UPDATE #77 (7/16/2021): Save the Date – A New Mothra Short Story is Coming to the GNP on July 30!

Mark your calendars and run for your life… Mothra’s turning 60!

Greetings, readers!

As most of you are no doubt aware, 2021 is a hugely significant year when it comes to kaiju-related anniversaries. Beloved G-series mainstays like Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971), Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991), and GMK (2001) are all celebrating major milestone anniversaries with big/satisfying round numbers, and believe me, the GODZILLA NOVELIZATION PROJECT will be celebrating ALL of these films over the rest of the year.

However, 2021 is also a major anniversary year for another Japanese monster film. A film that not only stands as one of the finest examples of the kaiju genre, but also redefined what kaiju eiga could be. And that film is, of course, the original 1961 Mothra.

It goes without saying that Mothra is legitimate masterpiece, and a rare example of a film in which every aspect of the production clicked to create a near-perfect experience. From Ishiro Honda’s tight directing and Eiji Tsuburaya’s astounding special effects to the perfectly cast characters and the genre-defining screenplay by Shinichi Sekizawa, Mothra is a film that shines from beginning to end. It’s also an endlessly entertaining motion picture, featuring unique visuals, a one-of-a-kind fantasy atmosphere, and a gleeful, childlike sense of wonder that has captivated audiences around the world for nearly six decades.

And then there’s Mothra herself. There’s a lot I could say about how unique a creation Mothra is, or how much the character means to me as a fan of Japanese fantasy/monster films. But chances are, if you’re reading these words right now, you don’t need me to spell out why Mothra is so special. And if you’re anything like me, she holds a particularly important, nostalgic, and reverent place in your heart.

2021 marks not only the 60th anniversary of the original Mothra, but 60 years of Mothra herself. Over the years, Mothra has become one of the most well-known and identifiable characters in the entirety of Japanese pop culture, and her onscreen escapades include everything from beating Godzilla on multiple occasions to going back in time to the Cretaceous Period! She even got her long-overdue Hollywood vehicle in 2019, and will surely be returning in future movies, TV shows, comics, and other forms of media in the coming years.

But while it’s always exciting to look forward to the newest things, I wanted to take the time this month to look back at Mothra’s past, and specifically to the film that started it all. I wanted to find a way to celebrate the film and its beloved mon-star in a fun and (hopefully) entertaining new way. And that meant only one thing… it was time to get writing.

I’m incredibly happy to announce that, on July 30th (the date that Mothra first released in Japanese theaters in 1961), the GNP will be publishing a brand-new short story entitled The Tiny Beauties and Mothra: A Nitto Press Exclusive!

This short story will take the form of a 1961 long-form Japanese newspaper article that details the story of Clark Nelson’s infamous kidnapping of the Shobijin twins, the attack of Mothra, and the return of the fairies to their goddess. It’s been a proud tradition of the GNP to present the project’s short stories and novellas as “in-universe artifacts” like newspaper reports, diaries, journals, police reports, and even translated ancient tablets! This story will continue that tradition, and will also once again be told from the perspective of a character from the film. And who better to guide the reader through a retelling of Mothra than ace reporter and noted mouse wrangler Senichiro “Snapping Turtle” Fukuda, known as “Bulldog” in the American English-dubbed version!

That’s right: good ol’ Bulldog himself, who witnessed nearly every aspect of the Mothra story unfold, has returned to Japan following his rescue of the Shobijin in New Kirk City and, armed with his journalistic bravado, the memory of several near-death experiences, and the photographs taken by his trusty partner Michi Hanamura, has taken it upon himself to pen the ultimate account of the entire incident. The end result is the events of the film as seen from his perspective, and spiced up with a bit of his trademark wit and aggrandizement.

The finished short story will also mark a big first for the GNP, as I also intend to showcase the photography work of Michi Hanamura within the text. No newspaper article would be complete without Pulitzer-worthy pictures, and with Michi taking plenty of snapshots throughout the film, I felt it wouldn’t be right to leave them out. So yeah, expect some cool old-school photographs to go along with the story!


Pretty exciting, no?

If you can’t tell, this is a project that I’m incredibly excited to be working on. As a huge fan of the original 1961 Mothra, it’s an absolute privilege to be stepping into the world of the movie and putting a unique GNP twist on adapting it to the written word. I’ve had a blast working on this story, and I hope that all of you will enjoy reading it, as well.

