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Tucci returns to Shi for 20th anniversary

March 12th, 2014 by Marc Comments

Twenty years after releasing the first issue of Shi, creator Tucci is set to bring out a whole new series…


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!”




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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….