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.

Jeet Kune Do with Sifu Mike Rivas

Pacific Media Expo is pleased to present a martial arts workshop in Jeet Kune Do with Sifu Mike Rivas.

Jeet Kune Do (JKD) is the creation of legendary martial artist and action star Bruce Lee. Rivas is a Professor of Martial arts based at Mt. San Antonio College and long time student to one of Bruce Lee’s leading disciples, Ted Wong.

Workshop will cover basics in JKD and give attendees a taste of what this martial art has to offer. Workshop runs from 11am-1pm, so don’t miss out on this rare opportunity to try out the martial arts system of a legend.

When:  Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019
Time:  11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location:  LP2

 

Wish 107.5 Bus

Wish 107.5 Bus

Wish 107.5 is an all-hits FM radio station in the Philippines. When it first hit the airwaves in August 2014, it promised to grant your fervent wish of making your radio more than a typical music-box-on-air.

Wish 107.5 unveiled the first and the only Mobile Radio Booth in the Philippines, now known as the WISH 107.5 Bus. Equipped with state-of-the-art broadcast facilities, it took the traditional radio experience beyond the four-walled booth as it brought music right where most of the listening public are — streets, roads, and parks.

With the capabilities it offers, the Wish 107.5 Bus is on the right track in leaving an indelible mark in the music scene. The desire to bring this concept to more audience fuels the station to continue embarking on a journey that would forever change the course of music and radio broadcast history of the Philippines and the World, transforming itself from being a local FM station to becoming a sought-after WISHclusive gateway to the world.

www.wish1075.com/
www.youtube.com/WISH1075LIVE

Location: Outside Terrace
Special Event Hours:

Saturday, November 9 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 10 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Cosplay at PMX

Masquerade News

CosFest, short for Cosplay Festival, is our nickname for our Masquerade Contest.

Saturday, November 9, 2019
Main Events
Time TBA

Everyone is encouraged to attend this well-loved event! This will truly be a cosplay extravaganza, with great skits, special performances, and amazing costumes.

Interested in being a contestant in the Masquerade?

Click this page for Registration and Participation Guidelines!

 

Haru at PMX

Music Guest of Honor: haru

BLEACH anime song artist and j-rock soloist haru (from universe) will appear at PMX 2018 and Neko Con 2018 in a east-west coast collaboration with Chaotic Harmony!

haru from universe

As the vocalist for universe, haru’s overwhelming singing voice dazzled the crowd at the Lotte x Sony Music’s “Uta no Aru Gum Project” competition, beating out five thousand other people to win the grand prize. The single “Haruiro” (the song in the commercial for Lotte Ghana milk chocolate) was their major debut. Their second single “echoes” was used as the theme song for the Tokyo television anime “BLEACH”. haru was the first Japanese artist to ever release an official cover of U2’s “Vertigo”, and he has been expanding his overseas performances by appearing two years in a row at Anime Weekend Atlanta, as well as giving a show in front of 3,000 people at Berlin’s AniMaCo.

He has also garnered attention as the singer for the song used for MONSTER SUMMER!! Zettai Hansha Shugihen (Monster Strike (Monster) TV commercial).

haru from universe

During the summer of 2017, haru embarked on his first European tour as a soloist, performing a total of six shows in four countries, including Germany, France, Netherlands, and Belgium. In 2018, he returned to Europe twice more. The first time on tour visiting France, Belgium, and Italy where he attended Comicon and again in June 2018 to attend Magnificon in Poland. He is looking forward to doing more shows overseas and is excited to add Los Angeles and Virginia to his resume.

As PMX 2018’s Musical Guest of Honor, haru will perform both a live in concert and a special accoustic set, host a Q&A panel, as well as hold autograph sessions. Exclusive VIP packages for haru are available for PMX through Chaotic Harmony.

Special $20 VIP packages include:

  • Front of line privileges
  • 2-shot cheki with haru
  • Free poster
  • Front seats at the special acoustic concert

VIP Packages are limited so purchase yours today at:

http://www.chaotic-harmony.net/event-vip-packages

See haru’s special message to PMX 2018 and Nekocon guests!