Kaiju Contributors

Written by Barney Buckley

Email Address – bbuckley@triad.rr.com

August Ragone

Written by Barney Buckley

Email Address – bbuckley@triad.rr.com


image002

Mr. August Ragone is a native of San Francisco California who is an events promoter, author, and Japanese film aficionado for over three decades. The whole entire thing started with him in his teenage years being a Japanese film and Godzilla expert for horror host Bob Wilkins on the KTVU TV station which does horror movie showcase series that they call “Creature Features.”

His resume consist of doing many lectures based on Japanese cinema for film companies such as Lucasfilm, commentary on radio, TV and at conventions as well as the Internet. This man is all over the place. He’s also done a lot of work on linear notes for DVD releases, edited and authored over 150 translated scripts for films and written multiple periodicals in all American Japanese film and television magazines. He’s also hosted the first ever anime and Tokusatsu convention that was actually held in Japan back in 1979 and it was called “The Japanese Fantasy Film Faire.”

Mr. August Ragone is currently a copywriter and commentator for the media company “Shout! Factory” and he is also a writer columnist as well as an associate editor for the magazine “Famous Monsters of Filmland.” Mr. August Ragone is a well-respected for everything he has done for this particular genre, so if you ever have any questions and you happen to come in contact this is one of the men you can actually talk to when it comes anything Godzilla related he would definitely have the answer for you or if he doesn’t he will give you the best answer he possibly can.

Because of his writing skills the man has a blog and it is called “The Good, the Bad, and Godzilla” this is a blog that if you want any kind of dates based on anything Kaiju related you deftly want to keep this in your favorites.

Keith Aiken

Written by Barney Buckley

Email Address – bbuckley@triad.rr.com


06worldcon237

Mr. Keith Aiken’s is an accomplished writer himself and is also a professional illustrator and storyboard artist who is located in Los Angeles he also has credit for comic books, and video game artwork featuring such characters as Superman, Spider-Man, the X-Men, Green Lantern, ghost writer, and Silver surfer. A little-known fact about Keith Aiken’s is his very first professional assignment was indeed on the King of monsters and that was for “Dark Horse Comics” for the Godzilla titles from 1993 to 1995. Following that he also is a major contributor to the Godzilla animated series “Godzilla: The Series which came out in 1998 to 1999.

Keith has also written for popular Kaiju type magazines called “Japanese Giants” and “Kaiju Review” and he is also a major contributor for the website Monster Zero News. This at one time was a primary news source for anything Godzilla related other than the website “Godzilla.com” and he was also a writer for “Henshin! Online” from 2002 to 2005. Keith also worked with the prestigious “American Cinematheque” this place is located in Hollywood and it is celebrate Godzilla’s 50th anniversary tribute. This would be the first Toho authorized film Festival ever to be displayed in the United States of America.

Mr. Keith Aiken’s also worked with Steve Ryfle who is the author of the book “Japan’s Favorite Mon-Star” and Ed Godziszewski of “Japanese Giants” Keith was hired by the company “Classic Media” which releases DVDs of many of the Kaiju films today and he is also a major contributor to the DVD releases of “War in Space, Sayonara Jupiter, Frankenstein Conquers the World, Destroy All Monsters, Godzilla versus Megalon from Media Blasters which is another company that releases DVDs of your favorite Kaiju movie. He is accredited too many DVDs from that point on.

Mr. Keith Akins is very well connected in the Kaiju circle and does an extreme amount of writing when it comes to anything Kaiju related. He just got done doing a four-part series based on Jan De Bont’s Godzilla and this is very in depth and very interesting to read and order if you check this out you’re going to have to go to his website which is a super blog all mega proportions. It is called “Sci-Fi Japan” this particular website has many many contributors that make this website what it is today. Here are some honorable mentions Bob Johnson, Jim M. Ballard, Robert St. John, Aaron Cooper, Ed Godziszewski and Steve Ryfle. As you can see he is very well connected with a bunch of pretty famous writers for anything Kaiju related this is a massive circle.

Todd Tennant

Written by Barney Buckley

Email Address – bbuckley@triad.rr.com


image002[4]

A question was addressed to Mr. Tennant about what inspired him to start drawing in creating anything there was Kaiju related what inspired? His response is he has always loved big monsters ever since he was six years old. His early memories are seeing the trailers of Godzilla cannula monsters and Gigantis the Fire Monster and after a while he would refer to him as “The Big G” now a little something about his career

He was extremely inspired by drawing gigantic monsters ever since he was a kid and he saw these kind of things on TV. It has been known that Todd Tennant had been illustrator for over 26 years but he still classifies himself as a late bloomer. As a Kaiju-artist he has been actually involved in this genre’s 2000.

