See the Silent Hill Band in Concert at San Japan 2014!

Posted By: Whitney   February 24th, 2014 | 12:25 pm

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Well this is pretty exciting! If any of you are in the San Antonio, Texas July 19, 2014 you should get tickets to San Japan to see The Silent Hill Band, led by Japanese composer Akira Yamaoka and includes Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, Troy Baker and Joe Romersa, in concert!

Below is the official press release:

San Japan gets creepy with the sounds of the Silent Hill Band

Composer Akira Yamaoka to perform at the Henry B. Gonzales convention center in July

San Antonio, Texas – San Japan, San Antonio’s largest Japanese culture and anime convention, is excited to announce the next round of guests for the July 18 – 20, 2014 convention. This group of industry guests is known as the Silent Hill Band, led by Japanese composer Akira Yamaoka and includes Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, Troy Baker and Joe Romersa.
“We are quite excited to be able to bring out the infamous video game music composer to Texas.” said Dave Henkin, San Japan Chairman. “Fans of Silent Hill are in for a treat to what will be a once-in-a-lifetime concert in Texas.”

Since 1993, Yamaoka has composed music for gaming company the Konami before departing in 2009. He is best known for his works composed for the Silent Hill horror franchise. He has continued to provide guidance for the auditory aspects of the game including work on soundtracks, film adaptations and sound effects. This will be his first Texas appearance.

Texas native Troy Baker will appear and discuss his work in anime, gaming and his role as the bassist in the Silent Hill Band. Baker is known for his plethora of gaming roles including Two-Face in “Batman: Arkam City”, Booker DeWitt in “Bioshock Infinite” and Joel in “The Last of Us.”

Mary Elizabeth McGlynn will reprise her role as the lead female vocals of Silent Hill music. She has become a major force in the video game adaptation industry, working with properties like Afro Samurai, iCarly and Soul Calibur. Anime fans remember her for the role of “Major Motoko Kusanagi” from Ghost in the Shell. This role won her the American Anime Award for best actress in 2007.

San Japan, LLC, formed in fall 2005, is a fan-run organization focused on providing a yearly Japanese anime and fandom convention. We work to promote the acceptance and appreciation of anime as well as other participating fandoms in South Texas. Last year, San Japan held its sixth major convention which drew more than 11,000 attendees from around the world to the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center.

Source (San Japan)



Silent Hill Fan Film Interviews – Alex Slevin Director of From the Lost Days

Posted By: Whitney   February 17th, 2014 | 11:42 am

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2014 is the year of the Silent Hill fan films and here on Silent Hill Historical Society I’m trying to get the scoop on each exciting new production! My first interview is with Alex Slevin of FoG films about his upcoming project, From the Lost Days – Silent Hill 15th Anniversary Film, a live action feature film adapting Silent Hill & Silent Hill 3 video games that’s currently on Kickstarter with a little more than 2 weeks left in its campaign. Fans may remember Alex’s first foray in the Silent Hill fan film territory with his adaption of Silent Hill 2, Broken Notes, back in 2008. Like Broken Notes, From the Lost Days will be shot in Spanish but will be subtitled in English with more language subtitles options hopefully in the future.

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Gecco’s Robbie the Rabbit Statues Delayed Until March

Posted By: Whitney   February 10th, 2014 | 11:26 am

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According to a blog post on Mamegyorai last Friday Gecco’s Robbie the Rabbit Statues, that were due out later this month, have had their released pushed back until March. I’m guessing that like the Heather statue they saw some things they could improve on in the manufacturing and needed the extra month.

Google Translated: “Production is proceeding the next release , the stanza of Gecco Silent Hill Statue also ” lobby -the- Rabbit ” But , I was in the situation here is also not forced to month postponed to March.”

This delay was also confirmed by Gecco through an email to Silent Hill Paradise and also to myself last night.

Gecco Email: “Last Friday, we announced officially that we postponed the release of Robbie the Rabbit to March, which is the same month as Blue Robbie. We’d appreciate it if you could spread the information.”

It’s sad but I’m all for delays if it means the best product in the end!

How many of you guys have Robbie pre-ordered? If you haven’t yet you can still order one over on AmiAmi:

Order Robbie with exclusive AmiAmi tea bonus for 11,950 JPY

Order Pink Robbie for 10,950 JPY

Source (Mamegyorai Blog)



Red Pyramid Thing and Bubble Head Nurse Figmas are in the works!

Posted By: Whitney   February 9th, 2014 | 8:52 am

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Silent Hill 2 Bubble Head Nurse and Red Pyramid Thing Figmas are in the works! A RPT prototype and BHN drawing were shown at the Maxfactory showcase booth at Winter Wonder Festival 2014.

No release dates or prices were given (I would assume it’s sometime this year) but this new line of Silent Hill merchandise has me super excited. I hope they will continue the line and include the protagonists and other creatures from all the games. I don’t know about you guys but I realllllllllly want a Closer or a Twin Victim… it’s always RPT and BHN merchandise.

Source (Silent Hill Collectors FB Group) big thanks to Sarah Smith for sharing this info!



Happy 15th Birthday Silent Hill!

Posted By: Whitney   January 31st, 2014 | 8:07 am

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15 years ago today my favorite video game series started with the release of Silent Hill on the Playstation in the United States! It’s amazing how long this franchise has come with 8 (core) games, several spin offs and two movies!

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This franchise has had its ups and downs, at which points will vary from fan to fan, and I’m glad I was able to enjoy the ride right from the beginning.

