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)
Kaitlyn Yang at PMX

AACC Guest: Kaitlyn Yang

At nine, Yang emigrated to the U.S. from China and was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy, which leaves her wheelchair-bound. A graduate of USC’s animation program, Yang founded her own post-production company, Alpha Studios, in 2013 and has more than 40 credits to her name, including “Robot Chicken” and “Falling Skies.”

Forbes Magazine

Website: https://www.alphastudios.com
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kaitlyny/

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.

Tamlyn Tomita at PMX

AACC Guest: Tamlyn Tomita

Just as she’s graced the screen, Tamlyn graces Pacific Media Expo as a guest of Asian American Culture Con. As one of People magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People in the world in 1991, the Filipino-Japanese American Actress has more than 100 film credits to her name with feature titles such as:

  • Allegra Aoki in The Good Doctor
  • Tamiko Watanabe in The Man in the High Castle
  • Noshiko Yukimura in Teen Wolf
  • Judge Carol Morrow in How to Get Away with Murder
  • Agent Shana Rollins in NCIS: Los Angeles
  • Ms. Suzuki in True Blood
  • Dr. Alice Crawford in Bones
  • Julia Chang in Glee
  • Dr. Ellen Yu in Days of our Lives
  • Miwako Nishizawa in Law & Order: LA
  • Jun Kazama in Tekken
  • Ishi Nakamura in Heroes
  • Kim Anderson/Kim Yamazaki in Eureka!
  • Giselle in General Hospital
  • Shen Xiaoyi in Stargate SG-1
  • Janet Tokada in The Day After Tomorrow
  • Jenny Dodge in 24
  • Waverly in the Joy Luck Club
  • Kumiko in the Karate Kid II
  • and so much more!
AACC Panel Time Location
BACK WHEN: Classics of Asian American Cinema 3:15 PM – 4:30 PM LP1, GLENDALE BALLROOM 1-3

For the complete AACC Schedule click here.

Tara Sands appearing at PMX

Industry Guest: Tara Sands

Tara Jayne Sands can be heard as over 50 characters in the original “Pokemon” dub, including Bulbasaur, Richie, Jasmine, Oddish, and Tori. Some other roles include:

  • Biscuit in “Hunter x Hunter”
  • Mokuba Kaiba in “Yu-Gi-Oh!”
  • Kari in “Digimon Adventure Tri”
  • Anna in “Shaman King”
  • Kombu Infinity in “One Punch Man”
  • Circe in “Generator Rex”
  • Young Jin in “Anohana”
  • Kippie in “Glitter Force”
  • Woodward in “Little Witch Acadeimia”
  • Karla in “Gundam Thunderbolt”
  • Yota in “Naruto”
  • Filia Ul Copt in “Slayers,”
  • Filia Ul Copt in “Slayers,”
  • Summer in “Barbie: Life in The Dreamhouse,”
  • and multiple roles in “Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure,” and “Sailor Moon.”

She also provides narration on over 150 audio books and can be heard in the video games “Dead Island,” “Fire Emblem,” “Singularity,” “Final Fantasy,” and “Call of Juarez”among others.

For 2 years (over 100 episodes!), Tara was the on-camera host of Cartoon Network’s weekly Friday night lineup, appropriately titled “Fridays.” On “Fridays” Tara interviewed dozens of celebrities like Johnny Depp, George Lucas, Robin Williams, Charles Barkley and Daniel Radcliffe, and had more on-camera food fights than she cares to remember.

Website: www.tarasands.com
Twitter: @TaraSandsLA
Instagram: @TaraSandsLA
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/tarasandstarasands
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0419760/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1

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.

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.”

Website: http://www.JonAllenComedy.com
Facebook Fan Page: http://www.Facebook.com/JonAllenVO
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:

  • KINGDOM HEARTS (Xemnas)
  • NARUTO (Nine Tail Fox)
  • ONE PUNCH MAN (Beast King)
  • DIGIMON (Wormmon, Leomon)
  • ROBOTECH (Zor Prime)
  • BLEACH (Yammy Riyalgo)
  • WORLD OF WARCRAFT (Boden The Imposing)
  • DYNASTY WARRIORS I-IV (Yuan Shao)
  • DIGIMON: THE MOVIE (Kokomon)
  • ZETMAN (Sugito)
  • MAJIN (Majin)
  • TESTIMONY OF THE NEW SHE DEVIL (Valga)
  • 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)
  • THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO (Mondego)
  • MONSTER (Dr. Reichwein)
  • PAPRIKA (Konakawa)
  • LUPIN III: THE SECRET OF MAMO (Mamo)
  • 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)
  • NARUTO 7: ULTIMATE NINJA STORM (Kurama)
  • THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS (Armor Giant)
  • AJIN (Hirasawa)
  • HEARTHSTONE (Igneous Giant)
  • KILLER (Colonel Derick)
  • YS VIII: LACRIMOSA OF DANA (Sahad)
  • ACE COMBAT 7 (various roles)
  • GUNDAM: IRON BLOODED ORPHANS (McMurdo)
  • DRAGON BALL SUPER (Sorbet)
  • HUNTER HUNTER (Razor)
  • LITTLE TIARAS (Oak)
  • 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.

Ryan Potter appearing at PMX

AACC Guest: Ryan Potter

Who is Ryan Potter? Harry Potter’s distant cousin? No! He is “Beast Boy” on Titans. He is “Hiro” on Big Hero 6. He is “Mike Fukanaga” on Supah Ninjas. He is an actor, director, martial artist, and a photographer.

And can you guess? He’s here at PMX2018 as an Industry Guest for the Asian American Culture Con!

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm3994407

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.

AACC Guest: Fawn Verasunthorn

Story Supervisor, Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It-Ralph 2

Fawn Veerasunthorn is a story supervisor at Walt Disney Animation Studios. Veerasunthorn joined the Studio as a story artist in 2011, and has since contributed her talents to the Oscar®-winning feature films, “Frozen” and “Zootopia,” as well as Walt Disney Animation Studios’ latest release, the Oscar-nominated “Moana.”

http://womeninanimation.org/team-members/fawn-veerasunthorn/

Fawn Veerasunthorn

Fawn Veerasunthorn

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm3086932/

AACC Panel Time Location
LIFE IN COLORS: Asian Americans in Animation 11:30 AM – 12:45 PM LP1, GLENDALE BALLROOM 1-3

For the complete AACC Schedule click here.