ROCK THE VOTE: Last night, my cohost Jeff alerted me to the fact that the Kaijucast has been nominated for a Rondo Hatton Award for “BEST MULTIMEDIA (PODCAST OR STREAMING) OF 2014.” Thanks to those who sent in the nom! But before you go vote, keep in mind that there are a myriad of Godzilla-related nominees that need your vote.
Below is a copy/paste version of the nominees with a focus on the giant Japanese monsters. Note: There are a few categories that have multiple kaiju-related nominees.
1. BEST MOVIE OF 2014 – GODZILLA
4. BEST DVD/BLU-RAY COLLECTION – THE GAMERA COLLECTION (Mill Creek). All 11 movies, including the three modern films.
9. BEST INDEPENDENT FILM – GODZILLA BATTLE ROYALE, directed by Billy Dubose. A 90-minute fan film of homemade kaiju thrills
11. BEST BOOK OF 2014 – THE ART OF JAPANESE MONSTERS, by Sean Linkenback (softcover, 208 pages, $39.99). Posters and ads from more than 60 films.
12. BEST MAGAZINE OF 2014 – Famous Monsters of Filmland — G-Fan — Monster Attack Team
13. BEST ARTICLE (Please select two; one will win) – ‘The Complete Godzilla Chronology,1954-2004,’ by August Ragone. FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND #274. Every stomp, every era, every film assessed by a master Tohologist. — ‘Nuclear Dragon: Godzilla & the Cold War – 1954,’ by Allen A. Debus, G-FAN #105. The real-life incident, initially covered up, that inspired the first Godzilla film.
14. BEST INTERVIEW (Award goes to interviewer) – Brett Homenick, interview with Linda Miller, star of King Kong Escapes. G-FAN #106.
15. BEST ALL-AROUND ISSUE – G-FAN #106. G-fans speak out on the new Godzilla.
17. BEST COVER – G-FAN #107 by Scott Zambelli
19. BEST BLOG OR ONLINE COLUMN OF 2014 – The Good, the Bad and the Godzilla August Ragone’s G-blog is wise among giant monsters. — SciFi Japan The home of Monster Zero News
20. BEST CONVENTION OF 2014 (write-ins encouraged) – G-Fest (Chicago)
21. BEST FAN EVENT – GODZILLA IN YOKOSUKA: Godzilla actor Haruo Nakajima appears at Armed Forces Day attended by Americans and Japanese. — IFUBUKE 100 concert at G-Fest features suite of Godzilla music by 52-piece orchestra. — WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS CAST REUNION: Russ Tamblyn, Haruo Nakajima, and others with translator/host Jim Cirronella at Monsterpalooza.
23. BEST MULTIMEDIA (PODCAST OR STREAMING) OF 2014 – KAIJUCAST More than 100 episodes, many live from conventions. — MONSTER KID RADIO. Interviews, reviews, monsters.
25. BEST MUSIC CD – GODZILLA SOUNDTRACK (Death Waltz). Reissue of Akira Ifukube’s monster marches.
26. BEST TOY, MODEL OR COLLECTIBLE – War of the Gargantuas (X-Plus) — 40-inch 2014 Godzilla (Jakks)
Bryan, Rachel, Jeff, Cindy, Martin and Kyle discuss Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991)
This month, we turn our gaze to the future! Or the futurians, to be a bit more precise? The focus of this month’s Daikaiju Discussion is the 1991 special effects extravaganza from Toho Studios, Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah. It was a full house here in Kaijucast HQ; Kyle was joined by Martin, Jeff, Cindy, Bryan and Rachel. It’s awesome that they took part because we received a lot of homework. Apparently a lot of G-fans really …and I mean really love this film!
The film discussion alone was enough to fill a standard hour long (do we even do that anymore?) episode, but we had a massive news month, too – with several big events happening and information dropped. Earlier in February, a convention called Winter Wonder Festival took place in Tokyo. Joining us to share his awesome report directly from the land of the rising sun, our special on-the-scene/over-the-seas reporter Brandon Elijah Garza (Tokyo Toy Fiend) pops in with the low down on the kaiju releases at the show. Additionally Toy Fair, held on the 14-17th in New York, had a lot in store for kaiju enthusiasts too. Make sure to check out all of the links in the show notes; there are some really great things happening out there.
MUSIC FIT FOR MONSTER ZERO:
1. A Premonition of Invaders by Akira Ifukube from Terror Of Mechagodzilla (1975)
2. Major Spielberg Spots a UFO from Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991)
3. Aliens King Ghidorah by Heavy Melody Music from Godzilla Unleashed (2007)
4. Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah CNN News Report (1991)
5. Green Slime performed by Josie Cotton from Invasion of the B-Girls (2007)
6. Ending by Akira Ifukube from Rodan (1956)
DAIKAIJU DISCUSSION: The month of March will focus on the sixth film in Daiei’s Gamera series. We’ll be watching the SHout Factory release of Gamera vs. Jiger (1970), or as it was known here in the US, Gamera vs Monster X. Because I’ll be at Monsterpalooza for the last weekend of the month, the deadline to submit your thoughts, questions & reviews of this film is March 19th. We look forward to seeing what you thought of the film!
Zander Cannon chats with Kyle about his new comic Kaijumax.
Check it out, our first bonus episode of 2015 and we are talking with comic book creator Zander Cannon about his upcoming six issue mini-series from Oni Press called Kaijumax.
Kaijumax is a prison drama set on a Monsterland-like island and it explores the kaiju who are incarcerated there and what happens in the prison. Zander discusses the details of the first issue and where he sees the series going over the next five. There are so many nods to classic tokusatsu from a literal iteration of Gojira to the Ultraman-esque warden, there’s enough fan service to keep kaiju fans thoroughly entertained but everything revolves around these massive monsters as characters. His cast is engaging, irreverent and the book is simply a great read.
Make sure to check out the links below for ordering info – because Oni Press is a medium sized publisher, your comic book shop may not order the book without you preordering it!
BONUS MONSTER MUSIC: 1. Godzilla vs. Godzilla by Masaru Satoh from Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)
2. Godzilla’s Theme by The Edge & Yoshinobu Hiraiwa from Godzilla Island (1998)
SUGGESTED READING: Kaijumax Issue #1 is on sale April 8th, but you can order now at your local comic book shop:
Finding other kaiju fans isn’t easy where I live. The Kaijucast is the best connection to the kaiju fan community there is. It gives me the chance to talk about kaiju movies with other kaiju fans that I would never get in the real world. — Andrew Campbell