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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.