2 days of FUN!

Pacific Media Expo 2008
Veterans' Day
Holiday Weekend
November 7 to 9, 2008
Hilton Los Angeles Airport


May 2009 raffle
Win: Autographed Angelic Pretty poster! Click here. (05.19.09)

April 2009 raffle
Win: Framed and autographed Kaya postcard! (April Raffle closed on 04.30.09) (04.14.09)

PMX Collectors' Swap Meet
Join us at the Monterey Park Cherry Blossom Festival (April 18-19, 11 AM - 6 PM). Click here. (03.28.09)

March 2009 raffle
Win: Robotech Shadow Chronicles 2-Disc Collector's Edition, a VF-1A Max Type Valkyrie Super Poseable Figure, and 2 PMX 2009 Full Memberships! (March Raffle closed on 03.31.09) (03.06.09)

February 2009 raffle
Win an autographed and framed Kaya postcard! (February Raffle closed on 02.28.09) (02.10.09)

Save the date! Nov. 6-8, '09
PMX 2009 returns to the LAX Hilton for another year of fun! (01.14.09)

January 2009 raffle
Win an autographed and framed Suicide Ali postcard! (January Raffle closed on 01.31.09) (01.02.09)

THANK YOU for attending PMX 2008! See you next year! (11.10.08)

Kaya performance
Concert starts at 8 p.m. Kaya's performance on stage starts at 9:30 p.m. (11.08.08)

Pocky tasting
Look out wine tasting. Here comes Pocky tasting. Glico is coming to PMX to let attendees try the Pocky experience. (11.06.08)

Map it out
Download the layout for PMX here or in the Location tab. (11.05.08)

Anime showings
Check out the list of anime PMX will be showing in its video rooms. (11.05.08)

Panels and workshops
Check out the Panels and Workshops we've added to the schedule. (11.05.08)

Discounted parking
Hotel parking for PMX attendees is $10/day with a coupon. Coupons are available in Registration upon request. (11.05.08)

Cosfest signups
Information regarding PMX's Cosfest has been updated. Sign up now! (11.03.08)

Registration info updates
The new registration page now covers at-con hours and registration policies. (11.03.08)

Kick it into overdrive
PMX updates the format of the ever-popular Twisted Tea Party. Welcome the Turbo Twisted Tea Party. Click here to find out how to participate. (11.03.08)

Korean drama
See a list of k-drama screening at PMX08. (10.30.08)

Programming schedules
Check them out under the Programming tab. (10.22.08)

Exhibits update
Baby the Stars Shine Bright and PEACE NOW will be bringing their distinct designs to PMX! (10.22.08)

October raffle
Win a Candy Spooky Theater autographed CD! (October Raffle closed on 10.31.08) (10.21.08)

Maid cafe
Join us Nov. 8 and 9 for a unique dining experience as PMX co-hosts its own maid cafe... (10.20.08)

Making beautiful music
Stephanie Yanez to perform at halftime of Cosfest. VAEIDOS joins the Pacific Media Live lineup. Clear your cache and check out their music in the player above. (10.18.08)

Plethora of programming
The programming tab has been updated with numerous activities on tap at PMX. Check out the Cowboy Bebop Experience, the B-Boy 3x3 Competition, Popping/Breaking workshops, fan panels for Kaba Modern and SickStep and much more. (10.17.08)

Info updates
PMX is now taking sign-ups for panels and workshops. Press and industry can register for PMX. (10.17.08)

PMX's best dance crew
Now taking sign-ups for .pure furisuta GiG 2's 3-on-3 b-boy battle. (10.16.08)

Events announcements
PMX will be hosting a Rock Band 2 tournament in its gaming room. See a partial list of the console games at PMX. PMX will also be hosting its dances on Friday and Saturday nights. Read up on our spinneriffic DJs. (10.13.08)

More music
Check out Kaya, our new music Guest of Honor. PMX announces our opening bands: Heday, LYV, Nylon Pink, and Vamp Star. Check out music clips in the player above. (10.01.08)

On sale soon
UPDATE: Tickets to the Suicide Ali concert go on sale at 7 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time on Friday, Oct. 3. Tickets to the Kaya concert go on sale at 8 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time on Friday, Oct. 3. See the ticketing policy. (10.01.08)

One lump or two?
PMX brings back the ever-popular Twisted Tea Party. Click here to find out how to participate. (10.01.08)

The cinema scene
Cine-East once again is sponsoring the Asian film program at PMX. See a list of what will be showing. (09.28.08)

Bringing it back
.pure furisuta GiG 2 will feature dance exhibition and a 3 on 3 b-boy battle. Find out more about .pure furisuta GiG 2. (09.27.08)

Volunteer for PMX
PMX is now accepting volunteers to help at the convention. Find out how to sign up here. (09.26.08)

Stay at the Hilton
Book your room for PMX. Find out more information about the Hilton Hotel LAX here. (09.22.08)

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March 2009 PMX Newsletter
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Contents: Album Review: BUCK-TICK's momento mori, Favorite Restaurants of the Month: Manna Korean BBQ and the Kogi Korean BBQ truck , Community Spotlight: The Japanese American National Museum Little Tokyo Walking Tour, PMX Events ,Contests and Freebies, PMX on Facebook/Twitter

BUCK-TICK's momento mori
by Hikari, contributing writer

BUCK-TICK, going past 21 years now, mediates on mortality with the Latin album title “momento mori”. The satiny ebony paper album sets an upper-class mood with a rainbow-splashed skull. Vocalist Sakurai Atsushi croons in his mature sexy voice, stylish Imai Hisashi rocks out (there’s a dose of Lucy flavor), bassist Higuchi Yutaka chills, drummer Yagami Toll arrives with his mohawk, and peaceful Hoshino Hidehiko provides background strings.

