Monday, June 29, 2009

Iran June 2009 Election Uprising Graphic Novel

Free downloadable political graphic novel, Persepolis 2.0: Iran's Post-Election Uprising: Hopes & Fears Revealed. All images repurposed from Marjane Satrapi's novel Persepolis.

Good memoir and peek into upper middle class Iranian culture, by the way.

Although images were created for Iran's 1979 Revolution, they apply to the aftermath of the June 2009 Iranian Election.

Cover of Novel

Since the Revolution in 1979, Iranians have coped with an increasingly repressive regime. Attempts for greater social and political freedoms have resulted in brutal crackdowns by the hardline government. The ensuing apathy and significant boycott of the 2005 presidential elections led to the election of the ultraconservative mayor of Tehran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Four years later Iran has become increasingly alienated and its people more polarized than ever before. The campaign of former Prime Minister Mir Hussein Moussavi galvanized voters hoping for change, especially among the youth – two thirds of Iran’s population is younger than 32. On June 12th 85% of eligible voters cast their ballots and what happened next changed Iran forever.

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Put together by two artists, Shanghai-based, Iranian-born and Belgian-bred Payman and Sina.

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