As someone who is into quirky things such as unique horror movies, aliens, robots, toys and monsters, I always find that going to conventions are the best way to geek out over such things while being surrounded by various people who also love the same things I do.
I was fortunate to have this experience a few weeks ago at G-Fest XXI.
G-FEST is the largest regular gathering of Godzilla and Japanese monster fans in the world. Held each summer, it typically attracts more than 1000 attendees. G-FEST 2013 was the most successful convention to date, bringing in more than 2000 Japanese science fiction and fantasy film fans!
It 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.
I have heard about G-Fest over the years but the timing was never right for me to attend one. This year I wasn't going to let another one pass me by before I had the chance to fully experience what it's like to be in the atmosphere of other monster loving fans.
The weekend was jammed pack with panels, short and full-length film viewings, art shows, an art gallery, guest signings and what's a convention without a fully stocked vendor's room.
To get the full effect of G-Fest this year here are some photos of all the glorious monstrous fun.
Godzilla and King Kong aren't the only celebrated monsters at G-Fest
The Artist's Alley showcased talented artists' diverse kaiju inspired work.
Another one of my favorite attractions at G-Fest was art contest submissions. People of all ages created spectacular work to show their love for monsters.
For anyone who is a fan of all things monsters, I highly recommend coming out to a G-Fest one year so you can experience the impressive amounts of monster discussions, artwork and toys, toys toys!!!
A big thanks to Jeff Horne and J.D. Lees for putting together a fun-filled weekend and another big thanks to Tom Miller for his fantastic photos.
To learn more about G-Fest check out their website http://www.g-fan.com/html/gfest_xxi/gfest_xxi.php