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Stan Sakai draws a comic to explain Usagi Yojimbo hiatus

Stan Sakai is taking a break from his long-running series Usagi Yojimbo, and he explains why in a short comic on the Dark Horse site: He’s taking time off to draw 47 Ronin, a historical tale written by Dark Horse President Mike Richardson. The comic is cute and turns what could just be a creator’s note into a dynamic encounter with lots of action and a funny twist at the end. In other words, it’s pure Sakai. And yes, he promises he will resume work on Usagi Yojimbo once he’s done with 47 Ronin.

(via Comics Worth Reading)

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I’d been interested in checking out the book, but when I saw the last issue shipped months ago, I thought it had ended. Nice to know the creator has every intention of continuing the series. Maybe I’ll check out one of the back issues in the meantime…

Usagi is a great comics and I am glad to know that Stan will resume telling his stories very soon. In the meantime, I will check this new comic book from him…and of course, Groo is the best!

I was wondering the other day what happen to series. I agree with Usagi.

I can understand why…47 Ronin is a cartooning masterpiece! Pick up anything Stan Sakai does while he’s in his prime!

I agree completely with Z-Ram !
47 Ronin is an amazing piece of art, with Sakai’s cartoony style rendering the action operatic and timeless and, as always with Sakai, there are so many details in the background you just have to read the comic three times just to catch the subtle way he captures an environment

I do not mind waiting for Usagi Yojimbo so long as Stan Sakai is doing something !!

I regret that I haven’t read much Usagi Yojimbo yet. The short explanation comic is pretty funny.

If you want to get into Usagi, you gotta pick up 2 things:

1) The Art of Usagi Yojimbo from Dark Horse – It’s a beautiful primer that also has a painted version of Usagi’s origin story and tons of beautiful pieces and insights.

2) Usagi Yojimbo: The Special Edition – 2 Hardcover Books in a slipcase that contains about 100 comics from the 1st appearnce and up.

They’re hard to find, but well worth it!

Conversely, Usagi is really easy to get into. Each issue will give you all the information you need to enjoy it. The characters are intriguing and the story is presented clearly but with hidden depth. Pick up any issue or any collection and you’ll get your money’s worth.

I had wanted to get into Usagi for a long time and thought of starting with volume one of the trades but seven years ago I just picked up the newest issue and haven’t stopped. I fill in my collection as I go but I have always been able to enjoy each new issue as it arrives.

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