UPDATE #69 (11/3/20): My Other Godzilla Novelization… uh, Endeavor, PROJECT: KAYAMA, is Live!

Howdy, readers!

First off, happy Godzilla Day! November 3rd marks the release date of 1954’s Godzilla, and is therefore a kind of sacred day for monster fans. And this year, the GNP celebrated in style. Or, at least I did. Let me explain…

If you’ve been following along with the GNP’s social media, you probably know that I’ve been working on something big that was due to be released today. Well, the big moment is finally here, and I can’t wait to tell you about it!

Long story short, over the last five months, I’ve been collaborating on a seriously awesome project. It’s not GNP-related, but oddly enough, it almost is… because it involves a Godzilla novelization! Confused? Here’s the story.

In 1954, the original Godzilla was given a full novelization by noted sci-fi author Shigeru Kayama. It was Kayama who actually created the outline of the film before it was even named Godzilla. It was from his mind that ideas like Odo Island, Godzilla’s atomic ray, and the Oxygen Destroyer originated.

This book – which, like the best of novelizations, contained a number of deviations and additions not seen in the film – has been a kind of Godzilla Holy Grail for decades: rare, unavailable in English, and obscure.

Until now.

After 66 years of unavailability and obscurity in the West, I – along with my good friend, the talented artist Robert Monsarrat – am incredibly proud to have created the first full English-language translation of Shigeru Kayama’s GODZILLA!

It took a lot of work, but after months of translating, editing, illustrating, and research, Kayama’s book finally existed in a language we could read.

Our edition of the novel – fully illustrated by Robert’s amazing artwork – is now available to read on a new website, 100% free for any G-fan who wants to check it out.

This might be the most ambitious Godzilla novelization… uh, project that I’ve worked on so far. It was a labor of love, and I’ll definitely be on hand to talk about it and answer any questions for those who are interested!

The one unfortunate thing is that PROJECT: KAYAMA took a fair chunk of time away from writing for this project. Now that it’s done, don’t worry: more GNP chapters are coming soon. But yeah, being able to work on bringing this amazing novel to English-speaking fans was an amazing opportunity I had to jump on. It’s also an extension of the work I’ve done here on the GNP, and something that I’ve wanted to do for years. I’m incredibly glad – and lucky – to have done it.

So, if you’re interested in checking out this fascinating piece of Godzilla’s history, follow this link and check it out!

Happy 66th birthday to the King of the Monsters, and happy reading to you!

UPDATE #68 (9/11/20): The Latest GNP Status Report is Live!

Happy September, kaiju fans!

Wow, can you believe it’s already nearly fall? What a long, strange year it’s been… and yes, I know that’s the understatement to end all understatements.

Anyway, as per tradition, it’s time to bring you the latest installment of the GNP’s patented (and long winded) STATUS REPORT! This bi-annual deep-dive into the status of every ongoing aspect of the project has been an important part of keeping all of you informed and in the loop, and a great way for me to take stock and look at the progress that’s been made. This year’s report will see a lot of updates noted, both in terms of content and site improvements/aesthetics. There are new chapters, Timelines, blogs, logos, Patreon updates, big plans and exciting goals to discuss (and knowing how I tend to write these things, it’ll likely to be a long read), so without further do, let’s get this party started!

THE NOVELIZATIONS

GODZILLA: THE UNOFFICIAL NOVELIZATION

Not much to say here, except to reiterate that crafting Chapter 3 has been a bit of a creative challenge! In the previous Status Report, I noted that I was experimenting with multiple potential perspectives to tell the events of Chapter 3. If you’ve read the first two chapters and are familiar with the order of events in the film, then you know this next chapter will bring the action first to the panicked headquarters of the Nankai Steamship Company, and then to the Pacific to witness the sinking of the Bingo-Maru.

Due to currently focusing on other novelizations, work on this particular adaptation has stopped for the time being. However, this is a book that I get asked about frequently, with many readers telling me that this is their favorite adaptation on the site. So if you’ve been waiting patiently for Godzilla: Chapter 3, don’t worry… its coming!

KING KONG VS. GODZILLA: THE UNOFFICIAL NOVELIZATION

As I said in the last status report, the adaptation of this film (which is based on the legendary original Japanese cut of the film, unavailable in the United States until recently) has been a unique and exciting opportunity for the GNP.  To be able to present Honda and Sekizawa’s original, hilariously satirical vision to western readers is truly an honor, and it’s something I’m definitely taking my time on.

Only Chapter 1 has been completed and posted thus far, and my continuing research into the period (specifically the Japanese “Economic Miracle” and its effects on television, advertising, and big business) has prevented me from converting my outlines into further chapters. However, this remains another popular adaptation on the site (despite consisting of a single chapter!), so once I feel satisfied with the research, work on the next chapter can continue.

