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Usagi Yojimbo blank cover

Postby jabba359 » Thu May 09, 2019 0:43 +0000

I know Stan posted a little while back that he was practicing drawing on a few different (non-Usagi) blank covers to test out different paper and art materials, but then I saw this photo from Poland (I think). It's a back issue, but I've never seen a blank Usagi cover before. Any insight into this? Test run? Poland exclusive? Homemade? Something else entirely?

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Re: Usagi Yojimbo blank cover

Postby Mayhem » Thu May 09, 2019 1:52 +0000

Colour me intrigued as well.
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Re: Usagi Yojimbo blank cover

Postby Stan Sakai » Thu May 09, 2019 6:18 +0000

I have never seen a blank cover for UY 152, or any Usagi comic yet. I think it is a self-made one.

However, Daniel's Dogu company has ordered a bunch of blank variants for IDW's Usagi Yojimbo #1. As Kyle said, I had been testing out various comic book cover stock. Most of them were hideous to draw on. However, there were a couple that were good, so we ordered blanks with that paper stock.

Daniel is figuring out pricing, whether he will make them available for other artists to sketch on, and etc. I'm just doing the drawing.
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Re: Usagi Yojimbo blank cover

Postby Maka » Thu May 09, 2019 8:28 +0000

That’s cool! Look forward to the pricing. :) peace, maka
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Re: Usagi Yojimbo blank cover

Postby Chopalong Slashity » Thu May 09, 2019 19:07 +0000

Stan Sakai wrote: As Kyle said, I had been testing out various comic book cover stock. Most of them were hideous to draw on. However, there were a couple that were good, so we ordered blanks with that paper stock.


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Could you please elaborate, for someone curious how the actual process of comicking works?
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Re: Usagi Yojimbo blank cover

Postby Steve Hubbell » Fri May 10, 2019 0:07 +0000

jabba359 wrote:I know Stan posted a little while back that he was practicing drawing on a few different (non-Usagi) blank covers to test out different paper and art materials, but then I saw this photo from Poland (I think). It's a back issue, but I've never seen a blank Usagi cover before. Any insight into this? Test run? Poland exclusive? Homemade? Something else entirely?

Usagi 152 blank.jpg

Homemade.

I reached out to the guy who made it and he is sending me a pdf file for it.
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Re: Usagi Yojimbo blank cover

Postby dhfujii » Fri May 10, 2019 17:38 +0000

Hi All,

Yes, we have submitted our order with IDW regarding the blanks. It's also supposed to be the only blank offered (I think this is the first UY blank, ever) out of all the variants, so we're really excited to see how they turn out!

That sounds like an odd thing to say (since it's blank), but I'm coming from the perspective of how the paper stock holds up to Stan's incredible watercolors. Stan did some tests and there is a particular paper stock that is pretty solid, so that's the one we ordered.

As far as pricing, I'm probably going to come up with a similar format as we did for the Sakai variant's Playmates Toys. I must say, though, that the paper we chose was quite expensive, so that may influence the end price.

With that being said, Dojo members have priority over the larger market, so as far as the blanks themselves, I'm sure I can offer them to members at a discount - with a quantity limit, of course :wink:

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Re: Usagi Yojimbo blank cover

Postby Maka » Fri May 10, 2019 18:27 +0000

Take my money! :D peace, maka
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Re: Usagi Yojimbo blank cover

Postby grusagi » Fri May 10, 2019 20:09 +0000

Maka wrote:Take my money! :D peace, maka

i'm with maka
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Re: Usagi Yojimbo blank cover

Postby jabba359 » Fri May 10, 2019 21:23 +0000

grusagi wrote:
Maka wrote:Take my money! :D peace, maka

i'm with maka


Me too. Take Maka's money! :P
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Re: Usagi Yojimbo blank cover

Postby maichan » Fri May 10, 2019 23:11 +0000

jabba359 wrote:
grusagi wrote:
Maka wrote:Take my money! :D peace, maka

i'm with maka


Me too. Take Maka's money! :P


Wow! Thanks Maka, that's generous of you! :lol:
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Re: Usagi Yojimbo blank cover

Postby Otter » Wed May 22, 2019 5:03 +0000

I've never had an interest in these kinds of covers... until now.
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Re: Usagi Yojimbo blank cover

Postby Robert Kassebaum » Thu May 23, 2019 9:23 +0000

Maka wrote:Take my money! :D peace, maka


What he said. :D
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Re: Usagi Yojimbo blank cover

Postby seimaki » Thu May 23, 2019 15:48 +0000

ditto
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Re: Usagi Yojimbo blank cover

Postby jabba359 » Fri May 24, 2019 13:41 +0000

dhfujii wrote:As far as pricing, I'm probably going to come up with a similar format as we did for the Sakai variant's Playmates Toys. I must say, though, that the paper we chose was quite expensive, so that may influence the end price.

With that being said, Dojo members have priority over the larger market, so as far as the blanks themselves, I'm sure I can offer them to members at a discount - with a quantity limit, of course :wink:

Best,

Daniel


Collector's Paradise might have leaked the retail pricing, as they updated their Facebook signing event page details and this tidbit of information is in there:

...there may be a limited edition blank variant comic for sale at $20 each, with sketch rates to be negotiated directly with Mr. Sakai and his family.
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