March 17, 2023

Bayport, NY 


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There be zombies in Ireland, and not just in a Cranberries song…

Fear Gortas are perhaps one of the scariest Irish Mythological Creatures, due to their physical appearance. They are zombie-like creatures that are corpses who have risen from the dead. They have protruding bones and rotten blue skin. Fear Gortas are usually seen in times of famine.

In Irish mythology, the fear gorta (IrishMan of hunger / Man of famine; also known as the fear gortach) is a phantom of hunger resembling an emaciated human.

According to Yeats’ Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry the fear gorta walks the earth during times of famine, seeking alms from passers-by. In this version, the fear gorta can be a potential source of good luck for generous individuals. Harvey relates a myth that the fear gorta was a harbinger of famine during the Great Irish Famine of the 1840s, and that the spirit originally arises from a patch of hungry grass (féar gortach). In the region of Kiltubbrid, the term is also used to refer to a sudden hunger that can seize people traveling in the mountains, that will become fatal if not quickly satiated.

Even though at first glance, the fear gorta are quite literally zombies, they are viewed as benevolent fairies and are a life-lesson for those who come upon the emaciated and weak… take mercy on them. Help them for they can someday return the favor by bringing good luck and wealth to the kind soul.

Zombie-Sama: Dorm of the Dead!

Momentum continues for our latest crowdfunding project, Zombie-Sama: Dorm of the Dead!  In its first two weeks, the “little zombie book that could” has already met its initial funding goal and nears unlocking it’s next 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.

Billy Tucci’s and John Broglia’sZombie-Sama: Dorm of the Dead is now live on Indiegogo and Kickstarter.



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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