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It’s turning out that these WANKs aren’t really adventures around Korea lately. Last week’s was on our trip to Mexico, and this one is for our trip to California. Both trips, though, were Korea related, for Korea festivals…so that counts, right? Next WANK, I’m sure, will be IN KOREA itself. Unless we get flown out to some other place (Singapore: make it happen!)

Anyhow, this whole KCON event was a very bizarre experience for us. It was great in many ways, not-great in many ways, and overall totally not what we expected. For starters, we expected to make a video of the event! We wanted to walk around, show off some of the tents and what people are doing, grab some food, ask people some questions, and just get a good feel of the vibe of the event. We didn’t expect that we’d be unable to do this.

Turned out that as soon as we tried to get out there and start filming, we were surrounded by you awesome Nasties! OOH YOU SO NASTY AND SO…PLENTIFUL! We did not expect so many Nasties to be there. Like, seriously. It got to the point that security had to be called and we had to be escorted back to the VIP area. That sucks! Totally, freaking sucks, and changed the day for us entirely.

What security told us made sense: it was a safety issue, and people could get hurt. We were hoping that we’d be able to talk to people on the other side of the fence, but then a crowd formed, and we had to move away from it, because security said that people would be crushed. So, we’re not blaming security or KCON for anything. We’re just upset that it had to be that way. We want to be able to just sit down and chat with you guise, do some nasty poses and roll down some sexy windows, talk about Korea and living in Korea or visiting Korea, talk about Kpop and Kdramas, and just be able to interact with you people in person, away from our computers, you know? It just felt all so overwhelming to us. Even when we did our autograph session, we wanted to chat with all of you, but it turned out that the most we could do was just sign something quickly, maybe put in a doodle or two, say a quick thank you, take a quick picture, and…that was it! It was just a conveyor belt of rushed signing and picture taking, and it made us really quite sad.

We don’t want it to be that way. We want to hear what you all have to say, but there just isn’t enough time for it. The venue was too big, I think. I don’t know. It’s such a stupid complaint from us, I know. “BOO HOO HOO! So many people wanted to talk to us! We’re ungrateful snobby fartsuckers!” I really hope it doesn’t sound that way. We’re really so overwhelmed that so many people are so supportive, and we really just wish we could do a better job of thanking you and speaking with you. There were even people who cosplayed as us! We really wanted to run off the stage and hug them and take pictures with them, but we couldn’t without causing a security issue.

Long story short, we never thought we’d have so many people watching us, and we’re totally unprepared on how to handle it all, and we wish we could speak with you all individually, but that totally wasn’t possible this time, and while that’s a good thing that more people like us, it also makes us sad that we were incapable of interacting with you the way we’d want to.

I can’t even imagine how Kpop idols feel. The riots that formed over them were a lot bigger than those for us. How do idols feel about it? We keep on thinking to ourselves that, well, they’re in the business for that purpose. They want to be famous and successful. So they prepared themselves mentally for it. But us: we never thought we’d need security to walk us from place to place. NEVER CROSSED OUR MINDS EVER.

Ok. I’m babbling. I think you get what we’re trying to say, right? We would like to show you some cool videos from the event, though, even if they’re not ours. For starters, we got to speak briefly with Bruce Automatic, the guy behind Junsu’s “Uncommitted”! WOOHOO! Check out the video here:

 

For starters, THAT’S AWESOME! What makes this even more awesome is that Automatic tweeted this video to Junsu, to which Junsu responded “Oh my god sun!” Which, I would assume, means that Junsu is happy that we like his song, which – obviously – means that we’re best friends now and can get that interview with him easily. Right. RIGHT? BRUCE I HOPE YOU READING THIS! Hook it up!

No, but seriously, we wanted to say more to answer this question, but our voices were starting to fade after doing so much talking already. We were fighting our colds and pink eyes, and were totally floored by the end of this panel.

Here’s another question from our panel about how to make Kpop more accessible to the West. We got an easy, $20 solution. TELL ME I AIN’T RIGHT ABOUT THIS!

 

Come on! Get an English proofreader! Enough with this “we write Engrish in our lyrics because Korean people think it sounds cool.” If that’s the case, then just use proper English that’s cool as well. It’ll be cool to English listeners and Korean listeners. Won’t that be a win-win situation, instead of a win-lose situation? DO IT, YO! It’s so easy to fix, and will make Kpop so much easier for newbies to get into.

