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Vicky82
04-01-2017, 06:09 PM
I hope this ain't an April fools joke

http://ew.com/books/2017/04/01/stan-sakai-new-usagi-yojimbo-tmnt-crossover/?xid=entertainment-weekly_socialflow_twitter

t’s been years since Usagi Yojimbo last encountered the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in the pages of a comic book, but these anthropomorphic warriors of justice will finally reunite this July in a new comic written and drawn by the legendary creator of Usagi Yojimbo, Stan Sakai himself. The special one-shot story will be available both in standard comic book format and a special hardcover edition.

In an interview with EW, Sakai discussed his plans for the story and Usagi’s bright future. Check that out below, along with an interior page from the story, a variant cover drawn by Mouse Guard‘s David Petersen, and a special bonus drawing of Usagi reading a copy of EW.

Powder
04-01-2017, 06:20 PM
Fanfreakingtastic, very happy about this.

If anyone sees my post before they click the link, heads up, there are a lot of spoilers!


Kinda wish I hadn't read it, honestly. :lol:

CyberCubed
04-01-2017, 06:22 PM
I'm glad it confirms this is also with the IDW Turtles. Usagi doesn't know these Turtles, but he knows the Mirage Turtles. Real interesting to see them keep continuity with the previous Usagi crossovers.

ToTheNines
04-01-2017, 06:31 PM
Hell yes it's real. Can't fake that Sakai or Petersen art.

:)

CylonsKlingonsDaleksOhMy
04-01-2017, 06:50 PM
Sweet. I know Bobby must be extremely hyped to have pulled this off. :tcool:

turtlefan27
04-01-2017, 06:55 PM
This is so awesome!!! I can't wait for this.. I didn't notice a release date or if idw was doing this or dark horse.

CylonsKlingonsDaleksOhMy
04-01-2017, 07:01 PM
Stan wrote and drew, so I'm assuming under Dark Horse. Just a guess, though.

CyberCubed
04-01-2017, 07:09 PM
Is it just me or this comic in color? I say because of that one panel shown in color, but almost all Usagi books are in black and white.

Raph's Girl
04-01-2017, 07:33 PM
This is so awesome!!! I can't wait for this.. I didn't notice a release date or if idw was doing this or dark horse.

The article says it'll be out in July.

Also, Entertainment Weekly refers to the turtles as Samurai and Usagi as a Ninja. *face palms*

ChosenOne
04-01-2017, 07:47 PM
Has it been absolutely, positively, completely, 100% confirmed that it's a crossover with the IDW Turtles? 'Cause I won't get hyped otherwise. *holds breath*

CyberCubed
04-01-2017, 08:02 PM
Has it been absolutely, positively, completely, 100% confirmed that it's a crossover with the IDW Turtles? 'Cause I won't get hyped otherwise. *holds breath*

The description has Sakai flat out say Usagi meets these Turtles for the first time, they have colored bandana's, and IDW is the ones who set up the crossover.

turtlefan27
04-01-2017, 08:06 PM
The article says it'll be out in July.

Also, Entertainment Weekly refers to the turtles as Samurai and Usagi as a Ninja. *face palms*

Ahh ok sweet thanks for pointing that out,guess I missed that part

DestronMirage22
04-01-2017, 09:30 PM
YESS!!!
I LOVE it! Always been an Usagi fan, and love the Mirage crossovers. I've been waiting for this for years, and now it's finally here!

Powder
04-01-2017, 10:31 PM
This is not a variant cover or anything to my knowledge (though we can surely expect a cool one, I would think!), but I guess we should've thought something was up when it was posted to Kevin's Instagram/Facebook this morning! :trazz:

https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/17522584_613264775539884_7533459148361336957_n.jpg ?oh=754cc0a0623d34debdee80a7fb82045b&oe=5996DE22

MikeandRaph87
04-01-2017, 10:35 PM
Peter was the one to was a close friend and collaborator with Stan Saki. Its cool to see Kevin working with Stan on a story and the fact there was a next time after Peter sold off the rights is amazing in itself.

CyberCubed
04-01-2017, 10:52 PM
A 40 page one-shot in all color will be great. So glad Viacom and Sakai reached a deal for Usagi to appear in both the Nick cartoon and crossover with IDW.

Btown
04-02-2017, 02:58 PM
This is something I have wanted for such a long time. This year will be a great year getting to see Usagi meet up with the Turtles in both TV and Comic form. I really can't wait to read this one shot this summer.

Nortock Diab
04-03-2017, 01:54 AM
This is so freaking good to hear about! Way more exciting than any Batman/TMNT crossover.
I'm in for both the standard version and the special hardcover.

I'm really curious to see if the Usagi character in this one-shot is the same old Usagi Yojimbo.
Meaning he previously met the Mirage turtles (as well as the FW?).
Will this be dealt with?

