More than 250 comics artists unite to pay tribute to Usagi Yojimbo creator

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Jul 23, 2014

One of the most powerful stories coming out of San Diego Comic-Con this year will almost certainly involve Usagi Yojimbo creator Stan Sakai.

Late last year, after a long period of illness, Sakai's wife Sharon had to spend a lengthy amount of time in the hospital, and then required ongoing care at home, as well as expensive medication. Fellow comics creators rallied around Sakai to help him through this trying financial time, but the comics industry isn't done helping this particular legend in their midst just yet.

If you've ever read Usagi Yojimbo, you know why it's widely regarded as a comics masterpiece. Sakai has produced consistently excellent work on the book for three decades now, both through his exceptional art and through his complex, ambitious storytelling. After 30 years, Usagi Yojimbo remains one of the best books on the racks, and this year at San Diego Comic-Con fellow artists will both help Sakai in his time of need and pay tribute to this masterpiece with The Sakai Project, an art book from Dark Horse Comics celebrating 30 years of Sakai's creation.

The Sakai Project has been building for a while now, but as Comic-Con dawns, Dark Horse has finally revealed just how big the project is. The final book, which will be available at the Dark Horse booth during the convention for $29.99, will feature 262 (yes, you read that right) artists, all doing their own spin on Sakai's creation. And this isn't just a group of fans who turned in their fan art. This is a who's who of great comic-book art, ranging from Neal Adams to Adam Hughes to Mike Mignola to Walt Simonson to Chris Samnee and many, many more. All proceeds from the sale of the book will go to Sakai and his family to help with their ongoing financial needs. 

The end result of this months-long effort to help Sakai and his family through a difficult time isn't just a testament to the respect Sakai's peers have for him, but to the continuing impact of his work. Usagi Yojimbo ranks among the most influential comics of its time by now, and many, many artists are clearly willing to provide proof of that with this project. So if you're a Sakai fan and want to help the man and his loved ones through a tough time, pick up the book at the con, or stay tuned for information on how you can pick up The Sakai Project later. Check out a full list (and trust us, it's a long list) of the artists involved, along with a few art samples, below.

(Via ComicsAlliance)

