Godzilla: A Colossal Course in Japanese History

Godzilla: A Colossal Course in Japanese History

Big V Roman Comics and I sat down at Raleigh Supercon 2017 to present a discussion of Godzilla films and how they have commented or critiqued issues facing Japanese society at the time of their release. Kaiju films have addressed many topics over the years, from the original film’s commentary on use of nuclear weapons, to Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster promoting an anti-pollution message in the 1970s, to The Return of Godzilla questioning American military presence in Japan, and finally last year’s Shin Godzilla condemning the failure of government…

Bad Fanfiction Dramatic Readings at Raleigh Supercon 2017

Bad Fanfiction Dramatic Readings at Raleigh Supercon 2017

There’s entertainment value even in the most foul fanfictions out there. At Raleigh Supercon 2017, I teamed up with Scarlett Spitfire, Josh Thompson Photography, and my roommate Michael Fitzgibbons to deliver dramatic readings of a selection of poorly written, depraved, and just plain bizarre works of fiction scattered across the internet. Have a suggestion for a fanfic to read in a future installment of this panel? Just contact me! Also, be sure to give some love to my wonderful co-hosts, whom I’ve linked to above. Enjoy the video!

Kaiju for Dungeons and Dragons: Tectonicus, Titan of Earth and Lightning

Kaiju for Dungeons and Dragons: Tectonicus, Titan of Earth and Lightning

Back again with another Kaiju for Dungeons and Dragons!  A user on Reddit requested I create a worm-based kaiju for the world of Yamatai, but I wanted to be more original than just “three hundred foot long worm”. My mind drifted back to a creation I made for a kaiju forum RPG years ago: An earth golem with electricity-spitting Mongolian death worms burrowed into it. Enjoy! Tectonicus, Titan of Earth and Lightning Colossal monstrosity (kaiju), lawful neutral “The myths of the desert death worms were true, we saw them burrowed into that…

Kaiju for Dungeons and Dragons: The Colossus of Tsuburaya

Kaiju for Dungeons and Dragons: The Colossus of Tsuburaya

Back again with another Kaiju for Dungeons and Dragons! A world of kaiju just isn’t complete without a giant mecha to give humans a fighting chance. Enter the Colossus of Tsuburaya. I playtested a beta version of this creature a few months ago in my weekly game, and my players loved it. The Colossus of Tsuburaya takes inspiration, obviously, from Pacific Rim as a mentally-controlled giant mecha. I also borrowed from Soul Calibur, namely the idea that the Colossus’s Variable Skill changes based on its pilot, similar to how the cursed sword Soul…

Kaiju for Dungeons and Dragons: Metallor, The Iron Mountain

Kaiju for Dungeons and Dragons: Metallor, The Iron Mountain

The Dungeons & Dragons kaiju train keeps rolling! What’s a kaiju story without some mechanical monsters? This week’s project is Metallor, a horrific fusion of magic, machine, and bone. Like Hurriking and Mantisma, Metallor takes inspiration from a Toho Studios kaiju, this time it’s Mechagodzilla (specifically Kiryu) with a hint of Gurren Lagann thrown in. Enjoy! Metallor, The Iron Mountain Colossal construct (kaiju), lawful good “The Empire attempted to create their own Hurriking. When will man learn?” – Brother Tino’s Chronicle of Greater Kaiju When kaiju began to appear in…

Kaiju for Dungeons and Dragons: Mantisma, Matron of Life

Kaiju for Dungeons and Dragons: Mantisma, Matron of Life

I’m back this week with another kaiju for 5th edition Dungeons & Dragons! This week, I’m taking inspiration from Mothra to create a force for good in the monster-ravaged realm of Yamatai. Mantisma, Matron of Life Colossal fey (kaiju), neutral good “She is as beautiful as she is powerful. Thank the Gods she fights for us. Most of the time.” – Brother Tino’s Chronicle of Greater Kaiju Many kaiju are feared, but Mantisma is unique among them in that she is revered and loved by many. She acts as a guardian…

Kaiju for Dungeons and Dragons: Hurriking, the Monster Sovereign

Kaiju for Dungeons and Dragons: Hurriking, the Monster Sovereign

I’ve been running a fifth edition Dungeons & Dragons campaign for about seven or eight months now, and despite starting the game out of the Lost Mines of Phandelver book from the Starter Set, I left that behind months ago and have been writing the scenarios myself for the most part. Me being me, I decided to inject kaiju into the game. D&D’s only entity that really resembles a kaiju is the Tarrasque, but it’s ‘only’ sixty feet tall. Pathfinder has a dedicated creature subtype for kaiju, and Toho Kingdom has produced a plethora…

Colorful Kaiju Discussion Panel – Illogicon 2017

Colorful Kaiju Discussion Panel – Illogicon 2017

At Illogicon 2017 in Cary, NC; I was invited to sit on a discussion panel about the themes and history of kaiju (giant monsters), alongside local science fiction authors Natania Barron, Richard Dansky, and Jesse Galena. Yes, this is about a month overdue, but a hard drive failure on my computer prevented me from rendering out this file sooner. Better late than never! Colorful Kaiju Discussion Panel – Illogicon 2017 If you like what you heard from the other panelists, check out their websites! Natania Barron Richard Dansky Jesse Galena…

The Motivational Morals of Mothra (Godzilla)

The Motivational Morals of Mothra (Godzilla)

Let’s talk about the illustrious immense insect of the Godzilla franchise: Mothra. She occupies a peculiar place in the pantheon of giant monsters: She’s undoubtedly one of the top five most recognizable kaiju of film (behind King Kong and Godzilla, of course) and is very popular with women. However, she catches derision from many male fans because, well, she’s a giant butterfly who protects the Earth and communicates through tiny fairies. Some are probably wondering why I’m talking about some lame bug when I could gush about the King of the…