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Usagi fans, lend me your ears!

Thanks to the efforts of Dark Horse Comics and GeekDad you can read the 2-page, fully colored, Usagi Yojimbo short story “Cut the Plum” here prior to it’s debut on Dark Horse Comics Presents #35 later next Wednesday.

It’s a fun little story about caution, overconfidence, and maybe even a little terror featuring Usagi and Jotaro. It’s always heartwarming to see these two adventuring together so, for the low low price of absolutely free, please check it out!

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Like so many others, I’ve been anxiously awaiting DQIX for a heck of a long time now, passing up the temptation to purchase the JP version ($19 in some stores in Tokyo) but it looks like the wait is finally coming to an end with game becoming available July 11th! Surprisingly, I went to pre-order it and thanks to a promotional code I received on a previous game I was able to reserve my copy for $24.95! Glad I waited.

More about the game should be avialable soon on the official Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Sky site.

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I’m actually posting from the Land of the Rising Sun as we speak (hence the lack of updates) and couldn’t think of a more appropriate time to share the following Dark Horse solicitation. The chance to enjoy Usagi Yojimbo #1 is always a real treat, but to be able to do so at $1, with a new painted cover is something no comics fan should miss.

I’m kicking myself because I didn’t want to damage the latest Usagi Yojimbo TPB that I was reading so I didn’t bring it with me but I really wish I would have so that I could enjoy his adventures here, and share it with my new family who are always so eager to share their Japanese heritage with me.

Anyhow, please do yourself a favor and pick this special up. It’s a steal at that price and you won’t believe just how good it gets from there.

1 for $1: Usagi Yojimbo

Stan Sakai (W/A)
On sale Aug 18
b&w, 28 pages
$1.00

The close of sixteenth-century Japan is regarded as the age of civil wars, as feudal lords fought amongst themselves for land and power. When one leader finally rose above the others and was proclaimed shogun, a peace came upon Japan and the samurai warriors found themselves suddenly unemployed. Many of these ronin turned to banditry to survive; others found work with minor lords. And a small number traveled the musha shugyo—the warrior pilgrimage—to hone their spiritual and martial skills. But whether they took the honest road or the crooked path, the ronin all found one common link—they were generally less than welcome. Such is the tale of Usagi Yojimbo.

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