Monday, February 25, 2019
Monday's Headlines | Usagi Yojimbo is jumping to IDW Publishing
"[Usagi Yojimbo] is mainly fantasy and action and adventure, but there’s a lot of teaching there, too," Sakai told NYT. "I draw from that history and culture and folklore to make my stories."
The new volume of Usagi Yojimbo will begin with a three-part story involving bunraku (Japanese puppetry).
The move from Dark Horse comes 11 months after the Usagi Yojimbo series was relaunched with a new #1 to encourage new readers to jump in and not be dissauded by the series' high-numbering; the previous volume ended at #165 in January 2018.
With the move to IDW, Usagi Yojimbo now shares a comic book home with Nickelodeon's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise, which Sakai's creator-owned character has crossed over with on numerous occasions in comic books, action figures, and animation.
In February 2018, Gaumont Animation announced that it was developing a Usagi Yojimbo animated series.
IDW's Usagi Yojimbo #1 is scheduled to debut in June.