Remember, the story is set to drop on July 30th, Mothra’s 60th birthday! (And also remember: if you’re a supporter of the GNP through Patreon, you’ll get to read the story before anyone else! I’m also planning to share plenty of sneak peeks, behind-the-scenes info, and even a few pictures with Patrons over the next few weeks, so if that’s something you’re interested in, check out the GNP’s Patreon page and select a tier!)


That’ll about do it for this update, but before you go, I wanted to thank all of you for making it through the preceding wall of text. As always, the support I get from readers like you never ceases to amaze and humble me, and I sincerely hope that you enjoy the new story when it drops!

Take care, stay safe, and long live the Queen of the Monsters!

UPDATE #76 (7/12/2021): Thank You for your Reviews! Here’s What You Had to Say About the GNP…

Greetings and salutations, GNP readers!

First of all, happy July! It’s crazy to think that we’re already smack in the middle of summer. Time seems to be moving both incredibly quickly and simultaneously at a snail’s pace. I’m not sure what’s up with that, but all I know is that I’ve never been more grateful for a functioning air-conditioning unit.

This update is LONG overdue, so before I get started on the fun stuff, I wanted to apologize for the delay. Back in May, life threw me a pretty significant curveball that has occupied way more of my personal time than I would’ve wanted. Thankfully, things have settled down significantly since then, and I’ve finally been able to get back to what I love doing the most: writing stuff about movie monsters.

I’m happy to report that the remainder of the month is set to be a fun one for the GNP! I’ll be back with a second update in a few days to help get the hype going, but for today’s update, it’s time to turn the spotlight off of me and onto something much more important and awesome: all of you!

If you’ll remember, the GNP ran a giveaway contest back in May that offered some super-cool kaiju goodies to GNP readers who took the time to write reviews for the project. It was the first contest I’ve run in the nearly four years (!!!!) since launching the GODZILLA NOVELIZATION PROJECT, and to be honest, I wasn’t sure how it was all going to go. Would readers actually leave reviews? Were my prizes cool enough? Did I have enough bubble wrap? You know, lots of important questions.

Well, I’m happy to report that the answer to all three of those questions turned out to be YES. Almost immediately after announcing the contest, GNP readers started sending me their reviews. Whether by Twitter, Facebook, or email, you guys took the time out of your day to sit and write some incredibly thoughtful and lovely things about the GNP and why you enjoy it so much. Maybe it was the allure of possibly taking home that neat Mechagodzilla Funko Pop that did the trick, but whatever the reason, I ended up with a decent collection of reviews! Even better, eight of those lovely reviewers ended up winning a prize, and as of this writing, all of those prizes have been safely delivered to their respective recipients!

And yes, in case you were wondering, I did have plenty of bubble wrap.

When I announced the contest, I promised that I’d include a selection of those reviews in a big update on the site, and, if you haven’t already guessed, this just happens to be that update! So now, without further ado, I’ll be turning the rest of the update over to all of you, and presenting some of the nicest reviews the GNP received during the contest! Let’s begin…


Lloyd Cary had this to say on Twitter:

“GNP is awesome I was raised on godzilla and all the others it’s great to see the love for all things kaiju. It brings back so many great child hood memories.”

“Gojzilla” also chimed in on Twitter with a particularly flattering rating for the project:

10/10 all of your stuff dude. I’m partial to the first few chapters of Godzilla vs. Hedorah you’ve done. 10/10 amazing work. I love your respect for Banno and all of the source material.

Longtime supporter GorillaWhale Productions had this to say:

“10/10 my favorite has to be the GMK Novelization! It’s my all time favorite movie & despite it being partially done, the placement of words in each sentence describing the events taking place in ’54 all the way to if Japan can handle all 4 kaiju really gives you that scared feel.”

Another longtime reader (and a super-creative guy), Logan Blakeslee, said:

“Your adaptation of Godzilla vs. Gigan really made me appreciate the story to a G film that I do not like very much. 8/10.”

As I mentioned in my announcement of the contest, a review could be as short as one word and I’d still count it! Some of the sweetest reviews I got were the shortest, including this one from longtime GNP fan Riley Roberts:

“I really like your novelizations. Keep up the good work.”

