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Usagi Yojimbo Leaves Dark Horse

This is a change I was not expecting. Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo is an incredibly long-running, award-winning, wonderfully drawn series about a samurai rabbit in an historical Japan where everyone is an animal. It has been published by Dark Horse since 1996 (although previous runs were put out by Fantagraphics and Mirage in the decade before that). IDW has just announced that, beginning in June, the series will be published by them. Usagi Yojimbo will now be monthly, in full […]

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Usagi Yojimbo: The Hidden #1

Usagi Yojimbo is a samurai rabbit, a ronin wandering old Japan in an historically faithful world where the characters just happen to be animals. His stories run the gamut, with gifted cartoonist Stan Sakai hitting all kinds of emotional beats. This issue starts a particularly ambitious run, a seven-issue story called The Hidden about the persecution of Christians in the country. It’s the end of the sixteenth century, and the land is run by feudal lords. There’s a text page […]

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Usagi Yojimbo, Rabbit Samurai, Optioned for Cartoon

The incredibly long-running Usagi Yojimbo comic — most recent issue was #165 in December, and it’s all been written and drawn by one guy, Stan Sakai, with colors by Tom Luth — has been optioned for an animated TV series by the French company Gaumont. Co-producers will include Sakai, Dark Horse Entertainment’s Mike Richardson and Keith Goldberg, and James Wan’s Atomic Monster (which is best known for horror movies and the MacGyver relaunch). Gaumont’s President of Animation, Nicolas Atlan, said […]

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Usagi Yojimbo #158-160

Stan Sakai’s samurai rabbit has been a part of comics for over 30 years, longer than a number of readers have been alive. It’s easy to take it for granted as a result, but every time I read an issue, I’m impressed by the clarity of the stories, the insight into the characters, and the accomplishment of the artistic storytelling. The most recent three issues, all stand-alone stories, cover a range of emotions, too, demonstrating the wide scope of what […]

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Usagi Yojimbo Returns After Three-Year Hiatus

It’s an unfortunate quirk of human nature that long-running quality projects are easy to overlook. A consistent good read doesn’t get the kind of press or attention a hot artist (who will do three issues) or a plot twist (reversed next year) or a crossover (a lot of sound and fury with no long-lasting results) or movie tie-in (because comics loves Hollywood validation) does. Which is my excuse for not noticing that it’s been three years since we’ve seen an […]

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Usagi Yojimbo: Traitors of the Earth

Although I enjoy each new Usagi Yojimbo volume just for the stories, I was particularly attracted to this latest collection due to the introduction. It’s by comic grand master Walter Simonson. As I would expect from such an insightful contributor, Simonson sums up beautifully the appeal of Sakai’s series: I have read this comic book, since its beginning, for all the right reasons. Regularly, like clockwork, it brings me the unalloyed joy of reading a well-told, well-drawn story, about characters […]

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Usagi Yojimbo #144

Concluding the two-part story about feuding soy sauce makers by Stan Sakai, this issue provides a simple look at justice. SPOILERS follow. The rabbit samurai’s biggest challenge this issue isn’t the greedy rival merchant who’s escalated a business struggle into sabotage of the traditionalist’s warehouse sauce vats. Instead, it’s the fraidy-cat local lawman who refuses to get involved. After a slow opening, which recaps the premise if you missed the previous issue, we pick up with Usagi determined to force […]

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Congratulations, Stan Sakai, on 200 Issues of Usagi Yojimbo!

The latest Usagi Yojimbo, #141, marks the 200th issue of the series overall. Issue #141, out now, is a stand-alone story, “200 Buddhas”, about a village terrorized by a gang and a kindly stonecutter who takes in the rabbit ronin. The stonecutter looks a bit familiar to fans of Mr. Sakai, and here, in the final page of the issue (which doesn’t spoil anything about the story), we get a wonderful message to readers and a lovely celebration of the […]

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