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Friday, May 18, 2012

♠Comic World Seoul 109 (day 1) report♠

Yay! long awaited report is here finally!
sorry for procrastinating for so damn long, I was really tired on Saturday and Sunday night and I was too lazy on Monday XD

This report would be longer than my Busan comic world report since this time I attended comic world as a cosplayer instead of another visitor. Visiting as a foreign cosplayer is certainly an adventure! If you are interested in cosplaying in Korea. The information here might come in handy.
I will write another blog post on regarding how and tips to cosplay in Korea ! 


12, May
Slightly cloudy

My first time traveling in Seoul alone, not really since I went together with my english teacher in the morning but parted ways right after we reached Seoul. Because of that I was so excited until I woke up around 6:30 am , which my original plan was actually to wake up around 6 am. Why I have t wake up so damn early? well, thats because I had to and need to leave the dorm by 8:30. I rushed my shower and make up and managed to get most of my makeup done by 8:30am. After that, I did the rest of my makeup in school since its open on Saturdays for the dorm students to self study. Since the exam just ended, nobody really bothered to go to school to study so it was only me alone in my classroom mwahhahahhaha !!!

After everything was done, I waited for my english teacher at the convenience store that was nearby her house and got myself something sweet to boost up my energy. Around 10 am, we moved to the bus station together and sat on the bus to seoul. It was a 40 minutes to an hour drive. We got off at Gangbyeon Station around 11 something and then took the subway and parted to each of our own destinations.

 at the bus station with my english teacher
(yes the Caucasian)

Scenery from the bus (yes we were arriving at seoul)
(korean subway station often got romanji signs 
and some english so its pretty easy to follow up along)

When I finally reached Yang Jae station, I decided to grab myself a bite, and since I am obviously stingy on a budget plan, I had kimbab for lunch ! only 1000 won!! (rm 3) and very filling! Can be found at most convenient stores.

 my kimbab
 (forgotten what flavor but comes in many varieties and prices)

After filling my hungry tummy, I decided to walk out the station and perhaps catch a bus to At center. 

Sadly I was too stupid to even know which bus would take me there and was fed up upon realizing I cannot walk there so I decided to just take a cab from the station to At center.
It costed me around 3000 won (rm 9), which kinda hurt my heart since I was alone and I was on a budget plan.

After cw ended I walked to the nearest station. and it was the DX line (the red line) which was one station away from yang jae station,



Anyway back to the topic, after getting off the taxi at At center, we can already see many cosplayers lingering around and YAY I AM FINALLY AT COMIC WORLD SEOUL 109!!! (ノ>▽<。)ノ

some photos I took upon arival at cw in at center

 the line is actually much shorter than before I came I guess, since I arrived quite late, around 12:30 pm? the wait wasn't long, the committees were very efficient.

 see how many lines one would need to wait around 10:30 Σ ( ´Д`;)ノ
 my ticket 4000 won.(rm 12)
Since this was my obvious first time at comic world seoul. I obviously don't know where is the changing room and where to sign up for cosplaying. So I decided to ask one of the committees, most of them speak korean but if you are lucky enough, you could find someone that is able to speak english (like how i stumbled into a few that is able to speak english). They were very friendly and nice and directed me the way there. THUMBS UP FOR PROFESSION AND EFFICIENCY!!! 

At center opened up two floors for Comic World Seoul and these two floors were filled with doujin booths!!!
And just so you were wondering, each floor in Comic world is around the size of AFAX in singapore!!! and two floors is just DOUBLE THE SIZE OF AFAX!!!! 
Each hall have wide spaces for doujin booths. and at the two ends of the hall there is some wide spaces so that cosplayers can rest or maybe hang out. 

 rough sketch from what i remember on ground floor, 1st floor the layout is similar but just add in the stage at the side (which the doujin booth masters cannot see ) and the changing room. Sorry I could not find where to get the event booklet so this is the rough floor plan out lah ^^"

DB - doujin booths
cw- comic world 

So then, I got carried away and ended up looking around at the doujin booths since I am pretty sure it will be much more of a hassle if I were to buy alot of doujins and holding it when I am cosplaying so I think its better to buy all the doujins first. besides, they might be sold out pretty fast. 

