PERSIA BLUES: “‘A Must-Read’ Work of Comic Book Literature”

Both the Columbus Underground podcast and the Craft podcast interviewed creators Dara Naraghi and Brent Bowman, where they discussed Persia Blues.

Here are some other recent reviews:

Persia Blues transcends genre-based classification and is a “must-read” work of comic book literature.”

Midwest Book Review

Persia Blues is enthralling”

Coverless Reviews

 

Bustle gives Persia Blues a shout out

Bustle is a popular news, entertainment, lifestyle, and fashion site for young women.

In an article titled Wonder Woman In ‘BvS’ Is A Huge Step, But Not Enough, KT Hawbaker-Krohn argues that while Wonder Woman’s live-action debut is a great start, “There are so few woman superheroes seen in movies and on TV, and practically none who aren’t white, straight, and cisgender.” So she goes on to give Hollywood “17 amazing women superheroes who deserve their own time on-screen.”

Minoo Shirazi, the protagonist of our own Persia Blues graphic novels, makes the list! And she’s in good company, alongside Batwoman, Martha Washington, Black Orchid, and many other great female characters.

Thanks KT, we couldn’t agree more!

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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I’ll let Derek tell you a bit about what to expect:

“Dara and Brent discuss the challenges in balancing the two narrative threads and the process they use when creating the comic. The two originally met through the comics collective, PANEL, based out of Columbus, OH — in fact, much of the story in the second volume of Persia Blues takes place at OSU — and, as they discuss with Derek, their close proximity contributes to the book’s development. Along the way, Brent and Dara share their thoughts on writing from woman’s perspective, contemporary representations of Middle-Eastern figures, and the kind of reception Persia Blues has received within the Iranian American community.”

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 vol. 2

Haven’t bought your copy of Persia Blues vol. 2 yet? Would you like the chance to win a copy, 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 no strings attached?

Well, here’s your chance:

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Persia Blues, Volume 2 by Dara Naraghi

Persia Blues, Volume 2

by Dara Naraghi

Giveaway ends January 20, 2016.

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at Goodreads.

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Dara & Brent on PVDcast

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.

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.

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.

In the upcoming days and weeks, I’ll share some of the sketches and process behind this volume, as well as other fun stories. But in the meantime, here’s a tease of a few pages of art:

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Check back soon for more on the world(s) of Persia Blues.

NBM for November: Persia Blues continues with Love and War

This winter, NBM is answering the call for continuations of fan-favorite series. Here is what we are soliciting in comic stores for November.

The original creative team returns with more in the daily life of rebellious protagonist Minoo Shirazi, still uneasy about the social changes and modesty laws her native Iran has adopted of late. The story is mysteriously intertwined with a fantastical imaginative adventure starring an alternate Minoo, a Persian warrior in ancient times.

PERSIA BLUES, vol. 2

PERSIA BLUES, vol. 2: Love and War
Dara Naraghi, Brent Bowman

Minoo Shirazi’s mysterious double-life continues to unfold across 2000 years of history. In the fantastical world of ancient Persia, the shock of discovering her royal heritage 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 in Iran and America – where she has recently begun her graduate studies – 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.
6×9, 112pp., B&W trade pb., $12.99

ISBN 9781561639779

Diamond Order Code: SEP151499

See preview pages here!

 

The first volume is available now!

The first volume of PERSIA BLUES was a nominee for the 2014 YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens Award and a nominee for the Amelia Bloomer Project’s ‘Recommended Feminist Literature for Birth through 18’. Multiple reviewers, including Comic Book Resources, Unshelved, and Publishers Weekly, noted it was a strong and promising beginning,  recommending it. Persia Blues is set to be a trilogy.

