BONUS REVIEW: The Art of Usagi Yojimbo – Stan Sakai

This is an oversized volume dedicated to the art and creative process behind the comic Usagi Yojimbo. There is a lengthy explanation of how the strip is drawn and what materials are used. This is presented in the form of an amusing cartoon strip drawn by and starring Stan Sakai himself.

There are examples of Usagi art from all throughout his more than a quarter century lifespan. There are the original concept sketches and dozens of illustrations from other magazines, convention programs and unpublished artwork. This is a real treasure trove of material. The covers from the first 20 collected editions are reproduced full size, full colour and without any text so you can see just what dramatic works of art they are. There is also a full colour strip depicting Usagi’s flight from the Battle of Achi Plain. This does feel a little jarring after 25 years of strict black and white however. There are also drawings of Usagi done by other famous comic book artists.

Whilst this adds no new story or revelations – unless you are a budding comic artist – this does feel very special. It is a reward for your devotion in following this rabbit through all his adventures. It is nice to get a glimpse behind the curtain and so deserves a Thumbs Up!

Bonus Review

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