Persia Blues: Finalist for SPACE Prize 2014

I’m thrilled to announce that Persia Blues, my graphic novel with Brent Bowman, has been nominated for the 2014 S.P.A.C.E. Prize in the graphic novel category!


Now coming up on it’s 16th year, S.P.A.C.E. (Small Press & Alternative Comics Expo) is the Midwest’s longest running exhibition of small press,creator owned and art comics. And Columbus’ only locally owned and operated comics show. Sponsored by Back Porch Comics.


The winners will be picked from three voting bodies in each category: two rotating judges and the registered SPACE 2014 Exhibitors themselves. Winners will be announced at next year’s SPACE, which takes place in Columbus, Ohio on April 11 & 12, 2015.

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    Persia Blues nominated for YALSA 2014 award

    I’m thrilled and proud to announce that Persia Blues, my graphic novel with Brent Bowman, has been nominated for the “Great Graphic Novels for Teens – 2014” award, as presented by Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA):


    The list presents graphic novels published in the past 16 months that are recommended reading for teens aged twelve to eighteen. It is a general list of graphic novels, both fiction and nonfiction, selected for proven or potential appeal to the personal reading tastes of teens.


    The final list will be presented in January 2014. Here’s the current list of nominations. As you can see, we’re in great company, with the likes of Gilbert Hernandez, Faith Erin Hicks, Mike Carey, Nate Powell, Paul Pope, Louis Trondheim, and even Senator John Lewis. And the wonderful Margreet De Heer, a fellow author at NBM Publishing, is also nominated for her graphic novel Science: A Discovery in Comics.

    Needless to say, Brent and I are humbled and ecstatic.

    About YALSA:

    The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is a national association of librarians, library workers and advocates whose mission is to expand and strengthen library services for teens, aged 12-18. Through its member-driven advocacy, research, and professional development initiatives, YALSA builds the capacity of libraries and librarians to engage, serve and empower teens.

    About the ALA:

    The American Library Association (ALA) is the oldest and largest library association in the world, providing association information, news, events, and advocacy resources for members, librarians, and library users.

    Founded on October 6, 1876 during the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, the mission of ALA is to provide leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.

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      Indie Cover Spotlight: The Mercenary #1

      This week I’m going to spotlight several graphic novels in The Mercenary series, by spanish creator Vicente Segrelles. The English editions were published by NBM back in the mid-80s. Here’s the cover to volume one:


      A fantasy adventure set in the “Land of Eternal Clouds,” this multi-volume graphic novel series was fully painted using oils! Here’s a sample page:


      You can find out more about this series at its official website.

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        Come meet me and Brent at SPX

        My Persia Blues artist, Brent Bowman, will be joining me at this year’s Small Press Expo (SPX) in Bethesda, Maryland on September 14 & 15. We’ll be at our publisher’s table, NBM Publishing, signing books, doing sketches, and meeting fans and new readers. Here’s a floor plan and where you can find us, marked by the green oval:


        If you’ve never been to SPX, it’s a who’s who of indie comic greats. Some of this year’s headliners include our hometown’s own International superstar, Jeff Smith, plus Farel Dalrymple, Peter Bagge, Raina Telgemeier, Lisa Hanawalt, Ed Piskor, Adrian Tomine, Seth, Gary Panter, and Congressman John Lewis, debuting his autobiographical graphic novel, March.


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          Win a copy of Persia Blues on

          Are you a member on Good Reads, the social networking site for people who love books? If not, why not? And if yes, then drop on by and enter to win a copy of my latest graphic novel!

          Goodreads Book Giveaway

          Persia Blues, Vol.1 by Dara Naraghi

          Persia Blues, Vol.1

          by Dara Naraghi

          Giveaway ends August 31, 2013.

          See the giveaway details
          at Goodreads.

          Enter to win

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            Signing at The Laughing Ogre 7/24

            Just a quick note to let you know I’m doing a signing at The Laughing Ogre comic shop (4258 North High St., Columbus, OH) this Wednesday, July 24, from 5-7 pm.

            Joining me will be my collaborators Brent Bowman (Persia Blues)


            and Tom Williams (Brainbot Jr., in Dark Horse Presents #26)


            Please drop on by and say hi if you get a chance.

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              Persia Blues book is printed!

              Hi folks, sorry for being incommunicado for a while. I was a bit burnt out after finishing the Persia Blues book, and then got bogged down with other life stuff. But I’m trying to get back into the swing of things, writing and blogging included.

              So, the good news: volume 1 of my Persia Blues graphic novel is printed and on its way to book stores everywhere! It should be available for purchase around July 1, although you can always pre-order it through Amazon or any other book retailer.


              For those of you who supported us via Kickstarter, Brent and I are working to sign and sketch the books and get them out in the mail to you as soon as possible!

              Of course, if you just can’t wait for the print edition and would like to grab a digital version, you can get it via the comiXology app or Amazon Kindle. Visit the Persia Blues store for links and details.

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