I published an article about the Iranian cartoonist Mana Neyestani in Vice. I’ve followed Neyestani’s work for a while, so I leaped at the chance to interview him when he came to the U.S. in September. I had two paragraphs cut from the published article about his drawing technique, his influences, and his thoughts about Marjane Satrapi, the author of Persepolis. Text often needs to be cut for editorial reasons–it just happens. But for those of you are interested in learning more about Neyestani I’m copying both paragraphs here:
One reason An Iranian Metamorphosis is so compelling is because of Neyestani’s impeccable cross-hatching technique and expansive imagination. “I was influenced by Hergé and Tin Tin, Jean-Jacques Sempé, and the Argentine cartoonist Quino. I also admire Brad Holland, a great American illustrator and graphic designer who uses cross-hatching effectively.” He cites Marjane Satrapi, who gained fame for her book Persepolis, as being more than just an artist but a ‘phenomenon.’ “I can publish a graphic novel in France now because of her,” he gushes. “She convinced French publishers that they can invest in an Iranian comic artist, and she introduced the Iranian middle class to a non-Iranian audience.”
But by far the largest influence on Neyestani’s work was his own brother. Thirteen years older, Touka Neyestani is also a successful cartoonist who lives in Toronto, and he had filled their home with comics and art books when Mana Neyestani was a child. “He really inspired me,” he admits.
You can read the full piece in Vice here.