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Preview: Jim Henson’s Storyteller: Fairies HC

Jim Henson’s Storyteller: Fairies HC

Publisher: Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Matt Smith, Benjamin Schipper, Tyler Jenkins, Celia Lowenthal
Artist: Matt Smith, Benjamin Schipper, Tyler Jenkins, Celia Lowenthal
Cover Artist: Stan Sakai
Colorists: Dan Jackson, Hilary Jenkins
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Price: $24.99

It’s not the stories you tell, but how they are told.

The critically acclaimed Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Fairies showcases four enchanting tales of fairies and their mystical realms, inspired by folklore from around the world and told in the spirit of Jim Henson’s beloved television series.

Featuring an eclectic set of stories by some of today’s most original talent, including Matt Smith (Lake of Fire), Tyler Jenkins (Grass Kings), and introducing Benjamin Schipper and Celia Lowenthal, this stunning hardcover edition also includes an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the process and care taken in adapting each of the these timeless tales.

Collects the complete 4-issue series.

Preview: Garfield: Homecoming #1

Garfield: Homecoming #1

Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writers: Scott Nickel
Artists: Sara Talmadge, Antonio Alfaro
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Andy Hirsch with Sara Talmadge
Unlocked Retailer Variant: Stan Sakai
Colorist: Sara Talmadge, Lisa Moore
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Price: $3.99

The Fat Cat returns in this all-new four issue limited series, where Garfield explores what life’s like outside of the friendly confines of Jon’s house.

Feeling mistreated and unappreciated by Jon, Garfield embarks on a journey for a new home.

Along the way, Garfield meets up with a clown who works in an old-timey travelling circus. Convinced that this is the place for him, Garfield becomes part of the act. Wait. What is that cannon for?

Writer Scott Nickel (Garfield: His 9 Lives) will pair with a different artist each issue, and Sara Talmadge (Steven Universe) takes us through this wild ride in the circus.

Dark Horse and CD Projekt Red Present The Witcher Library Edition

The Witcher fans rejoice! Dark Horse and CD Projekt Red are making it easier than ever for The Witcher fans to catch up on the tie-in graphic novels and comics series in The Witcher Library Edition. CD Projekt Red’s The Witcher is a dark fantasy RPG game series with a character-driven, non-linear story set in a gritty and living world. The Witcher games have collectively earned over 800 industry awards and have sold more than 33 million copies worldwide.

The Witcher Library Edition collects issues #1–#5 of the Witcher comic series House of GlassFox ChildrenCurse of Crows, and the Killing Monsters one-shot—and features annotations and a sketchbook section. Multiple Eisner Award-winning writer Paul Tobin pens a fantasy epic of the adventures of Geralt of Rivia, a witcher—one of the few remaining monster hunters. The Witcher Library Editionfeatures story art by Joe Querio, Piotr Kowalski, and Max Bertolini with colors by Carlos Badilla and Brad Simpson and lettering by Nate Piekos. This edition features a bonus sketchbook section and additional art by Dave Johnson, Dan Panosian, Stan Sakai, Duncan Fegredo, Simon Bisley, and a new cover by Mike Mignola. This 440-page tome retails for $49.99.

The Witcher Library Edition goes on sale October 24, 2018.

Stan Sakai is the Recipient of the Inaugural Joe Kubert Distinguished Storyteller Award

Stan Sakai, the acclaimed cartoonist and creator of Usagi Yojimbo, is the recipient of the inaugural Joe Kubert Distinguished Storyteller Award. The announcement was made on Saturday May 19 at a ceremony at the second annual Comic Con Revolution in Ontario, CA. The Joe Kubert Distinguished Storyteller Award is designed to recognize outstanding comic book creators who exemplify both Joe Kubert’s artistic talent and his commitment to nurturing the comic book community.

Sakai began his career by simply lettering comic books as he perfected his art and began working in the industry. He also wrote and illustrated The Adventures of Nilson Groundthumper and Hermy; a comic series with a medieval setting, influenced by Sergio Aragones’s Groo the Wanderer. The characters first appeared in Albedo #1 in 1984, and were subsequently featured in issues of Critters, GrimJack, Amazing Heroes and Furrlough. Stan Sakai became famous with the creation of Usagi Yojimbo, the epic saga of Miyamoto Usagi, a samurai rabbit living in late-sixteenth and early-seventeenth-century Japan. Usagi Yojimbo, first published in 1984, continues to this day. In 2013, Sakai illustrated the limited comic book series 47 Ronin, an adaptation of the famed story of the 47 Ronin written by Dark Horse Comics Publisher Mike Richardson, with Lone Wolf and Cub writer Kazuo Koike as an editorial consultant.