Next is a video of our second panel, the Up Close and Personal with YouTube Idols panel. Here we are answering a bunch of questions during the Q&A session, including shots of the AWESOME AWESOME people who cosplayed as us. Ha!

 

Last video is by The Verge, which is, like, our favourite Tech News site. Yeah. You read that right. Tech News. I read that stuff, alright?! Anyhow, when they said they wanted to interview us, I thought “you’re not really our target demographic, but I don’t care! You’re the Verge! Sure!” So here’s the video. It’s really quite awesome: one of the best Kpop video documentary thingies I’ve seen in a while. Not cheesy, beautifully edited. The cameras they had were so damn sexy. OOOOH SO NASTY! Anyhow, we’re in the video for a bit. This is right after our last panel, and we were pretty exhausted, so I hope our answers are kinda coherent:

 

Lastly, we want to end this off with a great big thank you to Patrick Rogers. He went through great lengths to be able to come to KCON to be our photographer for the event. More importantly, he was such a great help throughout the entire day in more ways than we can explain. Thank you, Patrick! Here are some of the pictures he took from the day. They’re so awesome! There’s a lot more in the full set if you check it on Flickr:

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KCON 2012, a set on Flickr.

And lastly LASTLY, we have some extra scenes as well. Here’s more footage of the cosplayers, from our camera angle, as well as Simon having a conversation with a fake Spudgy:

 

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  1. jessicamaylee
    jessicamaylee

    bet you felt like kpop idols right then and got to experience what they have to deal with every time they step out of the house XD it seemed like you had a great day!!! felt sorry you guys were so sick last October

  2. Simon and Martina, will you guys be going to KCON this year, now that you know what to expect? I can’t find out from anywhere if you are.

  3. is that a gopro?? Whoot! I love those things :) and wow, if you weren’t expecting it this would be a bit more than a bit overwhelming. You have your own fangirls and fanboys. lol :)

  4. You guys did a panel with David So? So jealous! He’s my favorite youtube comedian (you guys are my favorite vloggers).

  5. OMG Martina I will love you forever for K-drama reviews/reenactments! That’s all that’s missing for me for the Eat Your Kimchi site. Has this already started with the K-crunch. I noticed a review boy Flower Boy Raymun Shop and Vampire Prosecutor. Did I miss the memo that that is where it’s going to be?

  6. Simon and Martina, you know that the guy sitting beside Martina at the Kcon panel is one of the guys from the Facebook Official song, right? Chad Future! (I’m not a fan, just happened to find out. But his Hello-song is cool)

  7. You guys should have sold your eyk t-shirts there! I bet you would have made so much money!! You guys should sign it and sell it next time!! :D LOL at the window rolling down dance.

  8. simon and martina… loved all the k-con videos…. those screaming nasties vented out all their k-pop fangirling on you guys… its sad u missed the things you so wanted to do.. wishing you both love and luck on your studio!!

  9. I hope that Kpop artists don’t try to “over-cater” to what they believe their projected audience wants. idk, it might be a personal opinion, but I feel like wondergirls and SNSD lost their “flavor” while trying to sing in America whereas PSY’s infectious style is retained in America and wildly enthused over. It’s an interesting scene nonetheless.

  10. I had an amazing time at Kcon. i did miss a lot of events that i wanted to do but i was waiting in line for BAP’s vouchers for the signatures. It was so worth waiting forever in line because I got to see them face to face T____T right after you guys walked by and i got mobbed… hahah but i followed and i said hi~~ you guys are so amazing and keep up the wonderful job ^______^ <3

  11. Helene Holter

    YOU DIDN’T INTERVIEW RINO NAKASONE, THE CHOREOGRAPHER???? NOOoooooooOOoOo she is my idol oh my god nooo oo cry

  12. Uyen Vuong

    wahhhh!!!! YOU WERE RIGHT NEXT TO JK FILMS!?!?!

