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Usagi Yojimbo, Rabbit Samurai created by Stan Sakai

Usagi Yojimbo is the story of a ronin (masterless samurai) rabbit whose tales are published in a series of comic books and graphic novels. Created by Stan Sakai, the samurai, Usagi, roams a mythical,  medieval Japan ( the beginning of Edo period Feudal Japan - early 17th century ). Wandering the land as a shugyosha (student warrior on a pilgramage) and otherwise following the honor code that governs samurai, Usagi occasionally sells his services as a yojimbo (bodyguard). Hence the title "Usagi Yojimbo". There are great sword fights and  cool ninja, from every animal species as anthropomorphic animals replace humans in the drawing and stories.
 
Usagi Yojimbo is that rarity in the world of comics: A book conceived, written, lettered and wholly illustrated by one person - and produced not for just a few stories, but over an extended period. Tom Luth provides cover coloring but otherwise, the story, artwork, coloring and lettering are all done by Stan Sakai. And this has been going on since 1985, ever since the notion of the Samurai Rabbit occurred to him.  The character first appeared in the second issue of a limited-run comic called Albedo. The stories are marvelous and the artwork roams from compelling to zen-like.
 
The "Rabbit Bodyguard's"  full name is Usagi Miyamoto. This comic book character is  loosely based on the famous Japanese swordsman Miyamoto Musashi,  His adventures draw from Japanese myth, legend, history and popular culture. There are other fascinating character in the comic books, including  the female samurai, Tomoe Ame (an anthropomorphised cat) who is based on the woman warrior Tomoe Gozen.
 

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Usagi Yojimbo exhibits a strong moral code (and strong story writing). Usagi Yojimbo also often juggles storylines as it follows several distinct characters unwittingly meandering their way toward their ultimate convergences with one another - stories within stories... Usagi is often attacked by bandits and enemy ninja. These opponents frequently disguise themselves as harmless peasants, villagers or priests.
 
Stan Sakai's Usagi Yojimbo began in 1985 and is still published regularly, currently by Dark Horse Publishing. Sakai said that Usagi had been optioned many times over the years and that it was currently optioned for both a film and TV series. However, the cartoonist cautioned fans that this meant nothing at all in Hollywood.
 
Sakai, a third-generation Japanese-American,  notes that he was born in Japan and grew up in Hawaii. His mother, much like his most famous creation, came from a family with a samurai tradition.
 
If you are looking to read  about and understand the world in which the Japanese Samurai lived, you will get a great glimpse in the comic books about Usagi Yojimbo. The books consist of short stories, with underlying larger plotlines which culminate into longer, extended story arcs. The stories include many references to Japanese history and Japanese folklore, and sometimes include mythical creatures. The architecture, clothes, weapons, and other objects are drawn with a faithfulness to the period's style. There are often stories whose purpose is to illustrate various elements of Japanese arts and crafts, such as the fashioning of kites, swords, and pottery.
 
There is beauty, widsom and lots of Samurai action when you read about the Adventures of the Rabbit Samurai, Usagi Yojimbo.

About the Author:  Scott Harker is the publisher of several websites including: Pin-up Artist, Battling Pests, Mesothelioma, and Spiritual Paths.

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'Westworld' Rides Past Samurai World and Straight Into Comic-Con - Hollywood Reporter
Posted on Saturday July 22, 2017


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'Westworld' Rides Past Samurai World and Straight Into Comic-Con
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The scene has gone largely unexplained thus far, with both Nolan and his co-creator and spouse Lisa Joy playing especially coy on the matter. When asked at Comic-Con if Samurai World would play a role in season two, Nolan would only offer: "How much ...
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Exclusive: Mondo Reveals 'Star Wars,' 'Labyrinth,' and 'Samurai Jack' Posters Coming to Comic-Con - /FILM
Posted on Thursday July 13, 2017


Exclusive: Mondo Reveals 'Star Wars,' 'Labyrinth,' and 'Samurai Jack' Posters Coming to Comic-Con
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So we're pleased to exclusively reveal six prints that the Austin-based company is bringing to San Diego Comic-Con 2017. Fans of Star Wars, Attack on Titan, Samurai Jack, Labyrinth, Beauty and the Beast, and 2001: A Space Odyssey who will be attending ...

Anthony Bourdain Is Writing a Comic Book Based on Samurai Ghost Stories - Esquire.com
Posted on Monday July 17, 2017


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Anthony Bourdain Is Writing a Comic Book Based on Samurai Ghost Stories
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Anthony Bourdain is writing a comic book about chefs who tell each other scary food stories, which seems about right. Vulture reports the comic, called Hungry Ghosts, echoes a samurai warrior tradition of telling progressively scarier stories to other ...
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DC Comics Cancels Suicide Squad: The Black Files — For Now - Bleeding Cool News
Posted on Thursday July 27, 2017


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DC Comics Cancels Suicide Squad: The Black Files — For Now
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DC Comics has decided to postpone Suicide Squad: The Black Files in its entirety before the first issue has even been published.

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19 Of The Coolest Cosplay Costumes At Comic-Con 2017 - Forbes
Posted on Monday July 24, 2017


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19 Of The Coolest Cosplay Costumes At Comic-Con 2017
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San Diego Comic-Con took place over the weekend, the international nerd extravaganza hosting panels and sneak previews from every fandom, including Star Wars, The Magicians, Stranger Things and Marvel's upcoming Defenders. Around 125,000 people ...

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Deconstructing The Jungle Queen Trope As Sheena Returns To Comics - Bleeding Cool News
Posted on Thursday July 27, 2017


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Deconstructing The Jungle Queen Trope As Sheena Returns To Comics
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The novel started the trope that would continue in comics, pulps and B-movies with Darwa, in the 1919 film A Scream in the Night; the Jungle Girl in H Bedford-Jones's Jungle Girl in 1934; and Sheena, created by Eisner and Jerry Iger in 1938. All of ...

Welcome to 'Westworld': An Inside Look at the Comic-Con Experience - Hollywood Reporter
Posted on Thursday July 20, 2017


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Welcome to 'Westworld': An Inside Look at the Comic-Con Experience
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Another galaxy?), except for the following: Technology is so advanced that illnesses aren't much of a problem anymore, and oh by the way there's a massive amusement park filled with robots who think they're cowboys, Samurai, or some other highly ...
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