Friends of Stan

Click on the links below to visit some of Stan’s friends:


Usagi Yojimbo Dojo


uy100-anim  The official website of Usagi Yojimbo.  

Sergio Aragones


Sergio Close friend of Stan Sakai and the mastermind behind the Groo series.


Japanese American National Museum

JANM-pavilion Non profit organization that has hosted exhibitions for Usagi Yojimbo, Hello Kitty, and more!


Chibi Time (Designs By Julie Fujii-Sakai)

Chibi Time Logo

Creator of the Chibi Usagi T-Shirt and many other “Kawaii” designs!


Dark Horse


dhlogo_250 Stan’s current American publisher!


Fantagraphics Books


Fantagraphic Logo Publisher of Usagi Yojimbo books 1-7.


Peter Laird


turtle proto turnaroundgreenbgredletters  Co-Creator of the hit series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  Usagi has had a handful of exciting crossover with the Turtles.  



Mark Evanier


MECats Known for his work on the animated tv show Garfield and Friends and his work on Groo. 



Floyd Norman


AnimatedLife Official Disney Legend who has worked with many organizations including:  Walt Disney Animation Studios, Hanna-Barbera Productions, Ruby-Spears, Film Roman and Pixar.


  1. Chip Shepherd on April 8, 2020 at 6:35 pm

    I am a VERY long-time fan of you and Usagi. My first UY issue was #3 of your Fantagraphics Run. I especially like collecting your signed/numbered hardbacks.

    I hope you are taking care of yourself in these risky, anxious times. People our age cannot be too careful these days.

    Best wishes for you and your family — Chip Shepherd, Houston, TX

    • Ruth Wold on April 13, 2020 at 8:32 pm

      Thank you so much for your message! We are definitely being careful! Thank you very much for your support!

      Please, stay safe and healthy!

  2. James Bann on July 6, 2020 at 2:14 pm

    Dear Stan,

    I’ve been a fan of yours since I was 18 (now 50!) and have the Fantagraphics series 1 through 17 (back when I was collecting comics – my friend who was an avid collector saw the #1 and bought it for me (1987 or 88) because of the name Yojimbo – my friends had been calling me Jimbo, but shortened afterwards to Yebo). Now my family (I have 5 boys and 1 girl – all huge fans) have purchased all of the compilations (I think 6?) and have read/reread them all. You are amazing and so appreciate all that you do!

    Jim Bann
    Assoc. Prof. Chemistry
    Wichita State University
    Wichita KS

    • Beth Helms on January 1, 2021 at 10:11 pm

      Dear Jim,
      Thank you for your message and for your encouraging words. It is always touching to hear how my stories are passed down to the next generation. May this new year be one of peace and joy for you and your family.

      Stan Sakai

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