Convention etiquette on both sides of the table
Tell me if this fits: the number one cause of bad convention etiquette is the fear that you’ll approach the booth of one of your favorite creators, and they’ll look at you and say — either out loud, or to themselves — “I don’t care.”
So you change yourself to seem more interesting. You come up with a line to use. You queue up a joke or a story that you hope is more interesting than what you really wanted to say: “I like your work.”
Creators all have nightmare stories about weird fans at their booth who spend interminable minutes trying to express something. I wonder what percentage of those incidents would decrease if that fan actually felt assured that we were listening. That we did care.
There are people I follow online, many who follow me back and interact with me positively, who I still would not approach at a con because I’m afraid of wasting their time. That if I did walk up to them, they’d stare at me with that blank smile that I’ve been guilty of wearing at times. The one that says “okay, champ, move along. I don’t care.” I’m afraid.
I’m gonna think about that at the next show.