Usagi Yojimbo is turning 30 years old this year and Dark Horse has decided to release a hardcover entitled “The Sakai Project: Artists Celebrate Thirty Years of “Usagi Yojimbo.” The book will be produced by the Comic Art Professional Society (CAPS) and benefits of the book will got to support writer/artist Stan Sakai and his wife Sharon, who are currently dealing with some serious medical expenses in their family.

Mike Richardson, President and founder of Dark Horse, had this to say about the collection:

“It has been an absolute pleasure publishing Stan’s work over the years, and recently collaborating with him directly on 47 Ronin. With the thirtieth anniversary of his most beloved creation, Usagi, and in a time of need for Stan and his family, we are honored to publish this tribute to Stan and his work. We are donating all of the proceeds to Stan and his wife, Sharon. We hope you will join us in honoring one of the comics industry’s shining lights.”

So far, the line-up for the Stan Sakai Project is:

ADAM HUGHES | ALAIN MAURICET | ALEX MALEEV | ALLISON SOHN | ANDY GRENEN | ARTHUR ADAMS | BATTON LASH | BILL MORRISON | BRIAN CHING & MICHAEL ATIYEH | BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS | CARLOS D’ANDA & GABE ELTAEB | CHRIS SCALF | DAN PANOSIAN | DAVE GIBBONS | DAVID MACK | DOUG WHEATLEY | EDGAR DELGADO | ERIC POWELL | GABRIEL HARDMAN | GEOF DARROW | HOWARD CHAYKIN | JAN DUURSEMA | JEFF SMITH | JOYCE CHIN | MARK CRILLEY | MATT GROENING | MATT WAGNER | MICHAEL ALLRED | MICHAEL AVON OEMING | MICHAEL GOLDEN | MIKE KUNKEL | MIKE MIGNOLA | OSCAR MARTIN | PAUL GULACY | PAUL RENAUD | PHIL YEH | RICHARD CORBEN | SCOTT SHAW | SERGIO ARAGONÉS | STEPHANIE GLADDEN | TIM SALE | TOM MANDRAKE | TOM RICHMOND | WALTER SIMONSON | WILLIAM STOUT | & MORE!

If you are an industry professional and want to contribute to the book, the deadline is February 20th. You can contact Dark Horse at sakaiproject@darkhorse.com for more information.

The Sakai Project will be released July 23rd.

What are your thoughts on the project? Will you read it? Are you a fan? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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