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Volume Three collecting Usagi’s newest adventures finds him fighting in a war with an old teacher and strange new allies–and helping a new friend complete a mission!
Usagi seeks out an old teacher, Sojobo, but upon finding him, learns that a new brand of Tengu mountain goblins have invaded the Western Peak. Savage and relentless, they are determined to drive the established Tengu out and prey upon the people of the area. For the first time, Usagi must ally himself with yokai against an even greater enemy, in “Tengu War!”
Then, in "The Master of Hebishima,” Usagi delivers a basket of lizards to an eccentric monk who lives on a remote island infested with snakes, where he learns they share a history that goes back to the Great Wars and the Battle of Adachi Plain where Usagi became a ronin.
In the final story, “Yukichi,” Usagi encounters a young swordmaster carrying out the dying wish of his master. Yukichi must deliver Itsuki-Sensei’s swords to his nephew, Daido, who will take over his school, however, they must pass through the territory of a rival school intent on preventing them from completing their mission.
Collects issues #15–21 of the all-new full-color Usagi Yojimbo series published by IDW.
Series Overview: • The third book published by IDW of the longtime ongoing comic series. Previous to IDW starting to publish the series, there were 33 volumes published by Fantagraphics and Dark Horse.
Publication History: TR original
Winner of “Best Continuing Series” 2021 Eisner Award, the highest honor for comic books
“Samurai Rabbit: The Usagi Chronicles” CGI cartoon is currently in development for Netflix
Stan Sakai is a winner of National Cartoonists Society Comic Book Division Award, eight Eisner Awards, five Spanish Haxturs, an Inkpot, an American Library Association Award, a Cultural Ambassador Award from the Japanese American National Museum, and two Harvey Awards including “Best Cartoonist”.
Usagi Yojimbo is popular among teachers for its deft weaving of Japanese history and culture into the story
Collects issues #15–21 of the all-new full-color Usagi Yojimbo series
Marketing: Promotion through IDW’s Social Media: Facebook (141k), Twitter (154k), and Instagram (63k) with a feature on IDWpublishing.com
Inclusion in Direct-to-consumer Newsletter (60,000 unique and engaged fans)
Cross promotion in IDW’s monthly titles (Circulation over 350,000)
Creator virtual events
Inclusion in IDW’s weekly Book Club YouTube series
Book Club discussion guide created for the Usagi series
Digital galley made available
NetGalley and Edelweiss campaigns
Publicity: Digital review copy made available to 3000 industry and press contacts
Creator and exclusive content reveals in comics media
Advance review coverage in PW, Library Journal, and Booklist
Author Website: www.stansakai.com, www.usagiyojimbo.com
Author Social Media: @usagiguy
“From the beautifully drawn battles to the personal moments of reflection, Usagi Yojimbo…provides readers with another tale that already seems sure to stand the test of time.” -ComicBook.com
“The ability of Sakai to introduce us to Japanese lore and culture is uncanny, heavily researched…but, at the same time, invisible to the eye.” -GeekDad
“Usagi Yojimbo is one of the best books I read each month.” -Graphic Policy