What an amazing con. It topped last year's Alcon (hence the chant buzzing around the con "Best Alcon Ever") and I was just so happy to be a part of that and meet so many amazing people that my Facebook literally exploded after the con ended. EXPLODED WITH MANLY RELISH THAT IS. I was going to wait until I had all the photos from the con before typing out this journal but meh, I've got time now and I've got energy SO LET'S CONQUER THIS SLIDE!!!
got into London Saturday morning and after going through the obstacle course that is the International Visitors way through Gatwick airport we were greeted by a sleepy `KellyJane
who had woken up at 5am or something crazy like that to come get us at the airport (weloveyou). We spent the day with Parle in stinky plane clothes and with about 3 hours of sleep each which just made everything far more magical (except for the magic show we watched in Oxford Circus which was crap... I mean what kind of magician doesn't believe me when I say I'm from Asguard? CHECK YOUR PRIVILEGE MAGIC MAN). And at this point I should mention that the theme of the con was "check your privilege", because *Tomoyo-hime
had far too much of it.
We spent the rest of the week touring around London. On Sunday we had a very short notice meetup at Hyde Park that brought our way more people than i was expecting considering that we literally planned it 2 days before leaving XD I climbed the upside down tree whist talking to ~mistergleeson
about sewing or something stupid and off-topic. I loved talking with everyone and going to a Piccadilly Circus with the folks who came with us for dinner. You guys were such amazing company 8D
We also went to the Harry Potter set and did the tour there. It was incredible. I swear we nearly teared up at the end as we walked around the Hogwarts model that they used to shoot all of the arial shots of Hogwarts in the movies.
Alcon started with a bang in our DC Jumpsuits as Robin, Poison Ivy and Superboy. We got to see some of our wonderful Norwegian pals again :3 and then there was the Late Night Panel at which we introduced everyone to our idea for a show called "Mind the Gap". It is sort of like Hetalia, but with the lines of the London Tube instead of countries. Piccadilly Line is the carefree bane of everyone's existance, Bakerloo Line is the one who's had enough of your shit, Circle Line is just happy to be there, District Line is a Chav, Metropolitan Line is the sassy gay guy with a tramp stamp, Victoria Line is the old cougar woman and Jubilee Line is the drunken dirty party girl. The list goes on and on. CAN YOU TELL HOW MUCH FREE TIME WE HAD ON TRANSIT!? Once we started personifying the Tube things became awesome 8D
I'm pretty sure `tealpirate
and I blessed each other with water and then sang A Whole New World. Later that night ~mistergleeson
and I hid in *Valdrein
's closet and screamed about how our parents were dead (Batman/Peter Parker lol).
Friday was our Wig Panel and Makeup Panel. Gotta say a huge thank you to everyone who came to our panels :3 It was the first time Nova and Val had run the makeup panel too so it was wonderful to see a full house for both panels! We're always trying to improve our panels so any feedback would be appreciated
After the panel I met with an incredible artist named Di-San who I had asked to do a commission for me of my OC a while ago. To my surprise he had the picture of my OC as part of his prints for sale at his booth! I WAS BEYOND HAPPY SEEING THAT!!! PLUS he gave me a full-sized print for myself! I was so stoked about all of that I couldn't thank him enough.
Dressed as Kaito, Len and Gakupo from Vocaloid: Imitation Black we ran the Cosplay Auction with Jenn and Kelly. My God was that awesome. So much money was raised thanks to the charity of both the bidders and the participants and I couldn't have been happier with the enthusiasm of everyone involved. At one point Thor claimed that I grabbed her ass and, you know what, I agree! I GRABBED HER ASS! I AM NOT ASHAMED! But that was the first time we met Thor and Loki who were kickass awesome cosplayers and people
Near the end of the Auction the staff member leading it pulled me aside and let me know that someone had asked her if we (FDP) would auction ourselves off cause he was willing to put down at least 50 pounds. We put ourselves up for auction and we sold for 100 pounds! Thank you so much to Mr. Yaoi for bidding on us and chatting/hanging out with us afterwards
He was so nice and kind! He asked me to sign a poster he had bought from the artist alley and to my delight it was the print of my OC from Di-San! What are the chances!??!
