Stan Sakai's Usagi Yojimbo has thrilled readers for more than thirty years and Sakai has been hailed as one of the true masters of the comics medium. Now, in the first Usagi Yojimbo Gallery Edition, readers are invited to look over Sakai's shoulder at his original artwork, reproduced at full size and in living color. This edition includes a selection of art from the earliest stories of the rabbit ronin, including the very first Usagi story, the complete origin tale Samurai, and more from Usagi Yojimbo's Fantagraphics and Mirage years! With an unparalleled view of Sakai's breathtaking artwork, this volume is sure to be a treasure for artists and comics fans alike!
Stan Sakai's original art, painstaking reproduced at original size and in full color! Includes extra, never-before-seen art and a new introduction by Sakai!
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Stan Sakai was born in Kyoto, Japan, grew up in Hawaii, and now lives in California. He received a Fine Arts degree from the University of Hawaii, and did further studies at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. His creation, Usagi Yojimbo, is the story of a samurai rabbit living in a feudal Japan populated by anthropomorphic animals. It first appeared in Albedo Comics in 1984. Since then, Usagi has been on television as a guest of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and as toys, on clothing, in comic books, and in a series of trade paperback collections. In 1991, Stan created Space Usagi, the adventures of a descendant of the original Usagi, dealing with the samurai in a futuristic setting. Stan is also an award-winning letterer for his work on Sergio Aragonés' Groo the Wanderer, the Spider-Man Sunday newspaper strips as well as Usagi Yojimbo. He is the recipient of a Parents' Choice Award, an Inkpot Award, multiple Eisner Awards, two Spanish Haxturs, an American Library Association Award, and a National Cartoonists' Society Division Award. Usagi Yojimbo Book 12: Grasscutter was used as a textbook in Japanese history classes at the University of Portland. The author lives in Pasadena, CA..
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