It would be two years later that you would create the “American Kaiju” website which probably displays his many achievements and art and comics as he is in the process of creating his very first graphic novel. Based on Godzilla 1994 and he also has a creative partner that helps them and his name is Mike Bogue who writes for AK-comic stories. They are one point hosted their website but has since lost their web host you to a hostile takeover but however graciously they were rescued by Brandon Waggle at the website called “Kaijuphile.com” this particular website was formally called “Rodan’s Roost” and this is a new home for the “American Kaiju” website.

Todd tenant has gone on to create what is called “King Komodo” the largest deadliest of all of the American Kaiju. King Komodo is an atomically mutated Megalania that had its DNA spliced with other prehistoric animals and is results is a very unique and upright walking appearance.

Mr. Tennant has continuously to develop Kaiju-comic stories with Mike Bogue in hopes of finding a publisher, but may try seeking investors for self-publishing. Mr. Todd Tennant is also working with other writers that are interested in producing the graphic novel that literally involves Daikaiju.

To get a better understanding of Mr. Todd Tennant I did ask him about your questions and he finally returned my questions with the answers and here they are!

My very 1st question was how did he get started in graphic novels and why did he decide to choose this career?

His answer is that he has been writing and illustrating his own comic books (Off and on) since Junior high school, though none ever got accepted. Like many other artists who wanted to break out all the fan-artist category and actually break into the comics/graphic novel industry, I contacted Bluewater Productions because they were giving new artifices a chance to be published. The subject materials weren’t always terribly exciting, but I did “get my name out there.”

Years before this, I had started on an online graphic novel of Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio’s GODZILLA screenplay they had written for the original TriStar production that was sadly cancelled in 1994. I read about the screenplay in G-FAN magazine and downloaded a copy from the internet and loved it. Since no one else had attempted to illustrate Ted and Terry’s screenplay, I gave it a shot, working on it in my spare time in between producing architectural renderings through my company, Tennart Illustrations.

Two years ago, I was contacted by Terry Rossio’s personal assistant via email. He told me that Terry was aware of and a fan of my online graphic novel, and offered a commission for me to finish it. I’m almost finished completing my GODZILLA ’94 graphic novel (apx. 12 pages left), and we’ve already been in contact (through our Literary representative) with the only comics company with the licensing to publish Toho/Godzilla comics, IDW. They’ve been silent, but I am suspecting they are waiting to see the final pages before consideration….but I’ll take that over an outright rejection any day.

The next question that I asked him was what got him fascinated in the Kaiju genre?

One of my first memories was seeing trailers for both GODZILLA, KING OF THE MONSTERS and later GIGANTIS, THE FIRE MONSTER as a very young kid. Later on I saw GKOTM on the very first “Terminus, the Theater of Science Fiction” (a 2-movie Saturday afternoon program on our local NBC affiliate in St. Pete, Florida…..and have never been the same since.

The next question I asked him as his educational background and how it got him where he is today?

I attended college as an Art and English major, but that didn’t really help that much. I learned how to draw on my own, and learned how to paint in several architectural renderings studios. A revived interest in Kaiju that took place in the 90’s sparked my drive to produce Kaiju comics.

This very next question is the progress of his graphic novel how is it coming along and how soon would be finished and I’m referring to the graphic novel called “Godzilla 1994”?

Years before this, I had started on an online graphic novel of Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio’s GODZILLA screenplay they had written for the original TriStar production that was sadly cancelled in 1994. I read about the screenplay in G-FAN magazine and downloaded a copy from the internet and loved it. Since no one else had attempted to illustrate Ted and Terry’s screenplay, I gave it a shot, working on it in my spare time in between producing architectural renderings through my company, Tennart Illustrations.

Two years ago, I was contacted by Terry Rossio’s personal assistant via email. He told me that Terry was aware of and a fan of my online graphic novel, and offered a commission for me to finish it. I’m almost finished completing my GODZILLA ’94 graphic novel (apx. 12 pages left), and we’ve already been in contact (through our Literary representative) with the only comics company with the licensing to publish Toho/Godzilla comics, IDW. They’ve been silent, but I am suspecting they are waiting to see the final pages before consideration….but I’ll take that over an outright rejection any day.

