Celebrating 30 Years of Usagi Yojimbo!

Coming up in Usagi Yojimbo... UY Senso #2 Stan is working on a 6-issue UY mini-series inspired by H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds. This story is about a small expeditionary party of three ships that the Martians sent to earth in 1628--more than two centuries before their big invasion. Usagi has joined the Geishu clan by this time, and Lord Noriyuki has grown into a fine, capable lord. Lord Hikiji has made his move to overthrow the shogunate, and the county is driven into another civil war. It is during the great battle between the Geishu samurai and Hikiji's forces that the first of the Martian ships crashes into the middle of the field. Stan has some nice images in mind--a huge tripod behind a Japanese castle, Edo being razed, armored samurai attacking a martian ship, and the Neko Ninja (again led by Chizu) infiltrating a tripod. To readers who can't grasp such a wild twist in the pages of UY, Stan says he taken all doubts and concerns into consideration, and the story will fit into Usagi continuity and Japanese history.

Coming Up in Usagi Yojimbo...
Usagi Yojimbo Senso #1
Usagi Yojimbo Senso #2 1
What's in store for Usagi's future?
Usagi Yojimbo and the Last Request short film!  (2013.12.27 12:45PM by T. Shogun)
Ryaaaaaa!!! The Usagi Yojimbo Dojo has an awesome treat for all of its Ronin Rabbit craving members! Thanks to "Director" Roel Robles (the awesomely talented man who brought us those cool statues from Rokutoys) we have an exclusive trailer of a short film that will be released in 2014 for the 30th anniversary of Usagi Yojimbo. Take a look ASAP because this amazing trailer is only going to be available for a extremely limited time, and then it will be gone! Proceeds from this short film will be donated to the benefit fund to help Stan and Sharon Sakai. For all the info and to view the trailer, visit the Usagi Yojimbo DojoBoard
Usagi Yojimbo: Senso  (2013.12.27 1:13PM by T. Shogun)
Stan is working on a 6-issue UY mini-series inspired by H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds. This story is about a small expeditionary party of three ships that the Martians sent to earth in 1628--more than two centuries before their big invasion. Usagi has joined the Geishu clan by this time, and Lord Noriyuki has grown into a fine, capable lord. Lord Hikiji has made his move to overthrow the shogunate, and the county is driven into another civil war. It is during the great battle between the Geishu samurai and Hikiji's forces that the first of the Martian ships crashes into the middle of the field. Stan has some nice images in mind--a huge tripod behind a Japanese castle, Edo being razed, armored samurai attacking a martian ship, and the Neko Ninja (again led by Chizu) infiltrating a tripod. To readers who can't grasp such a wild twist in the pages of UY, Stan says he taken all doubts and concerns into consideration, and the story will fit into Usagi continuity and Japanese history.
The Year of the Rabbit  (2011.06.13 8:23AM by T. Shogun)
On July 9th, 2011, at the Japanese American National Museum (JANM) in Los Angeles, CA -- help celebrate The Year of the Rabbit: Stan Sakai's Usagi Yojimbo with a day of comics, anime, and stories for the whole family. Usagi-related activities include: Have your picture taken in a special cutout designed by artist Stan Sakai and decorate a picture frame to go with it; Stan Sakai, author and artist of the graphic novel Usagi Yojimbo, will give a talk, demonstration, and will sign copies of his latest compilation book, Usagi Yojimbo Volume 25: Fox Hunt. Plus there will be many other cool activities for the entire family. Don't miss out! Visit the JANM programming page for all the details. You can also catch Stan's Usagi Yojimbo exhibit from July 9-October 30, 2011 at the JANM -- check out the UY Exhibition page for more info.
