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Yes, Usagi's back already, but it's a special moment. "Usagi Yojimbo" #141 is the 200th issue of comics starring Usagi. Pretty good for an independent comics character!

Skipping a few pages, Usagi wanders into the village, which has suspiciously empty streets. Except for some jerk accosting a woman. Usagi chases off the jerk, and the woman brings him home.

Home turns out to be with her father, Masa. He's the villager who ran away earlier, and is a stonecarver specializing in jizo. Usagi asks him what is going on in the village.

Kaba is both vicious and clever, and soon has Usagi on the ropes...but this isn't the final issue of Usagi Yojimbo, and any more would be spoiling it.

And for something almost entirely different, since I've had these prepared for a while--repurposed panels from "Bakuman".

Context: In the original story, Kaya is somewhat dismayed by the praise her husband and his buddy are giving to the new manga "Panty Flash Fight." It's a shonen manga about teenaged girls forced to fight to the humiliation for the benefit of a male audience. So I swapped out Kaya's slightly deferential dialogue for something a bit more direct...

Feel free to use these in appropriate internet conversations.

Your thoughts and comments?

Date: 2011-11-21 03:15 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] q99
Usagi Yojimbo is incredibly consistent... but I think it overuses bandits, and small town crime bosses.

Gimme neko ninja!

Date: 2011-11-21 07:57 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] don1138
I can't believe it's been so many decades already! Stan's stories are always entertaining, often funny, often moving, and always respectful of his audience. He's one of the 37 Tzadikim of comics!

Date: 2011-11-22 10:28 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] eyz
Nice! :D
Long live Usagi!

Date: 2011-11-22 01:09 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] wizardru
I really need to pick these up in collections. I have some of the original issues from the 80s. What's stunning isn't that Sakai is still going so much as he's ALWAYS been this good.

His style is the perfect marriage of American cartooning with manga sensibilities. And unlike so many comics that claim to owe heritage to manga sources, Sakai has absorbed much of the form without looking like he's doing a poor man's imitation of it.

That first page, with the Jizo and Usagi standing among them? That looks like it could have come straight out of Lone Wolf and Cub.


Date: 2017-08-23 03:47 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] riddler13
You guys do realize that the sculptor is Stan Sakai himself, don't you?


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