Cover image for The 'Stan / written by Kevin Knodell and David Axe ; illustrated by Blue Delliquanti.
Title:
The 'Stan / written by Kevin Knodell and David Axe ; illustrated by Blue Delliquanti.
ISBN:
9781682470985
Publication Information:
Annapolis, Maryland : Dead Reckoning, [2018]
Physical Description:
vi, 115 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents:
"Afraid of everything" / Abdul Salam Zaeef, Taliban Ambassador to Pakistan, Kandahar -- "Commando shopping spree" / Msgt. Scott Satterlee, USA, Khost Province -- "Winter in Korengal" / Spec. Donald Lee, USA, Korengal Valley -- "Hoats's war" / Pvt. Matt Hoats, USA, Logar Province -- "Operation Donkey Haul" / 10th Mountain Division, USA, Logar Province -- "I can never go home" / Abdul, Afghan National Army, Dubai -- "Margah" / Pvt. Timothy James, USA, Paktika Province -- "From Hooters waitress to soldier" / Spec. Alison Parton, USA, somewhere in Afghanistan -- "Ordnance disposal" / Capt. Marshall Hughes, USA, Kandahar Province -- "Going rogue" / Mohamed Aman, Afghan local police, Paktika Province -- "Always be prepared" / Ssgt. Brent Dulak, USA, Kandahar Province -- "Afghan Rambo" -- "Tom," USA, Laghman Province -- "Tall tales" / Sgt. Aaron Chavez, USA, Kandahar Province -- "Kabul E.R." and "The entrepreneur" / 1st Lt. Corrine Brown, USA, Kabul -- "Winning" / Ssgt. Ryan Nupen, USA, Kunar & Laghman Provinces -- "Left behind" / Sami Kazikhani, Afghan interpreter, and Sgt. Aaron Fleming, USMC, Turkey, the Mediterranean Sea, Greece, Macedonia, Croatia & Germany -- "War and fireworks" / Kevin Knodell, freelance journalist, Parkland, Washington.
Abstract:
The 'Stan is a collection of short comics about America's longest war. Individual stories highlight different perspectives--including a Taliban ambassador and Afghan and U.S. Army soldiers--but every account highlights the human element of war. The tales in this book--based on reporting by David Axe and Kevin Knodell and drawn by artist Blue Delliquanti--are all true and took place in roughly the first decade of the U.S. military intervention in Afghanistan. While the stories are from the recent past, The 'Stan is still very much about Afghanistan's and America's present--and likely their future.
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The 'Stan is a collection of short comics about America's longest war. Individual stories highlight different perspectives--one through the eyes of a Taliban ambassador and others through the eyes of Afghan and U.S. Army soldiers--but every account highlights the human element of war. The tales in this book--based on reporting by David Axe and Kevin Knodell and drawn by artist Blue Delliquanti--are all true and took place in roughly the first decade of the U.S. military intervention in Afghanistan. While the stories are from the recent past, The 'Stan is still very much about Afghanistan's and America's present--and likely their future.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

This candid anthology collects stories told by American and Afghan soldiers that shine an honest light on a war that has spanned two decades. The colorful illustrated narratives, often showing the subjects looking straight "into the camera," have the intimacy of documentary interviews, sharing the mental and emotional impacts of war that often go unreported. "Afghanistan has long known war. Afghanistan long will know war," Axe writes in his preface. Stories like "Winter in Korengal" and "Left Behind" build empathetic human portraits, even as they render contrasting viewpoints about the kindness of Afghan civilians to the American soldiers and the repercussions of willingly aiding American troops. Delliquanti's cartoonish style is just detailed enough as not to overshadow the magnitude of the stories, giving unique expressions to faces while simplifying the imagery for any reader to understand. The result is accessible to military and human-interest readers who might be new to comics. Based on on-the-ground reporting by Knodell and Axe, this realistic view of an ongoing conflict, rendered in a casual yet powerful voice, not only acts as a necessary record of experiences and sacrifice but as a humble thanks to all those who have lived---or are still living-through them. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.