12th century Persian poem receives modern artistic treatment

The Conference of the Birds, an epic Persian poem written by Farid ud-Din Attar in the 1100s, is being published as an artistic version of a graphic novel. The poem was adapted by Czech illustrator Peter Sis.

In the story, a flock of diverse birds undertake a long and dangerous journey through seven valleys in search of their king. Many do not survive, but they eventually find their king, the legendary Simurgh. [photos]