Excited to announce that I was one of the 25 California groups that got the California Civil Liberties grant. With their support, we will be able to print physical copies of the 442 graphic novel (that I co-wrote with Phinny Kiyomura and that Rob Sato drew). Some of the copies will be donated to libraries, students, educators, and schools around the state and some will be made available for sale. We are hoping that by printing the graphic novel more people will find out about the heroism of the WWII Nisei vets and about incarceration.
Here is the official description of our project from the press release:
Visual Communications Media (fiscal sponsor), 442 Community Project
The team behind the creation of the digital graphic novel 442 will print physical copies of the work. The storyline of both the online and print version is of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, made up entirely of Japanese Americans and the most decorated unit of World War II.The project 442 centers on the 442’s most famous battle: The Rescue of the Lost Battalion. The copies of the graphic novel will be made available to schools, libraries, teachers and students throughout California. In addition, the authors and artist will lead public talks about the 442 and the incarceration experience to help bring awareness of that part of history.
You can read the rest of the press release here: http://www.library.ca.gov/Content/pdf/pressreleases/CivilLibertiesGrantees2017-18PRESS-RELEASE.pdf
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Congratulations Koji! Fantastic news!