UPDATE #47 (5/16/19): The MonsterVerse Timeline is Live!

Hey folks, I’m back for another update! ¬†And this one is… and you knew this was coming… legendary. ūüėČ

Today marks 5 years since Gareth Edwards astounded audiences with 2014’s Godzilla. ¬†It’s truly hard to believe that half a decade has passed since Legendary Pictures proved that Hollywood can do Godzilla justice, and unleashed a film that revitalized the franchise all around the world. ¬†But not only did Godzilla kick the series back into gear, it became the launching pad for a bonefide cinematic universe of giant monster movies, A.K.A. the MonsterVerse. ¬†If you had told ten-year-old me (or heck, even 20-year-old me) that such a thing was possible, I’d have probably argued the opposite. ¬†And yet, here we are, with G14 and Kong: Skull Island under our belts and heading for the release of Godzilla: King of the Monsters in just two weeks. ¬†This truly is a remarkable time to be a Godzilla fan.

And so, in celebration of the 5th Anniversary of the MonsterVerse, the GODZILLA NOVELIZATION PROJECT is proud to announce that the site’s MonsterVerse Timeline has officially launched!

This ongoing project will chronicle the many events, characters, and monsters of Legendary’s ongoing cinematic universe of creature features, all in chronological order and drawing from sources beyond the films, such as the graphic novel prequels, the novelizations, the art books, and viral marketing.

Like the other timelines on the site, this project will be a work in progress.  But I hope the final result will join the Anime and Sony timelines as one of the more beloved pages on the site!

And hey, with the aforementioned Godzilla: King of the Monsters just around the corner, what better way to refresh your MonsterVerse knowledge?

Follow this link to check out the first two parts of the Timeline, and happy reading!

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UPDATE #46 (5/13/19): Big News – G-FEST Panels & Kaiju Concerts!

Hello again, readers!

I’ve got BIG news to share today, and it’s all to do with a little event in Chicago called G-FEST

For the past decade, G-FEST has been an intigral part of my life, an annual summer tradition that keeps me motivated to survive yet another year of whatever life throws at me. ¬†Those four, glorious days of living, breathing, and celebrating giant Japanese monsters with like-minded fans truly keep me sane, and walking through the doors of Rosemont’s Crown Plaza hotel every July is truly like coming home.

Every year brings new and wonderful things to my personal convention experience, but this year is particularly special… because not only will I be attending the con, I will actually be a part of it!!

That’s right, folks! ¬†This G-FEST will see me realize a ten-year-long dream to finally join in on the fun of presenting Kaiju knowledge to my fellow fans. ¬†And I couldn’t be more thrilled!

On Friday, July 12th (the first full day of the con) at Noon, the GODZILLA NOVELIZATION PROJECT will join forces with friend/fellow writer Nate Marchand for an in-depth discussion on the careers and lives of two pivotal players in the history of Godzilla/Kaiju films: screenwriters Shinichi Sekizawa and Takeshi Kimura.

Here’s the official description of the panel:

Most of Toho’s classic tokusatsu films started with scripts penned by the Showa era creative team’s unsung heroes, Shinichi Sekizawa and Takeshi Kimura. Join Nathan Marchand (professional writer and co-creator of Kaijuvision Radio) and Daniel DiManna (creator/author of the Godzilla Novelization Project) as they explain how these polar opposite storytellers revolutionized the kaiju genre.

Sounds fascinating, no?

As a Kaiju lover and a writer, I’ve always been intrigued by the incredible dichotomy between these two talented men. ¬†Sekizawa (whose most notable works include the likes of Mothra, King Kong vs. Godzilla, Monster Zero, Godzilla vs. Gigan, and seven other Godzilla flicks) was, by all accounts, a joyous man who not only revolutionized the way monsters were portrayed on screen, but loved doing it, as well. Kimura (whose work includes Destroy All Monsters, Frankenstein vs. Baragon, War of the Gargantuas, King Kong Escapes, and his all-time masterpiece, Matango) was a dour, often dark man, a committed communist who largely disliked being assigned monster pictures.

Needless to say, comparing and contrasting these two creative forces as writers, and as individuals, will be fascinating.

