Aug. 30th, 2017

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In one of my recent Usagi Yojimbo posts, user [personal profile] janegray commented on the values dissonance between East and West, especially regarding sepukku, or ritual suicide to cleanse one's honour.

This is the premise of Usagi Yojimbo's #150, a recent story that introduces the first European in the UYverse, the Spaniard Rodriguez. The story is called "Death of a Tea Master".

When animal worlds collide )

This story was collected in Usagi Yojimbo volume 30: Thieves and Spies TPB, the same one you'll find the hilarious "The Thief and the Kunoichi", which I took my avatar from.

In the letters column to issue 152, Sakai said that "Rodriguez was the first European shown in the Usagi stories. There will, gradually, be more as I set the stage for another multichapter storyline". Can't wait! :D
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"Generation Gone is a story of three hacker kids who get superpowers and their lives fall apart just as the military goes after them. It’s SKINS meets UNBREAKABLE and bits of AKIRA and who knows what else, set in the United States of America, pretty much NOW. It’s raw and it’s real and it’s elevated and it goes places that, I believe, will surprise most readers."

- Ales Kot

"If I’m making a story set in the US right now, it’s impossible to not be political. As a matter of fact, it’s always impossible to not be political. Even a refusal to be political is a political statement. And not one that ages well. That, of course, doesn’t mean I have to be didactical or simplistic. I’m not interested in that. What I’m interested in exploring and showing is real people going through extraordinary changes and circumstances. What I’m interested in is exorcism as alchemy."

- Ales Kot

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