  13. Kururi One

    Oh, I remember seeing you guys at KCON (while you were being ushered away, unfortunately)!
    It was a super fun event ^^
    The panels were cool, the merch was amaaaaaaaazing, and there was a bunch of fun. However, I wish that the venue was a little smaller, as people were always pushing against the crowd, and it was a bit uncomfortable walking through a bunch of people who were simply trying to have as much fun as the next. Maybe they’ll find a way to elongate the event next year? :D That would probably make things go a little smoother, as some people were unable to attend simply because of the day it was held, and that’s too bad, because I know a lot of people would’ve loved to come x-x

  14. bless your heart for warning me to turn my volume down… bless your heart

  15. Omg, thank you guys for coming to California!! :) Even if everything was super rushed I’m glad I, along with a lot of the fans there, had fun seeing you! Martina, you’re SUPER gorgeous in real life and Simon, you are so badass AND you actually rolled down your sexy windows along with me! YAY!
    I hope you come by again another year!! That way I could actually talk to you! ^^;;;

  16. I dont know if its been said yet, but Junsu’s “OH MY GOD, SUN!” is one of his classic engrish moments ^^ He said it when DBSK was is Saipan filming for the “All About TVXQ season 3″. The members were playing badminton and Junsu was trying to explain in English how he missed the birdie, but he could only manage to say “OH MY GOD SUN!” It was actually really funny!!
    Anyways, a lot of OT5 Cassies were really happy when they read that tweet because it’s from a time when they hadn’t broken up yet…
    I really hope this helped :)

  17. My friend and I saw you guys there, and we were so excited that we considered cutting in line in Panel 2, but we thought about everyone else who wanted to see you and felt bad.
    But we really wanted to share how much you mean to us.
    You allowed me to hold on to my friends when they were starting to like Kpop and I wasn’t by showing me how cool and funny it could be.
    My perspective is completely changed because of you guys.
    It is because of you guys that I have the courage to defend the Koreans at my school

    If we Mailed you our shirts could you autograph them for us?
    (I can pay shipping both ways if necessary)
    Please pleas let me know.

    -with much Love
    Julia Zatyko of Southern California

  18. My friend and I saw you guys there, and we were so excited that we considered cutting in line in Panel 2, but we though about everyone else who wanted to see you and felt bad.
    But we really wanted to share how much you mean to us.
    You allowed me to hold on to my friends when they were starting to like Kpop and I wasn’t by showing me how cool and funny it could be.
    My perspective is completely changed because of you guys.
    If we Mailed you our shirts could you autograph them for us?
    (shipping both ways if needed)

    It would mean the world to us!
    -Love Julia Zatyko of Southern California.

  19. i too was overwhelmed by Kcon. i nearly got trampled by crazed fan girls clawing their way to free swag. bum bum bum. it was great though seeing everyone come together for common interests. it was great seeing you two vamps. i was the girl who jumped out from around the corner after panel 2 and asked for a pic. i thought my plan had worked perfectly but, alas security ruined my plans i guess. get well soon. :)

  20. Well, I guess if all the Nasties would compose themselves and not act like raging fangirls/fanboys then you could have a nice chat with everybody…. but hey. Some people are more expressive about their “idols” than others… You guys still rock; it’s so great to see how humble you two still are despite your success. But I’d say, no need to be too humble! ~_^ I think sometimes if you are too humble, it can seem like you don’t appreciate the love you are getting, you know what I’m saying? Keep up the good work and please please please let your illnesses completely heal!

  21. This was such a great blog post/video, you guise! I’m very happy for the two of you :) You both definitely deserve all of the love!

  22. foladisqus

    hahahahaha!!! crazy fan girls!!!!

  23. Yes, please come visit our small (mostly) sunny island! Not like it’s THAT far between Korea and Singapore.

  24. Sandeul Baro

    AHHHHH! I WANTED TO GO SOOOOO BAD!……… NEXT YEAR BABY! KCON WAIT FOR ME! …(is there one every year?????) (ohhh well I WILL GO ONE OF THESE DAYS!)

  25. pepperandice

    omg, omg, omg WHAT IS THIS ABOUT SINGAPORE?? iv been slowly gathering
    thingies to send to them (i study in london), planning to send it to
    them when im back for winter break because its so much cheaper to send
    from singapore than london but WHAT IS THIS! is there something in the
    works singaporean nasties are planning or some korean event that i dont
    know about? i will DAIII if they go to singapore while im frikkin not
    there LOL, that would be the worst luck ever, for me i mean, would still
    be really really happy to know theyve been if something comes up :))

  26. omg, omg, omg WHAT IS THIS ABOUT SINGAPORE?? iv been slowly gathering thingies to send to them (i study in london), planning to send it to them when im back for winter break because its so much cheaper to send from singapore than london but WHAT IS THIS! is there something in the works singaporean nasties are planning or some korean event that i dont know about? i will DAIII if they go to singapore while im frikkin not there LOL, that would be the worst luck ever, for me i mean, would still be really really happy to know theyve been if something comes up :))