Todd Tennant

Kyle Yount

Written by Barney Buckley

Email Address – bbuckley@triad.rr.com


image002[6]

Mr. Kyle Yount graduated from the Savannah College of Art and design in 1996, he that would eventually move out to Oregon. He would eventually continue to develop his web development skills and continue to do this until 2006. He also worked with the Hollywood Theatre that was located in Portland Oregon and it was also the very same theater that produced the “50 Years of Godzilla Film Festival” this would be a weeklong celebration on Japan’s biggest star. Kyle would coordinate and organize the actual film Festival as he acquired the sponsors, created activities and displays for the attendees, brought in special guests and interfaced with companies like Sony and Atari to make the event a success. With an overwhelming positive response from those who actually attended it was definitely a crowd pleaser.

Kyle for obvious reasons love Godzilla he enjoys every aspect about this particular genre and he is also a big fan of Gamera because his website that he created based on Gamera is still online. I remember seeing this website when I first came on board with my website called “The Godzilla Shrine” which came out around 1999 and has been online until just previously I took it down and transfer all the information and created a new website called “Kaijuology.com” this has all my writings on it. You might want to check it out if you’re into anything Kaiju related. His website is called “The Shrine of Gamera” this is a very well laid out website that is based on all of the Gamera movies from 1965 all the way to 1999. I believe he stopped working on it shortly after this movie came out even though “Gamera: Little Brave” came out in 2006.

According to Mr Kyle Yount he wanted to further educate himself in the knowledge of Godzilla in doing this he used to run the website called “Henshin! Online” which I believe is now off-line if you go to the actual website it will take you to August Ragone and his blog this is another man we will be honoring as well. He ran this particular website with August Ragone, Keith Aiken, Aaron Cooper, Bob Johnson and many others rep contributed to this website.

Kyle’s first taste in podcasting happened which he has some friends run a horror movie Internet radio show every Friday on the Portland Radio Authority (praradio.org) he was asked a few times to come on to their show and after that is when he got the fever. Kyle then decided to go ahead and figure out the whole podcasting thing and now he has been doing it for quite a while now he has a new website based on his podcasting and it is called “Kaijucast” so go and check out his podcasting if you’re into anything Kaiju related he has a very very good podcasts.

Bob Johnson

Written by Barney Buckley

Email Address – bbuckley@triad.rr.com


image002[8]

Mr. Johnson spent nearly 8 years in the suburban planes of the San Mateo Peninsula in California. There he would grow up to watch varieties of different science fiction, horror anything monster related based movies at a very young age. He would eventually participate in panels and live discussions about the Kaiju genre and he would attend events such as Wondercon, Fanimecon as well as being on radio radio stations like KFJC and even on a local television station at KRON which is Channel 4 in that particular area and Mr. Bob Johnson has also been a guest lecturer for the Kaiju Cinema course that was being taught at UC Berkeley.

Mr. Johnson has also coproduced the “Japanese Fantasy Film Fairs” in the late 70s and one on to co-create and co-edit “Markalite Magazine” in 1989 through 1990. He has gone on to do Kaiju Review, Japanese Giants and other magazines. I live in a trivia the magazine Markalite would eventually change to another website as the Internet got progressively more popular they changed it to the website called “Henshin! Online” first as a part of the “Monster Zero News” and then eventually it would get its own website.

Bob currently runs Bay Area Film Events, a group that produces movie screenings and film festivals. Among these were Godzillafest (a 20-film/7-day festival with such guests as Hiroshi Koizumi, Akira Kubo, Jerry Ito, Russ Tamblyn, and Tsutomu Kitagawa) and Ultramania, which featured the premiere of ULTRAMAN THE NEXT with Ultra designer Hiroshi Maruyama and monster maker Shinichi Wakasa, as well as a live stage show with Ultraman battling a monstrous foe. BAFE has also run film festivals devoted to the Beatles, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, and James Bond… and more shows are coming!

Mr. Bob Johnson would eventually turn his attention to the website “Sci-Fi Japan” his philosophy was to make this site the best site of its kind on the web! He is also a major contributor to the audio commentary for “Classic Medias Terror of Mechagodzilla DVD” which went on sale in the late 2007. Mr. Bob Johnson is still a major contributor for this website and he still does a lot of writing and gives us all the great news that we need to know and to keep updated within the Kaiju genre.

Bob Eggelton

Written by Barney Buckley

Email Address – bbuckley@triad.rr.com


image002[10]

Bob Eggleton (born September 13, 1960) is a science fiction, fantasy, and horror artist. Eggleton has been honored with the Hugo Award for Best Professional Artist eight times, first winning in 1994. He also won the Hugo Award for Best Related Book in 2001 for his art book “Greetings from Earth”. He has also won the Chesley Award for Artistic Achievement in 1999 and was the guest of honor at Chicon 2000.

