While conventions are the perfect place to meet new people and dive into your favorite fandom, we know they can also be A LOT. If you’re feeling anxious about attending ECCC, here’s a handy guide for how to manage this on the day, along with some less hectic spots on the show floor you can head to when you need a breather.
Before the show…
There are several things you can do before you even arrive at the venue to make your day run as smoothly as possible:
Have a look at all the information on our website or download the official ECCC app to make a plan for your time at the show. Which panels do you want to watch? Which guests do you want to meet? There will be lots to take in on the day, so making a priority list you can check off will help things work for you. Be sure to take into account queueing time, and give yourself lunch and bathroom breaks!
You might also take the time to familiarize yourself with the new venue layout, so you have a good understanding of where the amenities are located. Visit the Seattle Convention Center website for further details.
At the show…
First (and most importantly!) don’t put too much pressure on yourself; you’re there to make memories and have fun, after all!
If you feel like things are getting a little too much, don’t hesitate to take a second away from the crowds until you’re feeling comfortable enough to carry on with your day.
Here are a few areas around the event to head to when you’re looking to catch a break…
Watch a Panel
Panels: like podcasts, but live! Give yourself a minute (or 40) to take a seat and hear from pros, discover your new favorite author, or catch a screening in one of our many scheduled panel sessions.
Brush off the show floor noise by checking out an old favorite from our console gaming library, or try your hand at something new in the tabletop gaming area. We’ve got titles to play solo, or try with like minded folk - the choice is yours.
Creativity can be the best stress reliever of all. Pull up a chair and take part in our hands-on activities in the Pop Asia area!
Still not feeling great?
Whether you’re feeling anxious, overstimulated, or just need a moment by yourself, find some calm in one of our personal reset rooms located on the 3rd and 4th floor next to the restrooms, or in the Quiet Room in 326. Reset rooms may be used by folks on a first come-first served basis, while the Quiet Room is a community space open to anyone looking to break from the comic con buzz.
Most importantly, remember you’re in a room full of people celebrating the things they love – just like you! If you need assistance or just someone to talk to, find the nearest ECCC team member and let us help. We can’t wait to hang out with you all weekend!