The one-and-only Hallyu fan convention in America with limitless fun things to do and fantastic idols to meet-and-greet!
OGN ‘League of Legends’ Champions Festival:
For the very first time, KCON will hold a special “OGN ‘League of Legends’ Champions Festival - Special Greet & Match.” 
CJ E&M’s Ongamenet, a South Korean cable channel specializing in broadcasting E-sport matches, will be bringing a currently active Korean League of Legends professional gaming team CJ Entus Frost with a former “League of Legends” professional gamer ‘Locodoco’ and now a coach at Team Solo Mid (TSM) as the MC/Commentator for this special event.
“League of Legends” fans will be able to participate in Q&A sessions and special 5 vs. 5 friendly matches against CJ Entus Frost star gamers including MadLife and Shy. Fans that purchase official merchandise will be able to get autographs and participate in photo sessions with CJ Entus Frost gamers.
Each day will consist of two sessions running from 11:00AM – 1:30PM and 3:30PM - 6PM.
Tickets for the “OGN LoL Champions Festival - Special Greet & Match” at KCON 2014 are on sale now at the Powerhouse website.

OGN ‘League of Legends’ Champions Festival:

For the very first time, KCON will hold a special “OGN ‘League of Legends’ Champions Festival - Special Greet & Match.” 

CJ E&M’s Ongamenet, a South Korean cable channel specializing in broadcasting E-sport matches, will be bringing a currently active Korean League of Legends professional gaming team CJ Entus Frost with a former “League of Legends” professional gamer ‘Locodoco’ and now a coach at Team Solo Mid (TSM) as the MC/Commentator for this special event.

“League of Legends” fans will be able to participate in Q&A sessions and special 5 vs. 5 friendly matches against CJ Entus Frost star gamers including MadLife and Shy. Fans that purchase official merchandise will be able to get autographs and participate in photo sessions with CJ Entus Frost gamers.

Each day will consist of two sessions running from 11:00AM – 1:30PM and 3:30PM - 6PM.

Tickets for the “OGN LoL Champions Festival - Special Greet & Match” at KCON 2014 are on sale now at the Powerhouse website.

KCON Travel Guide: Local Korean Cafes

In a few weeks, dearest reader, you may find yourself in Los Angeles, alone, wandering the streets, schlepping to the nearest Mobil station which promises coffee. But those, my friend, are false promises. We, at KCON, want to save you from the inevitable onslaught of “Hawaiian Dark Roast” and “Chocolate Brownie Lattes.”

Of course, KCON is the main attraction, but what about the place where you can get a taste of Korean “café culture?” Koreatown. Of course there are some K-town quirks that could disorient any visitor.

1) Many coffee journeys begin in the early morning hours, but most K-Town cafes don’t open until 11 am (with the exception of Caffebene and Tom N Toms). Why? Because Korean café culture is much more about socializing and enjoying the ambience (which is usually swanky) than just the cup of coffee itself. So, many cafes open late and close late.

2) Since there is so much tasty, interesting food scattered around K-Town, I wouldn’t recommend eating a meal at a café. Of course, the cakes and waffles are always a good bet, but, try not to be drawn into the promise of cheap 불고기 (bulgogi). 

3) Expect to pay a little more if venturing into a trendy, non-chain café. Usually, all drinks (even hot tea) are around $6. Paying for ambiance seems a little crazy, but worthwhile on a short KCON-cation.

Today, let’s talk about cafes where you can get your caffeine fix, have a long chat with friends, experience a traditional tea house, or even study all night.

 

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Fandom Is Where The Feels Are

Fandom Is Where The Feels Are

Guest Blogger: Hallyu Tanya, “The Rise of The Acting Idol”

Hello KCON-ers!

We love to support our Hallyu bloggers and today we would like to extend that spotlight to a particularly talented blogger, Hallyu Tanya. If you bought your KCON tickets and you’re wondering, “Who will commiserating with me about Second Lead Syndrome? Who will be talking with me about the ladies of K-Drama?” let this be a small sample of the wonderful people and discussion that will happen on those panels! Let the guest blog begin!

Kpop idols have always been billed as an all-force talent. Yes, they are well known for their musical skills, but also their faces and physiques that allow them to model, giving them the ability to sell products and gain endorsements. That just leaves one thing: acting.

