An Unauthorized Guide to Godzilla Collectibles

Author: Sean Linkenback

Publisher: Schiffer Pub Limited

ISBN: 9780764305443

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 175

View: 7702

Godzilla first rampaged across Japan's silver screen in 1954. Not to be contained, the "King of the Monsters" soon strode across the Pacific, creating mayhem in America's theaters from 1956 onward. In his wake were left shattered cities, ardent fans ... and a mighty mountain of collectibles. This book captures the wide range of Godzilla collectibles in comprehensive listings and over 570 color photographs. The vast array of collectibles detailed and displayed include everything from animation cels, badges, and banks to posters, toys, and trading cards. Every item in this book has been organized into easily identified categories for quick reference. Also included in the text are collecting tips, a history of Godzilla toys, a collector's market overview complete with the listings of the top manufacturers of Godzilla collectibles, and "top ten lists" of Godzilla toys, posters, and vinyl figures. Completing this all-encompassing work are values for the many collectible lines listed.
Posted in Antiques & Collectibles

Japan's Favorite Mon-star

The Unauthorized Biography of "The Big G"

Author: Steve Ryfle

Publisher: ECW Press

ISBN: 1550223488

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 374

View: 2642

More than 40 years after he emerged from the mushroom cloud of an H-Bomb test, Godzilla reigns as the king of monsters. The book dispels the myths and illuminates the mysteries surrounding the enigmatic "mon-star", and is loaded with background information and trivia about the people who created Japan's favorite monster. 50 illustrations.
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Godzilla on My Mind

Fifty Years of the King of Monsters

Author: William M. Tsutsui

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 113705557X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 256

View: 2982

This year, to mark the fiftieth anniversary of his first appearance on the screen, the original, uncut version of Godzilla was released in American theaters to the delight of Sci-Fi and B-Movie fans everywhere. Ever since Godzilla (or, Gojira, as he is known in Japan) crawled out of his radioactive birthplace to cut a swath of destruction through Tokyo, he has claimed a place alongside King Kong and others in the movie monster pantheon. He is the third most recognizable Japanese celebrity in the United States, and his fan base continues to grow as children today prove his enduring appeal. Now, Bill Tsutsui, a life-long fan and historian, takes a light-hearted look at the big, green, radioactive lizard, revealing how he was born and how he became a megastar. With humorous anecdotes, Godzilla on My Mind explores his lasting cultural impact on the world. This book is sure to be welcomed by pop culture enthusiasts, fans, and historians alike.
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Godzilla FAQ

All That's Left to Know about the King of the Monsters

Author: Brian Solomon

Publisher: Applause Theatre & Cinema

ISBN: 9781495045684

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 400

View: 3601

(FAQ). Perhaps no other character in all of international film is as beloved by American audiences as Godzilla. Since 1954, Godzilla has been one of the cinema's most enduring and popular characters, and with a total of 28 films under his massive belt (not even including two American reboots), he's also the star of the longest-running franchise in motion-picture history. From his home base in Japan, where the legendary Toho Pictures first put him on the map, Godzilla has gone on to become an international phenomenon a movie monster unrivaled both in size as well as universal, worldwide appeal. Godzilla FAQ will explore the many facets of the monumental, fire-breathing radioactive lizard that has roared his way into our hearts over a 60-year reign of terror. But more than just a movie monster, he has become a pop-culture avatar, pervading our consciousness as few fictional creations have. Now, Godzilla FAQ take readers on a headlong dive into the depths of this unstoppable cinematic force of nature.
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Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters

Defending the Earth with Ultraman, Godzilla, and Friends in the Golden Age of Japanese Science Fiction Film

Author: August Ragone

Publisher: Chronicle Books

ISBN: 9781452135397

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 208

View: 8858

Now in paperback! Behind-the-scenes hero to anyone who's thrilled by giant monsters duking it out over Tokyo, Eiji Tsuburaya was the visual effects mastermind behind Godzilla, Ultraman, and numerous Japanese science fiction movies and TV shows beloved around the world. The first book on this legendary film figure in English, this highly visual biography surveys his fascinating life and career, featuring hundreds of film stills, posters, concept art, and delightful on-set photos of Tsuburaya prompting monsters to crush landmark buildings. A must-have for fans, this towering tribute also profiles Tsuburaya's film collaborators, details his key films and shows, and spotlights the enduring popularity of the characters he helped create.
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Godzilla - The Art of Destruction

Author: Mark Cotta Vaz

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781783292806


Page: 156

View: 7990

An extraordinary new vision for the beloved character presented through a dynamic selection of concept illustrations, sketches, storyboards, and other materials. Featuring interviews with the film's director and key crew and cast, this is the complete story of the making of Godzilla, from concept to final frames.
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A Critical History and Filmography of Toho’s Godzilla Series, 2d ed.

