January 3, 2013
Yuko Shimizu illustrates her first children’s book called Barbed Wire Baseball. The story takes place in a wartime Japanese internment camp and follows Kenichi “Zeni” Zenimura as he pursues his dreams of playing professional baseball.
The book’s dust cover references the aesthetic of John Gall’s Sayonara Home Run!: The Art of the Japanese Baseball Card. Art Director Chad Beckerman handled the book’s design and Yuko had help with the coloring process from Dadu Shin and Victor Ngai. Four spreads from Barbed Wire Baseball were also featured in American Illustration’s recent annual publication. Barbed Wire Baseball is written by Marissa Moss and is scheduled for release later this spring.