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G-FEST XXIV Schedule

General events and times for G-FEST XXIV are listed below. Sessions details and times are subject to change.

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

Thursday, July 13th

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

  • 1:00 PM: King Kong vs. Godzilla
  • 3:00 PM: Dragon Wars: D-War
  • 7:00 PM: Godzilla X Megaguirus
  • 9:00 PM: Godzilla (2014)
Hedorah

Artwork by Modstoon

Friday, July 14th

G-FEST Orientation Session

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

Mothra Mania

(1:00 PM - 2:00 PM, Ballroom 1) - Do you like Mothra? Is Mothra your favorite kaiju? Then this panel is for you. We will look at Mothra’s appearance in movies, music, toys, games, trading cards and more, from her first appearance to today! With Mike Sutton.

G-Pardy - Adult Qualifier Game 1 (Players ages 13 and up)

(1:00 PM - 2:00 PM, Ballroom 2) - The famed kaiju quiz game returns under the expert guidance of Skip Peel. Compete on Friday to qualify for the final battle Saturday night! With only two adult qualifying games this year, the highest score of the runners up will earn one wild card spot. Who will take home the coveted Godzilla trophy this year and become 2017’s king or queen of kaiju quizzes?

50th Anniversary of Gappa

(1:00 PM - 2:00 PM, Kennedy) - Released in the States as Monster From a Prehistoric Planet, Gappa was Nikkatsu Studios’ only kaiju film, and a virtual remake of 1961’s Gorgo. Come learn all about this unusual film. With Kevin Horn.

Kong: Skull Island Discussion

(2:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Ballroom 1) - Join Nick Adam Poling, host of The Monster Report on YouTube, and others in a discussion looking at this year’s addition to the American Monsterverse! With Nick Adam Poling, Michael Little, Ira Taborn, and Scrooge Jones.

G-Pardy - Adult Qualifier Game 2 (Players ages 13 and up)

(2:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Ballroom 2) - With Skip Peel.

Kaiju Anime!

(2:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Kennedy) - Whether it’s dentists who work in the mouth of a dragon, a somber and angst-ridden robot battle, Godzilla and friends teaching arithmetic, or the Ultraman monsters reimagined as high school girls, there’s no limit to what can be portrayed through animation. This panel looks at times Japanese anime has crossed paths with the kaiju genre, and how the industries have influenced each other over the years, culminating with this winter’s upcoming feature film Godzilla: Monster Planet. With Kevin Derendorf.

Son of Godzilla 50th Anniversary

(3:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Ballroom 1) - In 1967, Godzilla had a second Island adventure. A great cast, and lots of Monsters helped this film deliver the goods. Come listen to Danny Tokarz and his friends as they reminisce about it all during the fiftieth anniversary of this intriguing entry in the series. With Danny Tokarz, Kevin Horn, Colin McMahon, Nick Adam Poling, Chris Oglio, and John LeMay.

Marvel Monsters

(3:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Ballroom 2) - Before the Avengers and Spider-Man, Marvel Comics published giant monster comics. A lot of them! And many of those monsters, like Fin Fang Foom and Groot, have become a part of the modern Marvel Universe. Come hear a lively discussion of these wacky but loveable creatures from writer Tony Isabella (Black Lightning, Ghost Rider, and more) and artist Mark Maddox. With Tony Isabella, Mark Maddox, and Andy Matzke.

Kaiju Talks

(3:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Kennedy) - Inspired by TED Talks, Stephen Schilling offers a unique perspective on what Godzilla and Gamera really might be.

The Mysterians 60th Anniversary

(4:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Ballroom 1) - 60 years ago, using flying saucers and burrowing robots, the Mysterians invaded the Earth. Come join Ed Godziszewski and Steve Ryfle, authors of the upcoming Ishiro Honda: A Life in Film, From Godzilla to Kurosawa, for a discussion of this seminal science fiction film.

G-Pardy 2017 Kids’ Championship (Players ages 12 and under)

(4:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Ballroom 2) - By popular demand, one grand game of the kaiju quiz has been designed especially for kids and will crown a 2017 Kids’ Champion, awarding a mini trophy the winner can keep! For those interested in entering, arrive on time to gain highest marks on the qualifying entry pre-quiz as only three players will be able to compete for this title. With Skip Peel.

Big in Japan

(4:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Kennedy) - Toho actor and Big In Japan star, Robert Scott Field joins artist Alan OW Barnes for a discussion on the success of Big in Japan! Don’t miss the story behind the story and find out what monstrous daikaiju craziness is coming your way!

Opening Ceremonies

(7:00 PM - 7:30 PM, Ballrooms 1 & 2) - The official opening of G-FEST XXIV introducing our special guests, as well as members of the committee that produce the convention.

