In 2023, brilliant storyteller Stan Sakai will once again weave together two of the most beloved concepts in history with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Usagi Yojimbo: WhereWhen. This five-issue comic book miniseries, published by IDWPublishing in partnership with Dogu Publishing and Paramount Consumer Products features colors by Hi-Fi and will launch in March 2023.
In 1984, the indie comics scene erupted with the creation of two enduring phenomena: Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. Given the two series’ anthropomorphic heroes, reverence for Japanese culture, and mutual respect among their highly skilled creators, it was no wonder that the two properties would crossover in comics, multiple animated series, and toy lines over the next four decades.
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles pursue the evil cyborg genius Dr. WhereWhen through a time portal…and emerge in feudal Japan! There, they encounter Miyamoto Usagi, 20 years into the samurai’s future but decades after the arrival of Dr. WhereWhen—who has already carved himself a fiefdom using mechanized clockwork samurai robots, with the intention of conquering both the past and current timelines!
Each and every issue of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Usagi Yojimbo: WhereWhen will feature a glorious wraparound cover by Stan Sakai, plus alternate covers by TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman,Sarah Myer, and David Petersen. Issue #1 will also include a blank cover variant, perfect for artists or even convention commissions.
Come to the Baltimore Comic-Con at the Inner Harbor’s Baltimore Convention Center on October 28-30, 2022. The Baltimore Comic-Con has announced comics creators Jim Cheung, Brian Haberlin, Laura Martin, David Petersen, Matt Smith, and Rich Woodall to our 2022 event. Tickets are available now and can be purchased online now.
Jim Cheung originally hails from the sunny land of Great Britain, and landed his first professional penciling job at Marvel UK in the mid 90s. From there, he went on to establish himself on titles such as Iron Man and X-Force for Marvel US, and in 2000, he moved to the US to co-create and launch Scion for Crossgen Comics. After Scion, he worked exclusively for Marvel Comics for over 15 years, creating titles such as Infinity, which spawned the Avengers: Infinity War movie, and the award-winning Young Avengers!
Jim is currently working on various covers for Marvel and DC.
Past credits include Justice League for DC Comics, and numerous titles for Marvel Comics, including Spider-Man: The Clone Conspiracy, Avengers vs. X-Men, New Avengers, Illuminati, and Original Sin. Further credits include work for The New York Times, ESPN, Mattel, Blizzard Entertainment, The Royal Mail, Amazon, Skybound Entertainment, Todd McFarlane Productions, IDW, The Village Voice, Dorling Kindersley (DK Books), The Daily Mirror, Dynamite Comics, The Folio Society, and Upper Deck.
An award-winning comic book artist, writer, editor and producer, Brian Haberlin began his career in comics working at Top Cow Productions, where he co-created the Witchblade franchise. He co-founded Avalon Studios, which published many successful fantasy and sci-fi titles, including: Stone, Aria, and Area 52. Brian also served as Editor in Chief of Todd McFarlane Productions and penciled and inked its flagship title, Spawn. After co-founding Anomaly Productions, he’s published Anomaly (and Anomaly: The Rubicon), Shifter, Creative Creature Catcher (augmented reality children’s book), and a number of comics published through Image Comics (Faster Than Light, Sonata, The Marked). He currently writes and illustrates the comic Hellcop. Brian teaches comic art at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and his work is in the permanent collection at the Smithsonian Museum.
Laura Martin is one of the comics industry’s most lauded colorists. Recipient of Harvey, Eisner, Eagle, Squiddy, and Comics Buyer’s Guide Awards, Martin is regularly assigned high-profile and event-oriented comics on which to bring her palate to bear. Her work can be found in DC, Marvel, Image, Dark Horse, Virgin, and CrossGen comics through the years, and she is lately working on Bad Idea’s Eniac, DC’s Nubia: Queen of the Amazons, and Marvel’s Hulk.
David Petersen is a cartoonist and children’s book illustrator who launched his career with a self-published issue of his series Mouse Guard in 2005, when it was then picked up by Archaia, who continues to publish the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning series. Petersen has also worked on covers for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and The Dark Crystal. He’s illustrated an edition of Kenneth Grahame’s Wind in the Willows for IDW and his artwork also graced the cover for the 2012 Baltimore Comic-Con program, as well as the show-exclusive t-shirt.
Matt Smith is the author/illustrator of the Icelandic Saga-inspired Barbarian Lord for Houghton Mifflin books. Matt worked with Nathan Fairbairn on Lake of Fire for Image Comics and with Matt Kindt on Folklords for BOOM! Studios. Currently, he’s working on Hellboy for Dark Horse (The Bones of Giants, Hellboy in Love).
