Welcome to the World of Giant Monsters
Welcome to G-FAN.com, brought to you by Daikaiju Enterprises (DKE), publisher of G-FAN magazine, the world’s only journal devoted to giant movie monsters, especially those hailing from Japan. DKE also hosts the annual convention known as G-FEST, attracting over 2000 monster fans for a weekend celebration of the genre. In 2004, DKE organized G-TOUR, a voyage to Japan, the land of Godzilla, in celebration of his fiftieth anniversary, and returned in 2011 for G-TOUR II. If you love Godzilla and other giant monsters from Japan, please explore G-FAN.com, you’ll find much of interest!
J.D. Lees – Editor and Publisher, G-FAN Magazine
Tickets now available for Ifukube 100: A Legacy of Monster Music
Tickets for the much anticipated concert celebrating the musical career of Akira Ifukube are now available for purchase. Options include purchasing online with shipping or pickup at G-FEST XXI, or buying directly at the Pickwick Theatre box office.
You can read all about this extraordinary once in a lifetime event, and the full details for ticket purchase options on the Kickstarter project page. Tickets can be purchased directly from the Genesis 54 website.
Ifukube 100: A Legacy of Monster Music will take place on July 12th from 8:30 PM to 11:00 PM.
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Additonal G-FEST XXI special guests added to immense list
We’re pleased to announce some late additions to our list of special guests attending G-FEST XXI. First up is Shinpei Hayashiya, renowned for directing the legendary independent production Gamera 4: Truth. In addtion, Shingo Maehata, the director of Zella Monster Martial Law and Kazuhiro Nakagawa, director of Day of the Kaiju will be joining us, as their films make their North American debuts at the G-FEST Film Festival.
Artist Alley bigger than ever for G-FEST XXI
More popular than ever, Artist Alley at G-FEST has become so big that it’s moving to a new dedicated room at the Crown Plaza - The Metro Room. Visit the Artist Alley page for the Site Map overview, and to read about the amazing talent who will be participation at this year’s show.
Upcoming summer issue of Cinefex features Legendary Godzilla
Fans of one of filmdom’s most iconic monsters won’t want to miss the upcoming summer issue of Cinefex, the quarterly film magazine that has been covering the field of visual effects for 35 years. Due out in mid-June, Issue #138 features a 14 page story on the making of Legendary Pictures’ Godzilla, including in-depth interviews with key effects artists, plus 13 behind the scenes photos and frame clips from the movie, many of them exclusive to Cinefex. Pre-order it now, and your issue will go out with our first mailing.
Movie lineup announced for G-FEST XXI
The following movies will be screening at G-FEST XXI: King Kong (1976); King Kong Lives; Yongary, Monster From the Deep and Gamera vs. Barugon will play on Thursday, July 10th as part of the double double feature film festival. Godzilla vs. Destroyah will be the feature film on Friday, July 11th. Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah will be the feature film, after the Ifukube concert on Saturday, July 12th. See the G-FEST XXI Movies page for additional details and times.
Mangled Skyscraper Award to be presented to Bob Eggleton
This year’s coveted Mangled Skyscraper Award will be presented to Bob Eggleton, the number one Godzilla artist in the Western World. Bob is known not only for his dramatic and true to source renderings of all manner of kaiju, but also for his promotion of the genre and his generosity to Godzilla fandom. The presentation will take place at the Awards Luncheon at G-FEST XXI. Congratulations, Bob!
Exclusive Tom Tvrdik limited art print for G-FEST attendees
Exclusive to G-FEST attendees - reserve the Carlton 2014 60th Anniversary Godzilla ornament exclusive for G-FEST and receive a special art print limited to only 50, by the Godzilla ornament artist Tom Tvrdik. With only 48 ornaments available at G-FEST, reserving is highly recommended.
Reserve yours by emailing your name and phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org or call or text (440) 667-7074 and leave a voice mail. Ornaments will cost $40.00 at time of pick up and will be signed by the artist! Also, stop by the dealer table for special contests and past ornaments.
G-FEST XXI special guest list keeps growing
We are very happy to add master sculptor and model maker Hiroshi Sagae to our impressive lineup of special guests coming to G-FEST XXI. He has contributed sculpting and miniature model work to numerous tokusatsu features, including Gamera 3, GMK, and Mothra. Mr. Sagae previously attended G-FEST XVIII back in 2011.
Also returning for G-FEST XXI is fan-favorite, professional mixed martial arts fighter and actor Don Frye. Don previously attended G-FEST XV back in 2008, and is well known to G-fans for his commanding role as Captain Douglas Gordon in Godzilla: Final Wars.
See the G-FEST XXI Special Guests page for full details.
Special effects director returning to G-FEST
We are proud to announce that special effects director Koichi Kawakita will be returning as one of our special guests at G-FEST XXI. Mr. Kawakita was previously at G-FEST way back in 2002. He is well known to kaiju fans for reviving the Godzilla series, starting with Godzilla vs. Biollante, and bringing to it a new level of realism and detail. With his visual effects company, Dream Planet Japan, Mr. Kawakita has also collaborated with Toho on numerous television series including The Justirisers and Super Star Fleet Sazer.
First special guests announced for G-FEST XXI
We are pleased to announce that actress Tomoko Ai and actor Katsuhiko Sasaki, who both played leading roles in 1975’s Terror of Mechagodzilla, will be coming to G-FEST this summer. Katsuhiko Sasaki also played the lead in Godzilla vs. Megalon, as well as parts in Godzilla vs. Biollante and Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah. Come celebrate as these two special guests reunite at G-FEST XXI, after more than 30 years!
Also, returning this year is actor and friend Robert Scott Field. Scott remains a crucial and integral part of G-FEST, and it is always a pleasure to have him back.
Dojo Studios needs actors for filming at G-FEST XXI
“Running from Daikaiju” gets a twist this year. We are filming a lounge singer scene and need an audience. This will require G-FEST participants to dress like they’re out for a nice evening at a fancy 1960s nightclub (collared shirts, dinner jackets, long pants and dresses are perfect). The fifty best dressed will be filmed, but all can watch a Dojo twist on the classic War of the Gargantuas lounge scene filmed at the hotel on Friday night following the opening ceremonies.
On the Dojo front we will be doing two days of straight shooting without any panels this year. We have an ambitious project that is entering its second G-FEST and it will be quite exciting. Fans are always welcome in the Dojo observation area.
Lastly, Dojo Toys is about to issue its first toys of this modern era. They will be 3D printed, around 5 inches tall, bagged and header carded in a retro style and will premiere at G-FEST XXI. Did I mention the initial run will be limited? Here is a sample of the header card artwork by Dojo crew member, Jim Fazar…
G-FEST XXI costume parade preparation
Hello G-fans! it’s getting to that time of year when, if you haven’t decided on building a costume for G-FEST or not, you run the risk of not finishing. For that reason and for the fans that are doing this for the first time, some details are in order. First off, many others are first timers too, so don’t let that stop you! Second, the fans love the costumes whatever size shape and expertise level, so don’t let that stop you either. So, no excuses right?
The parade is free to enter, but you must attend the orientation for contestants on Saturday afternoon (check the convention guide for time and place) and fill out a brief entry form. There are several categories: 1. Young Fan (youth built), 2. Young Fan (adult built), 3. Novice, 4. Journeyman, and 5. Masters Level. There is also a Judges Choice Category and Best in Show. Finally, there is an Out of Competition category for professionally made costumes.
Prizes are awarded on Sunday morning in the dealers room for one hour. Be there, or be disappointed! We sadly cannot ship prizes and won’t know the results of the judging until the early hours of Sunday morning.