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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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Steve Brown Attacker Laughed Before Going Off And He Drew Blood!!! - TMZ.com
Posted on Monday January 22, 2018


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Steve Brown Attacker Laughed Before Going Off And He Drew Blood!!!
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Comic Steve Brown says the guy who viciously attacked him during his stand-up act over the weekend was loving the show when all of a sudden he seemed to go from Jekyll to Hyde. Steve told us what happened in the moments before his attacker stormed the ...

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Learning Japanese from TV samurai tales of the wild East - The Japan Times
Posted on Monday January 22, 2018


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Learning Japanese from TV samurai tales of the wild East
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... far from modern Japanese — can be challenging That said, difficulty in comprehension shouldn't keep you from enjoying scenes of lovely kimono-clad actresses and swashbuckling samurai performing choreographed displays of martial arts. Most TV ...

The Comics Classroom: Exploring 47 RONIN, Part 1 - Comicosity
Posted on Friday January 12, 2018


The Comics Classroom: Exploring 47 RONIN, Part 1
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I am excited to begin 2018 with a column series that will focus on a subject I have loved since the fifth grade: samurai. While I am in no way saying that the works discussed through this column or subsequent columns will be enough to truly help a ...

The Comics Classroom: Exploring 47 RONIN, Part 2 - Comicosity
Posted on Wednesday January 17, 2018


The Comics Classroom: Exploring 47 RONIN, Part 2
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The play and the incident of the Forty-seven Samurai both belong to the Tokugawa Era. During this long period of peace and prosperity, the samurai class seemed increasingly irrelevant, particularly in the face of the rising merchant class. As a result ...

'Sailor Moon' Art Turns Its Heroines Into Samurai Warriors - Comicbook.com
Posted on Sunday January 14, 2018


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'Sailor Moon' Art Turns Its Heroines Into Samurai Warriors
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... throwing knives and ofuda, Sailor Mars looks like she is ready to blast you away. Sailor Jupiter rounds out the makeover with her comfy look. With her hair pulled back, the fighter shows off her kinjutsu skills with a long sword. The Sailor Scout ...

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Posted on Monday January 08, 2018


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XM Studios Shows Off Gorgeous Samurai Catwoman Statue
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XM Studios has made pre-orders available for the latest figure out of their Samurai Batman line: Catwoman.The 1/4 scale figure comes as part of XM's made-to-order mechanics, and the limited-run figure will only be available for purchase until January ...

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