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INTERVIEW WITH THE WRITERS

The creators of
WHEN ALIENS ATTACK!

NEAL

EVAN

GERTRUDE

DONNY

RYAN

KENT

LOGAN

MATT

DAN

What was your role in the project? How did you contribute to it?

How did you become involved in WHEN ALIENS ATTACK?

What were your first impressions of the story?

Why did you choose to portray the race(s) of aliens you did?

What influenced your most lively characters and why did you take their personality in the direction you did?

When writing the story, did you feel compelled to stay true to what we have seen in the movies or did you want to go in a completely different direction?

How did you feel about writing such a large story with so many individuals?

Describe some of the experiences you had working on the story.

What did you find to be the hardest part about this project?

What did you find most enjoyable?

What is your overall opinion on the completed project?

What are your thoughts about a possible sequel to WHEN ALIENS ATTACK!?

Are you willing to give away any spoilers for Part II?

Are you currently working on any other stories?

What would you like to say in closing?


WHAT WAS YOUR ROLE IN THE PROJECT? HOW DID YOU CONTRIBUTE TO IT?

Ryan:

I began writing for it at the beginning but due to real-life issues, I was unable to keep up with the rapid pace WAA! was moving at. I passed over my roles to Neal.

Matt:

I contributed to the story in general, as well as introducing the idea of the 'altered' timeline which gradually evolved into what you see today.

Evan:

I am one its creators, along with Neal. I also wrote dozens of scenes, playing various main characters. Besides that, I'm the Editor.

Neal:

I am one of the writers and I guess co-creator to a certain extent, though Gertrude and Evan took care of laying most of the groundwork.

Donny:

I contributed by writing, mainly portraying the characters of Mothra, the Elias and the Doubijin. I also used Death Ghidorah, Battra, Godzilla and Biollante, as well as sharing other evil kaiju with various writers, such as King Kong, Gudis and King Ghidorah.

I also had three human characters (Professor Erickson, Arwen Erickson and her mother).

Gertrude:

See Evan's reply. Another member posted about reading a fan-fic in an old issue of G-FAN that had a similar idea, taking place sometime between GODZILLA VS MEGALON (1973) and GODZILLA VS MECHAGODZILLA (1974).

There always seems to be so much more we would like to see of our favorite characters. The idea of an alien alliance trying that approach to conquering the Earth really appealed to me. When Evan suggested some of us get together and write a fan-fic, we were off and running to the Fan Nest [on the Kaijuphile forums].

It was a simple matter to set up a separate forum for the project, and the story parts started pouring in. A web-based presentation seemed the way to go so I put various pages together from what was posted on the forum, but in order and utilizing the 'background material' that various discussion topics generated.

It was especially enjoyable working with the TIMELINE and 'borrowing' Fumio from Neal to expand on the character where one could almost imagine him being able to dupe everyone.

'Facilitator' is probably a better 'title' than 'Publisher' because different venues and skills could be brought into play as the opportunities presented themselves.

Logan:

I wrote primarily for the Mysterians, along with their robot creations, the MOGERA, and for King Kong.


HOW DID YOU BECOME INVOLVED INVOLVED IN THE PROJECT?

Ryan:

I asked. The project leaders were satisfied with my work and I got in.

Matt:

I loitered around the story when it first got its own forum, poking my head in here and there until I presented my ideas for the Kilaaks. Then I accepted Evan's offer to write for them.

Evan:

I had thought of an idea about all of the kaiju-verse aliens getting together to plot world domination in a 'Council of Doom'-like setting. Neal then created a topic suggesting a similar idea and I pitched mine. Raptor then came along and picked up on them. Thus, the story was born.

Neal:

I created a thread called 'Nebulans vs. Simeons vs. Kilaaks' that discussed what would happen if alien invaders of the Showa Era actually succeeded in conquering the Earth but then had to contend with aliens that would come later to claim it for themselves.

Evan and Gertrude picked up on this and 'ran with the ball', so to speak, as discussion began for a possible fan-fic. The next day, I returned to Kaijuphile and discovered that Gertrude had created a sub-forum for the idea and she and Evan were going nuts posting ideas.

Donny:

I became involved with WHEN ALIENS ATTACK! during July of 2005. I noticed that there was a lot of activity in the new forum so I decided to see what was going on.

I saw a thread relating to Mothra and Evan said something about wishing that I was there. I asked if I could join and he and Neal allowed me to participate.