However, the award for the shortest review goes to “Feral Furby” on Twitter, who when asked about his favorite project on the GNP, responded with:

“All of it!”

Reader Rodolfo Vilchis sent in this awesome review via Facebook:

“I have to say that the project seems incredible to me, a good way to take Godzilla into another medium, and your passion for this world is to be admired! GvH is being interesting and fun to read. Keep up the good work!”

As you can see, these wonderful GNP fans had a lot of lovely things to say! I’m particularly flattered that so many people have singled out Godzilla vs. Hedorah as a personal favorite; that book has had a lot of work and love put into it, and seeing fans react to it so positively means a lot to me.

To wrap up, here are two more reviews, starting with a few kind words from my pal and host of the Monster Island Film Vault podcast, Nate Marchand:

Godzilla vs. Gigan is the most underestimated G-film, and Danny’s novelization brings out its hidden brilliance. He fleshes out the wonderful characters and the cultural context in which the film was made. At the moment, this Novelization is my favorite, and I look forward to every new chapter. Sekizawa (and Kimura?) would be proud.”

He then went on to give the novelization five stars, which I’m given to understand is a resonably positive rating!

And finally, here’s an incredibly humbling review from longtime supporter, my collaborator on Project: KAYAMA, brilliant artist, and good friend Robert Monsarrat:

“Daniel DiManna’s passion for the King of the Monsters shines through in every word of the Godzilla Novelization Project. The research he’s done for each novel is impeccable, showing great knowledge of not just Godzilla but Japan itself. So descriptive are they, that the novels feel like something Toho Studios themselves would produce! His timelines of the different Godzilla universes are equally stunning, the Anime Trilogy being a particular favorite of mine for how illuminating it is towards those movies. If you’re a junkie for Godzilla content like I am, the Godzilla Novelization Project is the ultimate fix!”


Wow. Just… wow.

No matter how many times I sit and read these reviews, their impact on me never lessens. It absolutely blows my mind that so many people out there have been touched by my work on this project, and it’s even more amazing to me that a handful of those people took the time out of their busy lives to share their thoughts and let me know that they — that you — are enjoying what I do. What began as a fun way for me to engage with all of you and pay back some of your kindness via prizes has come full circle and, once again, reminded me of how unbelievably lucky I am to be doing this.

From the bottom of my heart, I thank each and every one of you for your kind words. The GODZILLA NOVELIZATION PROJECT has the best fans, and always remember: you complete this project. Books are nothing without readers to read them, and I couldn’t ask for better readers. Your support never ceases to humble me.


If you’re one of the readers whose review is now enshrined above, I hope you appreciated seeing your words on the GNP website! I still have plans to create a review-specific section (or sections) on the site in the future, so don’t worry… your reviews will probably get even more mileage!

That just about wraps up this post, but keep your eyes on the website (and your email inboxes, if you’re getting these updates sent to you) for a new update in the next few days. As some of you might already be aware, the GNP has an exciting new project dropping at the end of the month, and… let’s just say it has a lot to do with a certain beloved monster character’s 60th birthday…

See you soon!

UPDATE #75 (5/21/21): The GNP’s First Giveaway Contest is Underway! Here’s What You Need to Know…

And soon, so shall you!

Greetings and salutations, monster fans!

Today’s update is a big one, because it’s less of an update and more of an announcement. More specifically, it’s an announcement for something that I’ve been wanting to do for a long, long time: a genuine, bonafide GNP giveaway contest!

Ever since I started the project back in 2018, giveaways were something that I really wanted to see happen. Over the last three years, readers like you have given me so much to be thankful for; from reading and sharing the project to sending me kind messages about what you’ve read, the GNP community has kept me motivated and humbled in equal measure.

And so, I think it’s about time I paid a little of that kindness back to you while also giving you a way to share your love for the project in a brand-new way.

On that note, I’m excited to announce that as of today, that the first ever GNP GIVEAWAY is up and running! I’m pretty excited about this, and once I lay everything out below, I think you’ll be on board to! (Hint: being on board involves the possibility of winning free stuff.)


