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Archive: G-FEST XXIII Schedule

General events and times for G-FEST XXIII are listed below.

Interviews and sessions with our special guests can be easily found with the G-Guest icon:

There were autograph signing sessions each day. Times were as follows:

  • Friday: 11:00AM - 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Saturday: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Sunday: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Thursday, July 14th

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

  • 1:00 PM: Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah
  • 3:00 PM: Gamera vs. Viras
  • 7:00 PM: Yongary, Monster from the Deep
  • 9:00 PM: The Green Slime

Artwork by Modstoon

Friday, July 15th


(9:15 AM - 5:00 PM, Concourse A)

Tokusatsu Room

(10:00 AM - 6:00 PM, Ballroom 5) - With open workshop space for costume parade entrants.

Kaiju Assault Room - Kaiju Assault/Card Tournament

(10:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Ideation Lounge) - Kaiju Assault is a fan made card game that pits your favorite kaiju against each other, in one of the most well balanced games that’s 15 years in the making. Kaiju Assault held a tournament for beginners and pros alike, starting at 10:00 AM Friday morning and concluded at 5:00 PM on Saturday. With cool and unique prizes that are made by the fans for the fans, Kaiju Assault is sure to please kaiju fans new and old! The Kaiju Assault room was also home to a kaiju themed role playing game, set in the Hanna Barbera Godzilla universe.

G-FEST Orientation

(11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Ballroom 1) - As an aid to maximizing their G-FEST experience, fans dropped by this session and got answers to any questions they might have had from convention chairman J.D. Lees.

Artist Alley

(12:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Metro)

Video Gaming Room

(12:00 PM - 7:00 PM, Balmoral) - Video game tournament sign-up and warm-up.

G-Pardy Game 1

(12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, Ballroom 2) - The famed kaiju quiz game returned under the expert guidance of Skip Peel.

Daimajin Turns 50

(12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, Ballroom 1) - Combining the classic samurai with mythical kaiju trappings, Daiei Studios created a series of films about a vengeful mountain idol, Daimajin. For a brief but glorious time, Daimajin pushed the boundaries of the kaiju genre in three films all released in 1966. With Martin Arlt, Miguel Barroso, Tristan Domay, and Danny Tokarz.

All of Godzilla’s Films

(12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, Kennedy) - This whirlwind trip through all of Godzilla's starring roles was a great way to get into the G-FEST spirit. With Mark Matzke.

G-Pardy Game 2

(1:00 PM - 2:00 PM, Ballroom 2) - With Skip Peel.

War of the Gargantuas 50th Anniversary

(1:00 PM - 2:00 PM, Ballroom 1) - Fans celebrated the brothers’ fiftieth birthday with all kinds of party surprises! With Kevin Horn.

All Manga Attack!

(1:00 PM - 2:00 PM, Kennedy) - We all love the excellent range of American kaiju comic books, but did you know there’s an entire world of giant monster comics produced in Japan as well? This panel took a look at some of the more bizarre, gorgeous, and inventive kaiju stories to get printed in manga form, with a look at how the Japanese comic and movie industries have influenced each other in the genre. With Kevin Derendorf.

Dealers Room

(2:00 PM - 7:00 PM, Ballrooms 3 and 4)

Special Guest - Yoshikazu Ishii

(2:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Ballroom 2) - Interview with director and assistant special effects director Yoshikazu Ishii, whose work includes Ultraman Ginga, Gantz, and Daimajin Kanon. With J.D. Lees and Robert Scott Field.

Godzilla’s Grand Entrance… Or Is It?

(2:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Ballroom 1) - We all wait for Godzilla to appear. Is it dramatic, exciting, or just… blah? This panel discussed Godzilla’s entrance in each film, and discussed which are their favorites and why. With Mike Sutton, Martin Arlt, Chris Oglio, Scott Witherall, and Jeff Horne.

Shōnen 少年 Hero ヒ- ロ- Magazine

(2:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Kennedy) - How did a failed television pilot cause a non-fan of manga to create a manga-styled magazine for anti-manga comic book fans? Author and illustrator Lewis C. Austin explained it all as he presented an insightful look in to the pages of Shōnen Hero Magazine.

