G-FEST XXIV (July 14th thru 16th, 2017)

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G-FEST XXIV (July 14th thru 16th, 2017)

Postby MekaGojira3k » Mon Apr 24, 2017 10:41 am

Didn't see a topic for this but holy crap: Shinji Higuchi is exciting enough but we're also getting Michiru Oshima and Kyotaka Taguchi (director of Ultraman X and Orb) is now a guest! Super excited!

Also hope to see a lot of familiar fan faces ad meet some new people!
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Re: G-FEST XXIV (July 14th thru 16th, 2017)

Postby klen7 » Mon Apr 24, 2017 12:00 pm

Oh cool. I hadn't heard about Taguchi! I will have to bring Gehara to get signed
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Re: G-FEST XXIV (July 14th thru 16th, 2017)

Postby MekaGojira3k » Tue Apr 25, 2017 10:27 am

I'm probably gonna bring like, an X spark doll or card or something.
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Re: G-FEST XXIV (July 14th thru 16th, 2017)

Postby mr.negativity » Sun May 07, 2017 7:21 am

Chicago's G-FEST XXIV to Host Shinji Higuchi, Michiru Oshima, Kiyotaka Taguchi as Guests
Illustrator Yūji Kaida, actor Ryūki Kitaoka, assistant director Kazuhiro Nakagawa to also attend July 14-16 event
Chicago kaijū convention G-FEST XXIV has announced that it will host director Shinji Higuchi, composer Michiru Oshima, illustrator Yūji Kaida, actor Ryūki Kitaoka, director Kiyotaka Taguchi, and assistant director Kazuhiro Nakagawa as guests of the convention.

Higuchi is one of the co-founders of the animation studio Gainax. At Gainax, Higuchi worked primarily as a storyboarder on some of the studio's most iconic projects, including Neon Genesis Evangelion, Royal Space Force - The Wings of Honnêamise, Gunbuster, Nadia - The Secret of Blue Water, and Otaku no Video. He also worked as a special effects director on all three of Shusuke Kaneko's Gamera films, and continued working as a special effects director in other kaijū films, including Godzilla films. He directed the live-action Attack on Titan films, and co-directed last year's Shin Godzilla film alongside fellow Gainax co-founder and Neon Genesis Evangelion director Hideaki Anno.

Oshima has composed music for numerous video games, anime, and films. Some of her anime works include Fullmetal Alchemist, Sound of the Sky, Boys Over Flowers, Queen Emeraldas, The Tatami Galaxy, Little Witch Academia, Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers, and Snow White with the Red Hair. Her work in video games includes Arc the Lad, Ico, and some arrangements in Suikoden and The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. Her film work includes Godzilla vs. Megaguirus, Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla, and Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.

Kaida is renowned as a "kaijū artist" due to his large body of illustration work centering on Japanese kaijū films, most of which is collected in multiple books, including Kaijū Giga, Kaijū Garō, Kaijū Nendaiki Chronicles, and Godzilla Generation. He has also done illustration work for posters, CD covers, and model kits, the latter of which has allowed him to work on illustrating works from Gundam, Panzer World Galient, and Kamen Rider. He has also worked on the mechanical design for Space Carrier Blue Noah.

Kitaoka has worked as an actor and suit actor on such shows and films as Ultraman Tiga, Ultraman Dyna, Ultraman Nexus, Garo: Makai no Hana, Sukeban Deka, The Last Samurai, Godzilla Final Wars, and ICHI.

Taguchi has directed such shows and films as Ultraman Orb, Ultraman X, Ultraman Ginga, and Daikaijū Eiga G, and has served as special effects director on Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla, Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S., and Godzilla Final Wars. He has helped with performance operations and special effects with the Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt anime, and directed three episodes of The Next Generation -Patlabor- live-action series.

Nakagawa was the writer and director of Day of the Kaiju, and he also worked as an assistant director on the live-action Attack on Titan films and the Shin Godzilla film.

G-FEST XXIV will be held from July 14-16, at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O'Hare.