If you’re attending G-FEST this year, be sure not to miss Nate and I delve into the careers of these two titans of the genre! It’ll be a fun time, and hopefully it’ll shed some much needed light on two guys who tend to be overshadowed by the Ishiro Hondas and Eiji Tsuburayas of Kaiju history.

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But wait… there’s more!

As many of you no doubt know, this year’s con will host the third in a series of phenomenal Kaiju music concerts: KAIJU CRESCENDO: AND EVENING OF JAPANESE MONSTER MUSIC, featuring the unforgettable music of composer Michiru Oshima, who will be in attendance to conduct suites from her three Godzilla scores: Godzilla vs. Megaguirus, Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla, and Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. ¬†The concert will also feature the works of Akira Ifukube and Masaru Sato, arranged once again by John DeSentis.

Several months ago, a Kickstarter was held to help fund the concert, and I was lucky enough to snag a spot as an official Executive Producer! ¬†It was an opportunity that I simply couldn’t pass up, and it’ll definitely be surreal seeing my name on the posters!

So, yeah… this G-FEST is definiteiy shaping up to be a memorable one! ¬†Between co-hosting a panel and having my name associated with a live Kaiju concert, the GODZILLA NOVELIZATION PROJECT will be receiving a ton of exposure, hopefully bringing in more readers, fans, and supporters!

I hope to see you all at the con in July. ¬†Excluding my own exploits, this G-FEST will, as always, be a memorable weekend on camaraderie and fun, and it’s an experience no Godzilla fan will want to miss!

Stay tuned for more exciting announcements as the convention gets closer!

UPDATE #45 (5/11/19): “GMK” Begins! Plus, A Brief Note on Upcoming Chapters

Welcome back, Godzilla lovers!

As promised in yesterday’s update, its finally time for the GNP to go full GMK!!¬† The prologue to the site’s latest Godzilla adaptation is now live and ready for everyone to read!¬† (And remember, this book is dedicated to a very special Godzilla fan named Josh, so be sure to note his acknowledgement at the top of the prologue page!)

Tackling this particular novelization carries with it a great deal of responsibility, and an extra helping of research, to boot!¬† In short, GMK stands as one of the most significant – and beloved¬†– entries in the Godzilla franchise, and a film whose US home video releases (courtesy of Sony) have infamously muddled its true depth and artistry.¬† The dreaded “dubtitle” has marred many a Godzilla DVD/Blu-ray over the years, but few have been as badly damaged by this laziness than GMK.¬† For a time, adapting this film as part of the project was placed about as far away on the back burner as possible; without a reliable translation to base my dialogue upon, beginning this book was simply not an option.¬† The movie – and you, the readers – deserved better.

Mercifully, thanks to my growing army of AMAZING Patreon supporters, I was able to procure a copy of the film with accurate subtitles late last year.¬† Without this, crafting¬†the GMK¬†novelization would not have been possible.¬† So, if you’re a Patron, I owe the existence of an ENTIRE Godzilla novel to YOU, and I can’t thank you enough!

With the issue of accurate subs out of the way, all I needed to finally jump onboard and get this book started was finding out that, as per yesterday’s update, little Josh Salazar loved this particular Godzilla film the best.

And so, without further ado, the GODZILLA NOVELIZATION PROJECT proudly presents the Prologue to 2001’s monster masterpiece, GMK.¬† I hope you enjoy it!

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Before I go, I wanted to bring up one more thing: an important shift in direction that affects the way the GNP will operate going forward. In short, the decision has been made to¬†cease beginning new Godzilla novels for¬†the¬†foreseeable¬†future, with¬†focus switching exclusively to working on novels that have already begun on the site. The number of different Godzilla novelizations currently available to read stems from a desire on my part to give readers a variety of stories to choose from while also providing a sample of what I can do as a writer. The books currently on the site represent a wide array of genres, perspectives, and points-of-view for characters, meaning that the desired variety is now in place. With a total of¬†ten novelizations in progress on the site, the time has finally come to make focusing on those novels a priority over beginning new ones.¬† Of course, these plans could change, and if they do, you‚Äôll be the first to know!¬† But for now, I feel that this is the best route for the GNP to take.¬† After all, if I continue launching new books on a regular basis, the ones I’ve already started will take that much longer to finish!

