After reading Persepolis i had the urge to grab a box of crayons and go to work on coloring the whole book. But then i realized that not only would that be a waste of time but it would destroy the solemnity of the book. By not adding color the author was able to keep focus on what was important – the text – and not having to much focus stray to the illustrations.
Adding color to this memoir-comic-strip would have greatly changed the mood throughout the book, keeping it black and white gave it a feeling of a memory that couldn’t be retrieved. With all the violence being depicted throughout the book from: battles, explosions, riots, and deaths. All the added red would have turned this memoir-comic-strip to a parody of the graphic novel Sin City, which to me, would have ruined the book.
I feel by keeping it black and white she was able to accomplish the sense of solitude she was feeling at times. By executing all black or all white backgrounds she was able to change the mood without taking your focus of the text to the pictures. The non existent of color seemed to make the story and the drawings flow smoothly, so for a non comic fan, it made this one a much better read.
And it makes me wonder if this was the purpose the author intended; to write a book that appealed to kids, that was simple to read, and would provide knowledge and history. Just like her favorite comic she read as a child entitled “Dialectic Materialism.”