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The Top Ten Comic Book Stories Of 2014!

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10. Marvel knows you love Wolverine. So it's killing him. As yet another year passes into the mist it is time once again to visit the top comic book related stories from 2014. In less than a month, Marvel will put one of its favorite heroes to sleep. Wolverine, the hairy, Canadian bundle of muscle with the claws, will die on October 8 (just in time for New York Comic-Con), when the comic book The Death of Wolverine wraps up. There might be some questions as to why Marvel would want to kill one of its most popular characters and the face of the X-Men franchise. And there may be some queries as to how one kills someone who's immortal. Here then, is a brief guide to the death of Wolverine: Why is Wolverine dying? I thought he can't die? Wolverine's death may come as a shock to people who aren't all that familiar with what's going on the Marvel comic universe. Most people know Wolverine to be the mutant with claws, but his real mutant ability, something

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Warwick Davis ‘Excited’ To See A Poster With Old Cast Members

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From International Business Times Warwick Davis, a cast member of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," is reportedly excited about a poster from his upcoming movie. The producers released the first official trailer of the movie about a month ago. There has been no official confirmation about any poster release. Warwick Davis has been associated with the "Star Wars" franchise for a long time. Speaking to the IrishExaminer, the actor said that the upcoming movie will be "an amazing moment" for cinema. The actor also said that he was "most excited" to see some of the old cast members in a poster that will be released eventually. It is still unclear if the actor was speaking about a specific poster that he has knowledge of or was speaking about a poster in general terms. Three of his fellow cast members reprising their roles are Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher. The three cast members played a prominent role in the original trilogy.

Hail to the King with the King-Size Kirby Collection

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From Marvel Comics He’s the King of Comics. A man who left an indelible mark upon the medium, using his peerless imagination to create some of the greatest stories and characters ever told. In 2015, celebrate Jack “King” Kirby’s incredible contribution to comic book history with the monumental, decades-spanning KING-SIZE KIRBY HARDCOVER collection! Presented in Marvel’s Adamantium-sized format, this titanic tome clocks in at more than 800 pages of Kirby’s finest stories and stands more than a foot tall! For the first time ever, fans will be able to experience these truly genre-defining stories in a format that complements Jack Kirby’s unsurpassed art and storytelling abilities. “If there were a Mount Rushmore of American comic book artists, Jack Kirby would be front and center,” says Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso. Whether it was westerns, romance, war, horror, sci-fi, humor or super heroes, Jack Kirby could do it all! From Captain America punching Adolf Hitler to the su

Relive the Original Marvel Star Wars Adaptations With Remastered Graphic Novels in 2015

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From Marvel Comics Next year, the original Marvel Comic adaptations of the iconic Star Wars trilogy return for new, oversized graphic novels with remastered coloring! It all starts this March as the first original comic adaptation of the greatest space-fantasy film of all time is reborn for the modern age as STAR WARS™: EPISODE IV A NEW HOPE makes it’s triumphant return to comic shops! Weeks before George Lucas’ first STAR WARS film hit theatres, Marvel gave eager fans their very first look at Luke Skywalker, boldly asking “Will he save the galaxy, or destroy it?” Over 30 years later, you know the answer, but that doesn’t spoil the excitement of reliving this now classic adaptation like you’ve never seen it before – including scenes that never made it to the silver screen! Written by Roy Thomas with art by Howard Chaykin, this iconic story has been remastered for the modern age all-new coloring by Chris Sotomayor. “When Star Wars took the world by storm in 1977, Marvel Comics

UFO And Alien Egyptian Artifacts Discovered In Jerusalem Kept Secret By Rockefeller Museum

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From Inquisitr A YouTube video released by the website Paranormal Crucible purports to show ancient Egyptian sculpture artifacts originally found in the “Giza complex,” but reportedly taken away from Petrie’s Jerusalem home by representatives of the Rockefeller Archaeological Museum shortly after they were found, according to the website UFO Sightings Daily. According to the Shepard Ambellas, editor-in-chief of the “alternative news” website Intellihub News, the alien Egyptian artifacts were discovered hidden in a secret room behind the Egyptologist’s bookcase. Petrie had apparently found proof of extraterrestrial life on Earth before he died in 1942, but chose to hide them away in his Jerusalem home. Now that the Rockefeller Museum has taken possession of the artifacts, alien and UFO pundits fear they may never be accessible to the public. However, Ambellas claims that some of the relics may be seen at the Petri Museum of Egyptian Archaeology in Malet Place, Camden, near Gowe

