Stan Sakai

Stan  Sakai

Stan Sakai grew up in Hawaii after being born in Kyoto, Japan. Stan graduated from the University of Hawaii with a bachelor's degree in fine arts and continued his education at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. Stan's creation, Usagi Yojimbo, originally appeared in the comic book Albedo Anthropomorphics #2 in 1984. Stan is the recipient of a Parents' Choice Award, an Inkpot Award, an American Library Association Award, two Harvey Awards, five Spanish Haxturs, and eight Wilbur Awards. Usagi has appeared on television as a guest of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, has been manufactured into toys, has been seen on clothes, and his stories have been gathered in more than three hundred graphic novels and translated into 16 languages. Stan was honored by the Japanese American National Museum in 2011 with the Cultural Ambassador Award for his efforts to disseminate Japanese history and culture via his stories. In 2018, Stan received the inaugural Joe Kubert Excellence in Storytelling Award, and in 2020, he will be inducted into the Will Eisner Hall of Fame. Stan is now working on an Usagi animated series for Netflix in collaboration with Gaumont USA.