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CBR TV spoke with Dark Horse Publisher Mike Richardson and the legendary artist/writer Stan Sakai about their new project, a comics adaptation of the true Japanese story of the 47 Ronin. The adaptation has nothing to do with the movie currently in development at Universal, but when he heard it was going to be a movie, Richardson approached Sakai, convincing the artist to put “Usagi Yojimbo” aside so he can work on the historical drama.
Sakai explained that this is a story he grew up with and is one that is truly important to him, marking the first time in his storied career that he’s illustrated another artist’s work. The art style will be different from what Sakai’s fans are used to, depicting humans rather than animals, in an art style inspired by Japanese woodcut. And for traditionalists, Sakai plans to start with a new miniseries when “Usagi” returns from hiatus, before picking up the long-running ongoing title with it’s regular numbering.
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