Even the most talented and prolific cartoonists can hit hard times.
Case in point: Usagi Yojimbo creator Stan Sakai is in need of some financial help after his wife, Sharon, who has suffered from a debilitating illness for quite a while now, had a long stay in the hospital. Sharon's back home now, but she needs 24-hour in-home care and several costly medications. The Cartoon Art Professional Society, a group of comics creators, has organized an effort to help.
Since 1984 artist Stan Sakai has worked to create a Ronin world starring arguably the most recognizable cartoon rabbit this side of Bugs Bunny with his epic Usagi Yojimbo and its assorted spinoffs. But before Usagi, Sakai was telling the tale of another warrior rabbit -- one that Usagi just so happened to spin out of himself. Following the character's return in the pages of Dark Horse Presents #30 this November, Dark Horse Comics will gives readers complete access to Sakai's The Adventures of Nilson Groundthumper and Hermy this March with a 104-page hardcover collecting all of the previously-published sword and sorcery style stories from their assorted releases in the late 1970s and early '80s.
On sale next week from Archaia is Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard #1 (V2), beginning an all-new anthology series that invites some of comics' most talented creators to tell stories set throughout the endlessly charming, frequently funny and always harrowing mediaval world of mice created by David Petersen. This first issue contains framing sequences by Petersen himself that introduce the mechanism by which new stories by Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo), Ben Caldwell (Wednesday Comics' "Wonder Woman") and Nick Tapalansky and Alex-Eckman Lawn (Awakening) will unfold: a storytelling contesthosted in old Madame June's mouse tavern. The prize for the best tale? A zeroed out bar tab.
Good news from Archaia. The publisher of David Petersen's multi-award winning Mouse Guard has announced the second volume of Legends of the Guard, an anthology project that invites some of comics' most talented creators to tell stories set throughout Petersen's endlessly charming, frequently funny and always harrowing mediaval world of mice. Launching in May, the new Legends of the Guard includes contributions from such fan favorites as Eric Canete (TRON: Uprising, Rocketeer Adve
Released around this time last year, the first hardcover collection of Rocketeer Adventures anthology quickly shot to the top of my list of 2011's best looking comic books. Created by the late Dave Stevens, The Roc
In stores now is 47 Ronin #1, the first issue of a miniseries from Dark Horse. A retelling of one of the most famous tales in Japanese culture, the story is written by Dark Horse president Mike Richardson and illustrated by Stan Sakai, the Eisner award winning creator of Usagi Yojimbo. Sakai's work on
In honor of this past weekend's New York City Comic Con, mobile and PC game developer Happy Giant rolled out three new videos showing off gameplay from the Beta version of the upcoming Usagi Yojimbo: Way of the Ronin. The first video game bas
Dark Horse Comics has released a new batch of pages from Mike Richardson and Stan Sakai's 47 Ronin#1, the first installment of the team's comic book adaptation of the historical Japanese story that follows a group of former samurai as they carry out revenge against an Edo official responsible for the suicide of their lord and, in turn, commit seppuku themselves. Initially announced back in April, the comic is the first time DH President Richardson has col
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Local and national comics talent galore showed up in full force this past weekend at Stumptown Comics Fest 2012 in Portland, Ore. with fans arriving with equal fervor to scope out the latest graphic novels, indie titles, art prints a
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