"There is so much writing in English on Japanese cinema that can't be accepted at face value — not because the writers are careless, but because the differences in culture and language are just too intricate. When I see August Ragone's name on a piece of writing, it gives me permission to place my faith in it completely. Among Japanese fantasy film historians, he's the best working in English." —Tim Lucas, Video Watchdog

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

The San Diego Comic-Con International or Bust!

"Excuse me, Miss... is there booze on this crazy moon flight?"

This weekend, I will be attending the massive and monstrous Comic-Con International aka the San Diego Comic Con, to sign copies of EIJI TSUBURAYA: MASTER OF MONSTERS. This year's event is going to be the biggest in their history with the show sold out in advance for the first time, and record attendance estimated to be in excess of 150,000. So, to paraphrase Charlton Heston in PLANET OF THE APES, "This is a going to be a Madhouse!"

So, where will be you be able to find me in all of the chaos and madness? I will be at the Chronicle Books booth in the Exhibitors Hall (where, if you look from one side of the hall to the other, you can almost see the curvature of the Earth) from 3:30 pm on Saturday July 26th and from 2:00 pm on Sunday July 27th. If you don't already have a copy, we will be selling them throughout the show — if you already have a previously-purchased copy, don't fret, because I'll sign them, too (although that may devalue it). In the Comic-Con Exhibitors Hall, Chronicle Books can be found at Booth #1637.

So, we hope to see you there — stop by and say "hey"!

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