Stan Sakai at Pasadena Obon 2008 with one of his original paintings

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 furthered his studies at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.  His creation, Usagi Yojimbo, first appeared in comics in 1984.  Since then, Usagi has been on television as a guest of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and has been made into toys, seen on clothing, and featured in a series of trade-paperback collections.  In 1991, Stan created Space Usagi, a series about the adventures of a descendent of the original Usagi that dealt with 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, and Usagi Yojimbo. Stan is a recipient of a Parents' Choice Award, an Inkpot Award, and multiple Eisner Awards. 

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