Thursday, March 24, 2023, marked the 29th Anniversary of the debut of Crusade Comics’ groundbreaking, Shi: Way of the Warrior #1 onto store shelves across the world. To celebrate Shi nearing her 30-year milestone, creator Billy Tucci has added the Shi: Gatecrasher Ashcan as a special perk to Crusade’s current Indiegogo and Kickstarter Zombie-Sama: Dorm of the Dead campaigns.

“For every new campaign, we offer a preview perk of a future crowdfunding project.” Stated Tucci. “Shi: Gatecrasher, will debut Summer which will be complete before launch and this ashcan edition is our first creative salvo!”

The 24-page B/W, Shi: Gatecrasher Ashcan Edition features word-balloon-less artwork by Tucci and script pages by writer J.C. Vaughn. Ashcan comics are unique to other books as they are printed in limited quantities and give readers an insight into the creative process of making a graphic novel by showcasing original pencil art and the writer’s full script pages that are given to the artist.

The cover features Tucci’s iconic Ana Ishikawa, standing alongside Billy’s original conception of Gētokīpā, the character who would eventually evolve into the blockbuster indie sensation, Shi.

Indiegogo Campaign Can Be Found Here:

Kickstarter Campaign Can Be Found Here:

Shi-creator Billy Tucci’s cover to the Shi: Gatecrasher Ashcan Edition!

“It has been an amazing 2023 thus far.” Stated Tucci. “I want to thank you for allowing me to support my family though this wonderful medium of comics for almost thirty-years. Deborah [Tucci] and co-creator are humbled by your amazing support for Zombie-Sama, and we cannot wait to share all our upcoming Shi books and product coming this year.”

Crusade has at least three more crowdfunding Shi campaigns slated for 2023 including the Shi: Senryaku Omnibus, Shi: Gatecrasher original graphic novel and the Shi: Return of the Warrior Omnibus. As part of Crusade’s #NoFanLeftBehind campaign strategy, all will be offered on both Indiegogo and Kickstarter crowdfunding platforms. 


It’s the final four days for Zombie-Sama’s Indiegogo Campaign. All 104-pages of Dorm of the Dead art and lettering are complete. Final colors are scheduled for next week, and the books and print will immediately go to press for production. Campaign and fulfillment will be lightning quick and the Indiegogo “indemand” stage will be short as Crusade prepares to launch the massive Shi: Senryaku Omnibus in May 2023. 

Zombie-Sama: Dorm of the Dead Indiegogo Can Be Found Here:

Just twelve days remain for the Zombie-Sama: Dorm of the Dead Kickstarter Exclusive. The campaign has unlocked its $15,000.00 stretch goal, the Bloody Yearbook Mini Print. Illustrated by Rock ‘N Roll Ninja’s, Matt Bahr, the 7”X10” print features Dorm of the Dead’s #TeamZS alongside Zombie-Sama’s heroes, Jim Okami and Jane Ishikawa.

Zombie-Sama: Dorm of the Dead Kickstarter Exclusive Can Be Found Here:

About Billy Tucci

Inkpot Award recipient Billy Tucci is an cartoonist best known for his modern-day samurai saga Shi, which began with 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 New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology has earned the prestigious Diamond Comics Gem Award and has been nominated for four Eisner Awards. Billy’s DC Comics’ 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. His 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 $1,000,000.00.  

For Additional Information: 

Deborah Tucci

Crusade Fine Arts, Ltd.

You can find Billy Tucci on Twitter, Facebook @billytucci and Instagram @billy_tucci