Developing a Visual Novel Game From Scratch

Developing a Visual Novel Game From Scratch

Presented by Nochi Studios, building a game from the ground up can seem like an unachievable task, but anything is possible with the right tools at your disposal! This panel will give you a chance to learn about the many aspects of game development and even ask your burning questions to our diverse team!

Panel Overview

Anybody can develop a visual novel game if they know where to start: All it takes is an idea. Nochi will be sharing our story starting from the very beginning, discussing topics like ideation to validation, how we took that idea and made it into a full-fledged game, and the many roadblocks we faced along the way. Our goal is to fit the theme of indie gaming to encourage people to create something from their ideas. Four of our team members (from various roles) will be present to give insight into the development process. This will also help demonstrate the many varying components and people who are vital to making a visual novel project possible.

Industry Panel: Saturday, November 21
  • Time
  • Saturday, November 21
  • Industry Panel
  • “Developing a Visual Novel Game From Scratch”
    presented by Natalie Fang, Alexandra Mejia, Chloe Smith, Jonathan Liu.
Writing for Animation: Animation Studio Pros Will Share Insights in Panel

Writing For Animation

Portfolio review sales will close at 11:30p.m. Pacific time November 29.

Akira “Mark” Fujita

Akira “Mark” Fujita has been working in the animation industry for 10 years. After starting in animation production on Bob’s Burgers, Animals, Scooby Doo: Wrestlemania Mystery, and Green Lantern: The Animated Series he finally broke through to his true calling, and has been writing on Justice League Action, Mao Mao: Heroes of Pure Heart, and other shows at Netflix, Dreamworks, and Warner Bros.

Sapphire Sandalo

Sapphire Sandalo is an animator and podcaster in Los Angeles who’s written for short-form educational series in the digital space for channels such as Frederator and Skybound Entertainment. She created the web series and podcast “Something Scary” where she told both original and adapted ghost stories, accompanied by animation. She is a part-time professor at Loyola Marymount University, where she teaches a class about the importance of diversity and accurate representation in animation and entertainment. She is currently the creator and writer of “Stories With Sapphire”, a podcast that dives deep into paranormal stories and subjects.

Austin Curreri

Austin first freelanced as a writer for Frederator from August 2019 to December 2019, then was asked to join Frederator as a Writer and Production Intern. His other professional experiences include freelancing as a Production Assistant for NBC, Turner, and Major League Soccer. His personal work includes “Amasai and the Meaning of Evil”, which placed semifinalist in Screencraft’s 2019 Fellowship Competition and quarterfinalist in their 2019 Animation Competition, and “It’s All For You”, which placed quarterfinalist in the 2020 Animation Competition.

Writing Portfolio Review

Our writers for the “Writing for Animation” panel, are trying to raise money for “Doctor’s Without Borders”! You have the choice of either donating directly to “Doctors Without Borders”, or purchase a Writing portfolio review with one of our writers. All proceeds from review purchases will go directly to “Doctors Without Borders”.

To donate directly to “Doctor’s Without Borders”, go here:

To purchase a writing portfolio review, go here: (please note that this URL recently changed)

How To Purchase:

  • Click register.
  • Find the package you’d like to purchase.
  • Check out.
  • Our staff will email you the email address to send your writing to.

Portfolio review sales will close at 11:30p.m. Pacific time November 29.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Submissions will be limited to writing samples, scripts, and pitches, with a 10 page limit.
  • Each submission will be assigned randomly to one of our writers from the panel.
  • Participants will be sent the email address to send their writing to after purchase confirmation.

Panel Description

Take part in a free live panel with writers: Akira “Mark” Fujita, Sapphire Sandalo, and Austin Curreri!

Hosted by Tiffy Wang (IchigoTofu), join us as we discuss what it’s like to write for animation, their career journeys, and advice for industry hopefuls.

Panel Details

The panel will be streamed live on Twitch on November, 21, 2020 at 1PM Pacific time. Questions will be accepted during the live stream through chat.

Panel: Saturday, November 21
  • Time
  • Saturday, November 21
  • Panel
  • “Writing For Animation”
    hosted by Tiffy Wang (IchigoTofu).


Akira “Mark” Fujita (panelist):
Sapphire Sandalo (panelist):
Austin Curreri (panelist):
Tiffy “IchigoTofu” Wang (host):
Elisa Phillips is appearing at PMX 2020.

Industry Guest: Elisa Phillips

Elisa Phillips has been working in TV Animation as both a Color and Character Designer since 2014. Among her credits are “Rick & Morty”, “Venture Bros”, and “Steven Universe”.

