With Sakura-Con, Anime Boston, and Anime Central┬ábehind us, we’re in the thick of convention season. From now through September, conventions will pack the weekends of eager anime fans across the globe.

For newcomers to the convention game, though, anime cons be just a bit daunting. The thought of just submerging oneself in crowds that can get to be the size of a large town can be daunting. Then there’s the rules, panels, the cosplayers, the dealer’s room… it can be a total sensory overload.

To help those who are getting ready for their first anime con, the folks at Viewster put together a handy infographic to explain the ins and outs of con etiquette and preparation.

Viewster Anime Convention Survival Guide Infographic - 20150520

For those who want a bit more information, we’ve dedicated an entire chapter to the con experience in our Beginner’s Guide that includes, above all things, a checklist to make sure you have everything you need to have a great con.