Osamu Tezuka was among the influential Japanese comics artists who “developed their wartime exposure to Western comics into a form that reflected Japanese techniques and experiences,” according to scholar Francisca Goldsmith.

While underground comix in the United States found a wider audience after the introduction of graphic novels in the 1980s, in Japan sophisticated, mature comics for adult readers have flourished since the 1950s.

And I'm certainly not alone in finding cyberspace to be an interesting framework for fictional relationships.

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We don’t get to see each other frequently—once every few months—but it’s the perfect amount of time. As always, after awhile our conversation turned towards men. When I think about meetiing men online, what comes to mind is a last resort. Not exactly a winning testimony for online dating, is it?

We’re both single and well, I suppose you could say we’re looking. I’m of the wait-and-see mindset while my girlfriend is 21-century dating. The day I begin to date online is the day that I’ve decided alright, it’s time to settle down and find a husband. That’s the stigma that online dating still has (mostly perpetuated by women like me who refuse to dip their toe.) But I know it’s a wrong one. Why do I still carry this judgment about online dating?

After all, you know what they say—“laugh and the world laughs with you!

” Bet Me, by Jennifer Crusie When sturdy statistician Min Dobbs overhears handsome stranger Calvin Morrisey betting Min’s former fiancé, David Fisk, that he can bed her within a month, Min decides to turn the tables on Cal by using him as a date for her friend’s wedding and then dumping him. Can’t Hurry Love, by Christie Ridgway Hostile former lovers Giuliana Baci and Liam Bennett have to set aside their differences to save the Baci family’s hundred-year-old winery.

This list is just a small sampling of the books that gleefully combine love and laughter.

We’d love to hear which lighthearted romances bring a smile to your lips and a delight to your heart!

Annie's criticism of the album leads to the end of her relationship with Duncan, but it also leads to something else.

Tucker, breaking a 20-year silence, e-mails Annie to say he agrees with her.

Like most people, my daily interactions are conducted partly in person and partly online.