Rich Woodall is the Co-Publisher of Black Caravan, a Scout Comics Imprint. He is also the creator or co-creator of The Electric Black, Gods of Brutality, Kyrra: Alien Jungle Girl, Johnny Raygun, Sgt. Werewolf, Space Force, and Zombie Bomb! Woodall has also worked on covers for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Last Ronin, The Powerpuff Girls, Masters of the Universe, Crossover, and Phantom Starkiller.
Confirmed guests for this year’s show include: Chris Barcomb (The Amazing Adventure of Superior Sam), Jeremy Bastian (Cursed Pirate Girl), Marty Baumann (Pixar artist), John Beatty (Marvel Super Heroes: Secret Wars), Carolyn Belefski (Curls), Brian Michael Bendis (Action Comics), Brett Breeding (Superman), Dan Brereton (Nocturnals), Russ Braun (The Boys), Harold Buchholz (Sweetest Beasts), Mark Buckingham (Fables), Jeffrey Burandt (Killer Bad), Greg Burnham (Tuskegee Heirs), Jim Calafiore (NED, Lord of the Pit), Joe Carabeo (Black Magic Tales), Richard Case (Edgar Allan Poe’s Snifter of Terror), John Cassaday (Astonishing X-Men), Howard Chaykin (Time Squared), Jim Cheung (Miracleman), Frank Cho (Harley Quinn), Steve Conley (The Middle Age), Katie Cook (Nothing Special), Kevin Cuffe (Metalshark Bro), Nick Davis (The Night Guardians – Awakenings), Kristina Deak-Linsner (Roses for the Dead), J. Robert Deans (Crass Fed), Todd Dezago (The Perhapanauts), Scott Dunbier (Jim Lee’s X-Men Artist’s Edition, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Garth Ennis (The Boys, Friday and Saturday only), Chris Flick (Capes and Babes), Scott Fogg (Phileas Reid Knows We’re Not Alone), Trish Forstner (Stray Dogs), LJ and Kayla Fowlkes (The Adventures of CHIBIWONGTONG), Franco (The Ghost, The Owl), Bob Frantz (Metalshark Bro), John Gallagher (Max Meow: Cat Crusader), Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (DC Nation), Jimmy Gownley (Amelia Rules!), Steven Grant (X), Dawn Griffin (Zorphbert & Fred), Brian Haberlin (Spawn), Bob Hall (West Coast Avengers), Cully Hamner (Blue Beetle), Dean Haspiel (The Fox), Mike Hawthorne (Happiness Will Follow), Jamal Igle (Molly Danger), Klaus Janson (Daredevil, Friday and Saturday only), Chris Kemple (Artist Alley Comics), Phillip Kennedy Johnson (Alien), Kata Kane (Altar Girl), Barry Kitson (Amazing Spider-Man), Greg LaRocque (The Three Stooges), Jim Lee (Action Comics, Friday only), Joseph Michael Linsner (Red Sonja), Howard Mackie (Ghost Rider), Mariano Brothers (Claire Lost Her Bear at the World’s Fair), Laura Martin (Nubia: Queen of the Amazons), Ron Marz (Silver Surfer), Whitney Matheson (Pandemix: Quarantine Comics in the Age of ‘Rona), Jason May (LEGO Club Magazine), Bob McLeod (New Mutants), Mike McKone (Genis-Vell: Captain Marvel), Carla Speed McNeil (Finder), Adriana Melo (Action Comics), Pop Mhan (Gears of War 3), Frank Miller (Sin City, Saturday only), Mark Morales (Thor), Bill Morrison (The Simpsons), Trevor Mueller (Albert the Alien), Jamar Nicholas (Leon: Protector of the Playground), Sedat Oezgen (Judge Dredd), Jerry Ordway (Superman), Rachel Ordway (Chainmail Bikini), Richard Pace (Second Coming, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Dan Parent (Archie vs. Sharknado), Andrew Pepoy (Simone & Ajax), David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Brandon Peterson (Uncanny X-Men), Khoi Pham (Teen Titans), Ed Piskor (Red Room: Trigger Warnings), Andy Price (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic), Tom Raney (Green Lantern), Afua Richardson (Omni), Christopher Ring (Seamus (the Famous)), David A. Rodriguez (Skylanders), Don Rosa (Uncle Scrooge), Craig Rousseau (The Perhapanauts), Arsia Rozegar (Shahnameh For Kids), Jim Rugg (Hulk Grand Design), Alex Saviuk (Web of Spider-Man), Stuart Sayger (The Joker), Pat Shand (Destiny, NY), Liam Sharp (Green Lantern), Louise Simonson (X-Men Legends), Walter Simonson (Ragnarok), Don Simpson (Megaton Man), Matt Slay (Equilibrium), Matt Smith (Hellboy), John K. Snyder III (Suicide Squad), Jim Starlin (Infinity Gauntlet), Joe Staton (Dick Tracy), Brian Stelfreeze (Black Panther), Paul Storrie (Storm Kids: Stanley’s Ghost), Jill Thompson (Scary Godmother), Billy Tucci (Shi), Emilio Velez Jr. (The Dodgeball Teens), Dexter Vines (Civil War, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Sean Von Gorman (Return of Toe Tag Riot), Mark Waid (Superman: Red and Blue), Adam Wallenta (Punk Taco), Todd Webb (Mr. Toast Comics), Emily S. Whitten (The Underfoot), Matt Wieringo (Stargate Atlantis: Gateways), Keith Williams (Thor the Worthy), Charles P. Wilson III (Wraith), Rich Woodall (Electric Black), Gene Luen Yang (Superman Smashes the Klan), and Thom Zahler (Love and Capes).
