This coming Saturday, Giant Robot will be hosting the illustrations of Rob Sato for “442,” a graphic novel written by myself and Phinny Kiyomura.
442: Original Art From The Graphic Novel
Featuring the work of Rob Sato
April 14 – May 2, 2018
Giant Robot 2 (GR2)
2062 Sawtelle Boulevard
Los Angeles CA 90025
Saturday, April 14, 2018
6:30 PM – 10:00 PM
The exhibition will showcase the original panels from the comic, each hand-painted in watercolor. 442 refers to the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, the segregated unit of Japanese American soldiers who fought for the United States in World War II. Despite 120,000 Japanese Americans being placed in concentration camps, thousands volunteered and fought in Europe and served in intelligence services in the Pacific.
Among those who were interned but still fought were my Grandfather, Roy Sato. Born and raised in California’s Central Valley, he and his family were incarcerated in the Jerome and Rohwer Arkansas camps after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. He joined the 442nd and fought in Europe while his family remained behind barbed wire back home.