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2014 Panel Descriptions
Here is a sampling of some of the many panels/workshops we'll be having during PMX 2014!

Anime Dodgeball

Friday, 11/7, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, 11/8, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Plaza Ballroom B&C [Lower Lobby] (PMX Playroom)
Presenters: Carlos G. Estrada, Jessica Cruz, Mychal Ahearn, Janay Tate, Andres Ortiz, Jason Daley, Adriana Zavala, and Angel Canas

Anime Dodgeball! We're returning to where it all started. Come on down to Anime Dodgeball to either participate in epic dodge battles or simply spectate as players dip, dive, and dodge!

Captain's Savvy Singalong Crew

Friday, 11/7, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Los Angeles A&B (LP2)
Presenters: Niamh Wixted, Sam Khosravi, Serj Tachyon, Erik Grongberg, Christion McGowan, Sean Suess, and Chris Bunch

Come sing the finest tunes that geek culture has to offer you. This band of sailors covers anything from anime themes to video game anthems and they're only looking for an audience who will join them. So get loud, get excited, and be sure to bring your voice. This is Captain's Savvy Singalong Crew. Want to join us on our next adventure?
Captain's Savvy Singalong Crew: After Hours

Saturday, 11/8, 10:00 p.m. - Midnight
Location: Los Angeles A&B (LP2)
Presenters: Niamh Wixted, Sam Khosravi, Serj Tachyon, Erik Grongberg, Christion McGowan, Sean Suess, and Chris Bunch

It's nerdy! It's flirty! And, yes, it's even a little dirty! This band of merry mariners brings you all the lovable nerd music you've come to enjoy, except this time with a twist. Come belt out all your favorite video game anthems and anime themes, but be prepared for naughty sailor shanties in between.

It's a show where your favorite sailor boys let loose a little bit and sing the songs that deep down, you know you always wanted to singalong to. So jump on board and be prepared to make some music.
Con Going 201: Let's Talk Community
Saturday, 11/8, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Location: La Jolla A (LP3)
Presenter: Matthew Lewis

This panel will be focused on discussion of the Cosplay Community as a whole and the many recent trends that have taken place within it. Also to be discussed are the many things that have impacted the cosplay community such as the Cosplay Is Not Consent Movement, GoFundMe and Kickstarter campaigns for cosplayers, and more.
The Dark Side of Magical Girls
Friday, 11/7, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Los Angeles A&B (LP2)
Presenter: Andrea Austin

Think all there is to a magical girl series is sparkles and sweets? Well, think again! Come take a look at the darker themes present in the genre, and talk about how they are just as necessary as the lighter ones.
The Dub Show
Saturday, 11/8, 8:30 - 10:00 p.m.
Location: La Jolla A (LP3)
Presenters: Pierce Brown, Chet Brown, Hoang Pham, and Brian Praamsma

The Dub Show is a game played with the audience. 6 teams of 3 will take the stage and provide their own dub for an anime clip. Each clip has all audio removed and has colored bars on screen to show who is supposed to be talking. Each team also gets a crazy theme or situation to act out. The key is to be as funny and entertaining as possible, because at the end, the audience themselves will pick the winner!

Win or lose, compete or don't compete, there will be tons of laughter and it'll be a night to remember. Put your improv comedy skills to the test, come to The Dub Show!
Fanfiction Writers Workshop
Friday, 11/7, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Location: Los Angeles C (Workshop 2)
Presenters: Wesley Hartman, Shannon Hartman, and Stephanie Novikoff

This panel will be a writer's workshop for beginning fanfic writers. It will cover characterization for main, secondary, and antagonist characters, as well as writing styles, plots, dealing with writer's block, and fanfic terminology. Free writing guides will be distributed courtesy of
Get to Know Your Creepers/Trolls 101 Panel
Saturday, 11/8, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: La Jolla A (LP3)
Presenters: Jennifer Barrios, Kris Zoleta, and Ryan Moreno

Many cosplayers in this day and age have been victimized, stalked or harassed (either verbally or physically in person or on the Internet) by all types of fans. We want to help spread the word as to how you can avoid being a victim of these kinds of individuals. We will give indicators as to how to spot/recognize these individuals and advice as to what to do when you find yourself in a this type of situation. Hear it from 3 different perspectives: a cosplayer, a photographer and a regular fan. We want to share our experiences with you so you never have to experience them yourself!
Idology 101: An Introduction to the World of Japanese Idols
Saturday, 11/8, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Location: La Jolla A (LP3)
Presenter: Manuel Figueroa

