Super excited to announce my newest feature film and graphic novel: Santa Vs. Zombies.
Santa Vs. Zombies
Written by: Dr. John Mayer and Koji Steven Sakai
Produced by: Koji Steven Sakai, Ray Ellington, Motion Pictures Media Group, and Dr. John Mayer
Santa’s having a mid-life crisis. He hates his job and wishes he was doing anything else other than being Santa. He’s just going through the motions, and that’s why he doesn’t notice the zombie apocalypse until it’s almost too late. Saved by two kids, he tries to get back to the North Pole…only to discover that his reindeer have been eaten.
On the run and just trying to survive, Santa befriends the kids and falls in love with their recently-divorced mother. Soon Santa rediscovers his Christmas spirit and does everything he can to save Christmas for the kids – even if it means risking his own life.
To keep up with the project go to: www.santavszombiesfilm.com/
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First Asian American Stand Up Series
Being Produced By Viva Pictures and
To Stream Exclusively on Hulu on August 1st
Los Angeles (July 6, 2018) — Viva Pictures has sold the first Asian American stand up series, Comedy InvAsian, to Hulu. The show’s first season will stream in North America on August 1, 2018. The deal was negotiated by Viva’s topper Victor Elizalde, also producer of Comedy InvAsian alongside Koji Steven Sakai and Quentin Lee.
Created by Koji Steven Sakai and (also directed by) Quentin Lee, Comedy InvAsian features the nation’s top and unique Asian American comedians each performing a one-hour special.
The first season features veteran Laugh Factory comedian and Kollaboration founder Paul Kim, young Japanese American comedian Atsuko Okatsuka (Comedy Central Asia, Disoriented Comedy, Laughing Skull Comedy Festival), gay Chinese Canadian Broadway Musical Youtube sensation Kevin Yee (Mary Poppins Broadway, Blue Whale Comedy Festival, Quincy Jones’ boy band Youth Asylum), veteran Filipino American comedian Joey Guila (Showtime, Filipino Kingz of Comedy Tour), transgender Vietnamese American comedian Robin Tran and veteran Japanese American comedian and actress Amy Hill (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, The Great Indoors, All American Girl).
“We are extremely thrilled to be launching this series and are pleased that Hulu understands the impact of the show,” commented Elizalde. “We look forward to the success of Comedy InvAsian and to creating more targeted programming reaching wider audiences.”
About Viva Pictures
Viva Pictures Distribution, LLC. is an independent film distribution company offering a wide variety of channels for its partners. Led by entertainment industry veteran, Victor Elizalde, Viva Pictures is a leading distributor that understands and focuses on the needs of the independent producer. The company is ideally positioned for creating a new, modern distribution model leveraging innovative technology and existing relationships with key retailer and rental channels on par with major studios. Recent releases include Ozzy featuring Jeff Foxworthy and Frankie Quinones, The Monkey King: Hero is Back featuring Jackie Chan and Monster Family starring Jason Isaacs, Emily Watson, and Nick Frost. For more information, visit http://www.vivafilmco.com.
Excited to announce that I was one of the 25 California groups that got the California Civil Liberties grant. With their support, we will be able to print physical copies of the 442 graphic novel (that I co-wrote with Phinny Kiyomura and that Rob Sato drew). Some of the copies will be donated to libraries, students, educators, and schools around the state and some will be made available for sale. We are hoping that by printing the graphic novel more people will find out about the heroism of the WWII Nisei vets and about incarceration.
Here is the official description of our project from the press release:
Visual Communications Media (fiscal sponsor), 442 Community Project
The team behind the creation of the digital graphic novel 442 will print physical copies of the work. The storyline of both the online and print version is of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, made up entirely of Japanese Americans and the most decorated unit of World War II.The project 442 centers on the 442’s most famous battle: The Rescue of the Lost Battalion. The copies of the graphic novel will be made available to schools, libraries, teachers and students throughout California. In addition, the authors and artist will lead public talks about the 442 and the incarceration experience to help bring awareness of that part of history.
You can read the rest of the press release here: http://www.library.ca.gov/Content/pdf/pressreleases/CivilLibertiesGrantees2017-18PRESS-RELEASE.pdf
As many of you know, the company that published Romeo & Juliet Vs. Zombies went out of business. Many of asked where they can buy R&JVZ. I’ve decided to put it up on Amazon Kindle for $2.99 or free if you have Kindle unlimited.
For those who have no idea what I’m talking about… more info about my book below.
“Fun mix of zombies, famous literary characters, and humor. Do you remember slogging through Shakespeare plays in high school? Romeo and Juliet is the least boring one to study. Montagues and Capulets hate each other. Their family feud causes violence in Verona. In Mr. Sakai’s book, a plague on both their houses turns star-crossed lovers into fighters. Juliet is a badass warrior like Brienne of Tarth. Romeo is a delicate flower, but mans up to battle the undead. I would love to see this on film.” Amazon Review.
Romeo and Juliet Vs. Zombies
“Two households, both alike in dignity, In fair Verona, where we raise our dead.”
