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Layers of Thought reviews An Iranian Metamorphosis

The blog Layers of Thought ran a nice review of Mana Neyestani’s An Iranian Metamorphosis.

This is a powerful and eye-opening story, that is told with the help of some excellent illustrations and plenty of dark humor. You get an insider’s view of some of the complex political, cultural, ethnic and authoritarian issues within the Islamic Republic – and it is not a pretty picture.

Read the full piece here. Order An Iranian Metamorphosis from our website.

MariNaomi’s Dragon’s Breath reviewed!

A blog dedicated to Asian American Literature has published a nice review of MariNaomi’s book Dragon’s Breath and Other True Stories. They call the book “a highly recommended read from a new and exciting independent publisher.” Those publishers being 2D Cloud and Uncivilized Books.

You can read the full piece here. Order Dragon’s Breath from our website.

The New York Times spotlights An Iranian Metamorphosis

For the Sunday Book Review, Douglas Wolk and The New York Times ran a short piece on Mana Neyestani’s An Iranian Metamorphosis.

He remolds the exhausting terrors of his life’s worst months into grim comedy, and presents his friends and adversaries alike as mad-eyed, putty-bodied grotesques, crosshatched with a political caricaturist’s wicked eye for frailties.

Read the full piece here. Order An Iranian Metamorphosis from our website.

This Is Infamous reviews An Iranian Metamorphosis

Shea Hennum has reviewed Mana Neyestani’s An Iranian Metamorphosis for the website This Is Infamous.

And while comparing it—in any way—to a gag comic featuring loads and loads of poop jokes may seem like an incongruous way to talk about a Franco-Belgian comic regarding a man and his wife having to flee their oppressive government that’s cartooned by an Iranian refugee, almost like I’m being overly flip about fairly serious subject matter, I do think that one of the book’s, and one of Neyestani’s, greatest strengths is its ability to interject a shocking and much-needed amount of levity into a book that is beset on all sides by the cruelest, most frightening, most hopeless types of narratives. At the core of AN IRANIAN METAMORPHOSIS is Neyestani’s unrelenting humanity, and the book is never anything but an emotive vehicle of expression.

Read the entire review here, and order An Iranian Metamorphosis from our website.

Dragon’s Breath mentioned in Bitch Magazine Newsletter

Bitch Magazine Art Director Kristin Rogers Brown is reading MarNaomi’s Dragon’s Breath and Other True Stories, and mentioned so in the latest newsletter from the publication.

You can view the blurb here. You can purchase Mari’s book from our website.

Paste Magazine reviews An Iranian Metamorphosis

Tobias Carroll has reviewed Mana Neyestani’s An Iranian Metamorphosis for Paste Magazine. He calls it a “dizzying” yet also “deeply moving” read – “a work whose surreality and exploration form an eminently fitting component of Kafka’s legacy.”

You can read the full review here. Also, if you haven’t, order a copy of An Iranian Metamorphosis from our website.

Publishers Weekly reviews An Iranian Metamorphosis

Mana Neyestani’s gripping memoir received a starred review at Publishers Weekly.

From the opening panel, Neyestani’s account of his personal ordeal masterfully conveys tension with a dense, cross-hatched style that powerfully evokes the claustrophobia of his imprisonment, and the lasting mental effects of his senseless persecution.

Read the entire piece here, and order An Iranian Metamorphosis from our website.

This is Infamous reviews Dragon’s Breath

Shea Hennum wrote about MariNaomi’s Dragon’s Breath and Other True Stories for This is Infamous.

The stories in DRAGON’S BREATH vary in content, though the range with which the vary isn’t that vast, but their quality—even if it’s merely quality that I’m projecting on to it—is wildly impressive and present throughout.

Read the full review here. Order Dragon’s Breath from our webstore.

Dragon’s Breath reviewed at The Comics Journal

Greg Hunter wrote about MariNaomi’s Dragon’s Breath and Other True Stories for The Comics Journal.

“What’s New Pussycat?”, an elliptical piece about the suicide of an acquaintance, delivers information sparingly. As a bridge between a scene dramatizing her last interaction with the acquaintance and the scene in which she learns of his death, MariNaomi provides the spread above: a handful of lines at resembling a splash, then the image of her likeness leaving a bar. These pages and others like them offer a complex yet sparse (and easily navigable) read—“What’s New Pussycat?” holds together tonally when read straight through and becomes even more cohesive when recalled or paged back through.

Read the full review here. Order Dragon’s Breath from our website.

Comics Bulletin ‘brings it all back home’ with Eel Mansions #6

Concluding a very extensive conversation series, Daniel Elkin and Keith Silva wrote about Eel Mansions #6 over at Comics Bulletin.

You say Eel Mansions #6 “brings it all back home.” While, it could be easy to see this as some sort of Outlaw Blues, I’ll inherently choose track 11, Baby Blue. While Van Gieson is drawing crazy patterns on our sheets, he’s no empty handed painter. A matter of fact, he’s going big, and remember what Janet teaches us in her final Milk City, “If something is big, then it’s art, and if it’s small, it’s not art.” After all, it’s good to keep things simple.

This kind of thinking is inevitable when dealing with something like Eel Mansions, issue six in particular. This train of thought cuts through the snowy mountain passes of traditional narrative and ends up making stops along the way questioning the nature of storytelling and fueling up at the depot concerning what makes comics, comics.

You can read the entire piece here. Parts 1 – 5 are found here. Pre-order Derek Van Gieson’s collected Eel Mansions from our website!