Here’s how it all works:

I currently have in my possession a collection of awesome kaiju-related goodies that all of you will have the chance to win via raffle! These prizes include toys, comics, a Blu-ray set, and even a few of those ever-elusive Godzilla vs. Kong Funko Pops. You’ll find a complete list (including some snazzy pictures) of the prizes below.

So, how exactly do you get your hands on one of these prizes? It’s simple: all you have to do is write a review of the GODZILLA NOVELIZATION PROJECT! Let me explain…

For a while now, I’ve been considering adding a new section to the GNP website that would include reader reviews. Since launching the project, I’ve had many readers send me their thoughts on specific books/short stories/timelines/blogs/etc., and I think it’s high time these reviews were given a home on the site. You know how books often have little review blurbs on the back cover or before the first chapter? It’ll be like that, only on a dedicated webpage!

So here’s the deal: if you’re interested in writing a review of the GNP (whether it be for a specific book/story, or for the project as a whole), all you have to do is write one up and send it to me! Your review can be as short as one sentence or as long as a paragraph, and you can even include star ratings if you’d like! All I ask is that you keep things family-friendly and that things stay on the positive side. While critiques and constructive criticism of my work are always welcome (and I always encourage my readers to bring critiques, concerns, and suggestions to my attention), those criticisms might best be addressed via personal correspondence. That said, if you choose to write a more critical review, just be sure it’s done in an overall positive tone. Like I said above, I welcome all opinions!

Sending your reviews to me can be accomplished through multiple options. If you have a Facebook account, you can write a review right on the GNP Facebook page. You can also tag me on Twitter and write your review there, or send it to me via PM on either Twitter or Facebook. You can leave your review via the comments on the GNP website itself (this post will have a comments section that you can use!), or email them to me at godzillanovelizationproject@gmail.com.

No matter which method you choose, make sure you include your name! Not only would I like to credit you alongside your review, but including your name also lets me enter you in the most exciting part of all of this: the raffle!

Starting now and ending on Friday, June 4th, the names of everyone who writes a review for the GNP will be collected. After June 4th, those names will be shuffled and put in a bowl. I’ll then draw eight names, and the lucky kaiju fans attached to those names will receive one of the prizes!

And speaking of prizes, it’s about time I showed you what they are. As mentioned above, I have a whopping EIGHT kaiju prizes to give away!

Here’s what you have a chance of winning:

A Monogram Mothra 1992 Rubber Keychain!

Are you looking to accessorize your keys? This adorable little Mothra keychain from Monogram was sold in a blind bag in 2020, and if you missed it, now’s your chance to own one without the stress-inducing risk of accidental double-dipping! (This is the actual keychain you will receive.)

A Monogram Orga Rubber Keychain!

Maybe you’re more of a “space monster” kind of fan. This Orga keychain from Monogram might be the coolest figure in their third wave of classic Toho monster keychains. (This is the actual keychain you will receive.)

A Monogram Ebirah 1966 Rubber Keychain!

Where’s a stick of butter when you need it? The third and final Monogram keychain in this giveaway is for the horror of the deep himself, Ebirah. (This is the actual keychain you will receive.)

A Playmates Godzilla w/Heat Ray Action Figure!

The Playmates Godzilla vs. Kong figures have been notoriously difficult to track down this year. Thankfully, I was able to snag this super-cool Godzilla w/Heat Ray, and he can be yours if you win the raffle! (This is the actual figure you will receive.)

Marvel’s The Trials of Ultraman: Issues 1-3!

If you’ve been wanting to catch up on the latest adventures of Ultraman, now’s your chance to add the first three issues of Marvel’s The Trials of Ultraman to your collection! (These are the actual comics you will receive; issue #4 wasn’t available at the time of this giveaway.)

Mill Creek’s Ultraman R/B: The Complete Series Blu-ray Set!

Now we’re cookin’. If you’re an Ultra fan, Mill Creek’s Blu-ray of Ultraman R/B is a must-own set that includes the complete series and the movie. (This is the actual Blu-ray you will receive; the plastic wrap was removed to make sure that the collector’s booklet was included, which it is!)

A Mechagodzilla Funko Pop from Godzilla vs. Kong!

Yeah, that’s right. Now you can (politely) tell those eBay scalpers to shove off, because this is your chance to add the elusive Mechagodzilla Funko Pop to your shelf! (This is the actual toy you will receive, mint in box and NOT the price of a used car.)

