Alright so I have had the awesome opportunity to attend K-Con this year, and it is really so much more than anything I had ever expected it to be. A few months ago I was out to lunch with my very good friend Maren, who I had successful converted to dramaland, fittingly we were at a local Korean restaurant. I had known that K-Con was happening but I never thought that I would actually commit to go because I didn't really have anyone to go with. In passing I mentioned the convention and immediately she convinced me we must go. So we bought our tickets and waited patiently for July 31st to come. And it's finally here and I thought it would be great to talk about everything that has happened and all the crazy things that go on at this certain con.
Before we got to the convention we drove to K-Town and stopped at Okrumong, a great patbingsu spot. Patbingsu is a Korean dessert that is basically shaved ice with a sweet red bean topping. It is honestly one of my favorite things to eat on a hot day. We went ahead and shared a green tea bowl and it perfectly hit the spot.
So day 1 was today and I am completely exhausted. We got to the convention about a half hour before it opened and let me tell you I haven't seen so many crazy K-pop fans in one place ever... I don't think I would classify myself as a crazy fan of K-pop, yes I really like it but I don't necessarily exclusively listen to it so I feel a little out of my league. The one thing I do know is that I can hold my own when discussing dramas so I was really looking forward to a lot of the panels about dramaland.
Once we got inside we went around the expo looking at all the booths, and I was a little intimidated at first, there is a lot to see and do. But the first thing I did was stop at the IOPE booth and they were having people spin a wheel and you could win an IOPE air cushion, which I have been thinking about buying for the past few months. So obviously we were off to a brilliant start.
There are tons of people here and so maneuvering around took some talent but we made it around and we made mental notes of what we wanted to maybe buy in the next couple of days. Our first panel we attended was Shower Scenes to Wrist Grabs: The Best and Worst K-Drama Tropes. I think I went into the panel expecting something a little different then how it was set up but they showed a series of clips from all sorts of dramas detailing certain dramaland tropes. Overall the panel was a little disappointing because I don't think there was really any meat to the questions being asked and it was all things I have discussed with others before. But it was fun and there were some great laughs throughout. Basically we can all agree that amnesia is a bad trope that should just go away forever.
We left this panel a little early and got in line for a skin care workshop with Sokoglam's Charlotte Cho. I am a huge makeup enthusiasti and I have been doing a Korean skin care routine for about a year now so I have visited sokoglam.com quite a bit in my time and I was really looking forward to this workshop to hear from Charlotte herself about some of her favorite skin products. There was a pretty long line but we got in and on our seats were some great gift bags full of product samples, basically the best thing in the world. Charlotte started her presentation and asked for volunteers and I knew I had to be picked. Luckily I have very long arms and I was lucky enough to get picked. I got to go up and show off a face mask which was great and because I volunteered I got a Missha M Magic Cushion, which is basically the same thing as the IOPE product I had gotten earlier. I am so excited to have both of the compacts and can't wait to give them both a try. I have been so interested in Korean beauty and to get both these products has already made this whole trip for me. I would totally recommend everyone check out sokoglam.com and see what Korean skin care is really all about, it's a whole new world of magical things that everyone should try.
We went straight from the skin care workshop to another panel entitled Dramabeans: Hallyu in Academia. This panel featured Hae Joo Kim, Bonnie Tilland, and Regina Young Lee and was moderated by Javabeans and Girlfriday. This was probably the highlight of the day for both Maren and I because we both tend to lean toward the academic side of analyzing things and I actually wrote a research paper for my dramatic literature theory class about the representation of LGBTQ+ theory in Korean dramas. So I knew a little about Bonnie Tilland and Regina Young Lee before going into the panel. It was fascinating to see these women talk about dramas and K-pop in an academic setting and to see that these dramas hold a lot more in them than just their entertainment value. I just wish I attended a university that offered a class that let me watch dramas for credit. I learned a lot in this panel and I was honored to be in the small amount of people there. It was also great to see Javabeans and Girlfriday because I am an avid reader of Dramabeans and they have created a great community to talk about dramas and they had some really great questions for the panelists that kept me in the panel all the way to the end. It really was great!
It was the perfect way to start off this three day adventure. I didn't really know what to expect and that is really a good thing because it is all blowing my mind! I seriously can't wait to see what tomorrow brings.