Monday, January 19, 2015

Snippets #40: June 28, 1987



       This one is from a June 28, 1987 to Stan Sakai:

       "Greetings from the East! Yesterday I picked up the new issue of Usagi Yojimbo, but i didn't read it 'til today. I gotta tell you, Stan -- I was impressed! You already know I like your stuff a lot, but this book was great! You're really developing the character of Usagi in a fascinating manner… the gradual exposure of his history is tantalizing to say the least. And I love his tense friendship with the rhino ronin.

       Reading this book today got me so worked up that I had to do something… so I sat down at the drawing table and roughed out this eight-page story featuring Usagi and Leonardo. It's based around an incident lifted form the Robin Hood legend -- how Robin met (and befriended) Friar Tuck. I'm sending you copies of the roughs (and believe me, they are rough!); I hope you can follow the story. I'd really like to get your OK to finish this, maybe as a backup for your book or one of ours. Please let me know what you think… any suggestions would be appreciated.

       I can't remember the last time that a book inspired me to such immediate (drawing) action… thanks muchly for Usagi Yojimbo!"

       [TMNT fans may recall the short comic book story which came out of the idea of mine mentioned here -- "The Crossing", which I believe appeared in "Usagi Yojimbo" #10. I wrote and drew that one by myself, on Duo-Shade board. Steve Lavigne lettered it.
        
       I remember having a lot of fun with that piece. There is a post on my blog about it here:


      -- PL]

2 comments:

  1. Its so awesome to see the background stories behind the inspirations of the stories and action figures we all grew up with. Awesome read.

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  2. This is pretty awesome to me as i have been recently reading usagi yojimbo (based on the love i had for that character in various tmnt formats 87 and 03) and i love how usagi and the turtles interact in the those books seeing ad how most of usagis dealings with ninja aren't as amicable . Love the insight

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