|Afghan Tales Art and Story by James Mickey Girvan|
Review by Alex Davis
Afghan Tales by James Mickey Girvan is a full-page comic book about NATO’s war in
The very first thing that I noticed about Afghan Tales was that, no-one has made a comic or even an animated short (that I know of) about the war in
The book is broken up into four small chapters, each telling a different small story about what the Canadians did in their OMLT’s (Operational Mentoring and Liaison Team). Though the dialogue can be a bit cheesy, the basic message gets across and the story can be quite charming at times. I found the action sequences to be interesting and exciting, and the art style to be quite bold. However, there is a major flaw with Afghan Tales as a comic.
Afghan Tales has a difficult time trying to find its target audience. Though the art style is flashy and the story is simplistic and moral-based, the dialogue and some of the action sequence is for older readers. I can’t see this being a comic for younger generations because of the language and graphic content, and I can’t see it being a comic for older generations because frankly: the dialogue is laughably junior. The art style also suffers from being fairly simplistic, with faces and body shapes drawn awkwardly. There also seems to be a myriad of spelling and grammar errors, unless these are intentional.
Afghan Tales could stand a chance at being a fairly significant and memorable step for Canadians on the road to finding closure on
Afghan Tales Art and Story by James Mickey Girvan. Published by James Mickey Girvan 2009. includes 56 pages. ISBN: 978-1-257-80062-9. soft cover.