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Stan Sakai

Artist / Creator
California, USA

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Stan Sakai was born in Kyoto, Japan, grew up in Hawaii, and now lives in Southern 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. Usagi first appeared in Albedo Comics #2 in 1984. Since then, he has been on television as a guest of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, on clothing, toys, in comic books, games, and in a series of trade paperback collections. His books have been translated into ten languages, including Polish and Croatian.

In 1991, Stan created Space Usagi, the adventures of a descendant of the original Usagi, dealing with the samurai in a futuristic setting. Stan also serves as the letterer for Sergio Aragones' Groo the Wanderer comic books and the Spider-Man Sunday newspaper strip. He is the recipient of a number of awards, including a Parent's Choice Award, an Inkpot, multiple Eisners, two Spanish Haxturs, an American Library Association Award, and a National Cartoonists Society Comic Book Division Award. He has spoken at venues such as The College of William and Mary, The Connecticut Historical Society, the Japanese-American National Library, and the Japan Tower in Brussels.

Stan is published by Dark Horse Comics and Fantagraphics Books. There are twenty volumes of his collected works, all in print. The most recent, Usagi Yojimbo Book 19: Fathers and Sons, was published in July, 2005.

Stan enjoys traveling and has been exhibited internationally. When he was in Norway as a guest of the Raptus International Comics Festival in Bergen, one of the highlights was partaking of the local cuisine, such as the abundant seafood, moose, reindeer, and even sheep's head.



Convention Guest Appearances:
   Baka!-Con 1999 - April 23-25 in Tukwila, WA
   FanimeCon 2000 - February 24-27 in Santa Clara, CA
   FanimeCon 2001 - March 30 - April 1 in Santa Clara, CA
   A-Kon 2002 - May 31 - June 2 in Dallas, TX
   AnimeIowa 2002 - August 23-25 in Cedar Rapids, IA
   Anime North 2003 - May 16-18 in Toronto, ON
   Emerald City Comicon 2004 - February 29 in Seattle, WA
   Anthrocon 2004 - July 9-11 in Philadelphia, PA
   Comic-Con International: San Diego 2004 - July 22-25 in San Diego, CA
   Anime North 2005 - May 27-29 in Toronto, ON
   Anime Weekend Atlanta 2005 - September 23-25 in Atlanta, GA
   I-Con 2006 - March 24-26 in Stony Brook, NY
   Kawaii Kon 2006 - April 14-16 in Honolulu, HI
   MegaCon 2008 - March 7-9 in Orlando, FL
   Kawaii Kon 2009 - April 10-12 in Honolulu, HI
   Boston Comic Con 2011 - April 30 - May 1 in Boston, MA
   Phoenix Comicon 2011 - May 26-29 in Phoenix, AZ
   Montreal Comiccon 2011 - September 17-18 in Montréal, QC
   Long Beach Comic and Horror Con 2011 - October 29-30 in Long Beach, CA
   Animé Los Angeles 2012 - January 6-8 in Los Angeles, CA
   Katsucon 2012 - February 17-19 in National Harbor, MD
   Gem City Comic Con 2013 - March 23-24 in Dayton, OH
   Emerald City Comicon 2014 - March 28-30 in Seattle, WA
   Big Wow! ComicFest 2014 - May 17-18 in San Jose, CA
   Comic-Con International: San Diego 2014 - July 24-27 in San Diego, CA
   Boston Comic Con 2014 - August 8-10 in Boston, MA
   Planet Comicon 2015 - March 13-15 in Kansas City, MO
   Big Wow! ComicFest 2015 - April 18-19 in San Jose, CA
   Baltimore Comic-Con 2015 - September 25-27 in Baltimore, MD
   Lucca Comics and Games 2015 - October 29 - November 1 in Lucca, Italy
   Bakersfield Comic-Con 2015 - November 22 in Bakersfield, CA
   San Diego Comic Fest 2016 - February 12-15 in San Diego, CA
   Phoenix Comicon 2016 - June 2-5 in Phoenix, AZ
   Boston Comic Con 2016 - August 12-14 in Boston, MA
   Rose City Comic Con 2016 - September 10-11 in Portland, OR
35 guest appearances

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