Curry Zawa Kaoru's Creative Counseling - "Is 40 too old for doujin events?" How to become an inspiration to the youth
First time attending an event and I'm afraid that people will call me old.
This means that, even back then, the event welcomed quite a few attendees in their 30s.
People attend events for the lewd works
The only thing my eyes captured was the lewd fan-work featuring my favorite characters.
You might think that if you're sitting in one of the booths as the owner of a circle, people will notice you, but that's not the case. I still remember how excited I was when I found the publication that I was desperately looking for ー whose cover I'd been more familiar with than my parents' faces ー but for the life of me, I can't remember what the person selling it looked like.
I don’t know about those big events happening about every week, but people who attend small-scale events of niche genres where the original work has already ended have probably come to terms with the fact that every event might be the last.
When it comes to niche genres, being surrounded by all sorts of merch of their favorite work is a dream come true for attendees, unbelievable enough to pinch both cheeks.
If you found yourself on treasure island, would you care about the age of those you're with or would you just start treasure hunting?
Right now, you're acting like someone who goes to an idol concert and worries that people will pay more attention to them than to the idols.
Your lewd (or non-lewd) works are the idols here; what you should be doing is polishing your creations and making the uke's nipples all white and shiny, not worry about stuffing your face with hyaluronic acid.
If a work is good, that makes the person selling it a god ー period. No one would ever change their mind about buying something because the hand holding out the change is more wrinkled than expected.
'Being old' alone won't make you the star of the class meeting
In the world of fan work, classroom assemblies spanning from the first to the fifth period are not that uncommon, and creators stealing the spotlight from creations aren't unheard of either ー the same goes for event participants getting the hell beaten out of them from time to time.
If you're a creator or an event attendee, it's only natural to wonder what would happen if you found yourself in a similar situation.
And if you're a newbie, or old enough to stand out, the thought gets even scarier.
But flame wars aren't that straightforward: 'being old' alone won't make you the star of the class meeting. If you want to take over the class, your lewd works have to stand out so much they make the whole world around them slide out of focus.
It takes guts to top the preposterousness of your average lewd doujin covers boasting unclad bodies and asses in lieu of faces. Such an ordeal is not for the little guy who's afraid to look crazy.
You mentioned you're a newbie when it comes to fan art and social media, so I guess you're worried about doing something wrong.
Still, real-life etiquette and event etiquette are not too far apart, and rest assured that there are no special rules such as how many acrylic keychains are allowed in each age range.
If you weren't familiar with the law against going out naked, you wouldn't think twice about strolling around in the nude ー and that's exactly why you should look up the venue rules and event etiquette beforehand. But as long as you have some common sense, you should be fine. And I believe that you, a working adult and experienced parent, should have no trouble respecting them.