Notes: An oversized book reproducing examples of Stan Sakai's Usagi Yojimbo artwork from throughout his then twenty-year career. Many of the drawings are previously unpublished. With a 32-page color section of Sakai's paintings, many of which are cover illustrations.
Usagi Yojimbo, an anthropomorphic samurai saga with a rabbit as the main character, is one of the longest-running independent comic series, with more than 200 comic issues published, collected into some 40 graphic novel volumes. The author-illustrator Stan Sakai was born in Japan and emigrated to the US as a young boy. He is one of the most successful Asian American comic artists. A Netflix CGI series, Samurai Rabbit, based on Usagi Yojimbo characters, premiered on Netflix in April 2022.
200 pages. 9-1/4 by 12-1/4 inches.
Edition + Condition: First edition (first printing). A fine copy signed with a particularly good drawing at the front. Sakai sketched the work first in pencil and then in pen, a level of detail he seldom employs when signing books.
Publication: Milwaukie, OR: Dark Horse Books, 2004.
Item No: #361628