During Comic World Seoul, I was pretty much happy and satisfied since I was able to find all the pokemon BW N touya doujinshis as I wished >//< happily broke yay! ♥♥♥♥♥♥
 As usual there will be another review blog on that ♥♥♥

And so, after I filled in the forms to cosplay, I went to the changing room to change into my costume.The wait for the changing room was pretty fast too! each person will be given a number and a room assign to change. The changing room size is pretty big and its set up like in one cubicle each. Maybe around 55 stalls? the size was quite ok, its like a shopping mall's changing room, just that it is portable. Its pretty efficient!! too bad some room were a bit dark ^^" and there is no mirrors in each rooms but then its already considered good enough for an event like this.

 my room number assigned

Anyway after the changing into my costume, I went to stalk cosplayers and take cosplayers photos, thankfully my camera is functioning for the day, it did not die on me like the last time i used it in Busan ^^"So then, my first stop would be the main entrance of the AT center.

cn : 아스카 
I kind of talked to her abit, we managed to talk a little, with my broken korean and her broken english since we both love BW. She was actually pretty friendly :D but then she had to leave to her friends so we left. We did exchange kakao talk ids though! thumbs up to her wig styling! I wanted to do nobori too actually XP

 some utapris
 uke alibaba

 more utapris
 I shall assume this is vocaloid
(unless anyone is nice enough to tell me what character are they cosplaying)

And of course there is some people who loves Jafar as much as I do so they also asked me to pose so they can take a photo of him. Honestly speaking, my first attempt in cosplaying in comic world in korea felt like my first time cosplaying in comic fiesta back in 2009. I felt very excited and I trembled most of the time hahahhahaha *paiseh*

So here is a camwhore of myself, I admit I did not do my jafar makeup as nice as my photoshoot one a few months back then because I rushed it and partly because I lost touch in playing with makeup.  (゚´Д`゚)゚

 At least I remember the string this time LOL *bricked*
arghhh my big fat nose (T▽T)

lmao my prop half way break through the plastic bag
so sharp lololol

So, after stalking almost all the cosplayers I seen in the entrance that actually catches my attention, I decided to move of to the place where to crowd was heading to, Interesting thing was they wasn't actually heading towards the event hall but somewhere outside. So out of curiosity, I obviously followed them.
wild shinku spotted *snaps*

and then i kept following the crowd until someone called out "JAFAL!" and the I looked infront and found a yamuraiha with pika pika eyes looking at me asking for a photo. I was of course happy! We posed for each other and took each other's photo, after that she came over and talked to me. I talk to her with my very bad korean and when I felt pushed into the corner....I blurted japanese instead orz *fail*  But then body language works so she invited me to walk around with her :D Which I was certainly happy ! Being in a pair is better than going solo hahahha. 

cn: 미로 (miro)
camwhore together!  
omg whut I am so damn short orz I look pretty tired in this photo lol

more magi cosplayers on my way! 
nice height difference! 
(you know...I am actually shorter than that mogu?)
 So down the crowd we followed leads to a bridge and the bridge leads to a park filled with cosplayers! And this is some scenes on top of the bridge
 you would not want to walk into that tall grass unless you own a pokemon :P

just follow the crowd~~~
 so I recognized a HTF gijinka cosplay group
and they were surprised I recognize every single one of them
(bwaha I know I am awesome LOL)
 So cuddles gave me a felt made cuddle with her blog attached to the back,
Judging they wasn't so good at english,
I decided to not talk to them yet. Maybe when my korean gets better I hope
 in every event anywhere....you can find fujoshis swarming fan-services
nothing new, but its recently strict in Malaysia,
no fuck or comments about that though
 so like....I see this cosplayer again
(the one I attempted to talk to in busan but failed)
ah well, I bet she did not recognized me since...my face looks very different each time I apply makeup LOL

 there is also stalls outside the event hall, usually selling those type of anime-tech style of merchandises and some korean snack and water to cosplayers.
Pretty convinient! HURRAY THERE IS WATER!!!
some epic cosplayers
but then again, they were busy shooting so I decided to leave them alone.
 saike nyan !
 another epic group (spot the crossplayer!)

