A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge



“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 real-life characters from the hours before Katrina struck to its horrific aftermath.


Featured by the New York Times, Newsweek, National Public Radio, the New Orleans Times-Picayune, WWL-TV, The News Hour, Salon.com, Rolling Stone, the Wall Street Journal, the Toronto Star, BoingBoing, and many others!

A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge is a nonfiction graphic novel about a cross-section of seven New Orleans residents and their experiences during and after Hurricane Katrina.

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. Starting with their lives before the storm, the book traces how they deal with the hurricane when it hits, and what happens to them afterward, from losing all their possessions, to facing the flooding, to being trapped in the Convention Center, to evacuating and not being able to return home — all told in comics form. Along the way, A.D. reminds the reader of the vitality and spirit of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast.

A.D. started as a webcomic on SMITH Magazine. Released by Pantheon Graphic Novels in an expanded hardcover edition in 2009, A.D. came out in paperback in August 2010.

A.D. was a New York Times bestseller, was nominated for the Eisner and Harvey Awards, and was selected for inclusion in The Best American Comics 2010, edited by Neil Gaiman. It was a YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens selection. In addition, the book was listed on a number of 2009 holiday gift guides, including the New York Times. Vanity Fair magazine declared A.D. to be one of its five “better-than-a-sweater” gift suggestions. And MTV’s “Splash Page” blog called A.D. the best nonfiction comic of 2009.

A.D. has been translated into French and Dutch.

A.D. Academic Resources:

“Common Read” selection at the University of Wisconsin—Madison, St. Edward’s University, Washington State University—Vancouver, SUNY Brockport, Bunker Hill Community College, Oklahoma City University, Ben Davis High School

A.D. has been used for high school and college courses, and comes with a free teacher’s guide. Josh Neufeld also presented A.D. as part of a number of university “Common Read” programs. A professor recently wrote,

“The students, most of them first-years, dug so many of the decisions you made. For instance, having an introductory page about Katrina and the brief intros to the characters before the story begins — that helped them get hooked by the story. As did effacing your role until the ‘Diaspora’ section. I also went around the room asking about favorite characters and got almost the full range . . .”

Praise for A.D.:

“[A.D. is] one of the best-ever examples of comics reportage, and one of the clearest portraits of post-Katrina New Orleans yet published. An essential addition to the ongoing conversation about what Katrina means, and what New Orleans means.”
—Dave Eggers

“[A.D.] is the people’s history of Katrina…. [It] is a work … of literature, of high art, and of reverence for nature and humanity.”
Los Angeles Times

“A.D.’s … stunning panels … retell the harrowing experience of what it was like to live through the disaster.”
— Rolling Stone

Additional information

Weight 22.5 oz
Dimensions 8 × 1 × 8 in


Publication date







Hardcover, Paperback, French, Dutch, Anniversary edition

2 thoughts on “A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge

  1. Josh is a cartoonist who lives in New Orleans after Katrina. In this webcomic, he reflects on the city and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

    1. Thanks for the comment. As a point of clarification, I never lived in New Orleans. I hail from Brooklyn, NY. But I made many, many reporting trips to New Orleans in the course of creating this book. A.D. started as a webcomic, but was revised and expanded for the print edition. Thanks again!

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