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  1. Dino

    Brilliant transition between characters. Despite knowing that there is much more strife to come, the last panel of Chap.10 sends chills up my spine.

  2. josh

    Thanks, Dino! Juggling the characters’ stories is definitely a big part of the challenge in telling this story. My goal often is to have one character’s specific experience—say with evacuating the city, or suffering the effects of the hurricane, or dealing with the flooding—stand in for many of the others, so as to not repeat things too much.

  3. Fiffe

    Your sense of scope has gotten sharper, in both writing and drawing.

    The worst part of it all is having to wait between chapters. It betrays the immediacy of the story (despite the actual characters having to wait for rescue).

    I can’t wait to see how your recent visit to NOLA informs future chapters.

  4. josh

    Ha ha, did Larry put you up this, Fiffe?! Seriously, I dearly wish I could produce the chapters more quickly. That’s why I think readers who are just finding “A.D.” now will have the best reading experience, as they can take in a big chunk all at once.

    And of course there’s always a book edition to look forward to…

  5. Joe

    This is obviously an epic work, and I am so overjoyed every time a new chapter comes out. It is so moving to watch this, and remember. I would only add that I find it more than a little distracting to have to scroll down that inch or so, for each panel. If you moved that banner down, or moved the comic up, I would be forever grateful.

  6. josh

    Joe, thanks for your comments. I see what you mean about the scrolling. On a smaller screen, you do have to re-adjust each time a new page loads. We’ll look into that…

  7. Tim Hamilton

    So glad you got this out!
    I do miss it.

    Nice cliff hanger there…
    Real bad stuff to come

  8. josh

    Thanks, Tim. You’re right: Denise’s story at the Convention Center is horrifying—I only hope I can do it justice (beginning in Chapter 12)

  9. muttering

    Kudos to Josh for another potent chapter. . . This story is, indeed, epic and its careful portrayal of the experience of a cross-section of characters reveals so much about our country in this moment. We need to be reminded always of the tragedy that this story left in its wake—and what that says about our country, and us. . . Also, A.D. reminds us that there are many different types of bravery—not just cymbal-crashing heroism—but forebearance (re. Denise’s experience).

  10. M. Bevis

    At this point, I feel compelled to comment. This chapter, while seemingly shorter than the others, brought more than a few moments of genuine horror to my mind. I find it amazing that the threads, the seemingly innocuous details of what happened here have not escaped your interviews, and that you have pointed out some of the very same things I have in my book.

    I was one block down from White’s; that was where our command center was located, and I was actually there for the sewing of the ear, and the feeling of dread mounting every hour.

    You have done a very great service to our city, and even though I sometimes find myself feeling the horrors while reading these tales, I am somehow emboldened by them . . . thanks for telling some truth — it’s sorely needed here.

    I will continue to read new installments with great interest, as you have just the right tone and meter on this project.

  11. josh

    M. Bevis—you can’t imagine how gratifying it is to hear from someone who was there that I am conveying something real about the experience. Like you say, if I do the job right, it may not always be “fun” to read, but it’ll be authentic. And that’s all that I’m trying to do.

  12. Kathy

    Stumbled onto this, and glad I did. I just got back from my 3rd trip to NOLA to help with recovery; took 12 others with me. Friends and relatives up here in NY state are amazed each time I get back, as to the extent of the damage, as well as slow progress of rebuilding. I try my best to keep this national disaster on people’s minds, so that the recovery continues to the end. This graphic novel is another interesting way to remind people what happened. After reading “Tin Roof Blowdown”, and getting a very real sense of the drama, followed by your true stories of real people and their suffering, I continue to be amazed at how little I knew about what was going on when it was happening. I’m looking forward to more of your story!

  13. josh

    Kathy, I wasn’t familiar with Tin Roof Blowdown—thanks for giving me the heads-up. I’ll definitely check it out. But thanks moreso for the work you’re doing, helping the city rebuild (however agonizingly slowly it is happening). As you say, we have to keep the situation in people’s minds, and you for one are putting your money where your mouth is.

  14. Jake

    Knowing what happened in the convention center … your last panel is like the beginning to a very effective and very scary horror movie.

  15. Greg Freeman

    Maybe been addressed before… is this going to be published in hard copy once it is complete? Maybe a special edition with cd’s of the interviews? Would line up to buy it.

  16. josh

    Hey Greg, Yes indeed, a print edition is in the works, with details to be announced as soon as they come in.

  17. mo

    i thought i liked panel 9 the best, until I got to 10.

    I also like the changes in perspective

  18. Sara

    The part where the people were being treated like they were nothing was horrifying. People cannot be ignored in a time of crisis like that.

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