MOTHRA VS. GODZILLA: THE UNOFFICIAL NOVELIZATION

As mentioned last time, this is another novelization that requires a surprising amount of research.  How did politics on a local level work in 1964?  What does the Kurata Beach disaster communicate in regard to the modernization, industrialization, and urban expansion of Japan during such a prosperous decade?  How big a role did the press play at the time, and just what was the price of a chicken egg back then?  Lots to discover, and lots to learn!

All that said, the next chapter (and the next “in universe” newspaper article penned by Akira Takarada’s character, Ichiro Sakai) has been outlined and given a fair amount of research. The next part of the story will begin with the Sakai article, and then move into the examination of the “monster egg” by our heroes… and one very smarmy villain. Stay tuned!

ALL MONSTERS ATTACK: THE UNOFFICIAL NOVELIZATION

Two chapters in, and this adaptation remains a joy to write. The most recent chapter was received very well, and work on the next one is on-again, off-again. Research into the tumultuous era that produced this unique story is ongoing, and putting this oft-derided film into its proper historical context remains a massively important part of this adaptation. I’m not sure when the next chapter is coming, but I hope it’s soon!

GODZILLA VS. HEDORAH: THE UNOFFICIAL NOVELIZATION

As mentioned a few months ago, the process of writing this truly INSANE film as a book has been one of the most enjoyable creative experiences of my life.  This is evident in the fact that Hedorah is, as of this writing, the longest novel on the site, currently sitting at five chapters (including the prologue)!  The chance to take a film so infamous for is visuals and translate it into the written word is a thrill, and often times a serious challenge. (Since the last update, these challenges were chronicled in this GNP Monster Musing Blog.)

Although work on this one has slowed down in recent months, Chapter 5 is shaping up nicely, and further chapters are already outlined. That psychedelic nightclub won’t be safe much longer… 

GODZILLA VS. GIGAN: THE UNIFFICIAL NOVELIZATION

Talk about a fun novelization to write! I’ve always loved the characters in this film, and having the opportunity to explore them deeper is a true thrill. That fun has been reflected in this novel’s progress; at four chapters and counting, Gigan is now the second longest book on the website! Readers have really been enjoying this one, and I’m happy to announce that the next chapter is being written as we speak.

In fact, as of right now… drumroll please… this is a top contender for being the first completed book on the site! I make no promises, and I still have a LONG way to go, but if I can keep up the momentum (and the support of readers like you continues), it’s entirely possible that this adaptation will be nearing completion around the time of the next Status Report. Will I succeed? Time will tell…

GODZILLA VS. MEGALON: THE UNOFFICIAL NOVELIZATION

This is another book I’ve hit a few roadblocks on.  As I’ve discussed before, one of Megalon’s biggest issues as a film is its cardboard cutout characters.  Therefore, as I refuse to write for cardboard cutouts, it falls to me to provide them with the character they are lacking.  It all boils down to this: I’ve committed to thinking harder and longer about Godzilla vs. Megalon than perhaps a human brain ought to.

And – perhaps predictably – I’m enjoying it immensely.

Chapter 2 is making excellent progress, with the conversion from outline/notes to actual chapter well underway.  I’m not sure when to expect this one, but rest assured, its coming!

GODZILLA VS. MECHAGODZILLA: THE UNOFFICIAL NOVELIZATION

Unfortunately, the status on this book remains the same as the last time progress was shared a few months ago.  Much like Mothra vs. Godzilla, a surprising amount of research is required to make this novel authentic.  Specifically, knowledge of the history of Okinawa, it’s past and then (1974) current relationship to Japan, and its unique religious background are all necessary in presenting an accurate portrayal of the setting of the story.

The good news is that research into these topics is going well, if slowly.  Once I have acquired the necessary knowledge to accurately portray the setting of the film, then work on the next chapter will resume.  Hopefully it doesn’t take too much longer!

GODZILLA VS. SPACEGODZILLA: THE UNOFFICIAL NOVELIZATION

This is the most recent novel started on the site, and as of this writing, it is planned to be the last for some time. As mentioned elsewhere, the focus of the project is now squarely on crafting new chapters for already started books. The entire idea behind having multiple adaptations being worked on at the same time was to give the site some variety during its early days, and after two-and-a-half years, I felt that the variety I was looking for was finally in place.

That said, the adaptation of Spacegodzilla has been wonderful to work on, as it’s always been a personal favorite film of mine in the franchise, as well as a film that I feel is far better than its reputation. Chapter 2 is making progress, and I’m hoping to have it ready to publish before next year’s G-FEST.

GMK: THE UNOFFICIAL NOVELIZATION

Without getting too much into the story here, this is a particularly special adaptation for the GNP. This book was a special request from a wonderful Godzilla fan named Josh, a young man whose bravery in the face of life-altering health issues continues to humble me. Nearly a year and a half after #GodzillaforJosh started trending on social media, I couldn’t be more thrilled that Josh is thriving and remains both loved and supported by Godzilla fans far and wide.