Romeo — the only heir to the Montague name, a socialite who dreams of making a name for himself as a playwright and the consummate lover; he seems just as famous for his kissing skills as he is infamous for his inability to do much of anything else.
Juliet — Capulet heiress, born soldier; in most every way, the precise opposite of Romeo. She’s spent her entire life trying to find some way out of her insufferable life as a noblewoman, and so far she’s had precious little luck.
When a black plague breaks out in the city of Verona, these two feuding families are met with far more trouble than a mere feud, no matter how longstanding and bloody that feud has been. In this grim reimagining of Shakespeare’s most famous tragic romance, Romeo and Juliet must form an unlikely alliance if they ever intend to survive being overrun by a horde of ravenous, flesh-seeking un-dead.
Call for entries.
Go For Broke National Education Center Seeks Artists for Exhibition
In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, Go For Broke National Education Center (GFBNEC) will host H.R. 442: Nisei Veterans and the Fight for Civil Liberties, a temporary exhibition highlighting stories of Japanese American World War II veterans and their instrumental role in the fight for redress. To accompany the temporary exhibition, GFBNEC is searching for two or three local artists to create new pieces inspired by the Nisei veterans’ lasting influence on the redress movement.
The exhibition will include such important stories as the relationship between U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye and Hawaii statehood; Kazuo Masuda and Ronald Reagan; and Rudy Tokiwa and U.S. Rep. Charles Bennett. Other stories will highlight Senator Spark Matsunaga; Jim Kawaminami’s Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians testimony; and the Texas Congressional Delegation, including U.S. Senators Jim Wright and Sam Rayburn. These narratives will be framed within a timeline that will help give a broader perspective of the redress movement.
Two-dimensional proposals of drawings/sketches, images, or renderings along with a brief statement (~250 words) may be submitted for consideration. Final pieces to be exhibited may be three-dimensional. Please note the physical exhibition space is limited. GFBNEC staff will work with the artists’ proposals on size restrictions on an individual basis. At the conclusion of the exhibition, all pieces will be auctioned off at the annual Evening of Aloha gala dinner. GFBNEC is offering a $500 stipend to each selected artist.
The exhibition will run from Saturday, August 4, 2018 through Sunday, September 16, 2018.
To enter, please submit an online form by clicking here.
DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS: Sunday, June 3, 2018
For further information, please contact Andie Kimura at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Proposals due: June 3, 2018
Artist Selection: June 8, 2018
Installation: July 30-31, 2018
Exhibition VIP Opening: August 3, 2018
Exhibition Public Opening: August 4, 2018
Exhibition Closing: September 16, 2018
About Go For Broke National Education Center
Go For Broke National Education Center (GFBNEC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that educates the public on the valor of Japanese American veterans of World War II and their contributions to democracy. Our goal is to inspire new generations to embody the Japanese American veterans’ core values of courage, sacrifice, equality, humility and patriotism. Founded in 1989, GFBNEC maintains the Go For Broke Monument and the interactive “GFBNEC’s Defining Courage Exhibition” in downtown Los Angeles, as well as extensive oral histories and archives, education and training programs, and other initiatives. For more information, please visit www.goforbroke.org.
I’ll be in Santa Monica on June 2 @ 2pm.
The Story of the 442nd Regiment in WWII— Rob Sato, Phinneas Kiyomura and Koji Steven Sakai, creators of the digital graphic novel 442, present an illustrated talk about the 442nd Regiment, the U.S. Army’s Japanese American combat unit of WWII. Presenters share the history of this most highly decorated unit of the war through family stories and striking visuals.
Saturday, June 2 at 2:00pm | Main Library, MLK, Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Blvd.
This coming Saturday, Giant Robot will be hosting the illustrations of Rob Sato for “442,” a graphic novel written by myself and Phinny Kiyomura.
442: Original Art From The Graphic Novel
Featuring the work of Rob Sato
April 14 – May 2, 2018
Giant Robot 2 (GR2)
2062 Sawtelle Boulevard
Los Angeles CA 90025
Saturday, April 14, 2018
6:30 PM – 10:00 PM
The exhibition will showcase the original panels from the comic, each hand-painted in watercolor. 442 refers to the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, the segregated unit of Japanese American soldiers who fought for the United States in World War II. Despite 120,000 Japanese Americans being placed in concentration camps, thousands volunteered and fought in Europe and served in intelligence services in the Pacific.
Among those who were interned but still fought were my Grandfather, Roy Sato. Born and raised in California’s Central Valley, he and his family were incarcerated in the Jerome and Rohwer Arkansas camps after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. He joined the 442nd and fought in Europe while his family remained behind barbed wire back home.
The Repatriation of Henry Chin, written by Issac Ho and read by Anthony Lee on audiobook, is about a future where the United States has been in an escalating trade war with China which eventually leads to the roundup of all Chinese Americans into “internment” camps—a la, the Japanese Americans during World War II. This book is a powerful reminder of what could happen to us—as Americans—when we let our fears get the best of […] Continue »