Marjane Satrapi is a graphic novelist, cartoonist, illustrator, film director and children’s book author perhaps best known for her autobiographical graphic novel Persepolis about her childhood in Iran, before and after the 1979 Revolution, and her adolescence in Europe.
Persepolis became so popular it garnered Satrapi international acclaim and was later adapted into an animated film of the same name, which won the Best First Film at the 2008 Cesar Awards and was nominated for Best Animated Film at the 2008 Academy Awards, making Satrapi the first woman to be nominated for the award.
Satrapi is also the author of the graphic novel Chicken with Plums (originally Poulet aux Prunes), which was also adapted into a film, this one live action, which Satrapi directed herself in 2011. She was born in Iran, although she currently resides in France. After moving to France, Marjane’s career as a comic book artist began in earnest after she met David Beauchard (David B.), the famed French comics artist who became her mentor and teacher. If you’ve read both Persepolis and Epileptic by David B. you’ll likely pick up on this as they share similar styles of illustration and narrative voice.