02.25.2015: Kaijumax Creator, Zander Cannon

Zander Cannon chats with Kyle about his new comic Kaijuman.

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:

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Read the first seven pages here!

Follow Zander Cannon on Twitter & Facebook

Issue #1 of Kaijumax by Zander Cannon from Oni Press, available on April 8th.

Issue #1 of Kaijumax by Zander Cannon from Oni Press, available on April 8th.

02.16.2015: The Kaiju of Pacific Rim Panel

Bryan, Jeff and Kyle nerd out on the Rose City Comic Con crowd in this month's Throwback episode!

Bryan, Jeff and Kyle nerd out on the Rose City Comic Con crowd in this month’s Throwback episode!

It’s time for some traveling! Step into our TARDIS and zip back to the year 2013 where we covered the Kaiju of Pacific Rim in a panel at Portland’s own Rose City Comic Con. We had a nearly full house for this panel – and to be honest, we couldn’t believe the amount of convention attendees that wanted to hear more about the monsters from Pacific Rim and what could have/did inspire the designers who made them. I am hoping to find the video that Martin shot and merge it with the audio from this podcast and upload it to our YouTube channel soon.

Big thanks to Rose City Comic Con’s Mikey Neilson for scheduling us for this panel – it was a blast!

MINIMAL MONSTER MOVIE MUSIC:
1. Category Five by Ramin Djawadi from Pacific Rim (2013)
2. The Greatest Battle of Earth II by Akira Ifukube from Ghidrah, The Three Headed Monster (1964)

DAIKAIJU DISCUSSION:
Don’t forget to send in your homework for our next daikaiju discussion, Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991). You’ll need to get that sent in before this Friday (the 20th) to have it included in the next episode!

01.29.2015: Ultraman The Next Daikaiju Discussion

We review the 2004 film, Ultraman The Next (but we also forgot to capture the moment)!

We review the 2004 film, Ultraman The Next (but we also forgot to capture the moment)!

This month’s discussion film is Tsuburaya Production’s 2004 cinematic reboot attempt of Ultraman, known in English as Ultraman The Next. Big thanks to everyone who sent in their homework for this apparently difficult to track down film. I was joined in the studio by regulars Martin, Bryan and Rachel, but we did have another voice from the past come back to join in the fun. Long time Ultra-fan Dave Helfrey (aka Baron Von Goolo – who’s Kaijucastic debut was waaaaay back in episode #19) was able to sit down and talk about this cinematic shuwatch.

This film was one that I had seen back when it came out, but I don’t have any behind-the-scene materials on hand. Big thanks to Brad Warner, who worked at Tsuburaya in the late nineties for agreeing to chat with me about the film and what was happening at the Tsuburaya during that time – I can’t wait to have him appear on a future episode!

We did talk about some news, cover some catastrophic events and have an exciting round pickled ginger. And, of course, we played some music in the episode.

MONSTEROUS MUSIC:
1. Main Title by Kan Ishii from Gorath (1962)
2. NEVER GOOD-BYE by TMG from Ultraman The Next (2004)
3. Ultraman The Next teaser audio (2004)
4. Main Theme by Kuniyo Miyauchi from Ultraman (1966)
5. Theme of Ultraman by Takahiro Matsumoto from Ultraman The Next (2004)

SUGGESTED READING:
Godzilla: Rulers of Earth to end its run with issue #25

CATASTROPHIC EVENTS:
3/13 – 3/15 Lexington Comic Con w/Reiko Chiba, Takumi Hashimoto, Y?ta Mochizuki, Hiroko Sakurai & Satoshi “Bin” Furuya
3.27 – 3/29 Monsterpalooza w/Sonny Chiba in Burbank, CA

DAIKAIJU DISCUSSION:godzilla_vs_kingghidorah_91_300
Our next film in the discussion series is the 1991 entry into the Godzilla series, Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah. This film is a big favorite amongst the fans and it’s widely available, so please help us out and refrain from sending in that mini-novella you’ve always wanted to write for the eighteenth Godzilla film in the franchise. Keep it short and simple and send in your homework before February 20th to be included in the discussion episode.