With more than two hundred issues and counting, Stan Sakai's "Usagi Yojimbo" is among comics' most monumental achievements. To celebrate the rabbit ronin's thirtieth anniversary, Dark Horse proudly presents Miyamoto Usagi's epic trek along the warrior's path in a new series of deluxe compilations. In this first volume, Usagi protects a village from a band of assassins, reluctantly engages in a duel for blood money, hunts a gangster who has stolen his swords, and more. This is a signed and numbered hardcover edition, limited to 900 copies. Collects the following "Usagi trades: Book 8: Shades of Death, Book 9: Daisho, Book 10: The Brink of Life and Death.
About the Author
Stan Sakai was born in Kyoto, Japan, grew up in Hawaii, and now lives in California with his wife, Sharon, and 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 Aragones' "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.