"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
Thursday, July 18, 2013
IT'S COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL OR BUST And... Oh My God... It's Full of Nerds!
~COME & VISIT ME AT THE "FAMOUS MONSTERS" BOOTH: #1509!~
"Excuse me, Stewardess... Do you serve Gamilon Ale on this flight?"
The Rondo Award-winning author of EIJI TSUBURAYA: MASTER OF MONSTERS. August has commented on Japanese film and popular culture on radio, television, in print, online, and at events for more than three decades. While still a teen, he severed as Horror Host Bob Wilkins' "Japanese Film" & "Godzilla Expert" at KTVU TV-2.
He has contributed liner notes for numerous DVD releases, edited and authored over 100 subtitle scripts (so far), and has also written for periodicals such as Japanese Fantasy Film Journal, Filmfax. Video Watchdog, Asian Cult Cinema, Henshin! Online, Oriental Cinema, G-Fan, Super7, Otaku USA, Monster Attack Team and Famous Monsters of Filmland.
The San Francisco native has also been an event promoter, starting with the "Japanese Fantasy Film Faire" (1979), the first Anime event held outside of Japan, as well as producing live music and multi-media events including The Sleazefest, Incredibly Strange Wrestling, The Greaseball, Godzillafest, and Shock It To Me!.