Logan:

When I first heard about it, I skimmed over the posts and thought it was an interesting idea but just another fan fiction work. I didn't really like fan fiction before WAA!.

A month or so later, I was talking with Evan over AIM while simultaneously looking at the WAA! forum. I noticed the progress that was being made, how serious members were about it and that this was a very cool idea.

I also noticed Evan was a part of it and asked if there was room for another writer. A few days later, I claimed the Mysterians and had my first part of the story up. The rest was history.


WHAT WERE YOUR FIRST IMPRESSIONS OF THE STORY?

Ryan:

Of the very early portions? Not very good, actually.

Matt:

I figured that it would be kind of neat but actually, I didn't think it would amount to anything really special.

Evan:

Uncertainty, for one. When I originally envisioned the 'Council of Doom' idea, I could only see it working as a comedy. However, everyone else seemed to take it more seriously and as soon as Neal wrote the now famous Antonio-Fumio sequence, it became clear that this was to be a dead-serious 'What if' story.

That intrigued me even moreso, and as soon as we started throwing around ideas, I knew that we really had something here.

Neal:

I thought it was a really cool idea. At the time, I actually wasn't a writer on it yet so I was just kind of watching things unfold for a while.

Donny:

My first impressions of the story were somewhat grim in a sense. It was a lot of material for a few people to put together and create.

I pretty much had the idea that it was impossible but as we progressed farther into the epic, my impressions changed dramatically. We began to fly through the scenes and pieces until we had something really awesome to work with.

Logan:

I originally thought of it as just another fan fiction that would eventually fall through. The more I wrote and got into it, the more I liked it.


WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO PORTRAY THE RACE(S) OF ALIENS YOU DID?

Ryan:

Seatopians hadn't been chosen yet and the toga-wearing party animals needed to be shown in a higher regard.

Matt:

At the time, I had just watched DESTROY ALL MONSTERS again and I was writing a bio on the Kilaaks for Toho Kingdom.com (which never got finished). I always thought they had horrifying potential for all the alien races out there.

Evan:

I'm a life-long fan of the Xians. As a little boy, I remember frequently renting GODZILLA VS MONSTER ZERO from local video stores. The Xians always fascinated me and I loved that they made a comeback in GODZILLA: FINAL WARS.

In my mind, the Xians were the top extra-terrestrial baddies in the Godzilla universe. When everyone started calling alien races, I quickly jumped on the chance to play our logical, computing, cold-hearted friends.

Neal:

Since we figured that kaiju and aliens from different Japanese studios were going to get involved in this, it kind of opened the door for me.

Gudis has always been my favorite character from Tsuburaya's vast ULTRAMAN universe. Having the versatility to play human-sized or kaiju-sized characters presented a lot of writing possibilities.

As for the Simeons, they were originally supposed to be written by [Kaijuphile member] Burkion but he had to depart the project so I volunteered to take over for them. They are probably my favorite alien race of the Showa or any era, for that matter.

I intertwined the history of Gudis and the Simeons so it was kind of convenient also.

The Nebulans sort of fell into my lap, considering that few others were really adding any new material for them, aside from brief pieces by myself, Evan and Gertrude so I decided to take them over as well.

Then I decided to make use of the GOTENGO and its crew which had been mentioned earlier but not used. I made Captain Douglas Gordon its Commander, like he was in GODZILLA: FINAL WARS. Besides, I liked his character.

Then there were the Seatopians. Ryan wrote some spectacular opening scenes for them that simply took my breath away. I still reread them off and on even now. At the time, I waited patiently for the next thrilling pieces from him that I knew would totally rock; only they never came. It frustrated me to no end! I loved what had been written so far and I felt that it had so much potential that I [private messaged] him, asking what his status was.

When he told me that he had indeed fallen behind and had no real plans of continuing, I asked if I could take over for them, despite the already ridiculous workload that I had made for myself. I had been so inspired by his writing that I just had to keep it going.

In retrospect, I did the best that I could, but it probably would've been better if Ryan had been able to continue. I think he could have come up with something better than I did. I felt that nothing that I wrote could really live up to his original work but I tried, nonetheless.

Donny:

Since Mothra is my favorite kaiju and I know her very well, I thought it was logical to pick the Cosmos (Elias/Doubijin). I was already familiar with them and it made things considerably easier, and fun!

I decided to create the Doubijin because I found it logical for Battra. Since he is a male darker version of Mothra, I thought that he should have fairies as well.