First and foremost, this book is for him. The next chapter will be coming before too long, and I can’t wait for both Josh and all of you to read it.

GODZILLA AGAINST MECHAGODZILLA: THE UNOFFICIAL NOVELIZATION

As mentioned elsewhere, this story is a unique one for the project as it is being told from MULTIPLE perspectives, including jumping between first-person accounts of the film’s events (such as the Prologue taking Akane’s perspective) and traditional third-person chapters. The final result should make for an interesting (and hopefully coherent) read that continues to be an exciting challenge to write! The next chapter will assume a new perspective as the events following Godzilla’s initial nighttime attack are seen through the eyes of the government, specifically Kumi Mizuno and Akira Nakao’s characters. Expect it soon!

AND YET ANOTHER?

If you read my last status report, then you’ll remember that there was a mystery project gathering dust on my laptop’s hard drive turned out to be the prologue to Godzilla vs. Spacegodzilla. Well, in the interceding months, that mystery project has been replaced with ANOTHER mystery project! Which story could it be adapting? You’ll have to wait to find out…

Ain’t I a stinker?

THE SHORT STORIES

CASEFILE: “MATANGO”

This one – no pun intended – has been an interesting case. The story – told as an “in-universe” testimony delivered by the film’s sole survivor upon his rescue – currently consists of five parts, plus an introduction. After dedicating a lot of time to writing what I estimate to be half the story (meaning that you can expect it to clock in at ten parts once it’s done), extenuating circumstances in my life caused me to stop for a while, and when work on the GNP resumed, I began working on another adaptation instead. With much of my focus on Gigan at the moment, this is one of the stories I haven’t touched in a hot minute. Rest assured, however, that Part 6 has been fully outlined, and half written, so this tale of madness and mushrooms should be continuing soon…

THE TIMELINES

Ever since launching the Timeline section of the site, I have been absolutely blown away by the amount of attention it has gotten. Even on days when the novelizations receive little web traffic, all of the timelines get an often shocking number of views. It’s been humbling to see that all the hard work that goes into researching, cataloguing, and writing the (sometimes obscure) facts in these timelines is being appreciated and enjoyed by fans!

Work on the timelines has slowed in recent months due to focus on other projects, but work is still being done behind the scenes on research for future updates. Look for events from several drafts of the shooting script for the 1998 film (which has led to some interesting discoveries!), several publications released to promote the film, both the adult and junior novelizations, episodes of the animated series, two Godzilla: The Series comics, and even the GameBoy game coming to the Sony Timeline soon!

The Anime Timeline continues to be one of the site’s most popular pages, even with more than a year and a half having elapsed since the release of the final film in the trilogy. Expect additions pertaining to the events of Planet of the Monsters to be published to the timeline in the near future!

Work on the Monsterverse Timeline is an ever-evolving process, especially with the bevy of new lore that has come out in the wake of 2019’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Info on the events of Kong: Skull Island is due to hit the timeline soon, and research into the lore of Godzilla vs. Kong will begin when… well, whenever the movie finally begins its marketing!

Lastly, there’s the Showa Timeline. This project has been a long time in the making, and it was finally launched back in July to coincide with a panel I co-presented on the subject of Showa-era continuity for Kyle Yount’s Kaiju Con-Line. (That panel can be listened to – in all its technical difficult-riddled glory – right here.) The response to this Timeline has been… well, overwhelming. I’m talking HUNDREDS of hits on the website within the first few days of its publishing. Talk about an amazing reception! I couldn’t be more grateful to the readers who’ve checked it out, and I’m happy to announce that the next part of the Timeline is pretty much complete and will hit the site in the next few weeks!

THE “MONSTER MUSINGS” BLOG

This is another part of the site that has slowed down considerably. While I’m proud of the material published already (especially the recently posted examination of Hedorah’s symbolic imagery I mentioned earlier), I really want the idea of behind-the-scenes blogs (and general pontifications on all things kaiju) to be a bigger part of not just the GNP, but of my overall writing contributions to the Godzilla fandom.

That said, I’m considering a radical shift in direction for the Monster Musings. It’s an exciting possibility, and I’ll be sure to share more with you as it develops…

EVERYTHING ELSE

As always, there’s a LOT more going on behind the scenes of the GODZILLA NOVELIZATION PROJECT than it might seem! There are a ton of chapters that have been outlined, and a number of concepts that have been documented for future use. Research on various aspects of the series continues on a daily basis, and new opportunities for collaboration and promotion are manifesting for the project!

First up is a massive one in terms of site aesthetics. Thanks to the support of my incredible Patreon peeps, the website is no longer a janky, ad-filled mess. The artist formerly known as godzillanovelizationproject.wordpress.com is no more… and the shiny new godzillanovelizaionproject.com has risen to take its place! I now own the domain, and as a result, the site runs smoother, looks better, and has been getting even more traffic! This would not have been possible without the generous aid of my Patrons, so HUGE thanks to Aaron “Rant Reviews” DiManna, Alison Fey, Nathan “Monster Island Film Vault” Marchand, Jane Meyer, Jacob M. Spencer, Kyoei Toshi, Mabause Cast Podcast, and of course, the inimitable Jimmy From NASA for helping to make this gigantic improvement to the GNP possible! You are all, quite literally, the BEST.

