Cosplaying: Building A Safe and Happy Community For All

Cosplaying: Building A Safe and Happy Community For All

Taking a deeper look into the cosplaying community, panelists share their experiences and discuss their favorite parts of cosplaying while also looking into areas that could be improved or aren’t being mentioned enough. Striving towards helping to keep cosplay a safe, fun, and inclusive environment for all, panelists share their recommendations and insights with the audience while also giving their own unique takes and perspectives on any questions that the audience might ask.

Come and see Shou, Dinny, FoxRots, Gelo, Ithileryn, and Solibeau during PMX weekend, November 21 & 22.

Aid for the Philippines

Given the recent damages done to select communities caused by Typhoon Ulysses in the Philippines, these 6 cosplayers would like to provide support those affected by the typhoon.
To donate, click here: https://www.kayanatin.ph/donate/

About Shou (host)

Shou is a professional health, wellness, & fitness coach, fashion model, entertainer, motivational speaker, stage host, and cosplayer. He is most notably known for his cosplay portrayals of Dio Brando from JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Tengen Uzui from Kimetsu No Yaiba, and Iida Tenya from My Hero Academia.

He believes that the best thing about cosplaying is that it’s something that everyone can enjoy. He has dedicated himself to being an advocate for positivity and to help change the lives of anyone that he meets. “If we all do our part, then we can make our communities and the world a better and more positive place for all.” Striving for positive impact always, his favourite quote is, “Think positive, and positive things can happen!”

Cosplaying over 20 characters since 2017, he has appeared in several articles on WhenInManila.com for his cosplay portrayals, and has attended numerous conventions professionally in cosplay booths including Cosplay Matsuri (2018 & 2019), Cosplay Carnival (2019), & Cosplay Mania (2019) to name a few. He has attended more than a dozen events in an official capacity as either a cosplay host, cosplay guest, or cosplay booth vendor.

About Dinny

Dinny Grayson is a non-binary full-time cosplayer and artist from the Philippines. They have been cosplaying for over 6 years and have travelled around the country and Asia serving as a cosplay guest, judge, and panelist in various events. They have also worked as a character actor for companies such as Netflix and Warner Brothers and has held panels and workshops on makeup application, wig-styling, costume creation, and cosplay life.

Dinny believes that absolutely anyone can cosplay. They strive to contribute empathy, positivity, and acceptance within the community and believe that through sharing their own cosplay experiences, others can realize that cosplay can have a positive impact in one’s life.

About FoxRots

Fox is a cosplayer, host, and rookie radio DJ on 99.5 playfm. She has done professional cosplay and character acting for companies like Warner bros., Netflix, HBO, and Robinsons, and Ayala Malls. Her most notable cosplay appearances are that for Captain Marvel, Sombra from Overwatch, and Arya Stark from Game of Thrones.

Fox cosplays characters from movies, TV shows, comic books, video games and other western media, but does not shy away from the occasional Anime cosplay. She’s an artist from the Philippines but she might actually just be a woodland creature in disguise.

About Gelo

Gelo Grayson has been cosplaying for 6 years and has been running Gelo Grayson Props to create props and costumes for other cosplayers for 4 years. He has learned and continues to  learn the best techniques and methods in creating some of the most accurate cosplay props in the Philippines.

He enjoys teaching how he creates his props online and he is also credited as a cosplay judge and cosplayer worksop instructor for local conventions.

About Ithileryn

Ithileryn is an award winning and published cosplayer, costumer, and craftswoman from Fort Worth, Texas. Since the beginning of her cosplay career in 2018, she has hand-made, tailored, and modeled dozens of costumes, foam-crafted her own props, won first in her category at her first cosplay competition, and has been featured in many reputable online cosplay journals, including the cover of Creative Cosplay Magazine’s upcoming Avatar issue.

Her most notable cosplays are Elizabeth Comstock from BioShock and Jinx from League of Legends, however she has popular cosplays from many sources, including anime, film, television, cartoons, comics, and videogames. She specializes in sewing, patterning, makeup, and wig styling, and is her own self-taught photographer. She is known for screen-accurate makeup transformations and capturing the physicality of each character, bringing them to life.

Through social media posts and TikTok videos, she utilizes her background in the professional dance world and her love for providing comedic and encouraging content to motivate and inspire many fellow creators in the community, as well as her audience. Ithileryn has made her rounds to almost every convention located in central Texas, as she enjoys interacting with her local community personally. Although she was unable to appear as a cosplay guest at multiple cancelled conventions this year, she is looking forward to her guest appearances next year, online appearances, and more!

About Solibeau

Solibeau is a costume designer, cosplayer and multimedia artist from the Philippines. She started sewing commissions when she was 15, and has been doing that as a full time job since 2017. She mostly works with fabric, but often ventures to prop making and set design.

Come and see Shou, Dinny, FoxRots, Gelo, Ithileryn, and Solibeau during PMX weekend, November 21 & 22.

