Indie Cover Spotlight: Buckaroo Banzai: Return of the Screw #1

So The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension! was on TV the other night, and since I hadn’t seen the movie in a long time, I decided to give it a look. It’s a hot mess of a film, but I suppose that’s what lends it its charm and cult status. Anyway, it put me in the mood to start up the ICS feature on my blog again, after a long hiatus. So here we go:

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Buckaroo Banzai: Return of the Screw #1 was published in 2006 by Moonstone. I believe the cover is by Matt Haley. Earl Mac Rauch, the screenwriter of the movie, returned for scripting duty on the comics as well.

Persia Blues book giveaway winners

Brent and I gave away 2 copies of Persia Blues vol. 2 via the website Goodreads. Each copy was signed by both of us, and included an original pencil sketch by Brent.

During the two week period of the giveaway, 407 people entered for a chance at the books. Congrats to Rhonda F. and Pamela C. on their win. We hope they enjoy the books, and look forward to possibly seeing their review on Goodreads.

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NBM turns 40, debuts new logo

NBM Publishing, the folks putting out my Persia Blues graphic novel trilogy, are turning 40! That’s 40 years of publishing graphic novels in the US, way before anyone had even heard of the term.

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NBM Publishing Celebrates 40th Anniversary; Debuts New Logo and Updated Website

“This year, NBM will release work from such talented artists and writers as Lewis Trondheim, Joann Sfar, David Prudhomme, Jirô Taniguchi, Sean Michael Wilson & Michiru Morikawa, Annie Goetzinger & Rodolphe, Stanislas, Nicolas Keramidas, A. Dan, and Maximilien Le Roy, joining other recent creators as Rick Geary, P. Craig Russell, Dara Naraghi, Brent Bowman, Margreet de Heer, Kerascoet, Etienne Davodeau, Patrick Atangan, Jim Benton, Ted Rall, and Julian Voloj.”

I really like the new logo, it’s clean and effective.

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Here’s to another 40.

Talking Persia Blues and more on the Comics Alternative podcast

Derek Royal from the The Comics Alternative podcast conducts an insightful and lengthy interview with yours truly and artist Brent Bowman about Persia Blues vol. 2.

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We discuss everything from our collaborative process, to representations of Iranians in the media, writing a female protagonist, the Ohio State University campus, and much more. Click the link above to listen to our talk, and be sure to check out all the other great interviews and reviews at The Comics Alternative.

Win a signed and sketched copy of Persia Blues

Would you like the chance to win a copy of Persia Blues vol. 2, signed by both myself and artist Brent Bowman? What if I told you it will also contain an original sketch by Brent? And that there are absolutely no strings attached?

Well, here’s your chance:

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Persia Blues, Volume 2 by Dara Naraghi

Persia Blues, Volume 2

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Giveaway ends January 20, 2016.

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Talking Persia Blues and more on the PVDcast podcast

Have you ever wondered how the writers and artists of the books you read sound like? Of course not. But that didn’t stop us from sitting down with John Orlando for his PVDcast podcast!

Brent Bowman and I talk about Persia Blues vol. 2, our process for collaborating together, sources of inspiration, what took so long on my part to complete the script for the second book, and much more.

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Head on over to the home of the PVDcast to hear our episode.

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“I’m joined on this edition of the PVDcast by the creative team behind Persia Blues Vol. 2: Love & War. Dara Naraghi and Brent Bowman are the two guys responsible for this critically acclaimed graphic novel. (You may recall that Dara joined me back on episode 17 to discuss the first installment of Persia Blues). We talk about their creative collaboration, their influences, their relationship with publisher, NBM and many other topics. A must listen for any aspiring creative people!”

And while you’re there, be sure to check out John’s archive of great interviews with creative types of all sorts, from writers and artists to wrestlers and movie critics.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

And may 2016 be good to you and yours.

Belt magazine on Persia Blues

Belt Magazine is an online publication with a focus on life and culture in the “rust belt.” Since 2013, they’ve featured essays, longform journalism, op-eds, and reviews of works by creators from the industrial Midwest. And they just ran a nice article on Persia Blues, entitled Graphically Persian in Ohio: Novel Adventures from Columbus Artists.

Here’s a snippet of what they had to say about Brent Bowman’s art in the book:

This combination noir and penny-dreadful background is apparent in the pages of Persia Blues, which alternates visual styles: ancient Persia is dark and moody, as if the story is coming to us from a great distance full of smudged shadow and deep recesses of sky; modern Iran is primarily depicted in line drawings with brightly lit, page-white backgrounds, as if we are watching reality TV.

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I like the author’s theory as to the central mystery of the book’s dual settings. I won’t say whether he’s on the right track or not, but give it a read and see if you agree. Or do you have your own theories?

S.P.A.C.E. Prize winner Persia Blues returns with volume 2

I, along with co-creator and artist Brent Bowman, were honored to have Persia Blues vol. 1 win the 2014 S.P.A.C.E. Prize for best graphic novel at the Small Press & Alternative Comics Expo. And I’m even happier to announce that the long-awaited second volume of the trilogy is hitting the shelves in a week or so!

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In case you hadn’t had a chance to check out the solicitations, here’s what you can expect in volume 2:

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Minoo Shirazi’s mysterious double life continues to unfold across 2,000 years of history in the second installment of the Persia Blues series.

In the fantastical world of ancient Persia, the shock of discovering a piece of her past is overshadowed by the imminent invasion of Ahriman’s armies. Only by finding the empire’s champion, Rostam, can she hope to turn back the tide of evil.

While in the modern world, Minoo’s life unfolds in Iran and America – where she has recently begun her graduate studies – as she deals with her stern father, dying mother, lost brother, and new American boyfriend. Across myths and modern realities, we delve deeper into the truth of Minoo’s life.

Here are a few pages of art:

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For a longer preview, as well as reviews and interviews, please drop by the official Persia Blues website.

On the Road in Iran

Here’s a lyrical and beautiful essay about a road trip in Iran, by Bijan Roghanchi.

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“At Kandovan, a village built directly into the mountains, I made a confession, the type you can make only to someone on the road. It was a confession born in the bond that comes from hours of silence and the hum of soft rubber over asphalt. And then there were no more roads left except the one we had come down and it was time to go back home.”

Indie Cover Spotlight: Marshal Law #1

I can honestly say that this was one of the first comic books to truly and completely blow my mind:

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Written by Pat Mills, and drawn by Kevin O’Neill, published in 1987 by Marvel’s Epic line of creator-owned comics. Leave it to the Brits to push the envelope of satire and parody.