An in-depth look at the world of Japanese idols and their impact on the popular media and music scene in Japan. We will travel back to the "Idol Golden Era", including artists such as Seiko Matsuda, Minako Honda, and Chisato Moritaka, and continue all the way to the current "Idol Warring States Period", where idols/groups such as AKB48, Morning Musume, and Babymetal all fight for attention and relevance in the ever-growing, cross-media field of idols. The presentation will be full of information, pictures, and video, and will be hosted by many self-proclaimed experts in all aspects of idols and their history.
Infotakus K-pop/J-pop Dance Fitness Party!
Sunday, 11/9, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Location: Plaza Ballroom B&C [Lower Lobby] (PMX Playroom)
Presenter: Jennifer Barrios

This is Infotakus' Dance Fitness event and the music used for the workout will be K-pop/J-pop! Want to get into exercising, but you find it too boring? Let Jen-chan from Infotakus show you that you can exercise and have fun at the same time. Please wear comfortable workout clothes! Also remember to bring a facial towel and a big bottle of water because you will sweat! We don't want you to get dehydrated! Cosplay is not recommended. All the music used at this event will be K-pop/J-pop/J-rock only! So put on some comfy workout clothes and join the fun!
Saturday, 11/8, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Location: La Jolla A (LP3)
Presenters: Alfredo Luna and Deanne Ackley

A trivia game show (Jeopardy style) in which we will choose 3 lucky contestants and test their knowledge on: ANIME/GAMING/POP CULTURE/DOCTOR WHO, and so much more. The audience will also have the opportunity to participate as well. There will be free treats and prizes!
JoJo's Bizarre Fan Panel
Friday, 11/7, 9:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Location: La Jolla A (LP3)
Presenters: Kira E. Buckland, David Nakatani, Ariel Krutsinger, Katie Woodward, and Ivy Denton

Calling all JoJo's Bizarre Adventure fans! Come learn interesting facts about the series, answer trivia questions about the manga, and participate in discussions with other fellow readers. Small prizes will be given!
K-pop 101
Friday, 11/7, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Location: Los Angeles A&B (LP2)
Presenters: Jennifer Barrios and Gregory A. Hignight

In this panel we will explore the history of K-pop and how the Hallyu(Korean) Wave has become what it is today. We will also talk about the different aspects of the K-pop industry such as: fashion, dance, marketing, music shows, music festivals, tours and fan bases. Also we'll explain how social media has embraced K-pop. If you are a new K-pop fan or you're already a fan, this panel is just for you! See you there!
K-pop Past, Present & Future
Sunday, 11/9, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Location: Los Angeles A&B (LP2)
Presenter: Krizthal N. Cruz

Discussion/Debate on previous and current K-pop media. There are many people who are huge Girls' Generation and EXO fans, and this is a great opportunity to discuss the reasons why certain members left as well as how dangerous or tight knit companies can be.

Many fans will be allowed to express their feelings like Ladies' Code fans on the tragic accident that recently took the lives of EunB and RiSe, and any other issues fans would like to discuss.
K-pop VS. J-pop
Saturday, 11/8, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Location: La Jolla A (LP3)
Presenters: Jennifer Barrios and Gregory A. Hignight

Join us at this interactive panel about J-pop and K-pop, and tell us which one is best! Be part of the final decision! J-pop and K-pop have both been around for a while and have really cool elements. Both have had their moments of fame and glory and being in the spotlight. Is J-pop dying? Is K-pop taking over? Which one is better and why? Whose side are you on?

Join Jen-chan from Infotakus and DJ Greg from Tune in Tokyo Club to discuss which genre is your favorite! We will discuss the pros and cons of each genre and decide which one is the winner!

Let the battle begin! K-pop vs. J-pop, FIGHT!!
Learn to Sew Cosplay & Create Cosplay Props
Saturday, 11/8, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Location: Los Angeles A&B (LP2)
Presenters: Ginger Burton and Chloe Al-sibai

Want to learn how to create your own cosplay and props? Not sure what supplies to buy? Where to shop? Well Ginger & Chloe are here to help! We will discuss where to begin and how to make your costumes and props look professionally made. There will be a Q&A session at the end, so feel free to bring questions!
Let's Play Live!!
Friday, 11/7, 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Location: International Ballroom A (LP1)
Presenters: Matthew Lewis, Matthew Harry, Wes Bartel, Chris Bradford, Vanda Sornpainan, and Griffin Monzcka

Basically this panel is to perform a live Let's Play. If you are familiar with Youtubers such as Two Best Friends Play or Game Grumps, we will be doing similar things. Playing games while doing live commentary on their mechanics, history, origins, and processes, as well as humorous anecdotes and colorful wisecracks as we play single player and co-op games with the audience. We'll also be recording the footage live to later be streamed on our website.
The Magical Girl's Journey
Sunday, 11/9, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Los Angeles A&B (LP2)
Presenter: Andrea Austin

A journey of a thousand stories begins with a single archetype. Come take a look at a magical girl's journey through the lens of Joseph Campbell.
Nerd Card (Trivia Show)
Saturday, 11/8, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Location: Los Angeles A&B (LP2) Presenters: David Clarke, Walter Bryant, B Girl Shorty (Alex W.), and Jennifer Don

It's an anime trivia show like we do on our YouTube show, We will be picking people from the audience to take part and to be contestants.
Saturday, 11/8, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Location: La Jolla A (LP3)
Presenter: Kasumi Lamia (Hollie P.)

