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G-FEST XXVII Schedule (Archive)

General events and times for G-FEST XXVII are listed below. Interviews and sessions with our special guests can be easily found with the Guest icon:

Thursday, July 14th

Special double double-bill at the Pickwick Theatre in Park Ridge, IL

  • 1:00 PM: Godzilla vs. Hedorah (Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster)
  • 3:00 PM: Godzilla vs. Megalon
  • 7:00 PM: Godzilla (1954)
  • 9:00 PM: Godzilla vs. The Sea Monster

Hedorah Artwork by Modstoon

Friday, July 15th

G-FEST Orientation

(11:00 AM, Grand Ballroom B/C) — A question and answer session with G-FEST organizers helped attendees get the most out of their weekend.

Godzilla vs. Hedorah: A Belated 50th Birthday

(12:00 PM, Grand Ballroom B/C) — Godzilla vs. Hedorah is unquestionably one of the most unusual Godzilla films. Almost universally panned when it first came out, the film has enjoyed a reappraisal and renewed interest in recent years. It’s a year late, but we were here to celebrate Hedorah’s 50th birthday! (Alyssa Charpentier, Nick Crispino, Danny DiManna, Darin Read, Dennis Roth, Brian Scherschel)

Mothra 1961: A 60th Birthday Celebration

(12:00 PM, Grand Ballroom A) — Mothra looks great for being 60 years old! This panel covered the history and depth of the starring kaiju and the legends that surround the character, from the original version up through the present. There was a surprise video feature during the presentation. (Kevin Horn)

Godzilla vs. Gigan 50th Anniversary

(1:00 PM, Grand Ballroom B/C) — In 1972, Godzilla vs. Gigan was released as part of the Toho Champion Festival. To keep the kids in their seats, the filmmakers filled the screen with classic monsters (Godzilla, King Ghidorah, Anguirus), a new creation (Gigan), manga, and lots of on-screen action. An accomplished group of panelists discussed this bizarre yet enjoyable entry in the G-series. (Kevin Horn, Daniel DiManna, Brian Scherschel, Danny Tokarz)

Tokusatsu vs. Wrestling

(1:00 PM, Grand Ballroom A) — Kaiju movies are often glibly derided as “rubber monster wrestling flicks,” but professional wrestling and Japanese special effects features actually do have a complex interwoven history. This panel covered how the two mediums have influenced one another, as well as characters and performers that have crossed over between the two. (Chris Eaton, Kevin Derendorf)

Why the Legendary Films are Important

(2:00 PM, Grand Ballroom B/C) — The Legendary MonsterVerse series has been hugely successful overall. Godzilla has been seen in three films from 2014–2021 that show he is now a mainstream icon with U.S. audiences. This panel focused on Godzilla vs. Kong, which had an entirely different texture and feel from how everything started in 2014. Both the high points and the questionable ones were discussed. (Bob Eggleton)

Planet of the Kaiju Haiku: A Brief Presentation and Workshop on G-FEST, G-FAN, and Godzilla-Themed Short Poetry

(2:00 PM, Grand Ballroom A) — This panel was a short poetry writing workshop led by International Kaiju Haiku Poet Juan M. Perez and Poet/Rriter Malia A. Perez, Ed. D. Attendees were briefed on the haiku form of poetry and were able to write their own kaiju haiku for a possible future G—FAN article. (Juan M. Perez, Malia A. Perez)

Cinema Symbiosis III: Godzilla + Raymond Burr = Godzilla King of the Monsters!

(3:00 PM, Grand Ballroom B/C) — The third installment of the examination of international cultural influences on giant monster movies looked at the Americanization of the original 1954 Godzilla to 1956’s Godzilla King of the Monsters, with an emphasis on Director Terry Morse and star Raymond Burr. (Richard Pusateri)

Godzilla and the Japanese National Spirit

(3:00 PM, Grand Ballroom A) — Is the politics of Shin Godzilla right wing and nationalistic? Brian at Kaijuvision says it’s actually patriotism during a devastating national crisis, the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami. Through comparative study, he presented what the film’s domestic Japanese audience saw. (Brian Scherschel)

G-Pardy 2022 Kid Championship

(4:00 PM, Grand Ballroom B/C) — By popular demand, one grand game of the kaiju quiz was designed especially for kids and crowned a 2022 Kids’ Champion, awarding a mini trophy the winner was able to keep! (Skip Peel)

Space Amoeba: A 50th Birthday Celebration

(4:00 PM, Grand Ballroom A) — A look back at the premise and featured kaiju in one of the hidden gems of Toho’s kaiju eiga. (Kevin Horn)

Opening Ceremonies

(7:30 PM, Grand Ballroom B/C) — The official opening of G-FEST XXVII introduced our special guests, as well as members of the committee that produced the convention.

