<![CDATA[batmanmeetsgodzilla.com - Batblog]]>Thu, 26 Mar 2020 11:56:43 -0400Weebly<![CDATA[THIS IS IT!!!]]>Mon, 02 Mar 2020 16:39:56 GMThttp://batmanmeetsgodzilla.com/batblog/this-is-itIt’s Here!
Three months ago a group of fans set out to resurrect the lost film, Batman Meets Godzilla. We survived PC meltdowns, brush fires, flu epidemics, and trips to the ER. But nothing deterred us from the mission.

Now issue one is here for all the world to see. So what are you waiting for???!!!

Read Issue One here: Batman Meets Godzilla Issue One

Thanks for Your Support!

Thanks to all the fans who supported us along the way. The reaction has been tremendous! We really appreciate all of the positive feedback.

Speaking of feedback...the reviews have been great!

You can read about us over at 13th Dimension: Batman Meets Godzilla Issue One Review
You can also read about us at over at Four Colour Fantasy Comic Reviews: Batman Meets Godzilla Issue One Review.
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<![CDATA[Spotlight on Charles Butler]]>Thu, 09 Jan 2020 20:57:08 GMThttp://batmanmeetsgodzilla.com/batblog/spotlight-on-charles-butlerMonster Maker
Today we shine the spotlight on a UK artist and writer who typically thrives in the dark: Monster Maker, Charles E Butler.
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Dynamic Duo Pinup
Butler made a name for himself ten years ago as the author of The Romance of Dracula, a book chronicling 85 years of movies featuring Bram Stoker’s creation.

Since then, Butler has built a massive cult following of Twitter fans who devour his daily, gothic portrayals of classic monsters. His art frequently features Count Dracula, as well as Werewolf, and Monsters of Frankenstein.
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Count Dracula features prominently in Butler’s art and writing
At a young age, Butler developed a taste for the fantastic through comic books and movies. He dreamed of being a full-time artist, a dream he achieved two years ago.

But being a full-time is hard work. “I literally work 24 hours a day sometimes,” says Butler.
But the demand is high for Butler’s commissioned work, which he promotes on his Facebook page. His buyers include actors Susan Penhaligon (Count Dracula 1977) and Ron Scribner (Salem’s Lot).
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Salem’s Lot’s Kurt Barlow painting in mixed media
When he’s not drawing, Butler is writing books and appearing at conventions. Last year he spoke at the Vampire Film Festival on the film history of Count Dracula.

Butler’s own short films have shown at festivals around the world.
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Promotional ad for Butler’s horror novels and film histories

Batman Meets Godzilla

The Batman TV series informed Butler’s view of the character. “The Batman TV series was born the same year I was. It was my first exposure to the Dark Knight, thereby setting my standard. I'd never read a DC comic,” says Butler.
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Butler beaming over his comic’s appearance in Yeet Magazine
When asked about building an online following, the artist says, “I'm not sure about an online following? I've been on the internet for 10 years now and been involved in all sorts of creative endeavours. I think my enthusiasm for my projects draws people to my platforms as regards anything else. It is in your promotional aspects that keep you afloat and that is the hardest work. If you nail that, you're onto a winner.”
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This Maleficent tribute is one of many Butler posts daily to Facebook and Twitter
You can find more of Butler’s work on his Twitter and Instagram pages.
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Couldn’t end the article without giving you one more Dracula
You can also keep up with the latest Batman Meets Godzilla news on Twitter and Facebook.
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<![CDATA[Spotlight on Ian Miller]]>Sun, 22 Dec 2019 22:37:12 GMThttp://batmanmeetsgodzilla.com/batblog/spotlight-on-ian-millerComic Book Entrepreneur
This week we shine the spotlight on a young and talented entrepreneur who turned his passion into a business. New York artist, Ian Miller, is the co-owner of Triple Threat Comics and creator of the Codename Hunter comic series.
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Miller delivers his patented action to Batman Meets Godzilla
Miller began drawing comics at the age of seven. He was introduced to comic books by his godfather, who used them to help Ian with his reading.

