And the answer is . . . . CRIMINAL!
39-year-old Christopher Handley, an office worker, was brought up on charges of possessing child pornography in 2006 when customs officials seized a package for him. It contained several manga, some of which were "lolicon" that showed what officials said were children being sexually abused. There were also images of bestiality. Handley has a huge collection of manga, and only a few are lolicon. He also had absolutely no child pornography of any description in his house or on his computer.
And the key question:
How exactly can a court determine whether a comic book character is a "minor" or not?
Once you begin criminalizing trafficking in or possession of cartoons, that's going to be an issue. How old is a Pokemon? Also, is Bart Simpson his apparent age of 10, or his calendar age of — what, about 35 now?
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