The 10-inch Kong Funko Pop from Godzilla vs. Kong!

Last but not least, it’s time for the Big Kong from Funko to make his entrance. This 10-inch Pop is hard to find in stores and online, so now’s your chance to get one free of charge! (The Pop in the above picture is my own Kong; the one you will receive is mint, sealed in an Amazon box, and ready to ship!)

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE! (I’ve always wanted to say that…)

If you’re one of the lucky GNP readers who gets to take home one of the above prizes, you’ll also get…

A GNP Sticker!

To celebrate this giveaway, I figured it was finally the right moment to experiment with GNP-specific merchandise! This fun little sticker is just the beginning of what I’m hoping to do in the realm of GNP swag, and if you win a prize, you’ll be the first to get a taste of what I’m planning. Consider this a test run for the cool stuff I’ll be producing exclusively for my Patreon supporters in the near future…

Whew, we made it! Not a bad lineup of prizes, If I do say so myself! I know some of them might not be that exciting to some fans, but I hope that at least one or two of these cool kaiju collectables inspire you to send in a review for the GNP!

So, if any of these prizes sound cool to you, be sure to send in your review via one of the above-mentioned methods, and remember to include your name! After June 4th, I’ll draw a random winner for each prize. Be sure to keep your eyes on the GNP website and social media for the names of the winners, and if you won, reach out to me with your mailing information and I’ll get your prizes out to you ASAP!

(Before I wrap this up, it’s time for the obligatory disclaimers: Only contestants who have fulfilled the above requirements (written a review, posted or sent it to me, and included a name) will be entered in the raffle. The first eight randomly drawn names will be the winners. There are NO SUBSTITUTIONS for prizes; what you win is what you win. All decisions are final. If you fail to reach out to me following the drawing with mailing information, you will forfeit your prize and another name will be drawn. The GODZILLA NOVELIZATION PROJECT is not responsible for errors (typos, timing, internet connectivity, etc.) on the part of giveaway entries that can affect participation and qualification. So there.)


Well, I think that just about does it! You have all the information you need, and the clock is ticking to get your reviews submitted! You have two weeks from right now (May 21st, 2021) to write your reviews on Facebook, Twitter, the GNP website, or via email. Remember to include your name, and be sure to spread to word so more fans have a chance to win some cool stuff! It all ends on June 4th, 2021.

And remember, after all of the reviews are collected and the prizes given out, I’ll make a post including all of the reviews you write and add it to the site! Even better, select reviews (or snippets of them) will also be included on a brand-new page on the GNP website dedicated to reader reviews!

I hope this small token of my gratitude is appreciated, and that you all have fun with this giveaway. It’s the absolute least I can do for all of you after all the generosity, kindness, and support you’ve shown me for the past three years. The GNP is nothing without its community of readers and Godzilla fans, and as always, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

If you have any questions about the giveaway that aren’t answered above, hit me up on social media or send me an email, and I’ll do my best to answer your questions.

Thanks for reading, and I can’t wait to see what all of you have to say over the next two weeks! Let the fun begin!

UPDATE #74 (5/1/21): GNP vs. SPR!

Happy May, readers!

This is a short little update (and a slightly delayed one, at that), but nevertheless, here it is!

I don’t often dedicate main updates to things like convention or podcast appearances, but in this particular case, I figured I’d bend my rule a little bit as a way of showing some much-deserved support to a podcast I recently appeared on as a guest.

The podcast in question is a video game-themed show called Some Patches Required, or SPR for short. The show is hosted by two awesome guys named Zak Frank and Aaron DiManna, and if the last name of that second dude sounds familiar, that’s because he’s my honest-to-goodness brother! When they asked me to come onboard for an episode discussing video games based on licensed IPs (and offered me the chance to use Godzilla as an example), I naturally jumped at the chance.

The end result is a pretty darn fun episode, and a great trip down memory lane that I was thrilled to be a part of. Our topics include Godzilla (natch), Jurassic Park, weird NES titles, Shrek, Home Improvement, and… The Emperor’s New Groove? It all makes sense when you listen, trust me.

The episode also features a surprise cameo from my living-room window. Oops.

