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Artists & fans raising money for Stan Sakai, creator of iconic rabbit samurai Usagi Yojimbo

by Charles Solomon with John Rabe | Off-Ramp®

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Some of Usagi Yojimbo's adventures. courtesy Stan Sakai

Since 1984, Pasadena artist Stan Sakai has been drawing "Usagi Yojimbo," a comic book about the adventures of a rabbit samurai. His work has drawn countless awards, international acclaim and sales, and even this Off-Ramp audio profile by Charles Solomon.

But Sakai is still an independent artist and is now faced with paying medical bills for his wife Sharon, who has a brain tumor. 

The good news is he's not alone in the fight: his colleagues from the worlds of comics and animation have been raising money, including the release of "The Sakai Project" by Dark Horse, with dozens of artists contributing their take on the rabbit hero.

All proceeds from the sales go to the Sakai's, and it was so popular at Comic Con that it sold out ... twice!

There are two events in LA where you can buy the book and get it signed by many of the artists it features, and help Stan and Sharon.

  • Saturday, August 2, at the Frank & Son Collectible Show in City of Industry, from 10:30am - 5pm. Some artists who'll be there: Jeff Keane (Family Circus), Ricardo Delgado, Rubèn Procopio, Steven E. Gordon, Wil Panganiban, Mark Dos Santos, Brad Rader, Mike Kunkel, Jonathan Marks, Stephen Silver, Stan Sakai, Scott Shaw!, Tone Rodriguez, Aidan Casserly, Benton Jew, Anson Jew, Chad Frye.
  • Saturday, August 16, Meltdown Comics on Sunset Blvd, time and artists TBA.


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