Usagi Yojimbo: The Special Edition

Usagi Yojimbo: The Special Edition

Stan Sakai / Sep 23, 2019

Usagi Yojimbo The Special Edition Created in as a supporting character for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Stan Sakai s Usagi Yojimbo has vaulted to the very forefront of iconic modern comics characters and is a perennial favor

  • Title: Usagi Yojimbo: The Special Edition
  • Author: Stan Sakai
  • ISBN: 9781606991541
  • Page: 272
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Created in 1984 as a supporting character for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Stan Sakai s Usagi Yojimbo has vaulted to the very forefront of iconic modern comics characters and is a perennial favorite amongst both children and adult fans Stuffed with engaging supporting characters, villains, and even a romantic interest or two, Usagi Yojimbo chronicles the action packeCreated in 1984 as a supporting character for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Stan Sakai s Usagi Yojimbo has vaulted to the very forefront of iconic modern comics characters and is a perennial favorite amongst both children and adult fans Stuffed with engaging supporting characters, villains, and even a romantic interest or two, Usagi Yojimbo chronicles the action packed wanderings of a masterless samurai a ronin in feudal Japan as told with funny animals If Pixar and the late Akira Kurosawa were to collaborate on a movie, it might very well look like this For the first ten years of his career, the battling bunny was published by Fantagraphics Books In honor of his 25th anniversary, Fantagraphics is releasing a deluxe slipcase set collecting the first seven Usagi books, including the earliest stories the origin story, Samurai The Dragon Bellow Conspiracy, a full graphic novel and literally dozens With over 1000 pages of story, this is the complete, definitive, early Usagi But that s not all This Special Edition our third in a line of books revisiting Fantagraphics most beloved classics, following Palestine The Special Edition and Ghost World The Special Edition will also be brimming with extra material, some from the long out of print hardcover editions of those first seven volumes, some brand new Just a few of the goodies are a complete full color gallery of the than 50 Usagi covers from that period never before collected many preparatory sketches, including Sakai s original first draft of the Samurai story two non canon Usagi stories by Sakai co starring the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with whom Usagi also shared screen time in the TMNTs TV series and an updated and expanded, long out of print and feature length, career spanning interview with Sakai from the pages of The Comics Journal.

    Home Usagi Yojimbo Usagi Yojimbo is one of the longest independent serialized comic book series in existence Stan Sakai, the sole creator, author, and artist became famous with the creation of Usagi Yojimbo, the epic saga of Miyamoto Usagi, a samurai rabbit living in late sixteenth and early seventeenth century Japan Since then, Stan Sakai has received numerous awards for Usagi Yojimbo including the National Comics Usagi Yojimbo Wiki FANDOM powered by Wikia This page lists every issue of Usagi Yojimbo published to date, as well as every comic book that includes a UY story. Usagi Yojimbo Senso Usagi Yojimbo Wiki FANDOM powered Usagi Yojimbo Senso originally given the working title War of the Worlds is a Usagi Yojimbo storyline It is loosely based upon the H.G Wells novel of the same name. Usagi Yojimbo Hey Kids Comics Wiki FANDOM powered by Wikia Usagi Yojimbo Usagi Y jinb , lit rabbit bodyguard is a comic book series created by Stan Sakai that first appeared in Albedo Anthropomorphics published by Thoughts and Images in November Stan Sakai accepted an offer to move his warrior rabbit to Fantagraphics Books where he Usagi Yojimbo TMNT Legends Wikia FANDOM powered by Wikia Usagi Yojimbo is a playable character in Legends After the loss of his Lord at the Battle of Adachigahara, Usagi becomes a master less samurai, a Rabbit Ronin, wandering the countryside if Feudal Japan on a warrior s pilgrimage Defined by honor, loyalty, and his mastery of the sword, he Miyamoto Usagi Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Series Miyamoto Usagi, aka Usagi, is an ally of the Ninja Turtles He is a samurai anthropomorphic white rabbit from the Usagi Yojimbo Dimension, who is now a ronin after his master, Lord Mifune, was assassinated during a battle against Lord Hikiji Currently as the bodyguard of The Golden Boy Yojimbo Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Series Wiki Yojimbo is the seventh episode of Season of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TV Series This episode was directed by TBA and written by TBA This episode aired on July , The Turtles are transported to an alternate dimension where they meet the rabbit samurai, Miyamoto Usagi. Miyamoto Usagi Heroes Wiki FANDOM powered by Wikia Miyamoto Usagi is the main protagonist of the titular Usagi Yojimbo comic series and a recurring ally of the TMNT He is a skilled swordsmen of the land and son of a village headman Usagi was taken to learn the arts of war in a bushido school, separating him from his childhood friends. Penance Stare Superpower Wiki FANDOM powered by Wikia The power to cause a variety of debilitating effects with one s stare Not to be confused with Darkside View or Evil Eye The user can induce a variety of effects by locking eyes with another, ranging from inflicting pain to petrification to knocking people out, or sometimes even killing people. Home VT At the moment I am contemplating adding the Usagi preamp stage into the chassis of the Yokimbo output stage to save some desk space by having one preamp chassis and one or two power supply chassis less as they could be integrated with one another.