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Re: G-FEST XXIV (July 14th thru 16th, 2017)

Postby Godzilla21 » Wed May 10, 2017 9:08 am

They will be showing Shin Godzilla on Saturday night
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Re: G-FEST XXIV (July 14th thru 16th, 2017)

Postby klen7 » Wed Jun 14, 2017 4:47 pm

So the schedule is up... I'm leaning towards

Thursday:
Godzilla 2014 at the Pickwick

Friday:
1:00 50th Anniversary of Gappa
2:00 - Not sure, Probably Kaiju Anime
3:00 Marvel Monsters
4:00 Godziszewski and Ryfle on Mysterians? Yes Please!!!
Opening Ceremony
Kong Skull Island at the Pickwick

Saturday:
9:00 Kazuhiro Nakagawa
11:00 Yuji Kaida (but arrrgghh Lost Godzilla films is at the same time!)
1:00 Shinji Higuchi!
2:00 Godziszewski and Ryfle on Honda.. although I have the book on pre-order, so maybe not?
3:00 Gorgo Konga and Reptilicus *or maybe Kaiju Ouji
Costume Parade
Shin Godzilla at the Pickwick (dubbed perhaps?)

Sunday
10:00 TG2WAC
11:00 tough... 'Kaiju Manga' vs '1967: The Year of Kaiju'
2:00 Taguchi!!! Glad i am staying for Sunday this year!

I'll play it by ear but Taguchi and Higuchi are musts. I feel like i need to record all of the Mysterians panel for posterity.

Currently I plan on getting The Art of Shin Godzilla signed by Higuchi, a Yuji Kaida artbook signed by Yuji Kaida, and Gehara Bluray (and maybe G DVD) signed by Higuchi
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Re: G-FEST XXIV (July 14th thru 16th, 2017)

Postby DannyBeane » Thu Jun 15, 2017 11:06 am

I haven't decided what I am going to do this year. I do want to catch more of the movies but I plan on spending most of my time in the dealer's room and finding some of you bastards as well as other online Godzilla fans I associate with to BS with. I'm feeling like this year is going to be a very relaxed G-fest for me.
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Re: G-FEST XXIV (July 14th thru 16th, 2017)

Postby lhb412 » Fri Jun 16, 2017 10:10 am

Man, wish I was going this year. What a killer lineup!

Have fun, fellas!
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Re: G-FEST XXIV (July 14th thru 16th, 2017)

Postby klen7 » Fri Jun 16, 2017 11:33 am

^ c'mon out for a day or two, you can crash on the fold-out couch in my room as long as you dont steal my stuff or destroy any hotel property...


Also this year I'm gonna find DannyBeane... as long as he doesnt shave his beard between now and then
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Re: G-FEST XXIV (July 14th thru 16th, 2017)

Postby lhb412 » Fri Jun 16, 2017 12:33 pm

^ Very tempting, but the ensuing car ride to rejoin my family on our beach vacation would be like 20 hours long.

Maybe next year... hopefully they'll have another killer guest roster. Haven't been to the convention since I was a teen. Would want to taken some extra days just to knock about Chicago...
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Re: G-FEST XXIV (July 14th thru 16th, 2017)

Postby DannyBeane » Fri Jun 16, 2017 12:59 pm

klen7 wrote:^ c'mon out for a day or two, you can crash on the fold-out couch in my room as long as you dont steal my stuff or destroy any hotel property...


Also this year I'm gonna find DannyBeane... as long as he doesnt shave his beard between now and then

I've trimmed my beard but its still there and will have probably grown back out by then. Just look for the tall guy wearing the Starfish Hitler shirt.
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Re: G-FEST XXIV (July 14th thru 16th, 2017)

Postby klen7 » Fri Jun 16, 2017 1:31 pm

^ sounds like a plan

^^ Just tell the family what i told my wife the year G-Fest occurred on our anniversary.. "I get to see you all the time, but how often do i get to see the guy that built the Grand King Ghidorah costume from Rebirth of Mothra 3?"
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Re: G-FEST XXIV (July 14th thru 16th, 2017)

Postby DannyBeane » Fri Jun 16, 2017 5:56 pm

klen7 wrote:^ sounds like a plan

^^ Just tell the family what i told my wife the year G-Fest occurred on our anniversary.. "I get to see you all the time, but how often do i get to see the guy that built the Grand King Ghidorah costume from Rebirth of Mothra 3?"


Hahaha Just tell her Chicago is a beautiful city with fine dining and culture and take her out on one of the weaker Gfest days!
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Re: G-FEST XXIV (July 14th thru 16th, 2017)

Postby Gojira07 » Tue Jun 20, 2017 10:03 am

DannyBeane wrote:
klen7 wrote:^ sounds like a plan

^^ Just tell the family what i told my wife the year G-Fest occurred on our anniversary.. "I get to see you all the time, but how often do i get to see the guy that built the Grand King Ghidorah costume from Rebirth of Mothra 3?"


Hahaha Just tell her Chicago is a beautiful city with fine dining and culture and take her out on one of the weaker Gfest days!



No better city to be in during the summer than Chicago.

