's a couple things that I wish I'd known:

1. Get used to not going anywhere fast.
People want pictures, and depending on the crowd, it can make it so you take an hour to cross a room. The attention is nice, unless of course you need to actually get somewhere, like the bathroom, or to go get some food.

2. Prepare a couple cool poses.
My biggest mistake is having been caught unprepared for this. Don't just stand there (or at least, not all the time). Pose with your fists out ready to fight, or a batarang ready to throw or cape spread or something, but alternate, switch it up. Most of my early pictures were just of me standing there, which is good to have in the mix, but make sure there's a mix to choose from.

3. Scout a location early where you can have some privacy and take off the cowl for a while.
My suit hurts after a couple hours, so every once in a while I just need to find someplace out of sight so I can take some of it off without some little kid walking up wanting pictures with Batman only to find me half in, half out of costume. It's tough to explain to them, hey if you can just wait like a half hour I'll be ready but right now I can't. So it's best just to avoid people when you need to take off the cowl.

4. Check your suit frequently.
If you have a friend coming, or can find a mirror, make sure that everything's still in place, zipped up, closed, positioned right, etc. Last year I went to the Con and didn't think to check if my belt was centered, so half the pictures people got with me have me looking like I'm wearing a bandolier across my middle instead of a utility belt. The Batsymbol on it was a good foot to the left of center and it looked awful!

5. Make some rules about pictures.
This was by far the biggest surprise for me. You're standing there, someone comes up nicely and asks for a picture with their son/daughter. You reply in your Bat-voice: "Certainly." Then, as the parent goes back to get the kid ready, someone jumps in, without asking and just sticks the camera in your face and takes a couple shots. The parent is standing there with their kid waiting.
This happens way too often and there are many other rude things people will do when they want a picture but can't seem to muster the courage just to wait their turn and ask nicely.
So you need to set yourself some rules. Will you only take pictures with those who ask? Will you insist on those who ask first get pictures first? These seem pretty standard, but in the thick of things, its good to know exactly where you stand. Don't be afraid to enforce these rules. It's your suit, your presentation. People need to respect you and how you want to be photographed.

Go get 'em Bro! It can be a wonderful experience.

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That is the best advice thread I have ever seen. Every piece of advice is valuable and well worth considering. I only have to add, when having pics taken, Don't smile, wear good, non smudgy eye black and most of all, enjoy it. The attention you will recieve is amazing.

And post pics here when you have them, please

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Great advice Walter! Seriously.


A private place is absolutely essential! Most of the time I need to get away from everyone, when in my Batman costume for a long period, it mainly because of the cowl. The heat, the sweat, the irritations, the pain, black eye makeup smearing... It's bad sometimes.

Depending on what kind of eye makeup you use, bring whatever you may need to clean or touch up. Put a wipe in your utility belt to use in a pinch.

For sweating, get a box of the thicker/more absorbent panty liners and line the inside of your cowl. Yes... Women's panty liners. Use as many as you think and locate them appropriately. Up top is okay, but right above the eyes and even down at the neck area.

I can't tell you how often I've seen fellow Bat buddies in costume, with a torrential waterfall dripping down the front of their suit, because all that sweat drains under the cowl and on top of the emblem and chest armor. If it's a cloth suit, the entire front is soaking wet.


NOT. ATTRACTIVE! :fright


I've found that I need to take a couple of Advils as a preventative measure, along with a few glasses of water, because of all the dehydration from sweating. But I would only recommend that if you're sure you're prone to dehydration headaches. I'd hate for you to drink a few glasses of water, only to find that you soon need to head into a public men's room to take a squirt and you don't have an emergency escape hatch built into your suit to whip things out to take a leak.

Dealing with people is the most difficult part. For me, anyway. I don't have a lot of patience for stupidity and ignorance. And when adults exhibit that behavior, I find it very hard to put on the show I normally reserve for the kids. It's easier to respond to a shy kid who really doesn't know how to react to seeing Batman and will pretty much go with the flow you set for them. But when a teenager or cocky adult starts giving you sh*t... That's when it's time to either give it back to them or clam up and walk away.

