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Schoolgirls, Rebellion and Money in Japan: A Conversation With Sharon Kinsella

Justin Forest | Posted 08.25.2014 | Education
Justin Forest

It is a very difficult thing to attempt to measure how media does and does not influence society, groups in society.

Japan Bans Child Porn, But Excludes Manga, Anime

AP | ELAINE KURTENBACH | Posted 06.18.2014 | Arts

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's parliament has passed a law which bans possession of child pornography, but excludes sexually explicit depictions of children i...

Japan FINALLY Bans Child Porn (But Not All Of It)

Reuters | Ritsuko Ando | Posted 06.18.2014 | World

TOKYO, June 18 (Reuters) - Japan's parliament voted on Wednesday to outlaw possession of child pornography after years of international calls for a cr...

Takashi Murakami Brings The Bizarre Back To DTLA

John Lopez | Posted 07.08.2014 | Los Angeles
John Lopez

The pure bizarreness of vision is something to behold: giant multi-rainbow-eyed worms, floating fungi, and anime princesses fighting what appear to be demented, sinister Pokemon. Basically, vintage Murakami.

Artists Band Together to Celebrate Beloved Magical Girl Characters

Simone Collins | Posted 06.04.2014 | Entertainment
Simone Collins

As an ode to magical girl characters the world round, Toronto-based animator and comic artist MK Harris organized an artistic collaboration (aka collab) encouraging fellow artists to choose a magical girl character and illustrate the character in their own style.

A Tobor the 8th Man Valentine: My Secret Superhero Romance Revealed!

Devra Maza | Posted 04.28.2014 | Entertainment
Devra Maza

We've all had impossible loves. As RoboCop romped across the Valentine's weekend silver screen, I was reminded of an earlier android amour of my own. For years, I have kept his identity, like my unquenchable ardor for him, locked in my heart. He was my secret obsession, my guilty pleasure, but it's time I confessed.

Tiphares vs. Elysium -- Welcome to the Age of Appropriation

Andrew Lam | Posted 10.19.2013 | Entertainment
Andrew Lam

Elysium is the latest in a series of American productions that show how the Information Age has become the Age of Appropriation, one in which ideas and stories exist side by side for the borrowing, the taking, and ultimately, the mixing.

WATCH: Teenage Boy Transforms Into Female Superhero In 'SheZow'

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rudolph | Posted 05.29.2013 | Gay Voices

It seems this summer is full of superheroes with a new caped crusader movie opening every weekend whether it be "Iron Man 3," "The Wolverine" or "Man ...

Gengoroh Tagame, the Master of Gay Erotic Manga

Max Freeman | Posted 07.28.2013 | Gay Voices
Max Freeman

Tagame's work is full of men who are bound, humiliated, beaten, tortured, raped and pleasured too. The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame, an anthology of 10 short stories dating from the late 1990s to 2012, is the first time his work has been made available in English translation.

Geek Out In Tokyo

La Carmina | Posted 07.10.2013 | Travel
La Carmina

If you're a nerd at heart with a yen for Japanese pop culture, then you should spend time in Nakano, Tokyo.

A Very Famous Artist And His Dog

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 05.12.2013 | Arts

Takashi Murakami's foray into superflat film officially began last month, with the premiere of his first feature-length movie, "Jellyfish Eyes." While...

J-Pop Printmaking With Mesa Arts Center's David Manje

La Carmina | Posted 04.15.2013 | Arts
La Carmina

Printmaking has come a long way since Hokusai's "Great Wave." At Mesa Arts Center (MAC) in Arizona, I rolled acid paint onto stencils and cranked out anime-pop prints.

Revolutionary Girls

Susan J. Napier | Posted 11.14.2012 | Arts
Susan J. Napier

Why would a series set in 18th century France appeal so widely to Japanese and Western audiences in the 20th century? The answer is actually quite easy: Rose of Versailles is unprecedented in many ways among the manga and anime of that time.

PHOTOS: Anime Goes Downtown

The Huffington Post | Eliza Fisher | Posted 07.03.2012 | Los Angeles

If you were in Downtown LA this weekend, you may have noticed an unusual amount of princess outfits, outlandish wigs and pixelated humans. Why? It ...

Palais de Tokyo: Building Toxic Art in Paris

Frank Browning | Posted 06.14.2012 | Arts
Frank Browning

Contemporary art is no longer and can no longer be the special terrain of the aesthetic courtesans to remote powerful elites: it is the collective carnival gathering in which we are inundated by the sounds, sights and symbols of our current collective madness.

Messed Up Manga Meets The Armory

Posted 03.07.2012 | Arts

Kaikai Kiki Gallery's exhibit at the Armory Show 2012 gives a colorful glimpse of Japanese contemporary art, including some pretty mangled manga. ...

Seeing The World Through Manga-Colored Glasses

The Huffington Post | Mallika Rao | Posted 02.23.2012 | Home

Japanese cartooning, or manga, isn't just Japanese anymore. Especially in Europe, where homages often rival Japanese creations in terms of weirdness a...

Asian Comic Phenomenon Introduces New Generation To Wine

Comic Alliance | by David Brothers | Posted 12.28.2011 | Food

Sometimes, it's amazing what a little genre diversity can do. While most U.S. comics tend to be limited in their subject matter [Ed. note: COUGHsuperh...

Made in L.A.: This Artweek.LA (October 10-16, 2011)

Bill Bush | Posted 12.11.2011 | Arts
Bill Bush

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Astoria Characters: The Young Man Looking for Love

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 11.06.2011 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Maki Hirose is full of promise. He just turned 26, but he looks 16. He's so proper that he eats French fries with a fork and cuts melted cheese sandwiches into bite-sized pieces.

Manga Doctorate? Fans Of Japanese Comics Can Earn Ph.Ds

AP | Posted 11.15.2011 | Weird News

TOKYO — To earn this Ph.D., you need to hit the books – specifically, Japanese comic books. Japan's Kyoto Seika University said Tuesday i...

Get Your Doctorate In Manga?

AP | Posted 08.07.2011 | College

TOKYO — To earn this Ph.D., you need to hit the books – specifically, Japanese comic books. Japan's Kyoto Seika University said Tuesday i...

Tokyo Maid Cafes: Where Cute Japanese Girls Slap & Spoon-Feed Customers (PHOTOS)

La Carmina | Posted 09.20.2011 | Travel
La Carmina

At a Japanese maid cafe, customers pay good money to be pampered by cute, young girls in frilly costumes. The role-play goes pretty far. Waitresse...

Tokyo's New Anime Rape Restrictions

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Tokyo is implementing new restrictions on the sale of anime films and manga comics depicting sex acts such as rape and incest, the AFP is reporting. ...

Contemporary Art In Versailles: Addressing The Controversy

Takashi Murakami | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Takashi Murakami

As my French counterparts explained to me many times over the frenetic week of press conferences, parties, and interviews that marked the opening of m...