2 copies (save $5 off cover price). This is a pre-order of Jeff Chiba Stearns and Lillian Michiko Blakey's 56-page graphic novel! The first edition run of hardcover collector's editions are anticipated to be printed and shipped late fall 2020.


Your support now will help fund the printing of the graphic novel! We will keep you updated on our progress and ensure that you will be the first to receive copies of the book as soon as it is released! Thank you for your support.  For more info please visit: onbeingyukiko.com


*All books will be signed with a doodle by co-author and illustrator, Jeff Chiba Stearns 


Description: In a rare collaboration between two of Canada’s most notable Japanese Canadian artists, Jeff Chiba Stearns and Lillian Michiko Blakey, comes an intergenerational story on Japanese Canadian family history and cultural identity. In order to appeal to young readers, this is the first time a graphic novel has ever been created to address both these themes of Japanese Canadian history and identity.


Through the blending of two unique artistic styles, Jeff’s cartoony ‘hapanimation’ and Lillian’s sketchy realism, twelve-year-old Emma, who is Gosei & ‘quarter’ Japanese, learns about her Japanese roots through the story of her great-great grandmother Maki, a Japanese picture bride who journeyed to Canada at the turn of the 20th century. Through Maki’s story of extreme perseverance and sacrifice, having been interned and then deported to Japan after WWII, Emma discovers a deeper connection to her Japanese Canadian identity, on being Yukiko.


Anticipated release date: December 4, 2020

Intended audience: pre-teen, young adult

On Being Yukiko - Graphic Novel (Two Copies)

  • Hardcover

    56 matte pages - full colour

    6.5 x 10.25 inch book


  • Mailed via Canada Post STANDARD (no-tracking)

    Canada shipping $8 CAD

    US shipping $12 CAD

    International shipping $20 CAD