Kasumi Lamia will answer questions from PMX and the audience about NECROSARIUM and herself. Check out her about page to learn a bit more about me and read past interviews!
San Diego Gunpla Club: Gundam Anime and Models 101
Saturday, 11/8, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Location: La Jolla A (LP3)
Presenters: Jessica Tiu and Steven Chung

We are a community of passionate Gundam fans who loves to build Gundam models (Gunpla). Our events are designed to share knowledge, skills, and passion in this wonderful hobby.
Social Dance at Cons
Saturday, 11/8, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Plaza Ballroom B&C [Lower Lobby] (PMX Playroom)
Presenter: Craig H. Yamaguchi

In this panel, he will be talking about how ballroom/social dancing plays a huge role at other cons and cosplay communities. He will also teach about the importance of leading and following in dancing, as well as demonstrate and teach a few other examples of dancing such as waltz, East Coast Swing, and others. Afterwards we can practice our social dancing for fun with various music and try out many different moves.
Still Golden
Friday, 11/7, 10:00 p.m. - Midnight
Saturday, 11/8, 10:00 p.m. - Midnight
Location: La Jolla A (LP3)
Presenters: Brianna Marcantoni and Roxanne Fujimoto

We're hosting an 18+ video panel where people can relax, reminisce, and have a good laugh while watching the old, dubbed anime Golden Boy. Sort of a blast from the past for many people and a pleasant new surprise for those who have never seen one of the older comedic anime that was actually dubbed and quite popular in the USA during its time.

We'll cover the 6 episodes long series by watching 3 episodes a night, and host a mini panel at the end of each night so both old and new fans can engage one another in discussion.
The Ultimate Naruto Fan Panel
Sunday, 11/9, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Location: La Jolla A (LP3)
Presenters: Antonia Lam, Kevin Nyugen, and Joy Menzel

Cosplaying as Team 7, we will explore all the aspects that would tickle all the nerve endings of a Naruto fan with audience requests, short skits, fandom-related topics such as fan fiction, fan art, fan pairings, and so forth. Also, we will discuss the ending to Naruto and the movie that's coming up in December! There will be prizes, giveaways, games, and much more! This will be a fun and exciting panel that would be enjoyable to any Naruto or anime fan in general.
United States Pump Festival Panel
Friday, 11/7, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Los Angeles A&B (LP2)
Presenters: Kevin Lee-Chuen Tan, Jonas Cesarino, Matt Miller, Archie Fields, Phil Arrington, and Tatiana Spirina

The United States Pump Festival 2014 will be taking place at PMX 2014! This panel will talk about what the United States Pump Festival, the US national competition for the arcade dance game Pump It Up, is all about. We will talk about what kind of video game Pump It Up is as well as various topics such as the history of the game in the USA, the current USA community, and even the international Pump It Up community! Some of the speakers will be previous US representatives who have competed in the international Pump It Up competitions and the World Pump Festivals. If you are interested in learning about how an arcade dance game could bring together people across the country and even across countries, please feel free to join us!

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Parking Update!
Attention members the Hilton Los Angeles Airport has informed us that we are now at 100% capacity. Please use alternative parking. Please see this List. (11.08.14)

Program Update
Anime Dodgeball for Saturday has been Cancelled. (11.08.14)

Food Truck Update!
Please note the following regarding food trucks. FISHLIPS and Rolling Sushi Van will not be at PMX 2014. However, on Saturday November 8 CreativEats will be serving at lunch, and Tokyo Doggie Style will be serving dinner. (11.07.14)

Food Truck Change
Please note that Rolling Sushi Van's appearance at PMX 2014 has been cancelled. We will announce a replacement shortly. (11.06.14)

Program Schedule
The final version of the PMX 2013 Program Schedule is now available. For all schedule updates and the map for 2014 click here. (11.06.14)

Martial Arts
PMX is pleased to announce two additional martial arts workshops for Saturday Nov. 8: KaTa Tapados and Padded Weapons by Bunal Brand. (11.02.14)

Doce Pares Eskrima Change
Due to unforeseen circumstances Grandmaster Percival Pableo will be unable to attend PMX 2014 and the Doce Pares Eskrima Seminar has been cancelled. (10.27.14)

Fashion Night Market
Closet bursting? Canít close your drawers? Sock overload? Then come clear out your closet at the PMX Fashion Night MarketĖa Swap Meet specifically for your surplus fashion items! More details can be found here. (10.24.14)

