Eyes of the Hurricane

Eyes of the Hurricane

Even as New Orleans mops up from the pummeling of Gustav, the story of Katrina still echoes. What must it be like to live through the most deadly natural disaster in American history? We've seen it covered in words and photographs and statistics and infographics, but check out an amazing telling in comic form: the just-completed A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge

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The serialized strip, the true story of six people who escaped Hurricane Katrina, has been over a year in the making, and it's the work of Josh Neufeld. Like Art Spiegelman's Maus, or Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis, it uses the graphic novel to achieve an incredible level of intimacy, a tiny story within the huge story we think we already know well from headlines and the video footage.

A.D. appears in Smith (smithmag.com), the online magazine devoted to personal storytelling founded by freelance writer/editor Larry Smith (who many of us have worked with at one publication or another) and Tim Barkow. 

I remember meeting with Larry years back when I was editor-at-large at Time Inc., and he was hoping to interest a major publisher in launching Smith as a print magazine. He had Robert Priest design some sample pages (I think the logo is a remnant of Robert's design), and put a few stories up online while he looked for a backer. 

Now the site is a robust magazine of its own, never mind any print incarnation. Dig in, A.D. is only one of the treasures you'll find.

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