On the subject of Patreon, I’m glad to announce that a few alterations and clarifications have been made. Supporting for only $1 a month gets your name enshrined on the website’s dedication page and entitles you to a bevy of Patron-exclusive posts, blogs, BTS material and more. Higher tiers include such perks as reading all new chapters and blogs 24 hours before anyone else, and even the chance to have your name inserted into the Godzilla novelization of your choice! If any of that sounds intriguing to you, check the page out here and see if anything tickles your fancy.

Now on to the subject of possible GNP merch (something I get asked about more often than I honestly thought I would!). As mentioned before, I’ve been approached by several parties that are interested in producing items for the project, which is definitely exciting! I’ve even crafted prototype images of a few of these items, which only Patreon supporters have seen thus far. If things like GNP shirts/apparel, buttons/pins, stickers, coffee mugs, or other goodies interest you, please let me know, and seeking avenues to get that stuff produced will become a priority! (But remember, making this stuff isn’t cheap, and most of my GNP budget goes to research materials. There is currently a goal on my Patreon page that states that, if the project starts making $50 a month from supporters, the production of merch can officially begin! As of this Status Report’s writing, I’m extremely close to hitting this goal, and only a few more dollars a month will unlock it. If this is something you want to see happen, donating even a dollar a month on Patreon REALLY helps! The more backers I get, the better merch I can offer!)

Beyond the realm of website improvements and Patreon plugging, there have been a number of other fun things going on with the project, yours truly, and various combinations thereof. As mentioned before, I was a panelist during July’s Kaiju Con-Line event. With G-FEST having been canceled this year, Kaijucast creator and all-around awesome dude Kyle Yount took it upon himself to put on an online convention for kaiju fans. Despite some insane technical difficulties, fellow panelist Nathan Marchand and myself trudged through and finished our presentation. BIG thanks to Kyle for saving our proverbial rear ends when things went south; I’m absolutely buying you a drink at G-FEST next year, dude. In addition to this, I got to – quite literally – act out my lifelong dream of voice acting not once, but TWICE this summer! I appeared in the role of Dr. Hikaru Shida in the Kaijusaurus Podcast’s production of Godzilla Unmade: Bride of Godzilla?, and played a Matango-obsessed scientist named Dr. Dourif in Nate’s hit podcast, The Monster Island Film Vault. I had SO MUCH FUN playing these roles, and I can’t wait to do more voice acting in the future!

Speaking of podcasts, you can expect to hear me on more of them in the future! By the time this update is posted, I’ll have recorded an interview with The Kaiju Groupie Podcast, which I’m super looking forward to. I’ll also be returning to MIFV for a celebration of the show’s one-year anniversary, and I’m also booked to appear on the Kaiju Apostle Podcast in the near future. I am, to put it mildly, quite excited!

And finally – in another GNP tradition – I’ll leave you with a cryptic tease for an upcoming development that I’m super excited about. Something that comes up fairly often when readers ask me questions is the possibility of one day producing audio book versions of the finished GNP novels. I’ve mentioned before that this is something I’d absolutely love to do, but wasn’t sure where to start, when such a development would occur, or if it were even possible to do in the high-quality way I’d require. Well, I can’t give too much away yet, but an avenue for converting at least one of the GNP’s novelizations into a full, high-quality audio book has opened up. I’ll share more when things get finalized (and remember, this won’t happen until books start getting finished), but trust me… if this pans out, it’ll absolutely be worth the wait.

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Well, I think that’s just about as much as my fingers can type! This was a long read, so congratulations if you made it this far down the preceding wall of text! I feel it’s important to keep you guys in the loop, so hopefully these status reports are appreciated.

That said, I’d like to end this Status Report by, once again, thanking you all for your support, your encouragement, your patience, and your faith. Being able to pursue this dream is an incredible gift, and doing it without readers would be a difficult challenge, to say the least. It has been one heck of an amazing few years, but I assure you, we are just getting started. There will be much more to read (and write!), more camaraderie to be enjoyed, and (hopefully!) more fun to be had. I hope you’ll all continue to come along for the ride.

Thanks to you all! Onward to Fall!

UPDATE #67 (8/28/20): Godzilla vs. Gigan Continues with its 4th Exciting Chapter!

Happy Almost-Fall, readers!

The GODZILLA NOVELIZATION PROJECT is proud to announce that the next chapter of Godzilla vs. Gigan is complete, and has been published for your (hopeful) reading pleasure!