That said, you can expect to see new chapters for books like King Kong vs. Godzilla, All Monsters Attack, Godzilla vs. Hedorah, Godzilla, vs. Gigan, and more coming soon!¬† In addition, there will be a few new projects announced in the near future that aren’t related to the full novels (i.e. timelines, short stories, blogs, etc.), so look forward to those!¬† And with G-FEST coming up soon, expect some exciting announcements about the GNP’s presence at the con!¬† I’ve got some exciting things up my sleeve for this year…

But all of that is for a different update.¬† Until then, enjoy GMK, and try not to pass out from King of the Monsters hype!¬† Only 19 days until the King returns…

UPDATE #44 (5/10/19): A Gift for Josh

Howdy, G-Fans!

Last week, I mentioned a major update that was almost ready to reveal, and a story that went along with it. Today, I’d finally like to share that story with you.

Shortly after this update goes live, the first chapter to a brand new Godzilla novelization will be posted for Patreon supporters, and will be publically published tomorrow for all fans to read and (hopefully) enjoy.  But this particular adaptation is special.  The chapter in question has actually been completed for some time, and up until now, only one, very special Godzilla fan has read it.

Thereby hangeth a tale.

Back in April, the GODZILLA NOVELIZATION PROJECT was given a truly wonderful opportunity: a chance to make a difference, however small, in the life of a remarkable young man named Josh Salazar. ¬†If you’re a Twitter user, then you are most likely familiar with the story of #GodzillaForJosh. ¬†For those who aren’t, here’s a brief explanation: little Josh suffers from Arthrogryposis, and through all the pain, surgeries, and unimaginable stress, his guiding light has always been his undying love for the King of the Monsters. For many months, Godzilla fans on social media, myself included, have been pushing for little Josh to receive an early screening of Legendary’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters. In that time, Josh has amassed almost as many admirers as Godzilla himself, and his courage, his strength, and his passion for the character have left me truly humbled.

In short, I knew I needed to do something special for this amazing boy.

Back in March, I reached out to Josh’s mother, Kim, and inquired about what his favorite Godzilla film was. My hope was to, with her permission, dedicate the novel adaptation of his favorite G-flick to him, complete with an acknowledgement in the book itself and exclusive early access, so he could be the first to read it. To my delight, both she and Josh loved the idea, and Josh had the perfect film in mind…

2001’s monster masterpiece, Godzilla, Mothra, and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (A.K.A. GMK).

Despite plans for the GNP to temporarily cease creating new novels in favor of focusing on crafting follow-up chapters for books already begun, I was more than happy to throw those plans out the window to fulfill Josh’s request! ¬†GMK is a special movie, and it seemed fitting that this book be written for a likewise special fan. ¬†And if it meant helping to put a smile on little Josh’s face, then making this new book happen was worth anything to me.

After weeks of writing and rewriting, the completed prologue to GMK was sent to Josh and his mom on Easter Sunday. Despite busy and stressful days for both of them, it didn’t take long for me to hear back from Kim that Josh loved the chapter! ¬†It was all I could do to keep from tearing up.

In the end, I only wish I could do more to help this brave young man through an ordeal I could never imagine going through. But knowing that I helped, even in only a little way, to alleviate a bit of that stress is gratifying beyond words. Josh’s strength and love for Godzilla has inspired me, and I wish both him and his mother all the happiness and health in the world. ¬†I hope you all will join me in sending them all the love, support, and (if you’re so inclined) prayers that you can.

As I said above, the chapter will soon be available for Patreon supporters to check out, and everyone will be able to read it tomorrow! ¬†Check back in 24 hours for a new update, and get ready to feel the wrath of a possessed Monster King as the GODZILLA NOVELIZATION PROJECT’s adaptation of GMK kicks off!

UPDATE #43 (5/1/19): “GIGAN” Continues, Reiwa Begins, and “KING OF THE MONSTERS”Gets Closer!