Radioactive Karaoke

(9:00 PM, Grand Ballroom B/C) — Hosted by Greg Cordaro.

Godzilla vs. Kong

(10:30 PM, the Pickwick Theatre)

Godzilla Artwork by Chris Scalf

Saturday, July 16th

Akira Takarada: His Life, Career, and Legacy

(10:00 AM, Grand Ballroom B/C) — This year we lost Akira Takarada, one of the biggest stars to appear in Godzilla and other fantasy films from the 1950s into the 21st Century. While we all know him from our favorite kaiju films, his life and career was much more than that. This special panel explored Takarada-san’s life, his films, and beyond, and discussed his introduction to Western G-fandom through his numerous convention appearances.

End of an Era: Terror of Mechagodzilla

(10:00 AM, Grand Ballroom A) — In 1975, the release of Terror of Mechagodzilla marked the end of the Showa Era of G-films. It features Godzilla, Mechagodzilla, Titanosaurus, and a romance between a man and a cyborg, played by Tomoko Ai. This panel discussion set the stage for Ms. Ai’s interview! (Nick Crispino, Daniel DiManna, Billy DuBose, Nathan Marchand, Dennis Roth)

Hiroyuki Kawase Interview

(11:00 AM, Grand Ballroom B/C)

The Roaring 20s

(11:00 AM, Grand Ballroom A) — G-FEST may have been put on pause for the last two years, but the world of monsters hasn’t. It was time to get caught up on all the kaiju media that was missed, from Godzilla to Ultraman to obscure indie productions. G-fans heard how loud the Roaring Twenties have already been, and saw what’s on the horizon for the seemingly promising decade ahead. (RJ Axen, Jake DeNunzio, Dean Richardson, Taylour Moenster, Albert Courser, Nik Walker)

Tomoko Ai Interview

(12:00 PM, Grand Ballroom B/C) — (Jessica Tseang)

Kaiju Video Games History Raids Again

(12:00 PM, Grand Ballroom A) — There are more kaiju-themed video games than you think! 13AM Games Creative Director Alex Rushdy guided fans through the further history of digital monsters, from the earliest days of the art form to the present.

Destroy All Teasers! A Lost Films Trailer Reel

(1:00 PM, Grand Ballroom A) — Most movies that are unreleased never make it past the scripting or concept art stage. However, some get pitch reels, pilot films, and even publicly-released trailers. This panel went through some of the kaiju and tokusatsu movies that began the production process, but then never materialized. (Kevin Derendorf)

Dawn of the Monsters: Behind the Scenes

(2:00 PM, Grand Ballroom B/C) — The ultimate panel on Dawn of the Monsters, the “smash”-hit video game from 13AM Games. The developers of the title discussed the entire project from start to finish, with tons of behind the scenes secrets, Q & A, giveaways, and more! (Alex Rushdy, Steve Roberts)

Kaiju Writers Unite!

(2:00 PM, Grand Ballroom A) — G-FEST isn’t complete without a little love and help for the monster-loving wordsmiths. Author/Podcaster Nathan Marchand (host of The Monster Island Film Vault, author of Destroyer) presided over a panel of kaiju writers, consisting of Daniel DiManna (creator/author of the Godzilla Novelization Project), Alyssa Charpentier (AlyssaGojiGeek on YouTube, author of Daughter Darkness), Ryan Collins (The Omni Viewer on YouTube, author of Operation: Red Dragon), and Christopher Nigro (founder and editor-in-chief of Wild Hunt Press). They were ready, willing, and able to answer all questions about the craft and business of writing.