Andrew NDB
04-03-2017, 01:55 AM
I'm glad it confirms this is also with the IDW Turtles. Usagi doesn't know these Turtles, but he knows the Mirage Turtles. Real interesting to see them keep continuity with the previous Usagi crossovers.

To do anything else would be bizarre. And they're at Sakai's mercy... no way he'd just be like, "Yeah yeah, it's been the IDW Turtles this whole time."

Mayhem
04-03-2017, 04:38 AM
I'm really curious to see if the Usagi character in this one-shot is the same old Usagi Yojimbo. Meaning he previously met the Mirage turtles (as well as the FW?). Will this be dealt with?[/COLOR]
Yes, Stan has mentioned this. It's the same Usagi. It's not the same turtles. So Usagi "knows" Leo but not this Leo, and of course none of the turtles know Usagi.

Freeman
04-03-2017, 04:46 AM
I was on vacations when this new came out.
So freaking glad everybody is making this happen: sometimes these sort of project never come to life because people in charge don't feel like doing it, so we can be really thankfull this is coming.
Full Sakai art means HD version for me, there's no other way.

Nortock Diab
04-03-2017, 04:53 AM
That totally rocks! :tgrin:

MsMarvelDuckie
04-03-2017, 04:56 PM
*SQUEEEEEEE!!* If this is really happening I am having a fan-girl joygasm!!!! I will be getting this for sure when it comes out in trades. Usagi is my all-time fave TMNT ally. And now that I've started reading his books I'm even more stoked! So AWESOME!!

Mutant Ninja Anole
04-04-2017, 09:07 AM
Awesome! Definitely looking forward to this!

pferreira
04-06-2017, 09:09 AM
I love that art!

myconius
04-07-2017, 07:36 PM
FINALLY!!!!!!! :D

i've SO been hoping for this!!!! :D


Fanfreakingtastic, very happy about this.

If anyone sees my post before they click the link, heads up, there are a lot of spoilers!


Kinda wish I hadn't read it, honestly. :lol:

thanks for the heads up Powder! :)
i'm so tempted to look, but i really want to enjoy this story with a blank slate. :D

Venom
04-09-2017, 07:39 PM
I glanced the article to not get too deep with spoilers (not that I mind, really), and the one thing that stood out to me was this is the same Usagi interacting with the IDW Turtles. This is really interesting to me! Has the IDW Turtles been made aware of the overarching Turtleverse yet?

Mayhem
04-10-2017, 02:15 AM
I glanced the article to not get too deep with spoilers (not that I mind, really), and the one thing that stood out to me was this is the same Usagi interacting with the IDW Turtles. This is really interesting to me! Has the IDW Turtles been made aware of the overarching Turtleverse yet?
Sort of, Renet hinted at that when talking to them during the B&RDE mini series.

bushido
04-25-2017, 12:54 PM
Notice the tails :tgrin:

https://scontent-cdg2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/17966574_1699123416781055_4252519676471661661_o.jp g?oh=0c6470f05c34b968934a1675b528075c&oe=597BBD78
https://www.facebook.com/officialstansakai/photos/a.1121007374592665.1073741827.1120983351261734/1699123416781055/?type=3&theater

DestronMirage22
04-25-2017, 01:54 PM
Notice the tails :tgrin:

https://scontent-cdg2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/17966574_1699123416781055_4252519676471661661_o.jp g?oh=0c6470f05c34b968934a1675b528075c&oe=597BBD78
https://www.facebook.com/officialstansakai/photos/a.1121007374592665.1073741827.1120983351261734/1699123416781055/?type=3&theater

As it should be. :D

Andrew NDB
04-25-2017, 01:57 PM
It's an interesting choice. I would've thought Sakai would have wanted to visually distinguish the IDW TMNT from the Mirage TMNT a little more (the wraps, etc.). These just basically look like the Mirage TMNT.

AquaParade
04-25-2017, 02:11 PM
It's an interesting choice. I would've thought Sakai would have wanted to visually distinguish the IDW TMNT from the Mirage TMNT a little more (the wraps, etc.). These just basically look like the Mirage TMNT.

Maybe I'm confused, but I thought these were intended to be the Mirage turtles


EDIT: Okay, yeah. Pretty sure I'm confused.

AquaParade
04-25-2017, 02:16 PM
Maybe I'm confused, but I thought these were intended to be the Mirage turtles


EDIT: Okay, yeah. Pretty sure I'm confused. This is definitely the IDW turtles, and yeah, they look pretty similar to the Mirage ones.

What I'm curious about is whether the hardcover edition will be deluxe-sized.

DestronMirage22
04-25-2017, 02:20 PM
Maybe I'm confused, but I thought these were intended to be the Mirage turtles


EDIT: Okay, yeah. Pretty sure I'm confused.