Oscar Isaac Says Your 'Star Wars' Theories Are Totally Wrong

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From Yahoo! Movies There were two enemies on the set of Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Dark Side of the Force, and the dark side of the internet. Oscar Isaac is forbidden from giving much insight about his role in the battling that first enemy, but he can say that director J.J. Abrams’ fight against the scourge of leaks from the film’s Pinewood set is equally epic. For starters, when he auditioned for the part of Poe Dameron in the highly anticipated sequel, he wasn’t even sent to script to read ahead of time. "They won’t even do that," Isaac, who stars in JC Chandor’s forthcoming crime drama A Most Violent Year, told Yahoo Movies. “You go to the place, and they have a room with cameras and you sit there and read the script. They’re incredibly protective, because nowadays, with however many hundreds of blogs and this and that, people are just ravenous for content. So because of that, there has to be such tight security around it. And it gets in the way of the pr

Harley Quinn Comes to Film

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From DC Comics For a year where no DC Entertainment movies were actually released, 2014 was a great year for fans excited to see their favorite DC Comics super heroes brought to the big screen. We’ve already discussed Warner Bros.’ release of its upcoming DC Entertainment theatrical slate. Well, for a certain number of fans, that was actually the second most exciting announcement this year. On December 2nd, much of the cast list for 2016’s Suicide Squad movie was released, and it certainly impressed. Will Smith as Deadshot! Tom Hardy as Rick Flag! Jared Leto as the Joker! (!!!) For a potentially darker movie where audiences will be cheering on a team of super-villains, it’s quite an A-Level roll call. However, we’d argue that the most significant cast member is one who isn’t yet a household name. Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. Anyone who’s familiar with Robbie’s work knows that the casting makes perfect sense. However, it’s the fact that Harley Quinn is coming to film that re

"Oh my god, I shot my eye out! " - A Christmas Story Trivia

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Ralphie: I want an official Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle! Mrs. Parker: No, you'll shoot your eye out. From IMDB There is a debate about when the film takes place. Evidence seems to point to 1939 because of The Wizard of Oz (1939) references. The decoder ring points to 1940. However, if you look at the calendar on the wall (during the first dinner sequence), you can clearly see the first of December falls on a Friday. December 1st fell on a Friday in 1939, not 1940 as was previously accepted. According to director Bob Clark, Jack Nicholson was given the script and was very much interested in the role of Mr. Parker, "The Old Man". However, Clark didn't learn of this until later and the studio didn't want to pay Nicholson's fee anyway, which would have doubled the budget. Regardless, Clark said that Darren McGavin was still the better choice and was born to play the role. Ralphie as Adult: [narrating] Only one thi

Star Wars Spin-Off Will Soon Head To Production

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From Yahoo Movies UK Although very little is known about the upcoming ‘Star Wars’ spin-off, it looks as though the movie will be heading to Pinewood very soon. It’s one of the more mysterious aspects of Disney’s ‘Star Wars’ plans – what exactly will the upcoming ‘Star Wars’ spin-off be about? Unfortunately, we know next to nothing about this highly-anticipated movie… other than the fact that Gary Whitta and Gareth Edwards are on board to write and direct. But all that could be about to change when production heads over to Pinewood Studios. According to Making Star Wars, the upcoming spin-off movie will be heading into production soon enough… and that means setting up camp at Pinewood Studios. “When James Bond finishes up at Pinewood, it will relinquish its space and crew to Star Wars spin-off number one,” said their source. And it looks as though a production office could be up and running soon. “The first non-Skywalker Saga story is gearing up to go into production,” they

Ultron: No Strings Attached

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Feast your eyes on Ultron's evil stare and see Marvel's 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' in theaters May 1, 2015! From Marvel Comics Ultron sets his sights on wiping out humanity and it's up to the Avengers to stop him in Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron"! Check out Ultron's evil gaze in this new picture and see the film in theaters May 1, 2015. READ MORE

'A Christmas Carol' where no Scrooge has gone before

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From The Cap Times “QISmaS DIS chu' DatIvjaj 'ej” You may not find that written on a Christmas card this holiday season, unless you happen to have a Klingon in your family. It is, of course, “Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!” translated into the Klingon language. While Klingons are, obviously, not real, but an alien warrior race invented for the “Star Trek” TV shows and movies, fans have invented an entire Klingon language, with its own vocabulary, grammar, even punctuation. And so it’s logical – maybe? – that Klingon would invade the world of live theater. “A Klingon Christmas Carol” is a long-running play in Minneapolis and Chicago, the first piece of theater to be performed entirely in Klingon. Which made it a fun challenge for Madison resident Catie O’Donnell Glogovsky, who directed this year’s production of “A Klingon Christmas Carol,” which finished up a nearly sold-out three-week run last weekend at the Athaneum Theatre on Chicago’s North Side. READ M

