Contact: Dwight Jon Zimmerman
For Immediate Release
9 November 2011
Billy Tucci, the award-winning creator of the best-selling comic book character Shi, and writer/artist of numerous successful comic book stories, has won the 2011 Gold Medal in the Fiction-Thriller category from the Military Writers Society of America (MWSA) for the DC Comics graphic novel, Sgt. Rock: The Lost Battalion. The MWSA book awards recognize outstanding military-themed books in a wide range of categories from children to adult. The categories include fiction, non-fiction, spiritual/religious, individual service branches, poetry, business/how to, and others.
MWSA reviewer Bob Doerr wrote, “Sgt. Rock: The Lost Battalion is an outstanding, artistic rendition of the events surrounding the thrust of the 141st Infantry during the days immediately after D-Day. As the 141st penetrated deep into the Vosges Mountains, they soon found themselves cut off from the rest of the Allied Forces, surrounded and outnumbered by the German Army. For five days the 141st fought desperately to break loose while the stalled allied front tried repeatedly to reach them. Finally, on the sixth day, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team made up primarily of Japanese American soldiers broke through the Nazi lines to link the Allies with the 141st. The author did a great job presenting the story and his excellent artistic talents delivered page after page of superior illustrations.”
“Of all the awards and accolades The Lost Battalion has garnered, the MWSA Gold Medal will forever hold a special place in my heart,” Tucci stated. “To be recognized by such an esteemed, respected, and dare I say “famous” fellowship of peers is truly a great, great honor! But the book was very much a team effort. I don’t know how to thank DC Comics Co-Publisher Dan Didio enough for having the faith, editor Mike Marts for his leadership, Joe Kubert for all the inspiration, and Brian Miller of Hi Fi Design for their amazing colors.”
“As if the opportunity to work on comic book royalty in Sgt. Rock wasn’t enough,” Tucci continued, “the chance to interview and befriend many historians and the real-life heroes of the battle of the Lost Battalion was truly the highlight of my career.”
The Military Writers Society of America is an association of more than 800 authors, poets, artists, and photographers whose core principle is a love of the men and women who defend this nation, and an understanding and respect of their sacrifice and dedication.
About Billy Tucci
Billy Tucci is an award-winning illustrator, writer, and filmmaker best known for his modern-day samurai fable, Shi. Through Tucci’s Crusade Fine Arts, the multi-Eisner Award nominated Shi has been printed in five languages, sold more than 3 million comic books, and grossed over 25 million dollars worldwide. Shi has been featured on every major American TV network while also garnering praise in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. The character has also crossed over with many comic book icons including Daredevil, Witchblade, and Wolverine.
In addition to Sgt. Rock: The Lost Battalion, Tucci’s recent DC Comics work has also included Birds of Prey, Red Hood, Jonah Hex, and several other projects including writing and illustrating the 2011 Eisner Award-nominated Batman story, A Trick For The Scarecrow. A graduate of New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology, Tucci traveled extensively through France and interviewed dozens of veterans, historians, and their families while researching Sgt. Rock. The US Army flew a flag in his honor over Camp Victory in Iraq and he was bestowed the honor of Ambassador by Monsieur Michel Langloix, Vice-President du Conseil General des Vosges in the ancient town of Bruyeres. Tucci has also served as the keynote speaker for the heroes of the Lost Battalion battle at the Japanese/American Veterans reunion in Las Vegas.
Tucci’s graphic novella telling the events of the Christmas Story, A Child Is Born, will be released November 23, 2011 worldwide. For more information, visit www.achildisbornbook.com.