Thursday, January 31, 2013

In-process page 36 from my graphic novel "Gaijin-American Prisoner of War", to be publ.d by Disney/Hyperion. Koji and his mom Adeline were walking home from church when two trench-coated FBI men cornered them and questioned them about Koji's dad. This wasn't uncommon government agent behavior during the frightening days following the attack on Pearl Harbor. FBI agents arrested all Japanese American men in the San Francisco area between the age of 25 and 45. Anything that had Japanese content- Wedding photos, calendars, Kimonos etc., was confiscated by the FBI. Anything that could be used as a weapon, including little league baseball bats, was confiscated. All radios were confiscated. Like all Japanese Americans on the west coast, Koji was just the wrong race in the wrong place at the wrong time. Water color, gouache, 2012.