Announcing my newest project: PERSIA BLUES

I’m very excited to finally be able to take this news public: on the last day of the month that I turned 40 (i.e. this past November) I signed a contract with NBM Publishing to bring my creator-owned series Persia Blues to the market. Based in New York and founded by Terry Nantier in 1976, NBM is one of the oldest independent graphic novel publishers in the US, with a slew of critically acclaimed original and European reprint albums.

Yep, it's official

I’m extremely excited to be working with Terry and the fine folks at NBM on what will be a trilogy of original graphic novels, telling an epic tale centered around Minoo Shirazi, a young Iranian grad student living in the US. Here’s the tagline I used in the pitch:

“Persia Blues chronicles a young Iranian woman’s life in two different worlds, both of which are a lie.”

Without giving too much away just yet, Persia Blues will explore Minoo’s life, love, struggles, and triumphs in two separate worlds. The series will draw heavily from modern Iranian culture, ancient Persian history and mythology, as well as elements from the Zoroastrian religion.

Character designs for Minoo and Tyler

Joining me on this project is super talented artist, fellow Columbusite, and fellow PANEL Collective member Brent Bowman. Brent’s been doing an amazing job designing the look and feel of the series, which with its half a dozen different settings and over a dozen main characters is no small task.

Character design for Ahura Mazda

The first volume in the series, tentatively titled “Columbus to Persepolis” is slated for release in early 2013. I know that seems like a long time away, but we’ve got you covered. I’ll be using my blog here to post regular updates, art previews, and a ton of cool behind-the-scenes material for your enjoyment. So please bookmark this site (or better yet, subscribe to the blog’s RSS feed by clicking the orange icon at the bottom of this page) and check in on our progress.

Character design for...well, it's a secret for now

My goal is to make this graphic novel series a very unique reading experience, both in terms of subject matter and presentation. Brent and I can’t wait to share more with you.

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2 thoughts on “Announcing my newest project: PERSIA BLUES

  1. Hi,
    I am interested in one of your publications. I sent you an email the other day, I didn’t get any reply. I work with Ross Hardy and he introduced you and your website to me.

    I am wondering how I can get one of your publications. I am new to Columbus and I can’t go around easily.

  2. Thanks Nemat…check your email now. It’s been a hectic few days, but I’m getting caught up with my correspondences.

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