While attending Mt. San Antonio College in 2008, Elisa became interested in animation as a career path and pursued it passionately. After graduating, she animated web videos remotely for How It Works Media while teaching art for OC Art Studios, an after-school art program based in Orange County. During this time she also worked for Mt. San Antonio College as a part-time IT Lab Technician in the Art Department sharing her knowledge and experience with students while considering her next move. In 2014 she decided to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Animation at Laguna College of Art + Design and received a half scholarship. Her plans changed when, after her first semester, she was tested and subsequently hired onto season 2 of Rick and Morty as a Color Designer.

Rick and Morty pushed to unionize during her first month making her a member of the Animation Guild (TAG). Wanting to learn more about how the union worked, she began joining committees and networking with involved union members and leadership. Today she sits on the union’s Executive Board, is a founding member of the Political Action Committee, and a TAG delegate to the past 3 years’ IATSE District 2 Conventions.

Panel Description

Take part in a free live panel with our industry guest Emmy Award winning Character Designer, Elisa Phillips. She is best known for her work on “Rick & Morty”, “Venture Bros.”, and “Steven Universe”.

Hosted by Tiffy Wang (IchigoTofu), join us as we discuss Elisa’s career journey, advice for animation industry hopefuls, and what it’s like to make cartoons for a living!

Panel Details

The panel will be streamed live on Twitch on November, 21, 2020 at 4PM Pacific time. Questions will be accepted during the live stream through chat.

Character Design Live Demo

Want to know what it takes to become a lead character designer for the Emmy Award winning show “Rick and Morty”? Look no further! Sit in on a master live demo with Elisa Phillips, as she shows you the basics to character design for animation. This live demo will be livestreamed on PMX’s Twitch on Saturday November 21st, 2020 from 6-7PM Pacific time

Panel: Saturday, November 21
  • Time
  • Saturday, November 21
  • Panel
  • “Q&A with Elisa Phillips”
    hosted by Tiffy Wang (IchigoTofu).
Character Design Live Demo: Saturday, November 21
  • Time
  • Saturday, November 21
  • Live Demo
  • Character Design with Elisa Phillips

Social Media Links

Elisa Phillips (panelist):
Tiffy “IchigoTofu” Wang (host):
Musician Stephanie Yanez to sing live at virtual PMX.

Stephanie Yanez Anisong/Jpop Music Performance

Stephanie Yanez is an Anime/Jpop artist who has been touring the US and Japan since she won AX Idol at Anime Expo and is known for releasing an original song “Ultimate Miku World” with Hatsune Miku for gaming site TinierMe. Stephanie has released numerous original albums and cover albums in Japanese and English which are all on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, etc. She is also a TV/Internet personality and was seen on TV as the Tokyo Reporter for Anime Select’s Comcast On Demand documentary and series “Crazy Sexy Tokyo”.

Musician Stephanie Yanez to sing live at virtual PMX.Stephanie also does runway/print modeling and collaborates with many Japanese and American companies on various projects. She has worked with TinierMe, San-X, Crypton Future Media, galaxxxy, Sanrio, Aniplex, Geneon, IVE Sound, Broccoli, Gcrest, Victor Entertainment, Ingram, Her Universe, Hot Topic, Level-5, Nintendo, Yokai Watch, Loot Crate, GKIDS, Universal Home Entertainment, Viz Media, Tokyopop, Anime Selects, Comcast On Demand, ACDC Rag, Listen Flavor, Tune in Tokyo, NX on Netflix, Care Bears, Popkiller, Atsuko, Carpool Karaoke The Mic, Creatorsguild, etc.

Come and see Stephanie Yanez during PMX weekend, November 21 & 22.

Sunday, November 22
  • Time
  • Sunday, November 22
    3PM – 3:30PM
  • Performance
  • Stephanie Yanez Anisong/Jpop Music Performance
Kevin "Shazam" Li is appearing at PMX 2020.

Industry Guest: Kevin “Shazam” Li

Chat sessions are currently being sold for November 23, 27, 28, and 29.

Kevin “Shazam” Li is an actor, dancer and choreographer. Originally from Hong Kong, he moved to Vancouver in 2009, where he currently resides. He is best known for his hand choreography work on the SyFy Channel’s TV series “The Magicians”. Kevin’s most recent work can be seen on Apple TV’s premiere series “SEE”. Where, under the direction of movement director Paradox Pollack, Kevin has lent his talents as a movement researcher, choreographer, and coach.

