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Iran election inspires Persepolis “sequel”

Two Iranian exiles, known only as Sina and Payman, have remixed Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novel Persepolis to depict the recent weeks of political unrest in Iran following the June 12 election. Called “Persepolis 2.0,” the updated cartoon was created by rearranging panels within Satrapi’s original work and adding new text, with the intention of showing how history is repeating itself in Iran. Co-creator Sina explains to The Guardian why he chose to update Persepolis:

Satrapi’s novels are about her life, but to my generation of Iranians (at least in the west) they have become more than that: they have become iconic. The fact that images from 30 years ago can tell a story about what is happening now makes them all the more powerful.

Although not directly involved in the update, Satrapi gave permission for Sina and Payman to expand on her work. “Persepolis 2.0” can be read online and in a PDF at the Spread Persepolis web site.