Rehearse, just as Walter says. try out all sorts of poses, but also plan on different scenarios of how people would respond. The first time out is weird and intimidating.

But have fun with it.


Oh, and practice a good Batman voice. It brings out more smiles.







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Awesome advice [sign in to see URL] it rolling...

I would highly recommend having a partner, or "handler". You will find that you often, inadvertently bump into people and things, and get your cape snagged easily. In the cowl your vision is limited and your hearing is muted.

You can also miss photo ops with kids because you quite honestly don't hear or see them. Your handler can position you, and keep people from jumping in your photo.
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Great advice Walter! Seriously.



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Dealing with people is the most difficult part. For me, anyway. I don't have a lot of patience for stupidity and ignorance. And when adults exhibit that behavior, I find it very hard to put on the show I normally reserve for the kids. It's easier to respond to a shy kid who really doesn't know how to react to seeing Batman and will pretty much go with the flow you set for them. But when a teenager or cocky adult starts giving you sh*t... That's when it's time to either give it back to them or clam up and walk away.



Oh man. I hate that. I hate it when some idiot walks up and asks you: "Where's Robin?" in that smarmy, trying to sound cool and fake bravado voice. Or you're walking to the convention and someone yells out of a car:
"It's not Halloween dip-****!"

It's tough keeping up the Batman character, especially if you're someone like me, who was always one of those kids who got teased in school. There's the instinctive urge to say to yourself: "Yeah, they're right, I look silly." and mentally chastise yourself for doing this.
You've got to fight that. They aren't right. What you're doing, you're doing for good reasons. Few people recognize the power of this symbol that we wear on little kids, and how much of a positive impact it can make. It may just be a convention to us, one more picture, but to them, it can change their life.

So fight the instinct to feel shame or humiliation. You are Batman. Channel every movie, every episode of the Animated Series, whatever you have to, to keep up that character and don't doubt yourself.

Something that helps me is to keep an ear bud under the cowl and when I need to I dip off to the side and listen to some Batman music, usually the Nolan Scores by Zimmer and Howard. That gets me right back into the mindset and it's amazing how it instantly changes your stature, your mood, everything.


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Awesome advice [sign in to see URL] it rolling...

I would highly recommend having a partner, or "handler". You will find that you often, inadvertently bump into people and things, and get your cape snagged easily. In the cowl your vision is limited and your hearing is muted.

You can also miss photo ops with kids because you quite honestly don't hear or see them. Your handler can position you, and keep people from jumping in your photo.




This also some great advice. I would be so upset if I didn't have a minder/photographer with me and missed some of the other great suits. Plus, they can photo you with others.

It must be very different in the States than here in Australia with regard to people "queue Jumping" photos. I have personally never had this problem. By the same token though, we don't get the crowd size here that you guys have, so people are probably more in a hurry to get a qwik pic and move on, with limited time, than we do.

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It must be very different in the States than here in Australia ... people are probably more in a hurry to get a qwik pic and move on, with limited time, than we do.






Actually, it's because a lot of Americans are obnoxious.


Not all of them. But there are a lot of them.













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It must be very different in the States than here in Australia ... people are probably more in a hurry to get a qwik pic and move on, with limited time, than we do.






Actually, it's because a lot of Americans are obnoxious.


Not all of them. But there are a lot of them.




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Thanks for all the advice guys, it has really helped build up my confidence and gave me lots of valuable information from your own experiences. I have a group of friends going with me so I'll have handlers there to help me out and hopefully this con will be the first of many emoticon By the way to any UK bats the event I'm going to is manchester comicon so if anyone lives in the area and is planning on going I'll see you there emoticon

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Great thread guys!

One of the things I'm personally worried about is physical confrontations. The con landscape has changed so much in the last 20 years (central florida)from quiet, almost closed door cons to huge events that tend to be double booked next to weird things like all those kooky Red Bull events.

