Cosplay Dance Party & Happy Hour

Dance the night away and show off your best moves on our showcased cosplay happy hour!

  • Date
  • Saturday, Nov 9
  • Time
  • 11PM – 1AM
  • Location
  • TBD

Cosplay Chess

Cosplay is one of Asia’s favorite past times and chess is one of the world’s oldest games, played by millions of people worldwide. This year, we combine the two in a single delicious event. In this one-of-a-kind chess performance, characters come alive and fight to the death with charm, wit, and comedy. Cosplayers take the place of the pieces. There are choreographed fights that determine whether the piece is actually taken or not.

This event is open to all registered convention attendees. You must have a valid PMX badge for the day of the pre-meet and match in order to participate. We require sign-ups, though people who wish to play can always see if there is an open spot before the game starts (we sometimes have no-shows, and thus, need to fill the empty spots)

Exercise your mental abilities while dressed in your finest and show off your finishing move against other cosplayers in an epic battle of beauty and brains.

  • Date
  • Saturday, Nov 9
  • Time
  • 8PM – 9:45PM
  • Location
  • TBD

Lightspeed Saber League Fencing Panel and Workshop

The Lightspeed Saber League is the world’s fastest light-based fencing. Unchoreographed and unchained from traditional swordplay, Lightspeed-saber fencing® is athletic, competitive, and authentic to its sci-fi inspirations. Come watch and try out your new favorite past time.

Demonstration and instruction will happen so make sure you wear comfortable attire. Limited amounts of equipment will be available for use.

  • Date
  • Sunday, Nov 10
  • Time
  • 1PM – 3PM
  • Location
  • Live Programming 2

Cosplay Speed Dating

Speed dating with a twist! What’s the catch?

You have to be in cosplay and STAY IN CHARACTER while you interact with each other.

  • Date
  • Saturday, Nov 9
  • Time
  • 6PM – 7PM
  • Location
  • Live Programming 1 (Glendale Ballroom 1-3)

Cosplay Featured Guest: Tara Azarian

Tara Cosplay (Tara-Nicole Azarian in real life) is the energetic, quirky content creator, actress, disabled model, host and cosplayer. She is a series regular on the new TV show “Crazy” where she plays ADDIE (a disabled character). She is known for her unique combination of girl-next-door sex appeal and brains! She is well known in the cosplay community as the Pin-up cosplayer with a cheeky sense of humor. Her Instagram feed always provides a good dose of eye candy and clever puns.

Tara is a strong advocate of the movement: ANYONE can cosplay. As a person with Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (heart condition), Degenerative Disc Disease, Arthritis in her spine, Lupus, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, Fibromyalgia, Asthma and Scoliosis, she understands the challenges and rewards of being a cosplayer with disabilities. She is living proof that cosplay can help transport a person to a place where they feel stronger and more empowered, like the superhero they are portraying. Cosplay has helped her come to peace with living with her disabilities.

At San Diego Comic Con 2018 she was won a Cosplay Creator Award from the SYFY Network for her gender-bend Elvis Presley Cosplay! Receiving this award is one of her favorite cosplay moments!

Come and meet Tara at her table at Artists Market all day Saturday, November 9th or during her Panel on Sunday.

Panel: Sunday, November 10
  • Time
  • 12PM – 1PM
  • Panel
  • “Cosplay Modeling With a Disability”
    hosted by published, disabled, cosplay model Tara Cosplay.
  • Location
  • Live Programming 1 (Glendale Ballroom 1-3)

Shorin Ryu Karate with Sensei William Christopher Ford

For the first time ever, Pacific Media Expo will be presenting a Shorin Ryu Karate workshop with Sensei William Christopher Ford. 

Saturday, November 9

  • Time
  • 3PM – 5PM
  • Workshop
  • “Shorin Ryu Karate”
  • Location
  • Live Programming 2

Sensei Ford has been a student and practioner of the martial arts since 1974. He is a 5th degree black belt in Okinawan Shorin Ryu Karate and the Chief Instructor at Kaizen Dojo Martial Arts & Self-Defense in Torrance, CA. Additionally, William is an actor and film-maker. In 1989, he was cast as Cobra Kai Bad Boy “Dennis’ in Karate Kid 3 and currently produces and directs film and video projects, the most recently “52 Masters” , “The Last Dojo”, and the forthcoming dramatic/action web series “Xander’.

 

Yaw Yan, Sayaw ng Kamatayan (Dance of Death) with Master Jordan Labuyo

Fresh off his kickboxing victory at the International Muay Thai tournament in Tacoma Washington, Master Jordan Labuyo will be giving a hands on demonstration and workshop on Sayaw ng Kamatayan (translated to Dance of Death).

Yaw Yan, as it is more popularly called, is the Philippines own kickboxing system developed in the early 70’s by Grandmaster Nap Fernandez. Not for the weak of heart, the brutal kicks, knees, and elbows, of this art rivals that of Muay Thai, Tae Kwon Do, and other similar martial arts.

Don’t miss out on witnessing and participating in this rare martial arts form that has gained popularity in California

When:  Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location:  LP2

Concert: Filipino Music Artists in the USA Presented by WISH USA

This year, WISH USA brings us a special Filipino Music Artists Concert featuring talents like:

  • HBOM
  • Morgan Ashley
  • Robin Nievera
  • Bagyo
  • DJ Piru

When:  Saturday, 11/9/2019
Time:  7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Location:  Main Events, Brand Ballroom

* PMX badge required for Concert.  Please register for a PMX badge prior to the event.