UY Series 2 Statues from Roku Toys  (2010.11.30 4:40PM by T. Shogun)
The 2nd series of Usagi Yojimbo maquettes is here! With Armored Usagi, Jei, Zato-Ino, Kitsune, Lord Noriyuki and bonus Kiyoko. Check out the Roku Toys site for all the details on how to order.
Dark Horse 25th Anniversary  (2010.10.20 12:40PM by T. Shogun)
Celebrating Dark Horse Comics' 25th Anniversary, UY 136 will feature a variant cover, probably the first in the history of UY comics. The variant cover looks awesome! Happy 25th Dark Horse.
25th Anniversary Usagi Maquettes!  (2009.07.22 11:15PM by T. Shogun)
A total of five maquette designs are available: Usagi, Gennosuke, Katsuichi, Tomoe Ame, and Jotaro with Spot. All five will be made available individually, along with exclusive versions in extreme limited editions! Usagi, Gen, Tomoe, Katsuichi are all 9" figures and only $89.95 each. Jotaro/Spot is 6" and $49.95. To top it all off, a 6th maquette of Young Usagi will be made available for free if the entire set of five maquettes are ordered ($399.95 per set). The maquettes are coming this Fall, but you can pre-order from RokuToys today! But hurry -- before they sell out! Check the UY DojoBoard UY Maquette thread for more info on these amazing maquettes!!!
SDCC 2009 Photo Coverage  (2009.07.22 11:15PM by T. Shogun)
The UY Dojo brings you full coverage..well sort of...from the 2009 San Diego Comic Con! Features info from the 25th Anniversary of Usagi Yojimbo...plus lots of photos of all things Con-related.
25th Anniversary Poster  (2008.11.21 1:26PM by T. Shogun)
The UY 25th Anniversary poster features most of the main cast from Usagi Yojimbo and will be in full color. Dark Horse will be giving away the poster, starting with WonderCon in 2009.
Usagi Yojimbo Wiki  (2008.08.25 8:36PM by T. Shogun)
Visit the newly created OFFICIAL Usagi Yojimbo Wiki -- sign up and write articles about your favorite Ronin Rabbit -- or check it out for lots of cool information. A UYD exclusive.
San Diego Comic Con 2008  (2008.10.31 9:33pM by T. Shogun)
Stan Sakai was once again be in appearance at the 2008 San Diego Comic Con. Full coverage at the UY Dojoboard. Also check out the UYD's photo album of the event.
Samurai Hulk by Stan Sakai  (2007.11.07 1:59PM by T. Shogun)
Stan has been asked to contribute a story for Marvel's mini-series, Marvel Underground. The story will star The Hulk in Feudal Japan as an oni samurai, to keep the continuity with Japanese folklore. Check out a preview of page 6 from Samurai Hulk! You can read more about Stan's Hulk at the DojoBoard here and here.
Stan's Travel Report: France 2007  (2007.7.16 9:48 by T. Shogun)
Stan Sakai once again visits France for the Japan Expo in Paris. Get the complete travel report, along with photos of Stan's visits to the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame, his experience at Japan Expo, and other cool stuff. Written by Stan himself, exclusively at the UY Dojo!
The Origin of Jei  (2007-5-17 3:30 by T. Shogun)
Finally, the origin of one of the most infamous villains in UY history will be told, beginning with UY 103! Who was he before he became Blade of the Gods? What caused his twisted demon-like insanity? Now the story can finally be told.
Mouse Guard Art by Stan Sakai  (2007-4-06 9:35AM by T. Shogun)
Ever wonder what Mouse Guard would look like drawn by Stan? Well wonder no more! Check out this awesome watercolor piece.
TMNT Movie Premiere Coverage  (2007-3-18 11:53 by T. Shogun)
Coverage from Stan Sakai's trip to the TMNT Movie Premiere in Hollywood on March 17, 2007.

