I'm proud to announce the release of my latest graphic novel, Persia Blues. It's a multicultural story combining historical fantasy with modern social commentary, and follows a resourceful, strong-willed young Iranian woman from Shiraz, Iran to the US. It draws from Iranian history and culture, Zoroastrianism, the Shahnameh, and other influences.
You may recall that the book was partly funded through a successful Kickstarter campaign, with some of you Iranian.com members as loyal backers for the project, and for that I thank you!
Here's a brief summary of the book, and a small preview of the interior art:
Minoo Shirazi is a rebellious young Iranian woman struggling to define herself amid the strict social conventions of an oppressive regime and the wishes of an overbearing father.
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.
Blending Eastern and Western civilization with elements of ancient Persian mythology, Persia Blues explores the intersections of guilt and freedom, family and self, ancient myths and modern enigmas.
Volume 1 of the planned trilogy is out now from acclaimed New York-based indie graphic novel publisher NBM, and has been getting great reviews. It's available at book stores, comic shops, Amazon, and you can get it in print or digital format.
I hope you'll take a few minutes to check out the official Persia Blues website for a longer preview, reviews, ordering options, and our creators blog.