IDW to publish George Takei's autobiographical "They Called Us Enemy"

IDW to publish George Takei's autobiographical "They Called Us Enemy"

We know him as Sulu, helmsmen of the starship Enterprise and eventual captain of the Excelsior.  Before that, though, George Takei was a young boy who lived through one of the darkest times in American history.  As one of the 120,000 Japanese Americans who were imprisoned in World War II, Takei knows firsthand what oppression and prejudice can do to an entire group of people.  Teamed with writers Justin Eisinger and Steven Scott and artist Harmony Becker, Takei will relive his traumatic childhood so as to both give hope to the oppressed and warn of the dangers of blind hate.

Per IDW:

George Takei’s They Called Us Enemy
Coming in 2019

Graphic Memoir of Actor/Author/Activist Will Depict His Childhood
in 1940s Japanese American Internment Camps

SAN DIEGO, CA (July 19, 2018) — As nations around the globe confront new versions of old debates about immigration, incarceration, and family separation, actor/author/activist George Takei is preparing a beautiful and powerfully resonant graphic memoir of his own direct experience with American xenophobia.
 
In summer 2019, Top Shelf Productions will publish Takei’s They Called Us Enemy, created in collaboration with co-writers Justin Eisinger & Steven Scott and artist Harmony Becker. George Takei revisits his haunting childhood in American concentration camps, as one of 120,000 Japanese Americans imprisoned by the U.S. government during World War II. Readers will experience the forces that shaped an American icon — and America itself — in this gripping tale of courage, country, loyalty, and love.
 
Tomorrow at Comic-Con International, co-writers Justin Eisinger and Steven Scott will discuss They Called Us Enemy, and share early glimpses of Harmony Becker’s artwork, in the panel “The Human Condition: Connecting Humanity with Graphic Novels,” Friday at 1 pm in Room 23ABC.
 
About They Called Us Enemy

George Takei has captured hearts and minds worldwide with his magnetic performances, sharp wit, and outspoken commitment to equal rights. But long before he braved new frontiers in Star Trek, he woke up as a four-year-old boy to find his own birth country at war with his father’s — and their entire family forced from their home into an uncertain future.
 
In 1942, at the order of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, every person of Japanese descent on the west coast was rounded up and shipped to one of ten “relocation centers,” hundreds or thousands of miles from home, where they would be held for years under armed guard.
 
They Called Us Enemy is Takei’s firsthand account of those years behind barbed wire, the terrors and small joys of childhood in the shadow of legalized racism, his mother’s hard choices, his father’s tested faith in democracy, and the way those experiences planted the seeds for his astonishing future.
 
What does it mean to be American? Who gets to decide? When the world is against you, what can one person do? To answer these questions, George Takei joins co-writers Justin Eisinger & Steven Scott and artist Harmony Becker for the journey of a lifetime.

They Called Us Enemy will be available summer 2019.

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