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Is Manga "Porn Lite" for Tweens?

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A 12-year-old boy was suspended for drawing a manga-style cartoon, raising the question: is manga inappropriate for tweens?

These aren't your mama's Archie Comics! Manga is the Japanese word for comics—and Japanese manga translated into English is wildly popular among teens and tweens.

Because the art form is so popular, there are scads of books on the market that teach kids how to draw in the classic manga- or anime-style. One such book, Manga Mania: How to Draw Japanese Comics, got 12-year-old Hatcher Johnson into big trouble.

He took several of his own drawings of anime-style figures to school a few weeks ago and ended up in the principal's office with his artwork confiscated and three days of in-school suspension (his drawing is below). Do you think the school overreacted? Check out the Manga Cartoon Gallery and tell us.

Click on an image to view the Manga Cartoon Gallery

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tasha April 14, 2011, 8:39 PM

now i’m sorry but this is ridiculous. you can take anything and make it pornographic just by adding a few naked people. manga in itself is not pornographic its what you do with it! you can get simpsons porn comics but that doesnt make the ssimpssons pornographic, stop blaming the system and do sonething about it? why dont you monitor what your child is reading for gods sake! take responsibility, its not manga thats the problem its what you do with it.

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