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We arrived back from Arcade Con on Wednesday and things since then have been a little turbulent here at home :S However thankfully our trip to Ireland was nothing short of amazing which offsets all the crap we're dealing with right now XD Thank you to the Arcade Con staff and attendees for making this such an amazing con. We met so many wonderful people... I'm still flabbergasted at how well we were received at the con and how warm and loving the atmosphere at Arcade Con was! Absolutely incredible con experience :3

The staff really amazed me at this con. They were attentive, helpful, kind, and always offering to get us drinks and just generally working hard to make everyone run smoothly. They worked tirelessly and it really showed in the calibre of the con.

All the people we met were so kind and easy to talk to. We'd meet someone once and after that we'd see them around and we'd wave and chat if there was time and before I knew it I was thousands of miles from home but feeling like I was at a home convention. It was wonderful, thank you all for making it so :)

I'm going to try to stay away from mentioning specific names or people in this journal because I know if I do  I'd never finish typing this XD

-arrived at 5am at Dublin airport where Ally and Melissa were at the arrival doors waiting for us with signs XD They waved and ran to greet us as we staggered through the doors, so we knew right away that we were in the right place. I can't thank these two enough for being such a kickass welcoming duo <3
-went to the hotel and checked in, we promptly passed out for a few hours shortly after.
-we woke up around 3pm and went for a walk down the road. Explored around the hotel a bit, had some dinner, and returned to the hotel. Nice relaxing day!

-we walked into Dublin in the morning and took a little stroll around. it was pretty awesome that the con venue was so close to the city centre.
-came back to the hotel and changed into Shota and Sawako for the Arcade Con burlesque show! I had never been to one of these before, and I was pleasantly surprised by how entertaining it was (and by all of the lovely ladies (and man) on stage who charmed us all evening ;D
-Met a number of people at the show too!


-Friday was Avatar day! But the con didn't start until later so we went for a walk into Dublin in the morning (the city centre was only 20 minutes away, talk about prime real estate for a con! XD). We explored a bit then walked back to get changed.
-As Zuko and Katara we walked down and the first thing was saw was the beginning of a huge line up. In fact the line was backing up into the parking lot and around the building! 
-We got into the dealers hall early with the VIP attendees and there we met some really awesome folks! Here's a pic of me talking to a few people:

-before we knew it we had our first con friends! It was awesome!!! 

-We took a little break for air outside and got invited to play a game of Ninja with a group of people (including a number of Naruto cosplayers who were all fittingly very good at playing Ninja). As a Firebender, I, of course... lost... every single time... consequently I burned down their villages.

-the day progressed and we walked around the con and explored. We met so many people kickass people and talked so much with them that my throat was hurting halfway through day 1 of the con XD

-That night we judged the Mr and Mrs Arcade Con contest which was essentially a spoof on beauty pageants. It was incredibly fun to judge this with the Irish Pubcast, however we had our work cut out for us. it was a really close contest. In the end the Skanty and Kneesocks cosplayers won it! They were just lovely ladies and I was so lucky to have gotten to the chance to get to know them better as the weekend went by. The Deadpool and Predator couple were fantastically funny, I loved their performances and banter XD There was an adorable femme Thor/Tony couple and also an irl couple who bravely went on as themselves without personas! They were a really entertaining pair :)


-Saturday was Attack on Titans day and it was also hot as balls 

-Woke up early to get changed into our cosplays in time for the VIP bunch, which was a small gathering of some of the VIPs and the guests for chatting over pastries and coffee! This was the fabulous group that we chatted with for most of the bunch! I apologize to everyone there for my weird stories XD

-After brunch we went straight to the Cosplay Contest that we were judging and giggling gillakers Batman this was a HUGE contest! For a con the size of Arcade Con I would have estimated 20 people in the contest. But there were over 50 entries and there were so many amazing entries that we had one helluva time deciding the winners. It was a really hard decision D: I loved seeing everyone's costume and stage presence :) 

-the cosplay contest ran a little late so we rushed off to our Wig Panel which was right after it. We got to where it was being held and ran into a huge HUGE lineup that crowded the entire lobby of the hotel. We went through the crowd to find our panel room only to discover that the crowd WAS the queue to get into out panel! I was astounded, but the staff and Nova and I were also really at a loss of what to do because the panel room's max capacity only fit 1/4th of the people lined up. The staff were really quick to move on this, and while I was retrieving my laptop (cause of course we had tech issues too XD) they made arrangements to hold a second wig panel that evening in a bigger room to accomadate everyone who couldn't get in. I felt awful that we had to turn so many people away, but thankfully many of the people who couldn't attend the wig panel were able to make it to the second wig panel.

