On the Road in Iran

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

‘Hum of soft rubber over asphalt’: on the road in Iran

“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.”

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    Splash Wednesday: Buscema and Case

    Our first page this week is via Diversions of the Groovy Kind, and features the other Buscema brother, Sal. This is from Sub-Mariner #25 (February 1970), with Sal Buscema on pencils:

    Sub-Mariner 25-01
    And here’s the page from the Way Back machine, AKA my previous blog circa 2011:

    Here’s this week’s splash page:


    This splash depicts the return of Marvel’s oddball “non-team,” The Defenders. It’s by artist Richard Case, inked by Randy Emberlin. Case is best known for his collaboration with Grant Morrison on that writer’s revamp of Doom Patrol over at DC, but he’s done a fair bit of work at various publishers. This page is from Doctor Strange #3, published by Marvel Comics, March 1989.

    Hey, wait a minute, is that a ferret? Or just a weasel?

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      Guess the Artist – 11/2/2015

      OK, here we go with another couple of pages to try your hand at. There really are no rules, other than if you have the book that these pages are from, please refrain from guessing.

      The first page for this week:


      And page 2, from my old Ferret Press blog, way back in 2005:


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        Persia Blues original art at Shadowbox Live gallery

        This past October, Columbus’ own Shadowbox Live – the sketch comedy, short play, and live music troupe – presented “The Tenshu,” a unique production featuring live martial arts, magic, giant puppets and supernatural experiences, accompanied by an original rock score. The show was a collaboration between Japanese choreographer/director Hiromi Sakamoto and New York Times Best Selling author of the Kabuki graphic novels, David Mack.


        Accompanying the production was a gallery show featuring original comic book art from several local creators, including my artistic partner in crime, Brent Bowman. Several of Brent’s pages and paintings from volume 1 of Persia Blues were prominently on display:

        We hope to make this the first of several more gallery shows.

        If you are interested in purchasing any of the original art from the book, drop me a line via the Contact link on this site.

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          Splash Wednesday: Byrne and Benefiel

          Let’s kick off this edition of Splash Wednesday with a classic John Byrne page (inked by Terry Austin), from Uncanny X-Men #139.


          And from a post on March, 2011 on my old blog, here’s this week’s “classic” splash page:

          “Over the years, Mike Mignola has worked with quite a handful of talented artists on Hellboy short stories and side projects, which is where this week’s page comes from:


          This page is from Ghost/Hellboy #2, with pencils by Scott Benefiel, and inks by Jasen Rodriguez. Published by Dark Horse Comics, June 1996. Ghost was one of the longer-running titles in DH’s attempt at a superhero universe. This was a 2-issue crossover.”

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            Short article about my YSU talk in The Jambar

            Ahead of my talk tomorrow at Youngstown State University, the school newspaper, The Jambar, ran this short article/interview: Graphic Novel Author to Visit YSU.

            “If creating comics is something they want to do professionally, hopefully I can also leave them with some advice on how to navigate the treacherous waters of the business,” Naraghi said.

            [English professor Rebecca] Barnhouse encourages anyone who is interested in graphic novels or Naraghi’s work to come and speak with him on Wednesday.

            CB Speaker

            (By the way, can anyone tell me what the meaning or significance of the name “Jambar” is?)

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              Pilgrims and water parks in Iran’s holy city of Mashhad

              The Guardian newspaper has a fascinating read about Iraqi Shia pilgrims visiting Mashhad, in Iran: Prayer, food, sex and water parks in Iran’s holy city of Mashhad.


              During my childhood in Iran, and a couple of subsequent visits, I’ve been to several of the key cities, like Isfahan and Shiraz. But I’ve never been to Mashhad, and in fact all I knew of it was its reputation as a “holy city,” due to its many theological schools, as well as housing the tomb of Imam Reza, the eighth Shia Imam. But the juxtaposition of that image with the one painted by this article, of touristy theme parks and sex workers, is quite interesting.

              “Mehdi also comments on Iraqi men who come to Mashhad looking to patronize the city’s sizeable population of sex workers, many of which conduct business through a Shia system of ‘temporary marriage’ known in Iran as sigheh.”

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                Upcoming talk at Youngstown State University

                Professor Rebecca Barnhouse at the English department of Youngstown State University invited me to give a talk on comics and graphic novels, which I’m excited to do. The event is free and open to the public, and will take place on Wednesday, October 28, at 4 PM in DeBartolo Hall.

                CB Speaker

                I plan to talk a bit about my background and interest in comics and graphic novels, then discuss how I “broke in” to the field. I’ll also present some of the concepts and techniques behind creating graphic novels, and of course have an open Q&A session.

                Additional info about the event is available on the YSU website here.

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                  Splash Wednesday: Simonson and Bisley

                  Another Wednesday, another couple of splash pages to treat your eyes to. Starting with a page I found around the web (via The Crapbox of Son Of Cthulhu), here’s a fantastic Walt Simonson page from Orion #1, published by DC Comics.


                  And a classic post, from Feb 2011:

                  I came across this while digging through my longboxes a short while ago:

                  It’s from Bodycount #3. Art by Simon Bisley, published by Image Comics, May 1996.

                  Bodycount was a 4-issue mini series featuring one of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Leonardo, I think) teaming up with Casey Jones to fight…um, I don’t quite remember. I think maybe a gang? Or the mob? Well, whoever it was, it involved an awful lot of guns and bullets and death and destruction. Oh, and boobs. The biggest, most ridiculously basketball-shaped tits you’ve ever seen, courtesy of Mr. Bisley. I was never a TMNT guy, so I think I picked this series up during my Bisley fan stage. Oddly enough, it’s not fully painted, like the majority of his output at the time, but it’s in the unmistakable Bisley style. Here’s to excess.

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