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Usagi App?! [27 Jan 2012|12:33pm]

Hello fans of Usagi Yojimbo! 

We are looking for fans who may want to weigh in on a potential app/game for Usagi for iOS and Android Phones and Tablets! 
Let us know what you think ... what would be your dream Usagi game, etc. Best villains ... anything really! We love Usagi too and want to hear what you think!


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Usagi Videos [23 Jan 2009|02:12pm]

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Hi all,

Just thought I'd be nice and present to you some videos I made using various clips and scenes.
All rights belong to Stan Sakai.

1.  http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=zhv06IaiDy0&feature=channel_page - A Leo/Usagi based video.

2. http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=7i2nhojCBo8&feature=channel_page - A Usagi/Tomoe Ame based video.

3. http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=lfK9CZwbTnM&feature=channel_page - Usagi based.

Hope you enjoy them, and again a BIG thank you to Stan Sakai for creating this wonderful character.

P.S Some of you out there also might know me as Stardome or Bluetailslover just so you don't get me confused. ^^

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New Usagi Yojimbo story on MySpace [09 Jan 2009|12:49pm]

There is an all new 8 page full color Usagi Yojimbo story called "Saya" on the Dark Horse Presents MySpace page...

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And while you are there, stop by and visit the Usagi Yojimbo Group (Usagi Yojimbo Dojo: White Heron Castle) at:

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2008 "Year of the Leaping Rat" Usagi Yojimbo Trivia Con [04 Jan 2008|01:38pm]

According to Wikipedia, the United States Postal Service has no official creed or motto. Often falsely cited as such, "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds" is merely an inscription on the James Farley Post Office.

Over the years, Miyamoto Usagi has been drafted as a courier on several occassions (the inscription quoted above needs to add "nor assassin's blade" to the list) and for various people.

This trivia contest requires the participants to send in a description of at least four deliveries which Miyamoto Usagi was recruited for in some manner or other. The more detailed the descriptions, the better. To give everybody time to get their answers ready, this contest will run until February 29, 2008.

Please send your responses to me at:


The prizes for this contest include a number of sets of the Usagi Yojimbo Postcards produced by Usagi's French publisher Paquet, which were donated by Daimyo Fanfan, the man responsible for the very cool Usagi Yojimbo Dojo France. Also up for prizes are three copies each of Albedo 3 (Lone Rabbit and Child part 1) and 5 (Nilson Groundthumper), being contributed by Sensei Stan himself.

Steve H.
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Stan Sakai at the 31st Salon Internacional del Comic del Principado de Asturias [22 Oct 2007|11:50pm]


Stan Sakai (Travel Report: Gijon and London - October 7-16) wrote:
My photo was in all three Asturias newspapers--of me drawing onstage, with the finished drawing, and of me accepting my fourth Haxtur.

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[05 May 2007|12:41am]

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Since I'm a new member here an all, I have decided to present you guys with icons!

Some good, some bad XD

Here's some teasers:

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All at my journal follow the link and you'll find em!


Personally I don't know much of the world yet, so give me some time, I haven't gotten the chance to dig up more comics besides just the one I have and the glimpse I got of our dear samurai from the 2003 TMNT cartoon. I know a few characters and particularly love Chizu, thanks to my friends way of role playing her I've started to become a fan of that sly ninja cat. Sorry if I make any obvious error's I'm trying.

Great to meet you guys!

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TMNT: Samurai Tourist [19 Feb 2007|01:26am]

I think most of us cought the cameos of Usagi and Gennosuke in the 2003 TMNT series w/ the Battle Nexus storyline, then "the real world" arc where Leanardo went to Usagi's world, but here's one ep apparently I had missed(broken into three parts) where Usagi and Genn visit Manhattan. Kind of a nice homage to his appearance back in the old series and also take note of the Bebop & Rocksteady Ref.

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[18 Feb 2007|11:11pm]

Yesh! I met Stan Sakai this weekend, he even signed and drew on my Gennosuke figure!

To those unsure...I'm the one w/ the blonde hair.

