A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge
A.D. follows each of the six from the hours before Katrina struck to its horrific aftermath. Here is Denise, a sixth-generation New Orleanian who will experience the chaos of the Superdome; the Doctor,...more
The characters I found most interesting were Abbas, who along with his friend Darnell, decides to stay in the city to protect his convenience store from looters, Denise and her relatives who end up being shunted to the convention center, and a wealthy doctor who throws a "hurricane party" at his French Quarter home.
It's something of a nerve wracking read. You know bad things are go...more
Two spooky things happened surrounding the reading of this book. The first was that—completely by chance, I swear—we scheduled our bookclub meeting on the actual anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The second was that the week before said meeting, New York had our very own super-mega-huge-ass hurricane… Well, that’s what we were led to believe was coming, anyhow, that Irene was howling toward us with her screaming rage, ready to visit upon our city destruction of a magnitu...more
I wanted something that went deeper into the people's lives. This seemed to just skim the surface. There were a few good parts where each person's life and personality came through (especially with the comic book lover, its almost as if the creator could relate). I wanted a whole comic full of those moments, endi...more
the city floods.
okay, I admit I knew that before I read the book but I hate to say I was embarrassed by things this book brought to my attention, things I hadn't considered before. Things that made sad and horrified and all that jazz.
I mean nature can suck and government can suck and that's nothing new but for whatever reason seeing it panel by panel while following specific people made it feel more real than a lot of other stuff I've seen. Maybe I need to watch the news more- ?...more
Summary: Follows the lives of seven individuals before, during and after Hurricane Katrina. Each of these people come from different walks of life giving very different experiences as they share the same devastation of a natural disaster.
Comments: The book is quite powerful, especially the beginning and middle. The coming of the storm is handled very dramatically with wordless panels and was my favourite part of the...more
That said, oh, wow, the use of color was atrocious. The illustrations are done in a single color at a time, and the colors alternate every few pages. At first I assumed each character had thei...more
"How can this be happening? Don't the authorities know about us? DON'T THEY CARE?" -Denise
"Look at me. I've only got about $100 in my checking account. What if I didn't have a credit card? $100 ain't gonna buy much gas. What these idiots don't realize is that when the evacuations were called, it was only th...more
The build-up to the storm, with drawings of NOLA and Biloxi pre-storm and post-storm, are a remarkable visual experience. They do justice to the graphic part of the novel. I would have liked to see some drawings of Waveland, MS, but hey. The point was made.
I live in New Orleans and it is coming back with a vengeance, but parts of it stand much emptier th...more
Seven lives that are, irrevocably, changed by Hurricane Katrina.
In A.D. New Orleans, Josh Neufeld puts pen to paper to tell, in graphic novel format, the true tales of seven different people who survived Katrina - either by evacuating, by being rescued off a roof, by ending up being transported by bus to Houston via the Convention Center or by just holding tight.
From the beginning, it's like a train wreck - you don't want to look, but you can't help it. You want to scream at them,...more