Marjane Satrapi was born in Iran in 1969 in a modern family. When she was fourteen years old, she was sent to Vienna, to flee the dictatorial regime in Iran. She led a vagrant life for a while, and eventually returned to Iran where she got married. In 1994, after a divorce, she moved to France. There, she began working on her autobiographical graphic novel 'Persepolis'. It was published by L'Association and became an instant success. Not only was this the first Iranese comic ever, she designed it especially to tell people about the real Iran, beyond the prejudices that surround a dictatorship. Marjane Satrapi has planned to release 'Persepolis' in four parts. Besides a comic artist, she is also a writer and illustrator of children's books.