What is J Con?
J Con is an anime, manga, cosplay and Japanese culture event.
When is J Con?
J Con is on Saturday and Sunday the 6th and 7th of October 2018
Is this the first time J Con has been held?
Nope, we ran a one day event last year.
What is happening at J Con?
J Con will have awesome cosplay; a wide variety of artists, crasftspeople and traders; special guests doing presentations and signings; interesting elements of Japanese culture, fun and interesting panels, and a few wacky special events too. Anyone for the All Ireland Rock Paper Scissors Championships, with a massive cash prize?! For more details, please click on What’s Happening?.
Are you guys related to Eirtakon?
No, J Con is not related to Eirtakon. But we do really hope J Con will be able to follow on from the amazing event that Eirtakon was.
Will the event have Wi-Fi?
Yes. Details will be available on the day.
Will I be able to buy food?
Yes, Croke Park will be serving a range of food, snacks and drinks. Attendees are also welcome to leave the venue to find alternative options.
Will there be changing rooms?
Yes, J Con is organising changing rooms. Please note that the changing rooms are for changing ONLY. So any items left unsupervised may be taken and thrown away. Any unacceptable behavior will be dealt with by the J Con or Croke Park staff and may result in ejection from the event.
Venue and Access
For all Qs about the venue, please check here.
Where can I get tickets?
You can buy tickets through Eventbrite here. Tickets may be available on the day, but we strongly encourage you to buy tickets beforehand, so that you don’t miss out, and you can get through the door quickly on the day.
The organizers of J Con want to create a fun, relaxed and safe environment for anyone who would like to attend. The following rules and guidelines are to assist in this aim. Please note that: (1) By purchasing a ticket and attending J Con, you agree to these rules and guidelines; (2) All decisions made by J Con officials are final.
- J Con is an open event. As such any discrimination of a racial, sexual or any other nature will not be tolerated. Physical violence or inappropriate physical conduct will not be tolerated. Any attendee found to have committed such an act will be ejected from the event immediately.
- Attendees who wish to take a photo of or with another attendee must not do so without the prior consent of that attendee. While it is likely that attendees will be happy to be photographed, this may not be the case, so please be careful.
- J Con staff and authorized press personnel will be taking photos and videos at the event. This material may be used for promotional purposes by J Con. Staff and press personnel will seek consent to do so, attendees are free to decline they so wish.
- Attendees bringing personal belongings do so at their own risk. Croke Park, J Con, and its organizers will not be responsible for loss or damage of such items.
- Access to the Sake Experience Zone, the After Party, and any particular panel or event marked accordingly will be for Over 18s only.
- Attendees must keep their wristband on them at all times.
- Children under the age of 10 who wish to attend J Con must be accompanied by an adult. J Con encourages parents to join their children of any age in attendance. In addition, J Con advises that children under the age of 10 are supervised at all times while at the event.
- Attendees who dress up/cosplay for the event should remember that the event will be attended by people of a wide age range and that J Con is a public event. All cosplay must keep private body parts covered and be in good taste. If you wouldn’t wear it (or not wear it) in public, don’t wear it (or not wear it) at J Con!
- Any attendee wearing or bringing costumes, costume props or fake weapons must take care that they are safe and appropriate for an event that will be attended by a large number of people.
- Attendees should listen to and respect the guidance of J Con staff and volunteers, Croke Park staff, and security staff. In particular to crowd control, avoiding crowding emergency exits, entering/exiting panel rooms in an orderly fashion etc.
- The above is a lot of long rules and writing. If you have come this far, thank you! Above all, please be respectful, and if we all follow this rule then J Con will be a great day for everyone!
We know that one of the funnest parts of attending a convention or event is cosplay. We want all attendees, both cosplayers and non-cosplayers, to attend safely and enjoy the cosplay element of J Con. To allow this, we have some specific guidelines and rules regarding cosplay:
- As mentioned above, J Con attendees are of all ages. Costumes must have a minimum coverage of modest swimwear. Anyone whose costume is deemed offensive or too revealing will be asked to cover up or leave the event.
- The content or look of costumes must also be suitable for all ages. Anyone who fails to adhere to this will be asked to leave immediately.
