George Takei is one of the most well-known names amongst geeks, and for good reason. From Star Trek, to Broadway, to Facebook and other social media, George Takei is truly a geek icon in every sense of the word. Together with Justin Eisinger and Steven Scott, George Takei is set to have a graphic novel released in 2018. It will be made available through IDW Publishing, and is set to detail all aspects of his life story.
Born April 20, 1937, George Takei has lived through and accomplished an astronomical amount in his life. He first became famous for his role as Hikaru Sulu in Star Trek. Takei has known fame and love for his portrayal of the iconic character, along with his plethora of acting roles. Even among the youngest generations, he is a household name due to his large internet personality. His Broadway presence is fabulous- Allegiance being Takei’s recent musical masterpiece.
George Takei and his husband Brad are one of the longest known and best loved gay geek couples. They were finally able to marry in 2008.
George Takei has sadly experienced more than his fair share of atrocities during his life time. During World War Two, he and his family suffered the atrocity of being forced in to a Japanese internment camp here in the United States.
The graphic novel will detail and bring attention to all of these events. It will also help to shed more perspective and light on one of the darker times in American history.
George Takei had the following to say in regards to his upcoming novel in a statement:
“I have spoken publicly on numerous occasions during my life on the unjust internment of Japanese Americans in my ongoing mission of spreading awareness of this disgraceful chapter of American history, I do this, and will continue to do so, in the hope that my personal experience can serve as a cautionary reminder of our past leaders’ mistakes, and that as a society, we can learn from those transgressions and not repeat them.
When the opportunity to tell my story in the form of a graphic novel presented itself, I recognized the value in making it easily accessible for our youth to discover and digest the material, bringing attention to an important and relevant issue, while preserving it for generations to come. We live in uncertain times, and if stories such as mine can inspire us to do better and encourage positive change. I want to share it with as many people as possible, no matter who they are, or where they come from.”
George Takei shares a special place in the hearts of geeks around the world. His story should have a place on every nerd’s book shelf. What are your favorite things George Takei has accomplished? Let us know in the comments!