The Book of Five Rings: A Graphic Novel Now Available for Order from Diamond's September 2012 Previews Catalogue

Sep 21st 2012
September 21, 2012—This manga version of Japanese classic The Book of Five Rings (Shambhala Publications, November), the iconic book of confrontation and victory by the famed 17th-century duelist and undefeated samurai Miyamoto Musashi, reinvigorates the classic, making it more accessible and appealing to a wide audience. With atmospheric manga art by Chie Kutsuwada (Hagakure, Manga Shakespeare) and a fluid script adaptation by Sean Michael Wilson (AX: Alternative Manga, A Christmas Carol) the manga version works both as an engaging visual guide to Japanese swordsmanship and strategy, and as a view into Musashi's world. Fans of samurai manga and anime classics like Samurai Champloo, Rurouni Kenshin, and Samurai 7 will be delighted by its dramatic portrayal of the Way of the Sword—as will martial artists of all kinds and anyone who wants to apply the timeless principles of this text to their lives.

Miyamoto Musashi, who lived in Japan in the 1600s, was an undefeated dueler, a masterless samurai, and an independent teacher. He spent the last decades of his life refining and teaching his military science.

Sean Michael Wilson is a Scottish comic book writer who lives in Japan. He has had more than a dozen books published by a variety of US, UK, and Japanese publishers, and he often works with Japanese and Chinese artists on manga-style books, such as Hagakure and AX: Alternative Manga.

Chie Kutsuwada is a professional manga artist. She runs manga workshops at schools, libraries, and museums around the UK, such as the British Library and the Victoria and Albert Museum. She has written and illustrated King of a Miniature Garden (2007) and Moonlight (2007), which was shortlisted in the 2007 Manga Jiman competition. She also illustrated Sean Wilson's version of Hagakure (Kodansha, 2010).

William Scott Wilson is the foremost translator into English of traditional Japanese texts on samurai culture. His best-selling translations include Hagakure and The Book of Five Rings.

Diamond Previews details:
BOOK OF FIVE RINGS GN (C: 0-1-2), Shambhala Publications.
Diamond Code : SEP121192
$16.95 (£12.95 UK)
Release date 11/21/2012

The Book of Five Rings: A Graphic Novel
By Sean Michael Wilson; Translated by William Scott Wilson; Illustrated by Chie Kutsuwada; Written by Miyamoto Musashi | Graphic Novels / Martial Arts Strategy
US $14.95 CAN $17.95 | Paperback | ISBN: 978-1-61180-012-8
On Sale: November 13, 2012 | Shambhala Publications, Inc.

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