UY Statue Contest Results  (2007-2-14 8:08 by T.Shogun)
Stan Sakai draws the names of the lucky winners in the UYD's UY NR 100 Statue contest!

Usagi in Retro Gamer #29  (2006-11-21 11:35 by T. Shogun)
Usagi appeared in Retro Gamer #29 in a really cool article about the making of the C64/Spectrum video game from 1988.
French Editions of Usagi Yojimbo  (2005-06-21 7:43 by T. Shogun)
The French revolution has begun! Check out the new French editions of Usagi from Editions Paquet. These are the "manga-size" Usagi books. France has the distinction of having both the largest (about 8.5 x 11") and smallest UY books. Editions Paquet is a wonderful publisher who is trying different formats to make Usagi as successful as he can be in France. The covers feature retro Usagi art on redesigned covers with new Usagi logos. RYAAAAAAAAA!!! Check out UYD: France

Usagi Yojimbo: The Special Edition  (2010.11.12 6:10PM by T. Shogun)
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 seven first Usagi books. With over 1000 pages of story, this is the complete, definitive, early Usagi. This Special Edition will also be brimming with extra material, including a complete full-color gallery of the more than 50 Usagi covers from that period (never-before-collected); 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 TMNT TV series); the rare behind-the-scenes "How I Draw Usagi Yojimbo" strip; Introductions by Stan Sakai and Stan Lee; and a feature-length, career-spanning interview with Sakai. Order it from Amazon.com
The Return of the Lord of Owls  (2010.07.13 3:03PM by T. Shogun)
Usagi Yojimbo 135: The Return of the Lord of Owls marks Oyama Tadanori's highly anticipated return to the pages of Usagi Yojimbo. Synopsis: It has been more than a hundred issues since the Lord of Owls was seen, and he is an even more mysterious figure than ever. Five samurai faced off against the Lord of Owls, and one ran away rather than be slain. Since then, his life had been haunted by images of his dead companions. Usagi hires a guide over the mountain pass plagued with bandits, and now regularly patrolled by the magistrate's guards. After the Lord of Owls kills a group of seemingly innocent pilgrims, Usagi gets involved.
UY: Yokai First Look  (2009.01.26 8:57PM by T. Shogun)
Usagi Yojimbo: Yokai is an all-new original, 57-page fully-painted hardcover graphic novel due out in November of this year. Yokai are the monsters, demons, and spirits of Japanese folklore, so they are perfect subjects for a Usagi story in which every page is a color painting. You don't want to miss out of this one!
The Death of Lord Hikiji?  (2009.4.07 5:27PM by T. Shogun)
Yes you read right...Lord Hikiji faces imminent destruction! In UY 123, Usagi meets some old comrades from the days he served under Lord Mifune. It was Hikiji who killed their lord, and turned them all into ronin (masterless samurai). The group have been trying to avenge their lord, but, over the years, their numbers have dwindled. Now they have the perfect opportunity, and Usagi is pivotal for their plans.
UY Book 23: Bridge of Tears  (2008.10.31 10:27AM by T. Shogun)
Due out in time for San Diego Comic Con 2009. It collects UY 94-102. Stan hasn't used a bright yellow/red color scheme since Book 3, and he replaced that cover about 10 years ago.
Travel Report: Spain/London 2007  (2007-10-21 10:59AM by T. Shogun)
Stan Sakai visits Spain for the XXXI Salon Internacional del Comic del Principado de Asturias in Gijon. As a side trip, he also went to London. Get the complete travel report, along with photos of Stan's trip. Written by Stan himself, exclusively at the UY Dojo!
UY Dojo / Motor City Comic Con 2007  (2007.04.13 10:17PM by T. Shogun)
Coverage from the UYD gathering at the 2007 Motor City Comic Con - includes the Dojo Dinner Party with Stan Sakai and special guests Sergio Aragones (Groo) and David Petersen (Mouse Guard).

Usagi Yojimbo Sketchbook #4  (2007-04-13 10:17PM by T. Shogun)
Coming in May, the 4th edition of the UY Sketchbook! Features an alternative ending to UY 102. Just in time for Motor City Comic Con.
Usagi Yojimbo Book 21  (2006-12-17 1:56 by T. Shogun)
Stan Sakai presents a step-by-step process on the cover design for "The Mother of Mountains".
UY 100 in Previews  (2006-7-18 11:44 by T. Shogun)
The cover (half of it at least) of UY 100 graces the back cover of November's issue of Previews!!!
Stan's Belgium/France Tour  (2006-11-28 3:10 by T. Shogun)
Stan Sakai recently toured Belgium and France. Get the complete travel report, along with photos, written by Stan himself, exclusively at the UY Dojo!

New UYD Albedo NR 2 T-Shirts  (2006-5-11 4:02 by T. Shogun)
Celebrating the UY Dojo's 10th Anniversary, we're offering new UYD T-Shirts! The tees feature none other than the cover from the Holy Grail of UY comics, Albedo NR 2, scanned directly from the original artwork. RYAAAAA!!! Once again offered in limited release at a super-low price. Visit Heritage Source to order today!!!
A Decade of the Dojo  (2006-1-21 11:44 by T. Shogun)
In celebration of the Dojo Decade, Stan Sakai, Diana Schutz, and Todd Shogun reflect on the last 10 years -- from the beginnings of the Official Usagi Yojimbo Website to the current day. 2006 also represents the 10-year mark for Usagi published by Dark Horse (UY Vol. 3 #1 was published Apr 1996). RYAAAAAAA!!! Check out the new Flash Intro by UYD-Daimyo FanFan.
The Art of Usagi Yojimbo  (2004-12-15 6:06 by T. Shogun)
Heritage Source still has copies! Easily the best Art book on the market today... an Usagi Yojimbo Fan's dream come true! Super-size 12"x9" hardbound format and 200 pages of the best Stan Sakai Usagi art ever produced. With both black and white and color sections, you won't want to miss this one! Buy it online from Heritage Source. What a way to round out Usagi's 20th Anniversary with this outstanding art collection! Note that Dark Horse has SOLD OUT of this book! But a softcover version is available.

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