Panel: Cosplaying: Building A Safe and Happy Community For All
Saturday, November 21
  • Time
  • Saturday, November 21
    9PM – 11PM
  • Panel
  • “Cosplaying: Building A Safe and Happy Community For All”
  • Location
  • Twitch/Facebook Live
Intro to Note Reading Workshop

Intro to Note Reading Workshop

Amie Ma is an active freelance clarinetist and instrumental music educator in the Southern California region. She has performed in the Symphonic Winds of the Pacific, Orange County Wind Symphony, Southern California Philharmonic, Brendan Eder Ensemble, and the Stratus Chamber Orchestra. Amie has taken the stage at diverse venues around Los Angeles, including the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the El Rey Theatre. She currently teaches instrumental music in public education.

Workshop Description

Take part in a free workshop with professional musician Amie Ma. She will be instructing an introduction workshop to note reading and sheet music reading. The workshop will be streamed live on Twitch on November, 21, 2020 at 10AM Pacific time.

Tip Jar

Show your appreciation for Amie Ma’s hard work by giving her a tip! Tipping is highly encouraged, and heavily appreciated.  

t.ly/bHaL

 

Workshop: Saturday, November 21
  • Time
  • Saturday, November 21
    10AM-11AM
  • Workshop
  • “Intro to Note Reading and Sheet Music Workshop”
    by Amie Ma, Clarinetist.
Cosplay Life Drawing Workshop hosted by Model Drawing Collective

Cosplay Life Drawing Workshop

Join us for PMX’s first ever Cosplay Life Drawing Workshop, all from the comfort of your own home! Life drawing workshops are an amazing resource to work on your drawing fundamentals, and are quintessential to strengthening your figure drawing skills. If you’ve never attended a life drawing workshop before, now is your chance! Our amazing model, Red Rabbu, will hold various poses for a certain amount of time (see session breakdown below). All you have to do is draw her!

We want to see your art from the workshop! If you post your sketches onto social media, don’t forget to tag us. Your art might even be featured by PMX!

Twitter: @PacificMediaXpo
IG: @Pacificmediaexpo
Facebook: @Pacificmediaexpo

Session Breakdown

10 poses, 2 minutes for each pose
Break: 5 Minutes
6 poses, 5 minutes for each pose
Break: 5 Minutes
3 poses, 10 minutes for each pose
Break: 5 Minutes
1 pose: 20 Minutes

Tip Jar

Show your appreciation for Red Rabbu’s hard work by giving her a tip! Tipping is highly encouraged, and heavily appreciated.  

https://ko-fi.com/redrabbu

About Model Drawing Collective

Model Drawing Collective is a project spearheaded by Lisa Dosson along with other artists and models, to create safe, welcoming and inclusive spaces. MDC provides Life Drawing sessions for people with an interest in animation, storytelling and fine arts. Thanks to the collaboration with different animation studios and independent spaces, MDC hosts sessions across the Los Angeles area. Whether it’s a private event or open to the public, the mission remains consistent:  Empowering models, inspiring artists. 

Visit our free online sessions at: https://www.facebook.com/ModelDrawingCollective
IG: https://www.instagram.com/modeldrawingcollective/

About Red Rabbu

Professional anime artist and cosplayer, because it’s not enough to just draw the anime girl, I had to BE the anime girl too! I’ve been a freelance artist and art model for a solid decade and still going!

Social Media:
IG: https://www.instagram.com/redrabbu/
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/redrabbu

 

Panel: Sunday, November 22
  • Time
  • Sunday, November 22
    6PM-8PM
  • Workshop
  • “Cosplay Life Drawing Workshop”: K/DA Akali
    hosted by Model Drawing Collective.
Kiyo Tanimoto is appearing at PMX 2020.

Featured Cosplayer: Kiyo Tanimoto

Kiyo discusses his knowledge and experience in the realm of health & wellness by sharing his fitness journey to the audience and the methods to transform themselves into their ideal nutritional states.

Kiyo shares this discussion with Shou 翔 (Shou Cos) to provide the audience knowledge on developing healthy eating habits, balancing blood sugar levels, finding the right diet to fit the person, how to effectively read food nutritional labels, and more.

In addition to a healthy lifestyle, the importance of a healthy mindset is also discussed among the two cosplayers, as well as methods to develop and train a stronger mind so that any goal is accomplishable. Both Kiyo and Shou also share various fitness tips and exercise routines ideal for a beginner, intermediate, as well as an advanced fitness enthusiast.

Join Kiyo in this discussion with Shou 翔, a professional health, wellness, & fitness coach, fashion model, entertainer, motivational speaker, stage host, and cosplayer.

