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March 8, 1993 | CHARLES SOLOMON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The glen echoes with the war cries of two samurai as they leap at each other, long swords flashing in the sunlight. The battle is short but deadly: One warrior falls lifeless to the ground. The loser in this duel-to-the-death is a treacherous wart hog; the victor, a rabbit. This is the world of "Usagi Yojimbo" (literally "rabbit bodyguard"), a comic book series written and drawn by Stan Sakai.
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June 19, 2013 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
Kim Thompson, who spent more than three decades as co-owner and co-publisher of the Seattle-based comics imprint Fantagraphics Books , died Wednesday morning of lung cancer. He was 56. Thompson was born in Denmark and came to the United States in 1977. He was diagnosed with cancer in late February. At the time, he expressed his hope and confidence that he would “lick this thing.” After his death, his long-time friend and partner Gary Groth issued a statement defining Thompson's legacy as not just a matter of “all the European graphic novels that would never have been published here if not for his devotion, knowledge, and skills, but for all the American cartoonists he edited, ranging from Stan Sakai to Joe Sacco to Chris Ware, and his too infrequent critical writing about the medium.
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December 18, 2005 | Charles Solomon, Charles Solomon is the author of many books, including "Enchanted Drawings: The History of Animation," and is a frequent contributor to The Times and National Public Radio's program "Day to Day."
TWENTY-one years ago, a rabbit in samurai costume seeking shelter from a blizzard announced, "I am called Miyamoto Usagi" -- and so began one of the most remarkable sustained narratives in the history of the comics. An eclectic blend of American and Japanese elements, Stan Sakai's "Usagi Yojimbo" ("Rabbit Bodyguard") continues to delight audiences more than two decades after the series debuted, winning the National Cartoonists' Society Award and the comic book industry's Will Eisner Award.
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June 19, 2013 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
Kim Thompson, who spent more than three decades as co-owner and co-publisher of the Seattle-based comics imprint Fantagraphics Books , died Wednesday morning of lung cancer. He was 56. Thompson was born in Denmark and came to the United States in 1977. He was diagnosed with cancer in late February. At the time, he expressed his hope and confidence that he would “lick this thing.” After his death, his long-time friend and partner Gary Groth issued a statement defining Thompson's legacy as not just a matter of “all the European graphic novels that would never have been published here if not for his devotion, knowledge, and skills, but for all the American cartoonists he edited, ranging from Stan Sakai to Joe Sacco to Chris Ware, and his too infrequent critical writing about the medium.
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December 18, 2005 | Charles Solomon, Charles Solomon is the author of many books, including "Enchanted Drawings: The History of Animation," and is a frequent contributor to The Times and National Public Radio's program "Day to Day."
TWENTY-one years ago, a rabbit in samurai costume seeking shelter from a blizzard announced, "I am called Miyamoto Usagi" -- and so began one of the most remarkable sustained narratives in the history of the comics. An eclectic blend of American and Japanese elements, Stan Sakai's "Usagi Yojimbo" ("Rabbit Bodyguard") continues to delight audiences more than two decades after the series debuted, winning the National Cartoonists' Society Award and the comic book industry's Will Eisner Award.
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May 30, 1993
Here are some of the major art exhibits and stage shows that have already begun and play into the summer: ART "The Psalms and Their Illustration" and "Drawings by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo From the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York." J. Paul Getty Museum in Malibu, through June 3 and July 25, respectively.
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October 28, 2012 | By Charles Solomon
The Tale of the Heike Translated by Royall Tyler Viking: 734 pp., $50; illustrated An epic retelling of the 12th century Japanese civil war, "The Tale of the Heike" (Heike Monogatari) has provided the source material for Kabuki, Noh and bunraku plays, novels and films. Printmakers from Yoshitoshi and Chikanobu to the contemporary artist Hideo Takeda have illustrated it. Graphic novelist Stan Sakai referred to it in his long-running "Usagi Yojimbo" series. In the late 12th century, the emperor was a divine figure who commanded little real power; the de facto rulers of Japan were the lords of the Fujiwara clan.
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March 21, 2004 | Lynell George, Times Staff Writer
Eddie Goral doesn't look like a man who would have painted himself into a corner. Even among the requisitely colorful Trader Joe's crew he works with in Pasadena, Goral stands apart: There's the whimsical push broom of mustache that looks as if it were daubed on with a big, saturated brush and the metal professor specs. It's that and the booming question he poses to most anyone passing through his checkout lane: "So, what's your passion?" He wastes no time telling you his: "Painting."
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March 8, 1993 | CHARLES SOLOMON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The glen echoes with the war cries of two samurai as they leap at each other, long swords flashing in the sunlight. The battle is short but deadly: One warrior falls lifeless to the ground. The loser in this duel-to-the-death is a treacherous wart hog; the victor, a rabbit. This is the world of "Usagi Yojimbo" (literally "rabbit bodyguard"), a comic book series written and drawn by Stan Sakai.
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