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.