These are the IDW turtles. Stan just draws them the same way, which I think is neat.
It's also been rumored that in the story Usagi recalls his meetings with the Mirage turtles and has to get accustomed to these new guys. Very interesting stuff. :)

neatoman
04-25-2017, 03:23 PM
To be fair, lot's of IDW characters don't have consistent anatomy. Hob's tail seems to pop in and out of existance.

Plus, name a single species of turtle that doesn't have a tail.

turtlefan27
04-26-2017, 10:43 AM
Since this story is gonna be able the same lingth as a annual, does that mean that it'll probably cost the same as those have in the past?

Allio
04-26-2017, 10:54 AM
Hell yes it's real. Can't fake that Sakai or Petersen art.

:)

idonow

you can be pretty close

http://img11.deviantart.net/523d/i/2015/175/4/3/usagi_personification_by_mosaic47-d8yk2pi.png

neatoman
04-26-2017, 11:23 AM
idonow

you can be pretty close

http://img11.deviantart.net/523d/i/2015/175/4/3/usagi_personification_by_mosaic47-d8yk2pi.png

Is it just me or does this look kinda like Trunks?
http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/p__/images/d/dc/Trunks_Adulto_render.png/revision/latest?cb=20140121174100&path-prefix=protagonist

AlZarkovski
06-03-2017, 11:55 AM
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AquaParade
06-03-2017, 12:03 PM
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Thanks for sharing.

Kevin at the end of the video-"come on dow-!":lol:

The wonderful art and connection to the Mirage Universe, if even in a very small manner, have won me over. I'll be picking this up for sure.

FearlessLeader
06-09-2017, 11:10 PM
Thank you so much for this information!

I'm going to pre-order the hardcover! :tlove:

dawwe
06-16-2017, 04:36 PM
I'm looking forward to it. It's a shame the colorist on the cover missed the Donatello arm and colored it all brown. But that's a small mistake I suppose. Interesting to see that Usagi seems to remember the Mirage turtles and is now meeting the IDW turtles.

Mayhem
06-17-2017, 05:20 AM
I'm looking forward to it. It's a shame the colorist on the cover missed the Donatello arm and colored it all brown. But that's a small mistake I suppose. Interesting to see that Usagi seems to remember the Mirage turtles and is now meeting the IDW turtles.
If you mean the cover A, then it's because Donatello has been given full forearm guards, not the split elbow/wrist guards that the other turtles have.

dawwe
06-17-2017, 05:27 PM
Based on the Stan Sakai artwork, that doesn't seem to be the case. Now I'm not saying I'm must be right here, but based on the fact that Donatello doesn't appear to have any forearm guards in any covers. Also, the other Stan Sakai covers has the part I'm talking about in green which lends itself to my argument that it was a minor coloring mistake.

Mayhem
06-18-2017, 06:33 AM
I was basing it on the fact both arms are the same, and it isn't one arm that is like that, suggesting it was deliberate. But yes, it could still be an error, but it looks like the arm guards are inked full length too, given the lines across the arm as they go down.

dawwe
06-18-2017, 11:09 AM
I get where you're coming from with that. But this picture which I'm pretty sure was colores by Sakai himself makes me pretty sure it's the way it is suppopsed to be. And on cover A it does kinda looks like the brown part I say is supposed to be green has some musculature drawn like on the other turtles.And this third picture shows Donatello with the parts colored green by the same colorist, Tom Luth.

http://tmnt-ninjaturtles.com/assets/TMNT-Usagi-Yojimbo_Cover-RE-Sakai-Signature-Variant_rich.jpg
http://tmnt-ninjaturtles.com/assets/TMNT-Usagi-Yojimbo_Cover-A_rich.jpg
https://i1.wp.com/www.outrightgeekery.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/TMNT-Usagi_Hardcvr-copy.jpg?fit=527%2C800

Candy Kappa
06-18-2017, 01:32 PM
Looks like full arm guard to me, especialy since where the "skin" would have been had t been a coloring aerror seems to have a stitching there.

And all covers have the Turtles with different details, one have the shell bridges designed similar like the Nick Turtles and one have a different plastron design where the lowest scutes end in wider points then the other covers. The belts are different as well, as in the cover where Leo fights Usagi, Don's shoulder strap is different then the other covers. Raph's sai have wrappings like a sword on the handles in the Leo v usage cover, but no wrappings in the where they team-up and a whole different crossguard design in the posing cover.

dawwe
06-18-2017, 02:28 PM
If you look at the "stitching" around the area of the forearm you can see that all the turtles all have it since it's more likely Sakai showing a muscle line. That would mean that when Sakai himself colored his piece he made the mistake of making it into skin, and that Tom Luth made the mistake of coloring it wrong on the other cover I posted.

So I would say that's 2 covers vs. 1 cover which makes me believe it was a mistake. But yeah, I will agree that the turtle/outfit designs of Sakai isn't all that consistent.

