Todd Klein likes “Caspian”

Legendary comics letterer Todd Klein reviews Dark Horse Presents #18, and has these kind words to say about the story I wrote, with art by Victor Santos:

“Memories of the Caspian” is an autobiographical tale, something DHP seems to do periodically, and a fascinating one about growing up on the shores of the Caspian Sea, and coming back to it much later as an adult. Fine writing by Dara Naraghi, great art by Victor Santos.

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Thanks Todd! We have plans for a few more autobio stories, as soon as we both find the time.

New digs for Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum

C-Bus’ own Alexandra Kelley Fox writes briefly about the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum at OSU, and their plan to move their facility this summerfrom the basement of the Wexner Center to a new 30,000-square-foot space at Sullivant Hall.

With more than 300,000 original cartoons, 50,000 books, and 2.5 million comic strip clippings, it’s the world’s largest academic research facility dedicated to printed cartoon art. In addition to editorial cartoons, comic strips, comic books, graphic novels, sports cartoons, and magazine cartoons, it has one of the world’s largest collections of Japanese manga.

Here’s an artist’s rendering of what the new exhibit space will look like:

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For the latest news on the museum and their exhibits, visit the official site here.

NBM blog: From Iran to Indie Comics

Here’s an excerpt from my first blog entry on my publisher’s official blog, sharing a bit about my background and the inception of Persia Blues:

During college, I began dabbling in writing on the side, and even got involved with a fly-by-night indie comics publisher operating out of the west coast. Well, more like the publisher’s spare bedroom, which happened to be in an apartment in a city on the West coast. That experience soured me on the business side of comics for a while, and I lost interest in creating comics, though I still remained a fan of the medium. It wasn’t until about a dozen years ago that I met some similar minded creators in my hometown of Columbus, Ohio, that I started to become serious about writing again. We ended up calling ourselves the PANEL Collective, and have been creating and self-publishing small press comix for over 10 years now.

But that’s a story for another post.

However, I will mention that it was through PANEL that I met and befriended the artist that would eventually team up with me on Persia Blues…

Read the full entry here.

PANEL takes 2nd place SPACE Prize

The winners of the 2012 SPACE Prize have been announced. Alas, my nominated collaboration with Matt Kish didn’t win, but a hearty congratulations to all the winners. And I’d especially like to send a shout out to my fellow PANEL Collective peeps Tony Goins and Andy Bennett for their 2nd place finish in the Mini-Comics/Short Story category for their story “The Only Two,” from our PANEL #18 anthology:

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See you all at this year’s S.P.A.C.E., April 13 & 14 in Columbus, Ohio.