Yasuke Issue 01


Sword fighting, blood, archery, gun battles, death, chivalry, backstabbing, political intrigue, vendettas. This is the world of medieval Japan, where samurais—and sometimes even ninjas—are constantly fighting each other for control of Japan.

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Creator: Koji Steven Sakai, Jamie Noguchi
Category: Comic
Age Range: 13+
Vibes: Samurai, conflict, ninja fighting, mystery 

In Short: Yasuke, the story of the first Black samurai, offers a unique glimpse into the world of warlord Oda Nobunaga's court, filled with deceit, intrigue, and action, amidst the legendary tradition of the samurai.

What's It About: Explore the legendary legacy of the samurai, celebrated throughout history for their honor and heroism. Yet amidst this storied tradition, Yasuke emerges as a mysterious figure, marking his place in Japanese history as the first Black samurai. Follow Yasuke's path into the captivating realm of warlord Oda Nobunaga's court, teeming with deceit, intrigue, and action, offering a compelling narrative of one of the most powerful courts in Japanese history.


Koji Steven Sakai - Author
Writer/Producer Koji Steven Sakai’s film and television projects have played on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Peacock, Paramount+, Roku, and Tubi. He has worked with a variety of talented and award-winning actors and filmmakers, including Cuba Gooding Jr., Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Dermot Mulroney, James Shigeta, Michael Jai White, Mel Gibson, Mickey Rourke, Randall Park, RZA, Samuel L. Jackson, Terrence Howard, and Wilson Cruz.

He has written 12 feature films that have been produced and served as a producer on nine features. He has also produced a one-hour comedy special that premiered on Netflix and a comedy television series that premiered on Hulu (Season 1) and Peacock (Season 2). Finally, Koji was on the writing team for a Japanese television series slated for Disney+/Hulu in 2024.

In addition to his screenplays, Koji has written books and graphic novels, produces, writes, and co-hosts The Unofficial Official Story Podcast, currently teaches screenwriting at UCLA Extension and New York Film Academy, and will be teaching at the University of Southern California in the Spring of 2024.

Jamie Noguchi - Illustrator
Jamie Noguchi is a Washington, DC based freelance cartoonist, illustrator, and tokusatsu enthusiast.

He is the co-creator and illustrator of School for Extraterrestrial Girls written and co-created by Jeremy Whitley, published by Papercutz.