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Dav Pilkey to Publish Two New ‘Captain Underpants’ Titles

Captain Underpants will return in 2012. Author Dav Pilkey has two new Captain Underpants titles in the works for Scholastic: Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers (due out August 28, 2012) and Captain Underpants and the Revolting Revenge of the Radioactive Robo-Boxers (due out January 2013).

Here’s more from the release: “In his ninth epic Captain Underpants novel, Dav Pilkey takes readers back in time to the carefree days of kindergarten, when the worst thing heroes George and Harold had to face was NOT an evil mad scientist or an alien cafeteria lady but a sixth-grade bully named Kipper Krupp, the nephew of their clueless school principal.”

The books will have a first printing of one million copies apiece.

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Manga & Child Pornography Debated in Japan

Tokyo governor Shintaro Ishihara has targeted manga comic books with a new ordinance, creating stricter regulations for both live action and manga products. Other regional governments in Japan are considering similar policies.

The New York Times reports: “One particularly big target is manga comic books that depict pubescent girls in sexual acts. It a lucrative segment of the $5.5 billion industry for manga … The new Tokyo law, which applies to anyone under 18, bans the sale of comics and other works — including novels, DVDs and video games — that depict sexual or violent acts that would violate Japan’s national penal code, as well as sex involving anyone under age 18. ”

Japanese publishers, lawyers, and manga artists will fight the ordinance. Ten publishers, including Japan’s largest publishing company Kodansha, intend to boycott the Tokyo International Anime Fair in protest–arguing that the law hinders free speech. What do you think?