Masquerade: Prizes, Skits, Special Performances, and Amazing Costumes

Be a part of one our most-loved events! Registration is still open and the prizes have never been higher!

Have you spent countless hours and sleepless nights perfecting your cosplay? Have a group of friends who love to dance in character? Have a skit you’re dying to perform? Well here’s your chance to be on stage and win something in the process!

Cash prizes and categories include:
Judge’s Award: $100
Performance Award: $250
Craftsmanship Award: $250
Best in Show: $500

To enter, visit our Cosplay Page and register today!

Announcing the Asian American Culture Con at PMX!

A day of Asian American Content hosted and curated by Jeff Yang and Phil Yu, the hosts of the Podcast “They Call Us Bruce”

In partnership with Jeff Yang — author, cultural critic and celebrity dad — and Phil Yu — the blogger behind Angry Asian Man, who co-host the popular podcast THEY CALL US BRUCE, PMX is proud to announce the ASIAN AMERICAN CULTURE CON, a full day of Asian American programming on Sunday, October 28 from 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM.

All panels are FREE with PMX registration (full weekend or Sunday only)!

More guests are being announced every week so be sure to follow the AACC Facebook Event or @TheyCallUsBruce on Twitter for continual updates.

The AACC will feature six sessions recorded LIVE for the THEY CALL US BRUCE podcast:

Time Session Description Featuring
10:00 AM – 10:15 AM
LP1, GLENDALE BALLROOM 1-3
Welcome Introductions by THEY CALL US BRUCE – Jeff Yang
– Phil Yu
10:15 AM – 11:30 AM
LP1, GLENDALE BALLROOM 1-3
FALL TV PREVIEW: Asian Americans on TV A talk with Asian American stars of the new fall TV season Jake Choi (ABC’s SINGLE PARENTS)
Keiko Agena (Hulu’s THE FIRST)
Ryan Potter (DCU’s TITANS)
11:30 AM – 12:45 PM
LP1, GLENDALE BALLROOM 1-3
LIFE IN COLORS: Asian Americans in Animation A talk with standout creators from the world of animation Daniel Chong (WE BARE BEAR)
Vic Cook (show runner for STRETCH ARMSTRONG)
Dan Santat (THE REPLACEMENTS)
Fawn Veerasunthorn
(story editor for RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET)
12:45 PM – 2:00 PM Lunch Break
2:00 PM – 3:15 PM
LP1, GLENDALE BALLROOM 1-3
UP NEXT: Finding Next-Gen Asian American Talent Looking for the next-generation of Asian American stars Will S. Choi (ASIAN AF)
Snehal Desai (EAST WEST PLAYERS)
Linda Lamontagne (casting director of BOJACK HORSEMAN)
Kaitlyn Yang (founder of Alpha Studios)
3:15 PM – 4:30 PM
LP1, GLENDALE BALLROOM 1-3
BACK WHEN: Classics of Asian American Cinema Looking back at three of the movies that have defined our Asian American pop culture experience Parry Shen (BETTER LUCK TOMORROW)
Lynn Chen (SAVING FACE)
Tamlyn Tomita (THE JOY LUCK CLUB)
4:30 PM – 5:45 PM
LP1, GLENDALE BALLROOM 1-3
WRITING THE FUTURE: Asian Americans in Science Fiction Taking a leap into the (Asian) Future with science fiction standouts Wesley Chu (THE LIVES OF TAO)
S. Qiouyi Lu (UNCANNY & ISAAC ASIMOV’S)
Peter Tieryas (THE UNITED STATES OF JAPAN)
5:45 PM – 7:00 PM
MAIN EVENTS, BRAND BALLROOM
STEVEN UNIVERSE: The Most Asian American Show on TV Talking with the stars of the epic animated series Steven Universe — the most Asian American show on TV! Shelby Rabara (“Peridot”)
Michaela Dietz (“Amethyst”)
Jennifer Paz (“Lapis Lazuli”)
Grace Rolek (“Connie”)


industry-guests

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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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AACC Guest: Shelby Rabara

