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Crusade Comics’ 10th Crowdfunding Campaign Sees Final Chapter To The Shi: Return of the Warrior Trilogy!

From New York to Nagasaki, this action-packed, psychological samurai thriller reunites Shi-creator Billy Tucci and writer Steven Peros with artist Gardenio Lima, and colorist Brian Miller. Also on board is dynamic letterer Mindy Lopkin, designer Nile Scala, producer Brian Blevins and editors Jason Odom and J.C. Vaughn.

As always, Crusade’s executive director, Deborah Tucci stands ever vigilant behind the scenes ensuring the campaign and fulfillment continues to be among the best in the business!

Upon learning that she is full-blooded Japanese, Ana Ishikawa has unlocked a danger that she’s not prepared for… her birth mother’s wrath that comes in the form of an automaton-like killer, bent on destroying all that she loves.

At the same time, her teenage daughter, Hotaru, having survived the trauma in Shi: Haikyo, is empowered by the experience and succumbs to an inner violent streak with savage repercussions.  

The final chapter to the Return of the Warrior trilogy, the 64-page Shi: Sakura sets the final fiery stage for a samurai showdown of epic proportions at New York’s Brooklyn Botanic Garden that will change Crusade Comics canon forever!

Sakura will also introduce a pentagonal of “#ShiStars” variant cover artists who have lent their talents to the project including Jeff Chapman, Gardenio Lima, Wes Hartman and the campaign exclusive edition from Billy Tucci and Brian Miller

“Even though this is our tenth campaign, there’s always butterflies and much nail-biting before a launch.” Tucci stated. “But being so far along on the project, and with such a professionally well-oiled team gathered, Sakura will be our finest hour!”


Lady Death creator Brian Pulido will be joining Billy, Deborah and #TeamShi for a YouTube LIVE launch party tomorrow evening, 8pm ET on the PopXP! To interact with Brian, Deb, Billy and the rest of the Crusade Comics crew please click the link below and set a reminder:

Crusade Comics will also be offering other Shi-related items including original art, prints, shirts, commissions, and special editions, including the ashcan to Crusade’s next great adventure, John Broglia and Billy Tucci’s long-awaited sequel to Zombie-Sama. Zombie-Sama 2: Dorm of the Dead!

Shi: Sakura Indiegogo Exclusive launched on April 20th and is currently funding with returns over $100,000.00 in the campaign’s first week. The campaign can be found here:

About Billy Tucci

Billy Tucci is an award-winning cartoonist best known for his modern-day samurai saga which began with Shi: The Way of the Warrior in 1994. Through his company, Crusade Fine Arts, Shi has been printed in five languages and sold more than 3 million comic books. In addition to his own creations, the graduate of the prestigious Fashion Institute of Technology (BFA Illustration 90’) has been nominated for an Eisner Award for his DC Comics work on Batman. His graphic novel, Sgt. Rock: The Lost Battalion, was awarded the Military Writers Society of America Gold Medal for its depiction of the highly decorated, real-life 442nd Regimental Combat Team, which was comprised of Japanese-American soldiers. Billy’s earnest retelling of the Christmas story in A Child Is Born has quietly turned into an international blockbuster, winning the Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Award.  His critically acclaimed Miss Fury: Joy Division saw the return of the Golden Age Icon for Dynamite Comics. Billy has recently released Shi: Return of the Warrior, Shi: Haikyo, Shi: Omnibus Edition and Zombie-Sama via Kickstarter and Indiegogo uniting backers from over fifty countries and bringing Crusade Comics’ previous exclusive crowdfunding campaign totals to over $950,000.00.