Candy Kappa
06-18-2017, 02:50 PM
No, that's the muscle line of the forearm with hatch shading. Donnie's arm have a definitive square shape that looks like a large stitch like they often have on their belts when it's not in a obi knot.

dawwe
06-18-2017, 03:07 PM
Are you only talking about his right arm? Because the left one is most likely just hatch shading. Which would make it a color mistake but I'm 100% on the right arm but the evidence lends itself to it being a mistake too since we haven't seen an arm guard anywhere else on him.

But I suppose it will be proven when the comic is out and we can see more of Donnie's arm. I mean unless we want to argue about it being only on the cover. Or we could just ask the colorist or the artist.

Powder
06-19-2017, 05:22 PM
It's a coloring error. I will not be convinced otherwise.

AlZarkovski
07-03-2017, 05:50 PM
New interview (http://www.cbr.com/usagi-yojimbo-teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-stan-sakai-interview/) with art.

CyberCubed
07-03-2017, 06:37 PM
There had been talks from the very beginning when Nickelodeon first got the series, but we never came to terms. However, this is the last season of the current incarnation of the Turtles and we just had to have Usagi in there. He was in the original 1990s series from Fred Wolf and, of course, he guest-starred in quite a number of episodes from the 4Kids series in the early 2000s. So, Usagi just had to make an appearance in the third incarnation of the TMNT on TV. We came to very good terms and we get along great with Nickelodeon.

Heh, I love how he said, "Usagi just had to be there." I'm glad they managed to get Usagi into the Nick cartoon before it ended.

Ninjinister
07-05-2017, 12:41 AM
Am I missing something? I'm looking at every cover provided up in this topic and don't see a single brown Donatello arm...

Mayhem
07-05-2017, 03:00 AM
Cover A: http://tmnt-ninjaturtles.com/assets/TMNT-Usagi-Yojimbo_Cover-A.jpg

Look at Donatello's arms compared to the other turtles. They all have three rungs of guard by the wrist, and a large one on the elbow. But the space between this on Donatello is coloured brown, not green. Has he got longer whole arm guards, or a colouring mistake?

TurtleWA
07-05-2017, 11:02 AM
I would say longer arm guards. To my eye it doesn't look like ordinary arm that was suppose to be green. It looks like arm guards that are drawn and colored brown. I think Donnie with his lanky arms has had enough nicks and scrapes and has done something about it. At least in that particular cover pose, I haven't back read this thread at all so. :tconfuse:

CylonsKlingonsDaleksOhMy
07-05-2017, 11:19 AM
Obviously.

A coloring error.

ChosenOne
07-05-2017, 03:00 PM
Cover A: http://tmnt-ninjaturtles.com/assets/TMNT-Usagi-Yojimbo_Cover-A.jpg

Look at Donatello's arms compared to the other turtles. They all have three rungs of guard by the wrist, and a large one on the elbow. But the space between this on Donatello is coloured brown, not green. Has he got longer whole arm guards, or a colouring mistake?

Longer arm guards.

All the other Turtles' arms transition straight from the guards to their hands, why should Donatello be any different? The bottom/left one even has a bit of padding sticking out, it wouldn't look like that if it were the flesh of his wrist (unless he's been chowing down on more pizza than his bros, that is).

Anyway, dropped by the thread to ask: when does this come out?

ToTheNines
07-05-2017, 07:26 PM
Longer arm guards.

All the other Turtles' arms transition straight from the guards to their hands, why should Donatello be any different? The bottom/left one even has a bit of padding sticking out, it wouldn't look like that if it were the flesh of his wrist (unless he's been chowing down on more pizza than his bros, that is).

Anyway, dropped by the thread to ask: when does this come out?

July 26th.

Ninjinister
07-05-2017, 07:46 PM
Cover A: http://tmnt-ninjaturtles.com/assets/TMNT-Usagi-Yojimbo_Cover-A.jpg

Look at Donatello's arms compared to the other turtles. They all have three rungs of guard by the wrist, and a large one on the elbow. But the space between this on Donatello is coloured brown, not green. Has he got longer whole arm guards, or a colouring mistake?

Oh thanks. I don't think I noticed. The way people were talking were like he had an entirely brown arm or something.

ChosenOne
07-05-2017, 07:55 PM
July 26th.

Thanks! So the same week as #72, then?

ToTheNines
07-05-2017, 08:06 PM
Yes sir. That'll be a great day, indeed.

ChosenOne
07-05-2017, 08:16 PM
Yes sir. That'll be a great day, indeed.

For sure! And just the second of seven straight weeks of at least one new TMNT issue per week!

CyberCubed
07-06-2017, 04:51 PM
The price of the hardcover increased from $11.86 to over $13.00 on amazon for some reason. Still fairly cheap though.