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PERSIA BLUES, vol. 1: Leaving Home
Dara Naraghi, Brent Bowman

Minoo Shirazi is a rebellious young Iranian woman, struggling to define herself amidst the strict social conventions of an oppressive regime, and the differing wishes of an overbearing father, in between life in Iran and life in midwestern America. Minoo Shirazi is also a free-spirited adventurer in a fantasy world, a place where aspects of modern America and ancient Persia meld into a unique landscape. And yet, neither of these women are the true Minoo Shirazi.
At the intersection of guilt and freedom, family and self, ancient myths and modern enigmas, lies…Persia Blues.

6×9, 112pp., B&W trade pb., $12.99, ISBN 9781561637065

Diamond Order Code:  MAR131230

 

For previews, reviews, and to order, visit our website!

Be sure to order today from your favorite comic book store in September’s Diamond Previews Magazine.

SPX: a good show!

from left to right, Margreet de Heer, Dara Naraghi (standing) and Brent Bowman, signing at our tables.

SPX was a great success, Saturday being especially busy. Even as the hall’s size was increased a lot, we ended up doing as well as last year where many others at the show felt their business was a bit down. Margreet de Heer was very well received on her new book Science, A Discovery in Comics. Dara Naraghi and Brent Bowman also signed their recent release Persia Blues.

 

Yiri Kohl, Margreet’s husband and collaborator, is on the left here, along with the others.

NBM Announces SPX Plans

NBM HEADS TO SPX 2013;

Premiering SCIENCE: A DISCOVERY IN COMICS

Margreet de Heer and Dara Naraghi & Brent Bowman (PERSIA BLUES) To Appear


On September 14-15th, you can find some of the most prestigious names in comics at the 2012 Small Press Expo (aka SPX).

Unlike many conventions that are geared toward pop culture or corporately owned comics, SPX was created in 1994 to promote artists and publishers who produce independent comics. SPX hosts an annual festival that provides a forum for artists, writers and publishers of comic art in its various forms to present to the public comic art not normally accessible through normal commercial channels.

It’s one of NBM’s favorite shows and this year we’re proud to bring three of our talented authors with us and the debut of our newest title.

Margreet de Heer will bring her new book, Science: A Discovery in Comics and will be signing throughout the weekend.

Science: dull or hard to understand?

Not if you read this book!

The creators of Philosophy – a Discovery in Comics take on a new challenge, and explain the different scientific disciplines in clear, colorful chapters.

Who exclaimed “Eureka” and why?

Why did Galileo get into a fight with the Church?

What happens when you have your DNA tested?

All these questions and more are answered in a chronological journey from ancient times to modern Quantum Theory, with creators Margreet and Yiri as your witty guides.

A great comic book for anyone who wants to learn in a fun way the bigger framework of science, or brush up on what they learned in school.

Margreet will be appearing at the NBM booth throughout the weekend and will be signing both Science, as well as her previous book, Philosophy.

PERSIA BLUESAlso appearing are Dara Naraghi and Brent Bowman, creators of the recently released first volume of the trilogy, Persia Blues.

Minoo Shirazi is a rebellious young Iranian woman, struggling to define herself amidst the strict social conventions of an oppressive regime, and  the differing wishes of an overbearing father, in between life in Iran and  life in midwestern America. Minoo Shirazi is also a free-spirited adventurer  in a fantasy world, a place where aspects of modern America and ancient Persia meld into a unique landscape. And yet, neither of these women are the true Minoo Shirazi. At the intersection of guilt and freedom, family and self, ancient myths and modern enigmas, lies…Persia Blues.

Also attending the show are Brooke A. Allen (A Home For Mr. Easter) at Table L8 and Jesse Lonergan (Joe and Azat, Flower and Fade and an upcoming title that he’ll have mini comic excerpts from) at Tables N9-10.

We’ll also be offering all of our latest titles and prints from artists Rick Geary and Stan Mack are available for free for any $30 purchase, with a signed version free with a $50 purchase.

Throughout SPX, NBM can be found at tables G1-2.

For further details, visit the SPX website, www.spxpo.com