Mr. Eggleton’s drawing and paintings cover a wide range of science fiction, fantasy, and horror topics, depicting space ships, alien worlds and inhabitants, dragons, vampires, and other fantasy creatures. His view on space ships were that they should look organic, and claimed that as a child, he was disappointed with the space shuttles and rockets NASA produced; they were nothing like fantasy artists of the twenties and thirties had promised. His fascination with dragons originated with his childhood interest of dinosaurs, which can be seen in the book Greetings from Earth. His paintings are commissioned and bought at science fiction conventions, and used as book covers.

Mr. Eggleton received massive encouragement from his father, in the form of books, supplies, visits to museums of space and aeronautics and support during the career choices he made. Mr. Eggleton dropped out of his art college, because he felt it was not for him.

Mr. Eggleton is a fan of Godzilla and worked as a creative consultant on the American remake. While in Japan he appeared as an extra in one of the more recent films.

Now if you want to check out all his major artwork he does have a website and not just on Godzilla he has all kinds of amazing sci-fi type art as well as other monsters so go and check out this website is called “Bob Eggleton.com” check this website out he has all lot of amazing artwork here.

Robert Scott Field

Written by Barney Buckley

Email Address – bbuckley@triad.rr.com


image002[12]

Here we have yet a rather famous actor who starred in the film “Godzilla versus King Ghidorah” which came out in 1991. Robert Scott Field is an American born actor and radio show host as I’ve mentioned before he has starred in the movie “Godzilla versus King Ghidorah” which came out in 1991 at the android M-11 and this guy can run very fast in the film LOL. Mr. Field did in fact teach English classes in Japan and he also worked on radio shows before actually being chosen for the role of M 11. He is also considered himself Japanese despite being born and raised in America. Mr. Robert Scott Field does in fact attend conventions such as G-fest and enjoys meeting fans, to these conventions.

Here is something that a lot of people do not know about Mr. Field ” My Boss” and that is the fact that he actually came to Japan to be a baseball player. That actually fell through but he decided to stay in Japan and for obvious reasons he classifies himself as a Japanese despite being born in America. The amazing thing of how he got the actual job as M-11 was while he was working at a radio show one of the guest that was there his name is Mr. Kazuki Omori who is the director of the film Godzilla versus King Ghidorah. It was at this time because they did this radio program together he liked Mr. Field and want to put some foreigners in his film.

According to Mr. Field he had to audition in Tokyo and at the audition they had him running and they also had him lifting they had him doing a lot of things. They mentioned to him “you’d be perfect for the android part.” And it just took off from there and that’s pretty much how he got the job. Another key note about Mr. Robert Scott Field is the fact that he can speak fluent Japanese and that being “Osaka dialect” as he translates for a lot of Asian actors and special effects directors when it comes to conventions based on Godzilla he has a tendency to translate for them. I also like to mention that everyone within this article is also a member of our group here on Facebook and it is called “Giant Monsters and beyond.”

As I’ve mentioned above these are the major contributors that your cave the Daikaiju genre going and they also are the reason why we are still connected and kept updated for if it wasn’t for any of these people above the understanding of the Daikaiju genre would not be as easily given to us.

Megumi Odaka

Written by Barney Buckley

Email Address – bbuckley@triad.rr.com


600full-megumi-odaka

Megumi Odaka was born on May 9, 1972 in the city of Kanagawa, Japan. She is a former Japanese idol actress and singer. Her story begins after a beauty contest that they call “Toho Cinderella” this was a beauty contest that was held in 1987 where she took place when the 1984 winner Yasuko Sawaguchi. Her very 1st rule she did was a character that was a blind girl her name was Akeno in the movie “Taketori Monogatari” also called “Princess from the Moon.” The very next year she would win a Japanese Academy Award for what is classified as “Rookie of the Year” for her performance in this movie.

In 1988 she would go on to star in a TV series that is called “Hana no Asuka-gumi” and her character’s name is “Asuka Kuraku” with other actresses such as Natsuki Ozawa and Hikari Ishida, based on a manga series about a 14-year-old delinquent girl. After her short stint in TV series she would go on to land a major role and one of the Godzilla movies within the Godzilla franchise. This particular movie is called Godzilla versus Biollante that came out in 1989 this would be her 1st major movie role as Miki Saegusa was a telepath that can sense Godzilla’s presence.

