Writer-Artist Billy Tucci Joins VA Comicon
Shi, Sgt. Rock, A Child Is Born Creator Showcases New Projects
[Richmond, Virginia] Billy Tucci, the award-winning writer-artist behind DC's Sgt. Rock: The Lost Battalion and creator of such diverse offerings as Shi: The Way of the Warrior and A Child Is Born is set to return to the Virginia Comicon's two-day show, Saturday and Sunday, November 22-23, 2014 at the Richmond International Raceway, 602 E Laburnum Ave, Richmond, VA 23222. It will mark his first appearance at the show in several years.
Tucci first broke into the big leagues with his self-published Shi: The Way of the Warrior #1 in 1994. From that launch, more than four million Shi comics have been sold worldwide, along with a vast array of related merchandise. In addition to the original series, spin-offs have included Tomoe, Shi: Senryaku, Shi: Rekiahi, Shi: Black, White and Red, Shi: Heaven and Earth, Shi: Ju-Nen, and numerous other one-shots and mini-series. The character has crossed over with Daredevil, Vampirella, and Cyblade, as well as many other characters.
In Shi: Senryaku, a mini-series written by frequent Tucci collaborator and Virginia Comicon guest Gary Cohn, the title character was illustrated with a proverbial Who's Who of top comic industry talent including Jim Lee, Joe Quesada, Jimmy Palmiotti, Geoff Darrow, Dave Sim, Jeff Smith, Jae Lee, Jim Balent, Dan Jurgens, George Pérez, Julie Bell, David Mack, Stan Sakai, Terry Moore, and Adam Hughes, was well as other comic book titans.
Tucci's award-winning, highly researched labor of love, Sgt. Rock: The Lost Battalion featured his take of real life events involving members of the highly decorated 442nd Regimental Combat Team, a unit comprised of Americans of Japanese descent who were not permitted to serve in the Pacific. The acclaimed work featured Sgt. Rock and the men of Easy Company interacting with real members of the 442nd in stunning detail. Many survivors have attended an array of conventions with Tucci following its release.
Among his other work since then, Tucci also drew praise for A Child Is Born, his personal interpretation of the Christmas story. Beautifully illustrated, it is based on the Gospels of Mathew and Luke.
"We're really pleased to have Billy Tucci back in Richmond," said show promoter Brett Carreras. "He'll be celebrating the 20th anniversary of Shi and talking about his new project, The Boys of Company Z, and the fans in this area just love him."
Tucci is part of an impressive line-up of comic book talent. Guest of Honor Jae Lee (Before Watchmen: Ozymandius ) and Special Guests Larry Hama (G.I. Joe), Steve Rude (Nexus) and Herb Trimpe (Incredible Hulk) lead a roster of top creators scheduled to attend the show including in alphabetical order, Steve Bird (Pacific Rim), Brian Clevinger (Atomic Robo), Gary Cohn (Blue Devil), Paris Cullins (Blue Devil), Sam Ellis (Archer), Dan Fogel (Fogel's Underground Price Guide and Grading Guide), Danielle Frazetta (Frazetta books and prints), Randy Green (Witchblade), Rick Ketcham (Amazing Spider-Man), Tom King (Grayson), Greg LaRocque (The Flash: The Return of Barry Allen), Dan Nokes (Impossible Space Tales of The Last Pit Stop), Dan Parent (Archie), Alex Saviuk (Web of Spider-Man), Brian Shearer (GI Joe), Matt Slay (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Louis Small, Jr. (Vampirella), Rick Spears (The Auteur), J.C. Vaughn (Shi: Ju-Nen), Neil Vokes (Robotech), and John "Waki" Wycough (Vitriol). Additional guests will be added soon.
The cosplay component of the weekend will be the biggest in the show's storied history. With the presence of top cosplayers such as Ivy Doomkitty, Abby Normal and Patrick Ian Moore, and cosplay groups like Mad Love, there's also $1,000 in cash prizes across a variety of costume categories for Sunday's costume contest. It will also feature the launch of Gemstone Publishing's The Overstreet Guide To Cosplay, with cosplayers having the chance to be featured in the book. White Tiger Filmz's Viva La Cosplay, their new web series about the ins and outs, ups and downs of cosplaying, will be on hand. In the series, the locally-based crew is following a number of cosplayers, including last year's Virginia Comicon Grand Prize winner, as they prepare for the show and participate in this year's. The fifth episode has just posted and the series is now set to air locally on Richmond's affiliate of The CW.
The show has a full slate of independent comic book creators, cosplay guests, horror TV legend Count Gore DeVol, film and TV replica cars, media guests, and much more. There will be panel discussions, a costume contest, and more. Additional guests will be added soon. Please check the show's site and Facebook page for regular updates. VIP Two-Day and One-Day tickets are now available online. A list of show exclusive variant covers and other material will be announced shortly. The MegaVIP passes are sold out.
About The Virginia Comicon
What Guy Rose started as the "Chester Comic Collector Club" more than 28 years ago has grown to become the greatest comic book event in the state. After well over two decades of one-day shows, The Virginia Comicon now hosts one two-day convention and four one-day shows each year under the direction of show promoter Brett Carreras. Attracting top creative talent, retailers, collectors and fans, the show offers a family-friendly experience.