Crusade Comics’ latest Indiegogo tops $140,000.00 and bringing the small publisher’s #NoFanLeftBehind totals (including Kickstarter) to over $225K. With that, Sakura is now the Long Island, New York-based studio’s OGN to date!

Momentum continues on the production side of Shi: Sakura as well, as the book’s cover files are being sent to the printer for proofing next week. “We’re dropping the covers first so we can expediate the printing process.” Stated Shi-creator Billy Tucci. “And in the next few weeks we will get all the book’s final interiors in for proofing as well.”

Due to shortages in both supply and staff, Sakura is scheduled to be printed in September. By getting the covers all out first, and printed early, Crusade can cut into the production timetable.

 Sakura’s $145K Indiegogo Stretch Goal: The Shi: Fire Battle Mini Print!


TEXT BENEATH GRAPHIC: Sakura Fire Battle Mini Print!

Several Goals have been unlocked and are FREE to all backers who have pledged for a physical-tier perk. They include:

  • Shi: Sakura Graphic Novel being expanded from 56-pages to 64-pages.
  • Shi: Sakura Graphic Novel being expanded from 64-pages to 72-pages.
  • Shi: Kuroi Hana 5” Vinyl Sticker.
  • Shi: Sakura Hardcover Edition Trading Card.
  • Ana Ishikawa Kick-To-The-Face Bookmark.
  • Asha Kishna Sakura Cover Trading Card.
  • Gardenio Lima Sakura Cover Trading Card.

Shi: Sakura Indiegogo Exclusive LIVE Campaign Can Be Found Here:

The Closed Shi: Sakura Kickstarter Exclusive Campaign Can Be Found Here:


From New York to Nagasaki, this action-packed, 72-page, full-color, psychological samurai thriller reunites Shi-creator Billy Tucci and writer Steven Peros with artist Gardenio Lima, and colorist Brian Miller.

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 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!

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

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 Iconfor 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

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