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A.D. : New Orleans after the deluge
Josh Neufeld
Adult Fiction NEUFELD

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From Publishers' Weekly:

American Splendor artist Neufeld beautifully depicts the lives of seven New Orleans residents who survived Hurricane Katrina. In the dialogue-free opening chapter, "The Storm," Neufeld powerfully intersperses images of the hurricane gathering speed with the cities it crippled when it hit Louisiana on August 29, 2005, specifically New Orleans and Biloxi, Miss. Readers are then introduced to seven New Orleans residents, from all walks of life and parts of the city. Denise and her family-mother Louise, niece Cydney and Cydney's daughter, R'nae-join thousands of hungry and thirsty New Orleanians waiting to be evacuated after their apartment is destroyed. Leo, the publisher of a local music zine, and Michelle, a waitress, reluctantly leave the city for Houston and are devastated when their apartment (and Leo's impressive comics collection) is flooded. Other characters flee, or try unsuccessfully to ride out the storm. Neufeld's low-key art brings a deeply humanizing element to the story. Though the devastation caused by the hurricane and the government's lackluster response are staggering, Neufeld expertly underscores the resilience of the people who returned to rebuild their lives and their city. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Hurricane Katrina brought devastation to millions of lives, including seven profiled here. Social worker Denise is penned in at the convention center. Young couple Leo and Michelle are evacuating and lose most of their possessions to flooding. Abbas and Darnell stay to guard their convenience store and end up on the roof. Kwame, the pastor's son, is sent to finish high school in Berkeley, CA. And Brobson, the doctor with an unscathed French Quarter residence, sets up a makeshift clinic. The simple and realistic art features color wash in different tones. Neufeld, who volunteered for the Red Cross after the storm, originally published his account as a web comic through the storytelling site SMITH Magazine. "I think a big part of me was swept away in that hurricane," admits Denise in this painful documentary of loss, speaking for thousands still rebuilding their lives. Verdict An effective and moving model of comics with a social consciousness; strong language may limit access to adults in some libraries.-M.C. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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