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UY Book 22: Tomoe's Story

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Postby Krogu » Sat Nov 08, 2008 9:32 +0000

I have official information from egmont poland about realese date of Tomoe's history book in poland.

I got an answer via email. (translated version here also)

It will be released in late 2008/ very early in 2009


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Zostanie wydana pod koniec 2008/na początku 2009
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Postby Krogu » Fri Dec 19, 2008 7:09 +0000

There is an update on egmont site, the update contains list of comics that will be released in december, at this moment there is no uy there :( so i guess, early 2009 will be... [ :evil: :evil: :evil: ]
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Postby Krogu » Thu Jan 01, 2009 7:06 +0000

I have official information from Egmont in Poland, the release date of Tomoe's Story is : 26 January :)
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Postby Krogu » Mon Jan 12, 2009 11:30 +0000

"Usagi Yojimbo" tom 22: "Opowieść Tomoe" (polish title)
Tytuł oryginalny (original title): "Tomoe's Story"
Scenariusz (screenplay): Stan Sakai
Rysunki (drawing): Stan Sakai
Tłumaczenie (translator) : Jarosław Grzędowicz
Wydawca: Egmont Polska
Data wydania (Date of release) : 26.01.2009
Wydawca oryginału (Original release): Dark Horse Comics
Data wydania oryginału (date of orginal relase): 07.2008
Liczba stron (pages): 184
Format: 14,5 x 20,5 cm
Oprawa (cover): miękka (paperback)
Papier (type of paper): offsetowy
Druk (colors) : czarno-biały (white-black)
Dystrybucja (distribution) : księgarnie
Cena (cost) : 27,90 zł (I don't get it why bigger books were cheaper?!)
Opis wydawcy :
Zawiera "Usagi Yojimbo Color Special" nr 1-3 pierwotne wydane przez Fantagraphics Books oraz numery 90-93 serii Dark Horse'a. Tytułowa "Opowieść Tomoe" została narysowana na nowo na potrzeby tego wydania. = It includes UY Color special from Fantagraphics and 90-93 Dark Horse UY's, "Tomoe's Story" was re-drawed for this book..
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Postby Steve Hubbell » Mon Jan 12, 2009 12:09 +0000

It includes three Usagi stories which were originally published in the Usagi Yojimbo Color Specials #1 -3 (1989, 1991, 1992), but all three stories are reprinted in black and white, with the artwork touched up to compensate for the lack of color, and with Tomoe's Story completely redrawn.

If you want to see those stories in color, you would still need to find copies of the original Color Specials.
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Postby Ghost9 » Mon Jan 12, 2009 13:07 +0000

Steve/Stan - when Stan redraws a story, does it look pretty much like the original? i.e. same characters, same dialogue, same panels, etc.? Or is it changed? I'm curious why they would be redrawn.

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Postby Mayhem » Mon Jan 12, 2009 13:28 +0000

This was rather different, aside from naturally a different style as Sensei has evolved over the 25 years. Why the redraw? I'm sure someone will correct my failing memory but I think the originals went AWOL for the rescanning and transition into b/w for the h/c.
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Postby Stan Sakai » Mon Jan 12, 2009 13:46 +0000

Mayhem is correct. Tomoe's Story was originally printed in UY Color Special #1, almost 20 years ago. I always said that that story takes place in Usagi's future, and it will be reprinted in a trade when we reach that point in Usagi's life. Originally, I thought it would be in Book 11 or 12, then it became 17 or 18. When it was time to print that story in Book 22, I could not find the original art, and Fantagraphics, the original publisher, had changed printers a number of times and the film negatives had been destroyed. I always make photocopies of my art before I send them in, but I could not find the copies either. It only existed as color pages.

We had two options: 1) Bleach the color pages with the computer--basically, remove all the color and tones and leave the b/w line art, or 2) Redo the art. The problem with bleaching is that it is a long process, and the line work will not look as crisp and clean as the original. The problem with redoing the art is that it is an even longer process, for which I won't get paid. I chose to redo the art, and Diana did manage to get me a token payment.

Each page has some changes, from slightly changing a composition to redoing the page completely. It was a learning experience for me to see how I had changed as an artist, and how Usagi had changed as a character, in the last 20 years. One really obvious change, is the addition of a cameo by Tomoe's cousin Noriko, a character that was not around when the story was originally published.
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Postby Ghost9 » Mon Jan 12, 2009 13:55 +0000

Thanks Stan! Really cool insight. Can't wait to read it.
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Postby Krogu » Mon Jan 12, 2009 14:11 +0000

2 weeks to release ill add photos of cover when they will be avalaible. :)
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Postby Maka » Mon Jan 12, 2009 16:29 +0000

Stan Sakai wrote:I chose to redo the art, and Diana did manage to get me a token payment.

Glad you got something for all that work. Seeing the reworking of an earlier story was really something I / many UY fans enjoyed, if that is any consolation. :roll:

Stan Sakai wrote:One really obvious change, is the addition of a cameo by Tomoe's cousin Noriko, a character that was not around when the story was originally published.

Cool! I missed that. I'll have to read it again more carefully.

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Postby Steve Hubbell » Mon Jan 12, 2009 23:37 +0000

Krogu wrote:2 weeks to release ill add photos of cover when they will be avalaible. :)

Hey Krogu, would you be interested in trading a copy of "Opowieść Tomoe" for copies of Usagi Yojimbo Color Special #1, #2, and #4?

I will also throw in Color Special #3 IF I run across one for sale soon enough and at a reasonable price.

(Color Special #4 was actually published by Dark Horse Comics)
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Postby Krogu » Tue Jan 13, 2009 2:12 +0000

Yes if you can come to poland ;) The shipping cost to USA is very high (about 18 - 25$ - yeah i know it isnt that high, but im 18, not yet working, not much money)
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Postby Krogu » Tue Jan 20, 2009 18:43 +0000

The Cover Is Up! (not on egmont site, but it's 100 percent original polish tomoe's story cover)

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And i give you 2 sites from it (published on polish comics shop).

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26 January - releasement :)

Ill have to buy 4 copies ^^
1 for myself (or 2, cause i have the mint and normal collections)
1 for my friend (hes from village and cant get one ^^)
1 for my mom (she borrowed uy books too often ^^)
1 for my friend for her birthday ;)
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Postby Krogu » Sun Jan 25, 2009 16:49 +0000

Yes Yes Yes :D

A new copy of Tomoe's Story PL Version lies in my hands, fresh and yummy, waiting to be read, ill wait with it till next weekend to make an uy celebration :D
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