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Newspapers hope Japanese comics will lure teens

TOKYO -- ''Doonesbury" and ''Peanuts," make way for manga. Come January, the Sunday funnies of several major North American newspapers will have doe-eyed women in frilly outfits, effeminate long-haired heroes, and other trademark images of the Japanese comic style.

The reason? Newspaper editors want to attract more young readers. A study released by the Carnegie Corporation put the average age of newspaper readers at 53 and climbing.

''We thought if teens and young kids are reading manga, then why don't we get something in the paper that teens want to read?" said John Glynn, vice president at Universal Press Syndicate.

Manga is a product of Japanese pop culture that has never been quite mainstream in the United States, though it's long been a hit with the younger generation that grew up on Pokemon and Japanese animation movies -- or ''anime."

Newspapers that will carry English-language manga strips include the Los Angeles Times and Denver Post.

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