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"Josh Neufeld is a master storyteller. A.D. is intimate and yet seismic in its scope. His art takes us to the depth of the humanity of those we cherish." – Professor Cornel West

"One of the best-ever examples of comics reportage, and one of the clearest portraits of post-Katrina New Orleans yet published. An essential addition to the ongoing conversation about what Katrina means, and what New Orleans means." – Dave Eggers, author of Zeitoun and What Is the What.


Wired.com: "A sterling example of comics with a social conscience."

Rolling Stone: "Stunning."

USA Today's PopCandy: "Accessible, informative and beautifully drawn."

Boing Boing: "An excellent way to present the stories of people affected by the natural disaster."

Heeb Magazine: "Sets the bar high for the genre of Katrina writings."

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August 28th, 2015 by Josh Neufeld | Leave a Comment

[cross-posted from Josh Neufeld's blog]

I’m often asked by A.D. readers about the story’s real-life subjects: Denise, Leo & Michelle, Hamid & Mansell, Kwame/Kevin, and The Doctor . The answer is I’ve been in touch with all of them, to varying degrees, over the years, and for the most part they’re doing well.

So, with Hurricane Katrina’s tenth anniversary coming up (officially tomorrow), I thought folks might be interested in a little update. Over the last month I’ve reconnected with Leo, Hamid, Kwame/Kevin, and Dr. Lutz, asking them about how they’re doing, the state of New Orleans, Katrina’s legacy, and their feelings about the 10th anniversary. (Denise, sadly, chose not to be interviewed for this update.) I’ve structured the piece as a sort of conversation among the characters. As you might expect, A.D.’s characters harbor a multitude of feelings around these issues, some in alignment and some in conflict. I wouldn’t have it any other way!

The new comics piece, “Where are they now? Revisiting 4 Katrina survivors 10 years later,” is up at Fusiion’s “Graphic Culture” section, and I hope you find it food for thought. http://fusion.net/story/190071/where-are-they-now-revisiting-4-hurricane-katrina-survivors-10-years-later/

P.S. I also want to thank the Economic Hardship Reporting Project for this assistance on this piece.

Defend New Orleans!

The Doctor corrects the record about post-Katrina floodwaters

February 6th, 2015 by Josh Neufeld | Leave a Comment

Poor beseiged NBC News anchor Brian Williams! First he “mis-remembered” whether his helicopter was shot down over Iraq. Now he’s in trouble for wild claims he made in the wake of Katrina. Here’s A.D.’s very own Doctor Brobson Lutz responding to one such claim on Salon.com:

“SuperStorm Stories” on Medium

October 30th, 2013 by Josh Neufeld | Leave a Comment

[cross-posted from Josh Neufeld's blog]

RHF01-pn2In commemoration of Hurricane Sandy’s one-year anniversary, Medium is debuting “SuperStorm Stories: A Red Hook Family” (part one), a piece I reported and drew about a Brooklyn family’s experiences during the storm and its aftermath. This segment specifically deals with the family’s love of books (and music), and the horror of seeing some of their most treasured memories destroyed by the “gasoline- and poop-filled water from the Hudson River.” Jim, the dad, speaks memorably about “black-bagging a favorite book” and its resemblance to “a mangled body.”
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A.D. Academic Links

May 30th, 2013 by Josh Neufeld | Leave a Comment

I just stumbled upon a long essay about A.D. in the new book Comics and the U.S. South, edited by Brannon Costello and Qiana J. Whitted (University Press of Mississippi, 2012). The essay, “A Re-Vision of the Record: The Demands of Reading Josh Neufeld’s A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge,” is by Anthony Dyer Hoefer, a professor at George Mason University. And a PDF of the essay is available as a free download right here.
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A.D.: NYC

November 5th, 2012 by Josh Neufeld | 2 Comments

[cross-posted from Josh Neufeld's blog]

It’s been a week since Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast and I’m just now coming to understand how devastating the impact was. A good part of the reason for this disconnect is that I am currently living in Ann Arbor, Michigan, for the Knight-Wallace journalism fellowship. (One of the conditions of the fellowship is that you must live in Ann Arbor for the academic year, and you are forbidden from publishing anything professionally during the duration of the program.)

Weirdly enough, the first person I heard from after Sandy passed was Leo, one of the heroes of A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge. Obviously, a guy who lost everything in Katrina would be supremely attuned to the effects of the “superstorm” which hit the East Coast. He wasn’t sure whether I was back home in Brooklyn or still away, and was relieved to hear me and my stuff were okay. (Our apartment is on the fifth floor of a building in Prospect Heights—e.g., not near sea level.) In fact, thankfully, my family and pretty much everyone I know well in New York was relatively unaffected by the storm.
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