New Release: Secrets of the Ninja

Posted by – July 07, 2015
Categories: Literature & the Arts Martial Arts New Release



Secrets of the Ninja combines the page-turning excitement of its genre with a fierce authenticity, telling the story of Nagata Saburo as he teaches his son, Hisaaki, the weapons, secret tactics, and values of the ninja.

Set against the backdrop of the Sengoku-period Japanese culture, the book elegantly interweaves a coming-of-age narrative with the lessons and skills used by ninja in feudal Japan—drawing from the Shinobi Hiden, Hattori Hanzo’s most famous ninja scroll.

The book’s award-winning author Sean Michael Wilson worked closely with expert Antony Cummins to ensure that the facts and principles in Secrets of the Ninja are historically accurate, resulting in a graphic novel rivaled by few.

Find out how this graphic novel was created here!

You can also read an excerpt from the book here.



Sean Michael Wilson is the award-winning author of more than a dozen graphic novels and manga comics, including adaptations of The Book of Five Rings and The 47 Ronin. He is also the editor of the critically acclaimed anthology AX: A Collection of Alternative Manga (one of Publishers Weekly‘s “Best Ten Books of 2010”).

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Akiko Shimojima is a comic and manga artist from Tokyo, Japan. A teacher of digital comics art at a school in Tokyo, she is the illustrator of The 47 Ronin and has contributed work to many other publications.



Antony Cummins is the author of The Secret Traditions of the Shinobi and True Path of the Ninja, among other books. He has also worked as a historical consultant on TV documentaries such as Ninja Shadow Warriors and Samurai Head Hunters. More information can be found at his website,

Tags: Graphic Novels & Comics Sean Michael Wilson Antony Cummins Akiko Shimojima
About the Author

Marina is the Marketing & Digital Programs Coordinator at North Atlantic Books. After living in New Orleans and Amsterdam, and exploring a couple of continents, she returned to the San Francisco Bay Area to work at NAB. She's passionate about astrology, nonfiction books, and sustainable living, as well as all things metaphysical.