I haven't costumed in 15 years, but at the behest of my friend, i'm trying to get back into it. But i know from going to a few with my students from the college I work at, the potential for a physical confrontation is real enough to be worried about it.

Do you guys have any tips regarding that or has it happened to you? What did you do about it?
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I live in Seattle and most people up here (myself excluded) are very passive aggressive, so I haven't run into anything that's turned physical. The few times it's gotten even close to that, basically I just upped the Batman voice, looked big and told them to go away. No problems there.

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yea not around here.. you get a drywall type guy that's had a few beers too many that walks into the middle of one of these things and it's anybodies guess what could happen.

Seriously, it's a madhouse down here sometimes. You'll have religious people proclaiming the end of the world out side, the hockey arena that just had a concert or something across the street, vendors selling beer in the streets for anyone of our various day or night parades..

 :ohoh

not to mention we have a pretty effective nudge nudge wink wink thing going with the media and city government about not talking about the incidents that happen.

 :batman is not amused.

I can handle my self physically, if it comes down to it and I know I could be responsible about it as well.

But you know, there's legal issues, you're in front of kids etc..
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Bullying issues aside, how are the kids to deal with generally? Do you guys find that your outfits are endangered by overly excited kids trying to get a piece of you? Or are they well behaved most of the time?

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Thanks for the great advice, id like to add if your a huge attention seeker (like me) in some situations its great to have superman or who ever's with you thats willing to rock up with a gheto blaster!(i dont recomend batman carry it because of the limited vision, cape tripping that sort of thing) I normally have something heavy playing as i enter a room (like drowning pool, bodies) so its not just batman themed and your friends dont feel left out. Makes an awesome impression as you enter a room, remember showmanship people! :drummer

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There's some great advice here. Not much I can add. Don't underestimate the heat, dehydration and sweat. I wear spandex and I'm utterly soaked within a couple hours. Keep an eye on your cape. If it's long pick it up when you move around. If your convention is anything like the one here in Toronto the crowds are huge and people are bumping shoulders. From my experience they'll generally give you room to move around (Batman can be quite intimidating) but still be mindful. Escalators and revolving doors scare the crap out of me.

Taking off your cowl and chilling out is one of the best things you can do. Fresh air on your face after a couple hours in the cowl is the best feeling in the world. It also helps to shake the crankiness you might get from wearing the mask and posing for pictures too long. I know I get pretty grumpy after a while.

Also don't plan on doing too much while in costume. As others have said it can take about an hour to cross a room. You'll be a hit and be posing for hundreds of pictures. Be prepared for that. I know I wasn't my first time out and my first costume wasn't much to write home about.

Put some insoles in your boots. You'll thank me later.

Most of my interactions with people tend to be very positive. I'm surprised considering Fan Expo is a pop culture event that includes multiple genres (Comics, Anime, Sci Fi, Horror and Gaming).
The only genre attendees I've received smugness from are the gamers. Generally the smug college boys who play Halo or Call of Duty (No offense to gamers here, I'm one too. But I think you know the type I'm talking about. It has more to do with their age and social group than anything else.) Upon entering the convention I heard one make a smart ass comment about me to his friends. I looked him in the eye and asked "What was that?" He looked down at the ground and said "Nothing." Everyone else has been courteous and excited to have a picture with Batman.

I've been cautious about children pulling on the suit, or some little brat deciding it's a good idea to punch Batman. I couldn't have been more wrong. At the conventions or even birthday parties the kids have always been well behaved and an absolute treat to engage. Seeing a kid's smile because they got to meet Batman really warms your heart. It's the best part, in my opinion.

Have fun with it. Work on some poses. My favourite is one from the Batman Begins promo shots, left hand open out front, right hand cocked for a punch. Look at pictures of Batman and emulate them in the mirror.
Even do some mock fights with people taking your picture. Some guy asked me to "punch him in the face" once and it was a blast posing for that one. I wish I could have had him send it to me. I've done others where I'm sizing up the person in the photo and such. It's nice to mix it up, otherwise you'll be doing the same thing for hours. Try not to smile! Sometimes it's hard as people make jokes and you can't help but laugh when that camera clicks. But Batman looks weird when he smiles. Really weird. It's almost creepy.

