phew … there’s been so much going on I’ve had no time to update the blog, sad to say … so this will contain a bunch of things that would have had individual posts but to save time I’ll just post em up now …. 😉
Monsterpalooza April 2013My first time to this con and I have to say i loved it ! My first love was and is Monsters be it Kaiju or Classic Universal Monsters .. while I prefer the oldies to say Slasher type of movies I do enjoy looking at the make up / EFX aspects to them all … if you like this sorta thing I would highly recommend Monsterpalooza to you, there another one in October. Random shots below …
Kits above and below from Model Mansion
Awesome Aliens vs Predator battle scenes, display only …by Simon Lee
vintage poster above 😉
above the below incredible masks and busts by Jordu Schell Jaws tribute – these figures had incredible details down to hair on the backs of hands
Above my score was this awesome oil painting by artist E.M. Gist .. check out his work !
above and below: Life sized Phantom of the Opera and Nosferatu figures by Mike Hill, simply stunning work …
so the other reason for traveling down to Burbank was to meet the original cast from the Ultraman TV show. First shown in Japan in 1966, the show has had a huge influence on many around the world .. including myself ;-P It could be argued that if i had not seen this show for the first time in 1974, I’d most likely not have gone down the path I’ve traveled. Not only do i collect Ultraman toys but my toy company is influenced by the toy makers from that era. I don’t get very “fan” boy about much but this event had me VERY excited !
The cast rarely appears all together at one event ( in Japan ) and never have appeared together in the USA, in fact only the actress who played Fuji, Hiroko Sakuri has been to the US previously. We entered the autograph room and to my surprise and old friend from Japan was there, Shigeko Kojima, who was managing the actors on the trip ( above pic )
another old timer ( haha ) whom I use to do Ultra related artwork for back in the day, but I never met in person, was Jim Cirronella. Jim was responsible for coordinating the actors to come to Monsterpalooza. It was good to meet Jim and catch up.Max and I greet actor Susumu Korobe, who played Hyata in Ultraman.
I love this picture, it’s surreal to me that nearly 40 years later I get to meet these actors and thank you them in person. All were extremely gracious with their time and put up with all the fans ;-P
Later to a packed crowd of 200+ the cast took questions from the crowd … I have to say it was a very funny exchange with some great stories.
Check out this video :
Brad Warner was on hand to translate this event ( above ). Brad for years worked at Tsuburaya ( the company that made Ultraman ) and knows a lot about the shows. Brad is also a well known Zen teacher/ author as well, check out his books !
Sorry for the brief over view, I have to say i had a flood of emotions that day and upon my return there was more news that i will reveal in the coming weeks that really blew my mind 😉 What that is I can not say .. it will test all my abilities that’s for sure but in a weird way like this event will bring my career full circle for me.