Ronin Rat and Ninja Cat, Book 3 of 5 – S$6.50
About the graphic novel
Book 3: Prisoners of the Fox
On the run from the law, the ronin rat, Whiskers and the kitten burglar Maneki encounter the dying pigeon monk Hatto who, with his dying breath, entrusts to them the key and a map to the lost treasures of the First Emperor. Whiskers, who is given the key, reluctantly agrees to partner Maneki in the hunt for the treasure when the latter memorizes the map and swallows it.
They did not get far when they are ambushed and captured by bandits who take them to their leader, the mysterious “Boss san” … who is none other than Whisker’s wife, NOGITSUNE the fox bandit queen whom he had abandoned. Years ago, WHISKERS had won her heart, only to run away on their wedding night. WHISKERS convinces NOGITSUNE to spare him by promising to take her to the treasure, but escapes with MANEKI after leading her army into a trap, freeing them to pursue the treasure on their own.
But their woes are not over. Daimyo AMANI INABA wants to usurp the Imperial Throne. He despatches his best agent, the ruthless blind bat KOUMORI to track down the treasure as he believes it would be the key to fulfil his ambition. And anyone who stands in the way or knows about the items must die.
The Ronin Rat and Ninja Cat Series
The Ronin Rat and Ninja Cat series is the debut comic book mini-series by writer/illustrator Joshua Chiang. Ronin Rat and Ninja Cat is a love letter to classic Chanbara (samurai sword-fighting) movies set in a land of talking animals, giant insects, a bit of magic here and there, and one really big, really destructive Daikaiju!
The 5-book series centres on 2 major characters – WHISKERS a rat who has become a Ronin (a samurai without a master) under mysterious circumstances and MANEKI, a cat burglar who considers himself a Ninja. They form an unlikely partnership in search of an ancient treasure which had started a new line of emperors. But they are not the only ones. Hot on their heels are various groups with different intentions for the treasure. The trials and adventures of Ronin Rat and Ninja Cat peel at the issues of betrayal, loyalty, greed and goodness in the lives of communities.
About the author/illustrator
Joshua Chiang is an illustrator and author. He has been published by Ethos Books (Trackless Paths), and CerealBox Studios (The Chronicles of Oujo). He was heavily involved in the Singapore animation scene before this and has written for many locally produced animated series such as Nanoboy, Master Raindrop, Zigby and The Exolight as well as international productions such as Robot ARPO and also helped conceptualize and storyboard various other series.
Joshua is based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where his series of quirky artwork – Candid Cambodia – inspired by his observations of Cambodian life and culture is a hit amongst locals and tourists alike.
Title: Ronin Rat and Ninja Cat, Book 3 of 5
Writer & Illustrator: Joshua Chiang
Size: 256mmH x 168mmW
Pages: 36 contents + 4 cover
Finish: Saddle stitch
Printing: 4C x 4C
Genre: Graphic Novel
|Dimensions||25.6 × 16.8 cm|
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