Happy May, G-Fans!!

For many of us, this is a month we’ve been anxiously awaiting for half a decade. ¬†As of this update, Legendary Pictures’ Godzilla: King of the Monsters is a mere 30 days away, and I couldn’t be more excited! ¬†To say that this month is a big one for Godzilla is a pretty sizable understatement, and the GODZILLA NOVELIZATION PROJECT is looking to celebrate this historic month in a number of exciting ways!

Over the next 30 days, the GNP will be unleashing a bevy of new content, from new novelization chapters, short story entries, and behind-the-scenes blogs, to Timeline updates and new tweaks to the website! A lot of what’s coming has been in the works for a while now, and I can’t wait to tell you all about what’s in store!

First up in the GNP’s “Month of Godzilla” Celebration is the long awaited Chapter 2 of Godzilla vs. Gigan, one of the site’s most popular books! This one took a lot longer to complete than anticipated, but finally gained momentum thanks to me obtaining a more accurate translation of the dialogue than the subtitles of the Sony/Kraken releases offer. ¬†(Sorry G-Fans, no “You cheeky pig!” moments in this novelization!) ¬†Maintaining accuracy is a big deal for the project, so while some of the dialogue in the novels will be extended/altered slightly, the lines will be as close to their actual meaning as I can make them.

That said, it’s time to join Gengo as he arrives at the mysterious World Children’s Land, and falls under the shadow of the Godzilla Tower in Godzilla vs. Gigan: Chapter 2! Read it here.

That does it for today’s big update, but before I go, I have a few other teases – and a hugely historical era shift – to mention!

Firstly, as you are all no doubt aware, we have a new Godzilla film hitting theaters in only a few weeks! ¬†As I’ve mentioned before, the GODZILLA NOVELIZATION PROJECT will not be adapting the U.S.-produced Godzilla films into book form (since official novelizations for all three Hollywood films already exist). However, this doesn’t mean that the project won’t be celebrating the new film in some way. ¬†You’ll have to wait and see what I mean, but I have something in store for readers that should be (you knew this was coming)… legendary.

Secondly, in my last update, I mentioned a project I was particularly thrilled to be working on, and a corresponding story that went along with it. ¬†That story will be ready to share in just a few days. Without giving too much away yet, I’ll just say that I had an amazing opportunity to use the GNP to help a very special Godzilla fan through a difficult time, and the experience has left me both humbled and determined to work harder than ever to see this project through to fruition.

Thats it for the ever so cryptic teases! But before I go, I would be remiss if I don’t mention the massive news from Godzilla’s homelands of Japan. ¬†As of today, May 1st, 2019, the Heisei era (from which the second Godzilla series, along with nearly 30 years worth of other Kaiju films and Tokusatsu TV programs, derive their “series” moniker) has officially ended in Japan with the abdication of Emperor Akihito. In his place has risen his son, Naruhito, and his ascension has brought with it a new era: Reiwa. ¬†The shift to the new empirial era has brought with it much reflection on the history of Heisei, and for us Kaiju fans, it’s been a time to look back at the wonders given to us by the hard working people who, for the past three decades, brought monsters to life.

From 1989 to 2019, 16 Japanese Godzilla films – from Biollante to The Planet Eater – were produced. ¬†While the six films produced between 1999 and 2004 are known as the Millennium films to fans, all six – plus Shin Godzilla and the Anime Trilogy – were produced during the Heisei historical era. ¬†That’s one heck of an impressive legacy, and constitutes a block of the overall Godzilla franchise that played a huge part in making me the fan I am today.

For all the wonderful memories it’s given me, I say goodbye to Heisei with at once nostalgic sadness and irrepressible hope. ¬†While it’s still too early to know whether or not the Reiwa name will be used as a moniker for the next series of Godzilla films (perhaps appropriating Shin and the Anime films under its umbrella, just as Heisei did for The Return of Godzilla 30 years ago), I can’t wait to see what wonders this new era will surely have in store for the King of the Monsters.

Thank you all for reading, and for being such great fans.  More updates are coming soon, so stay tuned!

And remember… only 30 days until the King returns.

