I don’t normally go to conventions. But a convention devoted entirely to giant monster movies? Sign me up!
I spent the past weekend at G-Fest in Rosemont, IL, a fan convention devoted to Godzilla and all his monster buddies. This was the second time that I’d been to G-Fest and the first where I actually got a room at the hotel and spent more than an afternoon there. In general, I had a blast. It’s cool to surround yourself with the imagery and atmosphere of a theme you’re passionate about. Hmm, makes me think I gotta look up a nearby writer’s convention! I met many cool people there—including Shin Godzilla co-director Shinji Higuchi and artists Bob Eggleton, Matt Frank, Jeff Zornow, and Dope Pope—I only wish I’d taken more photos and had more time and money to spend! When not at a panel or an artist’s table, I walked the halls running into people with similar interests and always on the lookout for a familiar face. That’s a different feeling for me, because I rarely ever run into anybody I know back at home. One of the highlights was listening to Shinji Higuchi’s panel, which really could’ve gone on for another hour or more and he still would’ve had more things to share. Film composer Michiru Oshima also gave an informative and breezy panel. It was a lot of fun for this kaiju nerd.
One thought that kept coming back to me as I walked past the authors and artists is that I can’t wait to release my kaiju novel, In the Shadow of Extinction, and maybe get myself a table at a future G-Fest. It’d be great to sit beside these fellow creative minds that’ve turned their passion for kaiju into art of their own. One day!
Writer of horror, science fiction, and dark fantasy. Lover of fiction and film. Lifelong Godzilla fan. Reluctant blogger.
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