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
Dojo Studios needs actors for filming at G-FEST XXI
“Running from Daikaiju” gets a twist this year. We are filming a lounge singer scene and need an audience. This will require G-FEST participants to dress like they’re out for a nice evening at a fancy 1960s nightclub (collared shirts, dinner jackets, long pants and dresses are perfect). The fifty best dressed will be filmed, but all can watch a Dojo twist on the classic War of the Gargantuas lounge scene filmed at the hotel on Friday night following the opening ceremonies.
On the Dojo front we will be doing two days of straight shooting without any panels this year. We have an ambitious project that is entering its second G-FEST and it will be quite exciting. Fans are always welcome in the Dojo observation area.
Lastly, Dojo Toys is about to issue its first toys of this modern era. They will be 3D printed, around 5 inches tall, bagged and header carded in a retro style and will premiere at G-FEST XXI. Did I mention the initial run will be limited? Here is a sample of the header card artwork by Dojo crew member, Jim Fazar…
G-FEST XXI costume parade preparation
Hello G-fans! it’s getting to that time of year when, if you haven’t decided on building a costume for G-FEST or not, you run the risk of not finishing. For that reason and for the fans that are doing this for the first time, some details are in order. First off, many others are first timers too, so don’t let that stop you! Second, the fans love the costumes whatever size shape and expertise level, so don’t let that stop you either. So, no excuses right?
The parade is free to enter, but you must attend the orientation for contestants on Saturday afternoon (check the convention guide for time and place) and fill out a brief entry form. There are several categories: 1. Young Fan (youth built), 2. Young Fan (adult built), 3. Novice, 4. Journeyman, and 5. Masters Level. There is also a Judges Choice Category and Best in Show. Finally, there is an Out of Competition category for professionally made costumes.
Prizes are awarded on Sunday morning in the dealers room for one hour. Be there, or be disappointed! We sadly cannot ship prizes and won’t know the results of the judging until the early hours of Sunday morning.
The incredible artwork of William Reynold Brown
The latest issue of G-FAN magazine features an article on the artist Reynold Brown as well as full color reproductions of some of his most memorable movie poster paintings recognizable by G-fans. Learn more about Brown’s life and career, and see more of his incredible artwork through this four-part documentary and image gallery:
Record breaking attendance for G-FEST XX
G-FEST XX, held from July 12th through July 14th at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare was its most successful show to date, with a massive attendance of over 2000 fans throughout the weekend! Special thanks to our guest of honor, and recipient of the Mangled Skyscraper Award Shinichi Wakasa, special guests Tsutomu Kitagawa, Shizuo Nakajima, Robert Scott Field, Frank H. Woodward and Cleve Hall. Many thanks and appreciation goes to all those who tirelessly volunteered and assisted at this year’s convention. Finally, a big thank you to all G-fans, for participating and having a great time at G-FEST XX. Look for a detailed review in upcoming issues of G-FAN Magazine.
Big donations made by generous G-fans
Attendance at this year’s G-FEST wasn't the only thing to come in kaiju sized proportions. Many G-fans showed their generosity by making contributions or participating in the raffle fundraisers for G-fans Helping G-fans. To top it off, an impromptu fundraiser auction was held just before the costume parade for a trunkload of Pacific Rim goodies. Kindly donated by Legendary Pictures, the Pacific Rim trunk was part of G-Pardy first-place winner Noah Crissey’s prize, which he generously gave up for the auction. The total amount collected was a staggering $5,810.00! Many thanks to everyone that participated at this year’s show!