Usagi Yojimbo/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Complete Collection this September

Throughout the last three decades, comics master Stan Sakai has penned many crossover stories full of action-packed adventures between his creation, Usagi Yojimbo, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Dark Horse brings fans the complete collection of every Usagi Yojimbo/TMNT crossover ever produced! The rabbit ronin, Miyamoto Usagi, and the Turtles have a long-standing history of teaming up to fight evil both on the comics pages and on screen as Usagi has appeared in every animated television series incarnation of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon, including last summer’s three-episode arc on Nickelodeon’s fifth season, titled Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Usagi Yojimbo/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Complete Collection TPB collects every existing Usagi Yojimbo/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles crossover comic including “Turtle Soup and Rabbit Stew,” “The Crossing,” “The Treaty,” “Shades of Green,” and the recent full-color tale “Namazu.” Loaded with bonus material from Stan Sakai’s studio, this volume is the essential companion to every Usagi Yojimbo and TMNTfans’ collection!

Usagi Yojimbo/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Complete Collection TPB retails for $17.99 and goes on sale September 26, 2018.

Review: Usagi Yojimbo: The Hidden #1

usagi hidden 1.jpgI have never read an issue of Usagi Yojimbo before, but I got sucked in by the shiny number one emblazoned upon the front cover and a burgeoning need to discover just why a friend of mine had been raving about the series for years. So I opened the review copy, put my feet up and settled down to read a comic I knew next to nothing about.

Before we go any further, I feel it’s important to note that as I have never read any Usagi Yojimbo before I am utterly unqualified to judge this comic against previous stories featuring Stan Sakai‘s anthromorphic rabbit samurai. Therefore my judgement on this comic may not line up with those who have had long term exposure to the story. So that said, I really enjoyed this issue. The art may be an almost simplistic black and white, but it’s crisp, clean and easy to read, which is imperative for a black and what comic.

The story opens on some largely unremarkable characters for the most part, but you will still find yourself caring enough about them for the relatively brief period of time you’ll be with them.

I can’t tell you if this is a good introduction to the character, but I can tell you I enjoyed this enough to come back for more.

Story: Stan Sakai Art: Stan Sakai
Story: 8.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo is Being Developed into an Animated Series

Gaumont has optioned the iconic, multi-generational comic book series Usagi Yojimbo from the series creator, writer, and illustrator Stan Sakai, to be developed into an animated TV series. First published in 1984, the multiple award-winning Usagi Yojimbo is to be co-produced by Gaumont, Sakai, James Wan’s Atomic Monster, and Dark Horse Entertainment’s Mike Richardson and Keith Goldberg who will serve as executive producers, with Chris Tongue as co-executive producer. The announcement was made today by Gaumont’s President of Animation, Nicolas Atlan.

This will be the character’s first ever tv series, though not the first time the character has appeared on an animated series. The character has appeared appeared in all three Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series. Usagi debuted in TMNT in 1987 and he most recently appeared in Nickelodeon’s three-episode arc in the summer of 2017.

Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo takes place amidst a rich fantasy setting in 17th century Japan and features a diverse world of anthropomorphic characters. Miyamoto Usagi, otherwise known as Usagi Yojimbo, is a ronin warrior with the heart of a hero. A skilled swordsrabbit, and one-time bodyguard for a Japanese War Lord, he’s now masterless, and explores his world of immense castles and humble villages, encountering dinosaurs, Yokai (ghosts/monsters), cats, bats, bounty hunters, giant snakes, and even aliens, facing exciting adventures at every turn, always ready to help.

Preview: The Best of Rocketeer Adventures: Funko Edition

The Best of Rocketeer Adventures: Funko Edition

Kurt Busiek, John Cassaday, Lowell Francis, Stan Sakai, Mark Waid (w) • John Cassaday, Gene Ha, Michael Kaluta, Stan Sakai, Chris Weston (a) • Mike Martin (c)

Presenting five of the best stories from the Rocketeer Adventures series, each a self-contained mini-masterpiece! Some of the finest creators in comics came together to pay tribute to Dave Stevens’ iconic pulp-inspired hero, and the results were amazing—and to top it off, this encore presentation of these stories—40 pages of them—is bargain-priced at $4.99! Featuring a fantastically fun Funko cover of The Rocketeer!

FC • 48 pages • $4.99

Preview: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Usagi Yojimbo

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Usagi Yojimbo

Stan Sakai (w & a & c)

The TMNT are teleported to a world of talking animals—the world of Usagi Yojimbo! When the samarai rabbit embarks on a quest to save Japan and the deadly Jei blocks his path, a Turtle team-up may be the only chance for survival!

FC • 48 pages • $7.99

Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo Reunite This July

Coming this summer, two decades after their last encounter, comic book universes collide as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles step foot into the world of Usagi Yojimbo in a special one-shot comic.

Legendary creator of Usagi Yojimbo, Stan Sakai, will write and illustrate a new adventure which sees ronin rabbit, Miyamoto Usagi, cross paths with Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello, and Michelangelo. Miyamoto Usagi has embarked on a quest to save Japan, and combining forces with the Heroes in a Half-Shell to take on the maniacal Jei may be the only path to coming out of this alive.

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Usagi Yojimbo franchises have a long history, previously appearing together in their respective comics, animated television series, and the popular TMNT line of toys.

This exciting crossover event will be available this July in standard comic book format as well as in an amazing deluxe hardcover collector’s edition. Both editions feature exclusive extras including layouts, pin-ups, character studies, and more. Be sure to ask your local comic shop about the special variant cover by David Petersen of Mouse Guard fame.

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