|Our "Invasion of Astro-Monster" poster signed by Akira Takarada|
We just received G-FAN #102 in the mail. Included in this issue is the earlybird registration form for G-FEST, which always inspires a little daydreaming around these parts. Readers of this blog will know that G-FEST is a big deal for our family and has become a centerpiece of our summers. It provides fans of Japanese monsters and fantasy with opportunities that are exceedingly rare, such as the chance to come face to face with stars of the genre. Above you see the autograph that was given to us by Akira Takarada this past year, and it is hard to put into words what it is like to have met and thanked people like him. It certainly adds a new dimension to these films to know that you have shaken hands with the actors, and they now have a sense of how much Western fans enjoy their work. All of which is to say that if you have never been to a G-FEST before but have an interest in going, you need to find a way to get there, at least once. I think you will be amazed by the creativity and comraderie you will discover.