In this installment, Gengo heads to World Children’s Land’s corporate HQ, and literally crashes into a mystery involving a strange stolen data tape…

This chapter is a bit shorter than the previous one, so it shouldn’t be too long of a read. This particular GNP adaptation is making excellent progress, and it shouldn’t be too much longer until the next chapter is published!

Oh, how I love progress.

Click here to start reading Godzilla vs. Gigan: Chapter 4. Be sure to let me know what you thought of it when you’re done, and stay tuned for more exciting GNP content coming your way soon!

UPDATE #66 (7/25/20): Voice Acting for “Godzilla Unmade” and MIFV!

Happy Saturday, readers!

A quick disclaimer: this update has almost nothing to do with the GNP. This is just something I wanted to share with everyone!

For those who might not know, the last three weeks have seen the release of an ambitious series of audio dramas called “Godzilla Unmade”. This series of podcast-based “radio” plays are adaptations of real Godzilla film pitches that never got produced. Steven Sloss, host of the Kaijusaurus Podcast, assembled an incredible team of writers and artists to help him create three full audio drama adaptions of a trio of lost G-films: Godzilla vs. Gargantua (here called Godzilla vs. The Last Gargantua), Godzilla vs. Hedorah II, and last but not least, the famously insane Bride of Godzilla? (and no, that question mark isn’t a typo).

When auditions opened up for the cast of characters back in the Spring, I knew I wanted to be a part of it. I’m certainly no actor, but I’ve always had a fascination with voice acting, and a desire to give it a try one day. I decided to bite the bullet and audition, and I’m SO glad I did.

Amazingly, I scored the role of Dr. Shida in the Bride of Godzilla? episode. Needless to say, all these months later, I’m still pinching myself.

The first episode of “Godzilla Unmade” debuted during the Kaiju Con-Line panel on the project, which I was invited to participate in! That was two weeks ago, and since then, the three episodes have been releasing to incredible reception. Bride of Godzilla? hit the internet yesterday, and I’ve been blown away and truly humbled by the kind words and compliments I’ve been given for my performance. It seems I succeeded in being entertaining, and just like with the GNP, that’s all I could ever ask for. I had the time of my life hamming it up as Dr. Shida, and I’ll always be grateful for having been given the chance to play the role.

If you’d like to give it a listen and support Steven and the hard work of his team, check it out on YouTube here and on SoundCloud here!

(And while you’re at it, isten to Godzilla vs. The Last Gargantua and Godzilla vs. Hedorah II, as well! Auditory awesomeness awaits you!)

But remarkably enough, there’s more to talk about! As it turns out, “Godzilla Unmade” wasn’t the only kaiju-related project I’ve recently lent my voice to!

As longtime GNP readers may know, I’m a frequent collaborator with/supporter of The Monster Island Film Vault podcast, created and hosted by my friend Nathan Marchand. I’ve co-hosted an episode (with more appearences on the way!), suggested films for future episodes, and even flown across the Pacific Ocean with his preposterous producer, Jimmy from NASA. Over nearly a full year of creating the show, Nathan (the REAL Nathan, not the fictionalized version of himself that he’s playing on air) has steadily been growing a mythology around the podcast, creating a “meta-story” populated by familiar monster/human/alien/robot characters, and a few original characters, as well. In the world of MIFV, pretty much any kaiju you can think of is real, and most of them call Monster Island home. When everything is canon, the storytelling possibilities are endless.

During a chat between Nate and myself about the show’s development, a funny concept came up: the idea of a supremely weird scientist who studies the title creatures of Ishiro Honda’s 1963 horror masterpiece Matango, and enjoys his job a little too much. What started as a joke quickly evolved into a character he wanted to include in the show. In my mind, the character looked and acted a bit like two specific film characters: Jack Dante (an insane inventer who builds a killer robot in the basement of a military tech company’s HQ) in the 1994 movie Death Machine, and Dr. Jonathon Gediman (an insane scientist who helps clone a lab full of killer Xenomorphs) in 1997’s Alien Ressurection.

The connection? Both of those lunatics were played by one of my favorite character actors: Brad “Chucky” Dourif.

So naturally, I suggested we name this crazy Matango scientist Dr. Dourif. Nate loved the idea, suggested the first name of Dante (Brad’s last name in Death Machine), and just like that, we had a character.

Nate decided that the character should cameo in his Matango Mini Analysis episode, and after I’d developed a voice/characterization that we liked, we recorded a faux interview over Skype. I didn’t work from a script, and ad-libbed a minute or so of dialogue. By the time we were done, we were laughing our butts off. It was a blast. Nate edited the interview into the episode, added some creepy Matango laughter into the background, and presto! Dr. Dante Dourif was born.

The episode debuted last Wednesday, and can be heard on YouTube, the MIFV website, and various other pod catchers. (Be sure to listen to Nate’s other episodes, too! He puts on a great show.)

