Is the UY comic book staying afloat just because it was kind of associated with TMNT at one point, or what?
It has a relatively small but dedicated fanbase, which is about 1/2 furries and 1/2 not-furries, with a surprising percentage of people in the latter group that are encouraged to give it a try "because it's really not all yiff yiff, really" becoming fans that attempt to seek out the entire series. Given that it's a very good comic, and Stan Sakai is a very talented man, it's not that surprising that it's still alive, is it?
It's consistently one of Dark Horse's better selling titles, the graphic novels collecting the series are constantly being reprinted without and flagging demand for them, and a book chronicling the 30 years Mr. Sakai's been working on the series ranked quite nicely on the top 10 books of the month charts for multiple months this year.
It's a fun series. About Japanese stuff. With characters that just happen to be animal people. Like, funny animals people, not MY FURSONA animal people. It's interesting in how their animal-ness barely affects any of their personalities or behavior, they're just written as humans that happen to have long ears, or rhino horns, or who happen to be able to fly, because they're bats (but also ninjas, because some ninjas could supposedly fly with kites and stuff).
Also, five for what looks like a pretty fun play. Clearly a labor of love, because it sure as heck isn't quite popular enough to be anything else.
I had just about the most beautiful, two hour long chat with Stan Sakai once. Just a marvelous, incredibly thoughtful man. I wasn't even a fan of his comic, I just loved his entire optimism and positivity and insight.
|John Holmes Motherfucker |
I'm a man, and I can't be Mifune either.
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