G-Fest XX was held at the Crowne Plaza in Rosemont, IL, on July 12-14, 2013. My daughter and I attended the convention during our Coaster Summer Trip. This was Melody's fourth year at the convention, and my seventh. We had a blast! Among this year's celebrities were J.D. Lees (Publisher of G-Fan Magazine); Robert Scott Field (actor in Japan); Shinichi Wakasa (monster suit maker); Tsutomu Kitagawa (monster suit actor); Cleve Hall (monster suit maker/actor and star of MONSTER MAN on the SyFy Network); and Frank Woodward (director of the documentary, MEN IN SUITS). We were fortunate to meet all of these individuals and get autographs, as well.
We awoke early on Saturday morning and had breakfast at the hotel restaurant. It was very good, but very expensive! We tried to get in to a modeling session for Melody to be able to paint her own Godzilla, but the session was filled. Instead, we went to a screening of the documentary MEN IN SUITS. After an introduction by the director, Frank Woodward, we watched the very interesting movie. It featured interviews with many suit actors in a variety of movies and shows, including some fifties sci-fi movies, modern sci-fi movies, the Muppets, Sid & Marty Krofft, and many more. We bought the DVD (Mr. Woodward autographed it for us) and a couple of t-shirts, then went to another fun session: a feature-length Godzilla fan film, WOLFMAN VS. GODZILLA. The director, who once worked at Toho Studios in Japan, brought 20 minutes of highlights from the film, and it was quite well done.
After lunch and a short break, we went back out and got autographs from all of the guests, then we got some souvenirs and went to dinner at the hotel restaurant. Dinner was actually cheaper than breakfast! Then we grabbed front row seats for the big evening program. We saw the movie by Dojo Studios that we participated in the filming of from last year's convention. Our big scene, walking across a courtyard, was cut-out of the final film, but we did appear in the running scene twice, though we had to later use the pause button in order to make ourselves out. This was followed by the highlight of the show: the costume contest! There were MANY participants, and some were quite good. Lots of kids were in costumes, as well. It was a great time!