The Kaiju Kingdom Podcast

(3:00 PM, Grand Ballroom B/C) — Jessica Tseang and Chris Eaton returned with The Kaiju Kingdom Podcast, bringing along Darnell Isom of Legacy FX. Isom recently was the head designer for Mothra in Legendary’s 2019 Godzilla: King of the Monsters and Mechagodzilla for 2021’s Godzilla vs. Kong. G-fans heard a lively discussion about our favorite Queen of the Monsters, and Darnell’s past works including Jurassic Park, Pacific Rim, Captain America: Winter Soldier, Iron Man 3, Alien vs. Predator: Requiem, and Resident Evil: Extinction. Exclusive never before seen art was shown. (Jessica Tseang, Chris Eaton, Darnell Isom)

Matt and Hiroshi Live Art Drawing!

(3:00 PM, Grand Ballroom A) — Kaiju artists Matt Frank and Hiroshi Kanatani performed their fan-favorite live-drawing show! (Matt Frank, Hiroshi Kanatani)

Collect All Monsters “Nerdy 30”

(4:00 PM, Grand Ballroom B/C) — Collect All Monsters brought the livestream format to a live audience! Fans joined the hosts for the thirtieth episode of this monthly show dedicated to the collectible side of the kaiju genre, with Leslie Chambers, Christine Chaplin, David Dopko, John Ruffin (MyKaiju) and Kyle Yount (Kaijucast). The panel was filmed for YouTube. (Leslie Chambers, Christine Chaplin, David Dopko, John Ruffin, Kyle Yount)

Behind the Kaiju Curtain

(4:00 PM, Grand Ballroom A) — Published in 2021, Norman England’s book Behind the Kaiju Curtain: A Journey Onto Japan’s Biggest Film Sets told of one man’s fan and professional lives coming together on the sets of some of the biggest kaiju films. This panel told stories, enhanced by previously unseen behind-the-scenes photographs from the sets of Gamera 3 to GMK! (Norman England, Matt Burkett, Ed Godziszewski)

G-Pardy 2022 Adult Qualifier and Championship

(6:30 PM, Grand Ballroom A/B/C) — (Skip Peel)

G-FAN Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony

(7:30 PM, Grand Ballroom A/B/C) — G-FAN Hall-of-Fame Award, Lifetime Achievement Award, and Mangled Skyscraper Award.

Costume Parade

(8:00 PM, Grand Ballroom A/B/C)

Terror of Mechagodzilla

(10:30 PM, the Pickwick Theatre)

Titanosaurus Artwork by Chris Scalf

Sunday, July 16th

King Kong vs. Godzilla 60th Anniversary

(10:00 AM, Grand Ballroom B/C) — King Kong vs. Godzilla was a special entry in the Godzilla franchise. It revived the series after a seven year hiatus. It holds the record for the highest attendance of any film in the series. And for many fans, through movie houses, drive-ins, and TV screens, it was the film that launched their obsession with the kaiju film genre. The panelists discussed the history and impact of this classic film. (Danny DiManna, Kevin Horn, Nathan Marchand, Dennis Roth)

The Legacy of Attack on Titan

(10:00 AM, Grand Ballroom A) — For the past decade, Attack on Titan has remained as one of the hottest media franchises to come from Japan. Internet personalities TitanGoji and SteamedIguana gave a crash course on the success and global appeal of this grand giant monster epic! (TitanGoji, SteamedIguana)

A Fan Tribute to Akira Takarada

(11:00 AM, Grand Ballroom B/C) — Akira Takarada had a special relationship with G-FEST, attending multiple times over the years to interact with his fans. This panel of fans payed tribute to Takarada-san and discussed their interactions with him over the years. (Daniel DiManna, Billy DuBose, Bob Eggleton, Nathan Marchand)

Women of Kaiju Fandom

(11:00 AM, Grand Ballroom A) — Jessica Tseang (The Kaiju Kingdom Podcast) brought together a diverse group of ladies that actively participate in their favorite genre. From cosplayer, artist, vendor, to community leader, they thrive in the fandom and have seen its evolution over the years. The growing appreciation and credit given to women who worked on kaiju films was discussed, along with new characters and roles introduced in current franchise and future films. (Jessica Tseang)

Legendary Godzilla vs. Kong

(12:00 PM, Grand Ballroom B/C) — In 2021, Godzilla vs. Kong was released in theaters and on streaming services. It featured not only Kong and Godzilla, but also a new version of Mechagodzilla and other creatures as well. This panel of fans discussed the latest entry in the Legendary MonsterVerse. (Dennis Roth, Bob Eggleton, Darin Read, Billy DuBose, Scrooge Jones, Nick Crispino)

Awards for Contest Winners

(12:00 PM, Grand Ballroom A) — Fans found out who won the Costume, Model, and other awards.

