I am excited and honored to once again be hosting A Celebration of Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh with the Iranian-American Community Center (IACC) at Pars Place on May 20th, 2017.
Please join us for a special evening with an art gallery featuring works inspired by the Shahnameh, with the likes of many talented artists including the renowned, Nasser Ovissi. There will also be a live Shahnameh Poetry reading/khaani and live Persian Classical Sonati Music by Ranam Ensemble.
I will have on display my latest digital artwork, “Moment of Truth”, depicting Prince Siavash’s Trial by Fire from The Shahnameh. Limited edition prints will be available for sale at the event.
So I’m doing a Kickstarter campaign to help get funding and support for new Shahnameh For Kids books featuring the adventures of the mighty pahlavan, Rostam. To be subsequently a book about the bravery of the female Iranian warrior, Gordafarid.
Kickstarter is an online website/app that helps crowdfund new creative projects through pledges and rewards packages.
For the Shahnameh For Kids Kickstarter, there are several different exclusive rewards packages to choose from. You can get the books, sticker sheets, limited edition art prints with depictions of Kayumars, Hooshang or Kaveh the Blacksmith. There is even a rewards package where you or a loved one can be drawn as a character in the new books!
Anyone who appreciates the rich culture and heritage of Iran knows how special Ferdowsi and The Shahnameh is. Which is exactly why it is important to preserve it as best we can. What better way to present to the world what Iranian culture and mythology is by supporting and creating Shahnameh For Kids books? Right now is the time for a strong hero like Rostam as well as a role-model of empowerment like Gordafarid for girls.
If you would like to support the new Shahnameh For Kids books, click here.
You can login using Facebook on Kickstarter. It is safe and easy. You can then choose from any of the Shahnameh For Kids rewards packages you may like.
Don’t forget Kickstarter is an “all or nothing” thing. The project must meet the goal in order for the books to be funded and created. We only have a few weeks to reach our goal so let’s all do our part to make this dream a reality!
Please support today and share with friends. Hurry, because the deadline for support and pre-orders ends on May 3rd 2017.
Where you can find me and Shahnameh For Kids this Nowruz Season. Come say “hi”.
March 5th 2pm-6pm
Persian Cultural Center Musical Norooz Celebration
3501 Rebel Run, Fairfax, Virginia 22030
March 11th 3pm-5pm
FSK Nowruz Celebration for Children
7130 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22043
March 12th 10am-6pm
6th Annual Nowruz Festival
8100 Tysons Corner Ctr, McLean, Virginia 22102
March 19th 2pm-7pm
Nowruz Arts & Crafts Fair at Pars Place
2236 -C Gallows Rd, Vienna, Virginia 22182
March 25th 7pm-11pm
Persian Parade DC Chapter’s Nowruz Fundraising Gala
7801 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, Virginia 22043
April 2nd, 9am-6pm
6th Annual Sizdah Bedar (Persian Spring Festival) #13BedarDC
Bull Run Regional Park Events Center,
7700 Bull Run Drive, Centreville, Virginia
Come join me June 3-5 for the Washington DC area’s #1 Comic Book, Sci-Fi and Pop Culture event, AWESOME CON!
I am partaking in a Kickstarter Panel on Saturday June 4 and a Comics Coloring Workshop on Sunday June 5! I will also have my comics, original art as well as Shahnameh For Kids on hand. Be there!
Tickets available here.
Please join me this weekend, May 21 & 22 for two events celebrating Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh at Pars Place, the Iranian-American Community Center (IACC).
On Saturday May 21, it’s an art exhibit inspired by The Shahnameh. There will also be live Persian classical music, a Shahnemeh poetry reading, refreshments, wine and appetizers. 18 & up.
On Sunday May 22, I will be doing a live book reading of Shahnameh For Kids – The Story of Zal & Simorgh. This fun-filled family event will also include art activities for kids. All ages!
Only at Pars Place, 2236-C Gallows Road, Vienna VA.
I will be appearing at The Amazing Comic Shop for Free Comic Book Day on Saturday, May 7th. I’ll be there signing copies of “Man Plus” and will also have “Shahnameh For Kids” on hand as well as other cool stuff. Come say hello and pick up some FREE comics!
On Tues March 22 (6pm), I will be doing a lecture/book signing at George Washington University on Ferdowsi’s epic Persian Poem, The Shahnameh and its use in popular culture and media.
George Washington University
Phillips Hall – 209
801 22nd St NW
Copies of my book, Shahnameh For Kids will also be available.
This is a free event, open to everyone but seating is limited so please RSVP.