Pacific Media Expo

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Pacific Media Expo
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Pacific Media Expo logo
Status Active
Genre Asian-Pacific Media, Popular Culture[1][2]
Venue Pasadena Convention Center
Location(s) Pasadena, California
Country United States
Inaugurated 2004
Organized by Pacific Media Association (PMA)[1]

The Pacific Media Expo (PMX) is an annual three day multi-genre convention held during November at the Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena, California. PMX was created in 2003 by Mike Tatsugawa, founder of Anime Expo.[1] Pacific Media Association, the parent of Pacific Media Expo is based in Los Angeles, California.[3]


The convention typically offers art exhibitions, artists market, anime music video contest, anime video rooms, autograph sessions, concerts, live performances, exhibit hall, fashion show, gaming tournaments, iron cosplay, masquerade, panel discussions, swap meets, video rooms (animation, Asian cinema, and Korean drama), and workshops.[2][4][5]


PMX was formed by staff members from several conventions and former staff of Anime Expo after several years of planning and research.[6] The convention was created as a for-profit event due to concerns over the restraints of non-profit status. Miyavi cancelled his appearance at Pacific Media Expo in 2004 due to the lack of an engineer and the convention offered a registration refund.[7] Silver Ash was unable to attend due performer visa backlogs.[8]

Several issues affected the success of the 2004 convention, including the concerts being on a separate day (28th) from the convention (29th-31st), and the concerts and convention having separate tickets.[9] The convention utilized the same space as Anime Expo. Potential attendance was overestimated, as PMX prepared for 10,000, but only had 3,000.[6][8][9] Concert turnout was considered a success, but only an estimated 25% attended the convention afterwards.[8] Also complicating the event was the Memorial Day weekend with graduations, proms, and FanimeCon. The convention for 2005 moved to Labor Day with adjustments made to the space required.

Event history[edit]

Dates Location Atten. Guests
May 29–31, 2004 Anaheim Hilton & Towers
Anaheim Convention Center
Anaheim, California
Daisuke Moriyama, Yasuhiro Nightow, Psycho Le Cému, Secret Secret, T.M.Revolution, Nami Tamaki, and Takahiro Yoshimatsu.[10]
September 3–5, 2005 Long Beach Convention Center
Long Beach, California
Masaki Asai (APSY), Kumiko Kato, Naoko Matsui, Seiji Mizushima, Daisuke Moriyama, Rex Navarrete, Koichi Ohata, and Random Ninjas.[11]
October 28–29, 2006 Hilton Los Angeles Airport
Los Angeles, California
Michael Dante DiMartino, Bryan Konietzko, Olivia Lufkin, Mechanical Panda, Novala Takemoto, Uchu Sentai Noiz,[12] and Random Ninjas.[13]
November 9–11, 2007 Hilton Los Angeles Airport
Los Angeles, California
Tomo Asaha, The Candy Spooky Theater, Head Phones President, James Kyson Lee, LiN Clover, Yukana Nogami, The Slants, Hiroyuki Tanaka, Thee Out Mods, Takahiro Umehara, Cristina Vee,[14] Asuka, Collin Chou, D&L, Maki, and Spike Spencer.[3]
November 7–9, 2008[15] Hilton Los Angeles Airport
Los Angeles, California
Kaya and Suicide Ali.[16]
November 6–8, 2009 Hilton Los Angeles Airport
Los Angeles, California
Takuya Angel, Gashicon, Aoi Kidokoro, Uchu Sentai Noiz, Cristina Vee, Shinichi Watanabe,[17] Asuka, and Maki.[18]
November 12–14, 2010 Hilton Pasadena
Pasadena, California
Dig Jelly, Hiromi Kato, Lemon Drop Kick, Amy Okuda, Stephanie Sheh, and Tanuki Suit Riot.[19]
November 11–13, 2011 Hilton Los Angeles Airport
Los Angeles, California
Yuko Ashizawa, Suzumi Atsushi, Petrea Burchard, Steve Cardenas, Alexandra Bokyun Chun, D, Dig Jelly, Richard Epcar, Rebecca Forstadt, Ellen Gerstell, Yasuhiro Imagawa, Walter E. Jones, Takayuki Karahashi, C.S. Lee, Lemon Drop Kick, Cyril Lumboy, Sherry Lynn, Matthew Mercer, Tsuyoshi Nonaka, Stephanie Sheh, George Takei, Cristina Vee, and Steve Yun.[20]
November 9–11, 2012 Hilton Los Angeles Airport
Los Angeles, California
Dante Basco, Martin Billany, Christine Marie Cabanos, Hector David, Jr., Najee De-Tiege, Alex Heartman, Masumi Kano, Lauren Landa, Lolita Dark, Cyril Lumboy, Danielle McRae, Hatsune Miku, Marianne Miller, Moon Stream, Tsuyoshi Nonaka, Psycho Bando, Steven Skyler, Ryan Stylez, Cristina Vee, Sarah Williams, Stephanie Yanez, Mamoru Yokota, and Z8 (Z-Ann).[21]
November 8–10, 2013 Hilton Los Angeles Airport
Los Angeles, California
Back-On, Martin Billany, Lucien Dodge, Erik Scott Kimerer, Izumi Matsumoto, Erica Mendez, Hatsune Miku, Marianne Miller, Mari Nakamura, and Mike Sinterniklaas.[22]
November 7–9, 2014 Hilton Los Angeles Airport
Los Angeles, California
Yumi Fujiwara, heidi., Hiromi Matsushita, and Kazuko Tadano.[23]
September 5–7, 2015 Pasadena Convention Center
Pasadena, California
Kyoko Hikami,[24] Femme Fatale, Kira Imai, Lorina Liddell, Jin (behindinfinity), and Hatsune Miku.[5]
November 11–13, 2016 Pasadena Convention Center
Pasadena, California
Valerie Arem, Corina Boettger, Hitomi, R. Martin Klein, Masashi Kudo, Wendee Lee, Mari Nakamura, Joe Ochman, Octopimp, Kiff VandenHeuvel, Ezra Weisz, Stephanie Yanez, and Mamoru Yokota.[25]
November 2018 [26] Glendale Hilton
Glendale, California

