The Manga/Comics Reading and Research Network Meeting: Rakugo
Thursday, November 8 from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.
RESOBOX East Village – 91 E. 3rd Street (between 1st and 2nd Avenues)
Admission: One minimum order of a drink or food from the RESOBOX cafe
The Manga/Comics Reading and Research Network (MaRRN) in New York is a casual organization comprised of individuals and groups who engage with manga/comics to deepen the knowledge of the medium, industry, and culture surrounding it. Primarily a reading group meet-up, MaRRN holds special lecture events, inviting artists, scholars, and professionals specializing in manga and comics. The group welcomes everyone – artists, fans, scholars, researchers, educators, editors, publishers, translators, and more – to discuss manga from diverse perspectives.
MaRRN’s fourth meeting will involve Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju Vol. 1 by Haruko Kumota and Fallen Words by Yoshihiro Tatsumi. Both works are about the Japanese traditional art of storytelling/entertainment called rakugo in which a single performer tells comedic stories – and sometimes sentimental or horror stories, as well – using a variety of storytelling techniques such as gestures, dialects, differently pitched voices, and mannerisms. Kumota’s Descending Stories is a fictional work about the world of rakugo, including the dynamics of mentor-disciple relationships, traditional customs, and the rakugo audience. Tatsumi’s work is a collection of gekiga adaptations, or plays, based on famous rakugo stories.
This informal, friendly gathering will begin with a casual chat/reading time at the beginning over drinks or food. Then CUNY professor Dr. Keiko Miyajima will lead a discussion by introducing the author Kumota and her works, followed by a talk and Q&A. The event will close with a mini-rakugo performance by special guest Tozaburo Yanagiya, who appeared at Brooklyn Kura this April. There is no previous reading requirement for attendees.