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!

UPDATE #59 (4/1/20): A Silly Story for a Troubling Time

Hello, and Happy March 32nd to all of you!

I think it’s safe to say that April Fools Day couldn’t have come at a better time. The world is currently trudging its way through a frightening pandemic that has affected our daily lives and reminded us that, once in a blue moon, truth is more tragic than fiction. It’s been a strange and stressful time for all of us, and if ever there was a time when we could all use a good laugh, it’s right now.

To that end, I set out to make this April Fools Day a special one. Last year’s prank was a classic fake-out gag that tricked and confused a few readers, and it was a fun little thing to do. But it wasn’t my first choice. My initial idea was to actually write a full story and give people a good laugh. When I ended up not having the time to write that story, I went with a simpler prank. This year, I was determined to see that original idea through to completion, and hey… I did!

And it couldn’t have been a better time. All across the internet, Godzilla fans are joining forces to entertain their fellow G-lovers with art, podcasts, live streams, and good conversation. It’s been inspiring and truly heart-warming to see, and I hope I can be a small part of spreading such positivity through my own creative endeavors.

To that end, I’m happy to present an all-new – and VERY silly – short story that’s been a long time in the making. It adapts an original scenario that’s been stuck in my head for years, a scenario involving bad guys, time travel, and a certain beloved – if charmingly convoluted – entry in the Godzilla franchise. I think that’s all you need to know before giving it a read!

I hope you enjoy this goofy little tale, and that it brightens your day and gives you a laugh or two.

Give it a read here.

Stay safe, stay happy, and thanks to you all for your continuing support. Stay tuned for more fun stuff and big announcements coming soon!

UPDATE #58 (3/13/20): Page Images and Patreon Support!

Happy Friday the 13th, readers! Hopefully your day has been a lucky one!

The first part of this update is a tad overdue, and you’ll understand why in a minute! Better late than never, I say. In keeping with my goal to maintain weekly updates to the site (even if they’re little updates), I figured this was a good a Friday as any to discuss a recent(ish) change to the site’s novel/short story pages that you may have noticed…

A few months ago, while trying to figure out ways to make the GNP site more visually appealing, I decided that it was high time for each story to have a unique image to go along with it. After all, every book has its cover, right? After uploading a few test images, I decided that every major page needed its own header image that represented what you’d be reading. It’s pretty self-explanatory, and something I really should have done a long time ago. I file this under the “First-Time Web Designer” heading, which is (not shockingly) a pretty thick file at this point. I’m definitely still learning as I go along, and I’m always open to suggestions for better visual/performance improvements to the site going forward!

That said, here are a few of the images that now appear at the tops of each novel/timeline/short story page:

GNP Monsterverse Timeline Image
The MonsterVerse Timeline
GNP Godzilla vs. Hedorah Image
Godzilla vs. Hedorah
GNP GMK Image
GMK
GNP Matango Image
Casefile: MATANGO

Cool, no?

I’ve been having fun creating these little “covers” for the stories and timelines, and I hope they’ve been appreciated! That said, there’s still a lot I’d like to do visually with the site in the future, including FINALLY getting rid of those annoying ads that pop up in the middle of the text (one of the side effects of having a free WordPress account) and maybe even teaming up with artists in the kaiju community to create better images for the site! More on those updates as they continue to develop.

That said, I do have one more special announcement. The GODZILLA NOVELIZATION PROJECT welcomes the one and only Jimmy From NASA to its growing family of Patreon supporters! (Jimmy, if you didn’t know, is the mysterious – and potentially non-corporeal – producer of The Monster Island Film Vault podcast, hosted by friend (and fellow Patreon supporter!) Nate Marchand.) Jimmy backed at the popular $10 level, which means his name will be worked into the story of a GNP adaptation! His movie of choice was Monster Zero (not shocking if you know Jimmy!), which is still on my list of books to start in the future. But when I do, look for Jimmy’s name!

If having your name immortalized in your favorite Godzilla story sounds like a cool investment, head over to the GNP’s Patreon page and join Jimmy (and other awesome $10 backers like Nate Marchand, Allison Fey, and Kyohei Toshi) in supporting the project! A monthly donation of as little as $1 gets you recognition in the site, and my eternal gratitude. Support of any amount is humbling to me beyond words, and to anyone who would consider helping me to continue making this project a reality, I truly thank you.

(And remember, the more support I have, the more physical goodies I can offer supporters! When the project starts earning $50 a month, I start rolling out tee shirts, coffee mugs, stickers, keychains, or anything (within reason, of course!) that you might be interested in!)

Well, I think that’s enough shameless promotion for one day. Asking for support is always uncomfortable for me, but realistically speaking, it’s the only way this project will ever be completed in a timely and high-quality fashion. That said, the amount of support I get from readers, monetary or otherwise, continues to both blow me away and warm my heart. I hope that I can continue to be worthy of your praise and your readership.

Thanks for reading through this update, and for being such awesome fans. I’ll catch you in the next update! Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to the theater to see Godzilla vs. Ko-

Oh.

Well… that’s disappointing.