Author: David Kalat

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476632650

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 286

View: 2927

This thoroughly updated and revised critical account of the Godzilla movie franchise explores the fascinating story behind Japan’s most famous movie monster and its development from black-and-white arthouse allegory to international commercial juggernaut. Reviled by critics but boasting a dedicated cult following, the films of the Godzilla franchise provide a unique window into the national identities of both Japan and the United States. This work focuses on how differences in American and Japanese culture, as well as differences in their respective film industries, underlie the discrepancies between the American and Japanese versions of the films. It features detailed filmographic data for both the American and Japanese versions of each film, including plot synopses, cast, credits, and detailed production notes.
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A Critical History and Filmography of Toho's Godzilla Series

Author: David Kalat

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786447497

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 278

View: 4337

"This new edition is a thoroughly updated and revised critical account of the Godzilla movies focusing on how differences in American and Japanese culture underlie the discrepancies in the Japanese and American versions. For each film, there are exhaustive filmographic data for both the Japanese and American versions, including plot synopses, cast, credits, and detailed production notes"--Provided by publisher.
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Atomic Dreams and the Nuclear Nightmare

The Making of Godzilla (1954)

Author: Peter Brothers

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781508975830


Page: 348

View: 4134

For the first time in English print, the complete story of the making of one of the most significant and influential films of the 20th Century. Originally intended to cash-in on the then current trend of American monster movies, what resulted instead was the cinema's first anti-nuclear treatise to reach an international audience. Gathered from previously unpublished sources, rare photographs, personal interviews and with shot-for-shot descriptions of both the Japanese and American versions, "Atomic Dreams and the Nuclear Nightmare" is a tribute to the greatest monster movie of them all.
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Springheeled Jack

Author: David Hitchcock

Publisher: Titan Comics

ISBN: 178276593X

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 130

View: 1851

High above a steampunk London of Penny Dreadfuls, Jack the Ripper and pea-soup fogÉ stalks the legendary demon, Springheeled Jack! From his quarters in Bedlam lunatic asylum, Sir Jack Rackham hunts the creature that took his beloved. But just who or what is Springheeled Jack? Does the answer lie amongst the lunatics of RackhamÕs sanatorium Ð or in the very heart of the British Empire: with Queen Victoria at Buckingham Palace? For fans of 'From HellÕ to lovers of 'Sherlock HolmesÕ, the wonderfully pencilled art and riveting story from David Hitchcock is a must!
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Historical Dictionary of Japanese Cinema

Author: Jasper Sharp

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 0810875411

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 564

View: 9099

The cinema of Japan predates that of Russia, China, and India, and it has been able to sustain itself without outside assistance for over a century. Japanese cinema's long history of production and considerable output has seen films made in a variety of genres, including melodramas, romances, gangster movies, samurai movies, musicals, horror films, and monster films. It has also produced some of the most famous names in the history of cinema: Akira Kurosawa, Hayao Miyazaki, Beat Takeshi, Toshirô Mifune, Godzilla, The Ring, Akira, Rashomon, and Seven Samurai. The Historical Dictionary of Japanese Cinema is an introduction to and overview of the long history of Japanese cinema. It aims to provide an entry point for those with little or no familiarity with the subject, while it is organized so that scholars in the field will also be able to use it to find specific information. This is done through a detailed chronology, an introductory essay, and appendixes of films, film studios, directors, and performers. The cross-referenced dictionary entries cover key films, genres, studios, directors, performers, and other individuals. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about Japanese cinema.
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Ishiro Honda

A Life in Film, from Godzilla to Kurosawa

Author: Steve Ryfle,Ed Godziszewski

Publisher: Wesleyan University Press

ISBN: 0819577413

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 336

View: 2625

Ishiro Honda was arguably the most internationally successful Japanese director of his generation, with an unmatched succession of science fiction films that were commercial hits worldwide. From the atomic allegory of Godzilla and the beguiling charms of Mothra to the tragic mystery of Matango and the disaster and spectacle of Rodan, The Mysterians, King Kong vs. Godzilla, and many others, Honda’s films reflected postwar Japan’s real-life anxieties and incorporated fantastical special effects, a formula that appealed to audiences around the globe and created a popular culture phenomenon that spans generations. Now, in the first full account of this long overlooked director’s life and career, authors Steve Ryfle and Ed Godziszewski shed new light on Honda’s work and the experiences that shaped it—including his days as a reluctant Japanese soldier, witnessing the aftermath of Hiroshima, and his lifelong friendship with Akira Kurosawa. Ishiro Honda: A Life in Film, from Godzilla to Kurosawa features close analysis of Honda’s films (including, for the first time, his rarely seen dramas, comedies, and war films) and draws on previously untapped documents and interviews to explore how creative, economic, and industrial factors impacted his career. Fans of Honda, Godzilla, and tokusatsu (special effects) film, and of Japanese film in general, will welcome this in-depth study of a highly influential director who occupies a uniquely important position in science fiction and fantasy cinema, as well as in world cinema. Together, the authors have provided audio commentary tracks and produced supplemental material for numerous home video releases, including Ishiro Honda’s Godzilla for the British Film Institute. They co-produced the documentary feature Bringing Godzilla Down to Size (2008).
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Cool Tokyo Guide

