My Last Nerd Convention of the Year: A Story in 23 Gifs

I don’t know about you, reader, but I plunge into a sadness spiral the second after leaving the convention floor on a Sunday afternoon. I refer to it as Post-Convention Stress Disorder. For me it’s C2E2, Anime Central, and then Chicago Comic Con (in that order) and then I’m financially tapped out for the year.

Sure, it seems logical to leave your favorite nerd convention after the second or third day of walking around and spending money, but then the revelation hits: YOU WON’T ATTEND ANY MORE CONVENTIONS FOR A WHILE.

And that sucks. Reality is the worst, isn’t it? I’ve detailed my intense feels for you below, from start to finish.

First, I look forward to my last convention for weeks or months before and think it’ll never arrive.

judge judy watch

 

Then I have trouble sleeping the night before, because it’s like Christmas morning.

insomnia

 

But I finally manage to fall asleep and get out of bed on time, and I can hardly contain my excitement in the car

waynes world driving

 

Or when I check into my hotel room.

schmidt bed

 

It doesn’t even phase me when I hit the crazy lines to get my badge

i am invincible

 

Because nothing beats walking onto that con floor for the first time of the weekend.

jensen ackles comic con

 

It’s like a vacation and a carnival and a therapy session all in one.

emma stone this is the best

 

The excitement simply cannot be contained!

conan excited

 

And then I accomplish the one thing I came to do, whether that’s finding the ultimate collectors’ item or grabbing a prime panel seat or meeting a celebrity I admire.

minions fanboying

 

So I go to bed happy and then wake up the next day to do it all over again.

ariel bed

 

Fatigue sets in by Sunday morning, but I still end up at the convention for the last time and all I can think about is how much I miss my bed.

adventure time bed

 

So I make the trek home, in a significantly different mood than on my original journey.

fry hate my life

 

That’s when the sadness finds me, because I know it’ll be awhile until my next con.

hamtaro sad

 

And that sucks.

my heart hurts

 

It really, truly sucks.

why is life so hard

 

Because even though I try to distract myself, I’m still sad.

tobias crying

 

And a whole lot of upset.

penny crawl into hole

 

It’s hard to go to sleep that night, knowing reality awaits me in the morning.

bill murray sucked into space

 

At work the next day, people will inevitably ask me how I am and I’ll want to be honest

everything hurts and im dying

 

And act how I feel on the inside

robin drinking crying

 

But it’ll get to the point where that sadness will fade and seem silly.

it crowd no

 

I’ll finally realize that it’s better to look forward to the next con than mope over the last.

andrew garfield sad smile

 

And then I’m happy again, because the countdown has begun!

kristen wiig so excited

 

Well, that’s how I progress through each convention journey! How about you? Any other emotions to add?

Main image credit to MRio on Flickr. The gifs in this post were found through Giphy and are the property of their creators. No copyright infringement was intended and I’d be happy to add additional attribution if desired!