Fandom PDX is a celebration of fandom, and an integral part of that experience is FAN PANELS presented by attendees of our event. Do you want to showcase your favorite facet of cosplay, anime, video games, sci-fi, fantasy, or something else? Fill out our application and let us know!
Happy Halloween! Thanks for your patience over the past couple of months. We have a lot of share about Fandom PDX 2019 over the next week, but we wanted to make sure we were doing it correctly… and that took more time than we anticipated.
THAT SAID: We are now accepting submissions for Artist Alley and the Vendors Room. Since we’re taking over ALL THE SPACE at the Sheraton in January, we will have more space for artists and vendors – which means more options for attendees!
You can find the Artist Alley 2019 information here: www.fandompdx.com/artists/
You can find the Vendor Room 2019 information here: www.fandompdx.com/vendors/
Each year we get dozens of email requesting to be a Guest / Featured Talent at our convention. This year, we have more space for our convention – which means more space for fan groups, cosplayers, and other creative convention personalities! SO – if you feel you could contribute to being a part of Fandom PDX’s celebration of pop culture – send us an email. Here’s what we need to know…
BIO: Tell us about you. This doesn’t need to be War and Peace. A single paragraph will do.
LOCATION: Are you local to Portland/Multnomah County – or would you have to travel?
GENRE: What category do you fit into? Examples:
- Fantasy (including Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, etc.)
- Science Fiction (including Star Trek, Star Wars, Doctor Who, Steampunk, etc.)
- Tabletop Gaming
- Video Games
WEBSITE & SOCIAL MEDIA: Include links so we can see your history in fandom and presence on the Internet.
OTHER APPEARANCES: What other conventions have you been a Guest or Featured Talent for?
PANELS/PRESENTATIONS: What specific panels or workshops or presentations can you offer? Fandom PDX focuses heavily on quality programming, and part of the expectation of featured talent is to present strong presentations for fans.
Put this all together in an email and send it to Contact@FandomPDX.com.
Don’t panic if you don’t hear back immediately. We have a lot of emails to sort though, but we WILL get back to you one way or another. Thanks!
It’s been a crazy summer since we re-launched Fandom PDX in June. Our production team (Green Mustard Entertainment) has been doing back to back to back events all across North America. Since we wrapped up the event in Portland, our team has run programming for the following conventions:
- Origins Game Fair (June)
- Anime Expo (July)
- Gen Con (July)
- Fan Expo Boston (August)
- Fan Expo Canada (August)
Most recently, our attention has been on Jacksonville, Florida, where Fandom PDX’s “sister show” WasabiCon has been working with the city in regards to the recent tragedy that occurred there and its impact on the gaming community.
Long story short: we’re a little behind schedule.
Now for the GOOD NEWS. A lot of work has been going on behind the scenes in regards to guests and production of the next convention. We appreciate everyone’s patience and we’ll be posting a number of updates next week.
4 months later…
In January of 2018 Green Mustard Entertainment, Inc. purchased the name and assets of Anime PDX and Newcon PDX from Events PDX, LLC. Our goal? To reboot the franchise after the abrupt cancellation of Newcon PDX 2018. Originally, we had planned to take the summer off and roll Anime PDX into Newcon PDX (now Fandom PDX) in January of 2019. After seeing the impact the cancellation had on the Portland regional fan community, though, we decided to fast-track one more convention in the Anime PDX time slot.
So, in February of this year, we started work on Fandom PDX 2018 – and last weekend we drew 754 attendees over the two days of the event. The production team worked tirelessly to rebuild the convention from the ashes of the old one while focusing on avoiding the missteps of the preceding productions. Fandom PDX 2018 happened thanks to the attendees, the guests, the artists, the vendors, and the local businesses that took the time to support the project.
There are so many people to thank for this and I apologize in advance if I have left anyone out. (My brain is still recovering from the whirlwind of running all of this.)
THANK YOU to our production team: Amber, Andy, Bethany, Chris, John, Jordan, Kaelisa, Lacie, Lexi, Reed, Shannon, Simone, and Trey.
Many thanks to our guests: Kimberly Brooks, Richard Horvitz, Eric Trueheart, Brett Weldele, Club Pangaea, Dying Light LARP, Floydman Sumner, Kamon Tari, PDX Time Machine, and Studio Hood.
Infinite thanks to all of our Artists & Vendors who took a chance with us this summer.
Special thanks to Oni Press for stepping up as a sponsor and supporting local small business endeavors like ours.