Hotel Update
Our room block at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport is sold out. Rooms are still available through the Hilton website or by phone, starting at $129. (10.17.14)

Swap Meet Info up
Swap Meet table sales open at 7:00pm, Wednesday 10/15. Click here for details. (10.13.14)

Fashion Update
We are excited to announce the return of Baby, the Stars Shine Bright and Alice and the Pirates to PMX 2014! They will be participating in our 2014 PMX Fashion Show and will have merchandise available in our Boutique. More details can be found here. (10.09.14)

Registration Back Up
Web registration is back online since about 5pm 10/8. Price deadlines have been extended. Click here for details. (10.08.14)

Preliminary Schedule
The first draft of the PMX 2014 Program Schedule is now available. Check out schedule updates for 2014. (10.08.14)

Application Update
The application for Kickboxing Tournament is now available. (10.08.14)

Lucky Bags
VIP passes and Lucky Bags for heidi. are now available through our indiegogo campaign. Quantities are limited, don't miss this opportunity to show your support for the band. (10.03.14)

Registration is now open for CosFest Masquerade and Iron Cosplay. Additional information about CosFest can be found here. (10.02.14)

Sailor Moon Character Designer
PMX is proud to announce that Kazuko Tadano will be attending its annual convention as the Character Designer Guest of Honor. Ms. Tadano will be participating in an autograph session and a focus panel. This will be her first appearance at PMX. (10.01.14)

Sailor Moon Director
PMX is proud to announce that Hiromi Matsushita will be attending its annual convention as the Animation Director Guest of Honor. Mr. Matsushita will be participating in an autograph session and a focus panel. This will be his first appearance at PMX. (10.01.14)

Martial Arts
PMX is pleased announce two of our Martial Arts workshops for 2014. The Doce Pares Eskrima Seminar and Fight Choreography Workshop will be held Saturday Nov. 8. (09.28.14)

DJ Contest
PMX is looking for a select few DJs to rock the nightly dances. It could be you! Click here for more information. (09.27.14)

CosFest, is our name for the wonderful options for all cosplayers. Please visit our Cosplay section to find out more about our events! Contestant Registration opens October 1, 2014 for Masquerade opens October 1,2014. (09.26.14)

Say Cheese
PMX is pleased to announce the return of the popular PMX Photoshoot Room. Bring yourself, your family, your friends, or any fellow PMX attendee to have your photos taken. (09.26.14)

heidi. at PMX
PMX welcomes Visual Kei band heidi. as our 2014 music guest of honor. (09.22.14)

Industry/Press Reg
Registration for Industry and Press are now open. (09.07.14)

Press Policies Online
The press policies and FAQs are now available. Press registration will be opening soon. (09.06.14)

AMV Contest 2014 Update
The rules for the AMV Contest have been updated. For the latest information on rules and how to participate click here. (08.31.14)

AMV Contest 2014
PMX is pleased to announce the return of our Anime Music Video Contest. For more information on rules and how to participate click here. (08.25.14)

Fashion Show Update
Our 2014 PMX Fashion Show lineup is growing! South Korean Lolita brand White Forest will be shipping pieces over to send down our runway. Don't miss this chance to see their dresses up close and in person! Click here for more information. (08.18.14)

Artist Market Update
PMX Artist Market registration will be opening soon. If you would like to receive the latest news and updates on Artist Market please join our mailing list by clicking here.. (08.10.14)

2014 PMX Fashion Show
PMX is pleased to announce that South Korean Lolita brand LIEF will be participating in our 2014 PMX Fashion Show! For more details please visit (08.10.14)

Panel Reg is Open!
Would you like to present a Panel or Workshop at PMX? Click here for more information. (08.03.14)

Help Wanted
Would you like to attend PMX at no charge? With a little work we can make that happen! PMX is seeking qualified individuals to staff or to volunteer. Please see pages for details. (08.03.14)

Vocaloids Return!
By popular demand, Vocaloid divas Hatsune Miku, Gumi, and Yuzuki Yukari return in an unofficial concert at PMX! (07.26.14)

Book Your Stay
The Hilton Los Angeles Airport is now accepting reservations for PMX 2014. See the Location page for more information and location guides. (07.22.14)

Registration Open
Online pre-registration is now open! Full badges are $40 until September 5th. (07.18.14)

Innocent World Returns
PMX is excited to welcome Guest of Honor Yumi Fujiwara, President and Head Designer of Innocent World. For additional details please click on here. (07.07.14)

Coming Soon
Stay tuned to this webpage. PMX is all set to start making announcements. (06.16.14)

Save the Date!
PMX returns to the Hilton Los Angeles Airport in 2014. Mark your calendars for November 7-9, 2014. (06.16.14)

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