UPDATE #42 (4/16/19): Celebrating a Social Media Milestone!

Hey there, folks!

Upon waking up this morning and checking the GODZILLA NOVELIZATION PROJECT’s official Twitter page, I was absolutely floored to see that something amazing had happened…

As of today, a mere 14 months after launching the project, the GNP has hit an astounding 1000 Twitter followers!!

I was shocked, to say the least! But above all, I was amazed, humbled, and grateful beyond words.

This is a big deal for a number of reasons. Firstly, it shows to newcomers who are just now discovering the GNP that their fellow fans are truly interested in this project, as well as in me as a member of the G-fan community. Second, it helps promote the project in a hugely significant way, since 1000 human beings (minus a few potential bots, of course!) are likely seeing (if not sharing/commenting on) the updates/fun things I post.

Thirdly, and perhaps most importantly, it shows me that people are genuinely enjoying and appreciating what I’m doing.

And that, my friends, blows my mind in the best and most humbling way possible.

When I launched this project a year ago, I had no idea if it would be embraced by the fandom, or if it would be largely ignored, lost within a sea of many creative Kaiju endeavors. There are, after all, hundreds of incredibly talented and creative writers and artists that are unleashing amazing things upon G-fandom. With so much talent, finding an identity and a voice is often challenging.

However, since the website (and it’s social media outlets) went live in February of 2018, I’ve been amazed at how quickly people have found and supported me. In little time at all, I found myself co-hosting podcasts, being asked to help other writers craft their own Kaiju stories, being tagged in Twitter/Facebook posts, and being cheered on by readers, friends, and a growing legion of Patreon backers.

All this, directed at a guy who, before launching this project, didn’t even have a personal Facebook or Twitter account to speak of!

That’s why, for my money, 1000 Twitter followers is a milestone more than worthy of celebration. As someone who was a social media neophyte less than 14 months ago, this is a remarkable achievement! But beyond that, this is yet another incredible vote of confidence from you, the reader, to me. I hope with all my heart that I remain worthy of that confidence.

So, yeah… to say I’m thankful is a rather massive understatement. For your unending support, your friendship, your patronage, your camaraderie, and your belief in me, I truly thank you all.

That’s all for today’s update, but stay tuned, because something really special will be coming to the GNP very soon… and I can’t wait to share the story behind it’s creation – and it’s purpose – with all of you!

UPDATE #41 (4/14/19): A New Behind-the-Scenes Blog is Live! Also, Some Patreon Updates!

Greetings, readers!

I’ve got a couple of awesome things to share today. ¬†First up, a brand spankin’ new Monster Musing blog is up and ready to read! ¬†In this latest peek into the inner workings of the project, I embrace my inner Asimov and discuss something I like to call the GNP’s Three Guiding Principles: a trio of philosophies that have not only served me well in my long history of Godzilla fandom, but have also become the backbone of how I approach this project. ¬†This was a joy to write, and I hope you’ll enjoy reading it!

Check out the newest blog here.

Second on today’s update docket is a shoutout to two amazing G-Fans who have recently joined the GNP family of Patreon supporters! An incredibly huge and sincere THANK YOU goes out to Javier Ojst and, as of this morning, Jason Edmunds, for believing in me and trusting me with your hard-earned money. ¬†You – and my other Patrons – will never truly know how humbled and grateful I am for your generosity. ¬†From the bottom of my heart, I thank you.

Javier and Jason’s names can be found immortalized on this site’s Dedication page, along with the other fine folks who have joined me on this journey.

Before I sign off, I want to mention one more Patreon-related thing: if you visit the GNP’s Patreon page, you’ll notice that a new goal has been added…

Long story short, if we can get to however many supporter is takes for the project to make $50 a month, I will officially have the funds necessary to begin producing exclusive GNP merchandise! ¬†I’ll be making a separate update to fill you in on those details soon, but for now, be sure to start thinking about what items you’d want produced. ¬†If the interest is there, there’s very little I wouldn’t be interested in making!

Thats all for now.  A new chapter update (and a super exciting one, at that!) should be forthcoming very soon, so stay tuned and take care!