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My Parent And Grandparents First Year At Acen So I need advice. ..

#1 User is offline   Illogical 

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Posted 01 May 2010 - 01:41 PM

I have no idea if this belongs here. If not feel free to move it Mods.

Last year I went to Acen with my dad. He's also an anime fan so he understood what was going on.
But this year due to my dad not being able to go, I have to go with my Mom. .. AND my grandma. Who know nothing about anime or games .. or manga.
I promised I'd teach them some things about anime and whatnot, but I don't know what to tell them.

So what should I teach them Acen forums?
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Posted 01 May 2010 - 01:42 PM

tell them to stay away from hentai and yaoi paddles
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Posted 01 May 2010 - 01:52 PM

Hmmm...something like the clockwork orange but with anime and Japanese pop music.
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Posted 01 May 2010 - 01:53 PM

View PostSuigetsu, on May 1 2010, 02:52 PM, said:

Hmmm...something like the clockwork orange but with anime and Japanese pop music.


Sounds right, con people DO have their own oddballs slangs :D

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Posted 01 May 2010 - 02:53 PM

Find some good panels and take them to those.

Check out some of the cosplay meetups.

Cruise Artist's Alley.

Assure them that anime fans are human too.

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Posted 01 May 2010 - 03:32 PM

Just let them know that while it may seem like we're all crazy people who dress up in crazy costumes and spend countless dollars on media from another country, that we do in fact pretend to not be crazy for most of the year. ( I save up my year's worth of craziness for the Con! <3 )

I'd say make sure they avoid anything a bit too far down the rabbit hole of anime geekdom that may freak them out such as panels that are hardcore. the Q&A Panels are always interesting though.
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Posted 01 May 2010 - 05:33 PM

Thanks guys.
I think my parents already understand how crazy we can be though just from me and my friend arguing about the existence of Sailor Pluto..
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Posted 01 May 2010 - 05:40 PM

View Postsentinel28a, on May 1 2010, 08:53 PM, said:

Find some good panels and take them to those.
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Cruise Artist's Alley.
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ACen has serious crowds and long lines every year. So, Illogical, if you want to take your family to a more relaxing Chicago area fan convention, try Windycon in Lombard in November 2010. It's for general sci-fi/fantasy fans. There will be plenty of adults. And thus Windycon has very little duck duck goose, impromptu dancing, yaoi paddling, etc.

But if you're willing to brave the insanity of ACen, and if your parents don't have tattoos and enjoy the seinen or josei genres (men and women over 25) then read on.

As Sentinel28a said, there's some panels which appeal to parents and people over 25. I checked the current schedule, and I figure my own family might like the following:

Learn to Play Go (various times)
Brief History of Anime (Fri morning)
World Folklore (Fri morning)
JET Program (Sat morning)
Japanese Architecture (late Sat afternoon)
Adventure in Marketing Anime (Sun morning)
Japanese Cooking (Sun morning)

Incidentally, my mother likes Cardcaptor Sakura, and my dad enjoyed Kaiji Kawaguchi's manga Eagle.

Artist Alley is usually a good place to talk to individual, creative people. Obviously they're trying to sell their stuff, but they're less pushy than most vendors. And since they tend to stay at their booths, you can talk to artists for a while, and thus help your family understand fellow fans' interests.

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Posted 01 May 2010 - 05:58 PM

Make sure your gram has her orthopedic shoes.
Gets tiring, all the walking.

Could be because last time I was wearing traditional geta shoes the whole time....

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Posted 01 May 2010 - 07:22 PM

I'm guessing you may want to do some "groundwork" before con to put them at ease.

You might try cruizing youtube for some of the "tamer" videos as an introduction. Maybe some good mature but not overly sexed up or gory manga from the public library. Same for some DVDs. Sailor Moon level perhaps. And point out the cultural learning aspects. And history. I think I learned more about Japanese history from Ruouni Kenshin than any school history class.

And once you get to the con try to run into some of the other attendees in their age range, and the kids programming things. The "family friendly" stuff should go a long way. Do your best to avoid the idiot drunks.

Other possible activities:

Masquerade
Fashion Show

And, I don't know how your parent's or grandparent's health is (or yours for that matter), but you may want to swing by the Special Needs and Compliance office. Seeing that the con has such a service, as well as mentioning the EMRT service may impress them with how seriously the con takes safety of the attendees. Something I suspect any parent or grandparent would be concerned about.


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Posted 01 May 2010 - 07:56 PM

You should probably try introducing them to anime/manga BEFORE the con because the EMT guys don't need your granny to go into a stroke...or worse (glomped because people think shes Sophia from Howls Moving Castle O_O).

I'd start off with cute anime movies like My Neighbor Totoro. Shows like that.

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Posted 01 May 2010 - 10:29 PM

oooh, tough break.

I'd NEVER bring my parents to the con, and definitely not my grandparents.

Heck, I wouldn't bring half my friends. (half my friends are into anime, half are not)

The culture shock would kill them.

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Posted 01 May 2010 - 10:59 PM

I like what a lot of the people are suggesting! With my experience with introducing my dad to the anime fandom, I find that taking them to the mild panels is a great way for them to get a understanding of your fandom!

Also, show them cosplay, if you don't cosplay, make sure to tell them to bring a camera along, so if not only to take pics of you, but the great cosplayers. My dad tends to be amazed by the costumes and can spend a lot of time just people watching. ((though it's been a long time now since he has been to a con with me))

If you are worried of your folks getting bored, workshops are a fun place to go. Get your mom and grammy a hands on look into anime if it is something like a basics to cel art or drawing workshop.

This is the best advice I can think of at the moment.

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Posted 02 May 2010 - 01:19 AM

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Posted 02 May 2010 - 10:27 AM

Thanks for all of your suggestions. :3
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Posted 02 May 2010 - 10:27 AM

First of all, be honest, you have to warn them about hentai, yaoi & yuri. They will be exposed to it. Most Grandmothers approve of cosplay. Try to find some thing they might enjoy. See if they are willing to watch certain series that you think they will enjoy. Ask the if they have any questions & maybe get your Dad to explain it before he is unavailable. Some times hearing from another adult helps & let us know how it goes.
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