GODZILLA AND GODZILLA RAIDS AGAIN event at MiniCon 57 with Dream Haven Books and Jeffrey Angles

Jeffrey Angles will join Dream Haven Books at MiniCon 57 on March 29-31, to discuss his english-language translations of GODZILLA AND GODZILLA RAIDS AGAIN.
  • GODZILLA AND GODZILLA RAIDS AGAIN event at MiniCon 57 with Dream Haven Books and Jeffrey Angles
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  • Jeffrey Angles will join Dream Haven Books at MiniCon 57 on March 29-31, to discuss his english-language translations of GODZILLA AND GODZILLA RAIDS AGAIN.
When Mar 29, 2024 to Mar 31, 2024 (US/Central / UTC-500)
Where MiniCon 57, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Minneapolis - Park Place, 1500 Park Pl Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55416
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The first English translations of the original novellas about the iconic kaijū GodzillaJeffrey Angles will join Dream Haven Books at MiniCon 57 on March 29-31, to discuss his English-language translations of Godzilla and Godzilla Raids Again

Jeffrey will participate in the following events: 

Friday, 7:00 PM: Opening Ceremonies


Friday, 8:00 PM: "Famous Monsters of Japan" talk (with Anna Waltz and Lyda Morehouse): From ancient myths to anime to modern movies like Godzilla Minus Onethe many Japanese versions of monsters are invading Western popular culture. Let’s talk about Yokai and Kappa and Kaiju (Oh! My). What are they? How did they originate? Where do they appear? How are they different from Western monsters? 

Saturday, 11:30 AM: Reading

Saturday, 1:30 PM: "The Origins of Godzillatalk: Angles will talk about the origins of the Godzilla story and the historical events that inspired the now iconic film. These were originally released in Japan in 1955 by Kayama Shigeru, the same science-fiction author who drafted the screenplays for the Toho Studios films Godzilla (1954) and Godzilla Raids Again (1955). Angles will talk about the role Kayama played in creating the film, as well as its deeper social and political meanings. 

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Awakened and transformed by nuclear weapons testing, Godzilla serves as a terrifying metaphor for humanity’s shortsighted destructiveness: this was the intent of Shigeru Kayama, the science fiction writer who drafted the 1954 original film and its first sequel and, in 1955, published these novellas. This book finally provides the first-ever English-language translations of Godzilla and Godzilla Raids Again, revealing valuable insights into Kayama’s vision for the Godzilla story.

"At long last, the pathbreaking novellas by Shigeru Kayama that launched the Godzilla franchise are finally available in English. It was well worth the wait: Jeffrey Angles’s lively translation captures all the action, emotion, and political edge of the original Japanese texts. This engaging volume will be a revelation for Godzilla fans, a rich resource for students of Japan, and a rewarding read for anyone who enjoys classic tales of science fiction and adventure." —William M. Tsutsui, chancellor of Ottawa University and author of Godzilla on My Mind: Fifty Years of the King of Monsters

"Shigeru Kayama intended these stories to send a strong message - and now, thanks to Jeffrey Angles, that message once more sounds clearer than ever. The novellas constitute a stark warning and appeal." —The Times Literary Supplement

"Angles’s contributions will be immeasurably useful to those interested in Shigeru Kayama and the beginnings of a pop culture icon. In an age where the vast majority of fandom clamors aggressively for overpriced plastic, Godzilla and Godzilla Raids Again is a treasure not to be missed." —Our Culture Magazine

"Angles’s translation does full justice to the original. It preserves the pace and tone of a novella for young adults, including innumerable examples of onomatopoeia." —Asian Review of Books