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February 14, 2012 4:47 pm

Comic Book Collaboration Brings Arab, Jew, and Persian Together

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Zahra's Paradise comic. Photo: screenshot via BBC.

Huffington Post – In an all-too-rare moment of collaboration across political borders and cultural boundaries a Persian author, Arab artist and a Jewish editor came together to create a comic centering on the 2009 protests in Iran. “Zahra’s Paradise” tells the story of one mother’s hunt for her missing son in the aftermath of the protests.

The most fascinating aspect of “Zahra’s Paradise” is the way in which the story was compiled. Though the power of blogging, heartbreaking scenes were lifted from real-life scenarios where people shared their harrowing stories. “We took those little images and put them together, if you will, into a larger story,” explained Amir, a human rights activist and the author of the book. Khalil, the artist, also only goes by his first name. On the website, the duo explains, “The authors have chosen anonymity for obvious political reasons.”

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