The K-drama fan's guide to KCON 2014
After months of anticipation, KCON is finally happening this weekend! Looking at the lineup of artists, it's easy to see why K-pop fans are so excited for the event. But what about those fans who are more interested in the drama side of Hallyu than they are in the music? There's plenty for pure K-drama lovers to enjoy, as well! Here's a guide so that you don't miss any of the K-drama themed events at KCON. For those who can't make it out to LA, keep an eye out for DramaFever's coverage of the concerts and events at KCON so that you don't miss a minute! :
As will Lee Seo Jin, the talented star of Damo.
Aside from the full-time actors, if you look at the breakdown of artists performing at KCON, you can see that it's full of idols who have tested out the acting world. From B1A4's Baro, who recently played a role in God's Gift--14 Days to CNBLUE's Kang Min Hyuk, who stole the show as Chan Young on Heirs, the concert lineup is filled with talented stars who will be familiar to those who love K-dramas.
Many of the artists in the concert lineup have blossomed in their acting careers, holding leading roles in various dramas. Girls' Generation's Yoona (who just so happens to be dating Seung Gi) has become an established actress, especially after her most recent turn in The Prime Minister and I, and her fellow group members Sooyoung and Yuri have also held lead roles, in Dating Agency: Cyrano and Fashion King, respectively.
As if the artists themselves weren't exciting enough, the KCON schedule for this year includes a variety of panels specific to K-dramas. Quite a few of the DramaFever writers and Drama Club members will be participating in these panels, so stop by and join the discussion! Here's the breakdown:
Women in K-drama
Description: The one thing that probably makes K-Drama stand out from all other TV genres are its portrayal of women characters. Top K-Drama blogger and vloggers discuss the many faces of women in K-Drama.
Time and place: Saturday, August 9 at 11:30 a.m. in the Panel 2 tent
Beyond "Almost Paradise": Into the K-drama OST
Description: We’re taking a look at those overplayed OSTs that haunt you and those that punch you right in the feels gut. What makes a good OST? What are some of the best OST’s around? Come ready to listen and filled with questions for our all-star panelists.
Time and place: Saturday, August 9 at 2:00 p.m. in the Panel 3 tent
How K-dramas Worldwide Influence Food, Fashion, and Fans
Description: Korean Dramas are influencing cultural and fashion trends around the world. From a lipstick worn by Gianna Jun in 'My love From the Stars' selling out worldwide to food craze for "chimaek." This panel discusses the wide ranging impact K-dramas have on culture and fandoms.
Time and place: Saturday, August 9 at 2:30 p.m. in the Panel 1 tent
Speaking the Language of K-drama
Description: Is your Korean language textbook K-Drama? We’re going to break into groups and learn Korean through acting out some of most famous scenes of K-Drama. Fulfill your dream of being Cheon Song-yi and maybe even find your own Do Min-joon.
Time and place: Saturday, August 9 at 2:30 p.m. in the Workshop 2 tent
See the last great swordsman defend his people and transform a nation in The Joseon Gunman, starring Lee Joon Ki
Second Leads and Second Lead Syndrome
Description: Bond with your fellow K-Drama fans over the most heartbreaking second lead relationships. Just what is it that makes us suffer from acute second lead syndrome? Why does it seem like the “good guy” never wins? Let’s tackle the K-Drama second lead types and share our favorites in this must-see panel!
Time and place: Sunday, August 10 at 11:00 a.m. in the Panel 2 tent
Description: Do you think your oppa is “jjang”? Or, that Unnie is an aegyo master? Do you still have a rush of feels just thinking about the first time you saw her in concert? Now is the time to show your love and dedication. saranghaeyo!
Time and place: Sunday August 10 at 1:00 p.m. in the Panel 4 tent
Why Do K-dramas Do That?
Description: A specially Dramabeans-themed panel that tackles all of those lingering curiosities that you have and let’s you relive all of those moments that made you go “huh?”
Time and place: Sunday, August 10 at 2:30 p.m. in the Panel 1 tent
For those who are going to KCON, which artist are you most excited to see? Which panels will you attend? You can check out the full schedule HERE. Even if you aren't attending KCON, you can join in the fun by watching for our live tweets, articles, and interviews!