About Kiyo

Kiyo’s career lies in the software industry by profession, but takes on other creative paths such as photography, cosplay, fashion modeling, life coaching, and acting outside of it. He is most notably known for his cosplay portrayals as Shirogane “Shiro” Takeshi from Netflix’s Voltron, Hanzo Shimada from Overwatch, and Young Jiraiya from Naruto.

He’s a very big advocate for health and fitness in the cosplay community. Kiyo created a popular challenge in the community called “Cosplay Body Challenge” most recognized with the tag #cosbodchallenge back in early 2018. In his words he shares, “I created this challenge to promote self-positivity to those in the community with their fitness goals, by sharing the experience with others by taggings friends and anyone else, for a ‘collective’ goal-oriented effort. It’s a fun way of creating your own community to work out together, while striving to achieve your fitness goals.”

In 2017 he picked up his first camera and worked nonstop to learn the ways of the photographer. He’s worked with a lot of well known cosplayers behind the lens since then, eventually gaining a lot of interest to become a cosplayer himself. Kiyo has attended numerous conventions, mostly working professionally as a photographer. However, he’s known to also be in his cosplay while working the camera.

This is Kiyo’s first time hosting a panel, and in his words he says, “I’m really looking forward to speaking with you all. Let’s have a great time!”

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

Panel: Getting In Shape For Cosplay: Balancing your health, mental wellness, and personal fitness
Saturday, November 21
  • Time
  • Saturday, November 21
    7PM – 8PM
  • Panel
  • “Getting In Shape For Cosplay: Balancing your health, mental wellness, and personal fitness”
    hosted by Shou.
  • Location
  • Facebook Live
Timora Talks featuring DaizyStripper at PMX

Timora Talks feat. DaizyStripper (presented by Chaotic Harmony)

DaizyStripper was formed in March 2007. Their songs have resonated with their listeners for many years, and the emotions they capture in their performances have contributed to their longevity. Their songs regularly hit the Oricon charts in their genre. Their 9th single, Setsubou no Freesia, was used as an ending song for Yu-gi-oh ZEXAL in 2011.

DaizyStripper is no stranger to performing overseas. They attended Animethon in Canada and Otakon in the USA. In a genre where bands often break up quickly, DaizyStripper has remained a strong unit for over thirteen years. Their songs are high energy and upbeat, and their aesthetic is vibrant and eye-catching. DaizyStripper is looking forward to making their first appearance at PMX, albeit virtually, and they are excited to meet their overseas fans.

Panel: Sunday, November 22
  • Time
  • Sunday, November 22
    8PM-9PM
  • Panel
  • Timora Talks feat. DaizyStripper
    presented by Chaotic Harmony.

Links

DaizyStripper music video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6G2JW7oVno
DaizyStripper official website: https://daizystripper.com
DaizyStripper twitter: https://twitter.com/Daizy_Staff
Timora Talks featuring heidi. at PMX

Timora Talks feat. heidi. (presented by Chaotic Harmony)

heidi. debuted as a band on June 3rd, 2006. Their songs capture the hearts of the listeners with their expressive melodies and lyrics that go straight to the heart. In 2010, their singles Yokan and ∞Loop were used as the ending theme songs for the TBS anime Kaichou no Maid-sama. In 2011, their single Gekkou Showtime was the theme song for the movie Maebashi Visual Kei, and they not only provided the song but also appeared in the movie!

heidi. has a lot of experience performing overseas. They have toured in Europe and participated in events in the Philippines and the USA. Having been together as a band for over fourteen years, their stability is definitely one of their strong points. heidi. is very excited to be back at PMX, even just virtually, and they look forward to seeing all of their overseas fans again.

Panel: Saturday, November 21
  • Time
  • Saturday, November 21
    8PM-9PM
  • Panel
  • Timora Talks feat. heidi.
    presented by Chaotic Harmony.
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: https://donate.doctorswithoutborders.org/onetime.cfm

To purchase a writing portfolio review, go here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pacific-media-expo-2020-personal-experiences-registration-130217707669 (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
    1PM-2PM
  • Panel
  • “Writing For Animation”
    hosted by Tiffy Wang (IchigoTofu).

Links

Akira “Mark” Fujita (panelist): https://www.twitter.com/AkiraMarkFujita
Sapphire Sandalo (panelist): https://www.twitter.com/awkwardsapphire
Austin Curreri (panelist): https://www.twitter.com/emishson
Tiffy “IchigoTofu” Wang (host): https://www.twitter.com/ichigotofuart
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
    4PM-5PM
  • Panel
  • “Q&A with Elisa Phillips”
    hosted by Tiffy Wang (IchigoTofu).
Character Design Live Demo: Saturday, November 21
  • Time
  • Saturday, November 21
    6PM-7PM
  • Live Demo
  • Character Design with Elisa Phillips

Social Media Links

Elisa Phillips (panelist): https://www.instagram.com/elisainanimate/
Tiffy “IchigoTofu” Wang (host): https://www.instagram.com/ichigotofu/