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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. :) 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. :) 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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