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Phyllis Coates To Be Honored At Cinecon 48 September 2

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by Armand Vaquer Above, Phyllis Coates and Armand in 2007.  Photo by Carl Glass. Actress Phyllis Coates will be honored with a Career Achievement Award September 2 at Cinecon 48 in Hollywood.  From Cinecon.org: Phyllis Coates, Samantha Eggar, Carleton Carpenter and Richard L. Bare will be honored with a Cinecon 48 Career Achievement Award at our celebrity banquet which will be held at the Loews Hollywood Hotel (formerly the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel) on Sunday evening, September 2, 2012.    Above, George Reeves and Phyllis Coates. Coates played Lois Lane in the  Superman and The Mole Men (1951) full-length motion picture, which served as a pilot for the Adventures of Superman television show starring George Reeves.  She played Lois Lane in the show's first season. For more on Cinecon 48, go here . 

Monster Japan Travel Guide Press Release

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Above, Yuu Asakura with "The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan."  Photo by Armand Vaquer. The press release is now being circulated by the service I use.  Here it is: "The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan" Now at Amazon's Kindle Store "The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan" is now available as an ebook at Amazon.com's Kindle Store. Tarzana, CA, August 24, 2012 --( PR.com )-- "I am pleased to announce that 'The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan,' the world's first and only travel guide to monster locations and landmarks used in Japanese science-fiction and fantasy movies, is now an ebook at Amazon.com's Kindle Store," said author Armand Vaquer. "Several fans have asked me to consider having the travel guide available as an ebook. I looked into it, and got it done. This will be an additional handy tool for Japan tourists as they can access the travel guide on their iPads

"The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan" Now At Amazon.com Kindle Store

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The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan is now available at Amazon.com's Kindle Store! Several fans have urged me to take the next step and have the travel guide tailored for fans of Japanese science-fiction and fantasy movie available as an ebook.  Today, I am pleased to announce that it is now available for those who use iPods and iPads (or even notebook computers) while traveling. The cost is a measly $4.99 (or, as Mad Magazine  would say, $4.99 cheap!). To go to The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan Kindle Store page, go here . The regular hard copy edition is still available at ComiXpress.

Monster Japan Travel Guide In Margaret Herrick Library Seach Engine

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The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Margaret Herrick Library now lists The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan in their website's search engine. I tried it out and here's the result: To view the Margaret Herrick Library website, go here .

Comic Book Yard Sale In Tarzana August 25

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Last Saturday was the first Saturday in over three weeks where I didn't have to get up early to set up a yard sale of comic books.  I thought I'd take a break. The next sale is set for this coming Saturday (August 25). It will be at 18618 Collins Street, Tarzana, CA 91356 (cross streets are Reseda Blvd. and U.S. 101 Freeway). Hours are 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. I have (mostly DCs) Silver Age (1960s), Bronze Age (1970s) and Modern Age (1990s).  They're priced to go! Along with comic books, my book, The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan is also available at a 20% discount off the cover price!  C'mon down! It is also listed on Craigslist:  http://losangeles.craigslist.org/sfv/clt/3214002735.html

"Loop" Starring Christine Nguyen

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A new short film entitled, Loop was released on August 15.  It stars Christine Nguyen. From the Loop website: Combining the themes of top secret military installations, government conspiracies, a little taste of Lambda Core and Aperture Science, and framing it against the beautiful barren remoteness of New Mexico, gave us the seed for the idea that would eventually become Ophelia's temporal loop story. For more information, go here . 

"B-Movie Celebration: 2012"

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"B-Movie Celebration: 2012" Dates September 14-16 in Columbus, Indiana and then October 26-27 in Montreal, Canada!! Many of these screenings/premieres will have the filmmakers and stars in attendance. Plus a few more shorts and special surprises have yet to be added!! Features Selection: 1.] “Gila!” { 'The Giant Gila Monster' remake} [United States. 96 min.] - World Gala Premiere!! 2.] “Bio-Slime.” [United States. 90 min.] 3.] “Primitive.” [United States. 86 min.] 4.] “Virgin Beach Creature.” [Indonesia. 80 min.] - North American Premiere!! 5.] “Synevir.” [Ukraine. 89 min.] - World Premiere!! 6.] “The Tentacle’s Claw.” [Canada. 68 min.] - U.S. And Festival Premiere!! 7.] “Metamorphosis.” [United Kingdom. 102 min.] - U.S. Premiere!! 8.] “Empress Vampire.” [China/United States. 90 min. ] 9.] “Lisl And The Lorlock.” [United States. 90 min.] 10.] “Spores.” [Russia. 80 min.] - World Premiere!! 11.] “Jonah Lives.” [United States. 94 min.] - Festival Premie

Fears of A Mount Fuji Eruption Rises In Japan

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by Armand Vaquer Above, Mount Fuji peeks above the cloud cover.  Photo by Armand Vaquer. It was the site where King Kong and Godzilla began their epic battle.  It was also the location where all of Earth's monsters battled the space monster King Ghidorah.  (These are covered on page 37 of The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan .) The biggest symbol of Japan is Mount Fuji and hundreds of people scale its slopes to view spectacular sunrises annually. All that may change if Japan's worse fears about Mount Fuji come to pass: an eruption.  Mount Fuji last erupted in December 1707. The Japan Times posted an article on fears that the 3/11/11 earthquake may re-awaken the sleeping peak: The Great East Japan Earthquake and Fukushima nuclear crisis were unparalled disasters, but people in and around Shizuoka Prefecture fear the ultimate catastrophe — the eruption of Mount Fuji — may be looming.  "If Mount Fuji were to erupt, the consequences will be f

Comics For Sale Saturday In Tarzana

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Above, can you believe it is almost 20 years since this comic was published? Two more days until Saturday's comic book yard sale number 3. This will be the last one for a bit, so I can enjoy my Saturdays and not wake up my roomie as I carry stuff out for setting up. It starts at 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM. I have lots of Silver Age (1960s) DCs, Bronze Age (1970s) DCs and a mix of Modern Age (1990s) comics from different publishers (DC, Image, Valiant, Dark Horse). The location is 18618 Collins Street, Tarzana, CA (cross streets are Reseda Blvd. and U.S. 101 Freeway). Above, this 1961 "Death of Superman" was actually the better story. As this year marks 20 years since the "Death of Superman" storyline, I have to mention that I have many copies of the comics of this historical storyline.  I have several UNOPENED bagged collectors editions of Superman no. 75.   That's the one that has the mourning band with the Superman "S" on it, etc.  

Comic Book Yard Sale Saturday, August 4

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I am having another comic book yard sale this Saturday (August 4). It will be from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM (or later if people are still browsing through the books at that time). It will be at 18618 Collins Street in Tarzana, California. The major cross streets are Reseda Blvd. and U.S. 101 Freeway (get off at Reseda Blvd. and go north a block). Come on by for some good deals on Silver Age, Bronze Age and Modern Age comics! I will also have one on the following Saturday (August 11).

Haruo Nakajima Photo Exhibition In Sakata City

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Source: Sonoe Nakajima The original Godzilla (1954-1972), Haruo Nakajima is a busy man these days. A photograph exhibition on his career is being held from August 2 to August 13 in Yamagata Prefecture's Sakata City. He will be giving a talk on August 6th. Sakata City is on the Sea of Japan side of the main island of Honshu. It is north of Niigata by about 200 kilometers. The poster advertising the exhibition shown at top.