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UY 132: Taiko

Postby Todd Shogun » Fri Mar 19, 2010 12:41 +0000

Finally a story dedicated to Taiko drums!

http://usagiyojimbo.com/comingup.html#uy132

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Postby Jet_Jaguar » Fri Mar 19, 2010 12:53 +0000

I look forward to this one.

If anyone here is unfamiliar with Taiko drums, I would recommend looking at one of the many videos of performances by the Japanese group Kodo that are available on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hwoFcKd8b4
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Postby Stan Sakai » Fri Mar 19, 2010 12:59 +0000

I think this will be a two-issue story, or maybe a 1 1/2 issue, and will go through the making of a taiko. I'm halfway through the research now.
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Postby Thomas Froehling » Fri Mar 19, 2010 13:45 +0000

I'm looking forward to reading the story notes of that one....

Oh, and the actual story as well :wink:
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Postby Mayhem » Fri Mar 19, 2010 16:43 +0000

Closest I've come is playing the Taiko games on the PS2 ;)

Thoroughly looking forward to this issue and how the drums were made...
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Postby Steve Hubbell » Sat Mar 20, 2010 12:56 +0000

I had a chance to see Kodo perform at WMU a couple years ago. Great show! I still love the Mitsubishi car commercial featuring the all girl taiko group, just wish they had given less camera time to the car and more to the girls .... Mitsubishi Taiko Commercial

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Postby Steve Hubbell » Sun Mar 21, 2010 11:38 +0000

Hey, that's my t-shirt! :lol:
(It was a pain in the butt getting it lined up on the scanner straight)

Speaking of which, some of those might still be available from the Yushin Daiko web-site here

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Postby Todd Shogun » Tue Jul 13, 2010 14:44 +0000

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Postby johnnyjagwani » Wed Aug 11, 2010 12:13 +0000

how come both of the taiko stories will come out in december - not that i am complaining, but i thought only one issue per month (tops)?
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Postby Stan Sakai » Wed Aug 11, 2010 12:21 +0000

johnnyjagwani wrote:how come both of the taiko stories will come out in december - not that i am complaining, but i thought only one issue per month (tops)?


WHAT?! Is that why I'm so far behind schedule? Because Diana is scheduling two issues a month?

Seriously though, I have just finished roughing out the second part of Taiko, and I'm very happy with the story. Part 2 is going to run 25 pages, but I wish I had another 5 pages.
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Postby Steve Hubbell » Wed Aug 11, 2010 12:35 +0000

johnnyjagwani wrote:how come both of the taiko stories will come out in december - not that i am complaining, but i thought only one issue per month (tops)?


When I read the first review of the new Dark Horse Solicitations concerning the upcoming Usagi Yojimbo Taiko stories, the reviewer had left off the second release date and I was wondering the same thing. Here is the solicitation listing as posted on Comic Book Resources....

the CBR News Team wrote:Dark Horse Comics Solicitations for November, 2010

USAGI YOJIMBO #132 and #133: TAIKO Parts 1 and 2
Stan Sakai (W/A)
On sale Oct 27
b&w, 24 pages
$3.50
Ongoing

On sale Nov 24
b&w, 24 pages
$3.50
Ongoing

These issues form both halves of “Taiko,” a special double-issue story line. A group of drought-stricken farmers commission an enormous taiko drum to show their devotion to the gods, and pray for rain. But the bloodthirsty Red Scorpion Gang threatens to destroy the drum unless the farmers pay up, so the farmers must turn to rabbit ronin Usagi to protect the drum, lest they face starvation from drought! When the Red Scorpion Gang burns down the farmers’ temple and the drum is in jeopardy, Usagi must figure out how to rescue it and fight the Red Scorpions at the same time, or all is lost!
• Special double-issue story line makes a great introduction to Usagi Yojimbo for new readers!
• Issue #123 of this Eisner Award-winning series was nominated for the 2010 Eisner for Best Single Issue!


Stan Sakai wrote:WHAT?! Is that why I'm so far behind schedule? Because Diana is scheduling two issues a month?

Seriously though, I have just finished roughing out the second part of Taiko, and I'm very happy with the story. Part 2 is going to run 25 pages, but I wish I had another 5 pages.


It sure would be cool if, maybe, you could "super-size" it and release a 32 page issue..... :lol:
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Postby johnnyjagwani » Thu Aug 12, 2010 0:01 +0000

Oh i clearly misunderstood something then.. i just saw a post up at comicbook resources, with the dark horse solicits, and it said something like 2 issues in december... I am so sorry stan.

I think stan should be given an extra five pages, and do a double issue, since he wants to (or so it sounds).
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Postby johnnyjagwani » Thu Aug 12, 2010 7:46 +0000

i think my confusion began, not because of the dates (that are clearly not the same), but because both covers were shown side-by-side, in that article on cbr.com; despite the issues being released in different months..
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