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      • Stan Sakai

        Stan Sakai Japanese Sakai Sutan born May 25, 1953 is an artist who became known as an Eisner Award winning comic book originator.Born in Kyoto, Sakai grew up in Hawaii and studied fine arts at the University of Hawaii He later attended the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California He and his wife, Sharon, presently reside and work in Pasadena.He began his career by lettering comic books notably Groo the Wanderer by Sergio Aragon s and Mark Evanier and became famous with the production of Usagi Yojimbo, the epic saga of Miyamoto Usagi, a samurai rabbit living in late sixteenth and early seventeenth century Japan First published in 1984, the comic continues to this day, with Sakai as the lone author and nearly sole artist Tom Luth serves as the main colorist on the series, and Sergio Aragon s has made two small contributions to the series the story Broken Ritual is based on an idea by Aragon s, and he served as a guest inker for the black and white version of the story Return to Adachi Plain that is featured in the Volume 11 trade paper back edition of Usagi Yojimbo He also made a futuristic spin off series Space Usagi His favorite movie is Satomi Hakkenden 1959.


    158 Comments

    1. This was engaging and different from the stuff in my superhero ghetto. There is something a little flat and two-dimensional about the whole thing. It's not always bad. It starts to feel like a fairytale or a myth or a painting. The characters each have very specific motives and interests, but there rarely seems to be more than one emotion or motivation at a time. There's often a moment when a character switches to a less base way of being but it's pretty linear and foreshadowed. What prevents th [...]


    2. Got this as a Christmas present from Amy. I'd read some, but not all of these stories before, the very start of Usagi Yojimbo's decades long run. If I had to distill what I think makes comics great, Usagi would definitely be a great place to start. Seeing them in giant size pages really does the art and stories justice here, and definitely something I'm glad to have the opportunity to go back to when I wish.


    3. This is a really lovely set combining all the Fantagraphics UY tales. It's nicely put together, nicely designed, and the stories are great. Looking forward to reading the second half.


    4. Stan Sakai is simply wonderful. I went into this collection a little skeptical. Usagi Yojimbo was a character I only knew from his appearances on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles when I was about 6 years old, and having rewatched some of that series recently I thought I might be "too old" for this book. That was over a year ago, and I am so glad I didn't shrug this book off.With Usagi, Sakai has created a comic that is simultaneously cartoonish and serious without losing the strengths of either appr [...]


    5. When I first began my experience with Usagi it was with the Turtles, as I’m sure it was for many Turtle fans growing up in the ‘80s and ‘90s. The rabbit bodyguard appeared suddenly in a Turtles cartoon, and left just the same.Many years later I recalled that rabbit after spotting him on a cover of an issue at a local comic shop, and decided to read from the beginning.My first review noted my letdown, but I was prompted with follow-ups that I should continue reading. That, indeed, the begin [...]


