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