Usagi Yojimbo was a book that I always wanted to get into, thanks to his many crossovers with the TMNT. Sometime last year, I finally decided to purchase the first three collected volumes. I was instantly hooked. Stan Sakai made such an impression on me with his story telling and his art that when he began accepting commissions for SDCC via his website, I just had to get something from him. Like the other artists I featured on the blog, I asked him to draw his favorite turtle, but I also requested for Usagi to be in the piece. No real surprise to TMNT fans: Stan chose Leo.
People always blog about how Stan Sakai is one of the nicest people in the comic books business. I met Stan for the first time last year during SDCC, and now I can understand why the fans love him. He was a pleasure to talk to, and extremely patient with everyone who came up to his booth. Stan genuinely enjoyed talking to his fans, and he even took the time to answer a few of my n00bish questions. It was one of my personal highlights from comic con.
For more on Stan and all things UY, check out his official website:
Usagi Yojimbo Dojo
And to see what Stan is currently up to, here's his blog:
Coming Up Next: TMNT & Splinter art prints by Rak
Coming Up Soon: Hawkman by Ramona Fradon
Coming Up Later: Mikey by Ryan Brown