Thursday, March 26, 2009

Good Monsters

Four things:

* This weekend sees the opening of Dreamworks' 3-D animated epic Monsters Vs. Aliens. (On his blog, WEBmikey gives the film a solid 3 out of 5.)

* reports that the 1976 Saturday morning series Monster Squad is coming to DVD. The series starred a young Fred "Gopher" Grandy leading replicas of Dracula, the Frankenstein Monster, and the Wolf Man to fight crime.

* Genndy Tartakovsky ("Samurai Jack") is developing a new giant robot series for the Cartoon Network: "Sym-Bionic Titan" is described as an "exciting hybrid of high school drama and giant robot battles." The series follows three aliens who crash-land on Earth while attempting to escape their war-torn world. (UPDATE: Preview images online at Giant Monsters Attack!)

* Race To Witch Mountain director Andy Fickman has been tapped to direct the big screen adaptation of Monster Attack Network. Inspired by the comic, the film will be an "effects-heavy action comedy about a secret government organisation that protects America’s coasts from giant, marauding monsters. You know, like that Godzilla fella."

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Same name, new spelling

Ladies and gentlemen, perhaps the single worst idea in the history of brand-management: The SciFi Channel is changing its name to the Syfy Channel to appeal to women. Essentially, they're saying, "Instead of changing the name, we'll just spell it wrong -- because we think that women like things that are spelled wrong."

There's nothing more awkward than watching SciFi geeks try to pick up chicks and do it so badly.

Friday, March 20, 2009

King Kong vs. Godzilla on the big screen!

New Hampshire-based horror host show Saturday Fright Special is hosting a special screening of the 1962 classic King Kong Vs. Godzilla on Friday, April 24 at the historic Colonial Theatre in Keene, NH at 7PM. Viewers will be treated to a BRAND-NEW 35 mm print struck by Universal Pictures specifically for this event, which has never been touched or screened before.

In addition to the main feature, they'll be screening vintage monster movie previews, costumed characters from Saturday Fright Special will be giving away DVDs and T-shirts, and overall creating "family-friendly fearsome festivity for all". Legendary comic artist Steve Bissette (Swamp Thing) is donating six sets of signed copies of his critically acclaimed, dinosaur-themed title Tyrant, and an original King Kong Vs. Godzilla sketch done just for the event.

Tickets will be $10 and available either at the door or via the Colonial's website.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Japan's Spider-Man Ep. 1 has posted the first episode of a live action Spider-Man TV show from Japan! The 1978-79 series features a motorcycle racer who gets his powers when an alien injects him with a spider extract ... and gives him a giant robot.

Watch the first episode online right here:

Monday, March 2, 2009

Comic Book Art and Marketing Your Art

This Sunday, the Nashville Artist Guild welcomes my wife, Erica Well, as guest speaker. She'll discuss "Comic Book Art and Marketing Your Artwork," using her experiences in the comics field as a springboard to dialogue with other artists in attendance about what can be done to market one's art. Details here.

Erica has more than 20 years experience in comics, and worked on staff at Milestone Media, Broadway Comics and DC Comics. She's currently working on her first graphic novel, and is the co-writer and artist for the new mystery series Best Mann For The Job.

Related links:
ROBOT-13: Tech Vs. Myth
Alan Moore on the new "League"
Hollywood legends do sci-fi, horror comics
Santa Claus Vs. Frankenstein
ICONIC: The Life and Death of Talos the Bronze
Honoring the father of manga
KAIJU comic!
Free Comics Online

Watch JOHNNY SOKKO free online


This blog is for fans of classic giant monsters and monster-fighters from the movies, TV, and comics -- including King Kong, Godzilla, Gamera, Mothra, Rodan, King Ghidorah, Mechagodzilla, Dogora, Johnny Sokko and Giant Robot, Ultraman, Fin Fang Foom, Titano, The Host, and more. We also salute the classic genre and special effects films of Toho Studios Universal Studios, Hammer Films, not to mention the Frankenstein Monster, Count Dracula, the Wolf Man, the Mummy, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, giant robots, sci-fi, manga, and anime.