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Posted on: August 1, 2018

Temecula Valley Museum exhibits The Art of Stan Sakai from August 25 through October 22, 2018

Art of Stan Sakai

The City of Temecula proudly presents an inside look at The Art of Stan Sakai.  The exhibit will be on display in the second floor gallery of the Temecula Valley Museum from August 25 to October 22, 2018.  This colorful and dramatic exhibition examines the cultural influences and the creative process of this award-winning cartoonist.

Stan Sakai is a Japanese-born American cartoonist and comic book creator.  He is best known as the creator of the comic book series Usagi Yojimbo.   He began his career by lettering comic books.  He later wrote and illustrated The Adventures of Nilson Groundthumper and Hermy, a comic book series with a medieval setting.  One of the supporting characters in this series was a ronin rabbit named Miyamoto Usagi.  The image of a rabbit with its ears tied in a topknot holding a samurai sword in a warrior stance was pleasing to Stan.  He thought he could develop this character and others into a series that would appeal to readers.  His signature characters first appeared in print in 1984.  Since then, his warrior rabbit has become a pop culture icon.

Stan Sakai has received numerous awards including six Eisner Awards, Harvey Award for Best Cartoonist, National Cartoonist Society’s Silver Award for Best Comic Book Series, and the inaugural Joe Kubert Distinguished Storyteller Award.  The following events will be held in conjunction with The Art of Stan Sakai exhibit:

  • Exhibit Reception                          Thursday, August 30, 2018 at 6:30 pm

Mr. Sakai  will be on hand to help us unveil the exhibit.  Refreshments will be provided.

  • Artist’s Workshop                         Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 2:00 pm

Participants will learn tips and techniques from the master himself.

  • Manga Cover Workshop              Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 2:00 pm

Local artist Tony Moramarco of Bigfoot Graphics will hold a cover art workshop   

on how to create a ‘Manga’ or Comic Book Cover.

For more information on this exhibition or to register for these associated events, please call the Temecula Valley Museum at (951) 694-6450 or visit

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