Later that night we went to the slide and went Loki (the Wicked Witch of the West) around on the swing as Thor and I did Asguardian training by dropping to the ground to avoid her as she went around and around. We then went to try to go to the party but ended up just talking with people outside the con for a few hours. I REGRET NOTHING. I had so many good times that night including meeting two guys (won't say their names because I only know their real ones) who were having a hug competition. They turned out to be such bros and I'm so happy that I got to see them at our other panels
The Swedes also taught us THE WORLD'S HARDEST GAME. It's like Twister but WAY HARDER and I nearly fell flat on my face XD
Saturday was Kingdom Hearts Day. We judged the Cosplay Contest and man were there so many amazing costumes!!!! I wish we could have given a prize to everyone because no participant failed to bring something incredible to the table with their costumes and performances. After the contest we went to our General Q and A/Kingdom Bros Episode Premier and I gotta say this panel was my favourite. I regret that we couldn't answer everyone's questions but at least we got to continue to talk with people outside for about an hour after our panel ended 8D You can watch the new episode of Kingdom Bros here: [link]
That night we just derped around the dorm and hid in more closets.
Sunday... WHAT CAN I EVEN SAY ABOUT SUNDAY. We had our Skits and CMVs panel which failed in terms of tech but a huge thanks to everyone at the panel for bearing with me XD We hung out with the Swedes over lunch, and what a wonderful group of cosplayers they were. So sweet, so fun to talk with... I only wish that we had been able to go for ramen with them like we had planned! After that we spent the rest of the day with Loki and our Irish girls (Lavi and Bolin, these peeps were so funny and amazing I can't even) Then that night was a party explosion. Went to the park with a BUNCH of people and did terrible things to that slide (in terms of safety and risk management). I got sent down headfirst. Someone got stuck and all we could hear was clanging... and then there was the swing that we took turns on. Myself and a few others took turns giving people super pushes 8D
The Bolin claimed a ship in the playpark where everything became Irish and then we headed off to the Final Countdown in 3 massive groups. My group sang "I'll Make a Man Out of You" as we walked and it counviently concluded when I found a pole and climbed to when the song hit that point where Mulan climbs the pole. IT WAS MAGICAL. Lavi took a photo
We got to the dance and rocked out so hard that I was literally dripping with sweat and I soon had to adopt a disclaimer before anyone could touch me because.. God... you guys... I was abhorrently sweaty. Danced with so many groups of people I can't even... Danced in an epic interpretative manner with Jenn for one song that ended with me somehow mounting her and playing a blow up guitar... Got pulled into Conga lines... rocked Gungam Style by getting Loki to spread her legs so I could do pushups between them... danced in Kelly's Katara water... slow-danced with Becki and her beautiful limbs... Lavi and I took at least 50 photos together all of which I can only assume are just me looking like a greasy thumb. IT WAS GLORIOUS!!! BUT!!! I HAVE NEVER BEEN SO SORE IN MY LIFE!!!
After a wonderful dinner on Monday night with Connor and his family we flew back to Vancouver. Thank you so much to Connor and his family for having us Monday night
that was a perfect way to end our trip!
This con was absolutely amazing. I wish I could list all the amazing moments in this journal but to be honest this journal has gone on long enough XD I really hope that we get to come back to Alcon! I don't know what I'll do knowing that I won't get to see any of you incredible people again for a long period of time
I'd like to send a huge thank you to the Alcon staff for hosting us and for making our trip to Alcon happen! I'd also like to give a huge thank you to Parle for bro-ing around with us and hosting us
A HUGE thank you to everyone who came to our panels, chatted with us, came up to say hi to us, gave us amazing gifts (SO MUCH CHOCOLATE *dies*)... you guys are all so wonderful and I'm missing you already! We have a lot of video footage from the trip so be on the lookout for an England trip/Alcon video on FDP's Youtube when I get around to uploading the camera files XD
Once again, thank you so much everyone!
(NOTE: I will be working my way through my messages! I'm behind, so it'll take me a while, BUT I SHALL BE VICTORIOUS!!! So I hope you can bear with me and can accept my apology for slow replies! D8)
Finally, my list of things I accidentally stole:
-A pen from a really wonderful girl at our Skits and CMVs panel