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Link: August 27, 2005: LSU Hurricane Center Warns That Levees Will Fail Next Up -- Chapter 7: "The Bowl Effect"

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posted Sunday, August 26th, 2007   leave a comment or trackback
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19 Responses

  1. Leo McGovern

    Wow. Just…wow.

  2. mac

    I have to agree. Great stuff.

  3. Tim Hamilton

    NIce work Josh. Always look forward to this story.

  4. Dan Goldman

    Wow; even better (and bigger in scope) than the last installment. You’re doing something really important here and it shines through every panel.

  5. Uncle Jake

    I tend to read this at work towards the end of the day while I listen to “All Things Considered.” As I read A.D. today they were playing a story about Katrina Refugees trying to start new lives in Houston. A.D., with your images and their words, makes for a much more intimate story than the voices on the radio.

  6. Julia Forsyth

    Wow - I just started reading and read the whole thing through Chapter 6. It really brought all of the details back into my head and reminded me all over again of that time. I’m so curious to see how the remaining chapters unfold. This is wonderfully and thoughtfully done. Great art! Thanks.

  7. Cree

    Brilliant work as always, Josh. You can really feel the power of the storm (and the calm in the center of the eye when Brobson ducks out to clean the drains). But what really struck me about this chapter was how much a part of it the animals are. As a cat person who evacuated with four howling felines, I especially resonated with Gucci’s plight (and the very cat-like evil gleam in his eye after resisting Denise’s ministrations). And Brobson’s bulldog, and the mutts watching the unfolding horror story on TV with Leo, have every bit as much character as their human counterparts. It’s that attention to detail that really makes A.D. come to life.

  8. Annie

    WOW is right!!! Two years and counting…and it still brings a tear…..and that sick feeling inside….Really great work, and a much needed commentary……

  9. josh

    Hey! Thanks, everybody, for your great comments. I’m especially touched by the words of those of you who lived through the storm, whether you evacuated or stayed behind. Despite personally not being there during the hurricane, I still try my best to evoke the feeling of what it was like. And I can only do that because of the willingness of Denise, Leo & Michelle, Hamid, Kevin, and the Doctor to share their stories with me.

  10. Tauseef

    It really puts you in the thick of it, the fleeting hope after the eye had passed, with, for most people, no idea of what is about to hit them.

  11. Brenda

    I found you on MetaFilter. I love how your story is coming together and the artwork is terrific. I appreciate that your characters are based on real-life experiences and I think each story is important to tell. My man grew up in New Orleans, coming to Chicago in January of 2002. His family and everyone we know there, save for ONE of his friends, lost everything due to the levee break at London and 17th Street.

    New Orleans before and after this historical event is close to my heart and I trust that your work, and the work of those who will make sure the levees are built to Category 5 eventually, will alter the future of that great city for the better.

    http://ravengirl.livejournal.com/1797779.html

  12. Michael Castleman

    A.D.: New Orleans makes Katrina real in a way that other media have not. Hard to imagine that a graphic novel could pack more punch than TV coverage of the hurricane. But it does. Interesting characters, too. Gets into the human side of it all. Bravo!

  13. Nancy (also Grandma Nana)

    Josh, I always eagerly follow A.D. as the chapters unfold and the drama of the stories evolve. During the recent special three weeks that we all spent together upstate, Bob, Sari, you and my wonderful new grandaughter, Phoebe, I benefited from yet another new experience - the opportunity to observe as you prepared the panels of Chapter 6 for production. As i enjoyed lingering over the original drawings and became familiar with each frame, i gained an appreciation of how, beyond the compelling story line, each of the artistic elements (facial expressions, lighting, figure placement and careful selection of objects in the surrounding environment) work so well together to depict the powerful physical and emotional impact of Katrina on the lives of the characters - these very real people.

    P.S. As we were upstate, coincidentally over the anniversary date of Hurricane Katrina, i felt especially aware and grateful that we were able to share that time happily and safely as a family.

  14. josh

    Now that’s an amazing mama-in-law! Thanks, Nan—I’m blushin’!

  15. Miriam

    This is fantastic! I just read everything through chapter 6 and I agree with everything everyone else has said about the power and talent you display here.

  16. Vicki

    Josh, this comic is so compelling–I had some catching up to do with chapters 5-7, and the sense of atmosphere is so present you feel like you can touch it. Denise’s panic and fear are absolutely palpable. Those panels make me so anxious I almost need to stop looking. Almost. Can’t wait for chapter 8…

  17. Jamal

    I like how this comic brings forth a new perspective of the situation opposed to just hearing about it throught the news. Although the pictures and live footage worked well at grabbing our attention, this comic still provides a personal aspect of Americans during Hurricane Katrina.

  18. Jamal

    I know this is a sad story but I know people who act just like Neecy and I couldnt helped myself from laughing.

  19. maeday76

    My roommate and cousin (I’m white) is named Nesi. Jamal is hilarious tho, I couldn’t stop myself from laughing and it’s not a funny topic. Thank you for saying “Americans”… We are all Americans; regardless of our ethnic background. We are all one color. That’s how i feel anyway.

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