“Star Trek” icon George Takei is developing a graphic memoir for IDW Publishing that focuses on his family’s time in Japanese-American internment camps during World War II, the aftermath of that experience, and his rise to fame.
Planned for release in 2018, the graphic novel will be scripted by Justin Eisinger and Steven Scott. Takei will serve as the narrator.
“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 said in a statement. “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.
“When the opportunity to tell my story in the form of a graphic novel presented itself, I 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,” he continued. “We live in uncertain times, and if stories such as mine can inspire us to do better and encourage positive change, I want to share it with as many people as possible, no matter who they are, or where they come from.”
The 79-year-old Takei, best known for playing Hikaru Sulu on the original “Star Trek” series and in six films. He also starred in the stage musical “Allegiance,” about a family forced to leave their farm in California following the attack on Pearl Harbor and sent to a government internment camp in Wyoming. The musical, which appeared on Broadway from October 2015 to February 2016, was inspired by Takei’s own experiences.
When he was just 5 years old, Takei and his family were forced to move to a relocation center, and spent the next three years living in different relocation centers until the end of World War II. In addition to campaigning to make known the experiences of Japanese-Americans interned during the war, Takei has become a prominent LGBT and human rights activist since publicly announcing he was gay in 2005.
(via The Hollywood Reporter)