View from the Gutters is our weekly book club podcast. Each week we discuss one graphic novel or trade paperback, then nominate and vote on what to read for the next episode so you can read and discuss along with us.
This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi. It is an autobiographical comic, relating Satrapi's experiences growing up in Iran during and after the Islamic revolution of the 1970s. It follows her experiences first as a schoolgirl during the revolution, then later as a teenager when she is sent away to Europe in order to escape the Iran/Iraq war of the 1980s, and finally her return as an adult to her homeland.
It is a deeply moving and earnest story told in a conversational style which is accessible to both experienced and novice comic readers. Originally published in French from 2000 to 2003, Persepolis has received wide critical acclaim—including several awards—and been translated into numerous languages. An animated film version has been produced as well.
In our recommendation section our hosts nominated Queen and Country, The Tick, Captain Marvel (DeConnick), and Rat Queens for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is Rat Queens, Vol. 1: Sass and Sorcery.
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Our hosts for this episode were Joe Preti, Tobiah Panshin, Brant Eddy, and Kayleigh Fleeman.