It is true what people say, he is extremely nice and basically sketched for anyone who asked or didn't even. From what my friend told me he even helped sketch a marriage proposal for someone at the con! I was happy to finally meet the man.

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Stan Sakai now on LiveJournal [01 Feb 2007|11:09am]

Stan Sakai, creator of Usagi Yojimbo (d'uh), has finally caught the liveJournal virus and has started his own journal under the name of usagiguy.


That means all the Usagi Yojimbo fans here in the "Fans of Stan Sakai's Usagi Yojimbo" community need to be nice and neighborly and add usagiguy to their friends list so that he feels welcome here on LiveJournal.
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Usagi Yojimbo #100 from Dark Horse Comics [17 Nov 2006|03:16am]

Wow, the 100th issue of Usagi Yojimbo published by Dark Horse Comics is almost upon us, and no one has posted anything about it.

Check it out, Even Diamond Comics Distributors are impressed and have given Usagi one of the flip covers of their November catalog:

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Also, Worlds of Westfield (a mail order comic distributor) has included an interview with Stan Sakai in their November catalog:


Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo turns 100! Well, the book does at least. And this is something to be celebrated! Westfield’s Roger Ash took this opportunity to talk with Stan about the book and what the future holds.

WESTFIELD: Usagi first appeared in 1984. Did you have any idea that 22 years later you’d still be doing the same character?

STAN SAKAI: [laughter] No, not at all. I was just happy to get next month’s story done. The 100th Dark Horse issue is coming out in January, but Usagi has had two other publishers. All together, it will really be the 160th issue.

WESTFIELD: What can you tell us about issue #100?

STAN SAKAI: Y’know, I don’t know that much about it because Diana Schutz, my editor at Dark Horse, is coordinating everything and it’s pretty much, from what I gather, a roast of Usagi and myself. It has a lot of guest artists and writers - Sergio Aragonés, Jeff Smith, Frank Miller, Guy Davis, Rick Geary, Jamie Rich, Andi Watson, Scott Shaw, Mark Evanier - guys I know and whose work I admire. It’s very exciting for me. Even Dark Horse publisher Mike Richardson has written a story.

WESTFIELD: Was it Diana who decided on the contributors, did they come to her or do you know?

STAN SAKAI: We talked about it. I had a list of people, friends of mine, and she pretty much got them all. They’re guys whose work I admire. It’s really neat.

WESTFIELD: Can you tell us anything about your contribution to the book?

STAN SAKAI: I’m doing a sequence at the beginning and the end, and right now I have no idea what I’m doing. I’m waiting for their work to come in so that I can do my part around whatever they’ve written. Work has been coming in slowly. Guy Davis’ piece is just hilarious. Sergio Aragonés did a story about traveling together, and Jamie tells what it’s like to work with me.

WESTFIELD: So this very much breaks out of the normal mold of the series.

STAN SAKAI: Yes. This is definitely not a typical Usagi Yojimbo comic book.

WESTFIELD: What can you tell us about what comes after issue 100?

STAN SAKAI: It’s pretty much a continuation of what I’ve been doing. I’m working on Usagi 101 right now. Usagi’s poisoned by a ninja dart. He’s on the brink of death. He has a fever dream. There’s an assassin after Usagi and he catches up with him in 102, and Usagi has not fully recovered. Then I plan to do a story arc involving one of the most popular villains that I’ve created named Jei. He’s a demonic spearsman. I’ll delve a bit into his past and I’ll take it from there.

WESTFIELD: Even though Usagi has been around for 100 issues, do you still see this as a book that someone could pick up and understand what going on?

STAN SAKAI: Yeah. Actually it’s very accessible to new readers. Also, I think there are 20 trade collections. Fantagraphics and Dark Horse keep them continually in print so it’s easy to get the past books and catch up. Usagi is a pretty accessible book to jump in to. There are some places, like in the middle of a huge story arc that’s difficult, but I alternate long story arcs with short stories so there are a lot of done-in-one issues. The short stories are a good place for new readers to jump in, whereas most of the older readers tend to like the longer story arcs. They delve more into characters and I do a lot more research into the stories themselves.

