Random butt-kicking Usagis.
…—I have no words, Leonardo.
Thank you, Leonardo!
And a Happy Valentine’s Day to you as well.
Gift from the glorious Mooncalfe
And thanks to elphabafae for sharing her amazing comission with us!
along with probably every other artist growing up on comics in the 80s and 90s, Usagi Yojimbo was a key influence for me in storytelling and art. Stan Sakai is a pioneer of the indy comics and creator owned world, and getting to know him in the last few years has been humbling. With the caliber of talent and experience he’s at, he still always takes the time to talk to emerging artists and greets us at every convention at the floor. I am honored to be able to call him a friend.
Some of my friends may already be aware, Stan’s wife, Sharon, has been battled a debilitating illness for some time. Sharon is now back from the hospital after an extended stay, but her condition requires 24-hour care and medicines that cost more than their insurance covers, and obviously, more than many cartoonist and probably human beings can handle alone. Medical costs be crazy.
My friend Jason Schachter is helping me put up this Usagi In The Snow original up for purchase on his original art store’s website. It’s 9 x 12 on 300lb fabriano watercolor paper, done in watercolor and is up for grabs to one generous individual who’d like to help the Sakai family in their fight. http://www.essentialsequential.com/Usagi-Yojimbo-by-Dustin-Nguyen_p_2670.html
CAPS (Cartoon Art Professional Society) has set up Paypal to take donations as well for those who want to help in any way, big or small. http://garageartstudio.blogspot.com/2013/11/help-stan-sakai.html
thanks for reading everyone!
I have not met such a man, no.
However, I vaguely recall that Renet-san said she encountered someone of that description before.
Stan is dealing with one of the pitfalls of doing creator-owned comics… his wife Sharon has been battling a debilitating illness for a while that has included a long hospital stay and convalescence. She is home now but needs 24-hour care and medication and its more than their insurance covers.
CAPS, the Cartoon Art Professional Society is putting together an auction where 100% of the proceeds will go to Stan and Sharon to pay their on-going medical expenses. CAPS is asking for fellow cartoonist and comic book artists to contribute original artwork to the cause.
(Click on the link to learn how you can help!)
This is awful news to hear! Don’t be afraid to reblog! :(