Published on January 12th, 2021 | by Richard Boom0
Shi: Haikyo, the 64-page sequel to Return of the Warrior is on FIRE!!
Shi: Haikyo, the sequel to the critically acclaimed Shi: Return of the Warrior’s first week on Kickstarter has already garnered over $21,000 while continued momentum on Indiegogo has propelled Haikyo’s Indemand page near $128,000.00.
The incredible success of Haikyo’s Exclusive Kickstarter launch has brought Crusade Comics’ latest, #NoFanLeftBehind campaign totals to over $149,000.00.
“We are incredibly humbled by our customers faith in Shi and to celebrate Haikyo nearing the amazing threshold of $150,0000.00, so we’ve unveiled our latest Stretch Goal, the Shi: Irezumi Magnet.” Shi creator Billy Tucci stated.
The 3″ X 3″ all-weather vinyl magnet features a haunted Ana Ishikawa tattooed with the cursed mark of death and is available FREE to all backers to pledge for a physical perk on either the Indiegogo or Kickstarter campaigns.
#NoFanLeftBehind is a campaign strategy that, “Ensures that all fans, regardless of their crowdfunding preferences, have the opportunity to support Shi on whichever platform makes them most comfortable.” Shi creator Tucci said. “We’ve learned that there simply are those who prefer Indiegogo to Kickstarter and vice-versa, so it was a no-brainer to offer Shi on both markets.”
After the terrifying events of Return of the Warrior, Ana Ishikawa must now save her teenage daughter Hotaru who’s been kidnapped by a murderous “Shi” copycat killer. But to do so, she’s forced to ally herself with her lifelong enemy, the manipulative Masahiro Arashi. But what if it is all a ruse leading Ana into a deadly trap set by the Yakuza Oyabun?
Find out in Shi: Haikyo, the 64-page, full color sequel to Return of the Warrior. This action-packed, psychological samurai thriller reunites Shi creator Billy Tucci and writer Steven Peros (Stoker & Wells: Order of the Golden Dawn, The Cat’s Meow), artist Gardenio Lima, colorist Brian Miller (Hi-Fi Colour Design), letterer Mindy Lopkin (Zombie-Sama!), and designer Nile Scala for a journey that takes the reader deep into the haunted ruins of New York’s Roosevelt Island as a mother must embrace death so that her daughter may live.
Special variant Haikyo covers feature Tucci’s Sakura Moon (Indiegogo Exclusive), Toro (Kickstarter) and Crusade Comics’ Glow-In-The-Dark Edition. There’s also the Shi: Gatecrasher sneak-peak cover by digital artist Jeff Chapman, and Shi’s first-ever photo cover featuring cosplay superstar Joanie Brosas. Rounding out the campaign are apparel, original artwork, commissions, challenge coins, a premium hardcover edition and other limited-edition specials.
Crusade is working to ensure the quickest turnaround from pledge to print possible for Haikyo, with all of Tucci’s 56-pages of pencils already been completed and lettered.
“All Shi: Haikyo variants, hard covers editions, prints, coins etc. will be sent off to press in January 2021 with fulfillment beginning in February.” Tucci said, “And going forward through 2021, all Crusade Comics’ original graphic novels and omnibus editions will be complete before launch!”