Stan Sakai's masterwork Usagi Yojimbo continues to enchant its multitude of fans thirty years after its debut. The five-time Eisner Award-winning series has had many incarnations, but none so stunning and absolute as this: The Usagi Yojimbo Gallery Edition. Now, in Volume 2, relive some of your favorite moments from Usagi's Dark Horse daysthe timeless tea ceremony in Chanoyu , Usagi's childhood mishap in Usagi and the Tengu, and morein a way you've never seen them before! This oversized tome showcases Sakai's unaltered artwork, scanned from the original art boards and reproduced at actual size and in full colormaking it the ultimate collector's edition!
Original art reproductions of Usagi Yojimbo issues #65: Usagi and the Tengu; #74-75: Hokashi; #93: Chanoyu; #103-104: The Darkness and the Soul; #116: The Outlaw, #123: The Death of Lord Hikiji; #141: Two Hundred Jizo. Also includes The Artist from Dark Horse Presents #35-36.
"Sakai's Usagi Yojimbo is a genuine treasure, and this issue is no exception. In an ideal world, everyone would read Usagi Yojimbo. This is as good a place as any to start making that happen. Check it out. You'll be pleased you did". Comic Book Resources
"Stan Sakai is able to spin a web of emotions with few words . . . nothing is lost as each sentence has a meaning and purpose towards the larger narrative. The art is equally gorgeously simple . . . a must read for any comic book fan." -Graphic Policy
About the Author
Stan Sakai was born in Kyoto, Japan, grew up in Hawaii, and now lives in California with his children, Hannah and Matthew. 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.