WESTFIELD: If someone was just picking up Usagi for the first time, what would you want them to know about the book?

STAN SAKAI: Usagi is a samurai rabbit. He lives in an anthropomorphic 17th century Japan. It’s a time of turmoil. After years of civil war, Japan is at peace now so there are a lot of warriors, like Usagi, who are suddenly unemployed. I try to do a lot of historical as well as cultural research for the book. I just did a story about the tea ceremony. It follows the ceremony between Usagi and another character. I did a lot of research, even participating in a ceremony. I have also done stories about kite making, pottery, festivals, sword making, and the great civil war. Most of all though, Usagi is a good adventure series.

WESTFIELD: Do you have any favorite characters to work on?

STAN SAKAI: Well, Usagi of course. He’s always my favorite. Jei, who I mentioned before. Usagi’s friend, the bounty hunter Gen, is a rhino and I like drawing him because he’s so massive. His old teacher Katsuichi Sensei who taught him what it is to be a samurai and taught him the swords. There are a lot of characters. [laughter] Tomoe Ame, Usagi’s kind of on and off again love interest.

WESTFIELD: At this point, could you see doing Usagi for another 22 years?

STAN SAKAI: Yeah. Actually I’ve been laying down groundwork on stories that probably will not be finished for years to come. There was one story arc called Duel at Kitanoji, which involved the duel between his teacher and another samurai. That was first set up in Usagi #6 from Dark Horse. That duel did not actually happen until, I think, Usagi #60. It’s the same now. I’ve been laying down groundwork for stories that probably will not be written for another 5 years or so.

WESTFIELD: Have you ever had the inkling to do anything aside from Usagi?

STAN SAKAI: I do other things too. I do maybe one other story for another publisher each year. I also do lettering for Stan Lee on the Spider-Man Sunday strips and for Sergio Aragonés. I do artwork for advertising; t-shirts, record album covers, that kind of stuff. But with Usagi I like it because I have complete control over everything. I write the stories, I do the lettering, I do the artwork. It’s all mine.

WESTFIELD: Do you have any plans to bring back Space Usagi?

STAN SAKAI: I want to. There’s another Space Usagi story, a six-issue story arc, that I want to do, but it’s just finding the time the time to do it.

WESTFIELD: Any closing comments?

STAN SAKAI: Hopefully people will give Usagi a try. There must be a reason why it’s been around for more than 20 years. It’s published in about a dozen different languages. In fact, I’m doing a book signing tour of Belgium and France in a couple weeks.

Usagi’s won a few industry awards; a few Eisner Awards, Spanish Haxtur’s, Ink Pot, even the National Cartoonists Society Comic Book Award, and a few library awards. So it’s mainstream awards as well as comic book awards.

If people are interested in learning more about Usagi, there is a web site that’s created and maintained by fans and it’s incredible. It’s www.usagiyojimbo.com. I’m frequently on the discussion boards. People from all over the world go there which is, frankly, just amazing.



http://usagiyojimbo.com http://usagiyojimbo.fr http://usagiyojimbo.pl
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[02 Jul 2006|12:53am]

Wow... No one has posted here in a while...

Where is everyone....
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[11 Dec 2005|11:13pm]


This is a bit old, and most of you already had em but yaaayyy I finally found a Gennosuke figure!
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I got Usagi when he came out but its been a pain trying to find Genn at the local stores.
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First message at UY_Fans [12 Oct 2005|10:50pm]

Just wanted to stop and leave a quick message saying "konnichi wa" to everyone here, and to express how happy I am to find a site here on LiveJournal devoted to the fans of the Ronin Rabbit.

I have been an avid fan of Stan Sakai's Usagi Yojimbo series for about a dozen years, having "discovered" the comic through Stan's association with Sergio Aragones and his (Stan's) contribution to the production of Sergio's comic Groo the Wanderer (the only comic I read or collected for close to ten years).

