June 23, 2009

Illustrating Hardship, One Frame at a Time

After Katrina hit, graphic novelist Josh Neufeld went to New Orleans to volunteer. Two years later, he created a singular illustrated account of the disaster.

Max Lakin

Josh Neufeld draws comics. He's a cartoonist, as it were. But before your Marvel-movie-adaptation-conditioned mind starts conjuring images of spandex-and-ennui-saturated Americana, understand that things in Neufeld's cartoons revolve more around the human condition and global experience than back-alley crimefighting and utility belts. He's drawn about living in Central Europe and Southeast Asia in an award-winning novel, A Few Perfect Hours, and contributed to the inimitable Harvey Pekar's American Splendor franchise. Neufeld's most recent project, A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge, illustrates the lives of a handful of real-life Bayou State residents trying to piece their lives back together after much of it was washed away.

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