Animation And Comics

Peppa Pig wins street cred, attracts censors in China

May 2, 2018

A cherubic British cartoon character has become an unlikely target of China's censors as online fans use her porcine likeness in sardonic memes and "gangster" catchphrases

Studio Ghibli co-founder, director Isao Takahata dies at 82

Apr 6, 2018

Isao Takahata, co-founder of the prestigious Japanese animator Studio Ghibli that stuck to a hand-drawn "manga" look in the face of digital filmmaking, has died at 82

George Saunders' 'Lincoln in the Bardo' wins Booker prize

Oct 17, 2017

American author George Saunders has won the prestigious Man Booker Prize for fiction with "Lincoln in the Bardo," a polyphonic symphony of a novel about restless souls adrift in the afterlife

Japanese roots of Nobel winner Kazuo Ishiguro celebrated

Oct 6, 2017

Kazuo Ishiguro left Japan at a young age, but his birthplace became part of his artistic approach and is celebrating his Nobel Prize in literature

Japanese video gaming adapting new tech for familiar titles

Sep 21, 2017

The Japanese video game industry is finding its way out of the doldrums, by adapting new technology for decades-old titles

AP Interview: Japan's emoji creator saw nuance in pictures

Sep 21, 2017

AP Interview: The Japanese creator of the first emoji wanted to add nuance to mobile phone messages and never imagined his 1999 work would become a global phenomenon

Japan TV sorry over Hitler T-shirt worn by talk show guest

Jul 12, 2017

Japan's public broadcaster NHK has apologized over a cartoon resembling Adolph Hitler's face printed on a T-shirt worn by a talk show guest

'Bridget Jones' author wins comic fiction prize, and a pig

May 17, 2017

Helen Fielding's latest book about the misadventures of indomitable singleton Bridget Jones has won the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for comic fiction, whose rewards include champagne and a pig

Manga, Mario and now ninja: Japan's hopes for wooing tourism

Feb 22, 2017

Japan is turning to those hooded samurai-era acrobatic spies known as ninja to woo tourism

Chinese film festival pushes for end to gender inequality

Sep 21, 2016

In films, women and girls are much more likely to take off their clothes than male actors, and to be scantily clad in the first place

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