So yeah, it’s been an interesting week, to say the least! I now have two voice acting credits to my name, and people really seem to be enjoying both performances! Like I said before, I’m absolutely NOT an actor; I’m just a goof who loves doing silly voices. But if you were entertained by my silliness, then I sincerely thank you!

That’s all for this update! With any luck, the next one will be all about new additions to the Showa Timeline. Thank you all for reading, and stay tuned for more updates as the GNP prepares to enter August!

UPDATE #65 (7/12/20): The GNP’s Showa Timeline is Live!!

Greetings, readers!

If you’re reading this update on the day it’s been published, you’ve likely just come from the Kaiju Con-Line “The Original MCU” panel that I co-hosted! If you’re reading this later, well… it honestly doesn’t matter, because the important thing is that you’re here!

Either way, here’s the gist: on Sunday, July 12th, 2020, I was lucky enough to present an in-depth panel with my friend/co-conspirator Nathan Marchand on the intricacies of Toho’s Showa-era universe of films (and one TV show). In fact, as of this writing, I’ve just finished that panel! If you watched it, I hope you were entertained (despite the insane technical difficulties…) and learned some fun stuff!

Anywho, much of the material presented in that panel came from years of research I’ve done on the subject. A lot of that research has been in preparation for the eventual publication of the GODZILLA NOVELIZATION PROJECT’s own Showa Timeline. Like the other timelines here on the site, the Showa Timeline will be an in-depth chronicle of major and minor events, from the advent of each monster to the birthdays of major characters.

A lot of the finer details and more in-depth parts of the Timeline were excised from the panel (brevity being a key factor; we only had about 40 minutes, after all!), but as I said at the end of the presentation, that info will ultimately be published in the website’s Timeline over multiple updates.

However, one thing I didn’t have time to announce was this: as of today, the first part of the Showa Timeline has been officially published!

So, if you’re a con attendee who wanted more information on the Timeline, it’s now here for you to enjoy!

So without further ado, I present Part 1 of the GNP’s Showa Timeline!

(With any luck, Part 2 should be coming soon! The material currently present on the Timeline relates to events that lead up to the 20th Century. Believe me, there’s more happening during that time period than you might think!)

Once again, I thank you all sincerely for your continuing support. If you got to check out (A.K.A. survived) the panel, I thank you for that, too! I hope you enjoy the first part of the Showa Timeline, and all of the future Showa mayhem to come!

UPDATE #64 (7/10/20): The GNP is Heading to Kaiju Con-Line!!

Howdy, folks!

This is normally the time of year where I’d be posting about my experiences at G-FEST, Chicago’s annual giant monster convention. In fact, right now, I’d probably be at the Pickwick Theater, enjoying a sampling of kaiju awesomeness on the big screen, two more days of Godzilla nirvana ahead of me…

To say that G-FEST is like my home away from home would be an understatement; Every July for ten straight years, I’ve made the pilgrimage to Rosemont and spent the weekend of the convention nerding out, shopping, and reconnecting with friends.

Unfortunately, of course, my decade-long streak got broken this year for reasons that were VERY out of my hands. Due to current health-related unpleasantness around the country, the normal summer convention season was decimated. G-FEST XXVII was canceled, and – even though I’m incredibly grateful that my fellow fans and I will be home, healthy, and safe – it’s still weird to not be at the Crown Plaza right now. I’ll miss spending time with friends and supporters of the GNP, enjoying panels, meeting special guests, seeing the amazing art, and spending WAY too much money on kaiju collectibles…

However, this is where the proverbial record scratches to a halt.

Why? Because starting tomorrow, I – and you – WILL be able to spend time with friends, enjoy panels, meet special guests, see amazing art, and spend money on kaiju collectibles!

How? Well, an enterprising group of Kaiju fans – headed up by the Kaijucast’s amazing Kyle Yount – decided that DARN IT, Godzilla fans were going to have a convention after all! And so, Kaiju Con-Line was born.

In case any of you haven’t heard about it yet, Kaiju Con-Line is an entirely internet-based convention that will be running for practically an entire weekend, from Saturday the 11th through Sunday the 12th. Programming includes the usual kaiju-related panels, interviews with special guests, an artist ally, live art demos, shopping opportunities, live-streams of movies and footage from G-FESTs past, and MUCH more!

Needless to say, it’s going to be an exciting weekend. And it’ll be a particularly big one for me, because, as it turns out, I’m a part of it!!

That’s right, I – your humble author – will be participating in not one, but TWO panels over the weekend! At 2:00 PM EDT on Saturday, I’ll be joining Kyle Yount and Steven Sloss of the Kaijusaurus Podcast for a discussion about Steven’s ambitious Godzilla Unmade series of audio dramas based on unproduced Godzilla scripts. Not only was I lucky enough to be cast in the project and play the role of Dr. Shida in the third episode, I was invited by Steven to join the panel and talk about the experience! I’m still pinching myself that I was a part of this project, and I’m incredibly grateful and excited to get the chance to talk about my small contribution to it!

