Monday, September 13, 2004

Today's Satrapi sightings: The Portland, Ore., Oregonian reviews Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return, and previews her local appearance:

"Like many of the best comics, the first Persepolis resonated because it used simple pictograms to make complex points. In it, every time young Satrapi embraced faith, martyrdom or revolutionary fervor (which the artist rendered in literal terms, up to and including visits from God), a real-life death, hypocrisy or injustice would shatter her worldview. Meanwhile, her Marxist parents, who'd raised their daughter to be willful and opinionated, put a human face on dissent in the war-torn region.

"Persepolis 2 tackles the troubled years that followed the end of the first book, when Satrapi's parents sent her to Vienna to escape the Iranian regime. It's a more complex and mature work, both narratively and artistically, but it lacks the clear focus that defined Vol. 1."

Meanwhile, the University of San Bernadino County Sun profiles Satrapi.