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SDCC 2019: IDW Doubles Down on their Annual Comic-Con Dinner with Two Special Guests: Walter Simonson and Stan Sakai!

Upping the ante on an annual San Diego Comic-Con tradition, IDW Publishing will host TWO industry legends – Stan Sakai (creator of the critically acclaimed Usagi Yojimbo) and Walter Simonson (legendary writer/artist of The Mighty ThorManhunter, and Ragnarök) for one very special dinner to which YOU are invited!

Mingle with both Sakai and Simonson on the evening of Thursday, July 18th in an event strictly limited to a handful of attendees, taking place in a private room at an upscale restaurant in the San Diego Gaslamp district, just a short walk from the convention center.

To participate, fans would need to purchase a dinner package. IDW offers two (2) dinner packages, with each package including special rewards relative to either Sakai or Simonson. The two dinners are held together in one room so fans may purchase both packages.

Walter Simonson and Stan Sakai!

THE SAKAI DINNER PACKAGE: Includes dinner, one (1) copy of the Usagi Yojimbo: GrasscutterArtist’s Select Edition with a foil stamp unique to this event, one (1) Original Illustration by Sakai (featuring any Usagi Yojimbo character of the diner’s choosing), plus additional surprise goodies.

THE SIMONSON DINNER PACKAGE: Includes dinner, one (1) copy of the Walter Simonson’s Star Wars Artifact Edition with a foil stamp unique to this event, one (1) Original Illustration by Simonson (featuring a character of the diner’s choosing), plus additional surprise goodies.

Those who buy BOTH dinner packages will receive a special Walter Simonson & Stan Sakai Artist’s Edition Print – an extremely limited jam piece, only available at this event!

The price for either dinner package is $500 each.

Regarding original artwork, the diners will receive the illustrations featuring the character of their choice (as drawn by either Simonson or Sakai, respectively), at the dinner event. The character must be selected by each confirmed guest within 24 hours of purchase to ensure readiness. Representative examples of Simonson’s and Sakai’s original illustrations can be found at the IDW official sign-up page.

Click here to reserve a spot at this incredible event.

Review: Usagi Yojimbo #1

Usagi Yojimbo #1

I’ve never read Usagi Yojimbo, but with the move to IDW Publishing and a clear start, it felt that reading Usagi Yojimbo #1 was something I should do.

Jumping around a bit, the first issue eventually focuses on the rabbit ronin Miyamoto Usagi. The beginning of a three-part story Usagi becomes involved in a battle against demons where not everything is quite what it seems.

The start of a new chapter, Usagi Yojimbo #1 is entertaining. Having never read a previous issue, Sakai’s writing is fun and entertaining. There’s humor about it and a story that is much more adult than its anthropomorphic characters makes it out to be.

I should know better, as the comic has a history with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles whose comic versions are much more mature than the kids television show of the past. Much like TMNT, Usagi Yojimbo has a sense that it’s much more than its cute and fuzzy characters.

Sakai infuses a sense of Japan into the comic. The surroundings and outfits feel researched and there’s a sense of respect for the setting. The use of terminology too creates a more authentic take as well. The characters are interesting with a cuteness about them. That feels like it makes the demonic elements even scarier and unnerving as they’re introduced.

I’ve never read Usagi Yojimbo but this debut issue has me understanding what the hype and love is all about. I’m not sure it’s enough to get me to want to go back and see what I’ve been missing. But, it’s more than enough to get me excited to read what’s to come.

Story: Stan Sakai Art: Stan Sakai
Letterer: Stan Sakai Color: Tom Luth
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation:
Buy

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Usagi Yojimbo #1

Usagi Yojimbo #1

Stan Sakai (w & a & c)

Follow the adventures of rabbit rōnin Miyamoto Usagi as he wanders Edo period Japan on his warrior’s journey. In the start of this three-part story, Usagi becomes embroiled in a puppet drama where the players are not quite what they seem! Written, drawn, and lettered by comics legend Stan Sakai! Colors by Tom Luth (Groo the Wanderer)!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Usagi Yojimbo #1

Dark Horse Loses Another Title as Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo Heads to IDW

Usagi Yojimbo

Dark Horse has been losing some pretty high-profile titles, Conan, Star Wars, Buffy, and now Stan Sakai has announced via the New York Times that his creator-owned series Usagi Yojimbo will be heading to IDW Publishing. The title had been published for 24 years with Dark Horse.

The series will be relaunched with a new first issue to encourage new readers as the previous volume ended with #165. The new series is set to debut in June. IDW will also reprint the entire series from the beginning in colorized collections. The new series will be colored by Tom Luth.

Usagi Yojimbo #1 includes a main cover by Stan Sakai, plus variants by Daniel Warren JohnsonKevin Eastman, and Walt Simonson.

Written and illustrated by Stan Sakai for over thirty years and published in over fourteen countries, Usagi Yojimbo is set in a unique world based on 17th century Japan. Miyamoto Usagi, who once served as the personal bodyguard for a Japanese warlord, now traverses this unique world – a landscape populated by ghosts, dinosaurs, monsters, and warriors of all kinds – as a ronin. In his many exciting adventures, the swordsrabbit hones his skills, saves villages, and often finds himself navigating the delicate affairs of national/political significance.

The move also reunites the character with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles who are published with IDW. The two have crossed over a lot and Usagi Yojimbo was previously published by Mirage, the original home of TMNT. The series has also been published by Fantagraphics.

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.

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