Kyle and Jeff sit down with Godzilla fan & Hail To The King photographer, David Eric Dopko.
Initially, I was planning on the first episode of the month being a semi-detailed recap of the documentary filming and recent visit to the land of the rising sun, but there were some serious scheduling conflicts and I had to head east to help my friend and constant podcast voice, Martin, get hitched to his lovely lady. Big congrats to them, by the way! ‘Twas a lovely wedding. Thankfully I have a number of backlogged interviews and this one was recorded in March of this year, during the weekend of Emerald City Comic Con.
Meet David Eric Dopko, a good friend of mine living in Seattle, Washington. In addition to being a talented photographer, enthusiastic traveler and lover of Japanese culture, he’s a massive Godzilla fan. Because of those reasons, I chose him to be my behind-the-scenes photographer for the Hail To The King documentary that we shot in August. I loved the conversation that we recorded at his house in March. I truly hope you enjoy listening to this bonus episode and getting to know David. Make sure to check out his articles in Famous Monsters Magazine about collecting Godzilla toys. Also, if you haven’t seen the Kaijucast Video Transmission with David talking about X-Plus, remedy that.
1. Main Titles by Akira Ifukube from Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964)
2. Element X by Akira Ifukube from King Kong Escapes (1967)
**Please come to our GODZILLA VS. EVERYTHING panel at Rose City Comic Con! It will be at 11:00am on Saturday, September 20th in Panel Room 3 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon. It’s going to be awesome!
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Kyle, Rachel and Bryan execute plan 2 of item 4 schedule 5 in this discussion of Godzilla vs. Monster Zero!
This month, we are tackling my favorite kaiju film and what I consider to be a high point of the entire Godzilla series, Kaiju Daisenso aka Invasion of Astro Monster aka Monster Zero aka Godzilla vs. Monster Zero! And for those of you listeners that love a long episode, this one’s for you. Actually, I’m pretty impressed that with all of the content in this episode, we “only” have a two hour show. As much as I could have continued to wax poetic about the Xians, Nick Adams, Godzilla, Rodan and King Ghidorah – it just seemed like a good idea to cut things off at a certain time (we’ll have to save it for an upcoming commentary).
Make sure to stay tuned after the discussion; we have a great round of Pickled Ginger, a bunch of news, and of course, some music!
MONSTROUS MUSICAL MEMES:
1. Battle by Cha Cha Maru from Godzilla vs. Heavy Metal (1998)
2. Ultraman Leo Main Theme by Makoto Kawaguchi from Ultraman Leo (1974)
3. Monster Zero US Trailer Audio (1970)
4. Monster Zero by King Geedorah from Take Me To Your Leader (2003)
5. Mothra Metal by Isao Bito from Mothra Song The Best (1998)
Our next film is Toho’s Godzilla X Megaguirus from 2000. This is a movie I haven’t seen in a little while. I believe I’ll pick up the BluRay from Sony and we’ll watch that version for the episode. If you’d like to have your thoughts questions and reviews included in the discussion, make sure to have your homework turned inbefore September 22nd!