Zach Aguilar is an American voice actor who works for Bang Zoom! Entertainment and is well known for voicing a variety of anime and video game characters. He’s voiced Slaine Troyard in Aldnoah.Zero, Genos in One Punch Man, Sieg in Fate/Apocrypha, Koichi Hirose in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable and Tanjiro Kamado in Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. Zach provided the English voice of Tanjiro most recently in 2021’s Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train which is now the top-grossing anime film of all time in Japan!
Along with voice acting, Zach is very active with streaming on Twitch and YouTube, so be sure to check out his content online.
Fandom PDX was lucky enough to be one of a handful of pop culture events to happen in 2020 prior to the pandemic. Shortly after, we started work on returning in 2021 and, while delayed, it looks like we’re finally in a position to move forward.
Newcon PDX, we mean Anime PDX, or is it Fandom PDX? Nope. It’s WasabiCon PDX will take place Saturday and Sunday, August 21-22, 2021 at the Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel Portland, Oregon.
Why WasabiCon PDX?
The company that now owns the event, Green Mustard Entertainment, started as an anime club called Wasabi Anime back in 2001. Wasabi Anime is now their flagship brand for pop culture events around North America and, in 2012, they started an event similar to the Newcon PDX format in Jacksonville, Florida called WasabiCon.
After a couple of years as Fandom PDX, the Wasabi Anime team realized that it was easier to run their stand alone conventions under one simple brand: WasabiCon.
WasabiCon PDX promises to be everything you loved about Newcon/Anime/Fandom PDX, but with the structure and proven success of the WasabiCon brand. We’re excited to start making announcements in the coming days and weeks to get you up to speed about the forthcoming convention, our plans for running events in this new post-COVID world and much, much more.
For now, check out our newly redesigned website as we start the journey back to live and in person events together.
2020 is almost over and, like you, we’re ready for a fresh outlook that (we hope!) 2021 will bring. We have a number of things to share with you over the next couple of months, but for now you here’s the immediate info you need to know:
We will be making a major announcement about Fandom PDX on January 2, 2021 – the date Fandom PDX 2021 was originally scheduled to take place. Watch our website (or any Fandom PDX social media) for updates.
FANDOM PDX ONLINE
We’ve decided to delay Fandom PDX Online until February 13-14, 2021. This is because of two reasons:
The announcement on January 2nd will impact how we are presenting things. #StayTuned
We’ve always wanted to something cool for Valentine’s Day, and this seemed like a unique opportunity to do so.
Fandom PDX 2021 is still happening and is scheduled to take place May 29-30, 2021. We’re delaying ticket sales until we get capacity and safety details worked out with our host property, but the plan is to have tickets on sale on or before Fandom PDX Online.
THANK YOU for your continued support as we work to expand our celebration of Fandom in Portland, Oregon in 2021.
At Fandom PDX, we always use the phrase “Fandom is Family” when referring to how we feel about our attendees, guests, and vendors every year. This is especially true during these trying times that we are all experiencing. After discussing options with our partners at the Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel, we have decided to delay Fandom PDX until the summer. Green Mustard Entertainment would like to extend our sincerest appreciation to the Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel for their flexibility and help for making this happen. The health and safety of any and everyone who is a part of Fandom PDX is of the utmost importance to us, and we cannot in good conscience host our annual gathering when doing so could potentially threaten their health and wellbeing.
Fandom PDX 2021 will take place May 29-30, 2021 at the Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel in Portland, Oregon.
So what’s next?
ARTISTS AND VENDORS
As you may have noticed, we held off putting any exhibitor space on sale since we wanted to be sure about the show moving forward with its original dates in January. For now, we will continue to monitor the impact of COVID-19 on the format of mass gatherings before addressing the logistics needed to put space on sale. We appreciate your patience.
As mentioned before, we held off putting anything on sale until we felt secure in the dates of the event. Our goal is to have tickets on sale for the new days (May 29-30, 2021) in November of 2020. Please watch this website and our social media for updates.
Reservation information will be posted before tickets go on sale in November.
FANDOM PDX ONLINE
During the original weekend of Fandom PDX (January 2-3, 2021) plans are already underway for a free online celebration of fandom in Portland, Oregon featuring live and recorded programming. We will be releasing more details in the coming weeks, but for now:
Once again we would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to our fans, partners, and the Sheraton for their continued support as we all get through this together with the hopes of meeting up again next summer.
Rin, a member of Sweet maple panda loves Kpop and anything to do with dancing or performing! She has won Dance, Lip sync, Cosplay and Skit contests. Rin has been MC for various conventions including hosting and judging for main events like Opening Ceremony, Lip Sync contests and the Sweet Improv Dance Challenge, She has also hosted interactive character panels, some of her favorite being Free! 50% off Iwatobi Swim Club, Attack on Titan and Love Live. She has taught herself how to style wigs and is the main wig stylist for Sweet maple panda, Need any wig tips? Just ask, she is more then happy to help. When Rin is not cosplaying, her free time is mostly filled with taking care of her wonderful pets and giving them lots of love. She’s always happy to talk about cute animals and swap pet stories. So don’t be shy, come say hi! You can find her on YouTube at Sweet maple panda and Instagram @rin_pepper.
Sarah, a member of Sweet maple panda has won Cosplay, Skit, Lip Sync and Dance competition. She enjoys hosting character panels. A couple of her favorite are My Hero Academia, She-ra, and Yuri on Ice. Most of their panels are fun and fast pasted revolving around improv and audience participation with some panels being more educational. Sweet maple panda has been the MC for various convention hosting main event like Opening Ceremony, Sweet Improv Dance Challenge, Lip Syncs, Cosplay Contest and Game Shows. Sarah is the main seamstress and prop maker for Sweet maple panda. She loves to craft and learn new ways to make cosplay and she would be excited to talk with you about new methods for making cosplay. When she is not at con, they love to draw and make Videos for their YouTube channel and Tic Tok. Sarah is always looking forward to making new friends to do cosplay stuff with and is more then happy to help or answer any cosplay questions you may have. So come hang out with them and have a PandAmazing time! You can find them on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook and Tiktok at Sweet maple panda.