In terms of of the lineup. I would be surprised if Shin Godzilla was dubbed, Theres SOME precedent here, Final Wars was subbed when they showed it - I know it was a different situation but the Blu Ray won't officially be out yet.
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Re: G-FEST XXIV (July 14th thru 16th, 2017)

Postby klen7 » Wed Jun 21, 2017 10:56 am

Funimation debuted the dub last month at Monstercon in Texas, so I think there is a decent chance it will be dubbed since G-Fest worked with Funimation to get showing

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Re: G-FEST XXIV (July 14th thru 16th, 2017)

Postby Godzilla21 » Wed Jul 05, 2017 11:08 pm

Guys, this will be my first G Fest. Any master list of tips you have for a noob such as myself.
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Re: G-FEST XXIV (July 14th thru 16th, 2017)

Postby klen7 » Fri Jul 07, 2017 10:06 am

- Bring a poster roll or some cardboard to successfully bring home any prints you buy
- If you are from a warm area, Chicagians keep their AC at 68-70, so bring warmer clothes. (My first year i only brought July clothes and often found myself cold and at war with the hotel thermostat)
- Find out if the guests have multiple signing times, for some reason everyone waits in a huge line for the first signing time, then the rest of the time the lines are very short
- Bring snacks, there is a hotel restaurant and bar and they do have some pizza/sandwiches etc set up during the day, but that money is better spent in the dealers room
- the dealer's room is overload of awesomeness, but some of the prices are wacky, so if you are looking for something in particular have an idea of what you want to spend in advance
- If you are flying in and the shuttling to your hotel, you will need to figure out transportation to the Pickwick at night. Uber is a godsend, but you can also mingle in the Crowne Lobby and try to hitch a ride (i have done this rather successfully over recent years)
- Everybody there loves Godzilla and kaiju stuff, so its very easy to talk to just about anyone
- If you arent feeling a particular panel, bail and check out the gaming room, the sculpting contests, the artist alley, the movie room (lots of cool shorts and stuff play here)
- Buy Klen7 a drink
- The lobby is a nice place to hang out during downtimes, sometimes the guests just come through and mingle there while they are waiting to go elsewhere. (Last year I was talking with MayorofDinosaurs and Bin Furuya and Akira Takarada came up and started shaking hands with us out of the blue)
- don't spend all your time in one place, theres a bunch of stuff to do. Some younger attendees spend the whole weekend in the game room
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Re: G-FEST XXIV (July 14th thru 16th, 2017)

Postby Reaper G » Sat Jul 08, 2017 9:48 am

I'll add this too:

--Not just the lobby, but keep your eyes open anywhere in the hotel for guests. Don Frye was hanging out with fans at the bar at his first G-FEST.
-- Look out for familiar names, whether from here, social media, G-FAN bylines.
-- Maria's, a Mexican restaurant close to the hotel, is quite excellent.

As for me, it's been a while since I've done any real traveling, mainly for financial reasons. Maybe next year.
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Re: G-FEST XXIV (July 14th thru 16th, 2017)

Postby Godzilla21 » Tue Jul 11, 2017 7:01 am

Thanks guys. Drink for you klen if I see you ;)
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Re: G-FEST XXIV (July 14th thru 16th, 2017)

Postby DannyBeane » Tue Jul 11, 2017 12:00 pm

I'll be flying into town on Thursday and staying with my friend for that first night. Then on Friday I'll be getting my room and staying there till Sunday. Then back at my friend's place til Tuesday. I'm excited. I need this vacation and can't wait to drink and hangout with you and some of my friends from the facebook group.
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Re: G-FEST XXIV (July 14th thru 16th, 2017)

Postby lhb412 » Tue Jul 11, 2017 6:28 pm

And remember: if anything totally awesome happens feel free to tell us(/rub my face in it) here.
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Re: G-FEST XXIV (July 14th thru 16th, 2017)

Postby klen7 » Tue Jul 11, 2017 8:02 pm

Like this...

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Re: G-FEST XXIV (July 14th thru 16th, 2017)

Postby lhb412 » Tue Jul 11, 2017 8:08 pm

BOOOOOOOOO! (more please)
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Re: G-FEST XXIV (July 14th thru 16th, 2017)

Postby DannyBeane » Thu Jul 13, 2017 9:55 am

In 2.5 hours I will be hopping on a plane to Chicago. Can't wait to see some of you bastards!
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Re: G-FEST XXIV (July 14th thru 16th, 2017)

Postby lhb412 » Fri Jul 14, 2017 6:25 pm

Images of the dealers room have totally convinced me that I need to go next year.
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