A new online graphic novel comic book has been circulating the web telling the story of the Iranian election protests. Persepolis 2.0 gives a day-by-day account of the events between June 12-21. With resounding statements like – “Today we will fight for our rights,” “Tehran is burning,” and “Where is my vote?” – the content blatantly takes the side of the protesters.
The drawings and characters came from Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novel, Persepolis, and has been distributed online in its 2.0 version edited by “Paymen and Sina” – two Iranian expatriates.
The story is one intended for children – with its straightforward message and simplistic drawings. It is said to have attracted 50,000 readers in 150 countries and has been translated into numerous languages.
Persepolis 2.0 especially emphasizes the ultilization of online social networks like Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook because of the Iranian government’s shutting-out of mass media.
Literature such as this goes to show that graphic novels and comic books are more-and-more becoming considered legitimate forms of literature and that the unrest in Iran is far from being forgotten.