Also if you're single, chicks dig the suit. Honestly. The world likes to think costumers are nerdy, lonely people but I've had my butt grabbed, requests for hugs more times than I can count. I don't know about other heroes but Batman gets the ladies. There are a lot of pretty geeky girls out there and they're more fun.

Make sure you eat something before you get in costume. You'll need the energy. And as Liam said drink lots of water. Juice is great too, get those sugar levels up.

If you're usually shy trick yourself into having confidence. You're not yourself anymore, you're Batman. You're going to interact with a lot of people so get comfortable with the idea. Back straight, shoulders back. If you're wearing spandex, flex those core muscles! You don't have to be ripped for it to make a difference, trust me on that one.

If anyone gives you crap do your best to shrug it off. There will be more people taking pictures and enjoying your costume then there will making demeaning comments about you. Stand up for yourself and talk back, most people run away with their tails between their legs when they realize their target will look them back in the eye. If a confrontation is imminent and unavoidable take off your cowl if you can. I'm a black belt, in shape and can definitely handle myself in a melee. But that mask is a serious handicap. Not to mention the cape.
As a disclaimer I don't recommend anyone participate in a fight. But the world is full of arrogance and you never know if some guy wants to prove to his buddies that he can beat up Batman.

Interact with other costumers! This is one of my favourite parts of Cons, but it's difficult with all the posing for pictures. I love talking shop with other costumers. We tend to see the ingenuity that goes into the hobby more so than the people who just want pictures. We notice the details other people miss. It feels great when someone comes up to you and comments on a piece of your costume when everyone else only sees the whole package.

If you're only attending for one day give yourself time to go out of costume. It feels strange being incognito after being in the suit but at least then you can enjoy what the event has to offer as a "civvy."

When all is said and done head over the [sign in to see URL] and look for pictures from the event. Every year I find a good handful of myself that other people have taken. Also check out facebook groups for the event where people have uploaded their albums.

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If you're usually shy trick yourself into having confidence. You're not yourself anymore, you're Batman.








 :up Perfect. :up





It truly is. :batman

Thank you all for this thread, as I'm prepping for my first time out in costume the end of this month it has been great to hear tips and what to expect emoticon

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Great posts guys!

I went to FanExpo last year and was completely overwhelemd at first. It was really crowded, I didn't have any water with me, and I kept getting separated from my group. And, as Rohun mentioned, it took me an hour to cross the room at one point to go to the bathroom. (Batman was doing the pee-dance in about 100 pictures out there). At one point, I was getting so overheated, I had to get my mask off or I was going to faint,(My suit breathes really well--but cowls are HOT)and I again was separated from my group.
I think the points I'd make were already mentioned: Try to go with someone else, hopefully someone that can stay with you and help you out if needed. Make sure you hydrate. Know were the bathrooms are. Have fun! It truly was an amazing experiance. I was totally unprepared at first, but started to get the hang of it as the day progressed, AND I had a great time emoticon
 
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So glad I decided to ask this, it has been the best resource ever, thanks everyone and almost got my costume finished, just need to add a stronger zip to the back after adding the weight of the armour :up

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There's some great advice here. Not much I can add. Don't underestimate the heat, dehydration and sweat. I wear spandex and I'm utterly soaked within a couple hours. Keep an eye on your cape. If it's long pick it up when you move around. If your convention is anything like the one here in Toronto the crowds are huge and people are bumping shoulders. From my experience they'll generally give you room to move around (Batman can be quite intimidating) but still be mindful. Escalators and revolving doors scare the crap out of me.

Taking off your cowl and chilling out is one of the best things you can do. Fresh air on your face after a couple hours in the cowl is the best feeling in the world. It also helps to shake the crankiness you might get from wearing the mask and posing for pictures too long. I know I get pretty grumpy after a while.