Last but certainly not least, I’m excited to announce that I’ll once again be joining forces with writer/podcaster/friend Nathan “The Monster Island Film Vault” Marchand to present an over-researched and insanely in-depth panel! Last year, Nate and I teamed up for a panel discussing the lives and careers of Toho screenwriters Shinichi Sekizawa and Takeshi Kimura. This year, we’re taking a deep dive into all things Showa for a panel called “The Original MCU”! This presentation will attempt to connect the proverbial dots and piece together a (mostly) coherent timeline of events that take place in Toho’s “Showaverse”. In fact, much of this presentation is derived from years of research I’ve done on the topic, all of which has been building toward the eventual publishing of the GNP’s official Showa Timeline on the website!

As longtime readers know, the GNP’s Timeline project is one of the most detailed and research-intensive parts of the site, and the three timelines that are currently published – those being the Sony, MonsterVerse, and Anime Timelines – are among the GNP’s most popular pages. That said, development of a Showa Timeline page has been ongoing for over two years, and finally, enough information has been cataloged that it can be shared with the fans!

So if making sense of convoluted timelines, rationalizing the irrational, discussing the minutia of Kong diasporas and multiple undersea civilizations, and disseminating nearly 30 films worth of information into a 45 minute presentation sounds entertaining to you, be sure to join us on Sunday at 2:00 PM EDT! We hope to see you there!

But don’t just come to hear me nerd out; come because this weekend is going to be something truly special. Come because a group of fans wanted to give the community a gift during stressful times. Come for the guests and the camaraderie, come to support artists and small collectibles companies. But most of all, come to have fun. If ever there was a time when we needed a kaiju convention – and each other – it’s certainly now.

The festivities kick off tomorrow morning! Click here for a rundown of all the awesomeness going on during the weekend, and for information on when/where/how to participate.

And be sure to stay tuned to this website as the weekend continues… there may be a few surprises in store!

Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you all tomorrow and Sunday for this most unconventional convention!

UPDATE #63 (6/26/20): Shukra, Mamagon, and One Cheeky Pig: Godzilla vs. Gigan Continues!

Greetings and salutations, dear readers!

Wow, it’s hard to believe it’s already almost July. What a long, strange year it’s been…

Anyway, it’s time for some good news: the GODZILLA NOVELIZATION PROJECT is proud to present the next chapter of Godzilla vs. Gigan: The Unofficial Novelization! After a bit of dormancy, the latest installment is finally here, and it was a blast to write.

This chapter was a fantastic example of just why I love writing this particular novelization. As I’ve mentioned elsewhere, the characters of Godzilla vs. Gigan are some of my favorites in the series, and having the chance to work with those characters has been a treat. Gengo in particular is a blast to explore, and this chapter is a bit of a dive into his creative process as an artist. As Gengo sketches his new monsters – the undeniably-awesome Shukra and Mamagon – in his studio, his reservations about World Children’s Land begin to weigh on his troubled mind and distract him from his job. It was a prime part of the plot to expand upon, and a good place in the story to do it.

Also, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that this chapter also covers the delightfully-infamous “You cheeky pig!” scene, in which Gengo gets busted by his girlfriend for drawing one of those monsters – Mamagon – to look like her. Ah, young love…

(And for those wondering, the words “cheeky pig” – being a product of the dub – are not used here. As much as I love that line, it wasn’t accurate to what was actually being said, and was therefore dropped from this retelling. Maybe it’ll pop up as an Easter egg later in the novel…)

Anywho, this chapter was great fun to write. Follow this link to give it a read!

Thank you for your continuing support of the GNP. Some big announcements are coming in the next few weeks, so stay tuned!

UPDATE #62 (6/6/20): Celebrating Another Social Media Milestone!

Happy June, readers!

This won’t be a long update, but I have some serious gratitude I need to express.

Before I get to that, however, I wanted to get personal for just a moment.

To say that the world is currently going through a dark time is an understatement. People are angry, scared, and rightfully focused on more important things than monster movies. Social media has, almost overnight, transformed into ground zero for a massive movement that is changing the way the people of this country make their voices heard.

So when, in the middle of all this, the GODZILLA NOVELIZATION PROJECT’s Facebook page hit 500 followers and its Twitter account crossed a remarkable 2,000 followers, I wasn’t quite sure how to react. Despite how unbelievably grateful I felt and desperately wanting to share that feeling with all of you, celebrating this milestone suddenly felt rather trivial. There were much more important things going on than some Godzilla nerd getting all gushy about hitting a certain number of social media followers. It suddenly felt too self-congratulatory, and therefore unimportant in the present circumstances.

But in the end, the truth is that making a public “thank you” isn’t about me at all. It’s not about patting myself on the back in any way, and it never has been. At the risk of sounding cheesier than a Godzilla tail-slide, it’s about every one of those 2,000 Twitter and 500 Facebook followers, and their support – your support – being an incredible bright light for me during these uncertain times. It’s about the impact you all have had on my life, and the positivity you’ve inspired in me.