Kevin got his start in dance in 2009 by joining SOULdiers, a Vancouver based training company that focused on hip hop and other street dance styles. After three years, he went on to explore a hybrid style of prop and tutting dance with the Vancouver circus community. Later on, he joined Technicru to train in the animation dance style.

In 2014, Kevin took a leap of faith and joined Modus Operandi, a Vancouver based contemporary dance training program. Despite having zero contemporary dance experience, directors Tiffany Tregarthen and David Raymond appreciated his street dance abilities and gave him a chance. The four year professional development program focusing on technical, artistic, choreographic and collaborative skills prepared him for a wide breadth of work in dance and movement.

Kevin has always been interested in different types of dance and art. But he is especially fascinated by the unique results created through the intersection of different forms, styles, elements, and cultures. He will continue to explore and innovate through his craft, with the hopes of discovering compelling ways to bridge these distinctive elements together.

Paid One-To-One Chat Sessions

Do you have a specific “spell” from the show that you’ve always wanted to learn? Have you ever wondered what spells that didn’t make it on screen, might look like? Do you have a specific question you would like answered by THE spells creator for the show? Well great news, now you can!

Kevin is offering one on one Zoom time in five (5) and ten (10) minute increments. $20 USD for five (5) minutes and $30 USD for ten (10) minutes. A majority of the proceeds will go towards Kevin’s chosen charity of Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation. Fans can purchase Chat Session packages on our Eventbrite page. More than one package may be purchased for more time. Quantity is limited, so secure your slot soon!

Chat sessions are currently being sold for November 23, 27, 28, and 29.

How to Purchase

To purchase a fan experience go to our Eventbrite page here: (please note that this URL recently changed)

  1. Click register.
  2. Find the package you’d like to purchase.
  3. Check out.
  4. Our staff will email you a link to the scheduled Zoom once your purchase has been confirmed.

Free Live Panel Description

Take part in a free live panel with our industry guest Kevin “Shazam” Li. Kevin is best known for his work as the spells creator (choreographer) for SyFy Channel’s “The Magicians”, based on the bestselling novels by Lev Grossman. You may also recognize him on-screen as “Professor Li” in the show.

Join us as we discuss his work on “The Magicians”, including his spell crafting process and his favorite moments. Maybe he’ll even teach us a “spell” or two! Hosted by Tiffy Wang (IchigoTofu), this panel is bound to bring some “magic” into your life!

Panel Details

The panel will be streamed live on Twitch on November 21, 2020 at 3 p.m. Pacific time. Fans can submit their questions beforehand through Google forms here. Questions will also be accepted during the live stream through chat.

Panel: Saturday, November 21
  • Time
  • Saturday, November 21
  • Panel
  • “Q&A with Kevin ‘Shazam’ Li”
    hosted by Tiffy Wang (IchigoTofu).
Kevin Li is appearing at PMX 2020.

Social Media Links

Kevin “Shazam” Li (panelist):
Tiffy “IchigoTofu” Wang (host):
Jon Allen

Industry Guest: Jon Allen

2016 San Diego Film Award “Best Actor” nominee and winner of the 2014 “I’m Funnier Than” Comedy Contest, Jon has always had an interest in story-telling and making people laugh.In the world of anime he’s lent his voice to many unique characters, including:

  • Mori on “FLCL Progressive”
  • Alessi in “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure”
  • Zack in “Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans”
  • Binolt, Kazsule, and Number Zero on “Hunter X Hunter”
  • Edano, Takkeda, and Bandai in “Mob Psycho 100”
  • The MC in “Kakegurui”
  • and even the Pink Hat Guy in “Dragonball Z”!

You may also have heard him as the voice of Jarvis, Smooth Jarvis, Rugged Jarvis, and H8 Squadder in “Pain” on the Playstation Network, which also included voice-overs from celebrities such as David Hasselhoff, George Takei, and Andy Dick. Other video game voice credits include such titles as “Warhammer Tactics,” “High Velocity Bowling,” “Jack Keane,” “Elvira’s Monster Stack ‘N Match,” and many others.

On television he’s been seen in the series “The Ex-List” Comedy Central’s “My Profile Story,” “Know Your Meme,” “You Can Do Better” on truTV, and stars as Ryan Wyatt in the upcoming series “The Castmembers,” an episodic comedy series depicting the hi-jinks and struggles of working in a movie theater.

