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Greetings fellow Con goers. I hope you’re all enjoying summer now that it’s in full swing. Sadly, I know some of you guys might not be able to go to some cons because of work or other reasons, but who said you need a convention to be around friends. Why not host a meet up and gather all of your friends.

Hosting a meetup is a great way to hang out with the new people you have met at cons and even get to know some other people that you might not have known. They can be as simple as holding a photo shoot, going to a local mall, going out to eat, etc. The limit is your imagination (and what’s around you.)

Here are a few meetups you can have:

There are so many possible things that you could do that I could be going on for a while. So here’s what I want you guys to do: give me some of your ideas of meet ups. I’m sure that there are plenty that I would never think of, so keep the ideas coming. Also, they don’t have to be in costume. Keep that in mind.

That being said, there are a few things that you’ll have to remember when you do these:

I know I just made this super long list of things to do, but don’t let it dishearten you. In the end, ask yourself what you’d like to accomplish with this meet up. Do you want it just to be a laid back event, or do you want to maybe make this something that’ll be a monthly thing? Whatever the case is, have fun and enjoy yourself, but be responsible and stay out of trouble ;-)
Next week: What’s the best way to run a photo shoot? Some tips and tricks for cosplay photo shoots at cons and at meetups.

I would like to thank the following people for contributing to this article: Carmen, Anya, and Soy

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