I recently ran across the website of British Council Iran, which describes itself as such:
“The British Council is the United Kingdom’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We work in three key areas: Arts, English and Education and Society…Art continues to flourish in Iran, with a strong two-way appreciation and profound interest between UK and Iranian artists. We facilitate platforms for the manifestation of this shared interest through promoting understanding of the different arts sectors in both countries…”
In an article titled Images & Words: Weaving Together a World of Iranian Stories, writer Homa Naraghi (no relation, as far as I know) recounts her experience with the graphic novel (and subsequently, the animated movie) Persepolis. She goes on to say:
“No other graphic novel about Iran has been as widely talked about as Persepolis, but there are a few others out there using the opportunities offered by the genre that are worth taking a look at here:”
“Persia Blues (Vol I & II) Dara Naraghi and Brent Bowman. The books take us along on the adventures of its character Minoo as she lives life in three worlds: the mythical and fantastical world that brings together elements of ancient Persia with those of the U.S., the modern day Iran, and the modern day Ohio, U.S. The book won the 2014 SPACE (Small Press and Alternative Comics Expo) prize for best graphic novel and was nominated for two other awards in 2014.”
It’s a thrill to be listed alongside so many great graphic novels created by the Iranian Diaspora.