Art Room

(3:00 PM - 5:00 PM, La Guardia)

Shuwatch! The 50th Anniversary of Ultraman

(3:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Ballroom 2) - Premiering in Japan on July 17, 1966, Ultraman captured the imagination of television viewers across Japan, and then in North America and beyond two years later, spawning countless sequels and spin-offs. Author August Ragone (Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters) moderated this anniversary presentation revealing how it all happened a half-century ago!

Godzilla Evolution

(3:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Ballroom 1) - From 1954 to 2016 Godzilla has changed and evolved. This discussion covered how Godzilla is simply a product of his time, whether he be the ferocious monster of 1954, or the more playful one of the late-60s and early 70s, back to a more god-like monster of 2014, and a nuclear nightmare of 2016. With Bob Eggleton.

The Suit is in the Eye of the Beholder

(3:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Kennedy) - What makes you want to become a suit actor? What’s the training that goes into suit acting? Why would you be banned from every film set you’ve set foot on? The famous Godzilla suit actor that never was, Rex Trenton answered all these questions and more in this session detailing his life. From his dishonorable upbringing to his infamous film career to plans for the future. With Scrooge Jones.

G-Pardy Game 3

(4:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Ballroom 2) - With Skip Peel.

Godzilla Music Legacy

(4:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Ballroom 1) - The Godzilla series has always had the benefit of wonderful musical scores. Fans joined Ifukube 100 and Symphonic Fury conductor John DeSentis for a discussion and appreciation of Godzilla’s monstrous music.

Big in Japan

(4:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Kennedy) - Toho actor and Big In Japan star, Robert Scott Field joined author Timothy Price and artist Alan OW Barnes for a discussion on the success of Big in Japan.

Shin Gojira: The Tokusatsu Roots of Anno and Higuchi

(5:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Ballroom 1) - Fans discovered the history of the men behind Shin Gojira: Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi. Kaiju scholar Mark Jaramillo explored the tokusatsu influence of their early works, including Daicon III and IV, Return of Ultraman, Yamata No Orochi Strikes Back, and more.

Opening Ceremonies

(7:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Ballroom 2) - The official opening of G-FEST XXIII introduced our special guests, as well as members of the committee that produce the convention.

Radioactive Karaoke

(Following Opening Ceremonies, Ballroom 2)

King Kong Escapes

(10:30 PM, the Pickwick Theatre)


Artwork by Chris Scalf

Saturday, July 16th

Registration Resumed

(9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Concourse A)

Video Gaming Room

(9:00 AM - 5:30 PM, Balmoral) - Video game tournament sign-up at 9:00 AM. Free time play at 10:00 AM. Tournament began at 11:00 AM.

Tokusatsu Room

(9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Ballroom 5) - With open workshop space for costume parade entrants. Costume parade orientation from 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM. Costumers green room opened at 6:00 PM.

Special Guest - Akira Takarada

(9:00 AM - 10:00 AM, Ballroom 2) - Interview with actor Akira Takarada; star of the orginal Godzilla, Mothra vs. Godzilla, Monster Zero, King Kong Escapes, and many, many others. With J.D. Lees, and Robert Scott Field.

The Way of the Tokusatsu Fist

(9:00 AM - 10:00 AM, Ballroom 1) - A look at the martial arts and training behind the acting/suit acting of your favorite Japanese media including Godzilla, Ultraman, Power Rangers and Kamen Rider. With Scrooge Jones.

Kid’s Thread

(9:00 AM - 11:00 AM, Kennedy)

Artist Alley

(10:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Metro)

Dealers Room

(10:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Ballrooms 3 and 4)

Art Room

(10:00 AM - 5:00 PM, La Guardia)

Kaiju Assault Room

(10:00 AM - 6:00 PM, Ideation Lounge)

Satoshi “Bin” Furuya: The Man Who Became “Ultraman”

(10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, Ballroom 2) - Starting at Toho Studios in the early 1960s, and appearing in numerous kaiju movies, Satoshi “Bin” Furuya would’ve never dreamed he’d become one of the most famous superheroes in the world. With August Ragone (Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters), and Robert Scott Field.

Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster

(10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, Ballroom 1) - In 1966, Godzilla left the big city for an island getaway. With John DeSentis, Billy DuBose, Nick Poling, Martin Arlt, Allen Debus, and Danny Tokarz.

Special Guest - Linda Miller

(11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Ballroom 2) - Interview with actress Linda Miller, one of the stars of King Kong Escapes. With J.D. Lees.

Gamera vs. Barugon 50 Years Later

(11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Ballroom 1) - The 50th anniversary of Gamera’s first kaiju battle. With Kevin Horn.

Kaiju Haiku

(11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Kennedy) - A brief review of the Japanese poetic form called haiku, that was followed by lots of writing and sharing. With Barb Murphy.

Hiroko Sakurai: The Madonna of Ultra Q and Ultraman

(12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, Ballroom 2) - Miss Sakurai began her career as a new ingénue at Toho Studios, and even a singing group. She found overnight fame co-starring with Kenji Sahara in the television series Ultra Q, and then international following for Ultraman. With August Ragone (Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters), and Robert Scott Field.

Fresh Vinyl Live!

(12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, Ballroom 1) - The debate between S.H. Monster Arts and NECA was a hot one! An in depth look at both lines showcased the merits between the two toy lines. David Dopko dove into the joys of building model kits while pointing out the basic skills for novice kit builders. With Richard Eso, David Eric Dopko, Jon Bumpus, and Robert Dwyer.

Advancing Your Kaiju Filmmaking Skills

(12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, Kennedy) - Fans creating their own kaiju short films are a big part of the kaiju community. Jake DeNunzio led an instructional panel that gave amateur filmmakers a chance to learn a variety of tips and tricks, to help hone their skills in creating their own monster movies.

Tokusatsu Superheroes: A 50 Year History

(1:00 PM - 2:00 PM, Ballroom 2) - Former film critic Damon Foster showed clips and animated timelines, and shared trivia about five decades of classic Japanese TV. Favorites like the Kamen Riders, the Ultra Brothers, Denjin Zaboga and other gems from The golden years of Japanese superheroism. Also: Oddball hybrids and offshoots that came out of other Asian countries. Chinese, Korean and Filipino ripoffs that had you scratching your head - but NOT yawning!

Gotouchi Kaiju

(1:00 PM - 2:00 PM, Ballroom 1) - The producers of the Gotouchi Kaiju project, Mr. Sojiro Uchino, and master sculptor Hiroshi Sagae talked about Hometown Kaiju. This project unleashes hordes of new Kaiju on the world, each one a new local monster that represents a specific area of Japan. What area of Japan is haunted by a towering, ravenous deer!? Why is that Kaiju wearing a leopard skin coat? And what about the giant panda?! Fans found out about the art, figures, and other upcoming projects representing the wild world of Gotouchi Kaiju! With Hiroshi Sagae, Sojiro Uchino, and Robert Scottt Field.

Drawing With Matt

(1:00 PM - 2:00 PM, Kennedy) - Comic artist Matt Frank (Godzilla Rulers of Earth) held a Q & A session, while drawing an oversized piece of art put up for auction after the panel.

Kaiju in the Comics

(2:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Ballroom 1) - We love our giant monsters on the big screen. We love them on the small screen. And we definitely love them in our comic books. Fans joined veteran comic-book writer and historian Tony Isabella for a safari into the kaiju of the comics.

The Art of Kaiju Writing

(2:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Kennedy) - Fans joined Skip Peel (Rex Summeral), Timothy Price (Big in Japan), Neil Riebe (Attack of the Super Allosaurus, Rodana, and Battle on Manazura Island), and Matt Dennion (Chimera, Scourge of the Gods, and Gfantis vs. Nemesis) for discussions on writing kaiju fiction. They covered all aspects of writing from character to plot development.

Special Guest: Hiroshi Sagae

(3:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Ballroom 2) - Interview with Hiroshi Sagae, master maquette sculptor and model maker for the film and toy collectibles industries. With Stan Hyde and Robert Scott Field.