Young Fan Costume Parade

(7:30 PM - 8:30 PM, Ballroom 1 & 2) - Due to ever-increasing participation, G-FEST offers two costume parades this year. Friday night features young fans displaying their (and their parents’) handiwork. Don’t miss out on the fun.

Radioactive Karaoke

(8:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Ballroom 1 & 2)

Kong: Skull Island

(10:30 PM, the Pickwick Theatre)

Godzilla

Artwork by Chris Scalf

Saturday, July 15th

Summit Kaiju Creative Contest and Video

(9:00 AM - 10:00 AM, Ballroom 1) - Join us at the Summit Kaiju panel as we unveil an original, animated short film featuring our new CGI kaiju! We will also be announcing the winner of this year’s Summit Kaiju Creative Photo Contest who will be awarded an X-Plus Gigantic Series Shin Godzilla vinyl statue. Don’t miss it! With Jeremy Soles, David Eric Dopko, Jon D. Bumpus, Jessica Etchells, Christine Chapin, Leslie Chambers, Joe ‘Dopepope’ Lucchese, John Ruffin, Nick Shev, Alex Andrea Kalantzis, and David Galindo.

Special Guest: Kazuhiro Nakagawa

(9:00 AM - 10:00 AM, Ballroom 2) - Mr. Nakagawa will discuss his genre career, including his work as writer and director of Day of the Kaiju, and as assistant director on Attack on Titan and Shin Godzilla. With Archie Waugh and Robert Scott Field.

Japanese Culture the Yokai Way

(9:00 AM - 10:00 AM, Kennedy) - Back by popular demand! This time we’ll explore the many connections between yokai and Japanese religion, history, and folklore, as well as the now-global yokai phenomenon. With Joyce Boss.

Gamera vs. Gyaos

(10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, Ballroom 1) - Nick Adam Poling of The Monster Report partners with the hosts of the Kaiju Transmissions Podcast Kyle Byrd and Matt Parmley, to pay tribute to the 50th Anniversary of this great Gamera classic!

Special Guest: Michiru Ōshima

(10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, Ballroom 2) - Michiru Ōshima, the only woman ever to compose the score for a Godzilla film, and the creator of a distinctive and dynamic new theme for the King of the Monsters, discusses her career and technique with John DeSentis via Robert Scott Field.

Godzilla (Gamera) Stories

(10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, Kennedy) - Join us for an interactive session where fans share their stories inspired by and about Godzilla. Bring one story you are working on, or, if you have the kernel of an idea, Stephen will help draw the deeper elements of your story into the open. You’ll be surprised by the variety of ideas you hear, and may be inspired to contribute your own. With Stephen Schilling.

The Lost Godzilla Films

(11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Ballroom 1) - Ever wondered what the real story is behind movies such as Bride of Godzilla, Continuation: King Kong vs. Godzilla, and Batman Meets Godzilla? Find out the truth regarding these tantalizing unproduced films and many others at the Lost Godzilla Films panel by John LeMay, who got his information straight from the Japanese sources.

Special Guest: Yuji Kaida

(11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Ballroom 2) - Yuji Kaida, the world’s most renowned painter of kaiju subjects and scenes is interviewed by America’s top kaiju artist, Bob Eggleton.

Godzilla vs. Mothra (1992) 25th Anniversary

(11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Kennedy) - The second film of the Nineties, and fourth in the Heisei series brings back Mothra, and Japan goes Godzilla crazy (again). This was the most successful entry in the Heisei series. Come talk it up with Danny Tokarz, Jeff Horne and friends. With Danny Tokarz, Jeff Horne, Scott Witherall, and Joey Leonard.

Fresh Vinyl Live!

(12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, Ballroom 1) - Get the current news on releases from X-Plus and S.H. Monster Arts. Shin Godzilla fever is still very hot with new collectibles churning out left and right! How do you focus your collection? To sell or not to sell? Much freshness to discuss. Have you been wanting to be part of Fresh Vinyl Live? This year you get a chance to be front and center with us to discuss toys. With Richard Eso, David Eric Dopko, and Jon Bumpus.

Hollywood “Kaiju” Strike Back

(12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, Ballroom 2) - 60 years ago, Hollywood took its first shaky steps at mimicking Toho’s giant monster epics, with frequently hilarious but lovable results. Beginning of the End, The Deadly Mantis, and The Giant Claw boast classic B-movie casts, loads of stock footage, specious “science” and comical special effects! With Archie Waugh, and Martin Arlt.

Drawing with Matt

(12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, Kennedy) - Comic artist Matt Frank (Godzilla: Rulers of Earth) will do a Q & A while drawing an oversized piece of art to be put up for auction after the panel!

