Intermediate sketch page for my graphic novel "Gaijin-American Prisoner of War"- a tale about a young man, Koji, and his mom, Adeline, as they are illegally interned along with over 100,000 other Japanese Americans during WWII. This double page spread is a very early version of the story but the moment remains in the book. Here we see Karl (now Koji) and his mom Adeline pleading Karl's case before an Army lieutenant. They insist that his U.S. citizenship and the fact that he is only 13 should keep him from being interned in a prison camp. The lieutenant disagrees. Looking back, there is so much text in these frames and so many words have been edited, thankfully. Big thanks to my editor at Hyperion, Rotem Moscovich, for all her expert editing help! Pencil, 2009.