Much love and appreciation to Scorpio Photography for stepping in last minute to help document the event.
Thank you to all of our event sponsors and specifically Travel Portland for welcoming the Florida team into their amazing city!
Finally, a heartfelt thank you to the team from the Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel for their ability to adapt with us to this show’s reboot and our modes of operation.
So now what?
We do it again. We do it bigger. We do it better.
The team has already started production on Fandom PDX 2019. The event will take place Saturday and Sunday, January 5-6, 2019 at the Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel. This time we’ve rented ALL of the convention space at the hotel and we have over six months to build, plan, and create this event from the best parts of the old one with some new elements that Green Mustard Entertainment, Inc. can bring to the table.
So keep watching folks. We’re only getting started.
-Tom Croom, CEO of Green Mustard Entertainment, Inc.
What pop culture convention is complete without a costume contest? Here are the rules for competing in ours for 2018.
SIGN UP: Saturday, 6:00 PM in Main Events (Mt. Adams Ballroom)
COMPETITION: Saturday, 6:30 PM in Main Events (Mt. Adams Ballroom)
1. You must have purchased an entry into Fandom PDX 2018 in order to enter/present on stage for the Costume Contest.
2. The Costume Contest is a family-oriented event. Please keep all costumes to a “PG-13″ rating (i.e. no nudity or overly revealing attire).
3. No bought costumes. Costumes must be 50% crafted or more. You may purchase parts of a costume, but said parts must be disclosed during the judging process. If you are not the maker of your costume (and simply modeling), said creator of the costume must be present with you upon entry. If the costume wins an award, the award will go to the creator of the costume.
4. All weapons and props must conform with Fandom PDX 2018 rules, hotel/conference center policies, and local laws concerning carrying a weapon. If there is a question of doubt, don’t bring it. (see Fandom PDX policies -> http://fandompdx.com/policies/)
5. Please provide reference images of the character you are dressed as. We cannot guarantee the judges will know what your character looks like, so having something to compare to will help you as much as them! Please provide this image on a piece of paper to attach to your costume contest registration form. No digital images (i.e. cell phones, iPads, portable computers, tablets, etc.) or books can be submitted for your reference image. Please print the picture out for the judges.
6. Each costume must be entered separately. The costumes may be presented on stage (and prejudged) together, but each costume is judged as a separate entry.
7. The contest will be limited to 50 entries total. Please be at theMain Events (Mt. Adams Ballroom) to sign up.
8. Fandom PDX (Green Mustard Entertainment, Inc.) reserves the right to modify, update, or amend the rules at any time.
9. Have fun!
- Best of Show
- Runner Up
- Judges Awards
Kamon Tari is a New Mexico based artist, model, twitch streamer, and cosplayer. She specializes in promotional cosplaying and charity work. With over 3 years of professional experience, Kamon Tari has judged numerous costume contests, ran panels, and hosted a variety of events at cons around the US. When she is not assisting clients, she sells her artwork and takes donations for charities at her personal booth – so on swing by, have a chat, and see what she’s up to! She credits the wonderful and inclusive cosplay community that inspired her to aspire towards her dream career and hopes to spread the love.
Kamon Tari will have a table in the Exhibitor’s Hall all weekend – so stop by and say hi!
Follow her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/KamonTari
Eric Trueheart – writer for the Invader ZIM cartoon and comic book – will be a guest at Fandom PDX!!!
Eric Trueheart has been writing for comedy and animation for over ten years. He’s written for Nickelodeon’s shameful and enduring cult classic, Invader ZIM, the BAFTA-nominated Yin Yang Yo for Disney XD, as well as writing pilots for Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon, and freelancing for everyone in the goddamn business. Most recently, he helped develop the DreamWorks animation film Turbo into the first animated series for Netflix.
His comedy shorts have been accepted to the L.A. Comedy Shorts Festival. And his comedy group, “The Ministry of Unknown Science,” had a top-ten comedy podcast on iTunes, won praise from the Times and the Weekly, as well as garnering a pilot for Fox. (It also got them a meeting with Simon Cowell, who’s a really nice guy in person, and doesn’t bite the heads of babies unless you ask him nicely.)
Eric graduated from USC cinema school and Harvard university, for no reason. He has never driven a race car across Monaco wearing only a Batman mask and the words “Soy Bomb” on his chest. That was someone else.
PRESS RELEASE: Fandom PDX, Portland’s Recently Re-Branded Pop Culture Event, to Host Its Tenth Convention!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FANDOM PDX, PORTLAND’S RECENTLY RE-BRANDED POP CULTURE EVENT, RETURNS TO HOST ITS TENTH CONVENTION!
