Weekly World News announces Bat Boy manga

Weekly World News' most famous living mutant, Bat Boy, is pursued in NYC's Times Square by Japanese Idol Yuko Arashi.

Most people know that Buddha said:

Believe nothing,

No matter where you read it,

Or who has said it,

Not even if I have said it,

Unless it agrees with your own reason

And your own common sense.
This is good advice, but I when it comes to the Weekly World News, I make an exception. With a flawless record for rock-solid reporting, "The World's Only Reliable News" beats direct competitors, such as Pravda.ru and The Weekly Standard.

That's why I took this press release about the creation of the first Bat Boy manga and a Japanese language version of the Weekly World News website with the seriousness it deserves:

Takushi Chikakane said, "I am very proud to be bringing Bat Boy, Angry Ed and the other members of the WWN family to the millions of fans in the Japanese market. WWN's smart, yet quirky story telling is tailor made for our market. Upon launch we will instantly be one of the most recognizable character libraries in the market. Bat Boy will also become the focal point for an annual award ceremony. The Bat Boy Award will go to famous Japanese media celebrities each year. Very soon, we expect it will be bigger than the Oscar."

Yuko Arashi, stated, "Bat Boy is very cute. I have a doll of him in my room. If I capture him, my fame in Japan will rival that of our biggest Sumo wrestler."

Japanese join hunt to capture Bat Boy


  1. Attn Yuko! Reliable sources have informed me that Bat Boy has crawled into my pants. May I suggest your immediate scrutiny of this matter?

    1. Looks shopped.

      I am left speechless by your comment. I…I….

      Have you ever read the WWN?

      This is kind of like saying, of The Onion, “I think they just make that crap up.”

          1. Could she just be getting hit by light sources from two different directions? Even if it’s not shopped, it’s certainly staged.

          2. She was – she was shot in a studio against a seamless background with two lights behind her and then put in the photo. The pedestrians and the planter behind her cast only one shadow pointing away from the sun. I liked how WWN always made its fake photos look REALLY fake.

  2. My copy of Bat Boy Lives! is out in my truck, maybe I should be reading it again.

    The WWN random headline generator sometimes got a bit stuck. “Statue of Elvis found on Moon” was followed a short time later with “Statue of Elvis found on Mars”. I miss it.

  3. Basically, Japan is sending a mutant girl, to catch a mutant boy.
    Check out the photos below from Yuko Arashi’s website that even gives a peek at her daibolical disguises that she will employ to beguile and capture Bat Boy.

    See: http://❥.ws/batboy

    1. Nice to see an eternal loop going on between 3-yen and boingboing and the batboy. Eternal loops are what WWN and 3yen is all about…

  4. Also, I think the Buddha quote might be Henry Miller’s original work – Siddhārtha lived in a largely oral culture – even his ideas weren’t written down until years after his death, so the “No matter where you read it” quote sounds much more 20th Century American than 5th Century BCE Indian.

  5. This is such a great article. I am stoked that WWN just came out with the life story of an American Icon, Bat Boy
    Going Mutant

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