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Manga artist encourages kids to get off Net and into the real world

Misako Takashima, a Japanese graphic novel creator based in New York, worries that many American teenagers she has met during academic art events rely too heavily on the Internet and are reluctant to try anything in the real world.

"I met many children who easily believe that the knowledge they get via the Internet is everything," Takashima told an interview, while working on a new book due out next year describing her own life, including the tumultuous 11 years since she first came to the United States.

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