-The panel went really well and afterwards we went out into the lobby and took photos with people, met with people and generally just hung out!

- We went for lunch then came back to the con for our second wig panel, which was also full but in a much nicer ventilated room :3 We had to set up a makeshift projector sheet before the panel started which made our slideshow kinda warped and creepy but I think that just added to the fun at this panel XD

- We changed out of Eren and Mikasa because we were wet with sweat (so... so hot....) and then went downstairs to the dance/rave/concert where we just hung out with people for the night. It was really chill and again made me lose my voice a bit XD but that's always a good sign!


-Sunday was Superboy/Supergirl (AND I WAS SUPERGIRL! >8D) *shot*

-We did our usual hang out with people around the con routine before our How to Deal with Cosplay Hate panel, and I don't know how time flew by so fast but it did and before I knew it it was time for us to go to our panel!

-We went to our panel room and, low and behold, the lobby was once again crowded. It was another lineup or our panel that vastly exceeded the room capacity XD The staff tried moving it to the biggest panel room, but that was too small so they ended up moving us to the ballroom/main stage which was thankfully empty. I was really impressed with how our panel attendees and the staff were so calm and orderly about the whole thing. It was such a chill thing to change the plans like that and it couldn't have been a smoother process ^_^.

-We set up in the ballroom and had a really fun panel about people who hate on cosplay, how to deal with it, cosplay drama and then eventually the panel just became weird/funny cosplay stories XD I had a really awesome time at this one :3

-We went outside after out panel and met with a lot of awesome people. It was a whirlwind of chatting, taking photos, signing stuff and making creepy little videos for people's friends (always enjoyable XD making life awkward is what im best at). Then, before we knew it, it was time for us to go back into the ballroom to get ready for our Q&A panel that we were sharing with Matt Elliot. 


-We had been given moustaches just before this panel by some of the folks we were chatting with, so we took that oppritunity to put them on and make the panel dapper as fuck

-After the panel we went to the charity auction, where we figured that we wanted to donate something so we donated our Attack on Titan jackets :D The charity auction went amazingly well, and when it came time to bid away our jackets we were called up on stage and I honestly could never have anticipated how quickly the bids went up for our jackets! They sold for 300 euro and I'm still kinda shocked by that, thank you everyone for bidding so generously for charity!

-The con ended and we said our teary goodbyes to the amazing people we had met at Arcade Con :( Later that night there was the VIP/Staff/Guest after party, but we don't speak of that. Too many Irish secrets shhhhhhhhhhh I learned so many phrases and learned the ways of Irish drinking games which maintaining my sobriety XD

After the Con

-After the con our Irish pal from Alcon took us on a walking tour of Dublin which made for a really awesome day. We really got to experience the city so enormous thanks to her for that!!

-The day after that we went to Bray with some friends from Arcade Con where we enjoyed the beach and the fun fair they had going on there. We even saw one of the friends we had made at Arcade Con at the fair! Small word XD

-I also went on the world's scariest ride. Seriously, this side doesn't look like much, but I have never been so thoroughly upset on a ride. The shaky nature of the thing really made me feel the fear of death for the first time in my life. IT WAS SOMETHING I WILL NEVER FORGET

And that's where I'll stop this enormous journal XD I've gotta find a way of condensing these things, but they just seem to be getting longer and longer! Is my memory getting... better??? THAT SHOULDN'T BE THE CASE  D8<

Thank you Arcade Con for having us this year, I hope that it won't be too long until we can return to Ireland because I miss everyone already.

Con Schedule

-Animethon (Edmonton, Canada) *GUEST* August 9th-11th
-Anime Revolution (Vancouver, Canada) *GUEST* August 16th-18th
-Alcon (Leicester, England) *GUEST* September 5th-8th
-Frostcon (Toronto, Canada) *GUEST OF HONOUR* December 14th
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heroledstore Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
Very nice
300rupees Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
man you life seems so awesome 
UndyingBlackFlame Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am so glad to be able to read this and see how wonderful a time ye had over all. I am also thrilled that I am in three of the pictures!!! I can't wait to see you guys again soon <3
waterfish5678901 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
No don't make them shorter!!! I love hearing about ya'lls time at cons!!
Zenchu18 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Dude you and Nova are always and I mean always welcome to both Ireland and Northern Ireland with open arms ^_^ hope you guys come back
Saixpuppy222 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Student General Artist