 

BEAST's Yong Jun Hyung in "Monstar."

BEAST’s Yong Jun Hyung in “Monstar” (2013).

 

Idols who choose to act are definitely not a new phenomenon, as we have the likes of Rain and others, but last year we saw a huge spike in the number of productions that were willing to take on idol actors, most in prominent roles. In 2013, there were over 40 K-Dramas that starred idols in some role as opposed to the handful that aired just 5 years before, in 2008. That number easily doubles if you take into account idols in movies and musicals.

 

B1A4's Baro and Tiny G's Dohee in "Reply 1994" (2013).

B1A4′s Baro and Tiny G’s Dohee in “Reply 1994″ (2013).

 

So why the sudden spike in numbers? Many would argue ratings, however historically dramas that star idols tend to do poorly in ratings. This is not necessarily because the idols can’t act, although there are those who try and fail, but rather because many new dramas lack sufficient plots and interesting scripts, drawing criticism from viewers and netizens worldwide. Eventually one has to question why major entertainment companies allows their idols to continue.

 

2PM's Taecyeon in "Who Are You?" (2013).

2PM’s Taecyeon in “Who Are You?” (2013).

 

The answer is simply, exposure. Idols who are not particularly strong in acting can stick to roles that will keep them in a familiar setting, such as those based around music like Dream High (2011), What’s Up (2011), and Monstar (2013). They will gain experience in the field, fans of their music will watch, and they will probably gain a few new fans who may not be familiar with their music. Ultimately it will serve as a test as to whether or not they should continue acting and those who succeed are allowed to pursue more prominent, serious roles in dramas that are completely unrelated to the music.

 

SHINee's Minho in "Medical Top Team" (2013).

SHINee’s Minho in “Medical Top Team” (2013).

 

Only halfway through 2014, we can see this trend continuing. Lee Hong Ki was a rather serious lead in Bride of the Century, Jaejoong has taken on Triangle, and Yoo Chun has successfully completed Three Days. With more shows just beginning and even more slated for the rest of the year, the question still stands: should idols be acting?

 

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Jung Eun Ji in “Trot Lovers” (2014).

 

I say let them. Acting is just one more skill that can be gained or, in the case of several leading actors like Eugene and Yoon Eun Hye, become their job of choice should their idol group disband for any reason. It can be a break from their otherwise strenuous music schedule or even just a way to pass the time while they wait for their next comeback. I, for one, am happy to support them in whatever fields they choose. After all, you can never have enough when it comes to your biases.

~Hallyu Tanya

Workshop Spotlight: Cosplay 101

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KCON 2014 Workshop Spotlight: Cosplay 101

Hello KCON-ers!

You may have watched our #KCONLiveChat this week and caught a brief glimpse as Hoon flashed our program across the screen. In that too short moment, you may not have caught that we are doing a Cosplay Workshop. Candiie Wish (who you may have seen on an earlier #KCONLiveChat) and Brianna Newman will be leading this cosplay workshop for beginners and even those people who just want to chill and talk cosplay skills. Why are we telling you this now?

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It’s time to show your K-Pop pride!

It’s time to show your K-Pop pride!

The KCON team would like to take a minute to thank Verizon and LG for supporting KCON and All Things Hallyu for THREE YEARS in a row! KCON 2014 is going to be BIGGER and BETTER than ever before so stay tuned to heat up your summer with more awesome programs and exclusive opportunities only possible through Verizon and LG!

The KCON team would like to take a minute to thank Verizon and LG for supporting KCON and All Things Hallyu for THREE YEARS in a row! KCON 2014 is going to be BIGGER and BETTER than ever before so stay tuned to heat up your summer with more awesome programs and exclusive opportunities only possible through Verizon and LG!

Girls' Generation Shout-out to KCON-ers! →

Girls’ Generation is coming to KCON 2014!

Get your KCON 2014 tickets now to get your Hallyu on with Girls’ Generation! - http://www.kconusa.com

B1A4's Special Shout-out to KCON-ers! →

B1A4 is coming to KCON 2014!

Get your KCON 2014 tickets now to get your Hallyu on with B1A4! - http://www.kconusa.com