Adams, Art 54

Adams, Josh 65

Adams, Neal 96

Adlard, Charlie 51

Albuquerque, Alberto Jimenez 53

Albuquerque, Rafael 149

Alvarez, Juan 20

Anderson, Michael 29

Angleberger, Tom 95

Aragonés, Sergio 80-81

Ariff, Mokhzani Mohamed 15

Azpiri, Alfonzo 88

Bá, Gabriel 27

Bahr, Sean 126

Baltazar, Art 39

Beland, Tom 23

Bendis, Brian Michael 53

Bercier, Dominic 63

Bernet, Jordi 84

Beukes, Chris 93

Bocianowski, Mike 135

Borovac, Bruno 64

Bradshaw, Nick 32

Brereton, Dan 90

Brown, Jeffrey 126

Brown, Lars 115

Brubaker, Denver 70

Buccellato, Steve 88

Buzz 110

Campbell, Eddie 77

Campbell, J. Scott 125

Campos, Shane 74

Carasco, Manny 58

Carruthers, Sandy 103

Casserly, Aidan 21

Cau, Mario 71

Cervelle Santos, Aluisio 30

Chadwick, Paul 91

Chin, Joyce 145

Ching, Brian 45

Cho, Frank 48

Cichon, Seban 74

Conley, Aaron 42

Cook, Katie 114

Cooke, Darwyn 158

Cooper, Joseph 113

Corben, Richard 128

Costa, Ben 46

Crilley, Mark 19

Culver, Dennis 70

Curtis, Mike 87

D’Anda, Carlos 139

D’Angelo, Bruno 136

Dale, Jeremy 146

Darrow, Geof 26

Davis, Guy 141

Davis, Jack 98

Davison, Al 46

Delgado, Edgar 70

Delgado, Ricardo 150

deSouza, Lar 103

Dimitrievski, Mihajlo 73

Doherty, Jim 87

Dooney, Michael 17

Dos Santos, Mark 41

Dular, Picasso 137

Duncan, David Allan 92

Dunn, Ben 64

Duursema, Jan 25

Edwards, Don 64

Eltaeb, Gabe 47

Emdin, Anton 29

Evangelista, Gabriel 133

Farago, Andrew 124

Farfan, Jorge 110

Felizmenio, Aaron 76

Ferdinand, Ron 86

Fields, Gary 152

Fischer, Shane 87

Fleecs, Tony 124

Fowler, Tom 31, 62

Francesco 47

Franco 76

Freundt, Victor 29

Frye, Chad 30

Furuichi, Audra 140

Gant, George 106

Garcia, José 144

Genen, Andy 92

Gibbons, Dave 134

Gladden, Stephanie 123

Glasheen, Kate 72

Goldberg, Stan 156

Golden, Michael 43

Gom 112

Gordon, Steven E. 95

Goto, Ray 117

Green, Josh 71

Green, Sanford 34

Gretzky, Gaz 103

Groening, Matt 100

Guarnido, Juanjo 143

Guerra, Pia 102

Guilhaumond, Greg Lofe

Gulacy, Paul 131

Ha, Gene 118

Hallett, Scott 126

Hama, Larry 111

Hanson, Travis 132

Hardman, Gabriel 89

Hembeck, Fred 99

Henson, Eric 13

Hernandez, Gilbert 101

Ho, Jason 106

Hughes, Adam 78

Hugonnard-Bert, Julien 114

Hutchison, Megan 65

Jantze, Michael 160

Jew, Anson 64

Jew, Benton 26

Johnson, Dave 57

Jones, Nat 50

Jorge, Miguel 58

Kazaleh, Mike 117

Kean Soo 138

Keane, Jeff 86

Kibuishi, Kazu 20

Kim, Eric 38

Kimble, Jason 152

Kunkel, Mike 117

Lash, Batton 156

Law, Marvin 52

Leialoha, Steve 88

Lemire, Jeff 119

Leone, Mauricio 65

Levens, Megan 58

Linsner, Joseph Michael 147

Little, Troy 154

Lovett, Nate 44

Lu, Jerome 152

Luiz, Flavio 124

Luth, Tom 107

Luzniak, Greg 122

Macan, Darko 85

Mack, David 107

Maleev, Alex 82

Mandrake, Tom 10

Mariano, Mark 41

Marks, Jonathan 109

Martin, Oscar 102

Martinez, Paul Roman 107

Masterman, Adam 13

Mathias, Don 89

Matsumura, Huwj 152

McCrea, John 108

McNeil, Carla Speed 75

Menyz, Marcio 120

Mignola, Mike 148

Miki, Danny 22

Mommaerts, Robb 69

Montes, Dave 76

Moody, Katie 115

Moon, Fábio 116

Morrison, Bill 99

Morse, C. Scott 153

Muller, Eric 9, 38

Murase, Sho 138

Nasir, Dzulfeqar 12

Nauk, Todd 21

Nelson, Matt 44

Nguyen, Dustin 70

Nido, Julien 113, 129

Nixey, Troy 159

Norton, Mike 52

Nunez, Eddie 63

O’Barr, James 122

O’Toole, Darrin 29

Oeming, Michael Avon 16

Olivia 79 Ordway, Jerry 127

Panganiban, Wil 23

Panosian, Dan 33

Parsons, Daniel 97

Parton, Bradd 75

Pau 39

Peterson, David 151

Petz, Matthew 40

Pizzari, Luca 28

Pleger, Shelley 87

Potts, Carl 153

Powell, Eric 61

Presley, Pat 157

Procopio, Ruben 95

Quang, Phuong Mai Bui 39

Queen, Randy 102

R Squared Studio 102

Rader, Brad 52

Rafide, Guilherme 122

Renaud, Paul 59

Richmond, Tom 86

Riggs, Robin 113

Rivera, Paulo 68

Robertson, Darick 35

Rodriguez, Tone 6, 109

Romero, Leonardo 55

Rooth, Michael 71

Rousseau, Craig 93

Roux, Stéphane 53

Rozum, John 21

Salas, Ron 74

Sale, Tim 60

Samnee, Chris 67

Sanjulian 155

Scalf, Chris 75

Scullin, Patrick 153

Seeley, Tim 138

Sharp, Liam 143

Shaw!, Scott 97

Sheridan, Chris 93

Shinn, Tim 37

Sienkiewicz, Bill 130

Silver, Stephen 132

Simonson, Walter 104

Sison, Josef 21

Slama, Rudy 135

Smith, Cory 109

Smith, Jeff 94

Smith, Paul M. 36

Smith, Uko 97

Sneyd, Doug 83

Sohn, Alison 111

Stambaugh, Doug 24

Staton, Joe 87

Steacy, Ken 115

Stegbauer, Mark 110

Stewart, Cameron 11

Stout, William 105

Tamura, Breno 46

TenNapel, Doug 63

Texeira, Mark 41

Thibodeau, Robb 44

Thomasi, Elton 47

Thompson, Craig 56

Tirri, Chris 30

Tuazon, Noel 157

Tucci, Billy 49

Vasquez, Mike 135

Velásquez, Salvador 135

Wagner, Matt 66

West, Scott 121

Whalen, K R 114

Wheatley, Doug 14

White, Shane 18

Wolstenholme, Ben 24

Wright, Ken 115

Wu, Joseph 156

Wyatt, Steve 99

Yang, Gene 47

Yeagle, Dean 38

Yeh, Phil 157

Young, Skottie 126

Zero 92