Beloved Star Trek actor and activist, George Takei has partnered with IDW Publishing to produce a historical graphic novel focused on the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII through Takei's personal experience.The untitiled graphic novel will be narrated by Takei, exploring his memoires of his family's incarceration in internment camps over the course of three years, efforts to reconstruct their life post-war, his acting career, and how these life events led Takei to become an activist in today's world.
In 1942, Takei was five years old when President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 after the bombing of Pearl Harbo by Japanese forces. This order was the act taht cleared the way for Japanese-American internment camps. THe creation of these camps was later found to have little to do with military necessity, but were rather deeply rooted in racial prejudice and war hysteria. Takei and his family were removed from their home in Los Angeles and incarcerated in Arkansas before being moved to another camp in California.
When asked about his experiences, Takei said, "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. 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 as a society, we can learn from those transgressions and not repeat them."
Take expressed his excitement to develop his experiences into a graphic novel stating he "recognized 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." After the success of John Lewis' auto-bio graphic memoir trilogy, March, Takei and IDW Publishing continue to inspire and encourage positive change through authentic real life stories.