Before she actually took the role of Miki Saegusa is a little known fact that she was a 2nd year high school student that was literally afraid of the actual costume of Godzilla. However that soon changed when she was befriended by suit actor Kenpachiro Satsuma who went on to do all or most of the Godzilla suit acting within the Heisei Series. Until he retired in 1995. The Toho Company in itself was very impressed with her acting skills and she had up playing Miki Saegusa in the following installment as well as the rest of the Heisei Series Godzilla films.

Megumi Odaka is one of the very few actresses directly play the same role in more than one Japanese Godzilla film. (Takashi Shimura played Dr. Kyouhei Yamane in the first two films, Raymond Burr reprised his role as Steve Martin in the edited American releases Godzilla, King of the Monsters! and Godzilla 1985, and finally Momoko Kochi who portrayed Emiko Yamane on the original 1954 Godzilla film reprised her role in a cameo appearance in Godzilla vs. Destroyah).

Towards the end of the Heisei Series Megumi Odaka had once said: “he (actor Akira Takarada) was in the very 1st Godzilla film nearly 40 years ago, before I was even born. I want to be like him at that age— if Toho is still making Godzilla movies then, I’d like to come back and appear in them as Miki Saegusa.”

Now we move on to Mickey’s very short singing career from 1988 and 1991, it did spawn 6 singles and the 2 albums and they are called Milky Cotton (1988) and Powdered Snow (1989). Megumi Odaka is also acted in several live stage productions such as “Anne no aijou” (or “Anne no ai”) aka “Anne’s Love” or “Anne’s Affection” in 1991, “Kiki’s Delivery Service” in 1995,[2] “Peter Pan” in 1996[3] and “Yana no ue no Violinjiki” (“Violin Player on top of the Roof” or “Fiddler on the Roof”) in 1994, 1996 and 1998.

The very last notable thing that Megumi Odaka has done once her appearance at G-Fest 2000. At one given point or another Megumi Odaka was supposed to perform in a stageplay called “The Bird Fire” however her physical condition was bad and she was eventually sent home sick for a time. However she would eventually retire from the Toho motion picture company however according to some sources she did not retire properly, so what that means we’re not really sure of whether she left on bad terms or whether she actually retired.

medium_megumi-odaka

Filmography

  •      Princess from the Moon (OT: Taketori Monogatari) (1987)
  •      Hana no Asuka-gumi (1988) (TV-Series)
  •      Seishun kazoku (1989) (TV-Series)
  •      Hey! Agari icchou. (1989) (TV-Series)
  •      Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989)
  •      Ikenai jiyoshikou monogatari (1990) (TV-Series)
  •      Gekai arimori saeko (1990) (TV-Series) (Episode 5)
  •      Genji monogatari ue no Makishita no kan (1990) (TV-Series)
  •      Gogeza monogatari (1991)
  •      Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991)
  •      Anata dake mienai (1992) (TV-Series)
  •      Yonimo kimyouna monogatari – Haru no tokubetsu-hen (1992) (TV-Series)
  •      Ude ni oboe ari 2 (1992) (TV-Series) (Episode 5)
  •      Oushin doctor jiken no Karte (1992) (TV-Series) (Episode 9)
  •      Kaseifu wa mita! (1992) (TV-Series) (Episode 11)
  •      Godzilla vs. Mothra (1992)
  •      Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (1993)
  •      Hit the Goal! (OT: Shoot!) (1994)
  •      Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla (1994)
  •      Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995)
  •      Furuhata ninzaburou (1996) (TV-Series) (2nd Season – Episode 14)
  •      Samurai tantei jiken (1997) (TV-Series) (Episode 14)
  •      Hakui no futari (1998) (TV-Series)
  •      Hamidashi Keiji Jounetsu kei (2000) (TV-Series) (4th Series – Episode 17)

Discography

  •      Soushun no Eki / Doushite desu ka (21.03.1988) (single)
  •      Blue Wind / Tsuna no Jiki (06.07.1988) (single)
  •      Milky Cotton (07.09.1988) (album)
  •      Autabi Anata o Suki ni naru / Koi ga Samui November (21.11.1988) (single)
  •      Jounetsu no Sasayaki / Harukaze Memory (21.03.1989) (single)
  •      Shumatsu no Cinderella tachi / Stance (30.08.1989) (single)
  •      Powder Snow (29.11.1989) (album)
  •      Ima, Kaze no Naka de / Umi o Futari jime (21.02.1991) (single)
  •      Odaka Megumi Best (aka: Emi Odaka Best) (21.08.2002) (best-of album)
Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s