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
Symphonic Fury! needs your support through Kickstarter
On July 12th, 2014, the Ifukube 100: A Legacy of Monster Music took place at the Pickwick Theater in Park Ridge, IL and was met with praise, accolades, and recognition from Chicago to Tokyo. Friends and fans were in awe and left wanting more. The time has come to deliver just that, even bigger and better!
This year, we will be conducting the first ever North American live performance of Mr. Ifukube’s concert work Symphonic Fantasia, a three movement piece, featuring not only the best of his work from the Godzilla series, but also from the other Toho sci-fi films such as Atragon, The Mysterians, and War of the Gargantuas. This is only part of what is in store for you.
The first portion of the concert will focus on the incredible music of Ko Otani, the composer of the Heisei Gamera series during the 1990s, as well as Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All Out Attack in 2001. This performance will be the world premiere of Mr. Otani’s kaiju scores, as they have never been performed live, even in Japan!
With your support, “Symphonic Fury! The Music of Japanese Monsters” will take place in conjunction with G-FEST XXII on the weekend of July 10th-12th, 2015. Again taking up the baton for the performance will be John DeSentis with an orchestra of exceptionally talented freelance musicians from the Chicago area. Read all the details, and make a pledge on the Kickstarter project page. No donation is too big or too small, and each donation tier includes different awards such as Chirashi-style mini-posters, concert CDs, event t-shirts, and original Bob Eggleton art-prints. Please lend your support today, the deadline to reach the project goal is April 25th!
Special guests announced for G-FEST XXII
We are proud to announce that Millennium Series Godzilla director Masaaki Tezuka will be our guest of honor at G-FEST XXII. Other special guests include actor Robert Scott Field, and film historian August Ragone. See the Special Guests page for the full details.
G-TOUR III an immediate sell out!
Due to overwhelming early interest, G-TOUR III, our third kaiju-themed tour of Japan has sold out! Travelers who are still interested in going are encouraged to reach out to MYK Enterprises Ltd. to get on their waiting list. If anyone pulls out of the tour, space may become available. If a significant number of people get on the list, an additional tour for the following year has been discussed. G-TOUR III will take place from July 28th through August 8th, 2015. Get ready for an amazing group adventure, visiting iconic kaiju-related landmarks and experiencing the unique culture and history of Japan. The G-TOUR III main page features the tour details, pricing, deadlines, and application form. See the G-TOUR III Itinerary page for the full tour schedule.
Hotel and registration for G-FEST XXII now available
Hotel reservations for 2015’s G-FEST XXII at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare are now available. Rooms for the 2014 show sold out quickly, so G-fans may want to book early at the special rate while available. See the G-FEST XXII Hotel page for further details.
Registration for G-FEST XXII is also available. See the G-FEST XXII Registration page for PayPal instructions or to use the Printable Registration form.
Attendance for G-FEST XXI breaks record… again!
G-FEST XXI turned out to be a huge success, breaking last year’s record (which was a record breaker itself), with about 3000 people attending over the course of the three day convention. Perhaps it was due to the perfect storm of our special guests, including Koichi Kawakita, Tomoko Ai, and Katsuhiko Sasaki, along with many others; the much anticipated Ifukube 100: A Legacy of Monster Music live symphonic concert; and the 2014 release of Legendary Pictures’ new Godzilla film.
During convention chairman J.D. Lees’s G-FEST Orientation session, first time attendees were asked to raise their hands, which was a bit of a “whoa!” eye-opening moment. The influx of so many new and young fans to G-FEST shows how healthy the growing kaiju genre is.
The amount of G-fans attending the convention weren’t the only things to attain monstrous proportions. The 2014 show brought a huge Special Guest list, a jam-packed session and events schedule, an Artist Alley that literally doubled in size (now in its own dedicated room: The Metro), and a gigantic dealers room with just about any collectible a fan could possibly want.
In addition to all this was the extraordinary once in a lifetime concert event, celebrating the musical career of Akira Ifukube at the Pickwick Theatre. The Ifukube 100: A Legacy of Monster Music started out as a dream project by John DeSentis and Chris Oglio, and with the generous support of fellow G-fans through their Kickstarter project, became a reality. This was the first live concert dedicated solely to Mr. Ifukube’s music performed in North America.
Many G-fans continued to show their generosity by making contributions or participating in the raffle fundraisers for G-fans Helping G-fans. The total amount collected this year was over four thousand dollars! Thank you to everyone that participated or contributed at G-FEST XXI, we look forward to seeing you all again in 2015!