Art Auction To Support Stan Sakai’s Wife


Comic artist Ben Dunn has contributed a piece towards the auction to help support Stan Sakai’s wife after an unfortunate illness. For those who don’t know, Stan is the creator of Usagi Yojimbo, the samurai rabbit seen in the artwork above. He’s fighting against Ben Dunn’s creation Ichi-Kun Ichihonei in this piece. Most of these drawings will be included in The Sakai Project: Artists Celebrate Thirty Years of Usagi Yojimbo, a book being released by Dark Horse this July. So this very drawing just may be in the book itself and the original could be yours!

Not only is Ben Dunn included, but other artists are part of this project too! There will be 30 to 50 items posted weekly until all of the content is gone. You can see a full list of all items at the Stan Sakai Auction list. It’s for a great cause and these folks are wonderful people who have brought many so much joy with Usagi and their convention visits over the years.

Check it out! There are many wonderful pieces of art and other various art related items available including a copy of Visual Storytelling – Art and Technique by Tony Caputo and The Art of Comic Book Inking by Gary Martin. For the art specifically above, Ben Dunn’s auction can be found here. The auctions themselves are presented CAPS, the Comic Art Professional Society.



  1. DemonDan April 4, 2014 6:44 pm 

    I feel like a bad comic community member for not knowing who these people are… To the interwebs!

  2. Coyote April 5, 2014 12:21 pm 

    Many, many years ago (late 80’s/early 90’s or so) there was a comic book named Albedo, made by Steve Gallacci. It was a military-themed sci-fi furry comic, and unlike other furry comics, wasn’t fixated on sex. My roommate at the time was making a fanzine primarily to support this comic project, but he also did stuff on other furry comics that also weren’t porn-based (it was a small fanzine, needless to say).

    At that time, Stan Sakai was becoming pretty well known in a lot of circles but he had not yet become really big. He was publishing alongside Gallacci in “Albedo”, and he sent my roommate some stuff for the fanzine, and I remember my roommate telling me “this Sakai guy is going to be very big someday”. Usagi Yojimbo went on to become one of the rare furry comics to crossover into mainstream popularity (and well earned– the guy does serious homework on Medieval Japan).

    Fast forward a couple years, early 90’s. I’m in the middle of my elaborate, 40-chapter fanzine-based furry sci-fi comic, and Ben Dunn, the man behind Indie publisher Antarctic Press, approaches me at one of the many California based Comic Cons (I forget which one, Might have been one of the SDCCs I went to). He wants me to continue my story in his new anthology for military-themed furry stuff. I kinda wanted to break away from furries due to the public perception of it being all porn, but I figured, “why not? It’s professional, and Ben Dunn –Antarctic Press– says it’ll be a non-pornographic series.” So I was in the very first issue of Furrlough. After that, Furrlough transferred editorship to another guy, after Dunn used his name to launch it. The new editor wanted nothing but furries, and I had a lot of human and alien characters I had no intention of giving up, so he axed my story after one episode.

    I left the scene after my fanzine series wrapped up in ’96, and didn’t do comics again until I started BOHICA Blues in Iraq. I learned a lot by being a “fly on the wall” back then. Furrlough still publishes under Radio Comix, headed by Elin Winkler; Ben Dunn is still involved with AP and best known for Ninja High School, and he revived Steve Gallacci’s “Albedo Anthropomorphics” for awhile until its last edition in 2005; Stan Sakai is the most successful of all of us from Back In The Day, and now the old crew is coming together again to help a brother out.

    Enough old stories; now get off my lawn! :-D

    • Les Major April 5, 2014 2:36 pm 

      Oh wow! Yeah I know of all those books man! That’s awesome that you were there right at the start of Furrlough! At first I wasn’t sure where your story was going to go and thought you were going to mention Mighty Tiny. :) Hehe. Wow, small world. I’ve reviewed web comics for a couple months and look who’s included already.

  3. DemonDan April 5, 2014 3:00 pm 

    Well know that I know who this is, Nick and I are doing are part to promote this auction around the webs. Hopefully more people will chip in to help out. Or at least drive the prices up ;)

    • DemonArchives April 5, 2014 3:06 pm 

      Not to far up though… cuz I’m currently winning a few of them and then I’d be in a horrible ethical dilema :D

  4. DemonArchives April 6, 2014 8:10 pm 

    All right, you may all go back to bidding now. I’ve secured the items I wanted….

    I mean… SHAME!!!! SHAMEEEEEEEE!!! they were ridiculously cheap… tsk tsk.

  5. DemonArchives April 14, 2014 12:32 pm 

    Awww yeah… first two things arrived today… I’ll put pics up on the blog… third one is still in the mail…

    What’d y’all win?

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