It was March 1994 when struggling artist/writer Billy Tucci’s modern-day samurai fable, “Shi – The Way of the Warrior” #1 first hit the comic shelves and changed the face of self-publishing. Illustrated by Tucci, co-written with Peter Gutierrez, and colored by Barry Orkin, “Way of the Warrior” transcended independent publishing with a unique melding of Japanese mythology, history, and action not seen before in comics and inspired a host of imitators.
Now after twenty years and 3 million copies of “Shi” in print, Tucci kicks off an anniversary celebration with a new series and rare exclusives.
“Until last July’s San Diego Comic Con, we hadn’t created any convention specials since 1994.” Tucci explained, “ the SDCC exclusives were an immediate sell out and we’ve been getting requests for more books and prints exclusive to the particular conventions I’ll be attending, so here we go!”
Shi 20th Anniversary Celebration 2014 Tour kicks off at this weekend’s London Super Comic Con with two LSCC exclusive books, the “Shi – Way of the Warrior #1” LSCC 20th Anniversary edition and the “LSCC Shi – Sketch A Story” Sketchbook. Both books are limited to only 25 editions with each signed and numbered by Billy Tucci.
LSCC will also see the debut of the “The Shi – Way of the Warrior #1 20th Anniversary Sketch Cover Edition” and all-new exclusive Shi lithographs.
Tucci concluded, “I cannot believe it’s been twenty wonderful years since Shi’s debut on the world stage. Revisiting the book that started it all is the driving inspiration to my all-new Shi series “Hatachi” debuting later this year!”