Adventures in the City of Kawaii Fashion, Train Sushi and Godzilla

Author: Abby Denson

Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

ISBN: 9784805314418

Category: Travel

Page: 128

View: 4417

Discover the city of temples, video games, manga, and cosplay with this graphic Tokyo travel guide! Tokyo is an astonishing world unto itself—a city for lovers of Japanese culture, fashion and great food that mixes the best of old and new. In Cool Tokyo Guide, Abby Denson, author of the popular Cool Japan Guide, turns her focus to Tokyo's exciting streets and a little bit beyond. Abby, her husband Matt, friend Yuuko and sidekick Kitty Sweet Tooth will introduce you to: A restaurant where clowns drive robots and mermaids ride on sharks Fantastic shops for lovers of everything from vintage manga to dollar-store treasures Great places to take kids—or be a kid, of any age—like the Ghibli Museum and Palette Town Famous sites both old and new, from Sensoji Temple to Tokyo Tower Major comic conventions in the anime, cosplay and manga capital of the world Must-visit spots like Ueno Park and even a few spots outside the city This practical and fun comic book guide also helps you navigate everyday Tokyo life such as train etiquette, trash disposal, tricky toilets, department store fitting rooms, and the surgical mask phenomenon. There is also information on ways to prepare ahead of time to make the most of your stay in Tokyo. So whether you're planning a trip or taking an armchair sojourn, take this book with you and get ready for the best time ever!
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The Information Diet

A Case for Conscious Consumption

Author: Clay A. Johnson

Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."

ISBN: 1449321569

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 160

View: 6644

The modern human animal spends upwards of 11 hours out of every 24 in a state of constant consumption. Not eating, but gorging on information ceaselessly spewed from the screens and speakers we hold dear. Just as we have grown morbidly obese on sugar, fat, and flour—so, too, have we become gluttons for texts, instant messages, emails, RSS feeds, downloads, videos, status updates, and tweets. We're all battling a storm of distractions, buffeted with notifications and tempted by tasty tidbits of information. And just as too much junk food can lead to obesity, too much junk information can lead to cluelessness. The Information Diet shows you how to thrive in this information glut—what to look for, what to avoid, and how to be selective. In the process, author Clay Johnson explains the role information has played throughout history, and why following his prescribed diet is essential for everyone who strives to be smart, productive, and sane. In The Information Diet, you will: Discover why eminent scholars are worried about our state of attention and general intelligence Examine how today’s media—Big Info—give us exactly what we want: content that confirms our beliefs Learn to take steps to develop data literacy, attention fitness, and a healthy sense of humor Become engaged in the economics of information by learning how to reward good information providers Just like a normal, healthy food diet, The Information Diet is not about consuming less—it’s about finding a healthy balance that works for you
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The Encyclopedia of Japanese Horror Films

Author: Salvador Jimenez Murguía

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1442261676

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 422

View: 1867

The Encyclopedia of Japanese Horror Films covers virtually every horror film made in Japan from the past century to date. In addition to entries on productions, both major and modest, this encyclopedia also includes entries for notable directors, producers, and actors. Each film entry includes comprehensive details, situates the film in the context and history of Japanese horror cinema, and includes brief suggestions for further reading. Although emphasizing horror as a general theme, this encyclopedia also encompasses other genres that are associated with this theme, including Comedy Horror, Science Fiction Horror, Cyber-punk Horror, Ero Guru (Erotic Grotesque), and Anime Horror. The Encyclopedia of Japanese Horror Films is a comprehensive reference volume that will appeal to both cinema scholars as well as to the many fans of this popular genre.
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The Dragon and the Dazzle

Models, Strategies, and Identities of Japanese Imagination : a European Perspective

Author: Marco Pellitteri,Jean-Marie Bouissou

Publisher: Tunué

ISBN: 8889613890

Category: Social Science

Page: 689

View: 3586

Marco Pellitteri examines the growing influence of Japanese pop culture in European contexts in this comprehensive study of manga, anime, and video games. Looking at the period from 1975 to today, Pellitteri discusses Super Mario, Pokémon, kawaii, Sonic, robots and cyborgs, Astro Boy, and Gundam, among other examples of these popular forms. Pellitteri divides this period into two eras ("the dragon" and "the dazzle") to better understand this cultural phenomenon and means by which it achieved worldwide distribution.
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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Author: Sherman Alexie

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448188563

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 272

View: 8991

An all-new edition of the tragicomic smash hit which stormed the New York Times bestseller charts, now featuring an introduction from Markus Zusak. In his first book for young adults, Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist who leaves his school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white high school. This heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written tale, featuring poignant drawings that reflect the character's art, is based on the author's own experiences. It chronicles contemporary adolescence as seen through the eyes of one Native American boy. 'Excellent in every way' Neil Gaiman Illustrated in a contemporary cartoon style by Ellen Forney.
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Designing Writing Assignments

Author: Traci Gardner

Publisher: National Council of Teachers

ISBN: 9780814110850

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 109

View: 2650

Suggests ways for teachers to develop writing assignments to meet the needs of different types of learners and addresses the challenges of mandates, testing, paper load, and resource-stretched classrooms.
Posted in Language Arts & Disciplines