- All attendees must wear suitable footwear. Bare feet, rollerblades/quads or heelies are not permitted. If you plan to wear shoes that might cause your feet to ache after some time, please bring a change of shoes to relax in.
- If you plan to wear head gear that makes it difficult to see properly, or if your costume restricts movement, you must bring a buddy who can help you to move around.
- Although we welcome all costumes, please keep in mind that the event may become a little crowded and be mindful or the space available. Large armour, wings, swords, tails etc may not be suitable as space is limited. Please make sure that other attendees can walk past you without problem.
- Props will be checked at the entrance of the event to ensure safety. As mentioned above, all props must be suitable for an event that is attended by a large group of people. Anything deemed too dangerous will be confiscated until you leave the event. Props must break before people.
- Props may be carried around, but please take extra care if they are large or cumbersome. If you are bringing a prop specifically to use as part of the Cosplay Contest, please store it in a suitable place until the contest begins.
- Any attendee, cosplayer or otherwise, who misuses a prop, for eg intimidating other attendees, making threatening actions, dangerous horseplay etc will be asked to leave the event immediately.
- Airsoft guns are allowed but must be made of plastic, must be unloaded and no air inside. Airsoft guns made from metal will not be permitted.
COSPLAY AND HARRASMENT
- Any harrasment towards cosplayers will not be tolerated. Anyone who harasses or offends a cosplay in any way will be asked to leave the event immediately. This includes but is not limited to verbal abuse, physical and or sexual misconduct.
- If you wish to take a photo or recording of any kind with a cosplayer, you MUST ASK PERMISSION FIRST. Any cosplayer or other attendee has the right to refuse this permission without reason, if they so wish.
REMEMBER – COSPLAY IS NOT CONSENT!
A Note To Parents:
This is a message for parents and guardians who might be wondering what this whole J Con thing is about. Perhaps your child/children or their friends want to go, but you have never heard of this stuff before and you want to know a little about what is involved.
The easiest way to see what J Con is like, is probably to watch this video of J Con’s friends Akumakon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1hQSEHoq-E
(make sure to see the Queen Amigdala at 3:50. Woah!)
Attendees are generally interested in some or all of the following (explanations attached to help you understand!)
anime – Japanese animation/cartoons
manga – Japanese comic books
cosplay – short for “costume play”, i.e. dressing up as your favorite anime, manga, cartoon or movie character. Attendees either buy a ready made costume, make the costume by themselves, or a mix of the two. Some go to great lengths to make a “realistic” costume, and the results can be truly incredible.
Generally being a geek and enjoying it
But you don’t have to go dressed up, and plenty of attendees are more interested in the Marvel/DC world of America, than the Pokemon/Gundam world of Japan. It’s all good.
So people go to the event, and when they get there the main aim is to have a lot of fun. There is a whole range of stalls selling items like drawings, paintings, photos, small snacks, figurines, and memorabilia. Most people check it all out and meet the makers, and maybe buy one or two things.
There are talks and presentations (“panels”) given by special guests and fans, about a whole range of topics. These kinds of talks have a large element of Q&A and are often given by fans, which gives the event a really interactive feel. J Con is also hosting some quirky events and competitions which will be a lot of fun.
The main event of any Con is probably the “Cosplay Contest/Masquerade”. Basically, any attendee wearing a cosplay is free to join a fashion show where they get on stage and strut their stuff. Maybe give a dance or some kind of performance.
While these type of events, or “Cons” as they are called, are mainly attended by 16 to 25-year-olds, they are family friendly. Cons are attracting a diverse age range more and more, and recent events in Ireland probably have attendees from 3 to 63. Just attending for a look around and to see the other attendees in their cosplay is a great spectacle and lots of fun.
There is a 50/50 split between guys and girls, and as is outlined in the J Con Rules, the event is open, friendly, and doesn’t tolerate any kind of discrimination.
Lastly, J Con also has a large focus on traditional Japanese culture, and there will be everything from calligraphy and flower arrangement to martial arts and learning the Japanese language. So anyone interested in Japan and its culture will get a kick out of it!
We hope this gives you a little idea of what it is all about. If you have any questions, please check out our FAQ, the other parts of our website, or contact us.