Sunday, March 23, 2014

Final art for "Gaijin: American Prisoner of War", a graphic novel written and illus.d by me and released by Disney/Hyperion next month! When the vast operation to remove 120,000 Japanese Americans from their homes commenced in 1942, temporary camps were used to house them while more permanent camps were being built in remote parts of the country. One of the first things noticed by the internees was that the latrines had no walls to provide privacy. When this issue was brought to the attention of the authorities they were told that it was an over sight due to the expediency required to house so many. Strange thing, though- when they arrived in the desolate places chosen by the government for the permanent camps they found in many cases that the latrines still had no walls. In the six months it took to construct the camps you'd think someone would've made an effort to build a wall in between each toilet. Eventually the internees took it upon themselves to construct walls. 

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