So after making one round in the so called park, we decided to head back to the event hall and on the way back, we spotted some pokemon cosplayers (yay!) 
I love pokemon alot so I deff need a photo of them ! Sadly there wasn't any BW or DPP cosplayers TWT I will stalk and molest a touya when I see one ! 8D

special red and game red
 silver, hibiki and kotone
*fwa again*
 if you were worried about not having enough money for doujinshis, there is always an atm machine outside the hall (like seriously right outside the hall)
 some event pictures

So Miro, her friend and I decided to walk around the event hall on the ground floor. We browsed around the doujin booths and I managed to find myself lots of Ntouya doujinshis as well as gyakuten saiban fanbook. Miro kept nudging me to look at the sinbad x jafal booths LOL, and I was just there trying my best to dodge them >//<. Its awkward when you cosplay a character that everyone assumes is an uke while walking around those fandom booths orz Besides, I am not really a big fan of Sinbad x Jafal. I prefer Sinbad x Judal HAHHAHAHAHHA . *bricked*

Miro's friend was nice enough to treat me a drink Q//A//Q I feel so happy omg even though I am not really a fan of energy drinks

miro's friend.....sorry I forgotten your name orz
should have listed it down on my handphone *sobs*

 So like at the basement floor of At center there is actually a few shoplots where you guys can buy your lunch at. Some of them are opened, there is a convenience store and a Chinese restaurant if you are craving for better food. halal or not I did not really check ^^"

So Miro and I decided to break up because she wanted to rest while I wanted to have more adventure! So I walked all the way out, wishing to stalk somemore epic cosplayers, maybe a magi group? where there is a judal I can molest his abs fight with? Or maybe bump into another fafa and then end up fangirling at her/him ? XDDDD
anyway more photo spams below:

 kotone team rocket suit
 ahhh inazuma cosers,
I still find shine's group doing the best job on wig styling though :D

Feeling slightly braver, I end up venturing deeper in the park, on places I tend to miss out and I find more cosplayers resting there, after all its spring and its cooler outside than being cooped up in the event hall.

 fafa's adventure into the forest
 you can see, the forrest is obviously the place for cosplayers to photoshoot lol
 here is some subway masters
 princess !!!!

The cosplayers really know how to camouflage into the forrest. but it still blends in pretty well. I had a hard time trying to find cosers that are nice and free so I can have a photo of them taken. 

And as I was wandering, I suddenly saw a magi cosplay group from afar! I was glad my eyes did not fail me at this moment! (my eyesight is actually pretty bad) So I ran towards it, eyes meeting a wonderfully tall sharrkan *q*

I literally ran towards them, only seeing pitsi and another yamurai (not miro) walking away , leaving sharrkan alone. When she saw me she was also surprised (yay white rufu!) and obviously she recognized that I was cosplaying as jafar. I asked her to pose and have her photo taken and then waited for the rest of the magi cosplayers to come back.

when they came back, they were excited as I was. We end up talking for a while and then soon I realized they could speak very very good english! Which was pretty rare!
We all exchanged kakao talk Ids and phone numbers and they invited me to take photo with them >///< They were really friendly. I love them alot. WHITE RUFUUUUUUUU
 sharrkannnn *q*

♥ camwhore with the magi group I saw ♥
yamuraiha : 김치킨 kimchikin
sharrkan : 신비 shin b
Pisti : 조음 jo em

Then they also introduced me to their other friend called 하센 (hasen). She is very cute and friendly too! She can also speak a bit english which I was happy. We also exchanged twitter accounts and emails. She even gave me a new pair of falsies as a memory gift ♥♥♥ Uwahhhh she is so nice >///< 

Hasen as cardcapter sakura 
(actually I love this illust version alot >//< I should read cardcapter sakura sometime)

 so this is how it felt in a korean cosplay community hahaha 
as friendly as Malaysia
 my photo with sharrkan >//< 
sharrkan and yamuraiha

one photo with Hasen, okay ignore my face.....I look kinda bad LOL

Half an hour before the event ended, I decided to walk back inside the Hall and chnage back into my normal clothes. When I walked back inside I saw some perfomances going on the stage and some cosplay competition skits on the stage. I find the bleach skit pretty good, sadly its in korean so I can only go mula mula mula yoooooo HAHHAHAHHA oTL hitsugaya's ice wigs were well made, too bad I was too short and my camera sucked so I wasn't able to snap a photo of them T___T 
 (mula in korean is i do not know)

after changing, I decided to have dinner at Gang Nam station and then travel back to Gam Byeon station and take the bus back to dorm .  Gang Nam station has lots of good food around. There is even lotteria if I am not mistaken but I was in a mood for something less oily so I ate Oden instead. Without realizing it was kinda spicy because of pepper overdose. But overall its quite enjoyable anyways. 

Overall I enjoyed my experience to Comic World Seoul better than Comic World Busan because of the wide varieties of doujinshis sold here, other than that I met a group of really nice people (o´ω`o)ノ 

Honestly speaking I cannot wait for the next comic world in korea already!
Maybe I will cosplay again ♥♥♥♥♥

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