Appearing on this episode was a lot of fun, and SPR is an all-around fantastic show that anyone who enjoys video-game culture should definitely make a habit of listening to. If you’d like to check the episode out, follow this link and get listenin’! (Do be aware, though, that this episode contains explicit content and a light sprinkling of naughty language. The GNP is a family-friendly project and website, so if you’re a parent, please be advised that this podcast might not be appropriate for young G-Fans.)

While I’m here, there was one more thing I wanted to mention. I’ve been lucky enough to make a LOT of podcast appearances over the last couple of years, which has given me the fantastic opportunity to connect with other creative kaiju fans and celebrate the monsters we all love. If listening to my voice pontificate on the intricacies and awesome aspects of creature features sounds like your cup of tea, all of my podcast appearances are archived and linked on this site’s Press & Appearances page. Give some of them a listen if you’re so inclined, and if you do, let me know if you enjoyed them!

That’s all for now, but I’ll be back soon with another update. I’ve got something really, really cool planned for May, and I can’t wait to share it with all of you!

Until then, take care, everyone!

UPDATE #73 (4/22/2021): Godzilla vs. Hedorah: Chapter 6 Attacks for Earth Day 2021!

Hello, and Happy Earth Day!

As 2021 trudges on and the world (both literally and metaphorically) gets a little bit brighter, work on the GNP continues in earnest. In fact, with any luck, this update won’t be the only one I’ll be writing this week!

But more on that later. Today, a shiny (or should that be slimy?) new chapter of the GODZILLA NOVELIZATION PROJECT’s ongoing adaptation of Godzilla vs. Hedorah has been published, and WOW was this one ever a fun challenge to write. This book has always been a particularly challenging adaptation to tackle, but this chapter presented a few exciting hurdles that needed to be jumped. From writing smooth transitions for Yoshimitsu Banno’s frenetic editing and translating the infamous “fish heads” scene to – and believe it or not, this is 100% true – crafting the very first full-on monster battle since the GNP was launched (!), creating this chapter was a doozy. But don’t worry, it was the good kind of doozy!

Check out the chapter right here. I hope you enjoy the monster fights, hippies, and hallucinogenic fish heads that await you!

See you soon for the next (super awesome) update!

UPDATE #72 (2/22/2021): The GNP Turns 3! Time for a Status Report, Some Gratitude and a Tease for the Future!

Howdy, readers!

I hope you’re comfortable, because this update is going to be a bit on the hefty side. But in a good way, I assure you!

Today marks the official 3rd anniversary of the GODZILLA NOVELIZAION PROJECT, and I’ll be honest, it’s kind of crazy to think that I’ve been as this for that long. Three years isn’t really that long in the grand scheme of things, but when I look back on how much has happened since I first launched the project in 2018, it kind of blows my mind.

Since then, this project has evolved from a simple idea in my head into a full-blown community of readers and fans. If you had told me three years ago that I’d be asked “when’s your next chapter coming out?” or “would you be interested in being interviewed for my podcast?” I wouldn’t have believed it. On a similar note, any suggestion that I’d have a growing army of money-donating patrons, over 2,300 Twitter followers, and an opinion/perspective that my fellow kaiju fans were actively interested in hearing would’ve been dismissed as wishful thinking.

And yet, amazingly, here we are.

I’ve said it many times before, and I’m about to say it again: the amount of love and support I’ve gotten from fans like you since launching the GNP has been nothing short of remarkable. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you all for continuing to read along and being awesome fans.

Anyway, enough of the mushy stuff for now.  As per tradition, it’s once again 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. I’ll do my best to keep this status report brief, especially because I’d like to dedicate a solid chunk of this update to looking ahead to the future. There are some amazing things coming down the line in the coming months, and I can’t wait to share all of it with you!

But before we get to that, let’s break down the current status of every book, short story, timeline, and more. Like I said before, make sure you’re comfy!

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! I’ve discussed it elsewhere, but in short, the next few chapters of this particular novelization will be unique challenges that I’ve been slowly tackling over the months. Due to currently focusing on other novelizations, work on this particular adaptation has been slow. 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… it’s 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

I’ll have a bit more to say about this particular novelization’s development in the coming months, but as of this update, it remains the longest novel on the site, currently sitting at six 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. But I’ve been enjoying it immensely, as is evidenced by how much work has been done on the book! In fact, the next chapter has already been partially written, and more have been planned and outlined. I’ve got big plans for this book, and I’ll be sharing those plans soon, so stay tuned!

