Exactly one year ago today "Monsterland Ohio" was born as a response to our enjoyment of G-FEST XVI, our first. Here we are, approximately 185 posts later, and it is more fun than ever to be a Godzilla/Toho/Tsuburaya fan. In fact, it is not a reach to say that this blog has changed our lives in a pretty positive way.
Lots of great G-Fans have taken the time to post comments on the site, which is always appreciated. What's more, it was this blog that brought us to the attention of the Cuyahoga Kaiju Club, to which we now belong. I'm glad to say we count our fellow CKCers not just as fellow fans but as friends. Plus, we made new friends at this year's G-FEST who recognized us from the blog! Small wired world, eh? And as recently as this past weekend "M.O." keeps connecting us with folks who love their kaiju, living right in our own neck of the woods.
We've had a lot to share in a year's time: Andy's "G-Mazing Collection" exhibited at the Perry Library and it's subsequent report in G-FAN; meeting Kaiju Modeler; CKC updates; and, of course, reflecting on G-FEST. There will much more to tell you about in the weeks and months to come, so stay tuned!
Finally, we'd like to thank the G-FAN crew, especially J.D., Ruth and Brett, for their kindness and encouragement; Martin and Pam at Mad Scientist for their friendliness at G-FEST; Kaiju Modeler Matt for his ongoing generosity; Don "Kaiju" and Tammy and Jaden for their hospitality (thanks for sending that e-mail, Don); Tom for welcoming us as well; and for Chris from St. Petersburg who invited us out for pizza--we had a great time with you guys!
We hope you enjoy reading M.O. At the end of the day, it's all about celebrating the imagination and feeling conveyed in Andy's latest drawing (posted here) and knowing that there are other people out there who know what we're talking about.
Thanks for dropping by...you're always welcome at Monsterland Ohio.
Mark and Andy