Godzilla Shogun Warriors 1964 Jumbo Action Figure

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Godzilla Shogun Warriors 1964 Jumbo Action Figure: Price: $249.99 - Order Here! Travel back in time to the 1960s with the Godzilla Shogun Warriors 1964 Jumbo Action Figure! Made to replicate the original vintage design, the Shogun Warriors Godzilla features flicking tongue action, rolling wheels under the feet, and a firing right fist! Measures approximately 21-inches long x 19-inches tall x 9-inches wide. If you liked the Shogun toys from the 1970s you’ll love this new Godzilla action figure from toy company Toynami. They have announced a retro Shogun Warriors Godzilla action figure that is based on the original giant toy licensed by Mattel during the late 1970s. Want!

5 Classic Godzilla Movies With Monstrously-Awesome Leading Ladies

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From The Mary Sue ALERT! ALERT! BIG MONSTER APPROACHING! Preliminary reports indicate that we are dealing with Patriarchas, and it’ll take nothing less than the most dashing, courageous and diligent Japanese Self-Defense Force pilots to bring this whopper down! Guillermo Del Toro’s Pacific Rim took the world of fandom by storm. Despite predictably starring a white guy, it was Rinko Kikuchi’s Mako Mori who sparked the imaginations of fandoms worldwide. Her take-no-guff attitude and the platonic relationships she developed with her two male co-leads for a breath of fresh air in a blockbuster landscape where women all too often are relegated to being sexy lamps (*coughTransformerscough*). A year later, Hollywood offered audiences another round of giant monster-mashin’, but those enamored with Mako’s adventures were probably a bit let down with Gareth Evans’ Godzilla. Although it earned enough money to quickly secure two sequels, its levels of representation were a bit… off. The th

Ten Moments that Mattered: Lex Luthor Joins the Justice League

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From DC Comics / Author Tim Beedle With a new year on the horizon and the holidays upon us, it’s a good time to take a look back at 2014 to remember and remark upon a few of its key DC Entertainment moments. Some of these moments played out on the comic book page or the screen, others were real-life happenings that shaped what we’ll be reading and seeing over the years ahead. If you’re a DC Comics fan or just an entertainment fan in general, they all mattered. It’s been a great year full of both ups and downs, but these are the big ones. These are our DCComics.com “Ten Moments that Mattered” for 2014. Since its introduction in 1960, the Justice League’s lineup has always been fairly fluid. It’s remained pretty consistent since the introduction of The New 52, but longtime readers knew that eventually the roster would change and new members would be introduced. However, it’s unlikely anyone suspected one of them would be Lex Luthor. Yes, as if Lex’s contributions in taking down

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT FORGES A NEW LEGEND OF THE WEST IN THE LADY RAWHIDE / LADY ZORRO MINISERIES, DEBUTING IN MARCH

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From Dynamite Entertainment Dynamite Entertainment proudly announces the March 2015 debut of Lady Rawhide / Lady Zorro #1, the first chapter of a four-part miniseries that will see two of the comic book industry's Western heroines cross paths for the first time. Written by Shannon Eric Denton and featuring interior artwork by Rey Villegas, Lady Rawhide / Lady Zorro #1 features cover artwork by acclaimed artist and Lady Rawhide co-creator, Mike Mayhew. In Lady Rawhide / Lady Zorro #1, the two female vigilantes must live up to the legend of Zorro after the inspirational hero is murdered! When brutal slavers descend upon a village and steal away all its adolescent girls, Lady Zorro and Lady Rawhide - who would sooner ride alone than ride together - must put aside their ideological and methodical differences to free the missing girls from a fate worse than death. Writer Shannon Eric Denton says, "Women were a huge part in the settlement of the Old West but are often overlo

Why Did The Alien Cross The Road? - Ohio Man Says He Knows!

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From Open Minds A husband and wife in Highland County, Ohio claim they saw an alien run across the road. The incident occurred on the night of Friday, December 12 near Carmel, OH. According to her testimony provided in a report filed with the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON), the wife describes, “On Friday night (the 12th), we were driving home. After turning on Carmel Road, which leads to our road, we went around the curve by the Carmel church and then up a small incline and approximately 10 feet over the incline and in front of our truck, the ‘alien’ ran across the road and into the woods.” This unexpected and unidentifiable creature left the witnesses perplexed. The wife further describes: My husband saw it. He is a skeptic – almost 60 years old – and a proud Marine. He wouldn’t have admitted to seeing it if he hadn’t been in shock. I had him draw it for me when we got to the house. He says it was asphalt gray (our asphalt is gray) and about 7 feet tall, no arms that he could s

