15 thoughts on “Why I Can’t Stand Dutch Conventions: Dutch People Are Annoying

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  2. Patrick says:

    Well, there are enough reasons not to like the Dutch: being loud, having an opinion without knowing anything about the subject. But then again, we also have some nice traits. I think the Dutch are laid-back, genuinely friendly (when we are friendly, that is not always the case), they like the underdog and for some strange reason I like the ons-kent-ons-attitude. For non-Dutch: the Dutch can be very accommodating to other Dutch people. This is not very nice to non-Dutch, but it feels warm and accepting for the Dutch.

    • Tze says:

      Yeah, I never noticed until I left. Though I still like it there and could live there again! It can be a very friendly country (one where foreigners are first spoken to in Dutch instead of English because it’s normal to see coloured people everywhere), but there’s also a dumb arrogance there. Especially older people tend to make slightly racist remarks (innocently as part of a joke) and I got sexual innuendos a lot. -_- But nothing you won’t get used to.

    • Tze says:

      I noticed that the English seem to take being polite very seriously (from what I’ve seen over there)! I guess that can also be a bad thing, when they still try to be polite even if they don’t like something.

  3. Smith says:

    Agree about the half-hearted politeness. I think I learned to just ignore id, and hell, even dish out some myself :D

    • Tze says:

      Well I guess I’d better be polite back at them at cons before I scare the rest of the potential customers away. XD But yeah, you can get used to it…

  4. Zomink says:

    Courage! I think it’s supercool that you do conventions (despite stupid con-goers)!! I’m not really sure where I’m going with my comics, but it would be so cool to gather enough presentable stuff to be able to take part one day.

    • Tze says:

      Conventions are what inspired me to start with my Mêhs, 8 years ago. :3 It just gets scary when you get your first few customers asking you to sign the booklet they bought. Right away. On the spot. It’s okay if it takes awhile! They like watching you at work! EXTRA STRESS ADDED.
      It was easy for me to start since there’s an online comic magazine that features Dutch/Belgian starters. They put my stuff online (with already an audience to read it) and allowed me to sit at their booth for free… maybe there’s something similar in Germany?

  5. Moom says:

    For me, the most heart-sinking is the one with the little kid. I attent Lego conventions, and sometimes see that also. But fortunately, the overall majority of visitors is honestly enthousiastic.

    • Tze says:

      I feel sorry for those kids too. They’re so interested but their parents just act bored and aren’t willing to buy anything for them.
      Me, I’m just sending nasty thoughts to the parents for taking away a customer. :p
      Depriving kids of Lego is evil though. But I can kind of understand parents can’t afford most of the stuff……

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