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Ramble On, Rabbit.

I’m traveling today and, as I live in a fantasy world, I’m reminded of one of my favorite wandering characters. Usagi Yojimbo is a great homeless person. Instead of living under a bridge or begging for change outside the mall, he just wanders and sets things right where they’ve gone wrong.

Here’s a quick sketch from his creator, Stan Sakai. And for cheap. Click on the image if you want to check a dirt-cheap Buy-It-Now. Would look nice framed IN YOUR HOME, which you are lucky enough to have. Unlike our homeless friend Usagi.

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Year of the Rabbit

I’m not very original when naming my posts. “Year of the Rabbit” is the name of the Stan Sakai exhibit at the Japanese American National Museum that I walk by every time I go to the bank. In all my hustle for San Diego Comic Con, I haven’t gotten the time to stop in the museum yet. I intend to change that as soon as I get back to LA. And even without having seen it yet, I urge you to go. Stan Sakai is a treasure and one of the dudes in comics we should be celebrating. Today we’re going to celebrate by spotlighting some random Sakai merch I found on Ebay.

First up is a very pretty Usagi Yojimbo print given added value through a (very) rough sketch and signature by Sakai. Get a frame and put it in your dining room.

A little less impressive is this collectable card signed by Sakai. It’s also got Usagi on it. I wouldn’t expect anything else. Sakai has a long career in comics and has done a great many things, but he’ll be best remembered for his long-running samurai rabbit. Buy this card, because why not?

Year of the Rabbit runs through October 30 and you can find the Japanese American National Museum in the Little Tokyo section of Los Angeles. Easy access from the train and a pleasant neighborhood to grab dinner in. No reason you shouldn’t check it out if you live in the area. Maybe you’ll see me there.

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The Way of the Animal Samurai

Recently I posted about Sergio Aragones and his most famous creation, Groo. Now let’s talk about an equally unique force in creator-owned publishing, Stan Sakai and his work, Usagi Yojimbo. For years, Stan has quietly been releasing one of comicdom’s greatest epics.

His work is exactly what people claim they want in comics: well-contained arcs that provide perfect jumping-off points for the entire series. Yet, Usagi relies on a cult following (with occasionally swells amid surrounding trends, only to fall back to its baseline each time). Why? Because comic fans are lying-ass bullshitters who really want the same product wrapped in different packaging.

Here’s a framed piece of original art from Stan. And it’s going for dirt-cheap. MEANWHILE, SOMEWHERE ON EBAY SOME FOOL IS PAYING TOP DOLLAR FOR ART FROM A CREATOR WITH ONE-TENTH THE TALENT. GET WITH THE REAL, PEOPLE.

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