2023 is the Year of the Rabbit

That means anyone out there with even a slight interest in comic books or Japan has to read at least one issue of USAGI YOJIMBO by Stan Sakai this year. I’m sorry but no exceptions allowed!

I know I’ve written about this long-running comic series before, but I wish it got more recognition and press. Writer and artist Stan Sakai has been chronicling the adventures of his “Rabbit Bodyguard” since 1984. So it’ll be Usagi’s 40th anniversary next year. That is very impressive, especially for a creator-owned independent comic book. SPAWN has been getting all the press recently but Usagi Yojimbo has been going for longer than Todd McFarlane’s Hellspawn. Spawn does have more issues though, because its run has never been interrupted, unlike Usagi Yojimbo.

After a long run with comics publisher Dark Horse, Usagi moved to IDW in 2019. But Stan Sakai was rumoured to be unhappy with IDW’s approach to the character. In September 2022, it was announced that Usagi would be returning to Dark Horse Comics. There haven’t been any new Usagi issues published since September, but the word is that Sakai will be collaborating with some “new talent” and they will continue publication of the ongoing Chibi UsagiSpace Usagi, and the Color Classics series. I look forward to any future issues of the main Usagi Yojimbo series.

Thanks for reading!

-Wakizashi, *can’t stop looking out the school windows to take in the stunning view of Mount Daisen today.*

Mount Daisen taken today from the JHS window. (Click on the photo to see the WIKI page.)

17 thoughts on “2023 is the Year of the Rabbit

    • I haven’t read the full details about them, so I’m not sure. I’m just hoping the main Usagi Yojimbo series will return. I’m not a fan of “Chibi Usagi” but I might give “Space Usagi” a go. Thanks for the interest!

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  1. I’ll make an effort to find and read an issue of Usagi Yojimbo this year. I still remember reading a couple issues a friend owned, long, long ago. And to celebrate the year of the rabbit my family and I had rabbit for dinner. šŸ™‚ That’s quite a clear view of Mount Daisen! Have you ever hiked it?

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