There’s not a day that goes by where I don’t find myself interacting in some small way with the fandom. My love for the series has given me great reasons to travel, inspired me to write, review and even make podcasts, and most importantly through the mutual love of the games many wonderful friendships have started. Silent Hill is so ingrained in my day-to-day life (“Oh I need to write a newspost!” “ooo I must share that on the SHHS facebook” “I have to record a podcast that day!”) that I can’t imagine what my life would have been like if I didn’t pick up the first game 15 years ago.

Thanks for the memories, friendships, and the constant inspiration… Happy birthday Silent Hill!



Silent Hill Historical Society Gift Shop Now Open!

Posted By: Whitney   January 25th, 2014 | 5:22 pm

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I’ve opened a Zazzle and Redbubble store. There not a lot up there right now but I plan on making more Silent Hill related designs for shirts and stuff :)

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Pictures of the Final Version of Gecco’s Heather Statue

Posted By: Whitney   January 24th, 2014 | 12:05 pm

Here’s what the final Heather Statue looks like! I have to say it is an improvement from the production sample photos we saw in November but it’s still not as gorgeous as the paint job in the original sample. Though difference is quality between the final product and samples are to be expected. Overall I’m still pleased with the statue though and can’t wait to own her and see the paint job in person.

Source (Hobby Search)



Gecco & Toymunkey Partnership is Still Terminated

Posted By: Whitney   January 18th, 2014 | 1:09 am

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After months of silence Toymunkey Studios, the former US distributor of Gecco’s Silent Hill themed merchandise, updated their facebook page Thursday afternoon assuring fans open and new orders will be fulfilled or refunded from this point forward:

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Additionally, a slew of images of Gecco’s upcoming Heather statue were uploaded but as of Friday afternoon all have been removed from the page. This new activity certainly got fans talking and hopes rose with in the community that maybe Toymunkey and Gecco had worked things out since the termination of their partnership last October.

I sent an email to Gecco asking whether their partnership with Toymunkey was renewed and find out a possible a window fans outside of Japan could expect to see their new merchandise for sale domestically. What I learned however was that Toymunkey’s termination from last October still stands:

SHHS: “Is Toymunkey working with you again to distribute the Heather and Robbie statues and the Gecco products in the US and other countries?”

Gecco:”No, we’ll never ever work with Toymunkey [again]. We are preparing [to sell] our products in the US and other countries with a new partner.”

So as of right now there’s no named distributor for Gecco’s products outside of Japan but Gecco is in the process of forming a new partnership. If you are looking to order the new Heather and Robbie statues you will have to import them from Japan as Toymunkey will not be distributing them.

I’m really confused by Toymunkey’s actions…Was there maybe some sort of miscommunication? I’m not sure what all this means in regards to their promise to fulfill or refund outstanding orders but I will keep you all updated when and if I hear anything more.

Source (Gecco)



Interview with Insert Coin

Posted By: Whitney   December 23rd, 2013 | 10:25 am

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The folks at Insert Coin were kind enough to make time and do a short email interview with me and I got the answers back last week. :)

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SHHS: The Silent Hill Historical Society and Lakeview Hotel tees have already released so I think the most burning question would have to be when the James Jacket is slated for release and any hints when pre-orders will open? I also saw on twitter that this jacket will have a limited run of only 100 any chance you guys will make another run more if they sell well?

Insert Coin: The Sunderland jacket and Radio Repairs tee are now live – but the initial preorders are already pretty much sold out. All is not lost though, we are definitely making more – this is just the premier run and we know more people will want this. SH fans can expect another run in 2014.

SHHS: So far your newest designs have been primarily inspired by Silent Hill 2, any chance you guys will have designs inspired by any of the other titles? Like maybe a Brahms Police Department shirt or Lakeside Amusement Park gear?

IC: We’re always looking to add new designs, so we’ll almost certainly introduce more from the SH franchise over the next few years.

SHHS: Any chance the Toluca Lake Tourist Info shirt and hoodie will see a re-release or come back in your new line re-designed?

IC: The Lakeview Hotel is the spiritual successor of the original design for Toluca Lake – and we’ll definitely always be inspired by that area.

SHHS: It’s really cool that your newest line is officially licensed by Konami, did they approach you guys to start Silent Hill themed apparel?

IC: We’ve been speaking with Konami for a long time now and we’re proud to be working alongside them on so many great franchise – not just SH, but also Zone of the Enders, Contra, Castlevania and hopefully more in the future too.

SHHS: Do you guys accept fan designs/ideas for new shirts? If so what would be the best way to contact you guys?

IC: We always love hearing from our community on what they’d like to see – through Facebook and Twitter or emails – but our team have normally been working on a project for several months before it’s even mentioned, so they’re usually well and truly on the case.

SHHS: Any chance the Silent Hill line will expand to other accessories: bags, robes etc?

IC: We’re always looking to broaden every range, so it’s entirely possible that other products will launch in the future.

SHHS: Any hints on what sort of Silent Hill gear we can expect in 2014?

IC: Well, we’ll start with the Sunderland jacket and tees – and if they get plenty of support, we’ll definitely be hitting another round of designs very soon.

Check out their entire Silent Hill line!



Pre-Order the James Sunderland Jacket and a new Tee from Insert Coin!

Posted By: Whitney   December 13th, 2013 | 11:30 am

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It’s finally here! You can pre-order Insert Coin’s James Sunderland Jacket for $84! It looks really cool!

http://www.insertcoinclothing.com/jackets/sunderland.html

Also available is the Silent Hill Radio Repairs Tee in “Pyramid Red” for $30.80.

http://www.insertcoinclothing.com/guys-tees/silent-hill-radio-repairs.html



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