Traditionally we were taught - as teachers, parents, and even kids - that comics were amateur, childish, and certainly not quality reading material. All the more reason to read them, collect them, and spend our hard-earned allowance on them we told ourselves. As it turns out, if you start calling them "graphic novels," they suddenly gain street cred, and you can even get your department head to order a few dozen copies.
Check Persepolis folks. It's entertaining, historical, and educational. It's Iranian history meets coming of age, in a format we all love...
Furthermore, it's now available on film. And if you're scared of the French audio, or hate reading subtitles, don't worry! You can change the language settings to English, and eliminate the subtitles, only to be graced by the sweet vocals of Sean Penn and Iggy Pop. Enjoy!
And for those of you to whom Persepolis is old news, check this other graphic novel, high on Dr. D's list, and soon to be in APT's permanent archive: