Watch Marjane Satrapi Draw and Talk About How She Became a Comic Artist


“I grew up with American comics — lots of Dracula, lots of Batman,” says Persepolis artist and filmmaker Marjane Satrapi. “I ended up in a studio where everyone was making comics, and I said to myself, ‘This is the work for, you know, for nuts,’ because you have to be like a monk, you see. You do the same thing over and over.” Of course, after working on her own comics for a while, she “realized that I was a monk myself, inside.” This is only one of the great moments from Satrapi’s edition of Beginnings, director Chiara Clemente’s series of Sundance Channel short films in which artists tell stories about getting started in their field. Other highlights include watching Satrapi draw her most famous character — herself — and talk about how she always identified with “cool guys.” Watch the badass in action below.

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