Stan Sakai has been writing, drawing, inking and lettering Usagi for twenty-five years now, and to celebrate a quarter of a century of Samurai rabbit stories he’s created something truly special.
Yokai is an original graphic novel presented in an extremely slick hard cover format that has been %100 water colored by Sakai; a first for the title. Stan has been painting covers for years now, but this is the first time we’re treated to a full story and it is glorious! The book is shorter than most of his collected volumes because of how intensive the process had to be to color all the pages but it also features a new interview with Sakai at the end as well as a behind the scenes look at how the coloring process comes together for him.
As a hardcore fan, all the way back when I only knew the rabbit from his TMNT toy and guest appearance on the show, this has been a really special item for the collection. Way to go, Stan! Happy Birthday Usagi! Here’s to another twenty five!