Linus Lam Network News
convention coverage report of
Pacific Media Expo 2014!
 

Welcome to another edition of Linus Lam Network News for 2014!  This news report covers our trip to Pacific Media Expo 2014 for a huge weekend of anime and manga enjoyment and a whole lot more!  Held at the Los Angeles Airport Hilton and Convention Center over the weekend of November 7-9, 2014, Pacific Media Expo 2014 saw lots of attendees ready to party on with a bunch of dedicated artists, live performances, gaming events, cosplay fun, and plenty of opportunities to hang out with fellow anime and manga fans. Our exciting trip to Pacific Media Expo 2014 starts here!  Coverage you can count on, here at Linus Lam Network News!

Highlights: Various live programming events kept the attendees well-covered throughout the weekend. Guests of Honor included Kazuko Tadano, Hiromi Matsushita, heidi., and Yumi Fujiwara.  Main Events included Fashion Show, Concerts, PMX Dance, and more.  Panels and Workshops included Dark Side of Magical Girls, Kpop 101, History of Precure, Lady's Choice Speed Dating, Fanfiction Writing 101, Fashion Night Market, Jpop and Kpop Dance Workshop, Anime Dodgeball, World of Visual Novels and Licensing, Vocaloid, Cosplay Sewing, Cosplay Props, The Dub Show, Fight Choreography, Kigarumi Pajama Party, Anime Music Videos, Working in the Anime Industry, Iron Cosplay, and much more.
Cosplay: This year's trip to Pacific Media Expo saw lots of inspired costumes from numerous anime and manga characters and more! Chart-topping displays for this year included characters from Vocaloid, Sword Art Online, RWBY, Drammatical Murder, Final Fantasy, Sailor Moon, Kancolle, Attack on Titan, Kill la Kill, Dangan Ronpa, Naruto, Bleach, Yowapeda, Kiriko no Basket, Free!, Madoka Magica, and more.
Please check out more cosplay photo coverage from our Pacific Media Expo stock convention archives!
Report: Pacific Media Expo entered its tenth year in celebrating Eastern culture events for the Los Angeles area.  3 days were well enough to host at the LAX Hilton and brought in plenty of fans who are into cosplay, Lolita, J-Pop/K-Pop culture, and much more.

Registration was located at the second level and very helpful signs pointed the way for barcode badge pickup which was extremely fast at 9am opening time on Saturday. Hotel staff was quick to moderate the traffic flow in the lobby to accommodate the well-known influx of cosplayer gathering points, shown by the green or red safety signs. It was fairly easy to locate the Photo Booth, Information Desk, and various convention-related signs to guide a lost soul through the somewhat maze-like structure of the hotel.

As always, attendance was fairly small and tends to draw in an eclectic mix of all sorts of fans from around the world into celebrating the many aspects of Asian culture. Fashionable cosplayers not only strutted around in today’s anime and video game costumes but also in traditional kimonos, Japanese street fashions, and elegant tea party Lolita outfits. J-Pop and K-Pop had their own panels and dance workshops for those into the musical scene, especially with the K-Pop Hallyu wave taking over the country by storm. Martial arts events gathered in the one of the main ballrooms and hosted regional championship kickboxing and sparring tournaments. The dealers’ hall was a bit small and crowded at times, pleasant as always but nothing really stood out for me.  The Artists Alley was nice and relaxing, a bit packed here and there, but nothing bad. It was nice to see many artists on top of the big titles like Free!, Attack on Titan, Frozen, and other sorts of titles popular with the fan art collectors. This year, I saw a lot more unique standouts like hanging glass bubbles with clay Totoros and green marsh from my friend Camille, etched mugs, kitty scarves, and various handmade plushies. Rounding out the big functions were the arcade and PC/console gaming events held downstairs and the Swap Meet near the lobby.

Even though the convention schedule hosted plenty of opportunities to enjoy K-Pop, I only saw one booth selling some K-Pop related merchandise and not very much at that. Of course, PMX has a large presence of Japanese culture fans so plenty of panels, workshops, and separate Lolita fashion rooms were committed to keeping those fans engaged. Additional features for this year included a fan-made Vocaloid concert, food trucks, United States Pump Festival for the Korean dance game Pump It Up, and Fashion Night Market.

Taking pride in delivering the best in Asian fashion, music, and everything in between, PMX may be a small convention but it is certainly worth attending if you desire a relaxed pace.  I only wish there were more K-Pop merchandise being sold, but I do look forward to coming back next year.

Come check out more cosplay and events photo coverage from our Pacific Media Expo stock convention archives!

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