Biollante and Battra's characters were kind of switched. In WAA!, Biollante is the spirit of the Earth or the Earth's defense, you could say.

Logan:

The Mysterians were one of the few alien choices left. However, I was hoping that they would be. I had recently bought a DVD of THE MYSTERIANS and looked up some information on them. I found out that they were Toho's first alien invaders.

Me being a guy who loves paying homage to classics, I jumped on them as quickly as possible. They seem somewhat under-rated to me as well. That's understandable, considering more famous aliens, such as the Simeons or the Xians, who came later and overshadowed them.

To me, the original bad boys of the alien invasion needed their shining glory once again and I feel they've done that in this story.


WHAT INFLUENCED YOUR MOST LIVELY CHARACTERS AND WHY DID YOU TAKE THEIR PERSONALITIES IN THE DIRECTION YOU DID?

Ryan:

Fantasy stories. The way they talked, acted, etc., greatly influenced how I portrayed them and the world around them.

Matt:

Mostly, it was the sci-fi books that I was reading at the time but Clint Werner's KOUMAJUTSU: THE COMING OF BAGAN, [the films] REBIRTH OF MOTHRA III, GAMERA 3: INCOMPLETE STRUGGLE and DESTROY ALL MONSTERS were probably the biggest influences on my writing and characters.

The Kilaaks always seemed like a cold, inhuman people and I stuck with that idea of them towards all biological organisms. I did take liberty with Karkaru and his anger over his wife's death back in '99. I felt it was important to show that at least compassion is shown between the Kilaaks to one another, even if it is still very small.

Evan:

My most lively character is the eventual Controller of Planet X, Ken'trus, who was very heavily influenced by the young Xian Controller in GODZILLA: FINAL WARS because, to put it simply, they are one and the same.

Although I'm a big fan of the original Xians, I figured that since most of them that we saw in GODZILLA VS MONSTER ZERO died, a 'new generation' of 'updated' Xians would emerge in our time.

Neal:

With Gudis, I started out with him being very dark and menacing but later, I decided that I wanted to give him a really sick and sadistic sense of humor. I believe that Raptor referred to it as 'gallows humor' at one time. Then I started giving him all these crazy one-liners that basically put you in mind of a kaiju version of the Joker.

By the time I was done tinkering, I realized that the character that I had started with and what I now had were two very different things. I knew that by going that route, I might have taken away some of his intimidation and menace which is why I had certain scenes when he wouldn't joke at all but simply show how evil and cruel he could really be.

In the end, I'm still not sure if I should have gone that route with him or not, but I decided to throw caution to the wind.

As for Mugar, he's basically Gudis without the sense of humor. I wanted to make him the most vile and despicable character that I could, one that the readers would love to hate. As a physically and mentally scarred character bent on revenge, I pretty much opened the flood gates in regards to how I wrote him.

Then there's Argon. With him and Bordu, it was a very simplistic idea that brought both of them about. I needed a foil for Mugar, someone to stand in his way and/or oppose his way of thinking and operating which I felt made for some simple but still (hopefully) enjoyable drama.

Argon is the veteran who only wishes to save his people while Bordu is the idealistic rookie who dreams of peace. They were the perfect contrast to the genocidal, irrational Commander.

Donny:

The main influence that effected my most lively characters was the hope and confidence needed in order to save the Earth. Also, since I care about the planet, I also tried to put more of that into them as well.

I took their personalities in this direction because I love my characters to reflect my ideals and feelings toward things most of the time. What I'm trying to say, I guess, is that I like my characters to reflect me.

Logan:

With every alien species, you need the memorable ruler. For that, I had Koban. When I thought of him, I wanted to give the audience a character to hate. Not a villain like Freddy Krueger or Hannibal Lecter. I wanted you to HATE him.

He's insane but more importantly, he's a coward. The more I wrote, the more I realized that people hate a person who does horrible things to others but their personality is what will make them more disgusting. Koban masks his cowardice with his power. He's a terrible person, as well as a terrible ruler. That's what I think hits home to more people and what I wanted to get at when I wrote him.

As for Koban in more general terms, such as how he rules the Mysterians, I always had Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin in the back of my mind. To get Koban's insanity, as well as how much of a disgusting person he was across, I invented Tara.

