‘Con Crunch’ is a term sometimes used among the convention community. It is when a cosplayer is working on a costume right before the convention and in most cases, is very short on time. The word ‘con crunch’ is a reference to the term ‘crunch time.‘
With con-crunch, there is often a lot of pressure, anxiety, along with a strong desire to finish a costume on time, before the convention starts. Though sometimes, this crunch time can even go as far as the day before the convention, or even at the convention itself, before a cosplay is set to debut.
Sometimes, you may want to work on parts of a cosplay at the con, and that is okay–it does happen. However, I have seen and heard stories of people pulling all-nighters and taking less care of themselves during con-crunch time.
Cosplay is a hobby, though with any hobby, it is important to engage yourself in what you enjoy, without impacting your physical or mental health. On the same note, not taking care of yourself this can make you more likely to get sick at the event. I have also heard of situations where people catch sicknesses such as the flu and continue to go events. This as a result, can not only make themselves feel a bit worse, but can also make other people at the event sick, as well. Many conventions, (but not all), do offer insurance for tickets and in some cases, you may be able to get reimbursed for your ticket.
But regardless, please put your health first.
I am a novice at sewing and do not have too much experience with crafting, and I make sure to get cosplays ready–or at least started at least two months in advance,as ordering main cosplay pieces from China can take a good few weeks. If I do get more advanced in my skills and get to the point of making costumes from scratch, I will still make sure to plan my cosplays early, giving plenty of time to do tests prior to the event.
In my opinion, I am not a big fan of con-crunch, if it does negatively have an impact on one’s health and well-being. Con-crunch is not for everyone, and I’ve learned that from not only hearing stories, but seeing how people handle stress. I can’t say if I recommend partaking in con-crunch or not. But if you do decide to participate, make sure you you are able to manage your stress and take care of yourself, while most of all, remember to have fun.