Regarding his early reading Miller says,
“My favorite comic was Batman. Always Batman. Then I got into Superman comics, Green Lantern and The Flash.”

He fell in love with the art form and eventually earned a degree at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

He counts among his influences Bruce Timm (Batman: the Animated Series), Frank Miller, and Jim Steranko (Nick Fury: Agent of Shield). Sterankos’s take on the spy genre inspired Miller to pursue his own secret agent comic.
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Miller’s initial sketch for Batman

Codename Hunter

Last year, Miller released his first comic, Codename Hunter, through his indie comic company, Triple Threat Comics.

The sci-fi thriller follows the adventures of Sean Wade, an intergalactic spy charged with protecting the allied planets from internal and alien threats in the year 3039.

Issue one finds Wade pursuing an arms dealer who is selling more than just weapons.

Batman Meets Godzilla

Miller says that he was a fan of Adam West's Batman before he became a fan of Godzilla.

“I first saw Batman '66 when I saw the movie,” says Miller. “Then they started showing episodes of the TV Show on TV Land. I wanted to drive the Batmobile. I did get a chance to sit in the driver's seat but that was later in life. I saw the first Godzilla film on TV one night and never looked back.”
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Ian Miller feels right at home in the Batmobile
Miller is a regular at local comic conventions like Eternal Con and Wintercon. He loves meeting fans and drawing sketches. You can follow Miller on twitter or pick up the latest issue of Codename Hunter here.
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Miller sketch of a modern Batman
You can also keep up with the latest Batman Meets Godzilla news on Twitter and Facebook.
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<![CDATA[Artist Spotlight: Josue Cubero]]>Sat, 14 Dec 2019 05:35:58 GMThttp://batmanmeetsgodzilla.com/batblog/artist-spotlight-josue-cuberoCall Him Young Gun
This week we shine the Spotlight on a young artist we’ve come to love and appreciate, Josue Cubero.

Growing up in Costa Rica, Josue Cubero, loved drawing. As long as he can remember, he wanted to be an artist. He eventually set his sights on being a graphic designer.
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A mysterious villain lays a trap for Batman.
But Cubero never considered a career in comics until he attended a local comic book convention. There he met Marvel comics artist and fellow Costa Rican, Dan Mora. Mora inspired Josue to try his hand at comics, leading to Cubero’s first comic series, Zyrk.
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Zyrk features Cubero’s ambitious take on the superhero team
It wasn’t long before Cubero’s talent was recognized in Costa Rica and the comic conventions started inviting Josue as a guest artist himself.

Cubero is also an experienced writer, penning his own stories. In his upcoming book, Blackbird, Cubero delivers his own take on the urban crime fighter.
Blackbird features Cubero’s hyper-kinetic style.

Batman Meets Godzilla

Cubero’s Deviant Art page tells the story of an artist who is intimately familiar with American comic books. Thanks to his Grandfather, Josue was steeped in American culture as a chitold.

“My childhood, I spent a lot of time looking at those series that my Grandfather watched and he was very big fan [of the Batman TV series],” says Cubero.
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Cubero’s modern Batman tribute
Regarding the Batman Meets Godzilla project, the artist says, “This is my first project with this kind of team and idea. To bring back this idea of the crossover of Batman and Godzilla is amazing.”
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Cubero drafts another exciting page of Batman Meets Godzilla
For more of Cubero’s work, follow him on Twitter.
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<![CDATA[Artist Spotlight: Stephen Schilling]]>Mon, 09 Dec 2019 01:07:04 GMThttp://batmanmeetsgodzilla.com/batblog/artist-spotlight-stephen-schillingThe Monster Mashup
Today we take a look behind the scenes with Batman Meets Godzilla artist, the wise, the awe-inspiring, Stephen Schilling.

