Thursday, July 19, 2012

G-FEST XIX: A Big Success!

Akira Takarada and Bin Furuya greet their U.S. fans during Opening Ceremonies at G-FEST XIX.

G-FEST XIX is in the history books, and when all is said and done, this would have to rank as the biggest, most successful convention in G-FEST history! Attendance was through the roof, thanks in large part to our three main guests: Akira Takarada, Bin Furuya, and national horror host Svengoolie.

Radio talk show host Mancow was on hand to interview Mr. Furuya about Ultraman, and Frontier voice actor Tom Korzeniowski made a surprise appearance. There's a lot to talk about, but it'll all have to wait! Suffice it to say, G-FEST was a blast, and the only fans who should feel "embarrassed" about anything were those who stayed home.

Richard Pusateri, yours truly, and Da Chief J.D. Lees, hanging out in the Crowne Plaza lobby.

I was humbled by all the positive comments I received about my session on Japan. Needless to say, I talked about my experiences meeting Japanese celebrities and visiting places of relevance to fans of our favorite genre. I also showed my photos of these experiences. It was 100% original, and the overwhelming positive reaction was a testament to its success. Thanks to everyone who attended!

I hope to write a fuller report in about a week or so. Stay tuned to this blog for more info and pictures!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TED THOMAS! The Voice Actor Extraordinaire Turns 83!

The multi-talented Ted Thomas will no doubt celebrate his birthday in a big way.

Hong Kong actor/writer/bon vivant Ted Thomas turns 83 on July 11. Born in Cheshire, England, in 1929, Mr. Thomas went on to establish Axis International, one of Asia's first English-language lip-sync dubbing companies. Axis International dubbed a number of Godzilla and Toho titles, including Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973) and Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972).

Ted Thomas appears onscreen as an actor in the Shaw Brothers' Mighty Peking Man (1977).

Happy birthday, Ted Thomas!