The album is filled with new songs, plus the tracks from the latest “HEAVEN” and “GALAXY” singles. Although BUCK-TICK’s theme for this album is “simplicity”, they cross genres and musical eras. The whole album is also chocked full of inside reference that have inside references themselves. So, what of the music? The fan pick is Old-West-tambourine-filled "Coyote", but the one fans will be curious about first is the sarcastic “Katte ni Shiyagare” (F*ck Off!). Track seven, “momento mori”, sticks out for Atsushi’s Okinawan-style singing about life and death (“Ha! Ha! Ha! Remember to die!", Imai adds), and track eight, filthy “Jonathan Jet-Coaster”, will be a karaoke favorite. “Message” is breathy, achingly lonely; Lullaby "III" is gothic, sultry, bass heavy. There is one good pop song: "Tenshi wa Dare Da" (Who is the angel?). On the flip side, I always skip track “Suzumebachi” because the English lyrics are too goofy. Also, why are two songs named “Umbrella” in some form? The English word “baby” could be less abused as well.

At the end, stick around for the engaging DVD “Making of momento mori”, then put the album back on repeat. Let it grow on you. BUCK-TICK isn’t going anywhere, so support them. Buy this album!

Favorite Restaurants of the Month: Manna Korean BBQ and the Kogi Korean BBQ truck
by Amirah May Limayo, PMX Staff

Unlimited Meat at Manna Korean BBQ

Do you have friends who have not tried all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ? This treasure trove is hidden on the corner of Olympic Blvd. and Wilton Pl. (right after Western Ave) in Koreatown. It is a good place to have a birthday party where the waiter brings you a surprise at the end of your meal. For more information, go to http://www.mannakoreanbbq.com/.  

Manna BBQ
Mmmmm meat!
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The Taco Truck That Brings Wonder

If you haven’t had enough Korean BBQ, try eating it in a taco! The new buzz on the street says that you can follow this truck around by using Twitter, and you’ll never go hungry again. Don’t believe me? Look up http://kogibbq.com/ and see for yourself!  

Kogi BBQ
It’s like waiting in line for Pink’s Hotdogs.
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Did You Know …

One of the owners and co-founders of KOGI BBQ is a Filipino guy named Mark Manguera? Read more of his story on a special feature by Asian Journal called “Galing Pinoy”. Just follow the link: http://www.asianjournal.com/galing-pinoy/59-galing-pinoy/1380-fil-am-mark-manguera-owner-and-co-founder-korean-bbq-truck.html 

Community Spotlight: The Japanese American National Museum Little Tokyo Walking Tour
by Paula Angeles, PMX Staff

Every last Saturday of the month, the Japanese American National Museum (JANM) hosts a walking tour of Little Tokyo. This tour is $13 for non-members and $8 for members and includes admission to the museum. This wonderful 2-hour tour promises to teach you something new about Little Tokyo even if you're a veteran to the area. The photos below show some of the highlights of this tour. For more information on the museum or this tour, visit the JANM website at http://www.janm.org/ and RSVP for the walking tour. Hurry! Space is limited.

The Japanese American National Museum
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Fugetsu-Do has been making mochi for over 100 years.
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Fire Tower
The fire tower.
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George Takei Sculpture
What's George Takei have to do with this sculpture?
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Mochi Ice Cream Invented Here
Mochi ice cream was invented here.
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Buddhist Temple
One of the many beautiful Buddhist temples.
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PMX Events
PMX will be hosting an event in April. Visit our website at PacificMediaExpo.com for more information about this exciting event.

Contests and FreebiesOtaku Bowl


PMX Freebies at Otaku Bowl! If you're attending the Otaku Bowl on March 21, 2009 at the Classic Bowling Center in Daly City, CA, you're in luck! You know those PMX buttons you have to earn? You can get them here just by showing up! Get other freebies too! Put on your bowling shoes and let's get rolling!

Contest deadline EXTENDED April 30, 2009! PMX is having our first ever Button Design Contest! One stipulation: your design must fit in a one-inch round button. Send us your name and your design by email at marketing(at)pacificmediaexpo.com and we'll post your design on our forums so that everyone can judge which design is the best. The winner gets 25 buttons with their design (because buttons are never for sale, only earned) and a pair of PMX 2009 Full badge memberships! Send all submissions to marketing(at)pacificmediaexpo.com.

Last Call! We also have a monthly raffle that ends at midnight, March 31, 2009. This month's prizes are: Robotech Shadow Chronicles 2-Disc Collector's Edition, a VF-1A Max Type Valkyrie Super Poseable Figure, and 2 PMX 2009 Full Memberships!! Go to http://www.PacificMediaExpo.com to enter.

Social Networking with PMX
You already know you can reach PMX at MySpace.com/PacificMediaExpo. But did you know we're all over Facebook? We even have a Twitter page! So click on the links below to friend us or follow us! You might even get news or in-person freebies faster than other people especially on Twitter (hint)!


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