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Mana Neyestani

Mana Neyestani
Mana Neyestani on Poletik - October 2014
Born مانا نیستانی
1973 (age 42–43)
Tehran, Iran
Nationality Iranian
Area(s) Cartoonist, Colourist
Awards Cartoonists Rights Network International award for courage in editorial cartooning, 2010

Mana Neyestani (born 1973 in Tehran) is an Iranian cartoonist, illustrator, and comic book creator. His work appears internationally in economic, intellectual, political and cultural magazines. He is particularly known for his work for reformist papers in Iran and Persian language websites Radio Zamaneh, Tavaana: E-Learning Institute for Iranian Civil Society, and IranWire. He is also well-known because of his cartoons about Iranian presidential election, 2009. He is the 2010 recipient of the Cartoonists Rights Network International Award for Courage in Editorial Cartooning.[1] He lives in France.


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Books 3
  • Controversy 4
  • Awards 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Early life

Mana was born in Tehran. His father Manouchehr Neyestani (1936 - 1981) was a well-known Iranian poet from Kerman and his mother is from Tehran. Touka Neyestani a fellow cartoonist as well is Mana's older brother. Mana has a master's degree in Architecture from the University of Tehran.[2]


Mana began his professional cartooning career in 1989, and started drawing editorial cartoons in 1998, for Zan. During 1998-2000, he drew a large number of cartoons for various reformist newspapers, such as Asr-e Azadegan, Sobhe Emrooz, Mosharekat, Azad, Neshat (as a freelancer), and Aftab-e Emrooz (as a staff cartoonist). His cartoons are published regularly on the website of Iranian exile media Radio Zamaneh, as well as Tavaana: E-Learning Institute for Iranian Civil Society and IranWire.


Mana Neyestani has authored several books, mostly Graphic Novels. The Adventures of Mr Ka is his most famous Comic book series and consists of 4 books, all in Persian.

  • Kaboos (Nightmare) was published in Iran in 2000
  • Khaneh Ashbah (The House of Ghosts) was published in Iran in 2001, and after it was banned in Iran, it was republished in the United States in 2014[3]
  • Puzzle Asheghaneh Aghai-e Ka (The Love Puzzle of Mr Ka) was published in Iran in 2004, and after it was banned in Iran, it was republished in the United States in 2014[4]
  • Hogopsi was published in the United States in 2013[5]

An Iranian Metamorphosis is his biographical Graphic Novel. It was originally published in French, and later was published in German, Spanish and English languages as well.[6][7][8][9]


Riots erupted by ethnic Azerbaijanis in Iran when they took offense to a Neyestani cartoon[10] published in the children's section of the 12 May 2006 supplement of Iran, a government-run newspaper. The cartoon depicted a cockroach responding in Azerbaijani. Neyestani, along with Mehrdad Ghasemfar, the editor-in-chief of Iran, were arrested by government officials and the newspaper was closed down following the riots.[11]

Neyestani and the editor of the paper ended up in solitary confinement in Tehran's Evin prison under conditions the cartoonist described as "Kafkaesque." Three months later, Neyestani was given a temporary prison leave and used it to flee the country with his wife. He finally ended up in exile in France where he published a graphic novel titled "An Iranian Metamorphosis," about his time in prison.[1]


  • Award for courage in editorial cartooning (presented by Cartoonists Rights Network International), 2010[1]
  • 2nd award of housing in Tehran (1999)
  • 2nd award of Atomic Bomb cartoon contest of Golagha magazine (1999)
  • Diploma of honor of football international cartoon contest in Iran (1999)
  • Diploma of honor of 4th biennial international cartoon in Iran (1999)
  • Selected in section final of comic strip in Umoristi a Marostica in Italy (1999)
  • First award of the press festival in cartoon in Iran (1999)
  • 2nd award of blue-sky contest in Tehran (1998)
  • 4th award of blue-sky contest in Tehran (1997)


  1. ^ a b c Duin, Steve. "Mana Neyestani honored for courage in cartooning," The Oregonian (June 18, 2010).
  2. ^ "Biography of Mana Neyestani". International Cartoon Center or IRANCARTOON International Features. Archived from the original on 2005-10-16. Retrieved 2007-02-08. 
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  10. ^ Neyestani, Mana (May 19, 2006). "Cartoon". Archives. Retrieved September 16, 2014.
  11. ^ Suskhaava Panturkisthaa

External links

  • Mana Neyestani's books on Amazon
  • Mana Neyestani's cartoons for Tavaana: E-Learning Institute for Iranian Civil Society
  • Mana Neyestani's cartoons for IranWire
  • A comic strip by Mana Neyestani
  • About Mana's Father
  • Mana's biography and Picture
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