05 July 2009



Stéphane "Fanfan" Heude


Jeff "Shaxper" Heller

Jeff Heller 7.7.09

Kathan D. "Texcap" McCallister

Kathan McCallister 7.6.09

Andy Young

I am submitting a short story in comic form.
My name is Andy Young and the story is called "Birth"

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Kyosuke Hayagawa

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Cynthia Fluharty

Attached is probably one of the first (if not THE first) picture I ever took of Stan.  My first convention was 1987, and that was when I was introduced to "Tales of the Beanworld", "Cutey Bunny"-- and "Usagi Yojimbo".

Can't believe it's been so long.  Congratulations to Stan, and here's to 25 more years.


Amy Lam

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Nikki "Jotaro9" Caudill

A Special note for Stan Sakai:

My name is Nichelle (Nikki) Caudill. I am a young Fantasy writer who has yet to get her work published. I just wanted to let you know how much I sincerely appreciate your work. It has truly been an inspiration to me over the years, being why I chose to draw the main character from my novels showing his respect for Usagi.
My characters, in their own world, live their lives by a code of honor that is based on the Samurai’s way of life, and I often look to Usagi’s adventures for inspiration as to what a truly honorable person would do in certain situations.
The ideals that your stories provide have always filled me with a sense of peace and resolution, and one day I hope to aspire to your greatness in my writing skills.
I only hope that one day my work will be published, and if it is, I would hope that I could be compared to you in some ways, even though we work in different mediums. Your humor and skills are unparalleled, and so, I thank you again for inspiring this young writer as well as so many others.

-Ever your friend,
Nichelle Caudill

Terry Verticchio

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Melisa Lesher

Melisa Lesher

Elin Jorrik

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Deane D Charne

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Brandon Bollorn

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David Herbert

Mr Sakai-san,

Arigato gozaimasu for the fantastic and thoroughly enjoyable alternative world that is that of Usagi Yojimbo.  I only collect one comic series (Usagi of course!) and anything else UY that I can find.  I've spent many, many hours devotedly being transported to the anthropomorphic world of UY and I hope you'll continue amazing the world with this brilliant work.  Many congratulations for 25 years of an outstanding achievement.

David Herbert
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Valancy "Wolfie-chan" Gilliam


Matt "bloodmalik" Weigel

Matt Weigel 7.08.09

Greg Greene

Greg Greene 7.8.09

Mason Greene

Mason Greene 7.8.09

Ashley Greene

Ashley Greene 7.8.09

Aussie Greene

Aussie Greene 7.9.09

Brian Nutter

Brian Nutter 7.8.09

Brendan Wright

Brendan Wright 7.7.09

Lara Isabel

Lara Isabel 7.7.09

Ray Uehara

Rey Uehara 7.7.09

Sean Leslie

I have been reading comic books for over 20 years. When someone has been reading comic books for as long as I have, the harder it becomes to find books that excite me in ways that are exciting and fresh. It was about three years ago that I read a review on thefourthrail.com that was praising a recent issue of Usagi Yojimbo. I had discovered Akira Kurosawa when I was in college and fell in love with his films. The review mentioned the similarities between Kurosawa’s films and your books so I decided to give it a try and ordered the first trade paperback.
Usagi Yojimbo is one of those rare comics that I only discover once maybe every five years. It is one of those comics that introduce you to a new world and is so exciting you soon forget you are even reading a comic book. The story was well paced and had everything I loved about Kurosawa’s films in it and more. The art captured action beautifully and had a sense of fun about it that many comics are missing these days. I was so taken by the story that this samurai rabbit stayed in my thoughts for the rest of the week. I had to have more and I quickly ordered all remaining trade paperbacks within a month and spent many nights reading until way after midnight.
That same year I went to Comic Con and brought all my Usagi books down with me on the drive from Salt Lake City. You were extremely nice and happily signed all my books. I tried to articulate how much I loved your work but I am sure I tripped over my words and didn’t convey just how exciting I thought your books were. I even bought an unused cover to add to my comic book galley and still display it proudly today.
Books like Usagi Yojimbo remind me why I got into and still read comics. I regret I have only been around reading your work for three years out of the twenty-five you have been publishing. But you can be assured I will certainly be there for the next twenty-five. Congrats on your anniversary and thank you so much for sharing your stories with everyone. Comic books would not be the same without you.
-Sean Leslie
Salt Lake City, UT