NERD NEWS — Godzilla fans unite this weekend
Soon, Godzilla will be invading the Chicago area. That’s right nerds and nerdettes, G-Fest is right around the corner, so grab your favorite cardboard skyscrapers and prepare for a smashing good time.
Bad jokes aside, G-Fest is a blast. This year it will be held at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare Hotel in Rosemont, just outside the Windy City. Though a smaller convention, G-Fest still attracts over a thousand dedicated Godzilla and giant monster fans.
Panels take place throughout the day and highlight everything from movies to comics to Japanese travel guides. Aside from the panels, there are plenty of other things to see, including a kids craft room, the model and diorama room, the dealer’s room and artist’s alley.
The dealer’s room is certainly the highlight of the show and a large line winds its way throughout the hotel as eager fans wait to get in every morning. Inside is a room full of giant monster merchandise. One can find everything from toys and collectables, to vintage posters and memorabilia.
My favorite spot is the artist alley, for obvious reasons. My wife, Sara, and I have had a table at G-Fest for the past five years and it’s there that I started my art career. That being said, many talented and devoted artists show up to sell and create giant monster artwork. Since the successful launch of the IDW Godzilla comics, the artist alley continues to grow and includes published artists, as well.
Arguably the most popular event at the show is the fan-made costume contest. The contest is organized into children’s and adult’s categories. Here, fans can show off their own giant monster costume creations, many of with are surprisingly accurate, articulate and fun. I have personally seen suits that light up, breathe smoke and stand more than 7 feet tall. Many of the adult costumes are created with painstaking care in an effort to come close to the movie special effects suits and can cost thousands of dollars to create.
If you’re a fan of Godzilla or have a healthy respect for vintage classics and B movies, this is an excellent convention. The family friendly environment is perfect for kids and you can literally see them charged with excitement as the monsters stroll the halls of the hotel.
G-Fest is a great way to rekindle the radioactive flames of giant monster fandom for all ages.
For more information, go online to www.g-fan.com/html/gfest_xix/hotel_xix.php.