She symbolizes the Mysterians as a whole. She's beaten, tormented and humiliated by Koban, yet can do nothing about it. She accepts it all. Not much thought was put into her character [development] but I feel she is a vital part to show just how cruel Koban can be.

Then we have to have the hero. I invented Darius Kugo and his background. He's fighting for the people, not for Koban to gain more power. In some scenes, he's chivalrous and people cheer him on. But when you step back and look at it, he's doing this for his own people. He hates humanity. You feel good about him yet he wants to destroy humankind.

With King Kong, I wanted to give him more personality than in the movies. Before he was captured by the Mysterians, he was pretty neutral about the world but now thinks he owns it.

I wanted a high-strung kaiju who would eventually get taken down a few notches when all was said and done. Originally, I wanted him to reflect Koban but the more I wrote, the more I realized that they are different. Kong is a total bad ass while Koban is a coward. There are similarities, though. Kong is what Koban thinks he is. Kong has both power and courage to go out there and smash a city or tear a kaiju apart. Koban believes he is a god but inside, he is a small, pitiful creature.

Once I noticed this relationship I had unconsciously made, I worked harder to make both characters fit into it more.


WHEN WRITING THE STORY, DID YOU FEEL COMPELLED TO STAY TRUE TO WHAT WE HAVE SEEN IN THE MOVIES OR DID YOU WANT TO GO IN A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT DIRECTION?

Ryan:

It's always best to keep the basic premise of what was already established for the mythos but give it a little 'sprucing up'. Giving it a fresh appeal while keeping the past in mind.

Matt:

At first, I wanted to stay true to the movies but as this project got bigger, I realized it wasn't possible. I wanted to show that the Kilaaks would not be satisfied with simply setting up shop in a couple of volcanos and then be done with it. They had much bigger plans since the beginning: the complete destruction of ALL life on the planet. They wanted to turn Earth into a copy of their home world: hot and inhospitable.

King Ghidorah was initially based a lot on REBIRTH OF MOTHRA III's Grand Ghidorah but over time, he came into his own as a character who seems to have more intelligence than a simple alien monster has any right to have.

Evan:

Both, actually. Though the clones are pretty much the same as in GODZILLA VS MONSTER ZERO, the Controller and Ken'trus are steps in a different direction of society, especially Ken'trus, who is a rebel to begin with.

I mixed the two generations together, remaining true to the originals in form (for the most part) and way of life while updating their technology, weapons and leader to GODZILLA: FINAL WARS status. Plus, I threw in my own little ideas to (hopefully) give them a richer culture and a more 'behind-the-scenes' look at how they function as a people.

Neal:

When it came to Simeon history, everything is exactly as it happened in the Showa films. I wanted and needed it that way for my characters and then expanded and added to it as well. It was also the same for the Gudis.

With other aliens and/or kaiju that I wrote for, certain things were changed and liberties were taken.

Donny:

I am kind of in-between on this question. I did feel urged to stay true to what we have seen but then again, I did not wish it to be exactly like the movies. That would be too gaudy and repetitive.

I did want to take it in a different direction, though. For instance, in most of my scenes, kaiju talk intelligently to one another; mainly, Mothra and Gudis because they are highly intelligent beings. I just imagined that since they are, they should be able to converse with one another telepathically rather than just screeching and roaring.

Logan:

I feel that the source material should always be honored and respected when you use it. The Mysterians in their movie are pretty much your basic aliens. They have their weapons, their cool costumes and their own giant robots. I wanted to both honor this, go in depth with these aspects, update them and even add some stuff we haven't seen before.


HOW DID YOU FEEL ABOUT WRITING SUCH A LARGE STORY WITH SO MANY INDIVIDUALS?

Ryan:

This is the first time I have ever done anything like this but was completely fine with it once things got moving. The whole team was very supportive of each other and were always offering ideas.

In the beginning, we set our own schedules, and the deadlines were out of sight at the time and stress was zero.

Matt:

It was kind of intimidating at first but over time, our shared ideas and experiences proved to direct this story to much greater potential than if just one person was working on it.

Evan:

My feelings varied a little. By nature, I prefer to work alone which allows me complete and utter control over any project I might undertake. This acts as reassurance to me that the result will be the way I want it to be. A kind of 'if you want something done right, do it yourself' attitude.

However, from the get-go, I knew that wouldn't be the case and truthfully, it didn't bother me (despite the fact that I had never wrote with others before). From the moment I thought up the comedy version of WAA!, I felt that it would be best executed as a group project. Though it did make trying to contact each and every member while completing the story a bit of a challenge. [Laughs]

Overall, I greatly enjoyed co-writing this with so many others. It was a huge undertaking; no one person could have done it so well.

