Thursday, February 25, 2010

Iranian graphic novel draws interest as multi-language webcomic

A graphic novel about the political and social situation in Iran is beginning as a serialized web comic in seven languages. Zahra's Paradise, the first installment of which was published online on February 19, will ultimately see publication by First Second Books in 2011.
Called a work of "real-time fiction," Zahra's Paradise is set in the aftermath of Iran's disputed 2009 elections and tells the fictional story of the search for a missing protestor. The story will incorporate a number of current events as it unfolds with web updates every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
At, the comic is available in English, Farsi, Arabic, French, Italian, Spanish, and Dutch.
Zahra's Paradise is written by Amir, an Iranian-American human rights activist, journalist, and documentary filmmaker who has lived and worked in the US, Canada, Europe, and Afghanistan. Khalil is a multimedia artist who takes on his first graphic novel with this project. Both Amir and Khalil are withholding their last names to protect their anonymity, according to the site.

Full report here The Independent

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