The annual event (formerly Newcon PDX) will take place this year at the Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel.
(PORTLAND, OREGON, MAY 14, 2018) Fandom PDX, Portland’s local, hotel based pop culture, fantasy, sci-fi, and gaming convention, will be hosted this year at the Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel located at 8325 NE Airport Way Portland, OR 97220. The two-day celebration will take place June 2-3, 2018 and starts at 10:00 AM each morning, with registration opening at 9:00 AM.
In addition to vendors, artists, and all-day tabletop and video gaming, Fandom PDX will offer several special attractions for attendees. Kimberly Brooks, the voice of Allura on the hit Netflix series Voltron: Legendary Defender, will be on hand to meet attendees. Fan will also recognize her as the voice of Jasper from Steven Universe and Ashley Williams from the video game series Mass Effect. Fans of animation will recognize Richard Horvitz as the voice of many iconic characters, including Invader Zim, Billy from The Grim Adventures Of Billy And Mandy, Daggett from The Angry Beavers, Kaos from the Skylanders franchise and Alpha 5 from the original Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers. In addition to Richard’s animation work, gamers will recognize him from his many video game roles in such classics as Psychonauts (Raz), Ratchet And Clank Series (Zoni, Pollyx, Zurgo), Destroy All Humans (Orthopox), and Skylanders (Kaos) to name a few. Richard began his acting career on camera and many may recall his role as Alan Eakian in the 1980’s cult classic Summer School.
Tickets are available for purchase online or at the event: $30 for Saturday, $20 for Sunday, or $40 for the weekend. Children under 3 years old get in for free. Parking is $5 at the venue.
Fandom PDX is made possible through the generous support of a number of sponsors: AnimEigo, Discotek, Funimation, NIS America, Sentai Filmworks. Fandom PDX would like to extend a special thanks to Oni Press, Travel Portland and the Portland Rose Festival for their support this year.
For press credentials and interview requests, please contact the convention production team via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOUT GREEN MUSTARD ENTERTAINMENT: Started in 2001 as Wasabi Anime®, Green Mustard Entertainment, Inc. is an event production company that specializes in fan-focused entertainment and pop culture conventions. GME has made appearances and designed entertainment for some of the largest conventions in North America including Anime Expo®, Dragon Con, Fan Expo Canada, Florida Supercon, Gen Con, and MegaCon. Green Mustard Entertainment currently owns and operates WasabiCon as an independent event project for the fans of Jacksonville, Florida.
Fandom PDX is a celebration of pop culture that offers programming for a wide variety of topics including anime, cartoons, comic books, cosplay, fantasy, gaming, music, science fiction, theme parks, video games, and more! Thus, we always open the door for potential panelists each year to present during the event.
We do, though, have a few rules for panels at the convention. Please read these completely before filling out your panel form.
1. ONLY ONE PANEL PER PERSON/GROUP. We want to present a variety of perspectives regarding geek culture and – while we appreciate you hosting a panel – we want to make sure you have the time to enjoy the rest of the convention!
2. ALL PANEL HOSTS MUST BE PAID ATTENDEES OF THE CONVENTION. We don’t offer comp passes for single panel presentations. And we don’t allow more than one panel per person/group. (You can see where we’re going with this.) If you are interested in appearing as a fan group and hosting programming, email us at email@example.com. (Space is limited.)
3, PANEL CONTENT MUST BE APPROPRIATE TO THE THEME OF THE CONVENTION – GEEK CULTURE. A panel about physics wouldn’t really work. A panel about the physics in the Star Trek universe would absolutely work. A panel about the physics in the Stargate universe would make Joey Snackpants a happy camper.
4. ALL PANELS MUST NOT EXCEED A PG-13 RATING. Fandom PDX is a convention designed to feature content for all ages. While we may offer some 18+ events, they are tightly regulated and offered late in the evening. (If you are interested in offering 18+ programming, please contact us directly: firstname.lastname@example.org)
5. SCHEDULING IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE BASED ON THE NEEDS OF FANDOM PDX. We will do our best to work with you on scheduling the panel in a time slot that works best for everyone involved. If, for unforeseen reasons, we need to change when your panel is scheduled, we will let you know in advance.
6. PLEASE SPECIFY YOUR A/V NEEDS.Can you do your panel without a projector and screen, or is it required? Let us know.
Thanks for wanting to be a part of Fandom PDX.