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Nat Gertler on Kim Thompson, Critters, Usagi Yojimbo and Albedo
posted June 23, 2013

With all the good things that the are to say about Kim, I find it a bit befuddling that folks tend to lead with some claim to him launching Usagi Yojimbo via Critters. Usagi had previously appeared in three issues of Albedo, a series which drew its own attention (print runs on the issues containing Usagi range from 2,000 to 10,000), and there were certainly those of us who came to Critters because of Usagi, rather than the other way 'round. Kim and the folks at Fantagraphics did well by Usagi, continued to get the work the attention it deserves, but the launching was done elsewhere.

(You are right in that Critters is absolutely a fine anthology that folks should check out.)