Monday, June 8, 2009

Mana Neyestani (Iran), Belgian regional and European elections... and a cartoon book

Yesterday we had in Belgium a European and local elections day. Time to look for a cartoonist who made some nice cartoons about elections. I want to present a book of Mana Neyestani (*)
who is an Iranian cartoonist of Azeri origin. He is the brother of Touka Neyestani, who is also a cartoonist. Neyestani was born in 1973 in Tehran. He is a graduate of University of Tehran with a M.A. in Architecture and a high profile and successful cartoonist since his first drawings for Zan newspaper in 1998.

I don't understand Persian, but the cartoons in the book speak for themselves. This is the work of an extraordinary artist...

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(*)Riots erupted by ethnic Azeris in Iran when they took offense in Mana Neyestani's cartoon, published in the children's section of the 12 May 2006 supplement of Iran, a government run newspaper. The cartoon depicted a coackroach responding in Azeri or Persian. He along with Mehrdad Ghasemfar, the editor-in-chief of Iran, were arrested by government officials and the newspaper was closed down following the riots.

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