In addition to his acting and comedy pursuits, Jon also regularly contributes to the world of pro-wrestling, currently performing as “Jonald Trump” on Freakshow Wrestling in Las Vegas, and as “Ricotta Flair” on WWE star Brian Kendrick’s comedic “Wrestling Pro Wrestling” in Los Angeles, CA. He also streams on the popular new app “Unlocked.”

Facebook Fan Page:
Twitter: @KingJonAllen
Instagram: @TheJonAllen

Industry Panel Time Location
“Anime Voice Acting” w/ Jon Allen & friends Sun, 10/28/18, 1:00 – 2:00 PM LP2, GLENDALE BALLROOM 4
Autographs Sun, 10/28/18, 2:00 – 3:00 PM AUTOGRAPHS, FOYER

For the complete Schedule click here.

Paul St. Peter at PMX

Industry Guest: Paul St. Peter

A versatile performer, Paul also sang for four seasons with the San Diego Opera Company, three years with the Civic Light Opera, and appeared in several productions at the Old Globe Theatre. In Los Angeles, Paul has acted at the Globe Playhouse, Richard Basehart Theatre, Palos Verde Shakespeare on The Meadow, performed with the Rogue Artists, and has “gone on the road” for eleven seasons with the Nevada Shakespeare Festival.

As an instructor, Paul has taught speech, accents, dialects, phonetics, vocal production, and Shakespeare at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, California State University Los Angeles, San Diego State University, Los Angeles Broadcasting School, the Windward School, and is a speech and acting coach for Native Voices at the Autry, a Native American Theatre company, and for the Rogue Artists.

Paul’s TV appearances include work on NCIS, LAST MAN STANDING, JESSIE, LEGIT (for FX), RINGER, TIM AND ERIC’S AWESOME SHOW, and the hilarious KEY AND PEELE (Comedy Central.)

Paul St. Peter, twice nominated for BTVA Awards, is a voice actor from Los Angeles, whose many anime and video game credits include:

  • NARUTO (Nine Tail Fox)
  • ONE PUNCH MAN (Beast King)
  • DIGIMON (Wormmon, Leomon)
  • ROBOTECH (Zor Prime)
  • BLEACH (Yammy Riyalgo)
  • WORLD OF WARCRAFT (Boden The Imposing)
  • DIGIMON: THE MOVIE (Kokomon)
  • ZETMAN (Sugito)
  • MAJIN (Majin)
  • BERSERK (Grunbeld)
  • RESIDENT EVIL 5 (Swahili Zombie)

Paul does comical voices too, from WORMMON (Digimon Warriors) to PUNCH (Cowboy Bebop).

Among his other game, anime, and feature anime credits are:

  • GURREN LAGAAN (Jorgun)
  • MONSTER (Dr. Reichwein)
  • PAPRIKA (Konakawa)
  • DURARARA (Higa)
  • X-COM (Dr. Heinrich)
  • BATTLE B-DAMON (Armada)
  • DIABLO III (Demented Spirit)
  • DEFIANCE (Burgess)

Paul’s voice can also be heard on such titles as:

  • MONSTER STRIKE (Death Panda)
  • DRAKENGARD III (Michael The Dragon)
  • JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURES (Wamuu, Dire, Jack The Ripper)
  • AJIN (Hirasawa)
  • HEARTHSTONE (Igneous Giant)
  • KILLER (Colonel Derick)
  • ACE COMBAT 7 (various roles)
  • IRON 17 (Ionnias IX)
  • SAINT SEIYA (Hakurei)
Industry Panel Time Location
“Anime Voice Acting” w/ Jon Allen & friends Sun, 10/28/18, 1:00 – 2:00 PM LP2, GLENDALE BALLROOM 4
Autographs Sun, 10/28/18, 2:00 – 3:00 PM AUTOGRAPHS, FOYER

For the complete Schedule click here.

Linda LaMontagne appearing at PMX

AACC: Linda Lamontagne

Everyone at one point or another has known a work by Linda Lamontagne! As a casting director of over 70 titles, Linda has won multiple awards and nominations from the Casting Society of America for her works in:

  • BoJack Horseman
  • Robot Chicken
  • Family Guy
  • American Dad!
  • SuperMansion
  • Skylanders Academy
  • The Powerpuff Girls
  • Ben 10
  • Astro Boy
  • We Bare Bears
  • Coraline
  • Cybill
  • Rosanne
  • and much more!

AACC Panel Time Location
UP NEXT: Finding Next-Gen Asian American Talent 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM LP1, GLENDALE BALLROOM 1-3

For the complete AACC Schedule click here.