Stan Sakai was born in Tokyo, Japan, grew up on Hawai and settled in California. He is the creator, writer and artist of 'Usagi Yojimbo', the comic book series about a samurai rabbit wandering in an anthropomorphic 17th-century Japan. For this series, and for his drawing style, Sakai received several awards. The character Usagi proved so popular that he appeared on the animated 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' series, as well as on clothing and toys. Sakai also worked on 'Albedo', 'Critters', 'Donald Duck' and 'Turtle Soup'.