Schilling’s credits are as varied as they are unique. He has storyboarded for Jack Films, illustrated charity graphic novels, self-published his own graphic novel, and recently relaunched Red Panther for Lucky Comics.

Schilling counts John Byrne, Arthur Adams, George Perez, and Jack Kirby among his influences. But just one look at the artist’s Deviant Art page, and you know he is perfect for this project.
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Just one of many Godzilla’s gracing Schilling’s Page
Schilling resides in Hollywood and can be seen at local conventions like Wondercon and Comic Fest where he sells art and performs commissions. He is currently working on the relaunch of Crom the Barbarian for Lucky Comics.
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Schilling brought Red Panther back to life, with a little Kirby crackle
Schilling has a fondness for Mash-ups. In fact, he worked on his own version of the Batman-Godzilla mashup.

“Basically its a noir-ish take on Batman having to take out Godzilla because Clark is off planet. And he ends up getting assisted by a very surprise cameo,” says Schilling.

Batman Meets Godzilla

The artist also grew up on the Batman TV series.

“I loved the Batman TV show as a kid...and I have been a Godzilla fan since the 60s,” says Schilling. “My favorite Godzilla is the less humorous take. basically I like it all...but the Godzilla that speaks to me is Gojira and Shin Godzilla and anything with that kind of tone.”

When he’s not drawing, Schilling is teaching Shakespeare and Martial Arts. In fact, we like to think of Schilling as our own Batman. He holds 2 blacks-belts and practices Wing Chun, Bujinkan, Tai Chi, and Aikido. He has worked as a stunt fighter and choreographer, and knows his way around most weapons. Hello Batarang!

​Schilling’s talents will be on full display
when he kicks off the first four pages of issue one.
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<![CDATA[Writer Spotlight: Matthew Dennion]]>Sat, 30 Nov 2019 22:42:12 GMThttp://batmanmeetsgodzilla.com/batblog/writer-spotlight-matthew-dennion9722817I Like Big Beasts and I Cannot Lie
Today we go behind the scenes with Batman Meets Godzilla writer, Matthew Dennion, a man who really loves Japanese monster movies.

Growing up in New Jersey, Saturday afternoon creature features were a staple of the Dennion Household viewing diet.

“Dad got us hooked on the likes of Toho, Ray Harryhausen, and such, at a young age,” says Dennion.

Matthew’s interest in monsters continued to grow until he began writing about his own. He is now the author of numerous kaiju novels including: Chimera Scourge of the God, Operation R.O.C., Atomic Rex, and Polar Yeti.

​Dennion’s monster stories can also be found in the “Kaiju Tales” section of G-Fan magazine.
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Dennion’s most popular creature, Atomic Rex, has been featured in three books and a graphic novel.

The Kaiju and the Crime Fighter

Dennion describes Batman Meets Godzilla as a dream project. In fact, in 2016 he published his own take on the detective/crime-fighter versus giant monster story called, The Kaiju and the Crime Fighter.
The story centers around the crime fighter know as “Raptor,” who saves Port City from “Gargantasaurus,” the world’s largest monster. The book is very much a spiritual cousin to the Batman Meets Godzilla story.

Upcoming Work

Monster fans should stay tuned for Dennion’s upcoming novel titled, Marsh-Thing: Horror of the Horsemen.

The book features the author’s own take on swamp monsters, like Swamp-Thing and Man-Thing, but in an apocalyptic setting.

The end of the world is triggered when a lab experiment goes wrong but will the Marsh-Thing be the planet’s savior or the end of mankind?

The book will be illustrated by Daniel Gray. The concept art promises a thrilling ride.
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Concept Art for the Matthew Dennion’s upcoming book, Marsh-Thing: Horror of the Horsemen.

Batman Meets Godzilla

When he’s not writing, Dennion works as a Teacher of Students with Autism and an SLE coordinator, where he helps disabled students find jobs.

With so much going on, where does the author find the energy to work on Project Batzilla?

