This European hadn’t heard of Tokyo Rose before, but she’s an interesting part of American history. How important? Iva Toguri was the seventh person ever to be convicted of treason in the United States of America and, decades later was then pardoned by the president.
Andre Frattino (Simon Says, A Land Remembered) and Kate Kasenow (Form of a Question, An Elegy for Amelia Johnson) are bringing the story of Tokyo Rose to Kickstarter to fund an indie graphic novel. At the time of writing, they already have nearly $3,500 pledged.
A pledge of US$10 will get you a digital copy, and $20 gets you the hardcopy, although it’s worth noting it’ll only ship to certain countries. There are higher tiers if you want some more exclusive swag.
At the heart of the graphic novel is the question of whether Iva did anything to harm American morale. Or did she work to subvert the goals of the Japanese government which had put her to work against her home country? Tokyo Rose was American, at least, this one was.
It’s an experienced team behind this project, and they’ll be working with Atheris Publishing to bring the comic book to life. Atheris Publishing is a
division of Atheris Entertainment who have some board game Kickstarter successes under their belts.
Thanks so much for this write up about the project!