Advancing Your Kaiju Filmmaking Skills

(1:00 PM - 2:00 PM, Ballroom 1) - Fans creating their own kaiju short films are a big part of the kaiju community. Join Jake DeNunzio in an instructional panel that will give plenty of in-depth tips on bringing your home-made kaiju visions to life, as well as a live demonstration of creating some simple special effects that can enhance your movies immensely!

Special Guest: Shinji Higuchi

(1:00 PM - 2:00 PM, Ballroom 2) - Fresh off his win as Best Director for Best Picture Shin Godzilla at the Japanese Academy Awards, the visionary filmmaker discusses Shin G, his career, and his future, with G-FAN editor J.D. Lees.

Kaiju Films: The Human Element

(1:00 PM - 2:00 PM, Kennedy) - Everyone loves themselves some giant monsters. All monsters of the alphabet from Anguirus to Zigra, but what about the human characters that were also along for the ride? Our panelists discuss some of their favorite and least favorite human characters from our beloved Godzilla and Gamera film series. With Scrooge Jones, and Pam Arlt.

Shin Godzilla vs. Legendary Godzilla: Brothers from Different Mothers

(2:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Ballroom 1) - In 2014, Legendary Entertainment released Godzilla, an American interpretation of the classic Toho canon. Two years later, Toho released Shin Godzilla, a darker re-imagining of its most famous property. Obviously, a film born of the modern Hollywood film industry will have major differences from a film born of perhaps the greatest film company in Japan. But perhaps there’s more in common than just a big green lizard. Join us, as a panel of concerned citizens discuss the deeper similarities between these two films. With Ira Taborn, Kym Taborn, and Tristan Domay.

Ishiro Honda

(2:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Ballroom 2) - Ed Godziszewski and Steve Ryfle, authors of the upcoming biography Ishiro Honda: A Life in Film, From Godzilla to Kurosawa, discuss the life and work of the legendary director.

The Art of Kaiju Writing

(2:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Kennedy) - Join Skip Peel (Rex Summeral), Neil Riebe (Attack of the Kaiju, and Battle on Manazura Island), and John LeMay (Plague of the Gargantuas) for a discussion on writing kaiju fiction. We’ll cover all aspects of writing, from character to plot development. You have questions? Ask them. We’re here for you!

Gorgo, Konga and Reptilicus

(3:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Ballroom 1) - Gorgo. Konga. Reptilicus. These were far more than just standalone films! A panel discussing the movies, the novel adaptations and the comic books. With Tony Isabella, and Mark Maddox.

Special Guest: Ryuki Kitaoka

(3:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Ballroom 2) - From Godzilla Final Wars to Death Kappa, our guest has been a suitmation actor (notably in the 90’s version of Ultra Seven), an actor, and a stunt performer who has traded blows with the likes of Jackie Chan. Join us for a discussion of the adventure of being an action performer! With Stan Hyde.

Kaiju Ouji at 50 – Still the Prince of Monsters!

(3:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Kennedy) - Everyone has heard of P Productions’ The Space Giants/Maguma Taishi; however, their follow-up series, Kaiju Ouji (Monster Prince) remains relatively unknown. On its 50th anniversary, enjoy this introduction to P Pro’s other big special effects series and find out why it was cut short, just as it was catching on. With Lewis Austin.

G-TOUR 3.5: The Search For Shin Godzilla!

(4:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Ballroom 1) - In the summer of 2016, a group of intrepid fans descended on Tokyo to be part of the celebration of the first Godzilla film in over a decade. This is their story. With Stan Hyde, Kevin Horn, and Paul Plutzker.

Kaiju Music Videos

(4:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Ballroom 2)

Acapella Ifukube

(4:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Kennedy) - Come learn to make the beloved music of Akira Ifukube, using only our voices, mouths and hands as the instruments. In honor of the Bukimisha Weird Secret Society - the artists who originated this in Japan - we will spend our hour trying to recreate one favorite theme, and having a lot of fun doing so. With Stephen Schilling.

G-Pardy - Final Adult Game 3 (Players ages 13 and up)

(7:00 PM - 7:30 PM, Ballrooms 1 & 2) - With Skip Peel.

Award Ceremony

(7:30 PM - 8:00 PM, Ballrooms 1 & 2) - G-FAN Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award, Mangled Skyscraper Award, and raffle draws.

Adult Costume Parade

(8:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Ballrooms 1 & 2)

Amateur Kaiju Videos

(9:00 PM - 9:30 PM, Ballrooms 1 & 2)

Shin Godzilla

(10:30 PM, the Pickwick Theatre)

Sunday, July 16th

Titanosaurus

Artwork by Chris Scalf

Shin Gojira Discussion

(10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, Ballroom 1) - Shin Gojira was a huge success, earning big box office and critical acclaim. It was also a major departure from previous Godzilla films. Come see what is sure to be a lively debate over the pros and cons of this unique film. With Jeff Horne, Stan Hyde, Scrooge Jones, Stephen Schilling, Lewis Austin, and Nick Adam Poling.

