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
Ifukube celebration concert with Reiko Yamada in Evanston, IL
Celebrating the 100 year anniversary of composer Akira Ifukube, accomplished pianist Reiko Yamada will be performing a live concert on Friday, October 17th, at the Nichols Concert Hall in Evanston, IL. Click here for program details, and ticket purchases.
Reiko Yamada has served as the principal keyboardist of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra since 1995. Ms. Yamada, who has performed extensively in the United States and Japan (including G-FEST XIV in 2007), developed a passion for performing the works of Akira Ifukube when she attended his seminars. She takes an active interest in performing Ifukube’s works in concert, and has performed his Ritmica Ostinata for Piano and Orchestra to acclaim with ensembles including the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra.
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.
Also available now is G-FEST XXII early-bird registration. 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!