Manga has familiarized Americans with Japanese culture much more than any official effort by the Japanese Embassy. Now the Arab world has a chance to do the same. The Christian Science Monitor reports on a new comic book series featuring Arab heroes:
Since October, youngsters throughout the Middle East have been discovering the legend of the Noor Stones in a new monthly comic book called "The 99." The series is inspired by Islamic culture and history – the title refers to the 99 names and traits attributed to God in the Koran – and aims to spread a universal message of teamwork along with plenty of action, adventure, and "kapow!"Find out more or order your own copy of The 99 at Teshkeel Comics.