One of the wonders of making a webcomic about real people is that you can add great bells and whistles. When Josh draws two characters in their car leaving the city (see above), we include a link below the panel showing video of the real thing as it happened on August 28, 2005. When The Doctor is introduced at his home away from home, drinking a classic Big Easy drink (Sazerac), in a classic Big Easy Bistro (Galatoire’s), there’s a recipe for the libation right next to the panel, as well as a video of the Doctor talking about the famous spot. It’s sometimes good fun, sometimes quite serious, but always makes A.D. a richer experience.
Our audio and video archive offers a number of takes on their lives pre-and post-Katrina from the very real-life “characters” in A.D. Denise talks with emotion and honesty about the painful process of rebuilding New Orleans, the city she’d lived in her entire life. Leo speaks about what it means to lose his prized comic book collection, and it’s larger metaphor for loss post-Katrina. And the Doctor, who I could listen to all day, recalls his first days in the city at the ripe old age of 18, and how he came to love the language of the place. “When I first came to New Orleans everything was new and exotic to me,” he says. “It was almost like going to France; you had to learn a new vocabulary. The language…completely different. Charming. Fascinating. Addictive.” Listen that clip and many more in the audio and video archive.