The Year in Bigfoot

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Two states led the nation in Sasquatch sightings, which have been on the decline since surging in the '00s. From CityLab Late on a dark night in May 2014, two hunters slowly traced I-90 back to their homes in eastern Washington state. It had been an unsuccessful turkey hunt in Kittatas County, and now the men kept their tired eyes fixed to the forested roadside for capricious elk and deer. That's why they saw it—and slammed on the brakes. According to an investigative report, "the subject" exited the trees, approached their truck, and shuffled across the road in "what appeared to be a calculated execution... to avoid being hit." Shuddering, the men attempted to make eye contact with the rangy creature, but its face was so covered in fur that it was impossible. "It was not a person or a bear, absolutely not," one of the men wrote. "I have never feared going into the woods but will no longer do my 3:30 a.m. hunting trips for turkey by my

Detective Comics (1937-) #165 - November 1950 Issue - DC Comics

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Detective Comics (1937-) #165 - November 1950 Issue - DC Comics - Grade FR/PR Price $70 - Order Here 1st printing. This comic book is in used condition. Comic is complete with cover and all pages attached. This comic has some flaws that warrant a FR/PR grade. Note: A portion of the front cover is missing. The cover has been reattached by tape. Holes in the spine and back cover have been repaired with tape. Interior is complete. Comic Book will be shipped bagged and boarded! While making an inspection of equipment in the Bat-Cave, Bruce and Dick also must inspect the various costumes Batman and Robin use in their fight against crime for leaks and tears, and, as it turns out, a never before used costume saves the day for the Batman, who has been seriously wounded.

Wait, Warner Bros Commissioned How Many Different Wonder Woman Scripts?

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From Cinema Blend DC currently is hard at work trying to perfectly craft and bring together their impending cinematic universe. In fact the studio is looking to make sure that they have all of their bases covered by allegedly hiring six different writers to simultaneously write six different scripts for 2017's Wonder Woman. This rather unique and costly strategy came to public consciousness after screenwriter Arash Amel took to his Twitter account to inform his followers: Someone just told me six writers have been hired to simultaneously write six versions of Wonder Woman movie. What?. Arash Amel (@arashamel) December 18, 2014 But, if this is true, which writers have been given the opportunity to provide the script for Michelle MacLaren.s film? Well, according to Screen Rant, Jason Fuchs, who wrote Pan for Joe Wright, was recently brought in to work on one on the scripts. READ MORE

This Just Happened: Batman Infected by the Amazo Virus!

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From DC Comics SPOILER ALERT: If you have not read JUSTICE LEAGUE #37 yet and do not wish to know what happens, stop reading this post now (major spoilers ahead!). The Amazo Virus has been running rampant ever since the “accident” happened in Lex Luthor’s laboratory at the end of JUSTICE LEAGUE #35. With many of the Justice League heroes hospitalized with the virus, its up to Wonder Woman, Superman and Batman to stop the virus from spreading further in JUSTICE LEAGUE #37. While working to detain patient zero outside Lex’s laboratory, the super heroes learn two very disturbing facts about the virus: Not only does the virus transform a human host into a meta-human, but the virus can survive outside the human body and continuously mutate! How will a mutating, airborne, meta-human-making virus ever be contained?! READ MORE

Chewbacca Makes His First Appearance in New 'Star Wars' Charity Video

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From Yahoo Movies Thirty years after his last big-screen adventure, Chewbacca looks surprisingly spry and youthful — he even looks a bit like his son, Lumpy. Chewbacca Makes His First Appearance in New 'Star Wars' Charity Video We’re not going to speculate just how everyone’s favorite Wookiee gained that sudden tightness around his eyes, but we do suspect that his contributions to the rebellion earned him more than a few galactic credits. Speaking of big money, the first look at the new Chewie comes courtesy of a video for Omaze, which teamed up with J.J. Abrams and the Star Wars: The Force Awakens crew to raise more than $4.62 million for UNICEF over the last year, most of which came as entry fees for set-visit contests. Watch The Video: READ MORE

Harley Quinn's Five Tips for Enjoying the Holidays

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From DC Comics The mercury is dropping, snow is starting to fall and the smell of gingerbread is in the air (at least, we HOPE that it’s gingerbread because it's getting really strong and we have no other explanation for it). Yes, the holidays are upon us. Soon families will begin gathering together for memories, laughter and awkward, uncomfortable conversations around the dinner table when grandpa invites the 26-year-old massage therapist that he left grandma for to the festivities. Gifts will be opened, carols will be sung and children will playfully gather around the living room, sigh loudly when they discover they didn’t get the PS4 they wanted and storm off to their rooms to SnapChat with their friends. There will be moments of joy and merriment. There will be moments of quiet reflection. But in the end, we’ll remember the one truth that’s at the heart of the holiday season: No matter where you may be in life, the post-holiday traffic on the drive home will be horrendous

