Ge­orge Takei

The Star Trek great is go­ing to be help­ing write a comic…

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Ex­ec­u­tive Or­der 9066 is a part of Amer­i­can his­tory that’s of­ten for­got­ten or swept un­der the rug, but Ge­orge Takei is go­ing to tell his story of the events in an up­com­ing graphic novel.

Takei has signed a deal with IDW Pub­lish­ing to pro­duce an au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal comic on the Ja­panese Amer­i­can in­tern­ment camps dur­ing World War II, the book will be cre­ated with Takei’s guid­ance, work­ing as a nar­ra­tor he will share his fam­ily’s ex­pe­ri­ences. He hopes that through his book, he can in­spire peo­ple and en­cour­age pos­i­tive change.

Ge­orge Takei is best known for his role as Hikaru Sulu in the TV and film se­ries Star Trek, where he por­trayed the char­ac­ter from 1966 to 1996. To­day, he is an ac­tivist of hu­man rights. “I have spo­ken pub­licly on numer­ous oc­ca­sions dur­ing my life on the un­just in­tern­ment of Ja­panese Amer­i­cans in my on­go­ing mis­sion of spread­ing aware­ness of this dis­grace­ful chap­ter of Amer­i­can his­tory” Takei ex­plains. “I do this, and will con­tinue to do so, in the hope that my per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence can serve as a cautionary re­minder of our past lead­ers’ mis­takes, and that we can learn from those trans­gres­sions and not re­peat them.”

Ex­ec­u­tive or­der 9066 was signed in 1942 in re­sponse to the bomb­ing of Pearl Har­bour, this led to around 120,000 in­no­cent men, women and chil­dren of Ja­panese de­scent be­ing taken to in­tern­ment camps around the coun­try. Takei was taken at the age of five, along with his fam­ily to one of these camps. The book will fol­low him through his fam­ily’s con­fine­ment in­side the camps, hav­ing to start their lives over af­ter be­ing re­leased, as well as Takei’s rise to pop-cul­ture icon.

Takei was mo­ti­vated by the pos­si­bil­ity to reach a new au­di­ence through the comic book for­mat. “When the op­por­tu­nity to tell my story in the form of a graphic novel pre­sented it­self, I recog­nised the value in mak­ing it eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble for our youth to dis­cover and digest the ma­te­rial, bring­ing at­ten­tion to an im­por­tant and rel­e­vant is­sue, while pre­serv­ing it for gen­er­a­tions to come.”

The graphic novel has yet to be given a ti­tle but Justin Elsinger and Steven Scott will han­dle script­ing and the artist will be named at some point in the very near fu­ture. Ge­orge Takei’s graphic novel is set to be pub­lished in 2018.

MY PER­SONAL EX­PE­RI­ENCE CAN SERVE AS A CAUTIONARY RE­MINDER OF OUR PAST LEAD­ERS’ MIS­TAKES

Above: Ge­orge Takei will act as a guide for the graphic novel

Right: Takei is no stranger to comics, hav­ing starred in plenty of Star Trek ones

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