As a Filipina American Actress, Shelby Rabara is best known for her roles in Steven Universe, Me and My Grandma, ...
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AACC Guest: Peter Tieryas

Peter Tieryas is an Asian-American writer. He is the author of Watering Heaven, Bald New World, and United States of ...
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AACC: Linda Lamontagne

Everyone at one point or another has known a work by Linda Lamontagne! As a casting director of over 70 ...
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AACC Guest: Will S. Choi

This man is Asian AF. Just kidding! Will is the creator of the hit comedy shows "Asian AF" and "Scarlett ...
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AACC Guest: Lynn Chen

The talented actress is most famously known for her roles in Saving Face, Growing Nowhere, Silicon Valley, Nice Girls Crew, ...
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AACC Guest: Snehal Desai

Desai is currently East West Players’ Associate Artistic Director. Director of “A Nice Indian Boy,” and the “U.S. v. Bhagat ...
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AACC Guest: Parry Shen

You know him: Better Luck Tomorrow, General Hospital, The New Guy, and as various characters in the Hatchet Trilogy. Born ...
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AACC Guest: Keiko Agena

The Hawaii-born native is recognized for her roles on Gilmore Girls, Better Call Saul, and The First. The women I ...
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AACC Guest: Wesley Chu

Winner of the John W. Campbell Best New Writer Award, the Young Adult Library Services Association Alex Award and a ...
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AACC Guest: S. Qiouyi Lu

Writer, editor narrator, and translator; S. Qiouyi Lu is a literary powerhouse whose work has appeared in Uncanny, and their ...
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AACC Guest: Michaela Dietz

Michaela Dietz is an actress, singer and voice actress whose professional career started in 2005. She is known for playing ...
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AACC Guest: Jennifer Paz

Jennifer Paz is currently known for her role in Steven Universe and As Told by Ginger. The talented actress has ...
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AACC Guest: Grace Rolek

Grace Rolek is best known for her work on Steven Universe, Lou and Lou: Safety Patrol , Final Fantasy VII: ...
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AACC Guest: Jake Choi

The New York-native Jake Choi is an Asian American actor, best known for his roles in Single Parents, Front Cover, ...
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AACC Guest: Vic Cook

Victor Cook is an American television director, writer, and producer. Cook is perhaps best known for producing and developing for ...
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AACC Guest: Daniel Chong

Daniel Chong (born November 19, 1978) is an American artist best known as the creator of the Cartoon Network show ...
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AACC Guest: Dan Santat

Dan Santat is the author/illustrator of Sidekicks and the winner of the Silver Medal from the Society of Illustrators for ...
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Lightspeed Saber League

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.

Workshop Info:

Date: Saturday, 10/27
Time: 7pm-9pm
Location: Courtyard

Way of the Stick and Blade Tournament

Way of the Stick and Blade is Southern California’s premier Filipino Martial Arts tournament boasting one of the largest contingents of competitors from all across the globe.  This tournament is geared to promote and propagate the Filipino Martial Arts through competition.  It is our hope that this event will help give experience to any first time competitors as well as provide those long time practitioners an open venue to test and hone their skills.  Our events include Padded Stick, Padded Knife, Padded Blade, and Mixed Weapons.

Martial arts of any kind can participate in testing your blunt and edged weapons skills.  We just ask that we respect each other and the skill we bring to the table.  Limited supply of equipment will be available to use at the tournament.

The event is hosted by Pacific Media Expo and sponsored by Bunal Brand FMA Equipment.

 

Fees:

$55 Single event before Sunday October 14th, 2018
$20 Additional events before Sunday October 14th, 2018
Late fee of $20 will be assessed after Sunday October 14th, 2018 and $10 for additional events.

All pre-registered competitors get a weekend pass to Pacific Media Expo as well as a tournament T-shirt.

