AD New Orleans After the Deluge

Hello and welcome Everyone, my name is Meepelous
and this is Literally Graphic! [Dramatic Music] And today we are touching on the educational
nonfiction comic A.D. New Orleans After the Deluge by Josh Neufeld. With the hurricane itself happening in 2005 and apparently A.D. started its life as a webcomic in 2007 (published by Smith Magazine) it was eventually published in 2009 by Pantheon Graphic Novels. and after that ended up on the New York Times Best Seller list and won both an Eisner and Harvey award. Josh Neufeld is a cartoonist who works mostly
in nonfiction as a comics journalist. He’s apparently also done quite a bit of work
on Harvey Pekar’s American Splendor. A bit of a traveler apparently, Neufeld has
lived on both the east and west coasts of North America, as well as London and Prague,
Neufeld has never lived in New Orleans or in the American south as far as I can tell. Neufeld apparently came up with the premise for this collection during a stint as a Red Cross volunteer in Mississippi at the time
of the storm. Turning the book over, the publisher describes
A.D. as follows: A stunning graphic novel that makes plain the undeniable horrors and
humanity triggered by Hurricane Katrina in the true stories of six New Orleanians who
survived the storm. 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, whose unscathed French Quarter
home becomes a refuge for those not so lucky; Abbas and his friend Mansell, who face the
storm from the roof of Abbas’s family-run market; Kwame, a pastor’s son whose young
life will remain wildly unsettled well into the future; and Leo, a comic-book fan, and
his girlfriend, Michelle, who will lose everything but each other. We watch as they make the wrenching decision
between staying and evacuating. And we see them coping not only with the outcome
of their own decisions but also with those made by politicians, police, and others like
themselves—decisions that drastically affect their lives, but over which they have no control. Overwhelming demand has propelled A.D. from
its widely-read early Internet installments to this complete hardcover edition. Scheduled for publication on the fourth anniversary
of the hurricane, it shines an uncanny light on the devastating truths and human triumphs
of New Orleans after the deluge. Moving on to the art, while I certainly have
no complaints in the skill of rendering etc. the way colour was used felt a bit overdone. Based off of the cover you might think that
the colours are based off of people, but they are actually based off of the days (which
does become clear fairly quickly) leading up to and passing the hurricane. That said, they mostly just felt very odd. At this point I’m used to different line colours
and I actually quite like them, but something about the way it was used as a wash for both
lines and background was just off to me, although finding out it was a webcomic first I wonder
if that might have popped a bit more off the screen Rather then feeling like it was plopped into the middle of a page and didn’t even have a full bleed. And how was sexuality, gender, class and race
treated in this collection? Besides sexuality, pretty well. The selection of people Neufeld writes about
is very diverse and covers most intersections I am currently looking for. That said, my only other criticism is that
I would have like maybe a little more telling rather then exclusively showing through personal
narrative. A bit out of character for me, but I think
it might have aged a bit better (aka stayed more relevant) with a bit more things things
to blatantly say that apply to events beyond Katrina. The section that covers the way poor people
could not escape the city and ended up basically held hostage in a hell scape by police was
important and will probably still be fresh news to some readers. But otherwise, with just the book in hand,
the reader can connect (or not connect) any dots they feel like and/or feel like things
still apply or not. That said, there is apparently a teachers
guide that can be used – and if it’s still in use I assume it does cover some of these
issues. Bye y’all, keep reading and resist white supremacy and as always I would like to acknowledge that, for the most part, all of my videos are filmed and produced on the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, an Anishinaabe people, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, and the Huron-Wendat nation. Land covered by the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant.

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