Neal:

Terrified! I had never been part of a group project before and was quite nervous. But as everything began to unfold, that was replaced by excitement and anxiety.

Donny:

I felt honored to write with so many other individuals. It was a wonderful experience and I would gladly do it over again. Once you get to know your colleagues and write with them for a while, you eventually feel like you are a family. It is a rather comforting feeling.

I also felt kind of scared. It is hard to imagine what other people think of you and how your writing compares to others'. After working together, our writing styles seemed to blend. It was a neat experience. Working with others, it helps you discover new techniques that help you in the long run.

Gertrude:

As any King Ghidorah fan will tell you, more heads are better than one! I can't imagine such an enjoyable story coming from just one person, or the number of possibilities that were presented in the planning stages.

With so many options, further routes can get explored. A team effort also can keep things moving along, even when a bad case of writer's block sets in or it looks like a scene is going to create a MAJOR plot hole.

A collaboration is one of the most exciting and creative story telling methods I can think of.

Logan:

It has been a terrific experience. Considering this was my first fan fiction that I haven't quit on, it helped me out a lot. Each person injected their own personality into their writing which, when put together, is very impressive.

The other writers were very courteous and whenever problems came up, we handled them well. At times, I did feel that my work and writing were rather 'immature' compared to the others' because I was one of the youngest on the project but with the good feedback from them, I felt right at home.


DESCRIBE SOME OF THE EXPERIENCES YOU HAD WORKING ON THE STORY.

Ryan:

Straining myself for ideas. Kicking myself for not writing anything. Enjoying the almost overwhelming brainstorming that was always going on between members.

Matt:

Staying up late brainstorming Ghidorah and Kilaak ideas with Evan, co-writing with Donny and Neal and discussing everything with Gertrude.

Evan:

I could fill an autobiography about just the experiences I've had with this story alone so I couldn't possibly mention them all.

There is one especially enjoyable experience which was played out over and over again throughout the making of WAA!, and that is of someone getting an idea but not knowing where to go with it. Then everyone else turns it into something completely different (but still recognizable) and creates an awesome story line, plot twist or background history.

That's the power of brainstorming and the real creative force behind WAA!.

Neal:

Challenging myself to be a better writer, for one thing. Having an opportunity to co-write and work with some amazing people as well as enjoying everyone else's writing.

Donny:

What I remember most is writing scenes out with my comrades and how much fun it was. Naming more would take all day!

One of the experiences that I recall the most is writing one of the final scenes when Mothra and Godzilla have their conversation. It was such an emotional scene to write. Evan and I really got into it and made it a wonderful piece.

Another scene I recall is when Mothra picks up some of the humans and takes them into space. It is one of those [scenes] with just music playing [in the background like a movie]. At least that is what I always imagined.

Gertrude:

Logging on to find an awesome new scene had been written and reading it for the first time, especially when the invasion of the United States began.

Although the story may not have been written in order, it was amazing how well everything 'fit', as well as inspiring what would come later.

Logan:

In the beginning, I would write a whole scene in one setting, sometimes staying up until the early hours of the morning to finish and post it. When I posted my first scene for the others to read and give feedback on, it was a memorable one.

My biggest help on this project and person I've got to know the best is Evan who I've had endless hours of conversation with, both on the computer and over the phone when my computer wasn't working properly. Who knows how many plot holes I ran into/created while writing. Evan tells me I have the record for anyone writing for this story.


WHAT DID YOU FIND TO BE THE HARDEST PART ABOUT THIS PROJECT?

Ryan:

Keeping up. I am a slow worker.

Matt:

Coming up with ideas during 'brain stumps' which made me fall behind.

Evan:

Lack of time. I'm a slow writer and sometimes, a slow thinker, too. So keeping up with new scene after new scene was hard and I would fall behind. But it was the lack of time that made it the hardest.

We had no time limit at first; we were just running around joyously through the carefree fields of imagination without any concern. But we eventually realized that this story was huge and unless we became more organized, we would never see the end of it.

We adopted a working schedule and a deadline but as life would have it, the closer we came to our deadline, the busier I would become in other things. And all the last minute rearranging of sequences and fixing of difficult plot holes made it no easier.

