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Press Release March 1994 saw the debut of Billy Tucci’s modern-day samurai fable, “Shi”, when “The Way of the Warrior” #1” first hit the comic shelves and created an unlikely self-publishing smash hit that still resonates to this day. 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.

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Press Release 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.

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Press Release It was 1993 that Billy Tucci, armed pages of “Shi – The Way of the Warrior #1” tucked into his portfolio first stormed the floor of the Comic Con International in San Diego with dreams of drawing for Marvel Comics. Problem was, that aside from Lady Death creator and budding Chaos! Comics publisher, Brian Pulido (who graciously contracted pin up work), no one was interested. Not to be deterred, Tucci vowed to take the “Shi” pages and turn them into his own self-published comic book.

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Or – “The Face That Launched A Thousand Bad Girl Knockoffs…” The 1990’s may be remembered as the dawn of the Information Age, or the decade where we finally perfected cloning, or maybe a period of economic over-exuberance.  But, if you read comics from ’93 to ’98, you’ll probably think of it as I do:  The “Bad Girl” Decade.

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