Published on February 1st, 2019 | by Richard Boom


Billy Tucci’s Very First Graphic Novel Kickstarter, “Zombie-Sama!” Reaches Funding In Less Than Seven Hours

Co-Creators Billy Tucci (Shi) and John Broglia (Image Comics’ God Complex) first comic book Kickstarter graphic novel ZOMBIE-SAMA! has reached its initial funding goal of $15,000.00 in under seven hours.

“To say we are ecstatic for hitting our primary funding in that short of time would be an understatement,” Tucci exclaimed. “I really wasn’t sure if we could pull it off, but our partners came through so quickly it really caught us off guard. This is simply fantastic!”

The Sgt. Rock: The Lost Battalion writer/artist’s enthusiasm was hard to contain as he looked towards the next level of funding, “We’ve sold out on many of our limited rewards and are in the process of adding more. But more importantly, we now see possibilities of unlocking several of our planned stretch goals including expanding the page count and adding exclusive previews for new content.”

ZOMBIE-SAMA! centers around sushi delivery boy Jim Okami’s as he’s trapped within his small town overcome by flesh oozing, nuclear-contaminated zombies.

As all Hell breaks loose around him, the desperate former slacker grabs the lone katana from above the restaurant’s cash register and is heroically reborn as teen sensation ZOMBIE-SAMA!

Now armed with sword and chainmail armor conveniently appropriated from a local scuba shop, our hero sets out to save his friends from the irradiated flood of rancorous fallout freaks! What begins as just another day, disintegrates into an atomic rom-com of apocalyptic proportions!

Joining Tucci and Broglia for the full-color, 60-page graphic novel is Einser Award nominated digital colorist Paul Little, letterer Mindy Lopkin, and editor J.C. Vaughn. The team is rounded out by Crusade’s introduction of European rising-star, cover artist, Asha Kishna.  Delightfully “gorious” variant covers, original art, apparel, prints and many stretch goals are available. Fans can even pledge to be a featured character, including zombies in the comic itself.

As added bonus, the team will offer a preview ashcan comic for Tucci’s upcoming Shi: Return of the Warrior! The ashcan will ONLY be available to those who pledge for this Kickstarter.

The 30-Day Kickstarter runs till Friday, March 1st at 8pm EST. All pages of artwork are complete, aside from coloring and lettering finalization.

About Billy Tucci

Billy Tucci is an award-winning cartoonist best known for his modern-day samurai fable, “Shi”.  Through Billy’s Crusade Fine Arts, the multi-Eisner Award-nominated Shi has been printed in five languages sold more than 3 million comic books.  He has also worked on a litany of projects for DC Comics’ including “Sgt. Rock”, “Harley Quinn”, “Flash Vs. Superman” and “Batman.” 

His earnest retelling of the Christmas story, “A Child Is Born” has quietly turned into a international blockbuster after winning the Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Award.

2019 celebrates Shi’s 25th Anniversary with the release of the “Shi – Return of the Warrior” and “Shi – Hotaru” graphic novels accompanied by new Shi action figures, statues and reprints. Billy’s also bringing about the return of Golden Age Icon “Miss Fury” for Dynamite Entertainment and two new creator owned projects, “Zombie-Sama!” and “Appalachian Apocalypse” as well as “Wonder Woman” for DC Comics.

About John Broglia

Zombie-Sama! Co-Creator John Broglia is a New York based cartoonist who’s love for comics dates back to his early childhood. He attended the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan where he studied animation. Early on in his career he worked on several creator owned projects, including Image Comics’ God Complex with Michael Avon Oeming. He has also supplied art for anthology series such as Atomic Robo: Real Science Adventures and Image Comic’s Where We Live. John has been a part of several successful Kickstarter campaigns, his most prominent with writer Michael Sarrao on Unmasked volumes 1 and 2. John is currently working on Harriet Tubman: Demon Slayer and other creator owned projects.

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Richard is the driving force behind Comics for Sinners. His love and admiration for female comic book characters is virtually unparalleled, which immediately explains his biggest 'sin': his Hot Mummy fetish. This sketchbook theme is philogynistic in nature and even the source of his WIP comic book series "The Sisterhood".

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