Also don't plan on doing too much while in costume. As others have said it can take about an hour to cross a room. You'll be a hit and be posing for hundreds of pictures. Be prepared for that. I know I wasn't my first time out and my first costume wasn't much to write home about.

Put some insoles in your boots. You'll thank me later.

Most of my interactions with people tend to be very positive. I'm surprised considering Fan Expo is a pop culture event that includes multiple genres (Comics, Anime, Sci Fi, Horror and Gaming).
The only genre attendees I've received smugness from are the gamers. Generally the smug college boys who play Halo or Call of Duty (No offense to gamers here, I'm one too. But I think you know the type I'm talking about. It has more to do with their age and social group than anything else.) Upon entering the convention I heard one make a smart ass comment about me to his friends. I looked him in the eye and asked "What was that?" He looked down at the ground and said "Nothing." Everyone else has been courteous and excited to have a picture with Batman.

I've been cautious about children pulling on the suit, or some little brat deciding it's a good idea to punch Batman. I couldn't have been more wrong. At the conventions or even birthday parties the kids have always been well behaved and an absolute treat to engage. Seeing a kid's smile because they got to meet Batman really warms your heart. It's the best part, in my opinion.

Have fun with it. Work on some poses. My favourite is one from the Batman Begins promo shots, left hand open out front, right hand cocked for a punch. Look at pictures of Batman and emulate them in the mirror.
Even do some mock fights with people taking your picture. Some guy asked me to "punch him in the face" once and it was a blast posing for that one. I wish I could have had him send it to me. I've done others where I'm sizing up the person in the photo and such. It's nice to mix it up, otherwise you'll be doing the same thing for hours. Try not to smile! Sometimes it's hard as people make jokes and you can't help but laugh when that camera clicks. But Batman looks weird when he smiles. Really weird. It's almost creepy.

Also if you're single, chicks dig the suit. Honestly. The world likes to think costumers are nerdy, lonely people but I've had my butt grabbed, requests for hugs more times than I can count. I don't know about other heroes but Batman gets the ladies. There are a lot of pretty geeky girls out there and they're more fun.

Make sure you eat something before you get in costume. You'll need the energy. And as Liam said drink lots of water. Juice is great too, get those sugar levels up.

If you're usually shy trick yourself into having confidence. You're not yourself anymore, you're Batman. You're going to interact with a lot of people so get comfortable with the idea. Back straight, shoulders back. If you're wearing spandex, flex those core muscles! You don't have to be ripped for it to make a difference, trust me on that one.

If anyone gives you crap do your best to shrug it off. There will be more people taking pictures and enjoying your costume then there will making demeaning comments about you. Stand up for yourself and talk back, most people run away with their tails between their legs when they realize their target will look them back in the eye. If a confrontation is imminent and unavoidable take off your cowl if you can. I'm a black belt, in shape and can definitely handle myself in a melee. But that mask is a serious handicap. Not to mention the cape.
As a disclaimer I don't recommend anyone participate in a fight. But the world is full of arrogance and you never know if some guy wants to prove to his buddies that he can beat up Batman.

Interact with other costumers! This is one of my favourite parts of Cons, but it's difficult with all the posing for pictures. I love talking shop with other costumers. We tend to see the ingenuity that goes into the hobby more so than the people who just want pictures. We notice the details other people miss. It feels great when someone comes up to you and comments on a piece of your costume when everyone else only sees the whole package.

If you're only attending for one day give yourself time to go out of costume. It feels strange being incognito after being in the suit but at least then you can enjoy what the event has to offer as a "civvy."

When all is said and done head over the [sign in to see URL] and look for pictures from the event. Every year I find a good handful of myself that other people have taken. Also check out facebook groups for the event where people have uploaded their albums.



Fantastic post.

I can't echo the "You're Batman" sentiment enough.
For me, this is more than a costume, it's a legacy. So wear it proudly. When I'm in the suit, I am Batman. I don't do anything Batman wouldn't do, and I don't act like me. Use everything you know about the character and just exude the power and passion that is Batman. It really makes a big difference at a convention, when you meet someone who's just wearing a costume (they makes jokes about it, they respond in their own voice) and someone who is the costume.