    6. I know it's recommended to start with the saga volume 1, but I really wish that I'd waited and started with this one. I admit that I was a little concerned, that being the very beginning, the art and storytelling would be a little rough, but I need not have worried. The storytelling was amazing from the get go and while Usagi started off as oddly short with very round features, he quickly became the Usagi I was already familiar with. This set is where many of the important characters in the seri [...]


    7. Filled with action, adventure, humor, and a level of historical detail that adds depth to the story, Stan Sakai's Usagi Yojimbo is an entertaining tale of a lone Samurai rabbit who wanders the countryside selling his services as a bodyguard, but often ending up fighting for the poor and oppressed who are unable to fight for themselves. Sakai's beautifully drawn characters practically leap off the page, and this particular printing (the Fantagraphics collection) utilizes high quality paper and bo [...]


    8. Usagi Yojimbo is one of the best pieces of literature I have had the pleasure of reading. This collection contains the first seven volumes of the series, which have been out of print for some time, and hard to come by. The artwork and storytelling are amazing! One of the great things about this series is the detail that Sakai puts into the story. While the stories are works of fiction, they take place in the very real setting of historical Japan. Sakai has made the setting accurate, and even whe [...]


    9. Anthropomorphic rabbit samurai wandering in a fictional Japan-like land righting wrongs, helping the oppressed and basically being a bad-ass. Stan Sakai's creation has been around since the early '80s and this special edition collects those early books in glorious oversized 2-volume hardcovers. An essential must-have for the discerning fan of graphic novels. Great artwork and even greater writing.Oh yeah, it's in black and white which is a deal breaker for some people. Strange, I know, but true. [...]


    10. If simply can not give this book enough praise. Stop reading this, and just go now to and order it. You don't have to be a comic book fan, or know anything about the character. If you simply have an interest in Japanese culture, a charming story, or sequential art in its purest form, this is essential owning. Aside from watching the character of Usagi the wondering Samurai rabbit grow in his earliest adventures, this is a stunning hardcover with a massive 1,200 pages of content and a beautiful [...]


    11. The 1200 Page Usagi Yojimbo Special Edition contains the entire original run from Fantagraphics.This entire thing is an absolute work of beauty and awesomeness.Usagi has been around and publishing continually for 30 but does not get the attention of something Like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles of which it had crossed over with and is definitely deeper than.Its an absolute shame that more people havent gotten to experience the joy this rabbit can bring.Just AMAZING collection that can bring tears [...]


    12. Usagi Yojimbo is a comic about a 17th century ronin (masterless samurai). He's also a rabbit. This is about as fantastic as you'd expect. Artist Stan Sakai is a genius, as he's also writer, penciler, and letterer. Sakai's beautiful imagery is heavily influenced by Japanese cinema such as Kurosawa. The cast of characters are all anthropomorphic – cats, pigs, rhinos, dogs – but it's not childish. Characters die, and frequently. Longer storylines have incredibly complex plots. At this point, th [...]


    13. Simply fantastic story, art and execution. Stan is a master and his stories are worth the time to read. Anyone who would turn up their nose at them because they are graphic novels is missing out terribly. I have learned easily half of what I know about feudal Japan from these books and because of the effort to detail and research that Stan Sakai does, you can be sure that it is correct.


    14. my favorite comic! i've been reading it since i was in high school. the main character is kind of a bushido bible thumper, always taking the moral high ground. he's a robin hood type, traveling around feudal japan and helping the downtrodden. awesome art, great stories, fun characters.


    15. Stan Sakai is a master and it's in this collection you see him become one - from charming fun tales to epics with a personal focus - this is an artistic journey for one man and a series of trials for one samurai bunny. A staggering achievement in creator owned comics.


    16. Interesting tales and artwork but kind of easy to put down and not pick up for a long while. Too episodic or not engaged with the characters? Not sure.



    17. Sakai's art is beautiful and detailed, and the stories all unfold like classic chanbara films. Wonderful characters and plenty of bloody action in this really nice hardcover set.



    18. So much stuff going on here! What a great intro to this character, the history, and the series. More thoughts later. Now, on to get the other volumes


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