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.

GODZILLA VS. MEGALON: THE UNOFFICIAL NOVELIZATION

This is another book I’ve put on the back burner over the last few months. While readers were enjoying it, I hit a few snags and decided my creative energies were best directed elsewhere. That said, Chapter 2 is still being converted from an outline/notes to actual chapter. I’m not sure when to expect this one, but rest assured, it’s 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 sometime before summer.

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 two years 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.

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 other books 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 two years 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!

The MonsterVerse Timeline has probably been the most interesting page to watch over the last few months. With the hype building toward next month’s release of Godzilla vs. Kong, this timeline has been exploding on the site. It’s been clicked on nearly 700 times in the last two months alone, making it the site’s most popular page of the year so far. Researching and updating this timeline is an ever-evolving process, especially with the bevy of new lore that’s set to come out surrounding Godzilla vs. Kong. Info on the events of Kong: Skull Island is due to hit the timeline at some point soon.

Lastly, there’s the Showa Timeline. This project has been a long time in the making, and when it was finally launched last year, the response was… 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’m not sure when the next update will be coming, but I’m hoping it’ll be a big one to make up for the long wait!

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, 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, including merch production, potential audio books, and more!

What makes all of these opportunities and moments of growth so amazing is that most of them occurred during a year in which it seemed very little positivity occurred. Despite the unprecedented, frightening, and isolating time we’ve been living in for the last year, so much good did happen. All around the world, kaiju fans came together to laugh, have fun, and keep each other sane. Regardless of the physical distances between us, we found a way to celebrate monsters together. It was an amazing thing to see, and I feel incredibly fortunate to have been a part of such positivity. Hearing readers tell me that they read and enjoyed the GNP throughout 2020, and that it helped entertain them during a difficult year, means more to me than I could ever effectively put into words. Spreading smiles and positivity is what I’m all about, and if anything I did over this last year made you smile, I’m truly honored.

And WOW did I ever get to do a lot last year. Since the GNP’s previous anniversary, the project has:

  • Published 18 updates
  • Been visited over 15,000 times by more than 5,000 fans
  • Completed additional chapters to three different books
  • Completed two short stories and one blog
  • Written a full comedic short story for April Fool’s Day
  • Launched the Showa Timeline
  • Added custom images to each book, short story, and timeline

And…

  • Ditched the free version of the website for an add-free, better-looking professional version

That’s quite a lot! But wait, there’s more!

In addition to working on the GNP, I was able to do a lot if incredibly exciting things within the kaiju fan community, some of which were bucket-list items that I still can’t believe I got to do.

Over the last year, I was able to:

Yeah, I’d say that’s a lot!

Through it all, I’ve been blown away by how supportive each and every one of you continue to be. Whether you’re a casual visitor to the site or one of my wonderful Patreon supporters, it’s your kindness, dedication, and willingness to take time out of your day to read my work that truly fuels this project. You’ll never know how unbelievably grateful I am for each and every one of you.

A QUICK TEASE FOR THE FUTURE!

Before I wrap up this status report, I wanted to leave you with a little taste for what you can expect from the GODZILLA NOVELIZATION PROJECT in the coming months.

As a general rule, I don’t tend to plan things too far ahead when it comes to the GNP. More often than not, I set goals for myself and, when I achieve those goals, I share the end results with my readers. This year, while much of that will remain the same, I’ll be trying something a little bit different…

I won’t be revealing too much too soon, but what I will say is that the GNP has three big goals for this year. Three big projects that I’ll be dedicating my time to over the next few months, all of which have the closest thing to a “hard deadline” the GNP has ever set for itself.

I’ll be keeping two of those projects close to the chest for the time being, but since y’all are so awesome, I figured that the GNP’s 3rd anniversary was as good a time as any to drop a teaser for the third one…

2021 is going to be a big year for kaiju films, TV shows, comics, and more. But it’s also a significant year for any fan of classic monsters, particularly those of the Japanese variety. 60 years ago this spring, a little movie you may have heard of featuring a certain giant insect-goddess released in theaters, forever changing the kaiju genre and creating a legacy that extends all the way to today.

