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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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A Wandering Ronin is Ambushed by Bandits - Dark Horse Comics: Usagi Yojimbo

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USAGI YOJIMBO LIMITED EDITION CHERRY BLOSSOM PRINT SIGNED BY STAN SAKAI
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Usagi Yojimbo - Volume 11 - Seasons - TPB - Stan Sakai
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USAGI YOJIMBO Signed ART PRINT Stan Sakai MIYAMOTO Ronin SAMURAI 17 x 11" NEW
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USAGI YOJIMBO Signed ART PRINT Stan Sakai SDCC 2010 Lithograph MIYAMOTO Ronin
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The Usagi Yojimbo Saga Book 1 TP by Stan Sakai NM/M
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Stan Sakai Original Art Sketch Lot of 7!!!! Usagi Yojimbo, Ninja Turtle,
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Lot of 3 Usagi Yojimbo by Stan Sakai signed autographed postcards
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Samurai Jack Series Finale Features Two Major Character's Deaths - Comicbook.com
Posted on Sunday May 21, 2017


Samurai Jack Series Finale Features Two Major Character's Deaths
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Warning! Spoilers for Samurai Jack's season five finale lie below! After more than a decade, fans of Samurai Jack have been given an ending befitting of the critically acclaimed series. The cartoon, which first premiered on Cartoon Network back in 2001 ...

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Retailer Spotlight: Samurai Comics - Marvel (press release) (registration) (blog)
Posted on Wednesday April 26, 2017


Retailer Spotlight: Samurai Comics
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The original Samurai Comics was opened by myself and my then fiancée—now wife—Moryha. She shared [my] love for comics and anime, and had a great job at Charles Schwab Corporation so she could pay the bills while I followed my dream of opening a ...

Comic fanatics in Phoenix wait in line for Free Comic Book Day - AZFamily
Posted on Sunday May 07, 2017


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Comic fanatics in Phoenix wait in line for Free Comic Book Day
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Within minutes of opening on Saturday, Samurai Comics in central Phoenix was full of patrons for Free Comic Book Day. For 15 years, Mike Banks, owner of Samurai Comics, has been opening his doors to comic book fans in the Valley. Comic fanatics all ...

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Free skiing, free ice cream, free comics and more - ABC15 Arizona
Posted on Friday May 05, 2017


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Free skiing, free ice cream, free comics and more
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All About Books and Comics is celebrating with free carnival games, free photo ops with live superheroes and everyone gets at least one free comic book. Samurai Comics is also celebrating at all three of their locations with all sorts of free fun ...

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Retailer Spotlight Archives - News | Marvel.com - Marvel (press release) (registration) (blog)
Posted on Wednesday April 26, 2017


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Retailer Spotlight Archives - News | Marvel.com
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In each installment of Retailer Spotlight, learn more about some of the world's top comic book shops and how they came to be! It all began with a quack and a ...

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Jim Zub And Steven Cummings' Image Comics Series 'Wayward ... - Bleeding Cool News
Posted on Monday May 15, 2017


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Jim Zub And Steven Cummings' Image Comics Series 'Wayward ...
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Jim Zub and Steven Cummings' Wayward ongoing comic series from Image has been optioned for television by Manga Entertainment, the UK-based ...

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Samurai Jack Got His Sword & Shaved the Beard: XCVIII Review ... - Thrillist
Posted on Saturday April 29, 2017


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Samurai Jack Got His Sword & Shaved the Beard: XCVIII Review ...
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After weeks of patient waiting and theorizing, Samurai Jack followed up the white-knuckle intensity of last week's suicidal final minutes with a treat for its fans: ...
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