Happy Persian New Year!
It’s a secular holiday celebrating the beginning of spring (vernal equinox) that has been around for near 3,000 years!
Here’s a drawing of Hajji Firuz- a fictional character in Iranian folklore who dances through the streets of Iran during the Nowruz (“New Day”/ Persian New Year), singing songs & bringing joy. He’s kind of like Santa Claus in that people dress up like him, put on the hat and prance around the streets with a tambourine singing classic standards like “Haji Firouz E!” and “Beskan Beskan!”
Controversy: traditionally, his face was colored in soot because the character was a black-faced serf trying to cheer people who he refers to as lords.
If you wanna learn more about Persian folks outside of “they’re all Muslim”*, check out my digital zine, Persian Version. 40 pages of cute asides, for $1.99:
* Not all Persians are Muslim! Just go to West LA, that’s like literally where a grip of the world’s Persian Jews live.
Full trailer next week.Catch up on season one: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLeDExCoY4roCLbbLFyYkToW8YJObAX1JD
Once she’s gone, Joanne won’t come back.
Make sure to grab one of my last XOXO JOANNE pins !
This drawing of Manny has me thinking my next zine should be called BEARS BY SINA
My #internationalwomensday post is dedicated to Marjane Satrapi- Iranian kween responsible for one of my fav graphic novels: PERSEPOLIS !
Expanded and updated my zine PERSIAN VERSION. Added four new spreads, an intro and updated the cover. Still the same price ($1.99)!
About Persian Version …
Being Persian is pretty dope. Throughout my adolescence, my sister and I would poke fun at the differences and similarities with Persian and American culture. Collected in this zine is a bunch of lighthearted observations, meant to show folks all around that there’s more to be considered about Iranians than just their religion and all-around good looks.
Topics covered: Food, Religion, Film, Charms, Fashion, “Taarof,” Gold, and so much more!
- 38 page PDF
- Introduction by Sina Grace
- Full color
- Over 20 new illustrations and strips
- all ages (for once) !
Zine will be e-mailed within day of purchase!
FINALLY !!! She’s here ! After being stuck in customs for way too long, my XOXO JOANNE pins arrived.
I have about 30 left after preorders…
I need to color these lewks from Self-Obsessed season one. Have you watched yet?
You can view all five episodes here:
Season two this month !!
Loving Jean Grey’s new costume
Another glance at my preview for NOTHING LASTS FOREVER in the newest issue of Image + Mag! Book comes out in June, mag w preview out now
Inks for Jenny Lewis’ “Happy,” part of her rabbit fur coat 10th anniversary comic
Self-Obsessed season two. Written by me, directed by Kevin Sonnichsen. Out in March!
& introducing Bailey Godfrey
Can’t wait to share ! Visit YouTube.com/sinamgrace to watch season one and a teaser trailer for season two.
Sina Slash color pencil study
Iceman color pencil doodle
I’m doing every convention from here on out dressed as Gay Negan.
My Lady Gaga “xoxo Joanne” enamel pins are doing super well! More than halfway sold out in pre-orders. I only ordered about a hundred, so make sure you get your paws up and order one soon.
Here’s a drawing I sent the manufacturer lol.