Guest Writer, Paris City of Refuge 2011-2013
Mana Neyestani is an award-winning cartoonist from Iran with over 20 years experience. He has worked with various Persian newspapers and from 2003-2006 he was in charge of the children's section of the weekly magazine Iranjome, now banned. Neyestani has published several collections, including The Life of Mr. Ka and an autobiographical graphic novel, Metamorphosis: The Iranian Way.
Neyestani came under fire in 2006 for a cartoon that highlighted the plight of the minority Azeri community in northwestern Iran; the cartoon incited rioting among Azeris. He was subsequently held in prison for three months and fled Iran while awaiting trial. He is Paris' first guest writer.