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Like a lot of artists, I self-publish an annual sketchbook. This was to have been the front cover of my 8th book, but I liked the vines at the top and did not want it to be covered by a logo so used it as the back cover instead. If you were at the Boston Comic-Con, you might have seen me pencilling the drawing. If you were at the Phoenix Comic-con, you might have seen me inking it.

The sketchbooks contain never-published or little seen art. Some contain new stories. One has an alternate ending to a story arc, and another has a step-by-step look at how I create a story from how I got an idea while traveling in Spain with Sergio to the outline to thumbnails to a finished, new story.

No doubt some of these sketchbook entries will be reprinted down the line, maybe in another Art of Usagi book.
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Patrick Chew From: Patrick Chew Date: August 28th, 2011 05:46 am (UTC) (Link)

Great Drawing/Exhibit!

Great drawing, Stan! Just stopped by to congratulate you on your amazing exhibit at the Japanese American National Museum! Went with my whole family, all of us long-time Usagi fans, and we all enjoyed it a lot! I have enjoyed your wonderful stories for a long time and can't to see what you come up with next! You are an inspiration! See you at SDCC next year!
Jon Michael From: Jon Michael Date: September 1st, 2011 12:28 am (UTC) (Link)

Baltimore Comic Con

Greetings Stan San,
My brother and I had the great privilege of meeting you at comic con 2011 in Baltimore Maryland! I really wanted to say thank you for coming and to say that I read Usagi daily. I want to make sure that you come next year to Baltimore Comic Con so that I can say hello and talk to you again.

Please consider coming, I will pay for your flight. I also would like to purchase another of your prints. I purchased the the print you did with Usagi standing with his arms crossed in front of him with a big smile on his face.

If you decide not to come I understand, please keep doing marvelous work!

Thank you again very much or "Domo Arigato"

Bonzai! Stan san,

Jon Mike



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From: (Anonymous) Date: September 13th, 2011 03:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Baltimore Comic Con

Hi Jon,

I had a great time in Baltimore. This was my second time at that Comic-con. The best way to get me to return is just ask the organizers to invite me again. That kind of request has a lot of weight with them.

I will be in Washington DC in February for an anime convention--Katsu Con.

Cheers,
Stan
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 1st, 2011 12:33 am (UTC) (Link)

Greetings!

Wow! Thanks so much for responding Stan! I will write to Baltimore Comic Con tonight to ask for them to invite you back.

I have a question for you Stan, I am trying to collect the Usagi Yojimbo Hardcovers but I have only come across three of them. Are they really rare?

PS: I also really enjoyed your latest issue of Usagi! Keep up the great work!

JM
usagiguy From: usagiguy Date: October 1st, 2011 12:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Greetings!

The current hardcovers are signed and limited to an edition of 350, so they sell out pretty fast.

I do have Artist Proofs of most of the HCs, but I do not work through the mails. The prices for the HC vary, but the more current editions (say the last 2 or 3) are still cover price.

There is the UY website (www. usagiyojimbo.com), and before each appearance or convention I attend I start a thread in the forum "what should I bring?". Members ask for books, comics, original art, etc. Or just contact me through Live Journal or Facebook.

Stan
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