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Drawn from the heart

  • COURTESY STAN SAKAI
    Stan Sakai, left, grandson Leo, wife Sharon, son Matthew and daughter Hannah gathered for a snapshot last year. The photo was taken in December, shortly before Leo died in his sleep, yet another tragedy to befall the family.
  • COURTESY JON MURAKAMI
    Jon Murakami, who draws “Gordon Rider” and the Hono­lulu Star-Advertiser’s “Calabash”?comic strip, submitted an action-packed page of Usagi engaged in a battle with a foe that has vexed many. “I wanted a fun tribute to Usagi Yojimbo,” he said. “I wanted to do something different than a pin-up and try a multipaneled page. So Usagi jumping around with a lot of action filled with anime speed lines … and you know me, always have to have a punch line.”
  • COURTESY THEODORE LEE
    Theodore Lee’s works carry a theme of strength.
  • COURTESY DARK HORSE
    Canadian artist Doug Wheatley has illustrated several “Star Wars” stories for Dark Horse Comics.
  • COURTESY AMY TOKUDA
    Amy Tokuda’s joyful scene depicts Usagi with love interest Mariko.
  • COURTESY AUDRA FURUICHI
    Audra Furu­ichi’s piece depicts the rabbit samurai surrounded by foxes — a homage to the character Kitsune in the “Usagi Yojimbo” series.

  • “The Sakai Project” features other artists’ interpretation of Stan Sakai’s “Usagi Yojimbo” character.

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