Persia Blues: Fun with Kickstarter

Sorry I’ve been incommunicado for a while. Between trying to finish the book, an increased workload at my day job, and oh yeah, getting married, my free time had all but disappeared. But now that at least the wedding is behind me, I’m going to get back into a semi-regular blogging schedule here.

To ease back into things, I thought I’d start by sharing a couple pieces of art related to our Kickstarter campaign (which, by the way, was quite successful, coming in at 112% of our initial goal). First, here are images of the front and back of the giant 6×9 postcard we’ll be sending out to all our backers, to thank them for their support:

I’m quite pleased with how they turned out. With a nice matte finish, these cards are nice little artifacts suitable for framing, and we plan on handing them out at conventions and shows to help promote the book. By the way, if you would like to receive one for yourself, please contact me (via the official Persia Blues website) and I’ll be more than happy to mail you one.

Next up is page 3 of the book, beautifully rendered by series artist Brent Bowman. This page is the start of a four-page sequence wherein our protagonists are confronted by some rather unsavory brigands. But what makes this especially fun is that the likeness of the lead brigand is based on Yiri, the husband of fellow NBM creator Margreet de Heer (Philosophy: a Discovery in Comics, Science: a Discovery in Comics):

Margreet was an early and generous supporter of our Kickstarter campaign, and took us up on our offer to “appear as a character in the book.” But she actually wanted to surprise her husband Yiri by having him drawn in the book. So we set off on a clandestine mission to gather photo references for the artwork, friending Yiri on Facebook and trying to be inconspicuous in our efforts. But then Margreet confessed that she’s terrible at keeping secrets, and had already spilled the beans to her husband!

Yiri, we hope you enjoy your small role in our story, and please accept my apologies for the rather unfortunate fate of your “character” in the book.

Next: more artowrk, and a look at the non-fantasy aspects of the book.

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About the Author

Dara Naraghi
Dara Naraghi
Dara Naraghi was born in Iran and educated in the United States. An Ohio State University alum, he works in the information technology field, but his passion is for the comics medium. His debut graphic novel, Lifelike, has garnered many positive reviews, from the likes of award-winning novelist Cory Doctorow, and cartoonist Sam Kieth. His other notable graphic novels include the Terminator Salvation official movie prequel, and Witch & Wizard: Battle for Shadowland (both New York Times Bestsellers), as well as works for Image Comics, IDW Publishing, Dark Horse, and DC Comics. Dara is also a founding member of the comic book writers/artists collective known as PANEL, with whom he has produced 20 volumes of their comics anthology. Dara lives in Columbus, Ohio with his wife, daughter, and the world's sweetest hound dog. Visit him online at Brent Bowman is a graduate of the Columbus College of Art And Design with a degree in Illustration. A lifelong comics fan, Brent has been drawing since he was old enough to pick up a pencil. His work has appeared in publications by Image Comics and Caliber Press, as well as the collectible card game Age of Empires. He's a contributing member of PANEL, a local comics collective that publishes two anthologies a year. Brent has been nominated for the small press SPACE prize in 2008, 2010 and 2011 for both his PANEL work and his own original self published comics. He lives in Columbus Ohio with his wife and two boys.

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