Jonathan, also known as A Sleepy Fox has been cosplaying for 5 years. He has many years of experience with parkour including doing performances. He is known for his backflips which everyone loves. For a couple of years he was on preform dance team and can dance many styles. He enjoys performing on and off the stage with wins from the Lip Sync contest, Cosplay Skits and the Sweet Improv Dance Challenge. He has done the voice acting and singing for winning skit contests and has also helped to teach his skit crew the proper skills for stage fighting. Along with singing he also enjoys gaming, reading and social dancing including swing and ballroom dances. He has worked with Sweet maple panda for a few years now including in a Tokyo Ghoul panel and looks forward to more. He will be joining in hosting the Sweet Improv Dance Challenge at Fandom PDX this year along with another panel.
One of the key focuses of Fandom PDX since Green Mustard Entertainment took over has been to integrate the convention into the LOCAL fan community. As part of this initiative, we’re looking to bring on a staff artist for Fandom PDX 2020 to help with the forthcoming ad campaign.
Here’s what we’re looking for:
A *local* artist. This means you are based in Portland, Oregon/the PDX region.
The ability to produce artwork in a digital format for online and print use. You will also be designing the convention badge.
The ability to communicate clearly via email.
The ability to draw our mascot, Wasabizilla. You know… this guy:
What we’re offering:
You will be listed as Featured Talent for Fandom PDX 2020.
We will provide a complimentary Artist Alley table for you at the event. (You will be able to sell prints based on the artwork your create for us and your other artwork, too!)
In addition to your Featured Talent pass – we will provide you with two (2) additional complimentary Weekend Passes for your friends/family.
A hotel room at our host hotel (The Sheraton) checking in Saturday and checking out Sunday. (One  night.)
HERE’S HOW TO GET YOUR NAME IN THE RUNNING:
Draw a sketch of Wasabizilla so we can see how your style matches up to our character’s look. NOTE: The Fandom PDX Wasabizilla is blue, not green like the Wasabi Anime/WasabiCon one.
Email it to Contact@FandomPDX.com with the subject “Fandom PDX Artist” with the following info:
– Your name
– Your artist website
– Your age
– Your zip code
We will select an artist before the end of September.
For reference, here are some Wasabizilla sketches.
The Exhibitors Hall at pop culture conventions is an important part of the attendee experience each year, and VENDORS help create that by presenting merchandise themed appropriately for our event. So THANK YOU for your interest in being a part of that! Please take a moment to read the 2020 VENDOR APPLICATION FORMcompletely before filling out and submitting your information.
Each VENDOR SPACE in the Exhibitors Hall includes the following:
A ten foot by ten foot (10’x10’) area in the Exhibitors Hall
One (1) six or eight foot table (based on availability)
Two (2) chairs
Two (2) weekend passes to the convention labeled “VENDOR”
All Green Mustard Entertainment events offer pricing based on advance purchases. The sooner you purchase your space, the less expensive it is!
$225 if purchased before November 30, 2019
$250 if purchased before January 1, 2020
EXHIBITOR HALL HOURS
Saturday, 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Sunday, 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
If you have questions about anything on this form, please call us at (407) 536-9272 or email Vendors@FandomPDX.com.
Started in 2001 as Wasabi Anime®, Green Mustard Entertainment (www.GreenMustard.com) is a production company that designs, operates, and promotes events for consumer-focused media shows (aka “pop cultureconventions”). Our experienced team of artists, designers, event managers, and performers have developed themed entertainment for a number of nationally known conventions and festivals for over 100 events including Fan Expo Canada, MEGACON, Anime Expo, and dozens of others.
In 2018, Green Mustard Entertainment acquired Anime PDX and Newcon PDX and rebranded them as one event: Fandom PDX®. Prior to the GME’s purchase, Newcon PDX (started the winter of 2012) and Anime PDX (started as Newcon Mini in 2014) served the Pacific Northwest fan base as the local, hotel based pop culture convention experience. Attendance grew annually, and – by 2016 – the Anime/Newcon PDX brand had hosted ten successful conventions in the region. Since that first event, attendance has grown to exceed 2,000 fans over the event’s two days in 2017. The 2018 January event was cancelled and acquired by GME shortly after. Fandom PDX 2018 took place that summer and drew 754 attendees, and Fandom PDX 2019 increased 68% to 1266 attendees. Our goal is to continue to grow and exceed Newcon PDX 2017 at Fandom PDX 2020… but we need sponsors and support from businesses like you!
You can buy tickets ONLINE in advance of the convention or you can buy them AT THE DOOR when you arrive at the event. There are discounts offered for advance purchase – so you may want to buy your ticket early! (Eventbrite fees are absorbed into the cost of the tickets.) All ticket prices include sales tax.
AT THE DOOR
You can buy tickets at the event’s registration desk. (Check the Schedule for an event map.) Tickets can be purchased using cash or major credit card.
Weekend (2-Day) Pass (at the door) is $35 Saturday Only Pass (at the door) is $25 Sunday Only Pass (at the door) is $20
Please note that all promo codes/comp passes should have been claimed online in advance and will not be accepted at the door.
Children ages three and under get in for free. Otherwise, ticket prices include all ages.
PARENTS: If you are purchasing a ticket for your child under the age of 18, you must be present with him/her at the event to pick up and/or purchase a ticket. You signature is required on the on-site registration form.
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