It came to a very serious stressful breaking point for me several times but I tried keeping it to myself as more often than not, things sooner or later worked themselves out. I'm just thankful we've made it as far as we have, thanks to everyone's hard work.

Neal:

Getting past fits of writer's block, coordination with other writer's story parts and all of the endless editing.

Donny:

What I found hardest about this project was time. My schedule was packed during the latter part of 2005 and early 2006 because of school, homework and musical events that I had to attend.

Also, being able to contact others when needed was difficult as well. Most of the time, if we wanted to finish a scene, it got started but it wouldn't be finished for like a month because of schedule issues and being unable to contact fellow writers.

Sometimes it was difficult to keep all the characters up to date in the story. Professor Erickson's part was shortened in the first story but I intend to bring him back in WAA2 as one of the major human characters.

Gertrude:

I would have to say anticipating having it presented to the general public. This could not be done until it was finished and gone through editing and beta reading, of course, even if we did know how Part 1 would end.

Working out of sequence and allowing for unexpected interruptions, there were 'missing pieces' up to the very end.

Logan:

At times, life just wouldn't let go of its stranglehold on me. From November '05 to May '06, I had two surgeries and three [theater] plays that I was in so writing time was crippled in that department. At other times, I would have a lack of fresh ideas. And on the opposite end, I would have real great ideas but couldn't find a way to write them in.


WHAT DID YOU FIND MOST ENJOYABLE?

Ryan:

The planning and interaction.

Matt:

The best part was co-writing scenes because it made me focus my ideas and helped me to better portray my own characters afterwards.

Evan:

Brainstorming and reading. There is nothing like sitting down with a dozen people, all of whom share the same goals and passions as yourself and throwing ideas out like there's no tomorrow. It was awesome to see just what we could do with the kaiju universe, to see how far we could push it.

It turns out that it is indeed pretty flexible. Reading the scenes others have written using characters we all grew up with, watching on our TV screens, was joyous. The warm, fuzzy feeling is priceless and when you love kaiju eiga like we do, you cannot help but literally laugh, cry, gasp in awe and fall off your chair in excitement and amazement at what you read.

Neal:

See above.

Donny:

What I enjoyed the most was writing with other people. It was so much fun to take part in the marvelous literature with other magnificent writers. I also loved portraying Mothra. She is such a fascinating kaiju with a deep and emotional character that is enjoyable to express.

The Elias were also fun to use. I love their separate personalities as it gives room for more development.

Logan:

Meeting the wonderful people whom I've worked with and sharing our love for kaiju eiga. Their ideas inspired many of my own. Writing was always fun as well.


WHAT IS YOUR OVERALL OPINION ON THE COMPLETED STORY?

Matt:

It rules.

Evan:

Outstanding! I have little regrets about it and what we did with it. I think that this story has far surpassed all of our hopes and expectations. None of us could have ever imagined that our humble conversations would manifest into such a gigantic tale.

If I was forced to name just one thing that I wish we could have done differently, though, it would have to be our focus on the aliens. This is their story, their time to shine as never before. However, in the excitement of it all, I think from time to time we focused more towards the various kaiju and their seemingly endless fighting instead of doing more character study and development with the actual aliens.

But nonetheless, we will make up for it in Part II and my opinion of Part I continues to be of the highest regard

Neal:

Utterly mind blowing! I had absolutely no idea that the story would eventually evolve into what it has now.

Donny:

My opinion on the first part is very positive. I just wish we had a tad bit more time to edit and tinker around with stuff until we got it just right. However, that is not how things work, unfortunately. There was a schedule and we had to abide by it. If we didn't, too bad for us.

I think the first part went very well. It was very emotional and the battles were spectacular.

The only thing I wish we had was a little bit more character development. We mainly focused on the battles and kaiju. Overall, the first epic is exemplary on everybody's part.

Logan:

Fantastic! I have yet to come across a kaiju fan fiction of such magnitude! As I stated earlier, when you put different writing styles and personalities into one story, the results are amazing.

My only complaint is that we all diverged from the actual alien aspect at times and focused more on the kaiju. Other than that, our first part of the saga couldn't have been better!


WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT A SEQUEL TO WHEN ALIENS ATTACK!?

Ryan:

It would rock! This is the grand finale and we're going out with a bang.

Matt:

It would rule even more.

