Got back from G-Fest earlier today! Finally able to get to ol' DA and make a post! Big thanks to everyone who came out, especially my fellow Deviantart members
Like last year, I'll sum up my trip in a handful of key points:
- Artist Alley was another big success! Fellow kaiju artists like
all came out and we had a grand ol' time! Not to mention I made a new friend in fellow KINGDOM OF MONSTERS cover artist, Jeff Zornow!
- Unfortunately, there was a....let's say, "delay" in my travel arrangements (yeah, that works), and I missed the double-double feature on Thursday night. Thankfully, I was able to make it to the main screenings of ULTRAMAN GAIA: BATTLE IN HYPERSPACE (introduced by Hiroyuki Watanabe) and GAMERA 2: ADVENT OF LEGION, intro'd by Shinji Higuchi!
- ULTRAMAN GAIA was a simple, harmless film. I'd seen it a few times previously, but this was the first in a while and DEFINITELY the first on the big screen! It's exciting and reasonably paced. A little loopy and simple-minded but plenty of good ol' Ultraman fun!
- After seeing GAMERA 2 for the God-Knows-How-Many-I've-Seen-This-Time, I remain utterly convinced of something that I've finally come to a personal decision on - the 90's Gamera Trilogy easily represent the absolute best that this genre has to offer. There is so much they each get right and so little they each get wrong. Dare I say it, they outstrip every single entry in the Godzilla series since the 60's. Each film represents a different aspect that made us fall in love with this genre to begin with, and each is so different from the other that it's hard not to be satisfied when watching the trilogy together. I look at GMK and wonder what could have been. </nerdgasm>
- Cool convention swag! I gots me a Bandai Orochi from Yamato Takeru, a Bandai Jirass, a plethora of chibi figures, a Yamato Takeru theater program, a Gamera art collection by Yuji Kaida, a ton of posters from fellow artists, limited-edition giant octopus and giant sea snake figures, and lots of other delicious, wonderful things
- Hanging with legends like August Ragone, Bob Eggleton and J.D. Lees is nothing short of incredible. Just a statement of fact.
- Master sculptor (known for Final Wars especially) Hiroshi Sagae stopped by the Artist Alley. After we showered him with praise and gifts, he reached into his pocket and produced the last of his custom-made Gfantis medallions! THEY ROCK YOUR FACE.
- Being at G-Fest definitely jazzed me up to get back to work! Some really cool stuff coming down the pipe. Stay tuned!