Japanese Culture the Yokai Way

(3:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Ballroom 1) - Yokai are deeply rooted in Japanese tradition, but interest in these spirit-creatures is now a worldwide phenomenon. This session explored the connections between Yokai and Japanese culture, and also celebrated the legacy of the great Shigeru Mizuki (Gegege no Kitaro). With Joyce Boss.

Kaiju Music Videos

(3:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Kennedy)

Special Guest: Sojiro Uchino

(4:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Ballroom 2) - Interview with Sojiro Uchino, super kaiju-fan and director of the Gotouchi Kaiju Project with Hiroshi Sagae. With Stan Hyde and Robert Scott Field.


(4:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Ballroom 1) - A recap of all the fun and excitement had on last summer’s G-TOUR. Highlights included Toho Studios, the Godzilla Slide at Kurihama Flower World, the Godzilla Hotel Gracery, and much more! With Martin Arlt, Mike Sutton, and Michael Field.

Cinema Symbiosis 2: Toho’s Island Boogaloo

(4:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Kennedy) - A further examination (from G-FEST XXII) of the cultural relationships between giant monster movies from different countries around the world. Also, an investigation of Japan’s historical origins as an island nation resonating through decades of Toho sci-fi movies’ exotic settings in real and mythic island locales. With Archie Waugh, Richard Pusateri, and Nick Poling.

Final G-Pardy

(7:00 PM - 7:45 PM, Ballroom 2) - With Skip Peel.

Raffle Draws and Costume Parade

(7:45 PM - 9:00 PM, Ballroom 2)

Amateur Kaiju Videos

(9:00 PM - 9:45 PM, Ballroom 2)

Mega Monster Battle: Ultra Galaxy Legend

(10:30 PM, the Pickwick Theatre)

Sunday, July 17th


Artwork by Chris Scalf

Registration Resumed

(9:00 AM - 1:30 PM, Concourse A)

Tokusatsu Room

(10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Ballroom 5)

Artist Alley

(10:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Metro)

Video Gaming Room

(10:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Balmoral)

Dealers Room

(10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Ballrooms 3 and 4) - Costume prizes awarded.

Art Room

(10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, La Guardia) - Ribbons on display.

Kaiju Assault Room

(10:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Ideation Lounge)

Japan Update

(10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, Ballroom 2) - With Robert Scott Field.

Godzilla at American Greetings

(10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, Ballroom 1) - Artist Tom Tvrdik talked about his experience with the American Greetings Godzilla ornament line, from conception to the present. He had prototypes and other rare items on display, as well as a few giveaways.

Raki vs. Nemesis 25th Annivesary

(10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, Kennedy) - It has been twenty years since TG2WAC’s Raki returned in his first of five movie sequels. This interactive panel had plenty of surprises in store. With Lewis Austin.

Akira Takarada and Linda Miller: A King Kong Escapes Reunion

(11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Ballroom 2) - Interviews with actors Akira Takarada and Linda Miller. With J.D. Lees and Robert Scott Field.

Giant Monsters by the Numbers

(11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Ballroom 1) - Do you love giant monsters? Do you love data? Fans who love either or both joined Keith Foster (Writer, Kodoja and Podcast host) for a discussion of the numbers behind our favorite Giant Monster movies, the monsters, their fights, their destruction and the worlds they inhabit.

Krazy Kaiju Moments

(11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Kennedy) - What. The. Heck. Words these moments live by. A celebration of those movie moments that made you rewind and watch that scene again, just to make sure you saw it right. Discussions of favorite moments in Kaiju film history. With Scrooge Jones, Kevin Derendorf, and Billy DuBose.

Making of Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah

(12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, Ballroom 2) - Behind the scenes of Toho’s secret filming sound stage showing how many of the famous scenes in the film were created! With Kevin Horn, and Miguel Barroso.

Awards Ceremony

(12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, Ballroom 1)

Godzilla YouTubers

(12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, Kennedy) - The Godzilla YouTuber panel discussed how they started on YouTube and took questions from the audience. At the end, a trailer for Godzilla: Wrath of the Hybrid; a fan film created by Nico Molnar and Chris Cuypers was shown. With Chris Cuypers, Rich Eso, Kyle Joe, John Drooney, and Nick Poling.