Dennion says, “As kids (of any age) we often dream about encounters between our favorite fictional characters. Working on Batman Meets Godzilla has given me the unique opportunity to make one of my dreams a reality.”
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<![CDATA[Writer Spotlight: Paul Brian McCoy]]>Mon, 25 Nov 2019 18:14:44 GMThttp://batmanmeetsgodzilla.com/batblog/writer-spotlight-paul-brian-mccoy72830991294014Today we go behind the scenes with Batman Meets Godzilla writer, Paul Brian McCoy, or PBM as we call him around the office.

McCoy is the Editor In Chief of Psycho Drive-in, a site that features movie news and reviews. He has written, edited, and contributed to fourteen books, including the Mondo Marvel series that chronicle the creation of the Marvel Universe.
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Four volumes of the Mondo Marvel series have been released to date.

Damaged Incorporated

Batman Meets Godzilla is not McCoy’s first venture into comics. He recently completed his first comic, Damaged Incorporated, about a team of government psychics who fight evil in the dream realm.
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A page from the soon to be released Damaged Incorporated comic book
Damaged Incorporated spawned out of the dark sci-fi/horror novel, The Unraveling. McCoy says that in addition to the comic, a second novel is in the works.

McCoy’s influences include Philip K Dick, Robert Anton Wilson, Warren Ellis, and William Burrows. His work is as original and deliciously disturbing as you would imagine based on his influences.

Script writer, Eric Elliott, says, “Reading a PBM story is like going on a super smart acid trip. You get a hundreds ideas thrown at you but they’re wrapped in a compelling story, with these wonderfully, strange characters.”
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The first appearance of Damaged Incorporated was in the novel, The Unraveling

Batman Meets Godzilla Writer’s Room

The basis for the comic is the nineteen page movie treatment found in Batman TV producer, William Dozier’s collection. But the treatment contains no dialogue. Plus there are certain plot holes to contend with in bringing the story to the page.

The Project Batzilla team collaborate in a virtual writer’s room to brainstorm dialogue and to pitch ideas to flesh out the characters.

“It’s rare to find a project that promises to be this much fun with this much collaboration encouraged,” says McCoy.

The Project BatZilla team is now wrapping up the script for issue one. Art director, Jorge Luis Gabotto, is working to assign those pages to the project’s artists, with the hope of completing issue one in the first quarter 2020.

When asked why he joined Project Batzilla, McCoys says, “I love mash-ups and this sounds like an exciting way of combining two distinctly, different worlds that pays tribute to both.”
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<![CDATA[Artist Spotlight: Kero Wack]]>Tue, 19 Nov 2019 15:23:55 GMThttp://batmanmeetsgodzilla.com/batblog/artist-spotlight-kero-wackToday we go behind the scenes and take a look at the work behind the cover for Batman Meets Godzilla issue #1 by artist, Kero Wack.

Kero Wack, a former MTV animator, made a name for himself among fans this summer for his web comic series, MASK 85.
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MASK 85 Issue 1 Cover
Kero Wack developed the story for years before committing stylus to tablet and creating the best fan project in recent memory.

Spanning four issues, the MASK 85 comic harkens back to those classic 80’s mini-series published by Marvel and DC.

So when the Batman Meets Godzilla project began, Kero Wack was a natural fit. It didn’t hurt that he was a huge Godzilla and Adam West Batman fan.

The Cover

Batman Meets Godzilla writer, Eric Elliott, asked Kero Wack to create the first artwork for the comic to help generate interest in the project and set the tone for the series.

The writer says, “Kero Wack did this amazing web comic, MASK 85. It was done with so much heart and talent. So when the [Batman Meets Godzilla] project started, he was the first one I thought of for the artwork.”

Elliott discussed the cover with the artist, describing some of the story’s key action sequences. It was Kero Wack who suggested illustrating Batman and Robin running from Godzilla.

A few hours later, the artist sent over a rough.
Kero Wack felt that a simple composition - Godzilla in the back and our heroes in the foreground, would be an exciting way to get the concept across to readers.

