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9781611801972A Tour of the 2016 Eisner Nominees, Part 4 – The Faceless Ghost, and Other Macabre Tales from Japan

If there’s anything at all to old cliche that to understand someone, you must know what they fear and what they desire, then reading ghost stories from a different culture must qualify as some sort… [more]

pom-pokoThe Burden of Change: Mourning the Pastoral in Pom Poko

Japanese tales are burdened with loss, especially modern ones. Modern Japanese fiction, produced by such writers as Natsume Soseki, is conscious about the loss of innocence and the disintegration of Eastern culture against the Western… [more]

Copyright_symbol_9Japan’s Copyright Crusade: Six Months Along

About six months ago I wrote here on Sequart about the new enforcement of copyright laws in Japan. Since that time their efforts have had some chance to play out in the real world and… [more]

Monkey D Luffy and the Strawhat Pirates of One PieceJapan’s “New” Anti-Piracy Campaign for Anime and Manga

There has been much discussion of a newly enforced law in Japan regarding online piracy. A-Kon, for which I run various programs, and most other anime conventions do not permit bootlegging at events and internet… [more]

Convoy x Melissa toy box detailOptimus Prime, Pedophile

Did you know that the beloved leader of the Autobots had a fetish for underage girls? Or that a Megatron look-alike not only shared the same fetish, but repeatedly tried to rape those girls? Or that… [more]

Miss Manga mascaraManga Make-Up Hits U.S.

It’s sadly rare that we have an occasion to talk about make-up on Sequart. But then, it’s rare that a brand as big as l’Oréal Paris has a line named after comics.

scan0005On Urasawa’s 20th Century Boys: Friends

When I first read Urasawa’s 20th Century Boys: Friends, I stopped after the initial six pages and put the book away. For they were so perfect in themselves, so wonderfully concise and clever and moving,… [more]

The Wolverine (2013) posterHalf Action Movie, Half Art Film, The Wolverine Delivers

The Wolverine has everything fans require. It’s got lots of great actions sequences, culminating in a big showdown. But it’s also got some art-film DNA in the mix. It’s an action film that also works… [more]