And that is most definitely not trivial.

And so, from the bottom of my heart, I send my deepest thanks to every one of you reading these words. 2,000 and 500, no matter the overlap between the two, are HUGE numbers, and more than I ever could’ve dreamed of when I launched this project. The fact that each of those numbers is a person simply blows my mind, and it’s something I’ll never take for granted. Your continued support, patience, and belief in me continues to leave me amazed and humbled, and it means more to me than I could ever effectively articulate.

Things may seem dark right now, but if I may be permitted some cheesy optimism, it’s always darkest before the dawn. To that end, I wish all of you health, safety, and happiness.

There, was that gushy enough for ya?

Thank you all again, and I’ll see you in the next update!

(Incidentally, if you haven’t followed the GNP’s Twitter and Facebook pages and are inclined to do so, I’d love to see you there! Both are great places to find updates, random silliness, funny pictures, and good conversation. Check out Twitter here, and Facebook here!)

UPDATE #61 (5/29/20): Hippies and Fish Heads and Slime… Oh My! The GNP’s Latest BTS Blog is Live!

Happy almost-summer, readers!

Spring 2020 has certainly been… shall we say, a doozy. Through it all, I hope that all of you have remained safe, healthy, and most importantly, happy. I know I have.

I’ve also been busy. Being stuck at home does have its advantages, and through the current unpleasantness I have been writing, re-writing, researching, and even doing a little recording! There are a LOT of exciting things happening behind the scenes here at GNP HQ, and the time for revealing it all is getting close!

Today’s update deals with the long-overdue resurrection of a part of the site that has seen little activity as of late: the behind-the-scenes “Monster Musings” blog. I figured it was time to provide a little peek behind the curtain and analyze the creative process behind the development of one of the project’s more challenging adaptations… that oh-so-strange 1971 anti-pollution masterwork, Godzilla vs. Hedorah.

I won’t say too much here (that’s what the blog is for, after all!), but I will say that putting my thoughts and ideas regarding the writing of this particular novelization down into words was incredibly fun. I had a blast writing this blog, which delves into such topics as deciphering trippy imagery, finding meaning in seemingly-random symbolism, and honoring the vision of the late, great Yoshimitsu Banno, without whom Hedorah would never have existed. At the end of the day, honoring the visionaries who created these films is what the GODZILLA NOVELIZATION PROJECT is all about, and Banno-san was nothing if not a man with a unique vision. This blog is a celebration of that vision, and an exploration of what it means to translate it into the written word.

If you’re a fan of this movie, I hope you’ll get some enjoyment out of this blog. I also hope you’ll continue to join me in my quest to novelize this very strange – and very special – Godzilla film.

Follow this link to begin reading. See you all in the next update, and watch out for those fish heads; you never know where they’ll turn up!

 

UPDATE #60 (4/29/20): A Monster Egg has Washed Ashore! MOTHRA VS. GODZILLA: Chapter 2 is Live!

Greetings, readers!

Today marks the 56th Anniversary of one of Godzilla’s finest cinematic moments: 1964’s Mothra vs. Godzilla. I’ve talked before about how much this film means to me and how wonderful it is, so I’ll spare you the repetition. I’ve also talked about the awesomeness of the film’s leading man: the legendary Akira Takarada, who shares a birthday with the film he helped make so memorable.

Needless to say, this duo of true class acts need no introduction. So join me in bidding both film and actor a heartfelt HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

To celebrate, the long-awaited second chapter of the GODZILLA NOVELIZATION PROJECT’s ongoing adaptation of the film has been published! This chapter took a LONG time to finally get right, and part of that came down to the format this book will be taking. As previously discussed, multiple chapters in the book will be separated by newspaper articles penned by Takarada-san’s character, reporter Ichiro Sakai. The exact placement of these “artifacts” from the story’s universe took a while to lock down, but once I figured out the best places to put these articles, the outline of the whole book fell into place. Whew!

That being said, the next chapter of the novelization will begin with another of these articles. In fact, it will be the one we actually see on screen following the egg’s recovery at sea! In classic monster-movie fashion, a newspaper appears on screen, loudly proclaiming that a mysterious egg has washed ashore. For those who’ve always wondered how that article read (c’mon, I know there are at least a few of you out there!), the next chapter of the GNP’s Mothra vs. Godzilla novelization should be a fun read!

But until then, check out the latest chapter by following this link.

(And if you’re new to the GNP and/or haven’t read the previous chapters, head to the book’s table of contents and start from the beginning!)

That said, it’s time for me to get back to work! There are a LOT of things happening behind the scenes here at GNP HQ, and I can’t wait to announce them all! Until then, stay safe, stay well, and stay happy.

Oh, and eat plenty of hard-boiled eggs. It’s what Jiro would want!