Submitted by Cortez. Highlighting Persepolis and Persepolis 2.
Iranian illustrator Marjane Satrapi has documented her life in prose and pictures from comfortable childhood before the revolution to an exile and a return to Iran. From http://www.nybooks.com/articles/17900 (April 7, 2005):
"The art department of her university in Tehran, under the supervision of mullahs, was forbidden to offer traditional anatomy classes. Female models posed covered head to toe in sheets like black chadors, while male models were allowed to pose in marginally more revealing street clothes. When Satrapi, an indefatigable student, stays late to draw a seated male model, she is challenged by a supervisor, who tells her it is against the moral code for her to look at the man she is drawing. When she asks with incredulous flippancy if she should look instead at the door while drawing the man, the supervisor replies, 'Yes.'"