Japan Update

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

TG2WAC Productions - Return of the Giant Monster

(10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, Kennedy) - After a 5 year hiatus, TG2WAC has announced it will be resuming production of kaiju eiga! Learn about their project for next year and how you might be able to play a part! With Lewis Austin.

1967: The Year of the Kaiju

(11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Ballroom 1) - 50 years ago, Japanese theaters and TV screens were filled with giant monsters. From Giant Robo and Ultra Seven, to King Kong Escapes and the X From Outer Space, it was an eventful year for the kaiju fan. Come hear about the good, the bad, and the ugly that made their appearance that year. With Jeff Horne, Stephen Schilling, Lewis Austin, and Joey Leonard.

Ultra Seven 50th Anniversary

(11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Ballroom 2) - Join two actors who have been part of Ultra Seven’s storied history, Robert Scott Field and Ryuki Kitaoka, along with moderator Stan Hyde, in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the most science fictional of all the Ultra Brothers! Watch out for those eye-sluggers!

Kaiju Manga Raids Again!

(11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Kennedy) - This “sequel” to last year’s kaiju manga panel offers even more background on the cool, gorgeous, and often bizarre giant monster comics produced in Japan. Come learn about the overlooked link between Astro Boy and Mechagodzilla, the secret folklore origins of Gigan, and… kaiju volleyball? With Kevin Derendorf.

Awards Ceremony

(12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, Ballroom 1) - Contest winner awards

Giant Monsters by the Numbers

(12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, Ballroom 2) - Join Keith Foster (Kodoja writer and host of the Nerdometrics podcast) to mix economics, data and giant monsters! In past years we’ve talked about the cost to rebuild cities in Godzilla’s wake, the largest recorded monsters on Earth, and Cthulhu sightings - who knows what this year has in store?

Kaiju in Speculative Poetry

(12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, Kennedy) - Beyond the screens, Godzilla and other kaiju have also inspired numerous books of poetry over the decades. Join Bryan Thao Worra, President of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association, and the author of the chapbook The Kaiju and I, for a lively reading and discussion of where we might go next with Godzilla poetry!

Godzilla Masterpiece Theater

(1:00 PM - 2:00 PM, Ballroom 1) - And thus we complete a trilogy - back for year three, it’s a dramatic live-read of Godzilla comics! What comics will we choose this time? Sit in and find out! Featuring Kyle Yount (Kaijucast), Stephen Schilling (Godzilla artist) and Keith Foster (Kodoja).

Syfy Monsters

(1:00 PM - 2:00 PM, Ballroom 2) - Culture critic Tony Isabella takes a look at some of the high entertainment but low budget creations that have screened on Syfy.

Steve Ryfle Interview

(1:00 PM - 2:00 PM, Kennedy) - Chris Oglio and Nick Adam Poling spend time with Ishiro Honda expert Steve Ryfle, author of Japan’s Favorite Monstar, and an upcoming book on the life of Ishiro Honda.

U.S. Monster Films at 60

(2:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Ballroom 1) - In 1957, giant monsters could be found in theaters all over the U.S. There were colossal men, lizards from Venus, a monster that looked like Beaky Buzzard, and bugs. Lots of bugs. With Martin Arlt, Mark Maddox, and Michael Little.

Classic Kaiju Art and Kamashibai Panel

(2:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Ballroom 2) - Join Stan Hyde and Len Medlock for a celebration of classic kaiju art and artists. You’ll see the stories of your favourite kaiju that have been carefully guarded secrets until now, and there’ll be some classic kaiju story-telling as well.

Special Guest: Kiyotaka Taguchi

(2:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Kennedy) - Kyle Yount goes behind the scenes with the director of Ultraman X, Orb, and Ginga. His spfx work on Millennium Series G-films will also be covered.

G-FAN, G-FEST, and G-TOUR

(3:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Ballroom 1) - Any fans curious about the history, inner workings of, or future plans for the “Three Gs” may ask questions and make suggestions. With J.D. Lees.

Krazy Kaiju Moments

(3:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Ballroom 2) - 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. We will be discussing our favorite moments in Kaiju film history. Afterwards, we let the audience decide which moment is the best. With Scrooge Jones, Michael Little, and Joey Leonard.

Guest Press Q & A

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

Kaiju Konfessions

(4:00 PM - 5:30 PM, Ballroom 2) - It’s time to pack up G-FEST for another year. Join the celebration of Kaiju song and dance! What’s a monster movie without a catchy tune? Now it’s time to participate in the fun! Join us! Let’s save the earth! With Stan Hyde.

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.