[The story notes have been copied to the
story - P. Dark]
[On a different note, I'd like to mention that I'll be at the
Portland Comic Book Show on October 24, and on October 29 I'll be giving a
presentation of my work at the Los Angeles main library as part of its grand
Regarding #38 - very, very good. This story has to be...I can't find the
words. It's great, though.
Now with #1 the colouring is true Tom Luth greatness. The attention to
detail has not diminished with the switch of publishers at all. And the
colour adds an extra dimension. "Jizo" is marvelous. I mean, it's not as if
I can honestly say any of your work isn't. It's just another Sakai
Um, if you're going to make an Usagi poster (#36), might I suggest a
picture along the lines of the cover of #18, or the abovementioned
Are you going to write any Space Usagi back-ups for the new
issues? It would be a shame to just leave a great story like that to
Thank you for this great title, and a great T-shirt. Keep up the best
Mylor, S. Australia
P.S. I hope Gen will not travel with Usagi all the time. Usagi loses some
of his solemnness and individuality with Gen around.
[There aren't any Space Usagi back-ups planned but I'm
currently working on a second 3-part Space Usagi mini-series which
will be hitting the stands beginning in November. "White Star Rising"
continues the storyline begun in the first series. In fact, it starts off
just a couple of days after "Death and Honor" ends. It's being colored by
Mary Woodring who did the hues on Dino Island, also from
Dear Stan & Crew,
This is my first letter to you. It took a great shock to inspire it.
Having sold my car, and being home with my one and a half year old son, it
took me a while to get to my not-so-local comic store. I was quite surprised
to find Usagi with Mirage. But I must say, I'm not
As I started to read Usagi's tale, I feared that some of the "endearing"
qualities may have suffered in the move. I like a good fight as well as
anyone, however, there must be more to it to keep me interested. I'm quite
relieved to say I still find the same humor, and dare I say, gentleness,
about my dear friend of 10 (?) years. The main story was exciting. The
back-ups were sweet and thoughtful. The color was perfect! I do miss Kim's
humor in the letters page. But let me say, I will continue to follow the
"Ronin Rabbit" as long as he continues his journeys. Keep up the
I'm sure that, before too long, my little boy will be very interested in
the long-eared Samurai and his green friends. Right now he's more
interested in big purple dinosaurs. But just wait!
San Pablo, CA
[No one misses Kim Thompson more than I do. Trying to think
up answers for these letters is hard - but he made it seem so easy.
[My son, Matthew, is about a year and a half, too, and the only time he's
interested in Usagi is when we get a delivery of the comics by UPS
and he gets to play with the empty box.]
After reading the first three issues of Usagi Vol. 2, I must say
that I'm really quite impressed. The book looks plain awesome! Of the new
mods done to the comic, I found Tom Luth's coloring work to be the most
striking, pretty much on a par with the three previous Color
Specials. Also favored is the extra slick 'n glossy cover stock, which
adds a really sano appearance to the book. The main storyline,
"Shades of Green", doesn't rank up there with your previous efforts, but was
still enjoyable. Though I question your use of the TMNT as key elements in
the story, I can't say I'm too surprised with it, what with you moving to
Mirage and all. In some of my earlier letters, I may have come off like some
type of jumped-up Turtle fan or something, but this hasn't been the case for
a long time. People change as things change. That's what I like about
Usagi: it doesn't change, and it's not a sell-out. Now, I'm not
going to cut on the Turtles or their creators; that's their preference. But
I would have appreciated the use of a more original set of new characters in
that particular storyline. The Turtles aside, I think you handled the
"initiation" piece in a decent manner. And now that it's over with, let's
get back to the more traditional stuff.
"Jizo", "Usagi's Garden", and "Autumn" were pretty much the main
attraction for me of the three issues. Short but sweet, they provided us
with an enlightening and humorous contrast to the lead storyline. "Autumn"
had to be the most interesting and eerie tale I've read in a long time. I'm
beginning to enjoy these young Usagi stories, almost as much as the adult
Usagi stories. but I think it's about time you gave them a more-or-less
permanent, common title to identify them with. How about something along the
lines of "Usagi-Doji" or whatever? Well, it was just a
On a different note, it's good to see Tom Stazer back on "Spaced". I know
you're a big fan of Tom's work, as I am, and I've noticed over the years a
bit of his style rubbing off onto your work. For instance, your characters
in Usagi are more than ever referring to each other indirectly by
their animal identities. Characters referring to Gen as "rhino", Ino as a
"pig", and Kakera as a "rat". This wasn't so in your earlier stories, but I
noticed it a lot in Stazer's "Lionheart". Any other reason for it than
Stazer? Not that I despise it or anything, it's just that it seems to rob
the characters of their "humanity" which they indeed do represent.
Until next time, keep up the cool work, and hopefully I'll be seeing you
in San Diego this August.
[There are two definitions of "doji" that I know
of depending which "kanji" character is used:
[1) To occur simultaneously or concurrently and
[2) To blunder or make an awful mess of it.
[I wonder which one you mean. Both definitions would apply.
Actually, I've just been referring to the "Young Usagi" stories as "Usagi
Babies" but if I were to attach a formal name to them, it would be
"Shugyosha" which means "person in training".
[When I did a Houston convention with Tom Stazer a while
ago, he told me he was just getting used to the idea of referring to his animal
characters as men and women. Maybe a bit of each of us has rubbed off on the
other. I hope you caught Tom's installments of "Spaced" in Mirage's Plastron
Cafe #3 & 4.]
Usagi Yojimbo has been one of my favorite comics for quite some time now. And I really
love your art and storytelling. But, actually, I'm writing to ask you for a
favor. Please print this letter!
Just ask Mark Evanier to explain. (Well, you probably already know what he's
up to.) Anyway, please print this letter and make it out to "Darren" on the copy
of "The Life of Groo" you'll be asked to sign.
Oh, and by the way, Groo is so dumb, he
thinks "Usagi" is something you say to someone who just came in from the rain,
and "Yojimbo" is a greeting to someone named "Jimbo".
Thank you very much for your time.
Fan Art by Darren Glenn
Space Usagi Vol 2, #1,
Available in November!