(W) Stan Sakai (A) Stan Sakai (CA) David Petersen In Shops: Jun 22, 2022 SRP: $3.99
Yagi, once an honored samurai, is now disgraced and banished from his clan. He makes his living as a professional assassin traveling with his son, Gorogoro. His former clan, though, wants him dead and have sent many samurai after him. None of them survived their encounter. Counselor Wakame has come up with a bold new plan: hire Yagi to kill a warrior equally as skilled-the ronin Usagi!
(W) Stan Sakai (A) Stan Sakai (CA) David Petersen In Shops: May 25, 2022 SRP: $3.99
The Way of the Samurai Usagi befriends a famous general from the Great Wars. General Oyaneko was a loyal vassal to his late lord, but his son had refused to listen to his counsel and demoted him to become a magistrate to a small provincial town. Now disgraced and with no lord to serve, the General feels there is only one way to regain his honor as a samurai: challenge Usagi to a duel to the death.
(W) Stan Sakai (A) Stan Sakai (CA) David Petersen In Shops: Apr 27, 2022 SRP: $3.99
“Blood Wings” Part 2! Usagi is captured by a deadly group of bat ninjas, and with an entire village’s survival at stake, Usagi must figure out a way to outwit his winged captors! The end of a classic Usagi story, now in all-new color!
(W) Stan Sakai (A) Stan Sakai (CA) David Petersen In Shops: Mar 30, 2022 SRP: $3.99
Featuring the start of the classic two-part tale “Blood Wings”! Usagi has stumbled into a village besieged by ruthless bat ninjas! With seemingly no way out and a new conspiracy to thwart, Usagi will have to use all of his wits to escape!
(W) Stan Sakai (A) Stan Sakai (CA) David Petersen In Shops: Feb 23, 2022 SRP: $3.99
This issue reprints another classic Usagi tale, “A Kite Story”! The paths of three individuals, a kite maker, a gambler and Usagi, intersect during a kite-flying ceremony. Each has a different agenda and they will all change each other’s lives in this high-flying story!
I was a fan of the show Cheaters when it was on. As I found many of the episodes very hilarious. There were some that were truly heartbreaking. What the series did not reveal to viewers is what happened to them before the cameras turned on.
AS we don’t know what lead the one that cheated to find comfort elsewhere. We don’t know how the person affected behaves behind close doors. As relationships are hard, and truth is more than black and white. In this beautifully put together one shot, Stan Sakai weaves a delicate story in Usagi Yojimbo: Lone Goat and Kid#1, a love story with 3 sides. .
In “Frost & Fire”, Usagi gets a job to locate swords left behind by a samurai who was killed in another village. As Usagi starts his investigation, he soon finds out that there is more to it than the widow revealed. As we find out that he had a mistress because his wife was cold and he had fallen in love with her, hoping for an honorable death. By issue’s end, greed takes over, leaving one dead and ill gotten gains.
Overall, Usagi Yojimbo: Lone Goat and Kid #1 is an excellent story which proves that comics are some of the greatest literature one can intake. The story by Sakai is powerful. The art by the creative team is astounding. Altogether, a story that shows love in different strokes.
Story: Stan Sakai Art: Stan Sakai, Ronda Pattison, and David Petersen Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy
IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
(W) Stan Sakai (A) Stan Sakai (CA) David Petersen In Shops: Jan 26, 2022 SRP: $3.99
Presented in all-new color, the next series of classic Usagi reprints focuses on a series of important short stories from the early days of the ronin rabbit’s adventures! In this first issue, “Frost and Fire”, Usagi is tasked with retrieving a slain samurai’s swords-if he can solve an impossible moral quandary first!
(W) Stan Sakai (A) Stan Sakai (CA) David Petersen In Shops: Nov 17, 2021 SRP: $3.99
The danger to the realm has passed and the victors celebrate… but for one character a final chance for redemption and a life of peace is about to slip out of reach. Don’t miss the epic conclusion to one of Usagi’s most celebrated stories, now in all-new color!