That’s right: 2021 marks six decades of Mothra. And not just the character, but the classic film that bears her name. Ishiro Honda’s 1961 masterpiece is considered to be one of the greatest monster films ever made, and one of the best examples of Japanese fantasy filmmaking of all time. It’s a classic through and through, and it’s always been one of my favorite films.

So, to celebrate its 60th anniversary, the GNP is planning a brand-new project that aims to adapt its story in a unique (and hopefully entertaining) way. I won’t way too much yet, but just know that I am incredibly excited to be tackling this amazing story, and I hope I can do justice to this important and wonderful film.

Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks!

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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 three 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! Stay happy, stay safe, and, as always, Long Live the King!

UPDATE #71 (1/16/21): GNP Interviewed for Article on Movie Novelizations!

Greetings, all!

This won’t be a long update, but I wanted to let you all know about a recently-published article that I was interviewed for!

Yesterday, the website KnowYourMeme.com posted an article entitled “Fandom in Context: The Enduring Allure of Movie Novelizations,” which delves into the history of the genre while also exploring the reasons behind why readers have come to love these books so much. The article’s author, KnowYourMeme.com senior editor Matt Schimkowitz, conducted several interviews with film novelization fans/collectors, and – wouldn’t you know it – one of them was me!

I answered a few questions about the GNP, and then gave some thoughts on what makes movie novelizations so special. My interview snippets were then incorporated into the final article.

This was a lovely surprise, and it meant a lot that Matt reached out to me for my thoughts. I was thrilled to contribute to the article, and I hope you’ll all give it a read!

Check out the article here.

Stay tuned for another GNP update coming soon!

UPDATE #70 (12/25/2020): A Christmas Gift, a Smog Monster, and a Few Words of Gratitude

Hey, everyone! Merry Christmas!

Wow, it’s hard to believe that 2020 is almost over. And as I’m sure you’ll all agree, its passing will not be mourned. This was truly an unprecedented year, full of unbelievable challenges and an overwhelming feeling of hopelessness. But as December draws to a close, I dearly hope that every one of you reading this has found the time to enjoy the holidays in whatever ways you possibly could. With any luck, you’ve been able to spend time with family, relax, and smile. The holiday season has always been a great time of year for seeking positivity and remembering that, no matter how hard things are, you are loved. And this year, we all need to feel that more than ever.

While this year may have been unprecedentedly difficult, it was also full of many bright spots. For my part, I saw a surge of creativity from the Godzilla fan community that I’d never seen before. Despite the distances between us, fans found ways to get together and watch movies, host conventions, and share their art, podcasts, writing, and more with fellow kaiju enthusiasts. We entertained each other, laughed with each other, and kept each other sane. It was a beautiful thing to see, and I hope to see it continue long after the current situation has passed.

Why am I mentioning all of this? Well, because I was lucky enough to be a part of this surge of positivity and long-distance connection throughout the year. More GNP readers have reached out to tell me how much they’ve enjoyed the project this year than in any previous year since the project launched.  I’ve seen so much support for this endeavor, and heard so many lovely things from all of you, that even in these difficult times, I can’t help but feel incredibly, deeply blessed.

Alright, that’s enough of the mushy stuff. To sum up, I’ll just say this: this year may have been difficult, but what I’ll always remember about 2020 is all of you; your support, your kind words, and your all-around awesomeness.

And so, on this very special Christmas day, I have a little gift for all of you. It may not be a lot, but I hope it’ll lift a few spirits.

One of the GNP books that I get the most requests to continue writing is my adaptation of 1971’s Godzilla vs. Hedorah. Ever since I first published Chapter 1 way back in 2018, this book has been a favorite among readers, and one that I get asked about frequently. It’s been a while since I’ve returned to researching/writing this particular adaptation, but I’m happy to announce that, as of today, the Hedorah drought is officially over!

The GNP is proud to present, at long last, Godzilla vs. Hedorah: Chapter 5!

Thank you all for being such amazing readers, G-fans, and people. I couldn’t be more grateful for all the kindness and support you’ve shown me, and as 2020 finally enters the realm of past tense, I hope I can continue to be worthy of that support.

Happy reading, Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good (and safe) night!

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!