Reviews, interviews, and more…see what others are saying about Persia Blues:
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“Naraghi’s story follows two separate plot lines, and both are interesting…Bowman’s art is quite good…7/10 stars.”
“There’s a richness in detail that Naraghi brings to the story, from the ways in which Iranian families interact to childhood treats to how the Western embargo of Iran didn’t affect those who were willing to skirt the law.”
“…a timely, emotionally intelligent exploration of how one woman copes with oppression, loss, and misplaced guilt. Highly recommended.”
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“Engaging, rewarding and just plain refreshingly different, Persia Blues looks set to become a classic in years to come.”
“Naraghi’s script efficiently sets youthful energy against older people’s acceptance of the status quo.”
“Now that it’s out in bookshelf-ready format, I’m just here to let you know if it’s any good or not. And it’s good — it’s very good.”
“There’s a huge treat to be found inside the pages of Persia Blues…”
“I’m on board for the continuation of this series and look forward to the second volume.”
“…unique, original, and highly recommended contribution to public library graphic novel shelves.”
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Jazma Online – Richard Vasseur talks to Dara about the meaning of Minoo’s name, cultural differences between Iran and America, and collaborating with Brent.
Rich: Why does the story take place in Iran?
Dara: As an Iranian-American writer, I’d always wanted to tell a big, epic story set in Iran. I wanted to present my culture and history in a positive light, in contrast to all the negative stories about Iran’s government that we’re exposed to in the news.
Graphic Novel Reporter – GNR’s John Hogan talks to Dara and Brent about collaboration, process, and much more.
“Brent: I was really influenced by the old Warren Magazines where artists like Gene Colan, Angelo Torres and Alex Toth would use halftones in their work to set the mood, and the black and white line art by guys like Bernie Wrightson, Al Williamson, and the under-appreciated John Severin really influenced my line work.”
PVDCast – John Orlando sits down with Dara for an hour long chat about growing up in Iran, the state of the comic book industry, and the process behind Persia Blues.
“When I was working on the book, I just had no free time…and part of it was because I also lettered it. Now, I’m not a professional comic book letterer. I know enough to do a decent job, but I’m slow at it, so lettering a 102 page graphic novel took forever for me.”
Sequential Underground – In this 22 minute podcast, Nick Marino talks to NMB’s Terry Nantier about the digital/print release strategy for Persia Blues, the library market, challenges faced by artists, and more.
“This formula here, with the e-comic books, gives the artist the capacity for some input, some availability of the work as it’s coming out…and a revenue flow. It’s a means of helping the artist to get through a very long process.”
Comic Book Resources – Interview with Dara, in their “Kickstand” column, which spotlights projects using Kickstarter for crowd funding:
“This is your first Kickstarter. What have you learned, and what do you wish you had known when it started?
The biggest lesson has been just how much work is involved in running a Kickstarter campaign. It’s not like I didn’t know or anticipate it, because I did a ton of research and prep work, but…”
Robot 6 – Q&A with Dara on the Robot 6 blog, focused more on process, challenges, and creative decisions:
“Why did you choose a female protagonist?
A few reasons: First, I try not to default to the types of characters that I’m more familiar with and find easier to write. Being a guy, and having experienced some of the things I’m writing about in the book, it would have been easier to choose a male protagonist. But I wanted to challenge myself and try something different. Second…”