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Pacific Media Expo Officially Announced". Anime News Network. 2003-07-16. Retrieved 2013-10-15. 
  2. ^ a b Harris, Aaron; Coleman, André (September 3, 2015). "Costumed Fun - Cosplay fans set to descend on Pasadena". Pasadena Weekly. Retrieved 23 September 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Ty, Kanara (2007-12-14). "2007 Pacific Media Expo: An Intro". Asia Pacific Arts. Retrieved 2015-09-23. 
  4. ^ "Korean Actor Jang Dong-Gun and Director Sngmoo Lee Will Appear Exclusively at Pacific Media Expo for the Warriors Way". Anime News Network. 2010-10-27. Retrieved 2013-10-15. 
  5. ^ a b "Pacific Media Expo 2015 Is This Weekend". Anime News Network. August 31, 2015. Retrieved 23 September 2015. 
  6. ^ a b Macdonald, Christopher (2003-07-16). "Mike Tatsugawa PMX Interview". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2013-10-16. 
  7. ^ "Miyavi cancels US tour and convention appearances". 2004-03-17. Retrieved 2013-10-15. 
  8. ^ a b c Mays, Jonathan (2004-08-15). "Interview: Mike Tatsugawa". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2013-10-16. 
  9. ^ a b Mays, Jonathan (2004-08-15). "Pacific Media Expo". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2013-10-16. 
  10. ^ "Pacific Media Expo 2004 Information". Retrieved 2007-11-25. 
  11. ^ "Pacific Media Expo 2005 Information". Retrieved 2007-11-25. 
  12. ^ "Pacific Media Expo 2006 Information". Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  13. ^ Tsai, Tina (2006-10-06). "Pacific Media Expo a Twisted Tea Party". AsianWeek. Retrieved 2013-10-16. 
  14. ^ "Pacific Media Expo 2007 Information". Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  15. ^ "Pacific Media Expo 2008 Information". Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  16. ^ "PMX Adds Musical Guests Kaya, Suicide Ali". Anime News Network. 2008-10-03. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  17. ^ "Pacific Media Expo 2009 Information". Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  18. ^ Smith, Skylar (2009-11-11). "Pacific Media Expo centers on Asian animation, games and fashion". Daily Titan. Retrieved 2013-10-16. 
  19. ^ "Pacific Media Expo 2010 Information". Retrieved 2014-08-20. 
  20. ^ "Pacific Media Expo 2011 Information". Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  21. ^ "Pacific Media Expo 2012 Information". Retrieved 2013-10-15. 
  22. ^ "Pacific Media Expo 2013 Information". Retrieved 2014-08-20. 
  23. ^ "Pacific Media Expo 2014 Information". Retrieved 2014-10-10. 
  24. ^ "Pacific Media Expo 2015 Information". Retrieved 2015-09-21. 
  25. ^ "Pacific Media Expo 2016 Information". Retrieved 2016-11-29. 
  26. ^ "Pacific Media Expo to Return in 2018". Retrieved 2017-07-17. 

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