Sunday, March 31, 2013
According to Legendary, the June graphic novel, serves as a prequel to one of this summer's most highly-anticipated film's - Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures Pacific Rim by director Guillermo del Toro.
"Chronicling the very first time Earth is menaced by incredible monsters known as Kaiju, these inhuman beasts rise from the ocean depths and threaten to extinguish all mankind!" say Legendary in a press release.
"Witness the race to develop massive robot fighting machines called Jaegers, each one controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. This action-packed book features many of the key characters from the film as we follow them in their early careers. Written by Pacific Rim screenwriter himself, Travis Beacham, and with del Toro's hands-on supervision, this volume is beautifully illustrated by Sean Chen, Yvel Guichet, and Pericles Junior; inks by Steve Bird and Mark McKenna."
While Legendary is the publisher, and Warner Bros. is the Pacific Rim studio, curiously Marvel Comics will actually be releasing the graphic novel.
Saturday, March 30, 2013
Friday, March 29, 2013
From Atomic Anxiety
Mark Bousquet (MB): Thanks for joining us, James. Let’s start by talking about your latest release, MONSTER EARTH, on which you are co-creator and editor (along with Jim Beard) and also one of the writers. What’s the premise of this universe and how did the world of MONSTER EARTH come about?
James Palmer (JP): MONSTER EARTH is an alternate history giant monster anthology in which the Cold War was fought with the threat of giant monsters instead of nuclear weapons. It came about, as such things often do, almost by accident. I am a huge daikaiju (giant monster) fan, and I had toyed with the idea of doing a anthology of giant monster stories, but I knew I wanted something to tie the stories together, some kind of arc that would make this book different from the other daikaiju anthologies out there.
That’s where Jim Beard came in. We started talking on The Pulp Factory, a Yahoo! group for writers, artists and fans of pulp fiction, and he had a great unifying concept for the book, so I brought him on as co-editor and the rest, as they say, is history.
MB: In the book’s Introduction, you write that “with these tales, we highlight the human element, to show how ordinary people live their lives in the shadows of these colossal beasts.” Why did you make the decision to focus on the people and not the monsters?
JP: Monsters are great, but there’s only so much stomping around and demolishing buildings we can take. In the Godzilla films, there’s always a cast of human characters who are trying to stop whatever menace is threatening Japan, be it aliens or Godzilla himself, and I’ve always thought that was part of what was cool about those films. There’s this great scene at the end of The Terror of Mechagodzilla, where it switches back and forth between Godzilla fighting Mechagodzilla, and a scene where the human characters are fighting the aliens. The monsters are always represented as sort of mindless forces of nature. Sometimes their tools the humans can use to achieve their own ends, or sometimes they’re the threat. I really wanted to take this angle with MONSTER EARTH.
MB: You’ve got a fantastic line-up of writers involved in MONSTER EARTH: you, Jim, I.A. Watson, Nancy Hansen, Jeff McGinnis, Edward Erdelac, and Fraser Sherman. How did this roster come together? What kind of guidelines did you give them in creating their corner of your world?
JP: Jim created a detailed story bible, and each writer got to pick what decade they wanted to write in. Jim’s story came first, and really set the tone for what was to come. With the exception of a monster or two, we let them make up their own creatures, and they had free reign when it came to the methods of controlling those creatures. With such a skilled cast of writers, it was easy to just turn them loose and see what they could do within the loose confines of the world, and every single one of them knocked it out of the park with their story.
MB: What are the stories of MONSTER EARTH. Are they tightly connected? Completely stand-alone? Is there a thread that runs through them?
JP: Jim’s story and I.A. Watson’s story are the most closely tied. Ian’s story references Jim’s monsters. There are a couple of stories that use Johnson, the American monster, but other than that the stories aren’t really interrelated that much.
MB: Your story is called “Some Say in Ice.” What’s it about? What’s the relationship between humans and monsters in this story? Did you write it first so the other writers would have an idea of the kind of story you were looking for or did you write it alongside everyone else?
JP: I wrote this story dead last. “Some Say in Ice” takes place in the 1980s, and is about our government’s “monster czar,” who has designed an experimental ship based on an old science fiction story and designed to capture a mysterious seafaring beast known as Titanicus, that no one knows too much about. After they capture the beast, another monster shows up, and a monster melee ensues onboard the vessel. The story explores the overall mystery of the monsters and how they came to be while examining human relationships and the attraction between the main character and a female photojournalist brought along for the ride.
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Be at WonderCon this Saturday, March 30th, at 11:30am in the Arena for a special look at Pacific Rim with director Guillermo del Toro!
Guillermo will also be meeting fans and signing autographs on Saturday - visit the official WonderCon site for details: http://www.comic-con.org/wca
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
The official Pacific Rim Twitter account announced the news:
New #PacificRim Trailer will debut exclusively at WonderCon this Saturday, March 31st at 11:30am along with a few other surprises!A number of new images for Pacific Rim have recently been released including looks at the Kaiju monsters and the Jaeger mech robots.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Monday, March 25, 2013
G-FEST is a family-oriented convention which caters to a wide variety of interests within the kaiju genre. G-FEST features presentations and Q & A sessions by actors and crew from the Japanese Godzilla films, fan presentations on topics of interest, contests and gaming, new and classic kaiju movies, the western world’s largest kaiju-oriented dealers room, and lots of fun and camaraderie.
The 2013 Convention
G-FEST XX will be held from July 12th to July 14th, 2013 at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare. The G-FEST double double feature film festival will be returning on July 11th for fans that arrive early.
Registration for G-FEST XX is now open. Special guests will be suit maker Shinichi Wakasa, suit actor and stuntman Tsutomu Kitagawa, independent filmmaker Shizuo Nakajima, and actor Robert Scott Field. Films to be screened are Gamera vs. Gyaos, and Gamera 3: Awakening of Iris. For more information, go to the Special Guests and Movies pages. Additional movie, and schedule details for G-FEST XX will be posted as they become available.
Sunday, March 24, 2013
None of the lucky viewers were movie critics, as Del Toro wanted to gauge the average audiences interest level in the movie. The bubbly mexican director was present during the test screening and met with the viewers, encouraging them to talk among their friends about the movie and their experience at the screening.
Here are some mini-reviews from some of the lucky few that got to see the movie before the rest of us...
* Just saw "Pacific Rim." Thank You Guillermo Del Toro, thank you. I've been walking around in a daze for the last thirty minutes.
* I just saw the nearly-finished "Pacific Rim." I know I'm prone to hyperbolic statements... but believe me... "Pacific Rim" is STUNNING. The extended "Battle of Hong Kong" sequence is the greatest sustained sci-fi action sequence in cinema history. "Pacific Rim" is the most satisfying summer movie IN DECADES. It delivers EVERYTHING... and I mean EVERYTHING you could possibly want to see.
* Screened "Pacific Rim." It's everything you hoped for and more.
* Didn't love the movie as much as I thought I would, but Max did a great job and he looked good too.
* "Pacific Rim" was pretty awesome. It was also awesome cause it was free. And it was an early screening.
* "Pacific Rim" was the shiiiit. You can't go wrong with giant mecha battles.
* I just saw this movie called "Pacific Rim." It was a fun escape.
* I won't tell u how f*cking awesome this movie might be and I definitely won't tell u how you might exit the movie feeling six years old again. Once you see it, you'll want to see it again. And again. Until you come to realize it'll NEVER be enough. You are physically dizzy and exhausted from excitement when it's all over.