After Elliott signed off on the rough, the artist quickly got to work, refining the art and adding details.
By the end of the day, Kero Wack had completed the line art and logo.

The artist also added a crushed Batmobile to create some action.
The next day, Kero Wack delivered fully colored art. He added a classic Batman sound effect to give it the 60’s feel.
For the final artwork, Kero Wack, cooled the color pallet and adjusted the logo. The whole process took less than 24 hours, making him one of the fastest artists working today.
Kero Wack, who teaches high school art classes, says that his whole classroom is papered in Godzilla posters.

​”The whole idea is right up my alley,” says Kero Wack. “Wish it would’ve been a real thing!”

​So what’s next for the artist? MASK 86 naturally.
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MASK 86 is scheduled for 2020 release date
Fans can follow Kero Wack on Twitter, where he posts drawings daily.
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<![CDATA[A Story 50 Years in the Making]]>Sun, 17 Nov 2019 03:07:54 GMThttp://batmanmeetsgodzilla.com/batblog/50years
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Kero Wack artwork for the new fan comic
By E. Elliott

An Unlikely Story

The details are sketchy, but at one time, a movie featuring Batman and Godzilla was a real possibility.

Following the success of King Kong vs Godzilla, Toho Co kicked around a number of ideas for the next Godzilla movie, including Frankenstein Meets Godzilla.
Close to the debut of the Batman TV series, Godzilla series writer, Shinichi Sekizawa, developed a treatment for Batman Meets Godzilla. According to John LeMay’s book, “The Big Book of Japanese Giant Monster Movies: The Lost Films,” this may have been as early as November, 1965.

​It’s possible that Sekizawa’s treatment was part of a larger coordinated effort to market Batman to Japan. The TV series would launch in Japan in early 1966. A successful Batman manga and line of Japanese toys would also debut in 1966.
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Batman Robot Toy (Japan 1966) from Chip Kidd’s “Batman Collected”
Even if Sekizawa worked independently of the pending Batman invasion, we know that William Dozier, producer of the Batman TV series, gave the project ample consideration. Among Dozier’s papers, collected at the University Of Wyoming, is an English version of the Batman Meets Godzilla treatment.

The Dozier Treatment

In the Dozier treatment, a mad scientist named Finster holds Japan ransom by threatening various weather catastrophes. Commissioner Gordon and his daughter Barbara are swept up in the plot when their passenger ship is pummeled by a tidal wave in Tokyo Bay. From there, it’s only a call to Batman and Robin to set the story in motion.

Godzilla appears in the treatment as Finster’s weapon. Turns out he wasn’t actually controlling the weather but a giant, atomic monster. Godzilla gets to destroy large portions of Japan while the Dynamic Duo play catch-up with Finster.

The scenes between Batman and Godzilla are few but memorable, including a bullet train ripped apart by the monster.

We only have a few pages of the original Sekizawa treatment for comparison but it appears that the Dozier treatment at least uses Sekizawa’s treatment as a starting point. For example both treatments revolve around a mad scientist named, “Finster.” Sekizawa’s influence on the Dozier treatment can also be seen by the treatment’s many references to Japanese landmarks and traditions.

The Legacy

No one really knows why the project didn’t go forward. Dozier had always intended to use Batman movies to offset the costs of the expensive TV series. So a Batman Meets Godzilla movie seems like a worthwhile pursuit.

The TV series itself suffered falling ratings eventually calling it quits in March 1968. An attempt to relaunch the show on another network was thwarted by the premature destruction of the show’s expensive sets.

Toho moved onto other projects finding success with campier affairs such as 1967’s Son of Godzilla.

Today, the project is one of fandom’s great lost movies.

The 2020 Comic Book Adaptation

Fifty years after the TV show's cancellation, a group of fans are coming together to produce a comic book adaptation of the lost movie.

Using the original Dozier treatment, the team have created a roadmap for an action-packed story, spanning three books.

Stay tuned to this blog for art, interviews, and previews!
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