PersepolisProbably the best known Iranian creator in comics today, Marjane Satrapi's two-volume graphic novel memoir "Persepolis" captivated readers internationally when it was published by Pantheon before the feature-length animated adaptation she directed earned an Oscar nomination. This week, she and fellow filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf let their views be known about the recent, contested Iranian election, and presented a document that she believes proves current president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad lost to challenger Mir Hossein Mousavi.

"Ahmadinejad received only 12 percent of the vote, not 65 percent," said Satrapi, according to Adnkronos. She and Makhmalbaf presented the document, which they claimed came directly from the Iranian electoral commission, to the Green Party MPs in the European parliament. Read More...


'Harbinger'Neil Gaiman doesn't just adapt his own work -- he's just as ready and willing to take on someone else's comic or graphic novel and adapt it for the big screen.

For the past two years, Gaiman and Roger Avary (also known as the "Beowulf" writing team ) had been working to adapt Charles Burns' acclaimed graphic novel "Black Hole" -- you know, the twelve-issue series where high school kids in the '70s get a sexually transmitted disease called "teen plague," which at first, has no known cause. Some only got a rash. Others became monsters and grew new body parts, like a tail or an extra mouth or webbing. It's like a mini-AIDS, with all the sexual-social outsider issues that entails but way more mutations.

Splat Packer Alexandre Aja ("The Hills Have Eyes," "Mirrors") was originally going to direct, but then David Fincher came aboard. Good for name recognition at the box office, not always so good for the writers working under him. "Once they got David Fincher on," Gaiman said, "David explained his process consisted of having over ten drafts, done over and over, and Roger and I were sort of asked if we wanted to, if we were interested in doing that. And we definitely weren't." Read More...

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