Usagi Yojimbo creator/writer/artist Stan Sakai has won the Inaugural Joe Kubert Distinguished Storyteller Award.
The announcement was made Saturday, May 19th at the second annual Comic Con Revolution in Ontario, California.
The award is given by The Joe Kubert School and Atomic Crush Events to outstanding comics creators for their work and commitment to the comics industry.
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The adventures of Stan Sakai’s ronin rabbit, Usagi Yojimbo, have been optioned by Gaumont for development as an animated TV series.
The series will be co-produced by Gaumont, Sakai, James Wan’s Atomic Monster, and Dark Horse Entertainment’s Mike Richardson and Keith Goldberg who will serve as executive producers, with Chris Tongue as co-executive producer.
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Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo is one of the longest-running creator-owned comics characters in the world. His rabbit samurai has become beloved around the world. Now, Sakai looks twenty year’s into Miyamoto Usagi’s future, as he fights against the most treacherous of enemies – until they must unite against an even greater foe. Think anthropomorhic samurai and War of the Worlds.
Dark Horse presents a preview of Usagi Yojimbo: Senso #1, just after the jump.
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Dark Horse Comics has announced the return of one of comics’ most legendary independent creations – Stan Sakai’s samurai rabit, Usagi Yojimbo, in a brand new six-issue miniseries, Usagi Yojimbo: Senso (above left). Set twenty years from his present, General Miyamoto Usagi’s army and the forces of the treacherous Lord Hikiji are locked in their final battle when the unexpected happens – a metal rocket crashes to earth, bringing an enemy they could never have imagined.
Usagi Yojimbo: Senso will be in stores on August 6th. Also upcoming is The Usagi Yojimbo Saga: Volume 1 (above right) – a omnibus collection celebrating the character’s thirtieth anniversary. It will be available – in both softcover and limited hardcover editions on October 15th. For more details, check out the press release after the jump.
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According to a press release from Dark Horse Comics (read it after the jump), Stan Sakai and his family have hit a rough patch. Dark Horse has announced The Sakai Project: Artists Celebrate Thirty Years of Usagi Yojimbo as both a tribute to and benefit for Sakai, creator of the critically acclaimed Usagi Yojimbo series – in which a more or less traditional samurai saga is told using anthropomorphic characters (the titular samurai being a rabbit).
For a complete list of contributors to the oversized hardcover, again, check out the press release after the jump. I’ll just give you a few names to give you an idea of the level of excellence to be expected: Adam Hughes, Arthur Adams, Brian Michael Bendis, Dave Gibbons, Howard Chaykin, Matt Wagner, Geoff Darrow, Paul Gulacy, Walter Simonson. If that’s not enough to whet your appetite, I don’t know what is – but maybe you should also check out Usagi Yojimbo. It’s one heckuva good comic.
The Sakai Project: Artists Celebrate Thirty Years of Usagi Yojimbo will be in stores July 23rd.
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