In recent years Sony handled the US release of the animated hit METROPOLIS and the scifi action film RETURNER.
The Toho Godzilla appeared on the big screen for the first time in 15 years when Tri Star released GODZILLA 2000 to theaters across the country.
One day I was on the phone with a woman named Patsy Zukav, talking about something completely unrelated, when she suggested I take a look at the Chinese Ultraman Tiga comics and see if it was possible to translate them and bring them over. (I know you touch on this in the first issue of the comic, but maybe you could elaborate).
At the time, Sony and Toho were in negotiations for both GODZILLA VS MEGAGUIRUS (Gx M) and GODZILLA, MOTHRA, AND KING GHIDORAH: GIANT MONSTERS ALL-OUT ATTACK (GMK).
I've been a life-long comic-book fan -- that's how I learned to read, in fact -- who's fallen in, out, and back in love with them over the years.
After college, my wife and I decided to move to Portland, Oregon, which is where Dark Horse is based, and going after a job here just seemed like the next natural step.
JB: Before we got started, I spoke to everyone involved about this, a decision was made to 'adapt' the scripts rather than translate them outright, which I think has worked out really well. Wong is a great storyteller, and I wanted to make sure that his vision remained intact, but at the same I knew that some of the Asian euphemisms and writing styles might not immediately cross over to Western readers.
So we've carefully adapted the stories in a way that stays true to what the original artists intended, while at the same time making them a little more accessible to a Western audience. I have to say, I've received a tremendous boost from Brad Warner at Tsuburaya.