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Wow I have to say, today was amazing, the expo was great and when you said it can take an hour to cross the room you guys weren't kidding, I've never had so much attention in my life ! so many pictures, but the reception and the expressions on peoples faces was great. I'll probably start a new thread tomorrow when some of the pictures begin to surface, thanks for all the tips guys, it helped make the day what it was: awesome :up

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Didn't see this one on there.

Where a cup.

Getting hit in the stomach isn't very fun, but having a little one hit in the nether regions, well, no one needs to see Batman cry.

Loved all the info on here.

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I'm glad you had fun and that it was enjoyable for you.

You're going to be on a high for a week or so. emoticon It's fun. It goes by quick, it's exhausting, scary, hectic and fun, all in one.


I've done Dragon Con four times, New York Comic Con twice, about six birthday parties and multiple Halloween parties. It gets easier, but you always get that nerve-wracking surge of something afterwards... I guess it's similar to adrenaline.






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Yep. The first time I saw my shadow (in a crappy Rubies costume) I thought, "Damn, Batman's here. Oh, wait..."

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I'm glad you had fun and that it was enjoyable for you.

You're going to be on a high for a week or so. emoticon It's fun. It goes by quick, it's exhausting, scary, hectic and fun, all in one.


I've done Dragon Con four times, New York Comic Con twice, about six birthday parties and multiple Halloween parties. It gets easier, but you always get that nerve-wracking surge of something afterwards... I guess it's similar to adrenaline.







yeah you're right I'm definitely getting that feeling at the moment and many of the people I met there found me on facebook and have left great comments, also made some new con buddies :toocool

and three cheers for this topic being stickied! hopefully this will help others that were in my situation in the future

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Great advice! I've been costuming for 5 years now and love it. Being in a wheelchair, i've heard it all. Most of the negative moments came from the one year I went to san diego comic-con. It's easy enough to shrug off. I attend Dragon con every year and those people have always been great.

Just remember that the few hasslers are only doing it cause they haven't realize there are more important things in life. The moment you see a kids face light up, you won't give the naysayers a second thought.

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Just remember that the few hasslers are only doing it cause they haven't realize there are more important things in life. The moment you see a kids face light up, you won't give the naysayers a second thought.



You're so right about that, there were a few idiots who you could tell had never heard of batman till nolan made his films that tried stirring things up but you shrug it off as soon as that next person comes over to ask for a picture and says how awesome they think the costume is



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Wow I have to say, today was amazing, the expo was great and when you said it can take an hour to cross the room you guys weren't kidding, I've never had so much attention in my life ! so many pictures, but the reception and the expressions on peoples faces was great. I'll probably start a new thread tomorrow when some of the pictures begin to surface, thanks for all the tips guys, it helped make the day what it was: awesome :up



I am so glad it wnet off well for you and you enjoyed it. I am also glad that all the great advice posted here also helped build yours, and hopefully other first timers, confidence to be Batman and enkoy the day.

All the comments about confrontations and bad comments made me think back to the five conventions I have been too over the years. I have not had anything like that, but the scariest incident I had was when a guy in a scarecrow costume (sit and a heshan bag on his head) asked for a bunch of Bat Villains to hold me whilst he pretended to use fear toxin on me. He had some green liquid in a hypo and when he showed it to me there was no needle. He wanted a couple of pics, so I agreed. Here is one of the pics from that shoot.

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As you can see, whilst we prepared for the shot, this lunatic suddenly put a huge needle in the end of the syringe. The look on my face is no acting, I was furious. However, the biggest fear I had was what my son (Two-Face) was going to do to this guy when he realised the needle was there.

I met up with this guy again this year, and we "discussed" the issue again, he was very apologetic and in the end we had a bit of a laugh about it and all was forgiven. But it was my scariest expirience at a con, I can tell you.

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I'm glad I read this, I've been to cons before, and I've been working on my poses, voice, all that stuff, but the sweat guarding of the mask and adding water to my utility belt are things I might not have even thought of.

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