Incredible Kaiju Art: the Sonorama and Kamishibai Panel

(1:00 PM - 2:00 PM, Ballroom 2) - Fans took an incredible journey into the world of classic Kaiju art from the 1960s and 1970s, as well as some modern art that finds its inspiration there. Did you know that King Kong and Ultraman both fought King Ghidorah? That Varan once battled Rodan? In the art of Japanese children’s books (each one enclosing a collectible floppy record) the universes of the Ultraman series and the Godzilla series blended in ways that still inspire wonder. Fans also saw a session of story-telling featuring our (50 years young) hero, Ultraman! With Stan Hyde.

Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah 25th Anniversary

(1:00 PM - 2:00 PM, Ballroom 1) - Robert Scott Field shared his experiences and reactions to the 3rd film in the Heisei series of Godzilla films. It was a chance to hear his stories, answer questions and get first hand accounts of playing the role of Android M11! With Nick Poling and Robert Scott Field.

Godzilla vs. Video Games: Giant Pixels All Out Attack!

(1:00 PM - 2:00 PM, Kennedy) - The King of The Monsters has a well-documented career in film, but his path of destruction through the world of video games is still shrouded in some mystery! A tour of some of the more obscure titles in Godzilla’s resume, some of which never left Japan! With Matthew Kowalewski.

Ishiro Honda

(2:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Ballroom 2) - Discussion with Ed Godziszewski, author of the Illustrated Encyclopedia of Godzilla and the upcoming Ishiro Honda: A Life in Film, From Godzilla to Kurosawa. He shared his thoughts and research on the legendary director. With Ed Godziszewski, Nick Poling, and Chris Oglio.

Godzilla Masterpiece Theater

(2:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Ballroom 1) - If you enjoyed G-FEST 2015’s “Kaiju-sized Avengers” panel where they live-read Godzilla comics, they brought it back in 2016! With Keith Foster, Kyle Yount, and David Eric Dopko.

Gfantis vs. Guest Monsters

(2:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Kennedy) - Gfantis vs. “Guest Monster” is a series of kaiju tales where authors have lent their original kaiju from novels/comics to battle Gfantis. They discussed how G-FAN and other venues can be used to spread the word of kaiju novels/comics, looked for fan feedback including suggestions for other kaiju to appear in the series, answered questions about the collaborative process, and discussed the kaiju that appeared in the series. With Matt Dennion, Timothy Price, and Christopher Martinez.

The Damon Foster Show

(3:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Ballroom 2) - Fans came came and enjoyed the laughs as G-FEST wound down. Also included were topics like Damon’s other projects, including Tokusatsu Theater, Oriental Cinema fanzine, and the many movies and TV shows that Foster translated, subtitled and dubbed into English.


(3:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Ballroom 1) - Fans asked questions and made suggestions. With J.D. Lees.

Godzilla in Zone Fighter

(3:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Kennedy) - Godzilla actually appeared in a Japanese super hero TV show called Zone Fighter (a.k.a. Ryuusei Ningen Zoon or Zone The Meteor Man) in 1973. Taking place between the events of Godzilla vs. Megalon and Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla, Godzilla occassionally tag-teamed with Zone Fighter (basically Toho’s version of Ultraman) to battle a handful of oddball yet formidable oponents, including King Ghidorah and Gigan. Fans learned more about Zone Fighter and Toho Eizo, and saw some of the epic battles that took place in this series. With Billy DuBose.

Kaiju Konfessions

(4:00 PM - 5:30 PM, Ballroom 2) - Fans that had an ounce of energy left took part in this classic G-FEST interactive closing session. Stan Hyde was the ringmaster.

Kaijucast LIVE Podcast: Regional Kaiju-ology

(4:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Ballroom 1) - The Kaijucast returned to G-FEST with another live episode with special guests Hiroshi Sagae and Sojiro Uchino, two of the masterminds behind Gotouchi Kaiju, as they dove into the lore of Japan’s largest natural giant fauna. With Kyle Yount.

Titanosaurus Society of North America

(9:00 PM - ?, The Lobby, Food Court, Bar Area) - A.k.a. the Dead Dogzilla Party, for those who couldn't accept that G-FEST was over again until next year.