Giant monsters gather in Nagoya

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The Yomiuri Shimbun NAGOYA — Masks, suits and miniatures of Godzilla, Ultraman, Gamera and many more — an exhibition under way at the Nagoya City Science Museum in Naka Ward, Nagoya, until Jan. 12 showcases about 500 items used in the filming of movies and TV series produced in Japan since the 1960s using tokusatsu special effects. The exhibition, titled “Tokusatsu: Special Effects Museum,” was curated by anime director Hideaki Anno, who is known for his “Evangelion” anime series. Notable in the exhibition is a reproduction of a storehouse that used to be in a film studio to hold these props and small sets. Information about the exhibit (In Japanese) Here - ' TOKUSATSU – Special Effects Museum '

A Deleted 'Star Wars' Scene Comes Alive in Rare Behind-the-Scenes Footage

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From Yahoo Movies The latest addition to the trove of rare and little-seen material from the first Star Wars film — including on-set photos and rough-cut footage — is this interesting bit of behind-the-scenes action. Posted by YouTuber Eyes on Cinema, the six-minute clip captures the Star Wars crew on one of its Tatooine locations in the North African desert. And for Star Wars fans, it’s a pretty Biggs deal. The first half of the clip shows a 30-something George Lucas conferring with cinematographer Gilbert Taylor before discussing a scene — cut from the final film — in which Mark Hamill (Luke Sykwalker), Garrick Hagon (Biggs Darklighter) and Koo Stark traipse around the Tatooine settlement of Anchorhead. Though Biggs is glimpsed briefly in 1977’s Star Wars: A New Hope — he’s one of the X-Wing pilots killed in duty during the attack on the first Death Star — his original role was noticeably bigger: A scene cut from early in the film portrayed him and Luke as best pals, with Bi

'Batman: Arkham Knight' to Join DC Entertainment's Digital First Slate

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From DC Comics Gamers rejoice! In February 2015, the BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT comic book series will begin to tell the prequel story to Rocksteady Studios and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s highly anticipated video game of the same name. The Digital First comic book will be written by Peter J. Tomasi with art by Viktor Bogdanovic and Art Thibert. Cover artist for the series will be Dan Panosian. The first issue, on sale March 11, will include two variant covers, one by Gary Frank and the other will feature art from the game. Fans of the award-winning and bestselling game series, including previous releases Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City, know The Joker is dead and Arkham City is closed. As a new day begins, Bruce Wayne finds himself in devastating pain, recovering from his injuries and questioning whether his role as Batman is still necessary to the city’s survival. But as the sun rises in Gotham City, dangerous new threats emerge from the shadows…and the Ar

LEGENDERRY: VAMPIRELLA #1 (OF 5)

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Price: $3.99 - Order Here Shipping: February, 2015 Related Products: SKU: C72513022694501011 Rating: Teen + Cover A Main: Joe Benitez Writer: David Avallone Art: David Cabrera Genre: Steampunk, Action/Adventure Publication Date: Feb 2015 Format: Comic Book Page Count: 32 pages UPC: 725130226945 01011 ON SALE DATE: February 4 A return to Bill Willingham's fantastical steampulp world of LEGENDERRY! Vampirella comes home from the epic battle in The Principality to find that her Scarlet Club has been closed, and powerful forces within The Big City are conspiring to destroy her... but they quickly learn they've pissed off the wrong immortal

Koichi Kawakita, R.I.P.

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by Armand Vaquer Above, Koichi Kawakita and Armand in Hollywood in 2000. Very sad news has arrived from Japan via the Anime News Network . Special effects director Koichi Kawakita has passed away at age 72 from liver failure.  They wrote: Movie visual effects director Kōichi Kawakita passed away on December 5 due to liver failure. He was 72. A funeral service was held for close relatives, with his wife Toshiko as chief mourner. A memorial service is planned in the future. I first met Mr. Kawakita in 2000 when G-Fest 2000 was held in Hollywood at the Roosevelt Hotel. A year later, Richard Pusateri and I met with him at his office in Toho Studios for a tour of the studio that was led by him and producer Shogo Tomiyama. Above, pictured at Toho Studios in 2001 are (from left) Shogo Tomiyama, Armand, Richard  Pusateri  and Koichi Kawakita with a Godzilla event suit. Photo courtesy of Richard Pusateri. He didn't exactly recognize us at first. While we were out