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Posted at 2:30 PM ET, 08/18/2010

Afghanistan Update: RALL and BORS file from the streets of Taloqan

By Michael Cavna

(Images courtesy of Matt Bors)

Political cartoonist Matt Bors told Comic Riffs this month that in traveling to Afghanistan during the war, he was seeking to talk "to the people it directly affects." What, he yearns to know, is "the people's story."

Today, Bors has begun posting on his blog some of his artwork drawn from the streets of Afghanistan.


Bors and fellow cartoonists Ted Rall and Steven Cloud arrived in country several days ago to embark on their monthlong trip through the wartorn nation. While Rall notably traveled to Afghanistan nearly a decade ago (from which sprang his graphic novel "To Afghanistan and Back"), and Cloud is also a veteran of traveling through Asia, this is Bors's first trip outside of the United States as an adult -- so the Portland cartoonist's observations should be intriguing from a first-timer's perspective.

(Image courtesy of Ted Rall)

Rall is also posting his cartoons from Afghanistan on his blog, including reports on his attempt to find a translator who "saved his life" nine years earlier.

And Cloud has shot video (below) of Bors and Rall sketching the scene from the streets. Comic Riffs plan to continue with occasional updates over the next month.


"NO FILTER": Cartoonists MATT BORS & TED RALL depart for Afghanistan eager to tell 'the people's story'

By Michael Cavna  | August 18, 2010; 2:30 PM ET
Categories:  General, The Graphic Novel, The Political Cartoon  | Tags:  Matt Bors, Steven Cloud, Ted Rall  
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