Stan Sakai is the renowned comic book creator who has written and drawn the adventures of his samurai rabbit Usagi Yojimbo for the past 30 years. In 2004, doctors discovered an inoperable brain tumor in Sakai’s wife Sharon. Treatments did not shrink the tumor and it began growing aggressively in 2011. Sharon Sakai is now paralyzed on the left side of her face and is blind and deaf. Despite having excellent medical insurance there are medical bills that have mounted over the past few years. As the comic book creative community does they rallied to support the Sakai family.
The Comic Art Professional Society (CAPS) reached out to comic book artists on behalf of the Sakai Family that would be auctioned. Hundreds of pieces of art featuring hundreds of artists’ interpretations of Usagi Yojimbo were auctioned over a 19 week period.
The various pieces of art have been collected by CAPS and Dark Horse Comics, who publishes the Usagi Yojimbo comic books, in “The Sakai Project: Artists Celebrate Thirty Years of ‘Usagi Yojimbo.’” This beautiful 160 page hardcover is a “one-of-a-kind treasure” with a wide range of artists contributing their take on the samurai rabbit.
On Saturday, August 16, 2014, 21 of the contributing artists will be at Meltdown Comics and Collectibles in West Hollywood for an epic signing event. “The Sakai Project: Artists Celebrate Thirty Years of ‘Usagi Yojimbo’” will be available for $45 signed by all 21 artists and if you already have the book it is $15 for the autographs. All proceeds from the event go to Stan and Sharon Sakai to help with their medical bills.
Artists appearing will be Sakai, Sergio Aragones, Mark Evanier, Bill Morrison, Tone Rodriguez, Mark Dos Santos, Ruben Procopio, Ricardo Delgado, Dean Yeagle, Chad Frye, Tom Luth, Steve Gordon, Benton Jew, Patrick Scullin, Robert Stanley, William Stout, Anson Jew, Mike Kazaleh, Aidan Casserly, Jeff, Keane, and Brad Rader.
This signing is for a great cause and you will get a book of art you will treasure. If you cannot make it you can purchase a copy of the book at your nearest comic book retailer. Click here to find your nearest store. Or if you want to see the book on your tablet device you can purchase it through Dark Horse Digital. All proceeds will go to the Sakai family.