Evan:

Uncertainty, for one thing. Much of our ideas for Part II are still up in the air and subject to change. I can only hope that everything turns out for the best and leads to a satisfying conclusion. But it's not as if we could just back out on this; Part II isn't a sequel; it's the second half of what you're reading, the same book.

Our story was just so huge; we had to cut it in two. Hence, we're going to dive head first into Part II after a long deserved vacation. Still, I eagerly await working on it as I'm greatly looking forward to writing for the character of Ic'den in this story and helping shape his relationships.

The character development is truly unexplored territory as far as kaiju eiga is concerned; much more than even in Part I. That in itself is intriguing.

Neal:

More terror, seeing as how I am having a hard time coming up with material for it. I will be playing a lesser role in that story. WAA! II will be the playground of Matt, Ryan, Daniel Hoins, Evan and Donny. I think that it is going to fall into the 'space opera' category and hopefully, open entirely new doors for kaiju fan fiction which is normally quite Earthbound in its story telling.

Donny:

My thoughts of WAA! II are very positive and there definitely will be a second story. Since we haven't finished yet, I don't have a bunch of thoughts to muster.

Logan:

From what I hear, there is going to be much more alien drama. I look forward to the new territory we'll be playing with in the second installment. Hopefully, I can keep up with all the great ideas coming out of it.


ARE YOU WILLING TO GIVE AWAY ANY SPOILERS?

Ryan:

Evan and Gertrude have G-men in the parking lot waiting to break my knees. So, no.

Matt:

Only if you pay me enough.

Evan:

Everything you know is wrong.

Donny:

I'll tell you something but it isn't necessarily a spoiler. I know that instead of focusing on the battles and kaiju in this story, there will be a lot more character growth and development instead. Don't worry, there still will be kaiju battles!

If you want to get spoilers, you aren't going to receive any from me. You have to read the story yourself.

Gertrude:

Want spoilers? Will you settle for surprises?

Logan:

I'll meet you out back in five minutes.


ARE YOU CURRENTLY WORKING ON ANY OTHER STORIES?

Ryan:

A project called "Demon Dancer". My own little Japanese giant super hero(ine).

Matt:

Not at the moment but after the WAA! story line is completed, I may write a story called "Ghosts of Ogasawara" which... well... contact me if you want the run-down.

Evan:

(Won't you also be writing a Megalon story, Ryan?) But yes, several, in fact, although I don't see too many of them being completed until after the entire WAA! project is completed. A few of my stories include suspenseful mysteries, like something from a Hitchcock film. Others are my own versions of classic stories like MATANGO and a few other kaiju-related books/comics, among many other non-kaiju, but sci-fi oriented things, mostly short stories.

Donny:

At this time, I am working on two other works of fiction. I'm concluding a trilogy I created with MODRA 3: THE JOINING OF FORCES and it is almost completed. I am also working on an epic that has nothing to do with kaiju called THE FORESTS OF FUJIYAMA. I also plan on having it blossom into a trilogy. I plan on publishing the second story eventually. I have been planning on creating an adventure novel called THE SPIRIT OF MODRA, an original story that takes kind of a LORD OF THE RINGS/kaiju approach to the plot. It will be fun to write, that's for sure!

Logan:

I am trying to make some short films with my friends but other than that, nothing much.


WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SAY IN CLOSING?

Ryan:

Kawaru wa yo?

Matt:

Oly Oly Oxen Free!

Evan:

I won't even pretend to understand what those two just said, but I do have some real words to close with: I want a vacation! But seriously, this has been a blast and it is a great honor to have been a part of this fantastic piece of work and to collaborate so closely with fellow fans.

To them I say doumo arigatogozaimasu! ["thank you very much!"] for one of the best and most memorable times of my creative life. I'll see you all on Part II!

Neal:

My brain hurts.

Donny:

I'd like to tell young people that writing is a very enjoyable and expressive hobby to get into, even on forums across the Internet. It allows you to make new friends, learn more about writing and enhance your capabilities. If you have writing abilities, never give them up. They can take you far in life.

Participating in wonderful adventures such as WHEN ALIENS ATTACK! is an excellent way to enhance writing skills and interact with other people. I know that I shall never forget writing in WAA!. It is an amazing piece of work and becomes part of you and you of it.

Logan:

It has been an honor and a privilege working with as many talented writers as I have on WHEN ALIENS ATTACK! You guys have been a great inspiration and I'm glad to have made friends with you all. I know we can knock 'em dead with the [second part]. Until then, keep on rockin'.