Thunder Lizards of the Far East: An Overview of Asian Dinosaur Movies

(1:00 PM, Grand Ballroom B/C) — In addition to the likes of Godzilla and Rodan, there’s a host of more traditional Asian dinosaur movies that often gets overlooked. This panel looked at some saurian-centric cinema and TV shows from Japan, as well as from Korea and China. (Kevin Derendorf)

Titans and Elder Things: Comparing Themes and Style in Kaiju Eiga and the Cthulhu Mythos

(1:00 PM, Grand Ballroom A) — A few years after H.P. Lovecraft’s death in 1937, Word War II forever changed the landscape of Japanese culture and eventually inspired the creation of Godzilla. While one can find ideas of cosmic horror in many kaiju stories, and the occasional giant monster in Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos, the two genres approach similar subject matter from different perspectives. In this panel, an author of kaiju novels and a Lovecraftian filmmaker explored the overlap between the two worlds. (Ryan Collins/Omni Viewer, Thomas Nicol)

Godzilla vs. Megalon: A 50th Anniversary Celebration

(2:00 PM, Grand Ballroom B/C) — Can you believe it’s been 50 years since Megalon and Gigan teamed up against Godzilla and Jet Jaguar? Thanks to NBC’s 1977 prime time, nationwide broadcast and public domain VHS releases, Godzilla vs. Megalon is one of the most familiar G-films in the U.S. However, there’s more to it than the washed out, pan-and-scan version that dominated screens for decades. This panel discussed the film in all its glory. (Richard Pusateri, Miguel Barroso, Dennis Roth, Juan Perez, Danny Tokarz)

Untying Godzilla’s Gordian Knot: Can Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah be Fixed?

(2:00 PM, Grand Ballroom A) — Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah is one of the most popular entries in the Heisei Godzilla series, but it also has one of the most confusing and convoluted scripts of the franchise. Why did the Futurians stop in 1992 to pick up the main cast? How did everyone remember Godzilla when he was supposedly erased from history? Why did Emi decide to turn on her comrades? Such are just a few of the questions fans have asked. Writer/Podcaster Nathan Marchand (The Monster Island Film Vault, Henshin Men, The Power Trip) and Author Daniel DiManna (Godzilla Novelization Project) attempted to answer in this “script doctor” session. (Nathan Marchand, Daniel DiManna)

Godzilla Across America: Is He a Member of the All Fifty States Club?

(3:00 PM, Grand Ballroom B/C) — Since Godzilla raided New York City in a 1963 board game by the Ideal Toy Corporation, he’s attacked the United States many times, but how thorough has he been? Wikizilla bureaucrat Michael Callari examined Godzilla films, shows, comics, video games, books, and more to see which states the King of the Monsters is most fond of visiting, and if he’s stomped all fifty. (Michael Callari)

There’s a Figure of That?! Obscure Kaiju Collectibles

(3:00 PM, Grand Ballroom A) — Even a die-hard figure collector can only buy so many ShodaiGoji figures before starting to crave something a little more unusual. This panel covered some of the more unique, offbeat merchandise of obscure kaiju characters from movies, comics, games, and even concept art. (Kevin Derendorf, Alex Rushdy)

Talkustasu: Kaiju and Tokusatsu YouTubers/Podcasters Roundtable

(4:00 PM, Grand Ballroom B/C) — The kaiju and tokusatsu YouTube and podcasting communities have exploded over the last few years, with shows ranging from collectibles to academic film appreciation to audio dramas. Several of the creators came together to discuss the art and craft of content creation and took questions from fans and listeners in the audience. (Michael Callari, Jake DeNunzio, Daniel DiManna, Kaiju Kim, Nathan Marchand, Elijah Thomas)

GMK: A Look Back on the Controversial 2001 Film

(4:00 PM, Grand Ballroom A) — Giant Monsters All Out Attack (GMK) is an unusual entry in the Godzilla series. Kevin Horn explored how the film has been and remains a conversation starter between fans. Not only a celebration of the film’s origin to theatrical release, but a look back at the kaiju themselves. (Kevin Horn)