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COLUMBUS, OH - New York Times best-selling writer Dara Naraghi and
artist Brent Bowman have co-created an epic graphic novel trilogy
titled Persia Blues, published by acclaimed New York-based NBM
Publishing. The complex, multicultural story features the parallel
lives of a resourceful, strong-willed young Iranian woman, and
explores the universal themes of tradition, family, guilt, and
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The series follows Minoo Shirazi from her hometown of Shiraz, Iran to
the United States, in pursuit of her graduate studies. The narrative
also features an additional layer, with Minoo as a free-spirited
adventurer in ancient Persia, where aspects of Persian history,
mythology, and the Zoroastrian religion meld to form a unique fantasy
landscape. The mystery of these two intertwined settings will
ultimately lead Minoo to an important discovery about her true self.
"As an Iranian-American writer, I've always been interested in
exploring multicultural themes in my stories, and this series is my
most ambitious and personal work to date,” Mr. Naraghi said.
“Drawing the series has been a fun challenge, and I feel the
research involved in depicting both modern and ancient Iran, as well
as the US settings, in accurate terms adds a layer of realism and
depth to an already complex story,” added Mr. Bowman.
The book is supported by an official website, www.persiablues.com. In
addition, Mr. Naraghi has harnessed the power of the popular social
network site Pinterest to present supplementary material on the
settings and themes found in the books. Readers can visit
pinterest.com/persiablues for Persian cuisine recipes, photos of
modern Iran, articles on ancient Persia, and much more.
Book 1 of Persia Blues, titled “Leaving Home,” is available now at
all bookstores, as well as Amazon.com.
Dara Naraghi was born in Iran, and educated in the US. His debut
graphic novel Lifelike garnered many positive reviews. His other works
include the New York Times Bestsellers Terminator Salvation official
movie prequel, and Witch & Wizard: Battle for Shadowland, as well as
stories for DC Comics, Image, Dark Horse, and IDW Publishing. Dara is
also a founding member of the Columbus-based comic book
writers/artists collective known as PANEL. To date, he has contributed
stories to (and helped produce) 20 volumes of their comics anthology.
Visit him at www.daranaraghi.com
Brent Bowman 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, and has been nominated for the small-press SPACE prize
in 2008, 2010 and 2011. He is also a contributing member of PANEL, a
Columbus-based comics collective that publishes two anthologies a
year. His art is on display at www.persiablues.com
NBM Publishing is a New York-based, critically acclaimed independent
graphic novel publisher, founded in 1976. More information at
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