When I come across things like Zahra’s Paradise, I am both inspired and intimidated. This is art and current events at the same time, the Internet at it’s absolute best.
This online “comic” is about protesters during and following the Iranian uprising in 2009, a subject close to my heart. I hung on every news report, hoped that the protests would be successful, and pained by videos and twitter reports as it all fell apart and people started dying.
I would also recommend Persepolis and The Photographer, both examinations of Central Asia using the graphic novel. Of course, never forget the classic: Maus, one of the first and best examples of what can be accomplished with pen and ink.
I’ve often thought about doing a comic strip in some form or fashion, but I’m not into super heroes or anthropomorphized pets or fart jokes. Maybe just something about my life. It would allow me to mix my love of writing with whatever artistic skills still remain from my time in high school and college.
In the meantime, I still have to read the graphic novel adaption of Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and The Sandman series by Neil Gaiman. I own both of them. Eventually, I’d also like to read It Was the War of the Trenches by Jacques Tardi and Burma Chronicles, Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea and Shenzhen: A Travelogue From China, all by Guy Delisle, but not until I’ve finished reading the books I already own. No more book hoarding.