Theres the video of everyone bidding on Twin and Nova's jackets for those that are interested, and haven't seen it yet >w<
Toshiro-Rangiku Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
hope you guys enjoyed ireland unusally sunny in ireland this year somethin' must be up, or becuz us irish folk are used to rain.
Nestalia Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad you had a great time and can't wait to see you guys at Athon^^
twinfools Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
Thank you! Can't wait to see you at Animethon!!! 8D ONLY A FEW MORE WEEKS! HAAAAAA I'm no where near done all my cosplays XD
Nestalia Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Your welcome^^ I'm sooo excited. I need to get my but in gear and finish mine as well lol
MintyCosplay Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
Glad you enjoyed it! I was the Yuno Gasai cosplayer, we talked about "Nation's Noodles" on Friday :P Really loved talking to you both! :D
ShadowNightNinja Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So glad you had a wonderful time! X3 It was so awesome meeting you both!! You guys are welcome back anytime!! :D 
RabiRen-chan Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So glad you guys had a great time here and can't wait to hang out again soon! ^^ I'll have to come to a con in Canadia with you guys XD
UltimoDotO Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
it was really awesome seeing you guys! i felt like a huge creep just smiling at you the whole weekend but thanks for coming to ireland!! XD
julianaayu Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
Always a pleasure to meet you and Nova at ArcadeCon. As one of the very few sober people at the after party, I can only apologise for any inappropriate or drunken banter, excessive awkward touching and weird video recording that happened that night.
All the best for your future endeavour and may we meet again soon. Can you believe they're already working on 2014?
YaoiPenClicker Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Man, you guys are just soo cool~--Jason from Fairy Tail.
HereticGamer Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You guys were fantastic, and it was great meeting you both, even if just for a little bit at the party (which I agree should NOT be spoken of...). I don't think I've ever met a pair of people who so completely threw themselves into every event, your enthusiasm was a massive part of what made the con great. It'd be awesome having you back next year, I really hope it happens. Glad you two had so much fun, because everyone in attendance sure as hell did!
xShanElizabethh Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Student Filmographer
Glad you had such a good timeee!
Letmebecowgirl Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I want to go to a con sooo bad!! i'm glad you had  such an awesome time!!!
itsatinksthing Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
You and Jenna were just absolutely lovely! So nice, so helpful with your panels and seriously just two of the sweetest people!

As for the after party >____>

Yes. Best not divulge everything that went on. XD Glad you two had fun! XD
HPopper Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wish I could've gone! X( I'm glad you guys had a good time! :D Are you planning on going to any cons in Ireland again anytime soon?
Ookami-nu-kiba Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I wish I could have went, i know a few people in the picture's XD
CaughtLikeAFly Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
Hope ye can come back next year! I wasn't able to make it this year... no money D': But I will definitely be there next year... hopefully... :P
Mellyobmk9 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
I just want to say it was beyond amazing having you guys in Ireland. Ye are Genuinely some of the nicest and funniest people I have met. I really enjoyed geting to know you better and I miss hanging out with you guys I really hope you will and can come back to Ireland for some more fun XD
P.s I will never get on that scary ass ride ever again even looking at the pictures scare me ........... How are we still alive after that thing :p
Sassy-Sas Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Student General Artist
I am soo sorry I never got to meet you two =( I was down in Dublin but because of family issues I had to go back to my home so I missed the entire thing. I really do hope I get to meet you guys and the rest of FDP in the future; it would be a dream-come-true to meet my idols. Sorry again =(
DeidaraTsukiri Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
Thats great))
J-English Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Student Artist
It was great meeting you! You better come to Ireland again soon! :)
xiximagicramen Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Student Artist
The single red eye and moustache XD
Glad you had fun^^
IcyLeoProductions Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
The  moustaches XD ^^
Glad you enjoyed Ireland
and it didnt rain!
LilRwar Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
I still cant wait to finally meet you at Animethon^^
twinfools Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
Can't wait to meet you there too!!!! 8D
LilRwar Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
I'll be dressed as Kai hiwatari in honor of my beyblade panel^^ Its my dream to meet you ^o^/ Stoked!!
netaarts Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
sounds like u both had fun ^w^ its awesome too hear that the staff we really nice :D 
AnimeOCD1323 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
Man, just reading about your con-fun makes me SO JEALOUS!!!!
I want to travel for conventions SO bad!

On a more 'local con' type question, do you plan on going to Aki-Con this year?
FayMichaelis Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
Sounds like you have fun :)
Feynix Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It was totally awesome having you here and all the staff agreed that you guys helped in making the con a success! We so have to have you back next year (and ive been told the ride will also be back next year too xD)

You both were seriously the nicest people and the best craic to hang out with :3
foxdeamon Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist
man i wish y'all would come to a Texas con lol i feel like we would all bond bro!
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