 

Tournament Info:

Date: Sunday, 10/28
Time: 9:00-10:00am Registration/ Check-in
Time: 10:00-10:15am Opening Ceremonies
Location: Live Programming (LP2) Glendale Ballroom 4

Hung Kuen Kung Fu Workshop with Sifu Patrick “Bai Long” Pace

“Bai Long” began his martial arts training at age 6 in the United Kingdom. By 16, he was one of the youngest black belts in Full Contact Karate/Kick Boxing and one of the youngest champions in the UK.
In his 40 years of training in martial arts, Patrick holds black belts in the following systems:

➢ Full Contact Karate/Kick Boxing
➢ Japanese Karate (Wado Ryu)
➢ American Kenpo Karate (UK Representative for United Kenpo Systems)
➢ Kage Ryu Kenpo (Shihan)
➢ Hoshin Roshi Ryu Jutaijutsu (Shihan, 6th Dan Black belt)
➢ Muay Thai (Kru)
➢ Natural Spirit International (Full Instructor, Level One)
He is also a fully Certified Sifu (master) in the following systems:
➢ Fu Jow Pai (Tiger Claw Kung Fu)
➢ Wing Chun
➢ Sil Lum Weng Chun (Chu Family)
➢ Hung Kuen (US Representative for Lau Family)

Patrick is also a member of the Lau Family Stunt Team in Hong Kong.

Workshop Info:

Date: Saturday, 10/27
Time: 11am – 1pm
Location: Live Programming (LP2) Glendale Ballroom 4

Pamana Kali Workshop with Guro Alvin Catacutan

Guro Alvin Catacutan currently holds Black Belt Rank in Kali and Silat at the Inosanto Academy of Martial Arts. He is an instructor certified to teach Kali, Jun Fan Gung Fu & Jeet Kune Do under Maha Guro Dan Inosanto.

Guro Alvin is on a mission to share the Filipino Martial Arts as a catalyst for those seeking personal transformation. The wisdom of Ancestral Warrior Arts is accessed through what he calls the Kali Matrix. It is a method of self discovery through movement and form. He seeks to teach others to find their place in the tribe and honor the Kulture that created this art.

Workshop Info:

Date: Saturday, 10/27
Time: 3pm-5pm
Location: Live Programming (LP2) Glendale Ballroom 4

Hap Ki Do Workshop with Master Joaquín Anzú

Master Joaquín Anzú Álvarez, was born in Uruapan, Michoacán, México in 1972. He came to the United States in September of 1988 where within few months he enrolled in the art of Lima Lama and after kickboxing in the city of El Monte.

He started training Taekwondo in México at an early age. By God’s grace ha has been training for about 35 years in different Martial Arts such as Taekwondo, Hapkido, Kickboxing, Filipino Martial Arts, Krav Maga and Lima Lama.

At the moment Master Anzu holds a 6 degree black belt in Taekwondo, 6 degree in Hapkido, 2nd degree in Krav maga and 1st degree in Tang so do as well as certifications in different martial arts weapons.

Workshop Info:

Date: Saturday, 10/27
Time: 1pm-3pm
Location: Live Programming (LP2) Glendale Ballroom 4

Music Featured Guest: Cali Crisis

Cali Crisis is a synthpop duo made up of indie artist Plasmic and American Anime/Jpop artist Stephanie Yanez.

Once upon a cyberpunk time a nerdy girl with pink hair named Crisis had an idea. After being bullied day after day she thought it was time to make a friend. She sat down at her pink computer and started to program a friend. A friend that would be a little like Sailor Moon, Mima, Creamy Mami, Kiki, and a little like Lain. She created a magical android girl and called her Cali where everything begins and ends. Cali and Crisis now have joined forces through magic and music to take on the apocalyptic world. Nothing will get in their way.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/calicrisis
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cali_crisis
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/calicrisismusic/
SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/calicrisis
iTunes: https://apple.co/2oVBxPi
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2x0RvLH

Performance Info:

Date: Saturday, 10/27
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: Main Events, BRAND BALLROOM