  27. Wow that’s a really huge amount of people :D so glad you guys have so many amazing fans <3 i wish i could have gone :( and omg i will be so happy if you guys come to Singapore because i live here hahahas :DDDDD

  28. YOU ARE COMING TO SINGAPORE?? :O

  29. wow…….im almost glad i coudnt go….O.O……so.much..screaming!!! still wish i couldve gone.but thankfully(due to my various jobs and my innate knack at getting through security) ive met various actors/actresses and singers,and im happy to say ive never screamed in their face or cried…..not hating on those who do,it just scares me a little bit…..lol.glad you guys enjoyed your time!

  30. Thanks for posting my fancam on your blog ^^ yay yay~ It sucks that you guys weren’t able to

  31. Emily Howell

    Martina,
    Can you pretty pleases do a tutorial about some of the hair styles you do? Like seriously, the one in the video up at the top looks super cute. I keep trying to think of a way to do that. xD of course, I would need some fake coloured hair pieces, cause it wouldn’t look nearly as cute without those dashes of pink you have in yours.

  32. I was so happy to meet you guys, I even email you about it xD
    Actually I got the chance to say hi before the craziness I hope you guys are feeling better, and thanks for being so nice to all of us nasties.
    And to Patrick for taking pictures. I see I’m in one of them xD Martina holding my face :)

  33. Isabel Ruby
    Isabel Ruby

    haha i know i’m in the back of the first panel…. too small to see XD but i’m still super happy that i managed to get a picture with Martina, since you guys were the reason i wanted to go to KCON in the first place :3

  34. Clara Lee

    SINGAPOREEEEE!!! SIMON AND MARTINA PLEASE COMEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!! :DDDDDDDD

  35. TurnUptheAC

    I am so not surprised at the overwhelming reception you received at KCON. You guise have really been pioneers in translating the nuances of Kpop for english speakers with such a refreshing and quirky perspective that we have come to love. I cannot believe how incredibly humble and down to earth Bruce “Automatic” Vanderveer was at the KCON panel, I thought it was so awesome he reads your blog. I really hope he is one of the drivers for Kpop in the US since he is obviously passionate about Kpop and he has already shown his talents with Junsu’s Uncommitted..I found it lyrically better than most pop songs in the US..it actually had a story to tell that was relatable. Hopefully he’ll hook you guise up with Junsu in the future for an interview…crossing fingers!!!

  36. I was at KCon, and the concert was AWESOME, but i think the convention could have been better organized. There was a WHOLE LOTTA standing, weird lines, and apparently to get an idol’s autograph you needed a voucher, and to get that you needed to chase down one of the staff. A friend of mine had been trying to get a G.na voucher for a while, and when he asked a staff he got a no, but when a girl right after him asked, she got one! I don’t believe this was mentioned clearly on the website either. But it was soooooooo worth it to see Simon and Martina. There were many more Nasties than JKFilms and David So fans, I felt a little bad for them. The force of the Nasties was clearly underestimated! XD

  37. HI!! I am the girl who Martina the Turtle Neck and the Fanletter with AFI paper (that is from my sister)^^ I know you don’t like them but I just wanted to it as a joke^^ I hope you guys get better^^ BAD DR.MEEMERS! I didn’t expect too many Nasties there TT-TT

  38. It’s clear, if Kcon happens next year, you two need your own panel.
    Due to crowds and being unprepared for that, I did not experience too much that Kcon had to offer.
    The concert had awkward-silent moments. Not said in these exact words, but Danny pretty much said the crowd wasn’t being enthusiastic enough. And the sound was not set up well enough. I sat in the way back off to the side, bass covered the voices and when artists talked I couldn’t understand a lot of what they were saying.
    I’m hoping Kcon will better prepare for next time and can’t wait to see what they’ll do.
    Hope the trip was a good one!

  39. HI S&M, I am the girl who gave you the Pink Turtle Neck <3 I hope you like it^^ Martina I know you hate them but I just wanted to do a little joke^^ LOVE YOU GUYS. I HOPE YOU GUYS GET BETTER!! Poor Meemers, he probably got into alot of trouble for getting you guys sick TT-TT.

  40. Wow… hope all the attention y’all were getting didn’t make David So and JustKiddingFilms feel like they were out of place. To anyone who doesn’t know who David So is (the guy who sang) you can check his YouTube channel at DavidSoComedy btw

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