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The Tear-Stained, Forgotten World of Comic Books for Teenage Girls  The Tear-Stained, Forgotten World of Comic Books for Teenage Girls 

There have always been female fans of comics, even if the business hasn’t played to that audience very faithfully. But for a brief moment, teenage girls and young women were one of the biggest demos in the industry. Specifically, during the 1950s boom in passionate, dramatic, tear-stained romance comics.

Did Ghost in the Shell Producers Really Try to Make Scarlett Johansson Look More Asian? Did Ghost in the Shell Producers Really Try to Make Scarlett Johansson Look More Asian?

The Ghost in the Shell is already being whitewashed, with the live-action version of the manga series being helmed by Scarlett Johansson. To make matters worse, sources claim producers at one point looked into testing special effects to give her features that looked more Asian.

Japan Just Now Got Around to Banning Possession of Child Pornography Japan Just Now Got Around to Banning Possession of Child Pornography

Japan finally banned the possession of child pornography—as of today. Apparently, until today, possession of child pornography was totally legal in Japan!

Surprisingly Progressive 1980s Manga/Anime Flips The Script On Gender Identity Surprisingly Progressive 1980s Manga/Anime Flips The Script On Gender Identity

Stop!! Hibari-kun! is a manga (comic book) which ran from 1981 to 1983. It was animated in 1983 as a 35 episode television series. The plot is relatively simple, a boy named Kousaku is left parentless when his mother dies after a long illness (his father had died years before) and goes to live in Tokyo with a friend…

Gossip Girl In A Blender: Korean Comic Reboot Of The Series Is Campy And Crazy Gossip Girl In A Blender: Korean Comic Reboot Of The Series Is Campy And Crazy

Somehow, manhwa artist Hye-kyung Baek tweaks the original model for Gossip Girl and to make it faster-paced. In her reboot, she mashes up relationships and blows through major plot points, ultimately producing a hilarious take on the franchise.

Memo To The Media: In 2010, Add More Dynamic Female Characters Memo To The Media: In 2010, Add More Dynamic Female Characters

As we close out the decade, reflecting on the "best ofs", one thing noticeably missing is a list of iconic female characters of the aughts (outside of Sex and the City.) Problem is there wasn't much to choose from.

Gossip Girl Goes 2-D Gossip Girl Goes 2-D

Yen Press, which publishes a monthly manga magazine, will start serializing a Gossip Girl send up "described as 'an original re-imagination' of the girls' senior year at an elite private school on New York City's Upper East Side." [CBR, WFGA]

Paris Hilton Proof That 'Outsider Art' Is Neither 'Outsider' Nor 'Art' Paris Hilton Proof That 'Outsider Art' Is Neither 'Outsider' Nor 'Art'

Paris Hilton may be a lousy interview, but the hotel heiress could have a future as an artist! After a number of Jezebel commenters went to town last week defending the hotel heiress after we had her handwriting analyzed, we thought we'd give Paris another shot at cultural relevance by having the self-portrait she…

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