UY Saga #6 tip-in plates

It’s time to sign more tip-in plates. This one is for the UY Saga #6 hardcovers. The art was mostly done with ink and watercolors on 9×12″ 4-ply Strathmore bristol board. The rains were drawn with an opaque white gel pen. They are called “tip-ins” because they are tipped into the book during the binding…

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Usagi Issue #143 Preview Art

Stan Sakai’s latest story for Usagi Yojimbo Issue #143.  It’s titled “Kyuri (Cucumbers)” and is about another encounter with the Japanese mythological creature the Kappa.  The last story to feature a Kappa in Usagi Yojimbo was around 30 years ago!  It was in Usagi issue #6.  If you would like to read the first story…

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Groo and Usagi Yojimbo Commission

            Sergio Aragones and Stan Sakai recently collaborated on a piece available in the art gallery called Groo vs Usagi Yojimbo.  It is available on the website here for purchase or to view.  You can also view Sergio’s website here.          

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Lucca interview

Here is a link to an interview I did while at the Lucca Comics and Games Festival in Italy. It took place in an old cathedral, which featured an exhibit of Charles Schulz’s Peanuts which celebrates its 65th anniversary. I should point out that the Torre Guinigi, a tower with a small forest of oak…

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Usagi Website is International and Upcoming Italy Trip

    I’m pleased to announce that the official Usagi Yojimbo website now has an option to translate text to multiple languages!  This comes at a great time since Stan Sakai, the creator of Usagi Yojimbo  is invited to Italy as a guest.  Stan will be be at the comic book convention in Lucca and speaking in…

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Usagi Yojimbo Saga #5 Set to Release Later November

    Hi Usagi Fans, We’ve received the advance copies of Saga #5 in both Hardcover and Paperback form.  What’s neat is that they have a comparison page of the updated artwork for “Tomoe’s Story”!  Apparently Sakai-Sensei wasn’t able to find the original art for the reprint (published in the late 80’s, early 90’s), so…

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UY Book 30: Thieves and Spies cover process

Here is a step-by-step look at the making of the cover to UY Book 30: Thieves and Spies. It was done on 4-ply 500 series Strathmore cold press bristol. The art is approximately 8.5×12.5 inches. I laid out the pencils very loosely using a 2H 3mm mechanical pencil. I am just concerned with creating shapes…

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UY 152: River Rising, page 2

I finished the art for UY 152. Here is a step-by-step of page 2. It was drawn on 11×17″ 2-ply Strathmore bristol, 500 series with a 10×15″ image area. 1–penciled with a 2H 3mm mechanical pencil then the lines were reinforced with an H lead. Lettering lines were drawn in using an Aames Guide with…

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Usagi Yojimbo Gallery Edition!

I received an advance copy of the upcoming UY Gallery Edition, and it looks great.  It is shot same size from the original art (except for 1 page), and, though the art is b/w, is printed in color so you can see the white outs, stray pencil marks, etc. It comes out in October from…

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