Usagi Yojimbo has gone on to surpass Groo as my favorite comic, and has also bred a desire in me to find other sources of samurai adventures of a similar flavor. In other words, after becoming hooked on Stan's stories of ronins, samurai, and ninja set in historical Feudal Japan, I went on to explore the world of writer Kazuo Koike and artist Goseki Kojima's manga masterpiece Lone Wolf and Cub, as well as the samurai films of director Akira Kurosawa, Hiroshi Inagaki, Hideo Gosha, and a score of others.

I am new to LiveJournal and still trying to figure out how things work here, so be patient with me, because I'm sure I'll probably do things ssa-backwards, until I get things figured out.


I enjoyed reading all the previous posts...

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Hello! [07 Oct 2005|12:49am]

Hey Guys. I'm Alex.
I've just found this LJ. So I thought I'd say "Hey!"

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Something I found on Dark Horse [29 Jun 2005|01:26pm]

I just thought I would show this to everybody. I thought it was pretty cool

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to those of you who don't watch cartoons regularly [26 Mar 2005|08:46am]

There's a special story on the TMNT saturday morning cartoon going on right now that involves Usagi!

Today's episode had Leondardo going to Usagi's world, and next weeks will involve Usagi going with Leonardo to the "battle nexus" world that the last UY/TMNT crossover was set in. Very cool stuff! I was squealing with fangirlish glee! A lot of the other Usagi characters are in this episode as well, though I won't spoil the surprise for people who might've missed it. The only thing I don't understand is, why can't any of the voice actors pronounce Gen's name properly?

Anyway, if any of you missed this episode don't worry! They always show TMNT seasons again on reruns - and you can catch one more episode with Usagi next week :D

While watching it, I was considering for the millionth time how neat a really well done Usagi Yojimbo cartoon would be. I think for it to work they'd have to allow people to get cut with swords though, unlike on TMNT... It's awfully awkward to have all the characters fighting with swords all the time, but never hitting anyone with them.

I should have posted about this earlier to let you guys know in advance, but I totally forgot about it as usual due to some problems this past week. Sorry!
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[10 Mar 2005|11:57am]

Hi everyone, i've been reading UY since the first issue in fantagraphics, way back in the olden days. This is hands down my favorite comic of all time, and Stan Sakai is my boyhood hero. I must admidt that i've lost touch with whats been going on in the UY universe for the last 6 or 7 years, can someone tell me a few interesting tidbits every usagi fan should know?
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[01 Mar 2005|11:53pm]
Yo, I just wanted to say hi. I've been reading Usagi since I was 12, so almost 13 years for me. I don't fully understand why, but it's the only comic I buy regularly today. It just destroys everything else. I've contemplated getting an Usagi tattoo, but I'm torn between getting something serene-looking (like Usagi smiling, admiring a passing dragonfly), or something badass (like the one of Usagi in armor riding the dragon - that one RULES) - Usagi has grown to become deeply symbolic to me. I met Stan Sakai last summer in Philly, and it was just awesome - It was a true geek-out moment. Nicest guy too.
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[11 Dec 2004|10:25pm]

So I was at Toys R Us visiting my friends who work there, suddenly I found myself looking at the horendous line of NEWTMNT figures from multi armed shredder to the deep diving series of the turtles. I noticed they had a few of the obscure characters from the battle nexus episodes, those are the episodes I actually watched through each for the minute chance our favorite samurai bunny would apear. Then with a giddy smile I grabbed an Usagi figure from the back for six bucks. Hooray. It may be from the new TMNT series and lack amost any articulations, but its Usagi! ^_^

Now I just have to keep my eye out for Gen.
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[03 Dec 2004|08:19pm]

Well here it is, my attempt at Usagi at this year's Metrocon. It was very last minute, the first time I put it all together was actually that morning in the parking lot. The next time I go at it, I hope to have a better costume, maybe actually take the time to dye my kimono. But anyways enough talk.

I'm actually a relatively new cosplayer, and I put it together with my old renn outfit and a few bunny pieces I was able to scrounge up. Its nothing compared to what this other guy on cosplaylap was able to do, he made his completely from scratch. But I gave it my honest try. Alot of people seemed very excited to see me though, and I was so excited to be recognized.
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